To say Tyria has been rolling through some tough times would be a bit of an understatement. Dragons, undead, karka, you name it. The history books will have a lot to say about recent events, yet the greater good prevails and the world keeps on spinning. The Queen's Jubilee celebrates these triumphs and welcomes the world to join in.
Before we dive into the meat of the content in the Crown Pavilion, let's start from square one. As if the game wasn't already overflowing with lavish scenery and postcard-worthy vistas, Queen Jennah has been kind enough to send out hot air balloons to ferry distant travelers in the open world into Divinity's Reach on her dime. If you're keen enough to spot one from afar and curious enough to approach it, talk to the pilot to see if he's ready for liftoff. Typically, he won't be and you'll find yourself performing a small favor before you board. But hey, Aetherblades won't kill themselves, right?
Once your ride drops you off, you'll find yourself in the lively city of Divinity's Reach. Those of you who have "Been There, Done That" may notice a certain giant hole in the ground has since been re-purposed into what is now known as the Crown Pavilion. A bulk of the new content can be found in the new arena structure, but there's plenty going on elsewhere. Fans of fire and puzzle solving will be at home with the Beacons of Kryta challenge races scattered up and down the streets. The goal is simple: grab a torch and light the braziers before it burns out. However, rather than follow the obvious path, seek an alternative route to shave off extra time and successfully complete your goal. Remember. There are no shortcuts in life; except when there are.
After you've had your fill of braizer-lighting, you'll want to head down into the Crown Pavilion. Once inside, you'll find yourself at the center of a six piece pie. Each of these slices vary in terrain and contain enemies according to that setting. While you may be wondering if the queen went through the trouble of collecting actual destroyers and ogres to fill up the arena, know that these enemies are actually Watchknights under mesmer illusion. Despite that, don't expect an easy fight. Champions, veterans, and legendary foes are densely placed throughout the area, and the traditional zerg mentality might prove less than effective. Combatants that emerge victorious will find themselves appropriately rewarded, so suit up in your best exotic gear and aim for the head.
If you need a break from the crowd, follow the ramp up to the Queen's Gauntlet near the top of the arena. Unlike the action below, players can either face off against a tiered enemy in traditional one-on-one fashion, or put their feet up and watch from the sidelines. Be sure to pay attention to the mechanics the bosses display while you wait. You don't want to wait in line just to make a fool out of yourself in front of your fellow soldiers and scholars. Watch for the little hints that can give you the edge you need to best your foe and rise victorious in eternal fame and glory (or something like that). For those of you feeling extra gutsy, try activating a "gambit" during your fight. This is a self-inflicted handicap that increases challenge and rewards accordingly. Yes, this means you're finally able to set yourself on fire while fighting a giant quaggan.
Aside from all of this, there's quite a bit more to expect from this update. The new account wallet creates a centralized location for a majority of the currencies in the game to be accessed by any character you have at any time. The best part about this is the stack limit doesn't apply. If you have 1,423,532 badges of honor just laying around, you'll be able to keep every single one of them in this handy little wallet. If you think that's
amazing, you'll be glad to hear that guild commendations, karma, gold, and dungeon tokens are also some of the other currencies you'll be able to store. You'll have so much free bag space you won't know what to do with yourself.
Remember that there is
a story arc and a set of achievements that tie these events together. Our preview was specifically guided to avoid any spoilers this time around, but you can expect the full blast of content when the update hits live tomorrow.
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