Category: Guild Wars 2 Official

Dress for Battle with Vine-Touched Destroyer Wings and Kasmeer’s Regal Outfit!

I pride myself on providing you with the latest fashion trends, which means patterning outfits after some of the world’s most adept defenders. Sure, they’re a little fancy, but if you can’t fight while covered in feathers, crystals, ten-inch spikes, flowers, unicorn dreams, or whatever else my fashion designers come up with…well, maybe you need to improve your skills.

  • Kasmeer’s Regal Outfit

    Strut your stuff in this classy number—fetching, alluring, and definitely not a mesmer illusion.

  • Vine-Touched Destroyer Backpack Glider Combo

    On the other end of the fashion spectrum, add a touch of terror to your look with a pair of sinister wings. You can even dye the glider to suit your tastes.

  • Returning Items!

    Kasmeer’s Staff Skin is back, along with the Metallurgic Dye Kit and Cosmic gathering tools.

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

Flashpoint is Live

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The fifth episode of Living World Season 3, Flashpoint, is now live! You can visit the release page for more details and read the complete release notes on our forums.

It’s a great time to buy Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ and play new Living World episodes as they’re released! Guild Wars 2‘s first expansion is now available at a new, lower price—starting at $29.99 (USD) for the Standard Edition. You’ll receive a free Level-80 Boost when you purchase
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, so you can jump right into the action.

As you play this release, consider adding information you find to the official wiki for the benefit of the Guild Wars 2 community! You can find information about how to edit an article or generally contribute to the wiki on this page.

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of May 1

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of May 1

Tuesday, May 2

Peachy Plays Episode 5 (by AuroraPeachy) (English)
9:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Jump right into the new story content with AuroraPeachy and the Peachy Party community!

Bog Otter’s Otterly Amazing Stream (by Bog Otter)(English)
11:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Join Bog Otter & the Otterman Empire in their adventures in Tyria!

Wednesday, May 3

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Vasburg)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Longtime Guild Wars® and Guild Wars 2 fan artist Vasburg hosts the show for the first time on this week’s edition! You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

Sunday, May 7

Tyria’s Next Topmodel (by fashionfuchs)(German)
8:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Are you hot like Primordus? Maybe you have what it takes to burn bright as Tyria’s fashion superstar!

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Trading Post Maintenance

Last Post: Apr 28, 2017 18:18

The Trading Post is currently undergoing maintenance. We will re-enable it as soon as possible.

Legendary Armor is Coming Soon!

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Hi, I’m Paul Ella, producer for Guild Wars 2 raids, and today I am happy to reveal the launch of legendary armor.

First, a little background.

When we started creating raids, our aim was to produce complex endgame combat that would really give players a chance to demonstrate their skills, abilities, and tactical thinking in overcoming its challenges. As a reward for defeating the raid bosses, we realized early on that we would need something that reflects your success to other players. Enter legendary armor—the ultimate pinnacle of armor in all of Tyria.

Creating the armor has been a very long and intense process; we’ve never produced any armor set as complicated as the legendary armor. A key original requirement was that the armor should animate. However, when we started digging into what that entailed, it soon became apparent that this wouldn’t be simple: for us to accommodate that design vision required multiple engineering changes to the underlying game engine.

To clip or not to clip…

The one key premise we’ve had for legendary armor is that it shouldn’t clip with itself. That might sound like a simple thing, but let me tell you—it’s far easier said than done. Remember, what we’re doing with this armor is different from anything else in the game. The way the models for the Guild Wars 2 characters are made makes it an exercise in compromise. For example, if a player character’s hand clips through a skirt, we could move the hand—but the hand now clips through a weapon. We can move the weapon’s stow point—but the weapon now floats too far away from the body. We can use a particle effect to hide the gap…but that impacts the frame rate, and so on, and so on. Every change we make has consequences. Where we are now with the armor is the result of hundreds of hours of making similar decisions. There will be clipping—it’s the level of clipping that is important.

The armor makes the human—or norn, charr, asura, or sylvari.

As I mentioned in my previous armor blog, we want the legendary armor to transform you into a killing machine, laying waste to your enemies upon entering combat and then returning you to a serene state in time for tea and medals. The silhouette of each armor set is unique, as are the design concepts behind each set, but the artists responsible for the armor can explain it better.

Heavy Armor

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The heavy armor conveys images of chivalrous knights—plated ‘iron soldiers’ of war. With a flash, and the flare of winged magic, the armor transforms and is imbued with mystical energy. Since the heavy armor was our first implementation of this new armor tech, the challenge quickly grew beyond making a good-looking armor; we had to figure out how to convey a sense of awe that grows with the armor through its transformation while navigating through the confines of new technical limitations compounded on top of the already existing ones. —Bojin Shi

Medium Armor

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Medium armor is crafted from a collection of the finest bones of legendary foes. These special bones hold magical powers that are channeled throughout the armor, culminating in a surge of mystical energy. When the transformation is complete, excess energy is expelled from the wyvern skulls. —Loraine Howard III

Light Armor

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The light armor is based on the mystical energy of crystals. It’s surrounded by crystal energy, and holds magical power within. When entering combat, the crystal energy is released to transform the armor into its combat form. The energy is distributed among crystal spikes, manifesting as an electrical aura. The armor transformation was a huge challenge, but the result is quite satisfying. — Mia Kim

It’ll all end in runes.

As with legendary weapons, each piece of the legendary armor will let you select its stats from any of those available in the game when you’re out of combat. If you want to use Yassith’s headpiece with Zojja’s tassets and Ahamid’s boots, it’s as simple as clicking on that armor piece and selecting those stats.

Take the example I run into on a regular basis: as a warrior, I normally run a Phalanx Strength build, using a set of ascended armor with berserker stats and Superior Runes of the Scholar. However, sometimes a fight calls for me to run a condition build. This requires a separate set of armor with different stats and different runes.

Legendary armor with selectable stats would address the need for two sets of armor with different stats—but what about the runes? Don’t worry, we have you covered.

When you apply an upgrade (rune or infusion) to a piece of legendary armor and there is already an upgrade in the slot you have selected, the existing upgrade will be moved to your inventory and the new upgrade will replace it. Simple as that.

Go get it!

When Flashpoint releases next Tuesday, players will be able to complete the collection and legendary armor will be obtainable (and viewable in the wardrobe). Each piece can be worn individually or as a complete set, so you are free to mix and match.

To complete the collection, players will need to visit and interact with the only living thing remaining in the Bastion of the Penitent once the prison has been cleared.

Good luck, and see you in the game.

—Paul

Watch the Trailer for Flashpoint

Flashpoint, the fifth and penultimate episode of Living World Season 3, arrives on May 2! Watch the teaser trailer below, and see the truth reflected.

Buy Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ today and play new Living World episodes as they’re released! Guild Wars 2‘s first expansion is now available at a new, lower price—starting at $29.99 (USD) for the Standard Edition. You’ll receive a free Level-80 Boost when you purchase
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, so you can jump right into the action.

Join us on the Guild Wars 2 subreddit on release day after the episode goes live. Members of the development team will be there to celebrate the release with fans.e episode goes live. Members of the development team will be there to celebrate the release with fans.

Turn Back Time with an Hourglass Staff!

It’s the anniversary of the Searing, so check the store throughout the week—I’ll be restocking some of the items I’ve commissioned based on designs from 250 years ago. Now, I’m commemorating, mind you, not celebrating. Don’t send me any more strident nastygrams postmarked from Ebonhawke.

  • Hourglass Staff

    This intricate staff is probably new to you, unless you’re some kind of wacky, Mists-walking time traveler—or you’re secretly hundreds of years old. Even if you’re not, you can look the part.

  • Retro Fashion Discounts!

    For a limited time, I’m offering the glowing Chaos Gloves Skin at 20% off, and the classic Monk’s Outfit at 40% off. You can also pick up a package of Salvager’s Supplies, containing both of our convenient Salvage-o-Matics with sundry items, an Upgrade Extractor to save your valuable runes and sigils, and 3 Black Lion Claim Ticket Scraps.

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of April 24

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of April 24

Wednesday, April 26

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Mohammad Qureshi)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
We’re pleased to welcome Mohammad to his first time on the art show! Tune in to see his stunning landscape work. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

Saturday, April 29

Weekend Chillstream with Shadiz (by Shadiz_live) (English)
8:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Join Shadiz for a chill session of sPvP and/or Fractals fun!

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New Hair and Accessory Colors in Total Makeover Kits!

“Why don’t you dye your fur, Evon?” is a question I hear…well, not frequently. Once in a while. Maybe every other—hmm. Somebody asked me that once, let’s put it that way. Anyway, the reason is that I have a brand image to maintain. I could change up the color of my mane, I suppose, but I’m often told the grey makes me look distinguished. At least one person has told me that, and they weren’t even an employee.

  • New Hair Colors and Accessory Dyes

    Imagine: you, wearing one of six exclusive new hair colors, warding off the last of the chill with a good book while spring rain falls gently outside. The object of your affection or animosity walks in. You lock eyes. Sophisticated. Mysterious. Beautiful. Find your new look in Total Makeover Kits and Self-Style Hair Kits.

  • Primordus’ Dye Kit

    Do you know what’s better than fire? Magic fire. Here’s a dye kit that’ll give you one of twenty-five flaming colors, with a chance to find six shimmering, brand-new shades. Now that’s hot stuff.

  • Chaos and Crystal—Restocked!

    Light up your fights with the Chaos Weapon Collection, now available at your local Black Lion Weapons Specialist. I’ve also brought back our popular Crystalline Dragon Wings Backpack Glider Combo, and rotated the selection of miniatures available from the Black Lion Miniature vendor.

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

Frost Gun Disabled

Last Post: Apr 18, 2017 01:14

An exploit has been noted involving the use of the Frost Gun (consumable item) in combination with certain traits. We have temporarily disabled the Frost Gun while we address the exploit, and will let you know when the item has been re-enabled.

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of April 17

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of April 17

Tuesday, April 18

Peachy Party (by AuroraPeachy) (English)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Play, discuss and learn all about Guild Wars 2 with AuroraPeachy and her knowledgeable and friendly community!

Wednesday, April 19

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Quesque)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Follow along with Quesque as she answers questions about her artistic process. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

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The Krytan Herald (by The Krytan Herald) (English)
1:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
The Krytan Herald illuminates the history of the Shining Blade, shedding light on one of Tyria’s most mysterious organizations.

Saturday, April 22

Weekend Chillstream with Shadiz (by Shadiz_live) (English)
8:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Join Shadiz for a chill session of sPvP and/or Fractals fun!

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Box o’ Fun Disabled

Last Post: Apr 14, 2017 00:06

We’ve identified an exploit with the Super Adventure Box o’ Fun that allowed players to obtain an immunity to all negative effects and conditions. Some players were abusing the exploit to gain an unfair advantage over others. Due to the impact of this issue, we have decided to temporarily disable the ability for players to summon a Super Adventure Box o’ Fun and have actioned the players who abused this exploit. We will re-enable the item as soon as the exploit has been resolved.

Enjoy Music from Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns With the Evergreen Philharmonic

Last week, the Evergreen Philharmonic performed a concert featuring tracks from Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™. If you didn’t get a chance to see them perform live, you can watch a recording of the concert below!

About the Evergreen Philharmonic

My name is Drew Cady, and I am a sound designer for ArenaNet. I’ve also worked with Doug Longman and the Issaquah school district for decades. Putting my two passions together seemed to be so natural.

Every year, Mr. Longman and I have produced a CD of the Evergreen Philharmonic. I’m grateful to work with such an openminded director. Our relationship over the years has always been making the orchestra sound as best we can, so each year we have tried new things, added more microphones, and pushed the bar up. This concert was an extension of that, to try something new in a live setting.

As composers Maclaine Diemer and Lena Chappelle started to produce sheet music to record the Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns themes, I was intrigued by the possibility of the Evergreen Philharmonic playing this music too. When Mr. Longman and I mixed the next year’s CD, I played a few themes from the live recording done in Germany. I would tickle his ear every so often when we were having a break.

He was interested, and the seed of the idea was planted. Mr. Longman said, “Let’s see what we can do next year.” Once we had the date set, the orchestra started to practice.
There are 74 students in this year’s orchestra. Mr. Longman and I wanted this to sound as big in person as we could. We wired a total of 19 mics, reprogrammed the mixing console, and rehearsed with the students. One of the students, Brandon Hu, was very helpful in setting up microphones, and another couple of students also helped out behind the scenes.

I also put together a slide show that would follow each theme to back up the location and feel. Stage manager Caitlyn Skinner programmed the lights to match the slide show color palette, and ran cues during the show following the score. Dylan Hepworth and I mixed the audio together, ensuring the melody would be heard as it weaved through the instruments. Both of these students went above and beyond, making the event very memorable.

I really enjoyed working with the students and mentoring along the way, and I was so pleased to share my passions with the students and the audience.


You can watch the documentary Nature of the Sound to see more of the Evergreen Philharmonic!

Take off With a Super Holo-Copter Glider Combo!

Holo-tech always makes me a little nervous. It’s not like iron, where you can be sure what you’re standing on. And the Super Adventure Box? Imagine thinking you were in a solid, three-dimensional space, and then some glitch happens and you’re stuck inside a mountain—or falling into nothingness, revealing reality as nothing but a hollow facade, cleverly designed to fool your senses. Interesting stuff, but I’ll stay right here in the real world, thank you very much.

  • Super Holo-Copter Glider Combo

    Don’t let the fact that it’s made of light and good feelings stop you from using our newest glider to carry you safely to the ground the next time you jump off a cliff. It’s stylish and practical—just don’t tilt your head too far back.*

  • Super Adventure Logging Bear

    Only you can prevent running out of tree-chopping implements when you’re out in the woods. Gather up one of these permanent tools, and collect your lumber with super efficiency.

  • Wide Rim Glasses and Bunny Ears Return!

    Some of our most popular helms are back for a limited time…all the better to see and hear you with.

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

*The Black Lion Trading Company is not responsible for injury or death resulting from placing extremities inside the radius of an operational Super Holo-Copter Glider. Please exercise caution when handling the blades.

Community Showcase Live: April 2017

Join host Gaile Gray and developer guest Josh Foreman for the next episode of Community Showcase Live on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel! They’ll showcase artwork, fan projects, videos, and crafts, all created by the amazingly talented Guild Wars 2 community.

Community Showcase Live will air on Wednesday, April 12 at noon Pacific Time (UTC-7).

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of April 10

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of April 10

Tuesday, April 11

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Peachy Party Hangout (by AuroraPeachy) (English)
9:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Play, discuss, and learn all about Guild Wars 2 with AuroraPeachy and an extremely knowledgeable and friendly community!

Wednesday, April 12

Community Showcase Live (by ArenaNet)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Gaile Gray presents community creations. Feeling inspired? Want a chance to be featured on the show yourself? Hop on over to Tumblr and submit your work.

Friday, April 14

Bog Otter’s Cuz Eggs Celebration! (by Bog Otter)(English)
9:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Join Bog Otter as he celebrates spring with a full-day giveaway stream. You could win gem codes, Black Lion weapon skins, and even legendary precursors!

Sunday, February 19

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Tyrias Next Topmodel (by fashionfuchs)(German)
11:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Fashionfuchs is back, looking for the next Tyrian superstar. Do you have what it takes to dominate the runway? Participate and find out!

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Price Changes for Forgeman Pieces

Last Post: Apr 05, 2017 22:09

In the next release, we are going to be raising the prices of the Forgeman Mantle, Forgeman Raiment, and Forgeman Leggings so that they are consistent with the remainder of the dungeon armor prices.

Make Some Super New Friends!

Why do bee dogs adhere to the human monarchical system? A beehive far more closely resembles the efficient structure of the High Legions, and “beegionnaire” is a better pun. Queens and princesses—bah. What’s Moto’s angle? Bizarre, if you ask me.

  • New Miniature Super Trio

    Take a Mini Super Goat, Mini Super Snake, or Mini Super Frog with you on your next jaunt into the Super Adventure Box. They’ll keep you company and won’t laugh when you die. If you’re feeling like royalty, you can toss them into the Mystic Forge with a Continue Coin and combine them into a Mini Super Queen Bee Dog.

  • Super Adventure Items Are Back in Stock!

    I’ve brought back the Permanent Super Explosive Finisher and Super Adventure Glider for a limited time. And, for today only, you can pick up a free Super Adventure Box o’ Fun in the store!

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of April 3

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of April 3

Monday, April 3

Super Adventure Box: Tribulation Mode (by Luality) (English)
3:00 PM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Dying is part of life. Dying over and over is part of Tribulation Mode. Watch Lua and friends tackle the challenge!

Wednesday, April 5

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Changinghand)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)
We’re happy to welcome Changinghand to the Guild Wars 2 Art Show, where he’ll polish artwork of his Guild Wars 2 characters and share insights about his creative process.
You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

Saturday, April 8

Positive PvP (by JoinJess)(German)
10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)
Let’s add some sugar to all the salt! Join Jess for positive and uplifting PvP fun.

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Super Adventure Festival is Here!

Moto still won’t license his technology to me—ahem—but he’s opened up his Super Adventure Box again for all of you bouncy types. He’s even made what he calls a “page” for it, so go have a look at his colorful bells and whistles.

Oh, and if you happen to find anything interesting while you’re hopping through, report back.

  • Happy Cloud Glider

    Never let it be said that I can’t get into the spirit of a festival. Stand tall on our newest glider, and let everybody know that sometimes life really is all fluffy clouds and rainbows.

  • Super Adventure Fun!

    If you’ve got our Miniature Super Trio—the Mini Super Bee Dog, Mini Super Monkey, and Mini Super Spider—toss them in the Mystic Forge with a Continue Coin to get your very own Mini Storm Wizard. And don’t forget to grab a Super Adventure Pack, complete with an Infinite Continue Coin, Super Bee Dog Mail Carrier, and Super Adventure Box o’ Fun.

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press ‘O’ to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!