Swirl across Galaxies with the Cosmic Surfer Glider

Swirl across Galaxies with the Cosmic Surfer Glider

Cosmic Surfer Glider

Open yourself to the beauty of space and surf through the cosmic highways of your dreams!

What’s in Stock

We’re refreshing our seasonal selection of armor sets with a 20% discount this Friday. Some of the incredible discounted items include Zodiac Light, Medium, and Heavy Armor Skins, the Phalanx Heavy-Armor Skin, Viper’s Medium-Armor Skin, and more!

Returning This Week

Black Lion Chest Keys, Transmutation Charges, Total Makeover Kits, Self-Style Hair Kits, and Name Change Contracts are 20% off until July 17. Give your character a new look this summer!

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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Guild Wars 2 Elder Dragon Saga Expansion Sale

Guild Wars 2 Elder Dragon Saga Expansion Sale

Our next expansion is just around the corner, but it’s never too late to see what’s come before! From June 29 until July 13, all of Guild Wars 2®‘s previously released expansions will be available at up to 50% off through our official site, Steam®, or official retail partners.

On our official site:

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns and Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire Standard Edition: 50% Off
Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons Standard and Deluxe Editions: 20% Off
Elder Dragon Saga Standard Collection: 35% Off
Elder Dragon Saga Deluxe Collection: 30% Off
Elder Dragon Saga Complete Collection: 20% Off

On Steam:

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns and Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire Standard Edition: 50% Off
Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons Standard Edition: 20% Off
Elder Dragon Saga Complete Collection: 21% Off

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns

The story of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns takes place in the Heart of Maguuma, the deep jungle where Pact forces crashed on their way to confront the Elder Dragon Mordremoth. Discover the secrets of the Maguuma jungle, meet the new cultures and races who live there, and explore the vastly vertical maps as you progress your characters through this new region.

Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire

Balthazar threatens the Crystal Desert and adjoining kingdom of Elona with his Forged legions. Explore vast new maps filled with magic-drenched desert plains, ancient temples and ruins, and beautiful oases. Uncover the secrets of Tyria’s history, and discover the fate of the Elonian people after years of silence.

Guild Wars 2: End of Dragons

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 skiffs, fishing, and your own jade bot, and explore four new zones in the nation of Cantha. You’ll also gain access to free content that continues the expansion’s story.

Each expansion includes nine new specializations and access to the revenant profession. Don’t miss out on these amazing discounts—Tyria awaits you!

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Play the Weaponmaster Training Beta June 29 – July 2!

Play the Weaponmaster Training Beta June 29 – July 2!

Greetings, Tyrians!

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure™, we’re here with full details of this weekend’s Weaponmaster Training beta. The event runs from Thursday, June 29 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) until 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 2, and it is open to everyone (that means it’s not gated behind prepurchase).

What Is Weaponmaster Training?

This expansion focuses on new ways of augmenting the combat options for each profession. Weaponmaster training is a Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure feature that grants elite specialization weapon proficiency to each profession, regardless of whether the corresponding elite specialization is equipped—or even trained! This is one example of the ways we’re lifting constraints to unlock an unprecedented number of playstyle customization options while staying true to the feel of Guild Wars 2 combat.

Your beta character will have weaponmaster training unlocked, granting you automatic access to each elite specialization weapon for your profession. Why not try out a sword as a catalyst, or play a dagger-wielding mirage?

How Can I Participate?

Every Guild Wars 2 account in good standing, including Play-for-Free accounts, will automatically get character slots marked “Beta” when the beta begins. Clicking on one of these slots will allow you to create a character from any of the nine Guild Wars 2 professions.

From there, explore the open world or try a game mode dedicated to group play. You’ll find options to join World vs. World and structured Player vs. Player in the bar located at the top-left corner of your UI. To tackle the Fractals of the Mists instanced group content, visit Fort Marriner in Lion’s Arch and enter the portal.

Please note that the beta characters will disappear on July 2 at 10:00 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) at the end of the event, and any gameplay progress earned while playing on them—including rewards and currency—will not be saved.

We’ve created a thread in each profession’s subforum for feedback from this beta. After you’ve had a chance to play, we’d like to hear what you think—what you enjoyed, what you think could be improved, and why you liked or disliked certain build changes in the beta. Please visit the threads for elementalist, engineer, guardian, mesmer, necromancer, ranger, thief, revenant, and warrior to share your feedback.

What Comes Next?

We’ll be back in the next week or so with details about the next WvW World Restructuring beta, which will feature the ability for guilds to team up in Alliances for WvW. Between now and launch, we’ll share additional deep dives on Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure features, so be sure to keep an eye on our blog. Then, on August 22, the expansion begins—weaponmaster training, streamlined runes, and the new relic system will all go live alongside a brand-new story and more. Sometime after launch, we’ll have news about a beta event for another expansion feature: expanded weapon proficiencies. More features, story, and combat challenges will unlock in releases following the expansion launch.

If you haven’t yet locked in your prepurchase rewards, you can visit our store page and get a copy of the expansion in time to wear your exclusive Demon Hunter title during the beta this weekend!

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Announcing Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure

Announcing Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure

A new chapter in Tyria’s story begins August 22 with the launch of Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure™, our newest expansion. Soon, you’ll be soaring through new maps high in the skies above Tyria, testing your mettle against invaders from the Mists, and mastering new combat options. The adventure continues after launch, with major releases planned every few months that introduce new locations and rewards as they expand the features and continue the story of Secrets of the Obscure.

Visit the Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure official site for more details on the expansion features and story.

Where and how can I buy?

Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure is available for prepurchase! Pick it up right now through our official web store or from the in-game store, Steam, or official retailers.

Prepurchasing guarantees you the following three rewards: the Demon Hunter title, the Arcane Spellweaver’s Hat Skin, and an Eagle Eye weapon skin of your choice. Your prepurchase rewards, as well as any items associated with the expansion edition you buy, will be distributed and available in the game once you apply your Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure registration code to your account. For full details on the items included with the Standard, Deluxe, and Ultimate Editions, visit the official store page.

When can I play?

Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure launches August 22, 2023, at approximately 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7). At launch, the first arc of the expansion’s epic story, as well as two new maps, will allow players to explore the skies while putting many of the new gameplay features to the test. Major updates, coming out roughly once a quarter following the expansion, will continue the experience with additional story chapters, a new map, and more features and content.

To get a taste of what’s in store, check out the Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure combat beta weekend, which runs from June 29 to July 2.

Where can I find more information?

The Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure official page has an overview of the full expansion. To accompany today’s announcement, we’ve shared further details on expansion combat systems, story and instanced content, and rewards. You can subscribe to our newsletter for important announcements and keep an eye on the official blog for the latest news!

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Combat in Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure

Combat in Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure

Today we announced Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure™, a new expansion launching later this year. If you’re looking for a high-level overview of the expansion as a whole, check out the official site. We also released a massive balance update today—the full of changes that tee up expansion features. What features are those, you might ask? That’s what we’re here to cover.

Combat Philosophy

In our spring update blog, we talked about how we’re looking for ways to add meaningful combat choices besides adding new elite specializations. With core trait lines and three expansions’ worth of elite specializations, each profession already has access to tons of roles and playstyles. For Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure, we’ve focused our efforts on bolstering and refining existing combat systems and removing longstanding limitations to put even more compelling build choices in your hands.

At Launch: Weaponmaster Training

One of the best parts about an expansion release is getting to use a new weapon and weapon skills from elite specializations. Up until now, you could only equip each elite specialization’s weapon by locking yourself into that elite specialization’s trait line. But what if you could charge into the fray as a hammer-wielding holosmith or control the battlefield as a firebrand with a longbow?

This expansion will introduce Weaponmaster Training, which turns the elite specialization weapons already associated with each profession into core proficiencies. Once you’ve unlocked Weaponmaster Training in Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure, you’ll be able to use elite specialization weapons without the corresponding trait line equipped. This will be the case even if you haven’t trained an elite specialization. That means that even if you don’t own the other expansions, you’ll be able to mix and match weapons from the elite specializations associated with them. (You’ll still need to own the appropriate expansion and fully unlock each elite specialization to make use of its trait line—not to mention getting the signature weapon and armor piece!)

Here are the weapons that will become part of each profession’s core proficiencies in Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure:

Guardian: Axe (main hand), sword (off hand), longbow
Revenant: Shield (off hand), greatsword, short bow
Warrior: Dagger (main and off hand), pistol (off hand), torch (off hand)
Engineer: Mace (main hand), sword (main hand), hammer
Ranger: Dagger (main hand), hammer, staff
Thief: Scepter (main hand), rifle, staff
Elementalist: Sword (main hand), warhorn (off hand), hammer
Mesmer: Axe (main hand), dagger (main hand), shield (off hand)
Necromancer: Pistol (main hand), torch (off hand), greatsword

As a fun bonus, this means we’re also introducing a few new skills for edge cases like berserker’s Primal Burst while wielding a dagger, or the untamed’s Unleashed Ambush while wielding a staff.

We’re excited about the new freedom this will open up for all types of players. If you simply prefer a particular weapon, you’ll be free to equip that weapon regardless of your elite specialization. If you like experimenting and optimizing your build, you’ll have a ton of new combinations to explore.

You’ll be able to try out Weaponmaster Training and combine different weapons and elite specializations during our beta weekend, which will run from June 29 to July 2.

At Launch: Rune Rework

In the same spirit of opening more meaningful build choices, we’re excited to be streamlining the rune system with Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure. As they exist in the game today, runes have five tiers of relatively straightforward stat bonuses, and the sixth tier is a wild card that can offer additional bonuses or special effects. The wild card sixth tier arbitrarily linked two build components to a single choice. Keeping with the theme of our combat updates for the expansion, we’re splitting those into two separate choices to give players more meaningful control. With the first release on August 22, the sixth tier of each rune set will instead complete the stat bonuses associated with that rune set, and the additional special effects or conditional bonuses will be removed entirely.

But fear not—special bonus effects in combat aren’t just going away as a category! We’ve split them off into their own build component, so you can choose both the stats you want and which special effect is right for your build. Which brings us to…

At Launch: Introducing Relics

Starting on August 22, everyone’s build will include a relic slot that becomes usable at level 60. Many of the relics that are available to players regardless of expansion ownership will cover the functionality of popular sixth-tier rune bonuses. For example, the Relic of the Trooper’s effect is identical to the previous sixth-tier Trooper rune effect: “Remove a condition from each affected ally after using a shout skill.” Other core relics have an updated effect compared to the sixth-tier rune they used to be associated with, like the Relic of the Thief: “Upon striking an enemy with a weapon skill that has a cooldown or resource cost, gain 1% strike damage for 6 seconds, up to a maximum of 5 stacks, and refresh duration of all stacks to 6 seconds.”

Generally, you’ll be able to get relics through crafting, instanced content like Fractals of the Mists and Strike Missions, reward tracks, achievements, and more. To celebrate the new system, we’ll distribute a relic selection box to all players at launch.

Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure owners can look forward to expansion-exclusive relics as well—some of these will become available at launch, with others to follow in subsequent releases.

Future Update: Expanded Weapon Proficiency

To round off our combat systems updates, we’re granting each profession proficiency with an additional weapon. Like we said earlier: getting to play with a new weapon and changing out your first five skills is one of the most impactful parts of an elite specialization for many players. The weapons and weapon skills we’re introducing to each profession in Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure are meant to satisfy that same itch of a new skillset—we just focused on making these weapons fit in with the existing trait lines.

This is planned for the second major release after launch (and we’re aiming to ship those major releases quarterly). We’ll have more details about the style of play associated with these weapons as we get closer to this feature shipping, and later this year we’ll have a beta for you to preview the changes. For now, here’s the lineup of who’s getting what:

Guardian: Pistol (main and off hand)
Revenant: Scepter (main hand)
Warrior: Staff
Engineer: Short bow
Ranger: Mace (main and off hand)
Thief: Axe (main hand)
Elementalist: Pistol (main hand)
Mesmer: Rifle
Necromancer: Sword (main and off hand)

Try and See

This weekend (June 29–July 2), we’ll be previewing Weaponmaster Training! Anyone with a Guild Wars 2 account in good standing—including Play for Free accounts—can create a beta character and take the changes out for a spin to see how they feel. Hungry for more Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure info? Check out our blogs from today on story, systems, and rewards. And keep an eye out for more news between now and the launch on August 22!

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