LIVING WORLD Clockwork Chaos
The nefarious villain, Scarlet Briar, has made herself known to Tyria! Chaos ensues as she unleashes her clockwork minions across the world! Closing Ceremony
Witness the high point of the Queen’s Jubilee! Attend the ceremony and hear the Queen’s Speech in the Crown Pavilion of Divinity’s Reach. It’s sure to end with a bang.
Clockwork Minions Invade
Scarlet’s clockwork minions are invading entire zones across Tyria.
Watch the World Event UI for new invasions.
All overflow maps created within 10 minutes of the start of the invasion will host a concurrent version of that hour’s event.
Complete additional waves of the invasion for an increasingly lucrative map-wide reward.
Map-wide rewards are limited to once per account, per day, per map. For example, players who claim the map-wide reward for an invasion in the Gendarran Fields will only be able to claim invasion rewards in other maps until the following day.
Complete all waves of an invasion to unlock a bonus battle with Scarlet.
Defeat Scarlet for a daily world-boss reward of two guaranteed rare items.
All possible maps will be invaded at least once per day.
Invasions will not occur in Orr, Southsun Cove, or maps suited for character levels below 25.
After the Clockwork Chaos release, the invasions will continue at a less frequent pace.
Scarlet has claimed and occupied a prominent structure in Tyria and twisted it into a demented fun house.
Help Emissary Vorpp at the Crown Pavilion reverse-engineer Scarlet’s portal technology to find a way into her fun house.
Defeat Scarlet to restore the fun house to its proper form.
The Crown Pavilion and Queen’s Gauntlet will close for maintenance on September 3. Look for their return in the future!
Two achievement categories have been added to the Living World achievement group:
Clockwork Chaos contains all release-related achievements and the meta-achievement for this release.
Emissary Vorpp’s field assistant contains achievements related to the Living World story for this release. It serves as a guide to completing key achievements in the Clockwork Chaos category.
Completing the Clockwork Chaos meta-achievement awards the player an Infinite Watchknight Tonic. Completing this meta-achievement requires players to complete 18 achievements from either the Clockwork Chaos category or the dailies related to the Clockwork Chaos release.
Play Clockwork Chaos content for a chance at the exotic Twisted Watchwork Portal Device Recipe.
The recipe requires a level 400 artificer. The ingredients are 50 Watchwork Sprockets, 50 Bowls of Salsa, 1 Unidentified Dye, and 1 Glob of Dark Matter.
The Twisted Watchwork Portal Device is a single-use consumable that teleports the user to a random place in Tyria. The destination may be very rewarding, very dangerous, both, or anywhere in between.
NEW FEATURES AND CONTENT World vs. World
Trebuchet Mastery has been added to the Ranks and Abilities tab.
Increased the damage of trebuchet skills.
Disease Cloud from cow ammo now drains supply from enemy players.
Increased the radius of trebuchet skills.
New skill: Healing Oasis—Fires a shot that heals allies and creates a water combo field.
Basic shots that hit enemy supply depots will now destroy some of the objective’s supply.
WvW Ability Points are now equal to the earned WvW rank of each character. All rank 1 characters will have 1 World Ability Point.
Liquid World Experience is now available as a drop in WvW rank-up chests. When consumed, characters receive a set amount of WXP.
Server-side culling has been removed from all PvE maps. More information on culling may be found in this blog post.
BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH Achievements
The character-select screen now displays information about several achievement categories in addition to unlocked account medals.
The watch list in the Achievements panel now supports drag-and-drop functionality to organize achievements.
Additional visual and audio polish has been added to the achievements system.
The amount of karma granted from consumable karma items has been increased. Karma boosts no longer affect the amount of karma gained from consumable items.
The minimap and objective list no longer disappear when a character is downed or defeated.
“Last of the Giant-Kings” – Korag is now flagged as a veteran to match his difficulty.
Seismic Leap: Fixed a bug so that this skill will now properly be a blast combo finisher.
Rampage—Dash: Fixed a bug that allowed the character to move further than intended.
Whirling Axe: Updated the skill fact to include a radius.
Banner of Discipline, Banner of Strength, Banner of Defense, and Battle Standard: Updated these skills to properly display their duration. Battle Standard now displays the casting range of the skill.
Banner—Sprint: This skill will now properly strike a target when it reaches the target while underwater.
Kill Shot: Fixed a bug so that this skill will no longer drain the energy of a target that reflects it.
Pain Inverter: Replaced the range skill fact with a radius one to more accurately reflect the skill’s function.
Structured Player vs. Player
Minimap is now always centered and cannot be panned or zoomed.
Secondary objective icons for tournament maps have been repainted for clarity.
Map art for tournament maps have been repainted for clarity.
Downed icons no longer overlap profession icons.
Spectate camera icons no longer steal mouse focus from capture point icons when not visible.
Profession icons are now a fixed size regardless of map zoom level.
Player icons now show names in their tooltip.
Removed the capture point text from the map.
All capture point icons now properly show their name in the tooltip.
World vs. World
The Outnumbered buff now provides a 25% boost to all WXP gained.
WXP rates have been increased across the board. All activities that award WXP should now reward much more.
The Siege Decay buff is no longer visible to hostile players.
BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE New Items and Promotions
The Zodiac Weapon Skins are now available for purchase from the Black Lion Weapon Specialist. This weapon skin set is inspired by the classic Guild Wars Zodiac weapons. For one month only, until September 16, these weapon skins cost only 1 Black Lion Claim Ticket. Claim Ticket Scraps can be acquired by opening Black Lion Chests. Black Lion Chest Keys are available in the Gem Store in the Consumable category for 125 each or a pack of 5 for 450 .
Mini 3-Pack Set 2 is now available in the Gem Store in the Minis category for 300 . Open this pack to get three random minis from an entirely new set of miniatures! Each pack contains two common and one uncommon mini from set 2. Collect all 46 new minis! The Mini 3-Pack Set 1 is also still available for anyone looking to complete their set 1 collection.
The Permanent* *Twisted Watchwork Finisher is now available in the Gem Store in the Upgrades category for 500 . This upgrade gives players unlimited, account-wide access to this twisted finisher.
The World vs. World Experience Booster is now available in the Gem Store in the Booster category for 150 . This consumable grants 50% more WvW experience for one hour.
Many of you may have noticed that today from midnight to 7:30 AM PDT (07:00 GMT – 14:30 GMT) two unfinished items were available for purchase in the Gem Store. The Custom Arena Starter Kit and the Custom Arena Time Token items are two items we are working on for a future release but they are currently only in the testing phase and do not have final art, descriptions, or pricing. Anyone that purchased either of these two items today can contact customer support to get a refund if they wish.
For those of you considering a refund: It’s likely the final price for these items, when they are released, will be very different from today. The Custom Arena Starter Kit will likely be far more expensive than it was and the Custom Arena Time Tokens will likely be cheaper than they were today. There will also possibly be ways of earning these items in game through PvP in the future as well. If you would like to hold on to the items you purchased and wait for their official release to use them, please feel free to do so, these items will work fine when Custom Arenas are added to the game in a future release.
We are sorry for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused. [Source]
Please see this thread for undocumented changes. You can help out by letting us know what changes you've come across.
LIVING STORY Flame and Frost: The Razing
A hybrid army erupts through fiery portals in the Shiverpeaks. This “Molten Alliance” between dredge and Flame Legion has created an enemy powerful enough to massacre any who stand in their way. One ranch, one homestead at a time, they’re wiping out all resistance. The razing has begun.
In Flame and Frost: The Razing, the third installment in this four-part series, we meet Braham and Rox, two fervent Tyrians who believe in doing what’s right, even if it means putting themselves in danger. They’re defending the people and places they love, and they’ll need your help.
The Molten Alliance has begun spying on the people of Wayfarer Foothills, Diessa Plateau, the Snowden Drifts, the Plains of Ashford, and the Iron Marches. The Vigil have stationed collectors in these areas to reward adventurers who return logs of all data collected by the enemy.
Rumor has it that an Order of Whispers operative has been openly seeking assistance in the Black Citadel. As always, details are classified until disclosed.
The Molten Alliance has been arming units with what looks like a fused technology—the molten heat of the Flame Legion combined with the iron-forged brutality of the dredge. Adventurers are advised to stay wary when traversing near the Shiverpeak Mountains.
Those brave enough to survive against the Molten Alliance have reported seeing charr and dredge utilizing strange and new combinations of technology and magic.
More refugees located in all known camps have begun opening up about their experiences.
A Durmand Priory scholar named Aiti and her archival golem LOR-748 have moved into Lion’s Arch at the Durmand Dig Site to answer all queries regarding the Flame Legion and dredge.
The Consortium has begun construction of their refugee aid project in Southsun Cove.
The Molten Alliance’s loot tables have been updated to better reflect their shared resources.
One new area and one new point of interest have been added to Wayfarer Foothills. Another new point of interest has been added to Diessa Plateau. Players who have previously finished map completion and the Shiverpeak Explorer achievement will not need to discover these new locations in order to maintain map completion. Players who have not reached map completion in Wayfarer Foothills or Diessa Plateau, or who have not finished the Shiverpeak Explorer achievement, will need to discover these new locations.
Living Story instances telling the stories of both Braham the norn and Rox the charr have been added to the world. In-game mails and achievements have been implemented in order to aid guidance to the relevant locations. These instance locations are marked on the world map with a golden portal marker.
After completion, Living Story instances can be experienced again by speaking with the Replay NPCs stationed inside each completed instance location. In the case of Rox and Braham’s combat instances, repeatable rewards can be earned once a day per account.
The Secret Contact achievement has been added to the Living Story achievement category.
The achievements for Braham: Help from the Legions, Braham – Eirsson, Braham – Retake Cragstead, Rox: Critical Mission, Rox – The Hatchery, and Hero’s Aid have been added to the Living Story achievement category in order to track progress in Living Story instances.
All prior Living Story achievements can still be earned.
NEW FEATURES AND CONTENT Leaderboards
We’re pleased to announce that Guild Wars 2 leaderboards begin recording data on March 26th.
Initially, the leaderboards will feature WvW rankings, PvP player rankings, and total achievement points—something for all player types in GW2.
As of March 26th, your existing scores will silently be posted to the leaderboards while we watch for the top leaders to stabilize. These scores will take into account some of your past accomplishments/rating.
Once stable, we will display the leaderboards for players. We currently don’t have an exact date for leaderboard public release.
The data won’t be changed for your character itself, we’re simply recording it to our live website starting today and we’ll need around a week or so to get everything stable on the website, prepare for the traffic load, and ensure the data is updating at the proper intervals. The stability is purely website and database related.
The PvP and achievement point leaderboards will initially show 100 players, and then we’ll expand them to show more once launched to ensure the sites stability one chunk at a time. [Source]
World vs. World
We are happy to announce the addition of World Ranks. When you participate in World vs. World events and defeat enemy players, you will earn World Experience (WXP). When you earn enough WXP, you’ll unlock World Ranks. Every World Rank earned will come with a World Ability Point, and some ranks can even give you a new World Title. World Ability points can be spent on unique World vs. World abilities. Click here for more information on World Ranks.
Server-side culling has been removed from World vs. World. For more on the culling removal, read the blog post here.
Added client options for various character representations (high-res, low-res, nameplate only).
Added more armor and weapon options to vendors inside World vs. World.
A new mission type, Guild Bounty Training, is available in Tier 3 of the Art of War line. Completing guild bounty training earns influence for your guild.
Three new Guild Bounty targets have been added.
Added new weapon skins to the Guild Commendation vendor and sorted the vendor’s available items into tabs.
Guild mission activations, completions, and failures are now logged in the Guild History tab.
The maximum number of Guild Merits that a single guild can store is 250. This is now displayed alongside the current count.
Guild creation is now limited to two guilds per week.
Fixed various small bugs on the existing Guild Bounty targets.
Blazeridge Steppes: Fixed a stalling bug in the Rupek and Porgar event chain.
Bloodtide Coast: The Bloody Buccaneer event chain should now restart properly.
Caledon Forest: Fixed a stalling bug affecting Talaith in the Soundless event chain.
Cursed Shore: Fixed a bug in the Meddler’s Summit Pact event chain that caused Pilot Ripsky to become unresponsive.
Cursed Shore: Fixed animation on Captain Rotbeard’s reward chest.
Cursed Shore: Fixed a bug in the event “Get Warmaster Chan to Shank Anchorage before the troops’ morale breaks.”
Cursed Shore: Fixed a stalling bug in the event “Escort Tactician Almonia and her force to secure a new camp.”
Cursed Shore: Helping Tactician Footi set up her cannon will now properly award event participation.
Cursed Shore: The Champion Risen Gladiator will now appropriately swap his objective back to his health bar when revived.
Cursed Shore: Risen Rotmouth will no longer be under the ground when rescuing Tactician Megill.
Fields of Ruin: Fixed a bug that prevented some Separatists from counting for the event “Assist the charr delegation.”
Fields of Ruin: Fixed an animation bug which caused skills on the Ogre Maul weapons to not animate for characters of some races.
Gendarran Fields: Fixed a stalling bug in the event “Keep Bamm safe while he gathers components for his engineering.”
Gendarran Fields: Fixed a stalling bug in the event “Defend the merchant caravan.”
Gendarran Fields: Fixed a bug that caused centaurs in the Bloodfields to spawn and immediately die.
Iron Marches: Fixed a bug that prevented displaced spirits from rejoining their bodies.
Iron Marches: Fixed a stalling bug in the event “Defeat Victurus and his Branded army” that occurred if players tried to pull away the Branded army without killing them.
Iron Marches: Sentinel Whiptail will now revive the seige devourer in the event “Defend the siege devourer while it assists the troops.”
Malchor’s Leap: Fixed a blocking bug in the event “Escort Pact troops and equipment to Wren.”
Malchor’s Leap: Fixed a duplicate tent near the Waste Hollows waypoint.
Malchor’s Leap: Adjusted creature levels in and under Lyssa’s temple to better match the region’s level.
Mount Maelstrom: The Infinity Coil Commander should no longer spam his taunt over a large distance.
Mount Maelstrom: Players will no longer become trapped in Krewe Apprentice Blork’s golem suit.
Queensdale: Fixed a stalling bug in the event “Protect the brew shipment” that could prevent the Shadow Behemoth events from running.
Sandycove Beach: Fixed a stalling bug in the event “Escort the iron shipment to Cowlfang’s Star.”
Snowden Drifts: Ice Raking can no longer die before the Claw tournament.
Straits of Devastation: Fixed a stalling bug in the Zho’qafa event chain.
Shelter’s Gate: The chopper should no longer attack players.
Wayfarer Foothills: Fixed a stalling bug that prevented Rani from building his snowman army at the end of the event.
Wayfarer Foothills: Reduced the frequency of grawl attacks on Tor’s supply tent in the Frozen Maw event chain.
Tactician Megill has been moved out of the briar patch.
Juvenile Pink Moas found in Brisban Wildlands can now be tamed appropriately.
Fixed a stalling bug that prevented some players from completing the Keg Brawl Kegmaster achievement.
Cursed Shore: Changed the objective for the giant fight at the beginning of the Promenade assault.
Angvar’s Trove Waypoint has been added to the Snowden Drifts.
Iron Marches: Fixed an issue where players would sometimes be unable to plant emblems or evidence in Sonjaw Redclaw’s event chain.
Risen Putrifiers will no longer immobilize themselves when attempting to snare players with their anchor.
Champion Risen Drake Broodmothers should now have appropriate stats and nameplate borders.
Fixed a bug that prevented players from interacting with the pipe organs in Caledon Forest and the Fields of Ruin.
Quaggans will now breathe at a normal rate, and child quaggans will sound appropriate for their age.
The volume on the Greatsaw and the Chain Sword weapons has been increased.
Contested Lyssa statues in Orr will appropriately stun and daze enemies and should no longer apply a nonfunctional “mesmerized” condition.
Enemies in Garden of Ilya have had their levels adjusted.
Orichalcum Ore locations in Southsun Cove have been moved to locations reachable by players.
The Fire Rocket skill on Charrzooka weapons obtained from karma vendors and events has been updated to inflict burning.
The point amounts obtainable from existing repeatable achievements have been capped as follows: Hobby Dungeon Explorer—200 points; Agent of Entropy—250 points. This change was made to support competitive PvE leaderboards and to lay the groundwork for a reward structure for total achievement points that is coming in a future update.
Fixed a bug where Map Completion tooltips on the world map would sometimes display the wrong map.
Global: Increased scaling on several events to support up to 50 players.
Automatic camera rotation while defeated will no longer restart after the camera is moved.
Lip-flap has been enabled for all voiced lines on Players and NPCs in world.
The Special Event UI can now be clicked to open up the relevant Achievement Panel.
Added missing families to the Daily Kill Variety achievement.
Fixed a bug where a player could be removed from an instance they were exploring without a party.
Fixed a bug which allowed players to commune with places of power while downed.
Fixed an issue with water movement sounds playing either too many sounds or none at all at the surface for playable races.
Players who are alone in an instance will no longer be kicked from it when they are invited to and uninvited from a party.
Character selection will now show PvE armor, PvP armor, or town clothes as appropriate, depending on what was worn last.
Fixed a bug where equipment would get destroyed when unequipped while encumbered.
Changed the Imbued Shaman’s Enraged buff icon on the Volcanic Fractal.
Parties will no longer be killed if they return to the Hub from the Volcanic Fractal.
Players should no longer be downed if they have a reflecting crystal when the Jade Maw dies.
Fixed an issue where players could be repeatedly killed if they failed to save the captives during the first part of the grawl boss event.
“Bad Blood”: Reduced difficulty of spike traps; other minor polish changes made.
“Containment”: Fixed a stalling bug that occurred if players talked to Sieran immediately after the cinematic.
“Hazardous Environment”: Fixed a stalling bug that occurred if players rushed ahead of Krasso.
“Intercepting the Orb”: The head slaver no longer has the ability to summon.
“Retribution”: Reduced some enemy levels to make them consistent with the story step’s level.
“Ships of the Line”: Fixed a stalling bug on the event “Regroup with the team and assess the situation.”
“The Steel Tide”: Improved the tank so it won’t kick players off repeatedly.
“The Tribune’s Call”: Fixed a possible stall caused by skipping the cinematic.
“The Battle of Fort Trinity”: Upon completion of this story, players can now use the asura gates in any of the order headquarters.
“Fixing the Blame”: Players can now speak to Warmaster Gurnn regardless of which events are running.
“The Battle of Fort Trinity”: Fixed bug that caused some undead at the end to display as nonhostile.
“Tower Down”: It’s no longer necessary to make sure the pack marmox approaches each tower before Tonn can blow it up.
“A Grisly Shipment”: Fixed a potential blocking bug that occurred after placing the ghostfire charges.
“Twilight of the Wolf”: Reduced Ormi’s level to match the story step’s level.
Added a 20-second recharge to the Stunning Strike skill on the Broken Prison Bar.
Fixed a bug that caused several pieces of gear to not apply their bonus boon or condition durations.
Weapons sold by vendors are no longer salvageable.
Transformation tonics cannot be used when already transformed, and leaving transformations has a 3-second cooldown.
Removed nonfunctioning sigils from several jewelry and accessory items sold by karma vendors in the Iron Marches.
Removed the streaks from the stowed state of Mystic Forge weapons, while ensuring the glow and strobe remained. Streaks should only be visible while swinging the weapon.
Updated icons for the Duelist armor set.
Updated the miniature siege golems to be account-bound instead of soulbound.
Updated Mystic Guardian Weapons with a material with a low depth fade and a slight strobe so they remain visible while stowed.
Reduced the range and damage of the Sentinel Rifle obtained in Blazeridge Steppes.
Fixed the size and location of the chains of Foefire’s Essence so it is properly hanging from the hilt.
Rune of Speed: Updated the 6-piece effect to display its actual constant effect: +5% to movement speed.
The totem offerings that can be purchased at the shrines in Wayfarer Foothills now give the same benefits as other food consumables.
The “Weapon – Axe” PvP collections tab has been updated to no longer be out of order with the “Cultural Armor – Heavy” PvP collections tab.
The PvP Commando’s Helm item has been updated to use the correct model.
The PvP Gargoyle Scythe has been updated to now have staff weapon skills.
Fixed a bug that prevented players with high amounts of Hall of Monuments points from seeing the PvP Fiery Dragon Sword skin on the Hall of Monuments vendor.
Etched Wartorches and Orrian Torches no longer use trident icons.
New ascended rings from the February build now have Mystic Forge infusion recipes available.
Disabled the use of some consumable items in dungeons.
Fixed a bug with the one-time purchases on the laurels vendor that prevented some players from being able to buy these items.
Transmuting a legendary item before equipping it will no longer prevent players from getting the achievement.
Fixed a bug that caused several Half-Eaten weapons to give an inappropriate amount of bonus attributes for their level.
Fixed a bug that prevented some weapon sigils from functioning underwater.
Fixed a bug that prevented the Skale Venom consumable from working with projectile attacks.
Changed the Commander’s Compendium to not be consumed if used by a character who is already a commander.
Updated Ash Legion and Order of Whispers spy kits to work while underwater.
Profession Skills General
Endurance can no longer be negative.
Conditions can no longer be transferred to creatures immune to them.
Stealth: The duration of Revealed has been increased to 4 seconds when coming out of stealth via an attack.
Added evasion duration skill facts to skills.
Pets now benefit from their owner’s agony resistance.
Reduced quickness from 100% attack speed to 50%. As we push to improve balance in both PvE and PvP, a few mechanics in the game will be receiving updates to promote fun and balanced play. In the past, quickness has granted double the action speed normally available to players. In PvP, this speed gives most players almost no chance to react to incoming abilities and allows for massive spike damage in extremely short periods of time. In PvE, the increased attack speed can trivialize a lot of content that would otherwise provide a good challenge. Therefore, we are reducing the speed that quickness allows by half of its current potential while slightly increasing the duration on player-activated skills.
Kick skill: Now lunges toward the target slightly, extending the range.
The Kick skill now lunges towards the target slightly, extending the range.
Players can now use the Throw Boulder skill while moving.
Banner of Defense skill: Increased toughness and vitality granted to allies from 90 at level 80 to 170.
Banner of Discipline skill: Increased precision granted to allies from 90 at level 80 to 170.
Banner of Strength skill: Increased power and condition damage granted to allies from 90 at level 80 to 170.
Banner of Tactics skill: Increased healing granted to allies from 90 at level 80 to 170.
Bladetrail skill: Can no longer be fired at enemies behind the player.
Frenzy skill: The duration of quickness and its debuffs are now 5 seconds and 6.25 seconds when the player is affected by the Sure-Footed trait.
Charr The Charrzooka elite skill no longer consumes ammunition when the player uses healing and utility skills.
Norn: Players in raven form are no longer prevented from using skills after using Wind Blast.
Structured Player vs. Player
Disconnecting from the game removes you from your roster before a match has started.
Rosters that lose their submit status opens the roster UI.
Scoreboard refreshes when players join, leave, or change teams.
Disconnecting gives kill credit to opponents.
Daily and monthly laurels can be obtained through either PvP or PvE achievements. You cannot earn additional laurels from doing both, players can simply chose to do one or the other. They will still receive all other normal daily/monthly rewards should they chose to do both PvE and PvP achievements.
Party members now show on the map while in the Heart of the Mists.
Personal points awarded from scoring the orb have been increased from 10 to 15.
Updated the voiced line that plays whenever the orb resets.
Commune no longer interrupts itself if you interacted multiple times in a row.
Temple of the Silent Storm:
Updated the voiced lines that play whenever a meditation appears.
Commune no longer interrupts itself if you interacted multiple times in a row.
Raid on the Capricorn:
Updated the scoreboard to include a statistic for cannon hits.
Fixed the cannon to reduce camera issues that could occur while a player is operating it.
Heart of the Mists: Disabled the Wall of Champions.
World vs. World
Updated World vs. World UI screen to include a new ranking system and score breakdowns by map.
Updated Outmanned bonus to increase World XP, receive no armor damage on death, and increase experience.
Fixed areas where terrain could be exploited to gain access to World vs. World objectives by unintended means.
Aldon’s Ledge siege upgrade now successfully completes.
Ballista bonus damage to siege no longer has the chance to apply to players.
Armor and weapon vendors
Updated their positions slightly.
Updated the items and their costs for some merchants.
Sigil of Leeching no longer affects gates.
Catapult damage no longer affects rams through gates.
BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE New Items and Promotions
Until April 1, 2013, it is free to transfer to all Medium population worlds! Players are still restricted to one world transfer per week, so choose wisely.
Added the Name Change Contract to the Gem Store. Each Name Change Contract can change one character’s name once. Place the Name Change Contract in the inventory of the character whose name you want to change and then double-click to activate it. Name Change Contracts are available in the Service category of the Gem Store for 800 gems each.
Added the Communal Boost Bonfire to the Gem Store. Place the Communal Boost Bonfire in the world and choose a boost to experience, karma, or magic find. Once the fire is fully stoked, anyone can interact with the bonfire to receive the chosen boost. You can increase the speed at which the fire is stoked by throwing more firewood onto it. Firewood spawns automatically when the boost type is selected. The Communal Boost Bonfire is available in the Boost category of the Gem Store for 300 gems each or 5 for 1200 gems.
Added Fused weapon skins to the Black Lion Chest. Each Black Lion Chest has a rare chance to give a Fused weapon claim ticket. Take this ticket to Evon Gnashblade in Lion’s Arch or to the Vigil Weapons Specialist at the refugee camps in Hoelbrak and the Black Citadel. Trade the ticket for one of 16 new weapon skins inspired by the fiery alliance between the dredge and Flame Legion. All Fused weapon skins are account-bound. You can preview the weapons at the Vigil Weapon Specialists even if you do not have a ticket. Open a Black Lion Chest with a Black Lion Key, available in the Consumable category of the Gem Store for 125 gems each or 5 for 450 gems.
Replaced the Hot and Featured item sections on the front page of the Gem Store with a single item carousel that shows all featured items. To scroll the carousel right or left, click the arrows on either side. To select a specific page, click its gray dot at the bottom of the carousel.
The banner carousel on the front page of the Gem Store now has page indicators at the bottom of the banners. To select a specific banner, click its gray dot at the bottom.
Selecting an item from the featured item carousel or the banner carousel will take you to that item’s category, automatically scroll down to that item, and highlight it.
In item preview, a red exclamation point now appears on an item that your character cannot equip.
Costume Brawl now stays on players up to 5 minutes when they exit a transformation to allow them to switch transformations while brawling.
Renamed the following items for clarity:
“Black Lion Key” is now “Black Lion Chest Key”
“Evon Gnashblade’s Box of Fun” is now “Box of Fun”
“Black Lion Merchant Express” is now “Merchant Express”
“Personal Black Lion Merchant Express” is now “Personal Merchant Express”
“Black Lion Trader Express” is now “Trading Post Express”
“Personal Black Lion Trader Express” is now “Personal Trader Express”
“Fine Transmutation Stone” is now “Transmutation Crystal”
“Basic Transmutation Stone” is now “Transmutation Stone”
“Permanent Trading Post Pick Up Contract” is now “Permanent Trading Post Express Contract”
“Plush Charr Backpack Cover” container is now “Plush Charr Backpack Set”
“Tiger Charr Backpack Cover” container is now “Tiger Charr Backpack Set”
“Plush Quaggan Backpack Cover” container is now “Plush Quaggan Backpack Set”
“Pink Quaggan Backpack Cover” container is now “Pink Quaggan Backpack Set”
Fixed some display and clipping issues with shields and back items in item preview.
Traits are no longer active during Costume Brawl.
While players are in Costume Brawl, the right-side skills are now replaced by a time-out brawl skill so players can always exit Costume Brawl.
The autocomplete drop-down no longer gets stuck on the Trading Post search bar.
GUILD WARS 2 USER AGREEMENT
The Guild Wars 2 User Agreement has been updated. As of March 26, 2013, each player is required to accept the amended agreement upon logging in to the game.
The amended content is as follows:
Changed “NCsoft” to “NCSOFT” throughout.
Added content to indicate whether the specific agreement applies to an EU or Non-EU player.
Added link to the second regional User Agreement.
Added definition of Guild Wars 2 Account Display Names in Section 1c.
Added references to Guild Wars 2 Account Display Names where relevant.
Fixed various server crashes.
Fixed a bug which prevented players from queuing for WvW.
Fixed a bug with dye improperly displaying on the Order of Whispers medium armor.
We’ve limited rares in mega boss chests to require the player be level 40+ to receive them. This is to keep acquiring rares consistent throughout the game; this will also help close up an exploit with newly created characters. This was accidently left out of the original update notes.
Sentinel's Pearl Shell (New) Skill Level 400. 1x Orichalcum Shield Backing[s] 1x Orichalcum Shield Boss 1x Sentinel's Orichalcum Imbued Inscription[s]
[/spoil] SKILL CHANGES
[spoil]Engineer Elixir Gun
Elixir F Elixir. Fire a bouncing glob of Elixir F that cripples foes and grants swiftness to you and allies. 5 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Damage: 415.0346. Swiftness(5s): Movement speed increased by 33%; stacks duration.. Crippled(5s): Movement speed decreased by 50%; stacks duration..
Tranquilizer Dart Fire a dart that bleeds and weakens foes. 1200 Range. Physical Projectile (20% chance) Finish Type.Damage: 221.3518. Bleeding(3s ): Deals damage every second; stacks intensity.. Weakness(3s ): Endurance regeneration decreased by 50%; 50% of Non Critical hits are Glancing Blows (50% damage); stacks duration..
Throw Bandages Throw out a bandage pack that heals for a small amount. 15 sec Cooldown. 900 Range. Healing: 40.
Throw Bandages Throw out a bandage pack that heals for a small amount. 15 sec Cooldown. 900 Range. Healing: 40.
Throw Bandages Throw out a bandage pack that heals for a small amount. 15 sec Cooldown. 900 Range. Healing: 40.
Throw Stimulant Throw out a stimulant that grants fury and swiftness. 15 sec Cooldown. 900 Range.
Thwack Thwack your foe. 130 Range. Damage: 968.414.
Whack Chain. Whack your foe. 130 Range. Damage: 442.7036. Vulnerability(6s): Defense is decreased; stacks intensity..
Elixir U Elixir. Drink Elixir U, gaining quickness and a random utility skill from another profession. 1 Skill Points. 60 sec Cooldown. Quickness(5s): Your skills and actions are twice as fast .. Haste(5s): Regenerate no endurance.. Frenzy(5s): You take 50% more damage.. Quickening Zephyr(5s): You cannot be healed..
Explosive Rockets Overcharge your turret to fire explosive rockets. 20 sec Cooldown. Damage: 1106.759. Burning(3s): Deals damage every second; stacks duration.. Knockdown: 2 seconds. Unk6 : . Duration: 7 seconds. Radius: 240 feet. Unk1: .
Flame Turret Turret. Deploy a turret that burns foes. 1 Skill Points. 40 sec Cooldown. Damage: 110.6759. Burning(2s): Deals damage every second; stacks duration.. Unk1: .
Net Turret Turret. Build a net turret that immobilizes nearby foes. 3 Skill Points. 30 sec Cooldown. Immobile(3s): Unable to move; stacks duration.. Unk6: . Unk1: .
Rifle Turret Turret. Build a rifle turret that shoots at foes. 1 Skill Points. 20 sec Cooldown. Damage: 276.6897 . Rate of Fire: 2 seconds. Unk1: .
Thumper Turret Turret. Build a high-health thumper turret that damages nearby foes. 3 Skill Points. 50 sec Cooldown. Damage: 332.0277 . Rate of Fire: 3 seconds. Attack Range: 240 feet.
Symbol of Wrath Symbol. Pierce the ground with a mystic symbol that damages foes while granting retaliation to allies. 20 sec Cooldown. Damage: 1521.793. Retaliation(1s) 5 Stacks : Reflect incoming damage back to its source; stacks duration.. Radius: 180 feet.
Symbol of Protection Symbol. Create a symbol that gives protection to you and your allies. 180 Range. Damage: 553.3795. Damage: 1106.759 . Protection(1s) 3 Stacks : Incoming damage decreased by 33%; stacks duration..
Symbol of Faith Symbol. Smash a mystic symbol onto the ground that damages foes and regenerates allies. 8 sec Cooldown. 120 Range. Damage: 276.6897. Regeneration(1s) 4 Stacks : Gain health every second; stacks duration.. Symbol Duration: 4 seconds. Symbol Radius: 120 feet.
Empower Channel might to yourself and allies around you. Heal nearby allies when it ends. 20 sec Cooldown. Healing: 28. Might(10s) 12 Stacks : Increased outgoing damage; stacks intensity..
Orb of Light Detonate the orb to heal nearby allies. Orb of Light takes four times longer to recharge. 1200 Range. Damage: 332.0277. Healing: 20. Radius: 240 feet.
Orb of Light (New) Fire a moving orb of light that damages enemies and heals allies it touches. Detonate the orb to heal nearby allies. 3 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Damage: 664.0554. Healing: 15.
Symbol of Swiftness Symbol. Sear a mystic symbol into the target area, damaging foes and granting swiftness to allies. 15 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Damage: 276.6897 . Swiftness(8s): Movement speed increased by 33%; stacks duration.. Symbol Duration: 4 seconds. Symbol Radius: 180 feet.
Zealot's Flame Set yourself alight, periodically burning up to three nearby foes. 15 sec Cooldown. Zealot's Flame(3s): Burn nearby foes.. Burning(3s) 4 Stacks : Deals damage every second; stacks duration..
Refraction Create a bubble that absorbs hostile projectiles and grant retaliation to allies. 20 sec Cooldown. Retaliation(5s): Reflect incoming damage back to its source; stacks duration.. Duration: 7 seconds.
Hallowed Ground Consecration. Consecrate the ground around you, granting stability to allies inside. 6 Skill Points. 80 sec Cooldown. 900 Range. Stability(10s) 11 Stacks : Cannot be knocked down, pushed back, launched, stunned, dazed, floated, sunk, or feared.. Duration: 10 seconds.
Judge's Intervention Meditation. Teleport to your target and burn nearby foes. 3 Skill Points. 45 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Damage: 276.6897. Burning(3s): Deals damage every second; stacks duration..
Purging Flames Consecration. Create a ring of fire that burns foes and cures conditions on allies. 3 Skill Points. 40 sec Cooldown. Burning(5s): Deals damage every second; stacks duration.. Duration: 5 seconds.
Sanctuary Consecration. Form a protective healing shelter for allies. Foes and projectiles cannot enter. 6 Skill Points. 120 sec Cooldown. 120 Range. Healing: 10. Duration: 6 seconds.
Smite Condition Meditation. Cure a condition and damage nearby foes. More damage if a condition is cured. 1 Skill Points. 20 sec Cooldown. Damage With No Conditions: 470.3726. Damage With Condition: 1051.421.
Wall of ReflectionConsecration. Protect the targeted area with a wall of mystic power that reflects projectiles. 1 Skill Points. 40 sec Cooldown. 900 Range. Duration: 10 seconds.
Time Warp Create an area that warps time, granting you and your allies quickness. 10 Skill Points. 210 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Quickness(1s): Your skills and actions are twice as fast.. Duration: 10 seconds.
Slipstream Create a current in front of you that rapidly propels you forward and pushes back foes that enter it. 25 sec Cooldown.
Magic Bullet Hit up to three foes with a single shot. The first target is blinded , the second is dazed, and the third is stunned . 25 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range.
Phantasmal Duelist Phantasm. Create an illusion that unloads its pistols on your foe. 20 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Physical Projectile (20% chance) Finish Type.Damage: 221.3518.
Chaos Storm Create a magical storm at the target location that applies random conditions to foes and boons to allies. 35 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Damage: 182.6152. Aegis(3s): Block the next incoming attack; stacks duration.. Retaliation(3s): Reflect incoming damage back to its source; stacks duration.. Swiftness(3s): Movement speed increased by 33%; stacks duration.. Chilled(1s): Movement speed decreased by 66%; skill cooldown increased by 66%; stacks duration.. Poisoned(2s): Deals damage every second; heal potency decreased by 33%; stacks duration.. Weakness(2s): Endurance regeneration decreased by 50%; 50% of Non Critical hits are Glancing Blows (50% damage); stacks duration.. Daze(1s): Unable to activate skills; stacks duration..
Illusionary Leap Clone. Summon an illusion that leaps at your target, crippling them. 12 sec Cooldown. 600 Range. Leap Finish Type.Damage: 1.660138. Crippled(1s): Movement speed decreased by 50%; stacks duration..
Phantasmal Mage Phantasm. Create an illusion that confuses foes and grants retaliation to allies. 30 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Damage: 554.1819 . Retaliation(3s): Reflect incoming damage back to its source; stacks duration.. Confusion(3s) 3 Stacks : Damage received on skill activation; stacks intensity..
The Prestige Disappear in a cloud of smoke, blinding nearby foes. Reappear three seconds later, burning nearby foes. 30 sec Cooldown. Blast Finish Type.Damage : 553.3795. Stealth(3s): Currently invisible. Ends if you deal damage.. Blinded(5s): Next outgoing attack misses; stacks duration.. Burning(3s): Deals damage every second; stacks duration.. Radius: 240 feet.
Illusion of Life Manipulation. Give allies Illusion of Vengeance at the target location, allowing them to get up from downed and keep fighting. Fully revives allies if they kill a foe. 3 Skill Points. 130 sec Cooldown. 900 Range. Illusion of Life(15s): You are under the illusion that you are alive..
Null Field Glamour. Create a field of energy that rips all boons from foes, and cures all conditions on allies. 1 Skill Points. 45 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Duration: 7 seconds.
Life Siphon Siphon health from your foe. 12 sec Cooldown. 600 Range. Damage: 1494.125. Healing per Pulse: 10. Unk3: .
Counterattack Block and counter an attack with a kick that pushes foes back. 20 sec Cooldown. Damage: 719.3932. Knockback: 300 feet.
Hilt Bash Daze your foe with a hilt bash. Stun them if you hit from behind. Your pet's next attack does 50% more damage. 30 sec Cooldown. 300 Range. Damage: 276.6897. Daze: 1 seconds. Stun: 1 seconds.
Maul Bleed your foe multiple times with a mauling strike. 6 sec Cooldown. 150 Range. Damage: 608.7174. Bleeding(4s ) 3 Stacks : Deals damage every second; stacks intensity..
"Guard"Shout. Your pet will aggressively protect the target area . 6 Skill Points. 30 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Duration: 180 seconds.
Quickening Zephyr Survival. You and your pet gain quickness, but cannot be healed during this time. 6 Skill Points. 60 sec Cooldown. Quickness(4s): Your skills and actions are twice as fast.. Quickening Zephyr(4s): You cannot be healed..
Caltrops Trick. Scatter caltrops that bleed and cripple foes. 3 Skill Points. 30 sec Cooldown. Bleeding(3s): Deals damage every second; stacks intensity.. Crippled(10s): Movement speed decreased by 50%; stacks duration.. Caltrops Duration: 14 seconds. Radius: 240 feet.
Haste Trick. Gain quickness. Lose all endurance and stop endurance from regenerating. 3 Skill Points. 60 sec Cooldown. Quickness(4s): Your skills and actions are twice as fast..
Warrior Long Bow
Pin Down Fire an arrow that bleeds and immobilizes your target. 25 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Physical Projectile Finish Type.Damage: 221.3518. Immobile(3s): Unable to move; stacks duration.. Bleeding(12s): Deals damage every second; stacks intensity..
Endure Pain Stance. Take no damage from attacks. 3 Skill Points. 90 sec Cooldown. Duration: 5 seconds.
Frenzy Stance. Frenzy to gain quickness. Take 50% more damage for the duration. 6 Skill Points. 60 sec Cooldown. Quickness(4s): Your skills and actions are twice as fast.. Frenzy(4s ): You take 50% more damage..
Kick Physical. Push your foe back with a kick. 1 Skill Points. 20 sec Cooldown. 130 Range. Damage: 276.6897. Knockback: 240 feet.
Charge Grant swiftness to yourself and allies, while curing chilled, crippled, and immobilized. 20 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Swiftness(10s): Movement speed increased by 33%; stacks duration.. Cures Crippled(0s): Movement speed decreased by 50%; stacks duration.. Cures Immobilized(0s): Unable to move; stacks duration.. Cures Chilled(0s): Movement speed decreased by 66%; skill cooldown increased by 66%; stacks duration..
Pet Skills Cat
Maul Slash a foe multiple times and make them bleed. 20 sec Cooldown. 130 Range. Damage: 110.6759 . Bleeding(10s) 4 Stacks : Deals damage every second; stacks intensity..
[/spoil] TRAIT CHANGES
Autodefense Bomb Dispenser Drop a smoke bomb whenever you are disabled (stun, daze, knockdown, knockback, launch, float, sink, fear). This effect cannot trigger more tha n once every 60 seconds.
Speedy Kits Gain swiftness for 5 seconds when ever you equip a kit. This effect cannot trigger more then once every 5 seconds.
[/spoil] NEW ACHIEVEMENTS
[spoil]Super Adventure Box
(New) Minor in Fortitude Complete any zone without using a health potion or dying.
(New) Minor in Achievement Complete the 15 achievements for World 1.
(New) Associate of Baubles, World 1 Collect all of the baubles in World 1 Zone 1 in one play-through. Baubles from foes aren't counted.
(New) Doctor of Secrets, World 1 Find all of the hidden rooms located in World 1.
(New) Doctor of Baubles, World 1 Collect all of the baubles in World 1. Baubles from foes aren't counted.
(New) Master of Baubles, World 1 Collect all of the baubles in World 1 Zone 3 in one play-through. Baubles from foes aren't counted.
(New) Bachelor of Baubles, World 1 Collect all of the baubles in World 1 Zone 2 in one play-through. Baubles from foes aren't counted.
(New) Baby's First Super Adventure Play Zone 1, Zone 2, and Zone 3 in World 1 in Infantile Mode.
(New) Master of Secrets, World 1 Find all of the hidden rooms in World 1 Zone 3.
(New) Minor in Enhancement Obtain all of the item upgrades found in World 1.
(New) Minor in Excavation Dig 100 holes with the shovel.
(New) Minor in Elusion Complete World 1 Zone 3 without getting caught by sticky plants or flytraps.
(New) Bachelor of Pioneering Find the shortcut located in World 1 Zone 2.
(New) Associate of Secrets, World 1 Find all of the hidden rooms in World 1 Zone 1.
(New) Scholar Complete Zone 1, Zone 2, and Zone 3 in World 1.
(New) Minor in Immortality Complete any zone without dying.
(New) Bachelor of Secrets, World 1 Find all of the hidden rooms in World 1 Zone 2.
Fixed a bug where invasion portals remained after the event ends.
Dungeon Ascalonian Catacombs
Colossus Rumblus’s Cave In Shout can now be interrupted.
Detha’s Path: Fixed an issue with the Ghost Eater encounter where the Ghost Eater would sometimes get stuck in the trap. We also fixed an issue causing the traps to sometimes not fire and break, blocking the fight.
Fixed a bug with the chests that spawn for The Claw of Jormag, The Fire Elemental, and the Volcano Destroyer Boss. They are lootable once a day per character as intended.
Fixed a bug where Daily Rewards were sometimes not being granted after completing five daily achievements.
Fixed a recently introduced performance issue.
Fixed various crash bugs.
Fixed a bug that caused the Legendary Warhorn Howler to become soul bound without equipping it.
Returned The Predator’s sound effect to its former glory.
580MB LIVING STORY Flame and Frost: The Gathering Storm
The situation is getting worse for the citizens of Wayfarer Foothills and Diessa Plateau. Volunteers are helping to ease the burden, but more refugees are hobbling down from the Shiverpeaks. The storm there is gaining momentum, but the forces of good are beginning to rally. They’re sending their heroes to defend the land and its inhabitants. Someone must hold back the gathering storm.
In “Flame and Frost: The Gathering Storm,” the second installment in this four-part series, the stakes are raised, and battles rage, in the foothills of the Shiverpeaks.
Two new achievements, The Gathering Storm and Lost and Found, have been added to the Living Story category.
The refugees’ oppressors are becoming more aggressive and have shown their faces in Wayfarer Foothills and Diessa Plateau. The refugees need qualified adventurers even more!
Camps in Hoelbrak and the Black Citadel have become crowded. As a result, the refugees have begun moving on to Lion’s Arch.
Refugees arriving in Lion’s Arch have lost on the road precious objects from their homes. The objects will be difficult to find, but the refugees are more likely to tell their stories to the helpful adventurer who recovers their possessions.
All content from “Flame and Frost: Prelude” continues, and the Refugee Volunteer achievement can still be earned.
NEW FEATURES AND CONTENT Achievements
You can now select the five daily achievements from a list that you will complete to receive the daily reward.
You can now select which achievements are tracked on the right hand side of the screen through the Achievement tab on the Hero panel.
The amount of experience given for completion of daily and monthly achievements has been increased.
Added new daily achievement types.
Added new rewards to the laurels vendors in all major cities.
Ascalonian Catacombs Explorable
Many of the encounters in the Ascalonian Catacombs Explorable have been revamped, including all three final boss fights.
A new test version of our advanced event scaling algorithm has been applied to four high-level, regularly played events to help us monitor the feasibility of this system in the live environment. This new scaling algorithm dynamically increases the difficulty of events by using the current system of increasing the difficulty of existing creatures, while also adding a new system that substitutes creatures of lower difficulty with different creatures as the event scales up. If successful, this system will be slowly extended to other events across the game during 2013.
Item preview is now available on the Trading Post. Simply right-click the item you want to preview and then select Preview. The preview panel will open, showing your character with the item equipped.
When previewing weapons, you may now choose to show the weapon stowed, wielded, or by itself. Use the check boxes at the bottom left of the preview panel to change the view.
Credit for killing creatures is now easier to receive in situations when many players are attacking a single target.
Increased the loot rewards on many world boss chests, including the chests in Orr temples and the dragon chests.
Fixed a bug on certain world boss chests that was causing them to drop fewer rewards than intended. These chests can now only be looted once per day, to encourage players to fight multiple bosses and spread out across the world.
Introduced five new stat combos on Ascended Rings and Amulets, which can be found in the usual locations for these items.
[The Ascended Rings and Amulets] are mainly earned through guild content, we included them on the laurels vendor to give players the opportunity to earn them if they are not in a guild but they are priced high to encourage players to try and accomplish them via the guild content. [Source]
BALANCE, BUG-FIXING, POLISH World Polish General
Updated skillsets for several krait and undead creatures to make them more entertaining to fight.
Daily achievement tracker now preserves expansion state.
Changed the way monsters react to players using stealth.
Eased the restrictions on global leash time.
Fixed a bug that caused loot chests to spawn incorrectly during group play. Loot chests are now created for items of rarity “rare” and above.
Fixed a bug where equipment would be destroyed when the player unequips it while encumbered.
Fixed an error in the Mystic Forge recipes for the exotic level 80 Berserker and Rampager heavy armor box crafting recipes.
Fixed a bug where backpack pieces on players in transformations would render at an incorrect location.
Fixed most cases of a bug where players would be stuck auto-running when attempting to pick up a bundle.
Carmel, the karma merchant in Mount Maelstrom, now sells armor of levels appropriate for the region.
Added recipes to craft armor boxes and satchels for the Apothecary’s and Giver’s armor sets.
The door blocking access to the cabbage farm in Harathi Hinterlands should no longer block access when opened.
Fixed a bug that was causing display issues with rotational achievements.
The achievement tracker now has an updated UI and behaves differently.
Lesser air elementals now have legs and a tail.
Added support for positional audio with the Mumble voice-chat application.
Bloodtide Coast: Healing turrets created by Lionguard Scratchblade now vanish after 60 seconds.
Diessa Plateau: Added more fixes to the cowapult to keep it from becoming permanently unusable.
Queensdale: Fixed a bug in the “Shadow Behemoth” meta-event where the portals could become untargetable.
Malchor’s Leap: Fixed the event “Destroy corrupted eggs and stop the spread of Risen drakes” so that, after the event is successfully completed, the eggs will no longer respawn until the event restarts.
Harathi Hinterlands: Fixed a bug in the event “Defend the skritt thieves while they steal harpy eggs” so that skritt thieves are now resurrectable, and the event should restart correctly after success or failure.
Spears wielded by corrupted Sons of Svanir will no longer persist in the world after the Sons die underwater.
Timberline Falls: Fixed a bug in the “Partake in the moot” region so that passed-out drunks should no longer enter a comatose state where they ignore being splashed by water.
Wayfarer Foothills: Fixed a blocking bug in “The Frozen Maw” meta-event where Scholar Brogun could die between events.
Plains of Ashford: Fixed a blocking bug in the “Kill the Separatists before they destroy the Iron Barracuda” event.
Fixed three blocking issues with the Temple of Balthazar escort event chains in Straits of Devastation.
Dungeons Ascalonian Catacombs
Improved the skills on the hidden cave troll boss.
Additional ghostly allies will now join Kholer during his encounter.
Removed breeders from the possible graveling burrows spawns during Hodgins’ search for the first scepter.
Rebalanced the graveling dungeon army to make them more interesting and fun to fight.
Revamped the Ghost Eater fight to include Detha’s traps.
Revamped the Colossus Rumblus fight to give him new skills and abilities.
Revamped the Howling King encounter and made changes to his army.
Adjusted the health of dungeon creatures and bosses.
Explorable mode: Fixed a trap in the hallway from the room with the spider queen to the central chamber so that the trap will now turn off properly.
Story: Added a waypoint toward the end of the dungeon.
Citadel of Flame
Added safety nets to the lava fields around Tribune Burntclaw and around Magmacyte that will teleport players who die from lava exposure to a safe location.
Crucible of Eternity
Added a safety net for players who die in lava at the boss fight with the Evolved Destroyer so that they will be teleported to a safe location to be resurrected.
Laser grid will no longer hurt dead players, allowing them to resurrect at the nearby shrine in safety.
Explorable: Fixed a bug where thieves and mesmers could teleport through closed doors and trigger events prematurely.
The Ruined City of Arah
Explorable: Reduced the amount of healing Simin does while she is stealthed.
Fixed a bug with Giganticus Lupicus resetting combat immediately after players stealth.
Story: Fixed an issue where creatures would not spawn during the fight with Zhaitan.
Explorable: Added and modified existing waypoints.
Explorable: Removed a branch that players could stand on to exploit the final boss.
Story: Players will now teleport to a safe location if they die in lava.
Honor of the Waves
Explorable: Fixed an issue where Honor’s Claw would repeat himself when speaking of his lost sons. He has since overcome his grief and will carry on to the fight against the minions of Jormag without stuttering.
“Deeply Tangled Roots”: Fixed a bug where the final scene was not changing based on player choice.
“Source of Orr”: Fixed a blocking bug if players killed the Eye while it was trying to teleport away.
Updated the Superior Rune of the Soldier’s sixth bonus to properly remove a condition from allies affected by the shout.
Updated the Superior Rune of the Rata Sum’s fifth bonus to correctly give 90 precision.
Updated the Superior Rune of the Pack’s third bonus to correctly give 50 power.
Added a 40-second recharge to the skill given by the Depleted Power Crystal item sold in Caledon Forest.
Transmuted items can now be dyed back to their original colors.
Black Peppercorns no longer drop from Mature Herb and Verdant Herb nodes.
The Caudecus’s Manor vendor in Lion’s Arch now correctly offers the Major Rune of the Monk.
The Charged, Hard, Warm, and Cold Potions are no longer Soulbound on acquire.
Renamed rare armors from Dungeon reward vendors to appropriately reflect their models.
Increased the drop rate of Passion Flowers from Passiflora Vines.
Hovering over a currency icon within vendor UI will now identify that currency.
Fixed a number of Mystic Forge recipes that had a chance of returning nothing. Zommoros apologizes for his thievery.
The Extended Potion of Ghost Slaying recipe now makes the correct potion.
Increased the stat bonuses on Ascended all-stat items.
Updated numerous item icons.
Increased the drop rate of exotics in the profession gear boxes sold by laurel vendors.
Ranger gear boxes no longer drop rifles.
Food items that give special bonuses upon a critical hit now have an internal cooldown before they can produce the special bonus again.
Ash Legion Spy Kit now has a 60-second cooldown.
Order of Whispers Spy Kit now has a 60-second cooldown.
Re-added visual effects to weapons made from the Mystic Forge that were recently removed:
Reaver of the Mists
Vision of the Mists
Wall of the Mists
Profession Skills General
Using stealth no longer resets NPC aggression tables.
Reduced the number of maximum of stacks of Retaliation allowed to five (was 25). Duration still stacks.
Cleaned up hit detection for melee attacks targeting inanimate objects.
Fixed a bug where players would sometimes become rooted after cancelling meteor shower, healing rain, or similar skills.
Signets will no longer lose their passive effects when changing slots on the utility bar.
Frost Aura: Incoming damage is reduced by 10% while under the effects of this aura. Enemies are only able to be chilled by this aura once per second. This affects all frost auras.
Flame Aura: In addition to the burning condition, this aura now grants 10 seconds of might each time the player is struck. This aura can activate only once per second. This change affects all flame auras.
Illusionary Counter: The range of the reactive part of this ability is now consistent with its indicated range.
Mesmer Portals can no longer be interacted with when there is an obstruction between them and the player.
Mind Stab: This skill will now hit up to three targets.
Illusionary Riposte: The reactionary strike that occurs when this skill blocks an attack now has the correct distance of the ability instead of half the distance. Added a ranged fact to this skill.
Mirror: This healing skill now applies reflection for 2 seconds instead of 1.
The Prestige: This ability is no longer channeled and will automatically detonate 3 seconds after the ability is used.
The description of this update was pretty unclear, so let me clarify. The change to portal made it so that you can’t interact with a portal that is on the other side of a wall from you, but that a portal whose entrance and exit are on opposite sides of a wall will still function [Source]
On mind stab we are aware there are two skills with this name. We are renaming one of them for the March build but for now we did indeed buff the mainhand sword end of chain skill for slot #1 called mind stab from 1 target to 3 targets. [Source]
Bloodthirsty: This trait now functions with the Vampiric Rituals and Vampiric Master traits.
Flesh of the Master: This trait now properly affects Jagged Horrors.
Ghastly Claws: Damage from this ability has been increased by ~10%.
Locust Swarm: The radius of this ability has been increased by ~16% and now has the range of a normal melee ability.
Mark of Revival: This trait now functions with the Greater Marks trait.
Minion Master: This trait now affects Mark of Horror from the necromancer’s Lich Form.
Necromantic Corruption: This trait now functions with Bone Fiend, Shadow Fiend, Flesh Wurm, and Jagged Horror.
Protection of the Horde: This trait now functions with Jagged Horror minions.
Rending Claws: Vulnerability application from this ability have been increased from 5 seconds to 7 seconds.
Spectral Wall: This skill’s combo field will now appear where the wall is instead of on top of the necromancer.
Spinal Shivers: This ability now deals bonus damage for each boon that it removes. One boon removed deals 50% extra damage, two boons deals 100% extra, and three boons removed will grant an extra 150% damage to the ability.
Chill of Death: This trait now deals bonus damage for each boon that it removes. One boon removed deals 50% extra damage, two boons deals 100% extra, and three boons removed will grant an extra 150% damage to the ability.
Spiteful Vigor: This trait now functions with racial abilities Prayer to Dwayna and Healing Seed.
Summon Blood Fiend: This minion’s healing effect has been increased by ~80%.
Weakening Shroud: This trait now applies two stacks of bleeding to be consistent with the Enfeebling Blood weapon skill.
Well of Corruption: This skill’s icon is now the same whether or not the Focused Rituals trait is equipped.
Vigorous Shouts: This trait has been fixed to properly affect allies within a range of up to 600.
Updated shouts to display the out-of-range indicator if your target is out of range.
Last Stand: Added a cooldown to the trait’s description.
Impale: This ability’s cooldown has been reduced to 15 seconds.
Pin Down: This ability now applies bleeding to targets that it hits.
Players wielding Banner of Defense, Discipline, Strength, and Tactics will now strike up to three targets with their Stab ability.
Smoldering Arrow: This ability is now a full projectile finisher.
Burst Skills: Damage tooltips now properly reflect equipped weapon damage.
Vengeance: Controlling a turret while using this ability will no longer prevent camera reset on death.
Healing Signet: Reduced low-level healing for this signet without changing healing at higher levels. This signet now heals for 12 points at level 2 instead of 25 and then scales up to heal for 200 points at level 80.
Sylvari: Seed and Turret abilities can now be used in conjunction with one another.
Asuran Power Suit: This skill will no longer incorrectly remove other transforms from the player.
Structured Player vs. Player Structured PvP Tournament Changes
Two-team quick tournaments no longer cost tickets.
Tournament tickets are no longer needed and can be exchanged at the ticket merchant in the Heart of the Mists. The ticket merchant is located next to the Tournament Master.
There is now a “Join Solo” button in the tournament browser that automates a single-player tournament entry.
Changed the default PvP builds for new characters.
Changed the PvP daily and monthly achievement rewards to include Arcane Slivers, Crystals, and Orbs instead of Tournament Tickets.
Changed the PvP locker to also store Valkyrie’s Jewels, the remaining rank finisher consumables, and PvP Hall of Monuments reward items.
Changed gold tournament chests to include several new PvP weapons.
Fixed an issue that could cause PvP glory rank vendors to not offer PvP Trident Tokens.
Fixed an issue that could cause several PvP weapons to display the wrong weapon skin.
Fixed an issue that could cause projectiles to sometimes bounce off capture points.
Temple of the Silent Storm: Changed Commune to interrupt on teleport, stealth, or invulnerability.
Temple of the Silent Storm: Fixed a bug that would prevent damage from interrupting the last few seconds of Meditation on Tranquility.
Legacy of the Foefire: Changed gates to hide their name plates when they are destroyed.
Raid on the Capricorn: Fixed a bug that would prevent players from earning Skirmisher points.
Heart of the Mists: Added a Ticket Merchant for exchanging unused Tournament Tickets.
Party members on opposite teams will no longer be able to see each other when invisible.
World vs. World
Fixed safety areas that extended too far, which could result in some players keeping their no siege/determined buff.
Changed the orange swords combat marker to show only if more than 25 people are in combat in the area.
Fixed a bug with Durios Gulch that could cause guards to spawn on the wrong team.
Fixed a bug on all Hills Keeps that could cause guards to spawn on the wrong team.
Fixed an issue that allowed NPCs with Righteous Indignation to still take condition damage.
Removed the ability to use many karma related items in WvW.
BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE New Items
The Plush Charr Backpack Cover is now available in the Style category of the Gem Store for 300 gems each. This backpack cover can be applied to any PvE backslot item, or it can be converted to a permanent PvP item. This backpack cover also comes with a basic backslot item with no stats that the Plush Charr Backpack Cover can be applied to.
Added the Pink Quaggan Backpack Cover and the Tiger Charr Backpack Cover to the Black Lion Chest at a rare chance. These rare variations are available only through the Black Lion Chest. Black Lion Keys are needed to open chests and can be acquired from the Gem Store in the Consumable category.
Nine new hair colors and six new eye colors are now available through the Total Makeover Kit and the Self-Style Hair Kits. These new hair and eye colors are winter-themed and are available only through these kits, which can be acquired from the Gem Store in the Services category. The new colors are marked with a star and can be applied to any race’s hair.
The celebration mode of Evon Gnashblade’s Box o’ Fun now has a chance to give the Dancing Spirit buff. This buff grants the character temporary access to three short dances. These dances will take up the utility slots on the skill bar, and when they are activated, your character will perform some new dance moves. The Dancing Spirit buff lasts 10 minutes, but entering combat removes the buff.
Spawning Evon Gnashblade’s Box o’ Fun immediately equips you with an adjuster bundle to allow you to pick a mode. If you lose the bundle, interact with your Box o’ Fun twice quickly to return it.
Listings for new items will now show up in the Promotions tab in the Gem Store and are now marked with a blue exclamation-point icon.
Listings for limited-time items will now show up in the Promotions tab in the Gem Store and will show how much time is left to purchase them.
Sale items will now show how much time remains before the sale ends.
Sylvari who use the Total Makeover Kit can now adjust their glow.
Fixed a bug that prevented players from resurrecting in Spirit Watch.
Fixed various server crashes.
Fixed a crash that can occur when previewing certain items
Fixed an issue with the Guild Mission activation not functioning correctly
Fixed a bug with a Guild Bounty Mission becoming blocked (not many players would have discovered this though, if any, due to the issue above)
Along with the patch, we have updated Guild Wars 2 Database with the new data, including all of the new items and recipes! Clicking on the images below will take you to the listing pages.
Updated Makeover Kits
Here are all of the new hair and eye colors from the Makeover Kits. Note that while some of them do look identical, there is a difference that is much easier to see in-game.
Fixed an issue that prevented haunted doors from properly appearing in Gendarran Fields, Kessex Hills, and Queensdale. The haunted doors on these maps will now remain open for the remainder of the Halloween event to allow players entry into the Mad King’s realm.
Added Mad King Chests to the Mystic Forge. These chests always have Halloween items such as candy corn, Halloween crafting materials, and Halloween tonics. There’s a rare chance they may also have Halloween skins for weapons and shoulders.
Added a Mystic Forge recipe to create Mad King Chests: 1 Piece of Candy Corn, 6 Mystery Tonics, 1 Boost (of any kind), and another Boost (of any kind).
Tactician Footi will now properly build her cannon after being resurrected in Cursed Shore.
Removed all hidden trick-or-treat bag nodes from Lion’s Arch.
Halloween-themed PVP items now salvage into the correct materials.
Happy Halloween! Let the trick-or-treating begin. The “Mad Kings” have dusted off their costumes and are taking to the stage, telling their jokes to make the children laugh. It’s a lighthearted holiday, and only children truly believe that the spirit of Mad King Thorn once appeared in Tyria. No one has actually reported seeing him in over two centuries. These days, he’s nothing more than a tale told to make children squeal and behave.
But, paranormal activity in Tyria is on the rise, and Durmand Priory scholars have taken notice. They’re not sure what’s going on, but they aim to find out! Something’s not right.
From October 22 through November 1, Tyria is under the shadow of the Mad King. The weeklong event will unfold in four acts, each introducing new content to explore and experience, including decorations for Tyria and the Mists, minigames, Halloween-specific dynamic events, holiday crafting recipes, and mind-blowing jumping puzzles.
Join us on October 31 (midday, Pacific Time), when we’ll celebrate the holiday pinnacle with a bang!
This is the premiere holiday release for Guild Wars 2, and we’re blasting out of the gate! Visit Lion’s Arch to begin digging into the Halloween content.
COMMERCE Black Lion Chest Changes
Halloween items have been added to Black Lion Chests for a limited time only!
There is now a chance to get new Halloween-themed weapon skins by opening Black Lion Chests. All weapon skins are tradable.
Chain Sword Skin
Ghastly Grinning Shield Skin
Greatsaw Greatsword Skin
Grinning Gourd Rifle Skin
Scythe Staff Skin
Severed Dagger Skin
There is now a chance to get new Halloween-themed shoulder armor skins by opening Black Lion Chests. All shoulder armor skins are tradable.
Deathly Shoulderpads Skin
Deathly Avian Shoulderpads Skin
Deathly Bull Shoulderpads Skin
All Black Lion Chests have a chance to give these items, but only until the end of the Halloween events.
Get Black Lion Keys from the Consumable section of the Gem Store to open your Black Lion Chests. New Items in the Gem Store
Halloween costumes are now available in the Gem Store! These costumes are on sale until November 6th.
The Witch’s Outfit can now be purchased in the Style section of the Gem Store for 700 gems. This set of town clothes comes with 4 Costume Brawl skills and 1 companion skill.
The Mad King’s Outfit can now be purchased in the Style section of the Gem Store for 700 gems. This set of town clothes comes with 4 Costume Brawl skills and 1 companion skill.
Spooky Tonics are now available in the Gem Store! Ghost, skeleton, and zombie tonics are all on sale until November 6th.
Each tonic turns you into a spooky creature for 1 hour.
While active, tonics give you access to Costume Brawl skills.
Tonics can be found in the Consumable section of the Gem Store for 35 gems apiece or 125 gems for a pack of 5.
A set of 3 spooky minis is now available in the Gem Store! This item is on sale until November 6th.
This set includes a ghost, skeleton, and spider miniature for 500 gems in the Minis section of the Gem Store.
These collector minis are account bound and cannot be traded.
The Devil Horns town clothes hat is now available for free in the Gem Store. This item is available until November 6th.
The Phantom’s Hood town clothes hat is now available for 200 gems in the Gem Store. This item is on sale until November 6th.
Personalized Trick-or-Treat Bags are now available in the Gem Store. These items are on sale until November 14th.
Each bag contains food items, recipes, tonics, crafting materials, or pieces of candy corn.
Personalized Trick-or-Treat Bags can be found in the Consumable section of the Gem Store for 100 gems apiece, 375 gems for a pack of 5, or 2,000 gems for a pack of 35.
Halloween PvP Finishers are now available in the Gem Store! These items are on sale until November 6th.
Replace your PvP finishing move with a scarecrow or special Mad King finisher for 1 hour.
These PvP Finishers can be found in the Consumable section of the Gem Store for 75 gems apiece or 275 gems for a pack of 3.
New town clothes hats are now available in the Gem Store!
Aviator Caps and Bunny Ears are both now available in the Style section of the Gem Store for 200 gems apiece.
Costume Brawl is a spontaneous battle for points that can occur anywhere in the world by using town clothes, toys, and transformation tonics.
Equip town clothes, toys, or consume transformation tonics to gain access to Costume Brawl skills. Costume Brawl skills are labeled as such in their descriptions.
Using Costume Brawl skills puts you into Costume Brawl mode and makes you a valid target for other brawlers.
Use your Costume Brawl skills to hit other players in Costume Brawl mode to gain points and avoid being disabled by taking too many hits yourself.
Gaining points in Costume Brawl is fun and can earn you achievements.
To exit Costume Brawl, use the Time Out skill.
Entering combat will automatically remove you from Costume Brawl.
In response to several letters from the Tyrian Explorers Society, we have made the following changes to recognized achievements:
Added karma rewards to daily and monthly achievements.
Added 19 new exploration achievements to the “Explorer” achievement list, including “Dive Master,” which tracks unique diving goggle uses.
Added a new “Jumping Puzzles” achievement category.
Moved all existing jumping puzzle achievements from the “Explorer” category to the “Jumping Puzzles” category.
Added 4 additional jumping puzzle achievements.
Added a new “Bosses” achievement category.
The “Crash Landing” achievement has been moved from the “Explorer” category to the “Bosses” category.
Added 7 new boss achievements.
“The Mighty Zommoros has been caught failing to notice the generosity of those who grant him gifts. The Mighty Zommoros will now appropriately reward baubles to those who bring him offerings.”—The Mighty Zommoros
The Mystic Forge ingot-conversion recipes for bronze, copper, gold, and darksteel have been fixed to reward correct materials.
The Mystic Forge recipe for the Abyssal Scepter has been fixed to correctly award the Abyssal Scepter.
The Mystic Forge recipe for the Lidless Eye now requires 10 giant eyes.
The Mystic Forge recipe for Titans’ Vengance has been fixed to correctly award Titans’ Vengance.
The Mystic Forge recipe for the Wall of the Mists now requires 250 orichalcum shield bosses instead of powerful blood and 30 giant eyes instead of 1.
Zommoros has been reminded to give out baubles for less desirable (low-level) rare weapons.
Fixed a bug in the Mystic Forge conversion recipies for rare Glacial Ingredientsthat cause them to reward Charged Ingredients instead.
There is a skritt burglar on the loose in Tyria! Adventurers that encounter this thieving rodent are encouraged to confiscate whatever loot they can shake out of her.
Added over 30 events across the game.
Fixed a stuck event chain in Straits of Devastation.
Fixed a blocking bug in the event “Defend the Leaders of Caer Evermore from the Risen” in Timberline Falls.
Fixed a potential blocking bug caused by the event “Destroy the Risen broodmother to free Rakkan” in Cursed Shore.
Fixed a potential blocking bug in the event “Rescue Scholar Alil Rodez” in Lornar’s Pass.
Fixed a bug preventing Siege Master Marith from collecting catapult parts in Kessex hills.
Fixed a bug preventing Tactician Footi from setting up her cannon in Cursed Shore.
Fixed a bug preventing skritt from being driven out of Nentor’s Mine in Lornar’s Pass.
Lengthened the time between events when attempting to hold Arah and made repeated attempts at holding Arah more difficult.
Lengthened the time between events when attempting to hold the Temple of Grenth.
Lengthened the time between events when attempting to hold the Temple of Melandru and made repeated attempts at holding the Temple of Melandru more difficult.
Fixed an exploit that allowed players to occasionally teleport through walls.
Reduced the range at which players could interact with completed arrow carts.
The blue team’s start point on the green Borderlands has been changed to no longer remove allies from the area.
The Charr Land Mine is no longer usable in WvW areas.
Fixed bugs that allowed teleporting before a match starts.
Fixed bugs for getting into team bases in Legacy of the Foefire and Battle of Kyhlo.
Svanir has been updated to have slightly more health in Forest of Niflhel.
Paid tournaments will be available soon. To ensure the best experience possible, free tournaments will be used to make sure everything is working smoothly before bringing paid tournaments online. Thank you all for your patience.
The Durmand Priory is currently investigating an ancient dwarven door recently unearthed in Dredgehaunt Cliffs. Meanwhile, strange reports of a caravan of shark tanks crossing the fields of Fireheart Rise are presumed to be a hoax.
Jumping puzzles and open-world minidungeons have updated reward tables.
Added 3 new jumping puzzles.
Added more diving goggles throughout Tyria.
Citadel of Flame medium armor coats now include the warning text “This coat hides shoulder armor.”
Butter and chocolate no longer drop from loot bags of level 50 and above.
Butter and chocolate no longer drop from Supply Bags dropped by centaurs, Stolen Supplies dropped by ettins, Ritual Bags dropped by Flame Legion, or Materials Bags dropped by Inquest.
Increased the chance to get vanilla beans from herb nodes in the Tarnished Coast and Steamspur Mountains.
Increased the respawn timers for omnomberries, black crocus, ghost pepper, lotus, and Orrian truffles to 5 hours.
Reduced amount of cinnamon dropped from nodes from 3,5 to 1,2. Cinnamon now only comes from green wood nodes.
Reduced amount of walnuts dropped from nodes from 3,5 to 1,2. Walnuts now only come from soft wood nodes.
Removed parsley and thyme from herb nodes in the Tarnished Coast and Steamspur Mountains.
Rune of the Noble (Superior): Updated drakehounds summoned by these runes to die after 60 seconds.
Rune of the Pack (Major and Superior): This upgrade’s on-hit effect now works properly.
The story step “Estate of Decay” has been updated to make door interaction more consistent.
The story step “Mightier than the Sword” has been fixed so that using the mesmer elite skill Moa Morph on Steag will not prevent progress.
The story step “The Battle of Fort Trinity” has been fixed to avoid a problem that could prevent progress in co-op mode. A problem that could prevent progress while defending the gate has been also been fixed.
The story step “The Blossom of Youth” has been fixed to avoid a problem where bypassing a section could prevent progress.
The story step “The Hatchery” has been fixed to avoid a problem that could prevent progress.
The story step “Trading Trickery” has been fixed to avoid a problem that could prevent progress.
Dungeons now award karma on completion. The first-time karma reward for completing the story of a dungeon is larger than subsequent story runs. The first time per day a player completes an explorable path for a dungeon, the karma reward equals (Player Level) * 23.5. For the rest of the day, subsequent runs of the same path will reward karma equal to (Player Level) * 9.5.
Fixed an area where players could get outside the map in the Flooded Temple.
Gunpowder Morgan’s maximum range and damage have been updated.
Inquest Grenadiers have been reassigned to a new task; some new enemies await on the long road.
Kreutzerova will no longer prioritize a player at the dungeon entrance when first encountered.
Nokk’s Gravity Distortion now properly displays the time you are distorted.
Shukov’s golems now properly display during his event.
Shukov’s mark II golem has had its electric field updated to be a bit more dangerous now.
The lava in some areas is now behaving as lava should.
The maximum range of Nightmare Vines has been increased.
Reduced fear’s maximum stacks to 5 to prevent excessively long periods of time where players don’t have control of their character.
Updated the stability boon to stack duration up to 3 times.
Air Pocket: This skill no longer allows players to shadowstep out of water.
Cone of Cold: The healing gained from the this skill’s heal attribute has been increased from 480 to 780 at max level.
Earthquake: The responsiveness of skills used after this skill has been improved.
Fire Grab: This skill has had its attack angle increased.
Glyph of Renewal: This skill no longer resurrects dead allies; it only revives downed ones.
Lightning Touch: This skill has had its attack angle increased.
Magnetic Grasp: The responsiveness of skills used after this skill has been improved.
Ring of Earth: This skill now applies cripple.
Signets: All signets have been updated to function properly with the Earth Magic traits Written in Stone and Signet Mastery.
Downed State Updates
Discharge Lightning: This skill can now stack vulnerability up to 2 times.
Grasping Earth: This skill has been moved to skill 3 and given a 10 second recharge. Damage has been increased by 50%, and it bleeds enemies on every pulse. This skill can now be interrupted by other skills.
Vapor Form: This skill has been moved to skill 2, is instantly available upon being downed, and has a 20-second recharge.
Leap of Faith: This skill’s functionality has been improved to make it more reliable.
Line of Warding: This skill is no longer able to move friendly NPCs around.
Protector’s Strike: This skill has had an exploit removed that caused it to block longer than intended.
Renewed Focus: This skill may now be used on the move.
“Save Yourselves!”: This skill has now been split between PvP and PvE. In PvE, players will notice no difference. In PvP, this skill’s boon duration has been changed to 5 seconds.
Shield of Absorption: This skill no longer blocks some friendly NPC missiles.
Symbol of Wrath: This skill’s attack has been improved by 10%.
Virtue of Courage: This skill has been updated to not apply aegis each time the user bobs in and out of water.
Assassin’s Signet: This skill has been updated to grant 15% damage for 5 attacks rather than 50% damage for one attack.
Basilisk Venom: This skill’s buff now applies for the appropriate duration of 30 seconds.
Disabling Shot: This skill can now be fired continuously at targets behind the player without the ability jumping them back toward the target. This skill now also has a cost when firing at targets behind the player.
Flanking Strike: This skill’s first attack is now unblockable.
Ink Shot: This skill no longer allows players to shadowstep out of water.
Nine-Tailed Strike: This skill has been fixed to properly provide the intended amount of initiative.
Shadow Refuge: This skill’s stealth removal tripwire has been updated to properly match the skill’s effects.
Whirling Axe: This skill has had evasion removed from the ability and has a missile-reflection effect applied to the whirl effect.
Arcane Thievery: This skill now appropriately removes the aegis boon rather than being blocked by it.
Confusing Images: This skill has been updated to fire at its correct distance.
Cry of Frustration: This skill’s tooltip now accurately shows that confusion it applies lasts for 3 seconds.
Mirror of Anguish: This trait no longer functions on necromancers when they have Reaper’s Protection active.
Phantasmal Warlock: This illusion’s recharge between attacks is now slightly longer.
Phase Retreat: This skill should no longer teleport players into geometry or other places they shouldn’t be getting into.
Scepter Skills: Projectile skills for the scepter have had their velocity increased by 33%.
Elixir B: This skill’s toolbelt skill now accurately reflects only one boon being applied to allied targets.
Mine Field: This skill’s recharge has been reduced to 20 seconds.
Throw Mine: This skill is now unblockable when it detonates.
Battle Standard: This skill no longer goes on full recharge if it’s interrupted while being activated.
Brutal Shot: This skill can now stack vulnerability up to 2 times.
Forceful Shot: This skill’s damage has been increased by about 70%, and its activation time has been increased.
Stomp: The responsiveness of skills used after this skill has been improved.
Tremor: This skill can now be activated while moving.
Corrupt Boon: This skill now properly removes aegis rather than being blocked by it.
Fetid Ground: This downed skill now has a Dark combo field. Its visual effects have been updated to show its actual radius.
Life Leech: This downed skill’s damage has been increased by 25%.
Spectral Walk: Removing this skill from a skill slot while it’s active will now remove all benefits gained from activating the ability.
Spinal Shivers: This skill now properly removes aegis rather than being blocked by it.
Mac Beta Client
Fixed a bug that prevented players using Apple keyboard varieties other than US English from binding the key to the left of the “1” key in the Control Options panel.
You can find all of the new items (included Halloween armor & weapons) listed here.
Halloween-themed Weapon Skins
These three skins were shown in the PCGamer video that was released early this morning. (Notice that the "latern" at the end of the staff actually glows green!) You can "rent" these skins from an NPC for 150 Candy Corns or learn the exotic crafting recipes that are sold by crafting vendors for karma.
You can buy a new minipet pack in the gem store! I was able to get a regular Minipet pack in a Black Lions Chest tonight. Can anyone confirm if you can get this in a chest, too?
Magnetic Grasp Immobilize your foe and pull yourself to them with magnetic force. 12 sec Cooldown. 900 Range. Damage: 231.6233 . Immobile(2s): Unable to move; stacks duration..
Ring of Earth Bleed foes with a ring of rocky spikes. 6 sec Cooldown. Damage: 694.87. Bleeding(12s): Deals damage every second; stacks intensity.. Radius: 240 feet.
Engineer Med Kit
Throw Stim Brew Throw out a bottle of stimulating liquor, granting fury and swiftness. 15 sec Cooldown. 900 Range.
Symbol of Wrath Symbol. Pierce the ground with a mystic symbol that damages foes while granting retaliation to allies. 20 sec Cooldown. Damage: 1383.449 . Retaliation(1s) 5 Stacks : Reflect incoming damage back to its source; stacks duration..
Virtue of Courage Virtue: Grants aegis every forty seconds.Activate: Grant aegis to yourself and nearby allies. 90 sec Cooldown. Aegis(5s): Block the next incoming attack; stacks duration.. Stun Break: 553.3795.
Signet of Judgment Signet Passive: Reduces incoming damage.Signet Active: Grant retaliation to nearby allies and weakness to nearby foes. 1 Skill Points. 20 sec Cooldown. 600 Range. Retaliation(3s): Reflect incoming damage back to its source; stacks duration.. Weakness(5s): Endurance regeneration decreased by 50%; 50% of Non Critical hits are Glancing Blows (50% damage); stacks duration..
Lich Form Transform. Assume the form of a lich for a brief time. 30 Skill Points. 180 sec Cooldown. Duration: 30 seconds. : .
Plague Transform. Become a virulent cloud and inflict multiple conditions on foes you touch. 10 Skill Points. 180 sec Cooldown. Damage: 171.4465. Poisoned(1s): Deals damage every second; heal potency decreased by 33%; stacks duration.. Radius: 240 feet. Duration: 20 seconds.
Death Shroud Assume a spectral form and gain new skills, turning your life force into health. 10 sec Cooldown.
Bonfire Set a fire around you, burning foes. 25 sec Cooldown. Duration: 8 seconds. Damage: 472.2343. Burning(1s) 8 Stacks : Deals damage every second; stacks duration.. Radius: 120 feet.
Break Stance Break your blocking stance to gain initiative. Damage: 166.0138.
Assassin's Signet Signet Passive: Grants increased power.Signet Active: Deal 150% damage on your next attack . 1 Skill Points. 45 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Passive Power Increase(0s): Increased power.. Assassin's Signet(30s): Your next attack does 150% damage..
Forceful Shot Burst. Fire a forceful shot. Damage increases with adrenaline level. 10 sec Cooldown. 1200 Range. Level 1 Damage: 691.7244. Level 2 Damage: 968.414. Level 3 Damage: 1245.104.
Banner of Defense BannerPlace a banner that increases toughness and vitality for you and nearby allies. 1 Skill Points. 120 sec Cooldown. 600 Range. Blast Finish Type.Banner of Defense(45s ): Increased Toughness and Vitality. Regeneration(3s) 30 Stacks : Gain health every second; stacks duration.. Effective Radius: 600 feet.
Banner of Discipline BannerPlace a banner that improves precision and prowess for you and nearby allies. 3 Skill Points. 120 sec Cooldown. 600 Range. Blast Finish Type.Banner of Discipline(45s ): Improved Precision and Prowess. Regeneration(3s) 30 Stacks : Gain health every second; stacks duration.. Effective Radius: 600 feet.
Banner of Strength Banner.Place a banner that improves power and malice for you and nearby allies. 3 Skill Points. 120 sec Cooldown. 600 Range. Blast Finish Type.Banner of Strength(45s ): Improved Power and Malice. Regeneration(3s) 30 Stacks : Gain health every second; stacks duration.. Effective Radius: 600 feet.
Banner of Tactics BannerPlace a banner that increases compassion and concentration for you and nearby allies. 6 Skill Points. 120 sec Cooldown. 600 Range. Blast Finish Type.Banner of Tactics(45s ): Increased Compassion and Concentration. Regeneration(3s) 30 Stacks : Gain health every second; stacks duration.. Effective Radius: 600 feet.