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Welcome to Halloween 2009!

Halloween has come to Tyria, and that means the return of Mad King Thorn, new holiday quests, loads of creepy items, the Costume Brawl PvP event, and more!

The ghoul-apalooza begins on October 23rd and runs until 12:01 AM Pacific time on November 2nd. The main festivities take place in Lion's Arch and Kamadan, but the Halloween spirit can be found in other places around Tyria.


The Mad King's Revelry


Mad King Thorn is back! The maniacal monarch returns to Lion's Arch and Kamadan, and he's brought a cornucopia of mini-games, jokes, and riddles to delight and dismay his fellow revelers.

You can play the Mad King's malevolent games if you dare, but be warned! If you win, you'll earn special holiday prizes; if you lose, you die. Fortunately, Mad King Thorn's idea of fun includes letting the vanquished come back for more, so you're always welcome to return from the grave and give it another try.

Mad King Thorn will appear in both Lion's Arch and Kamadan on October 31st multiple times, always preceded by his undead horsemen and accompanied by his entourage of nightmarish cohorts. Participate in any of his appearances and you'll earn a special piece of Halloween headgear. Remember—the Mad King rewards participants in each city with a different mask, so be sure to attend at least one of his events in both Lion's Arch and Kamadan to get both!

You don't even have to contend with the Mad King's tricks to get a treat—there are plenty of other ways to earn prizes, like participating in special events throughout the weekend, or simply exploring in the eerie glow of the Mad King's flickering firelight smile.

As much as he likes to be the center of attention, the Mad King isn't the only exciting part of the festivities.



New Halloween Quests


Brave the dangers of the Underworld on a series of spine-tingling quests for Mad King Thorn, available this Halloween season only. An ancient evil stirs deep in the Underworld—can you hold back the rising tide of darkness?

Beginning October 26th, talk to the candy-coated Mad King's Steward in Lion's Arch or Kamadan to begin—if you dare!



Halloween Treats

Visit the collectors in Kamadan, Lion's Arch, Henge of Denravi, Ascalon City, Champion's Dawn, Kodlonu Hamlet, and the Sunspear Great Hall—these dreadful peddlers of all things spooky are always willing to barter for their creepy curios!

Take a look at some of the tricks and treats we have in store this Halloween!

Witch's Brew Witch's Brew
One sip will set your world spinning 'round and 'round—and where it stops, nobody knows.
Absinthe Vial of Absinthe
If you think it burns going down, wait until it engulfs your body in ghoulish flames.
Ghost-in-the-Box Ghost-in-the-Box
Feeling brave? Open this mysterious box to receive a spooky surprise.
Squash Serum Squash Serum
You're out of your gourd if you swallow this potion—though it will give you an immediate replacement.
Transmogrifier Tonic Transmogrifier Tonic
One sip transforms you into the spirit of Halloween itself!
Trick-or-Treat Bag Trick-or-Treat Bag
What's inside? What does it do? Does it taste good? The only way to find out is to earn one and open it up.
Candy Apple Candy Apple
Two treats in one: the apple for good health, the candy for extra energy—or is that the other way around?
Candy Corn Candy Corn
Ride this sugar rush for a 10-minute bump to all your attributes.
Pumpkin Cookie Pumpkin Cookie
Nothing boosts morale like a big orange cookie.

The Costume Brawl


Suit up and join in the Costume Brawl—now with brand-new skill bars! Dress up as one of many famous Guild Wars characters and fight your way to rich rewards!

To enter, speak with the NPC Bobby [Costume Brawl] in Lion's Arch, Kamadan, or the Great Temple of Balthazar.


Calendar of Events

Spooky decorations, Halloween treats, creepy new quests, and the Mad King's malevolent games—all this and more await you during the Halloween Festival! Here's a schedule of events:

  • Friday, October 23: The Halloween celebration begins at Noon Pacific time! The cities of Lion's Arch and Kamadan and the towns of Droknar's Forge and the Tomb of the Primeval Kings are decorated with dreadful d├ęcor. The Costume Brawl starts today! Halloween NPCs make their appearance in Lion's Arch and Kamadan.

  • Monday, October 26: The new series of Halloween quests starts in Lion's Arch and Kamadan. Speak with the Mad King's Steward to begin your adventure! Remember, these quests are only available this year, so be sure to complete them while you can!

  • Saturday, October 31: Mad King Thorn appears every three hours in Lion's Arch and Kamadan—all day! Participate in his events to receive this year's Halloween masks. Remember—the Mad King rewards participants in both cities with a different mask, so be sure to attend at least one of his events in both Lion's Arch and Kamadan to get both!

  • Monday, November 2: The seasonal festivities conclude at 12:01 AM.

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