Celebrate the Wintersday spirit and treat your friends and family—or yourself—to the gift of Guild Wars 2.
Guild Wars 2 Expansion Sales
The following discounted items are available from now until January 5 on the official Guild Wars 2 website and participating retailers listed below.
Guild Wars 2—The Complete Collection
Experience the entire dragon cycle saga from beginning to end with Guild Wars 2—The Complete Collection. This bundle contains all three expansions and all purchasable Living World episodes to date.
You’ll also get two Level-80 Boosts, allowing you instantly level up two characters and jump straight into our latest content, with two Shared Inventory Slots to easily share items with every character on your account.
This collection is available now at a 20% discount during the Winter Sale for $79.99 USD.
Guild Wars 2—All Expansions Collection
Begin your journey to discover the secrets of the Elder Dragons in the Heart of Maguuma, where a Pact fleet has gone down in flames on their way to confront the jungle dragon, Mordremoth. Travel to the Crystal Desert to stop the god of fire and war from destroying Tyria in his arrogance. Finally, discover how a new cycle begins in the land of Cantha.
The Standard Edition includes all three Guild Wars 2 expansions, along with a Shared Inventory Slot and a Level-80 Boost to help your character get started in Cantha. (This collection does not include Living World Seasons 2 through 5.)
This collection is available now at a 30% discount during the Winter Sale for $34.99 USD.
Expansion 3—Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons™
The future of Cantha is now. The dragon cycle that has sustained and blighted Tyria for ages is collapsing. Mortal hearts and choices will define this moment in history—and echo in the future forever. Unlock new elite specializations, Masteries, and more, including access to fishing and skiffs.
This expansion is available now for $23.99 USD, a 20% discount.
Expansions 1 and 2—Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ & Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™
Unlock mounts, gliding, and more with the first two expansions for Guild Wars 2. This package grants you access to a new profession, the revenant, as well as eighteen elite specializations to change the way you play. Experience the joy of movement with the best mounts in MMOs.
This expansion bundle is available now for $14.99 USD, a 50% discount.
You can also purchase these items from the following third-party retailers:
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Before we head out for our annual holiday break and bid farewell to 2022, we want to take a few moments to celebrate the past year and extend our heartfelt gratitude to you, our players, for making it all possible.
2022 was a fantastic year for Guild Wars 2, and it started off with a bang. On February 28, we released our third expansion, Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons™, which brought a climactic end to the elder dragon saga (spoiler!). The team poured their heart and soul into bringing a reimagined Cantha to life, and in the end, we delivered an experience that we’re incredibly proud of.
But the expansion is just one part of this year’s story. Living World Season 1—which had previously been unplayable for over eight years—returned as a free and permanent addition to the base game. We delivered significant quality-of-life gameplay improvements for both new players and veterans, with more to come. We made considerable progress on long-term initiatives like the DirectX11 upgrade and WvW World Restructuring, and we renewed our focus on regularly refreshing key gameplay systems like combat. And we released Guild Wars 2 on Steam, putting Tyria on the map for an entirely new group of gamers.
We’ve also reinforced our commitment to being transparent and communicating regularly with all of you, with regular studio updates, quarterly roadmaps, and balance preview livestreams. In the background, we’ve been working quietly on our next content update, and we began early development on our fourth expansion. In the midst of everything, we celebrated the 10th anniversary of Guild Wars 2‘s original release—an achievement only made possible by the support of our community.
All of this paid off in a big way. Back in April, we reported that our active player count had more than doubled over the past few years and that Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons had already outsold our previous expansion, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™. Today, we’re excited to share a new accomplishment. This year we’ve already seen more players venture into Tyria for the first time since 2015— the year we made the base game content playable for free and launched our first expansion, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™. This has been one of the best years for Guild Wars 2 in recent memory, and we’re eager to keep building on that momentum.
We’ll be back early next year to talk about our Q1 plans, which include wrapping up the DirectX11 transition, continuing work on World vs. World, upgrading our in-game browser technology from Coherent to Chromium Embedded Framework, and of course new Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons content. We’re also looking forward to sharing our long-term vision and plans for the game.
Thank you all for a fantastic 2022. Let’s do it again next year.
Have a wonderful Wintersday!
—The Guild Wars 2 Team
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Plush Siege Turtle
Dominate the pillow-fighting fields with a set of cannons that can outgun any hostile toys you encounter. Just try not to fall asleep in that plush driver’s seat.
This item will change the appearance of your siege turtle mount. This item will also permanently unlock this appearance in your account wardrobe.
Wintersday Gifting Rewards Campaign
For the next week, the Knife Tail Gang Hunting Bond will once again be available in the Gem Store, and we’re offering a reward for spreading the holiday cheer!
Gift at least five Knife Tail Gang Hunting Bonds to other players and you’ll receive four Black Lion Chest Keys in return! Help your friends unlock exclusive Black Lion Trading Company items and earn some keys for your generosity.
Black Lion Chest keys will be rewarded to participating players via in-game mail the week of January 15.
Free and Discounted Items
Free Transmutation Charges and Wintersday Mini Gift
Log in to Guild Wars 2 within the next three weeks and claim ten free Transmutation Charges and a Wintersday Mini Gift from the Gem Store!
Black Lion Weapons Voucher and Black Lion Chair Voucher
Unlock Black Lion exclusive weapon and chair skins with these discounted items. Available now at a 19% discount!
Bag Slot Expansions
For this week only, get 40% off Bag Slot Expansions (limit of two per account). We’ve also raised the maximum per-character bag slot limit from ten to twelve.
Black Lion Chest Update
Black Lion Exclusive: Festive Iceberg Skiff Skin
Fancy some ice fishing? Spread the holiday cheer across the oceans with an iceberg propelled by Wintersday hopes and dreams!
This skin is available exclusively as an uncommon find when opening Black Lion Chests. It will permanently unlock a new appearance for your skiff in your account wardrobe.
Black Lion Guarantee: The Evon Gnashblade Wintersday Gift
In every Black Lion Chest you open for the next four weeks, you’ll find the Evon Gnashblade Wintersday Gift. Open this gift box for a chance at up to seven random items from a massive list of goods that includes rare crafting materials, infusions, and more!
Returning This Week
Cuddly Cat Jade Bot Skin
Take advantage of the new Mini Jade Bot and carry this cuddly cat with you everywhere! For a limited time, the Cuddly Cat Jade Bot Skin is back!
This item will change the appearance of your jade bot. This item will also permanently unlock this appearance in your account wardrobe. Equipping a jade bot mini while a jade bot skin is equipped will change the appearance of the jade bot mini to match your current skin. You can acquire a Mini Jade Bot of your own by trading Research Notes to a Xunlai Jade Sales Associate in Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons explorable zones. When summoned, this mini will inherit the appearance of your currently equipped jade bot skin.
Knife Tail Gang Hunting Bond
The Knife Tail Gang have broken into the Black Lion Trading Company vaults!
Use this bond to hunt Knife Tail Gang members. While bonded, any kill worth experience points has a chance to reveal one of the Knife Tail Gang! Each bond will allow you to loot a piece of Recovered Black Lion Goods, which are yours to keep. Recovered goods will always unlock a cosmetic option from the Black Lion Trading Company in your wardrobe—weapon skins, exclusive dye colors, and even mount skins!
Starting this Friday, look for the following items to be added to the Gem Store at a 20% discount:
Braham’s Wolfblood Outfit
Crystal Arbiter Outfit
Crystal Nomad Outfit
Dwayna’s Regalia Outfit
Dynamics Exo-Suit Outfit
Eve’s Prophecies Outfit
Imperial Guard Outfit
Jungle Explorer Outfit
Kasmeer’s Regal Outfit
Noble Count Outfit
Pharaoh’s Regalia Outfit
Primeval Dervish Outfit
Rox’s Pathfinder Outfit
Shadow Assassin Outfit
Shrine Guardian Outfit
White Mantle Outfit
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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Happy Wintersday, Tyria! Our yearly holiday festival is now live and available until January 3, 2023. You can check out all the details in the full release notes on our official forums. Read on for a quick rundown of the activities you can take part in during this festival and the rewards you can earn!
This festival is accessible to players of any level. Even if you’re brand new to the game, you can easily take part in our Wintersday activities and earn new cosmetic unlocks, utility items, and more!
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 new minis, guild hall decorations, recipes, tonics, and more.
Speak to one of the Charity Corps Seraph at the Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach to exchange your snowflakes for Snow Diamonds, and your Snow Diamonds for unique Wintersday rewards.
Many unique rewards—such as the new Wintersday Snow Boots and the Snowdrift weapon set—are obtained by completing achievements. You’ll find more information on the Wintersday achievements and their rewards in your Hero panel under the Daily and Festivals categories.
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. Portals leading to Divinity’s Reach will also be available in Lion’s Arch, the Black Citadel, Hoelbrak, Rata Sum, and the Grove.
Visit locations marked by peppermint candies on your map to participate in Wintersday activities. Don’t forget to visit Wintersday trees and Toymaker Tixx himself each day to collect gifts.
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.
Bell Choir Ensemble
Speak to the Bell Maestro near the Royal Terrace in Divinity’s reach to enter the Enchanted Snow Globe and take part in the bell choir ensemble! In this rhythm game, work together with your fellow Tyrians to reproduce songs from Guild Wars 2 and earn karma, Wintersday Gifts, and more!
Speak with the Charity Corps Seraph in the Crown Pavilion to purchase Rolls of Wrapping Paper. These rolls can be combined with various items earned from Wintersday activities to create Wrapped Gifts. Give these gifts to orphans throughout Divinity’s Reach and get some well-earned karma for your good deeds.
Race around Divinity’s Reach! You don’t need to have any mounts unlocked to take place in this race—a nearby rental service is available to rent a raptor for just 10 silver.
Use a unique set of snow-themed skills to defeat other players in this capture-the-flag-style game mode! Speak with the Festive Lionguard near the Royal Terrace in Divinity’s Reach to enter, then choose from three professions: supporter, heavy gunner, or scout. The first team to bring 500 points worth of Wintersday Gifts back to their base wins!
This content has no level requirement and can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels.
Strike Mission: Secret Lair of the Snowmen
Enter the portal southwest of the Crown Pavilion to take on the legendary Freezie! Form a squad of up to 10 players and mend Freezie’s frozen heart. This content is exclusively available to players who have reached level 80.
Enter Toymaker Tixx’s airship from the candy cane portal just west of the Crown Pavilion to assist the asuran craftsman in producing enough Wintersday presents for every resident of Tyria.
Take on the haywire machinery and malfunctioning toys throughout the workshop with a party of up to 5 players. This Wintersday-exclusive dungeon is accessible to players of any level and will dynamically adjust your attributes to those of a level 80 player if you are below that level.
Defend the gift dolyaks from Tixx’s malfunctioning toys! Speak to the Toy Captain just south of the Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach to enter this tower-defense-style game mode with a party of up to 5 players. This Wintersday-exclusive activity is accessible to players of any level and will dynamically adjust your attributes to those of a level 80 player if you are below that level.
Jumping puzzle lovers rejoice! Dodge exploding Wintersday gifts and jump across giant melting snowflakes in this holiday-themed jumping puzzle. Speak to the Festive Youth at the Crown Pavilion to enter the Winter Wonderland and take on one of three available paths through the snow, each offering its own difficulty. This content is available to players of any level.
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We are excited to support the Ready Check Cup, a raid tournament organized by Hardstuck and members of our Partner Program to raise funds for the Cure Rare Disease charity.
Save the date! The tournament will begin on Saturday, December 17 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8) and sign-ups will close 24 hours prior to the event.
During the tournament, teams will compete in four rounds of fast-paced, 30-minute matches in Spirit Vale, Salvation Pass, Stronghold of the Faithful, and Bastion of the Penitent.
The victorious teams will be rewarded with the Community Hero Title, Community Chests, gems, and gold!
Our partners Snebzor and MightyTeapot will be streaming the spectacle on Twitch at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8) on December 17, so be sure to tune in!
If you are eager to join the competition with your friends and guildmates, be sure to check the requirements and learn how to enter on the Ready Check Cup page.
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