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The Guild Wars 5 Year Anniversary Celebration


We’re celebrating our fifth anniversary! We couldn't have come this far without each and every one of you, so in addition to our upcoming Five Year Anniversary Update, we're throwing a massive party – and you’re the guest of honor! For those characters turning five, we’ve got a special Birthday Present just for you!

The festivities begin at Noon Pacific on Thursday, April 22 and run until Noon Pacific on Thursday, April 29. We’ve got a lot of fun stuff planned this year:


Games Galore


Feeling lucky? The citizens of Shing Jea Monastery have once again reopened the Boardwalk, a unique attraction that offers games of chance for those with an adventurous streak. May fortune smile upon you!

If you're after the competitive thrill, you can battle it out in the PvP Dragon Arena. Just speak with Captain Li Sah to enter.

Do you feel the need for speed? Test your skill at Rollerbeetle Racing, the national sport of Cantha! Just speak with the Rollerbeetle Trainer to get started.

You’ll find both Captain Li Sah and the Rollerbeetle Trainer in Lion's Arch, Shing Jea Monastery, Kamadan, and the Great Temple of Balthazar.


Presents for All


Who doesn’t love getting a present? In true birthday fashion, we'll once again have plenty of presents to pass around! Starting at 12:01 AM Pacific on Friday, April 23, characters turning five years old will find a gift in their inventories—a new miniature from this year's birthday series!

Characters turning one, two, three, or four will receive a wrapped miniature from that corresponding set of past Guild Wars birthday presents. We give birthday presents year round, so each of your characters will receive gifts on their personal birthdays (creation dates).


Join the birthday celebration and have some fun with us—after all, Guild Wars only turns five once!

We want to extend our sincere thanks to each and every one of you for continued support. We wish you the best of adventures in the coming year – enjoy yourselves!

Festival Rewards

Here are some of the special items you might find during our fifth anniversary celebration:

Birthday Cupcake Birthday Cupcake
Keep the party going with this frosted baked good that's guaranteed to give you a lift!
Sugary Blue Drink Sugary Blue Drink
It's sweet and oh-so-handy when you need a quick boost of speed.
Red Bean Cake Red Bean Cake
These sweet treats put some pep in your step.
Bottle of Rice Wine Bottle of Rice Wine
The traditional festival beverage, but make sure you never drink and quest.
Flask of Firewater Flask of Firewater
Have a swig of the good stuff, but be careful: this potent potable packs quite a wallop.
Creme Brulee Crème Brûlée
Do some serious celebrating with a crunchy caramelized treat that's delicious, nutritious, and festive!
Champagne Popper Champagne Popper
A brief but spectacular treat for the eyes and ears to ring in the New Year in style.
Bottle Rocket Bottle Rocket
Set off a single-shot firework high overhead—please aim away from any and all faces.
Sparkler Sparkler
Light this up to create a cloud of sparks over your head—please stand clear of any and all flammable objects.

5 Year Anniversary Event Calendar

Thursday, April 22


  • Indulge your sweet tooth when Birthday Cupcakes start dropping from creatures across Tyria, Cantha, and Elona.
  • Oooh and aaah at the awesome hourly fireworks displays over Lion's Arch, Shing Jea Monastery, Kamadan, and the Great Temple of Balthazar.

Friday, April 23



  • Test your luck and skill at the Shing Jea Boardwalk! Starting at Noon Pacific, this popular venue will once again open to the public in the Shing Jea Monastery.
  • Challenge yourself and others in Rollerbeetle Races and the Dragon Arena. Starting at Noon, these mini-games will be accessible from Lion's Arch, Shing Jea Monastery, Kamadan, and the Great Temple of Balthazar.

Friday, April 23


Starting at 12:01 AM Pacific on Friday, April 23, those characters turning five will find a gift in their inventories that contains a new miniature from this year's birthday series. Characters turning one, two, three, or four years old will receive a wrapped miniature from the corresponding set of past Guild Wars birthday presents. We give birthday presents year round, so each of your characters will receive gifts on their personal birthdays (creation dates).

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