The Guild Wars 2 team is preparing to sign off for our annual winter break, and we’re sending you and your loved ones all our best wishes for the New Year. We’ll be back on January 4, ready to begin the final stretch of our journey to Cantha!
Thank You from Team ArenaNet
We want to extend a special thanks to our community for your generosity, kindness, and companionship during our 2021 Extra Life Game Day event. With your help, we raised over $100,000 USD to benefit Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, for a total of more than $500,000 USD raised since we began participating in Extra Life in 2018. This year was our best ever—and we’re already looking forward to breaking our record again in 2022!
Lunar New Year 2022
This year’s Lunar New Year festival begins on January 25. Pick up some extra luck—and snacks—before Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons™.
Need a Light?
There are plenty of preparations to make before we set sail, and you can still catch up on the Seasons of the Dragons meta-achievement and earn legendary rewards!
In May we kicked off Living World Return, a retrospective playthrough event to help new players catch up on the story of the Dragon Cycle and to send level 80 players off to Cantha with some powerful equipment. During their spotlight weeks, episodes of Living World from Seasons 2 through 5 were free to unlock, and new achievements appeared in the story journal.
The Seasons of the Dragons meta-achievement will always be available. Complete the Living World Return meta-achievements whenever you like and earn an Ascended Weapon Chest, a Fragment of Prismatic Light, a 32-Slot Hero’s Trusty Backpack, the Returning Champion title, and a Prismatic Champion’s Regalia legendary amulet. When Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons arrives, you can redeem the Fragment of Prismatic Light for your choice of the new legendary precursor weapons.
Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons
We revealed the first gameplay details about the expansion during our July 27 First Look livestream. Since then, we’ve released more information about many of the expansion features:
Nine new elite specializations
Fishing and skiffs
Three of the new explorable areas: Shing Jea Island, Echovald Wilds, and the Jade Sea
New two-player siege turtle combat mount
New Isle of Reflections guild hall
Thank you to everyone who participated in the four beta preview events and took the new elite specializations and siege turtle out for a spin in Tyria! We can’t wait to see them out in the wild again.
Shortly after we come back from our holiday break, we’ll give you more information on our schedule for livestreams and activities leading up to the release.
While we’re looking forward to the future, have you considered what jade tech can do for you? Soon we’ll be ready to tell you all about the final Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons Mastery line—and all its practical uses for your busy adventuring lifestyle. Stay tuned!
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Free Wintersday Gifts
Happy Wintersday from the Black Lion Trading Company! Log in this week and visit the Gem Store to get your free Black Lion Claim Ticket.
On December 17, log in and pick up a free Guaranteed Wardrobe Unlock. Thank you for a wonderful, fashionable year!
Icy Demon Horns
Crown yourself with these delicate demonic horns and add a touch of danger to your holiday looks.
Plushy Raptor Skin
More fuzzy than fearsome, this enormous plush raptor is the perfect mount to ride on your gift delivery route. It’s available for direct purchase and can be found as an uncommon drop inside Black Lion Chests.
Keep your entire stable of mounts warm! The Cozy Wintersday Mounts Pack is back in stock.
Inside each chest, you’re guaranteed to find a redeemable Black Lion Statuette, a Black Lion Material Bag: Icebrood Saga, and two common items. You also have a chance to find something rarer in the fifth slot, including special items, glyphs, and skins from the Seven Reapers Weapon Collection and Alchemist Weapon Collection.
Exclusive Item: Lunar Backpack and Glider Combo
Descend with the glittering glory of a peaceful winter night. You’ll surely be a calming presence during the next Shatterer attack.
Abyss Stalker Weapon Collection
Add these sinister skins to your weapons, and your enemies will be in very deep trouble. They’re available from Black Lion Weapons Specialists for one Black Lion Claim Ticket each.
What’s in Stock
Stop by the Gem Store later this week to peruse our updated stock of winter outfits.
20% Off—Basic Harvesting Node Pack, Basic Lumber Node Pack, Basic Ore Node Pack, Basic Cloth Rack, Basic Leather Rack, and Snowflake Gobbler Pack
Returning This Week
20% Off—Fancy Winter Outfit, Winter Monarch Outfit, Arctic Explorer Outfit, Ice Encasement Outfit, Winter Solstice Outfit, Wintersday Appearance Package, and Winter Solstice Appearance Pack
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!
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We’re partnering with OMEN by HP to give you a chance to win a powerful new gaming laptop. Visit the Gleam.io portal and complete activities like following Guild Wars 2 and OMENbyHP on Twitter. The more activities you complete, the more chances you’ll have to win!
One grand prize winner will recieve an OMEN laptop. Check out the complete rules and regulations for all the details.
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Happy Wintersday! Our annual holiday festival is now live. Check out the release highlights and update notes for all the details.
Enjoy Wintersday and Enter to Win
Log in every day during the festival for a chance to win sweet gaming gear from BENQ, HyperX, and HP OMEN! One of these festive prize packages could be yours:
BENQ MOBIUZ EX2710S
HyperX Alloy Origins keyboard, HyperX Pulsefire Raid mouse & HyperX Cloud II Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons™ branded headset
HyperX Alloy Origins mechanical keyboard, HyperX PulseFire FPS Pro, HyperX Cloud Revolver headset and OMEN Transceptor backpack
From December 14 to January 3 you’ll earn one entry each time you log in to Guild Wars 2. Read the official rules for all the details.
Where to Go
Divinity’s Reach is the hub for Wintersday festivities. Check your mail for a letter from Tixx containing an Invitation to Wintersday, which you can use to travel instantly to Divinity’s Reach.
You’ll also receive a letter from Orphan Laine, who needs your help with a scavenger hunt. The hunt will require you to travel to some areas intended for level-80 players, but once you’ve unlocked it you can complete it at any time, even after Wintersday ends.
For the duration of the festival, massive Mysterious Presents will appear in the open world in Central Tyria maps. They explode when unwrapped, so take care! Fight off hostile skritt and collect the Wintersday Gifts that fall out.
What to Do
Snow is falling over Divinity’s Reach, and the Crown Pavilion is decorated for the season. If you look up, you’ll see Toymaker Tixx’s enormous airship, the Infinirarium, hovering overhead!
The Crown Pavilion
Visit locations marked by a peppermint candy on your map to participate in Wintersday activities. Don’t forget to visit Wintersday trees and Tixx himself each day to collect gifts.
Ho-Ho-Tron is collecting donations for those in need. Once enough kind souls have given gold for a gift delivery, you’ll need to protect the little golem and the gift-bearing festive dolyak from thieving skritt on their way to the portal.
Your mounts want to celebrate, too! Keep an ear open for race announcements and take your trusted companions on a spin around the city. If you don’t have a mount of your own, you can rent one.
If you just can’t eat another bite of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream, donate some Wintersday treats to the Seraph so they can share them with allies in Amnoon.
Speak to the Charity Corps Seraph to purchase gifts and wrapping paper and exchange them for Wrapped Gifts. Deliver gifts to orphans found all over Divinity’s Reach every day to brighten their holiday and earn karma.
The Wondrous Workshop
Gather four friends and take the giant peppermint portal near Tixx up to the Infinirarium to help save Wintersday. Skritt and rebellious toys are running amok up there!
Speak to the Toy Captain at the nearby vista to tackle Toypocalypse, a defense minigame located in the Infinirarium. You can jump into a private game with your friends or join a public instance.
Secret Lair of the Snowmen
The snowmen need your help—their leader’s heart has frozen solid! Join this Strike Mission in a public group or a preformed squad.
Chat with the Festive Youth to challenge this jumping puzzle. You’ll need to be fast on your feet to ward off the chill and stay on top of delicate snowflakes and exploding presents.
Follow color-coded cues to master this musical minigame. Talk to the Bell Maestro to get ringing.
Sure, snowball fights are great fun for kids…but this is snowball war. The Festive Lionguard will transport you to the battlefield for a PvP minigame with wintry weapon skills.
Wintersday activities award Wintersday Gifts containing an assortment of holiday treats and surprises. Festival currency includes snowflakes, Snow Diamonds, and karma, which you can exchange for minis, recipes, tonics, and more.
Many unique rewards are obtained by completing achievements. You’ll find information on the Wintersday achievements and their rewards in your Hero panel under the Daily and Festivals categories.
Above all, have a very merry Wintersday! Just remember—if there’s a snowball in your hand, you’re fair game.
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Don’t miss the next episode of the Guild Wars 2 Art Show livestream, where our ArenaNet Creative Partners show their latest Guild Wars 2-inspired work, discuss art techniques, and hang out in chat. Let’s celebrate art together!
The Guild Wars 2 Art Show
Wednesday, December 15 at noon Pacific Time (UTC-8)
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