Lunar New Year 2024 Begins Today

Lunar New Year 2024 Begins Today

Greetings, citizens of Tyria!

It’s time for the first festival of 2024, so head over to Divinity’s Reach and enjoy the annual Lunar New Year celebration. During the Year of the Dragon, you can enjoy fireworks displays, participate in games, sample delicious Canthan food, and earn new rewards. This yearly festival is live now and will be available until February 20.

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 Lunar New Year activities and earn new cosmetic unlocks, utility items, and more! The Wizard’s Vault also has new special objectives directing you toward all sorts of Lunar New Year activities. Earn that astral acclaim and collect your rewards!

You can check out all the details in the full release notes on our official forums. We also have a new event calendar where you can stay informed about our upcoming game updates, bonus events, festivals, Gem Store sales, and more! Keep your eye on it as we expand it with more information in the coming months.

Read on for a quick rundown of the activities you can participate in during this year’s Lunar New Year festival and catch a glimpse of the rewards you can earn.


This Lunar New Year has many new rewards for players to collect and earn. The annual meta-achievement will reward players with their choice of weapon from the new Fortunate weapon collection and a Dragon Descendant’s Helm. Don this new helmet and embody the draconic fashion of your dreams! Check the Achievements tab in your Hero panel and navigate to the Daily Lunar New Year and Festivals sections for more information.

There’s also a new dragon-themed backpack that has two different tiers of ferocity. Open Lucky Envelopes for a chance to find the Lucky Dragon Lantern or the Lucky Great Dragon Lantern. The envelopes contain other treasures as well, including the brand-new Lucky Dragon Speargun, Lucky Dragon Short Bow, and Lucky Dragon Hammer! These new weapons are also available for purchase for gold and Essences of Luck from the kodan vendor Sparking Stone in Divinity’s Reach.

Remember that Lucky Envelopes are affected by your account’s magic find attribute! Increase your magic find for chances at better rewards when opening them. Lucky Envelopes can contain additional Essences of Luck, valuable trophies that you can sell to vendors for coin, and a chance at the special rewards listed above.

Lastly, there are a few new guild decorations available for crafting and the new Mini Amnytas Stormscale to acquire from the Lunar New Year vendors.

Where to Go and What to Do

The Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach is your hub for Lunar New Year festivities. Check your in-game mail for an Invitation to Lunar New Year and double-click the item to teleport instantly to Divinity’s Reach.

Celestial Challenge

Speak to the Celestial Challenge Attendant at the Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach to begin the Celestial Challenge, a series of activities that will require you to take down enemies, race through checkpoints, perform feats of jumping mastery, and more. The more activities you successfully complete during the event, the greater your rewards at the end.

Dragon Ball Arena

Speak to Finola at the Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach to enter the Dragon Ball Arena. This dodgeball-like PvP game mode is a race to the finish, with the first team of five players to reach five hundred points claiming victory. Collect power-ups throughout the arena to gain access to new skills, zip around the arena with zip pads and jump pads, and master the art of the Dragon Sphere.

Mount Racing

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.

Firecracker Lighting

Speak to the firecracker-lighting NPC at the Crown Pavilion in Divinity’s Reach to start this seasonal adventure. Use your mastery of the world to quickly navigate through the streets of Divinity’s Reach and light all the firecrackers! Gliding, mounts, anything goes—just don’t use any waypoints, or your progress will be reset!

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Delight in a Serene Respite with the Peaceful Shrine Chair

Delight in a Serene Respite with the Peaceful Shrine Chair

Peaceful Shrine Chair

Spring blooms early in this sacred place. Young shrine guardian pups are drawn to it, and they will keep you company as you sit beneath the gentle cherry blossoms. Kick back, forget your worries, and enjoy the scenery with your new little fluffy friend.

Black Lion Chest Update: Celestial Defenders

Inside each chest, you’re guaranteed to find a redeemable Black Lion Statuette, a Gnashblade’s Exotic Weapon Grab Bag, 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 Collapsing Star Weapon Collection and the Fox Fire Weapon Collection.

Exclusive Item: Star Sentinel Outfit

The universe beckons your cosmic heart; become Tyria’s starry guardian with an outfit made of ancient celestial dreams. Adorned with golden details and beautiful nebulae, you will stand as a vision out of this world!

Lunar New Year Sales

The Lunar New Year has started in Tyria and with it we’re offering special discounts. From January 30 until February 20, the following items will be 20% off: Lucky Dog Harvesting Tool, Celestial Rooster Harvesting Tool, Dragon Mask Skin, Lion Mask Skin, Water Dragon armor pieces, Lunar Rabbit Helm and Stompers Package, Ancestral Outfit, and Elegant Canthan Outfit. Good luck in the Year of the Dragon!

What’s in Stock

Starting February 2 and continuing for the next few days, select chairs are 20% off including the Skyscale Chair, Inquest Overseer Chair, Restful Hammock Chair, Comfortable Reading Chair, Meandering Tortoise Chair, Dwayna’s Throne, and the Pirate Captain’s Chair. Don’t miss the opportunity to sit with style!

Returning This Week

It’s always great to have more space in your inventory; Bag Slot Expansions are 20% off until February 13!

Available Now in the Gem Store!

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Legendary Relics Are Coming Soon

Legendary Relics Are Coming Soon

Our next major release for Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure™ isn’t far away, and when it arrives you’ll be able to craft a legendary relic. Relics are a new category of equipment that we added with the expansion’s launch in August of 2023; you can read more about them on our wiki if you’re not familiar.

Upon acquisition, legendary relics can be equipped by all characters on an account simultaneously, allowing players to freely swap between relic effects.

We’ve got two additional pieces of information that we’d like to share with you before legendary relics become available.

Compensation for Legendary Rune Owners

When we first announced relics, we mentioned that when we were ready to add the legendary relic to the game we’d compensate players who have already crafted legendary runes. This is because non-attribute bonus effects were removed from runes when relics were introduced. At the time, we were still evaluating what the appropriate compensation would be in terms of legendary relic progress.

Now we’re happy to announce that when legendary relics become available, any player who has already crafted at least one legendary rune will be granted a legendary relic for free. In other words, you’ll get 100% of legendary relic progress as a bonus for having already crafted a rune. We had previously communicated that crafting all seven runes would yield additional progress, but as we evaluated options for compensation, it became clear that the best choice was to fully compensate anyone who had made any legendary runes prior to the legendary relic becoming available with a completed legendary relic. When the release that contains legendary relics goes live, the eligibility period will end, and the only way to obtain a legendary relic will be through the normal crafting journey.

We’ll announce the timing of the next update soon, as it’s coming up pretty quickly.

Legendary Relics in Future Expansions

Legendary relics will work a bit differently than other legendary equipment, in that players will need to unlock new relic effects for future expansions in order to make use of them with their legendary relic. All other legendary equipment components like runes, armor, and weapons are automatically updated with new attribute combination choices as those combinations become available.

When we made an update in 2019 to reduce confusion in the way attribute-selectable gear worked, we decided to allow existing legendary equipment to retain access to all attribute combination selections regardless of expansion ownership to honor existing functionality. We will continue to do this for previously existing types of legendary equipment. However, from a rewards, economy, and experience-design standpoint, we think it makes sense to ask players to actually engage with new content in order to make use of its new combat offerings. So, for relics only—and starting with the fifth expansion—new relic effects will need to be unlocked within each expansion in order to be accessible via legendary relics.

Legendary relics will come with all Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure relic effects unlocked, will still be freely swappable between existing relic effects, and will still be able to be equipped simultaneously on multiple characters. They’ll also have automatic access to the new relic effects we’re planning to release alongside our third major release for Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure. We’ll have more information about future expansions’ effect unlocks sometime later this year after we’ve officially announced expansion 5.

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Grow Your Scholastic Collection with the Queensdale Academic Skiff Skin

Grow Your Scholastic Collection with the Queensdale Academic Skiff Skin

Queensdale Academic Skiff Skin

Enchanted with powerful magic to safeguard your books, this skiff is perfect for anyone who loves to learn. Invite your studious peers aboard and enjoy a maritime study session. The Queensdale Academic Skiff Skin will go together perfectly with the Queensdale Academy Wand Set and Queensdale Academy Outfit—be sure to check them out!

What’s in Stock

Starting January 26 and continuing for the next few days, select weapon skins are 20% off including the Suntouched Scythe Staff Skin, Aspect Master’s Greatsword, Wolfheart Sword Skin, Arcane Marksman Rifle, and many more!

Returning This Week

Are you looking to try out a new profession? Character Slot Expansions are 20% off until February 6. Let this opportunity inspire you to create a fabulous new alt!

Available Now in the Gem Store!

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Win a Guild Wars 2 Laptop from Alienware!

Win a Guild Wars 2 Laptop from Alienware!

Greetings, Tyrians!

Today we’re excited to announce a Guild Wars 2® sweepstakes! We’re giving away a branded Guild Wars 2 m16 Alienware laptop and copies of our latest expansion, Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure™.

Enter via the widget below or visit the portal to review the rules and participate, but make sure you get your entries in before February 2 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8).


Grand Prize (1 winner): Branded Guild Wars 2 m16 Alienware laptop and Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure Standard Edition

16″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) 480Hz
Intel Core i9 Processor
16GB, 2x8GB, DDR5, 5200 mhz

Second Prize (4 winners): Guild Wars 2: Secrets of the Obscure Standard Edition

Good luck!

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