Unless you've been living under a karka-sized rock for the past month, you've probably heard something about the upcoming Dragon Bash holiday event. An evolution of the Dragon Festival celebrated in the original Guild Wars, the Dragon Bash will introduce several new goodies and activities that will no doubt keep even the least festive spirit going for hours. Whether you have your eye on one (or all) of the new Jade weapon skins, or just want to kill a few hours a day in the Dragon Ball arena, in traditional Guild Wars fashion, the Dragon Bash gives something for everybody to sink their teeth into.
What would a Guild Wars festival be without the mountains of goodies to collect? With collectibles ranging from weapons to fireworks to new sets of armor, you'll need to have a game plan ready to maximize your Zhaitaffy collection over these next few weeks. Be sure to remember that many of the items that can be collected during the festival can be traded on the trading post, including the mini pets and dragon wings collected from the dragon coffers scattered throughout the game world.
The Zhaitaffy merchant will remain in the game after the event's conclusion, so if you're out of town for the summer, you don't have to worry about missing everything. However, there are a few time-restricted items such as the Dragon Helm, which is rewarded for sitting through one of the fireworks shows throughout the duration of the event.
And yes, the new jade weapon skins are amazing.
Here you have a simple betting game using traditional game currency. Fifty silver grants you one bet for one of five moa racers. Once your bet has been placed, you can either find the best vantage point to cheer on your chosen racer, or, if standing still isn't your thing, run along side them throughout the course. Whichever you choose, be sure to remain in the area to avoid forfeiting your silver. While the entrance fee may seem a tad steep for some players, your moa only needs to come in second place for you to break even, and considering there are only five racers to begin with, the odds aren't too bad at all. However, if you've got your eye on the limited edition dragon bash themed moa mini pet, you'll want to have some extra cash on hand to keep those reward vouchers pouring in.
Keep in mind that while the festive elements of this activity will leave at the conclusion of the celebration, Moa Racing will become a permanent edition to the world. The previously mentioned mini pet will be replaced with a standard yellow moa, so if you want to add it to your collection make sure you don't drag your feet!
Presented in 5v5 deathmatch format, Dragon Ball is a fast-paced battle of reflexes. Upon entering the arena (and upon every revival), players are given a speed buff and a skill in their number one slot. While the main goal of the game is to smash your way to 500 points before the other team, you're going to want to pay attention to your surroundings as you fight. Upgrades are scattered throughout the playing field and grant new skills that remain until death, jump pads launch combatants skyward and forward across the map's layered format, and health orbs will decide who lives and who dies. The relatively short revival window means teammate resurrection only exists as a window of opportunity for your opponent to get the jump on you.
Once the bloodbath has subsided, the winning team will be given a dragon coffer that could contain some pretty nifty goodies. The losing team, in addition to the salty tears of defeat, is given Zhaitaffy to ease the pain.
As far as the gem store goes, there are a couple of items that will be introduced with the festival. Three new minis will be wrapped up in a pack of three for you to purchase. If any of you remember the halloween set, you can also throw these guys into the Mystic Forge to obtain a special fourth mini. Keep in mind that while the mini pets obtained from the gem store's Rich Dragon Coffers will be account bound, a tradable version of the exact same mini pets can be found in the regular dragon coffers. The next item is the Marriner's Horn, which is very similar to the Choir Bells that could be obtained during Wintersday last year. The horn is unlimited, so all of you who ripped apart those pesky RNG boxes to find an unbreakable Choir Bell can rest easy.
Holiday events create some of the most memorable moments players will have, and the Dragon Bash is no exception. Aside from the moody atmosphere and shiny goodies to collect, it's the perfect time to sit back and have a good time with your friends, guildies, and the community. I hope you're all as excited as I am for the build to hit the live servers on the 11th so things can really get started.
Who knows? Maybe I'll get the chance to destroy some of you in Dragon Ball ;)