The Shadow of the Mad King Returns to Guild Wars 2 on Oct. 16

Look alive as the spooky and fantastical creatures come to life in the Mad Realm of Tyria! This morning, ArenaNet announced that one of Guild Wars 2’s most celebrated and time honoured traditions – the Shadow of the Mad King – will be returning on October 16th and will be live until November 6th.

While ghosts walk alongside mortals, this year’s festival includes:

  • Reaper’s Rumble: Playable for the first time since the original GW2 Halloween celebration – it’s a fast-paced PvP format where players compete to recover pumpkins and spawn hordes of skeletons to attack the enemy team’s base.
  • Mad King’s Raceway: New this year, the track was built on the same map as Reaper’s Rumble that showcases the star mount of the current Living Story, the Roller Beetle.
  • Three new weapons: These took inspiration from real world horror tropes: a syringe that functions as a dagger called The Cure, a lightning rod players can wield as a sword called Soul Conductor, and a butcher knife players can use as an axe called Revenge.
  • Players who have completed Episode 3 of Season 4 of the living story can delve into the ancient rivalry between Mad King Thorn and Palawa Joko through a new collection achievement.

Additional details on the festival can be found here and accompanying assets attached.

This Halloween content is available free to all players. For the full Guild Wars 2 experience, players can purchase the second expansion, Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, at

Jim Smale

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