Out of the Shadows is Live

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Our latest release, Out of the Shadows, is now available to play! You can visit the release page for more details and read the complete release notes on our forums. And be sure to join the devs for a chat on the Guild Wars 2 subreddit to celebrate after the release goes live!

As you play this release, consider adding information you find to the official wiki for the benefit of the Guild Wars 2 community. You can find information about how to edit an article or generally contribute to the wiki on this page.


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Verdant Executor Outfit, Additional Hair Choices, Embellished Weapon Collection, and More!

It’s a big day at the Black Lion Trading Company, friend—and if the rumors I’ve heard are any indication, it may be a pretty big day for you, too. Before you charge off into certain danger, pause to take a gander at the new items I’ve got in stock. You’re bound to find something that strikes your fancy.

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    Verdant Executor Outfit

    Don’t ask me why that jumped-up cactus Canach is setting fashion trends, but I won’t argue with demand. Slip into this little number, and you’ll be running errands for Kryta’s elite in no time.

  • Shining Blade Glider Backpack Combo

    This bladed backpiece is inspired by the White Mantle’s historic opponents. I’ve got some mixed feelings, but based on my research, their stylistic choices were dead-on. Weaponize your flight path!*

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    Embellished Weapon Collection

    And while you’re arming yourself, why not put appearance first? Dazzle friends, enemies, and envious bystanders alike with these tastefully enhanced tools of destruction.

  • Additional Hair Choices

    Pay a visit to Aesthetician Kristina to update your look! Additional hair choices are available exclusively through Total Makeover Kits and Self-Style Hair Kits.

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    New Permanent Harvesting Nodes

    Now you have a rare chance to find Iron, Hard Wood, and Flax Seed Harvesting Nodes for your home instance in Black Lion Chests!

  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!

*The Black Lion Trading Company is not responsible for any injury, death, or destruction of property resulting from the misuse of the Shining Blade Glider Backpack Combo. The swords are decorative only and should not be wielded in combat. Please visit your local Black Lion Trading Post for a marvelous selection of real swords.


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The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of July 25

We’ve partnered up with some our fans to showcase their creative and exciting Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Check out next week’s schedule below!

Streams for the Week of July 25Wednesday, July 27

GuildNews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)

10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)

The week in review with the GuildNews crew.

Thursday, July 28

The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Sayael) (English)

10:00 AM Pacific Time (UTC-7)

Sayael invites you to watch a unique piece of Guild Wars 2 art come to life. Beauty is everywhere—where will you find it?

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Friday, July 29

Don’t miss the next episode of the official Guild Chat livestream, hosted by Rubi Bayer!

If you need help converting times into your own time zone, you can use this tool.

Thank you for watching!


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An Interview with Queen Jennah

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The White Mantle’s activities of late are putting the populace on edge. What does the Crown plan to do about them?

First, let me be clear: denizens of Divinity’s Reach have nothing to fear. We are taking steps to bolster security in and around Divinity’s Reach to ensure the safety of our citizens. The Shining Blade is keeping a close eye on the Mantle’s movements and activities, most of which are localized to mere raids in northern Maguuma. These aren’t the calculated motions of an organized group—these are the isolated activities of a handful of conflicted and deeply disturbed people. Nothing more.

What sort of security steps are you taking?

The Seraph are stepping up their patrols in Shaemoor. What’s more, we’ve tapped the best engineering teams in the Reach to bolster the city walls and shore up any weaknesses in our defenses. In the event of a crisis, my advisors have developed plans to evacuate the townships surrounding Divinity’s Reach and house civilians within the safety of the city walls. But I must stress that these preparations are focused toward true crises—natural disasters, dragon sightings, and the like.

Seraph Captain Logan Thackeray has not been seen in some time. Can you speak to his status?

Captain Thackeray suffered heavy injuries in the fight against the jungle dragon Mordremoth and is currently recuperating. One of my aides checks in on him regularly and says that he’s coming along well. Knowing the captain, I imagine he’ll resume his duties as soon as he’s physically able and cleared to do so, and not a moment longer—there’s not a force in Tyria that can stand between Logan and his charge.

Have you gone to see the captain yourself?

I have not. Sadly, ruling a kingdom has a way of occupying one’s time, particularly with the troubles we’ve seen of late. But my aides are keeping me well apprised of his progress, and I have the highest hopes for his quick recovery. He is ever in my thoughts and prayers. May Dwayna watch over him.

What news of the Pact? What measures are the Crown taking to support it?

Regrettably, the Pact’s campaign in the Maguuma Jungle cost many lives, and allied forces are still regrouping following the assault on the jungle dragon. General Almorra Soulkeeper is working tirelessly to support these efforts, and in turn, we will give whatever support we can to the general. I’m confident that the Pact will persevere under her leadership and guidance.

Beyond the Pact’s casualties, many Krytans perished in the assault on Mordremoth. Do you have any words to share with your people regarding the fallen?

This conflict was by all accounts one of the truest tests of resilience and resolve that Kryta has ever faced, and though we claimed victory in the end, that victory came at a heavy price. I’ve heard the cries of anguish of our people in the wake of these losses; we extend our deepest condolences and our unending gratitude to the families of the fallen, for all that they’ve sacrificed in the name of our brave nation. It is now incumbent upon all of us to never forget the courage and valor of those we’ve lost and to ensure that their great sacrifice was not in vain.

And what of the Seraph’s casualties? How depleted are their ranks?

A small detachment of elite Seraph forces was dispatched to join the Pact fleet on their ill-fated incursion into the Maguuma Jungle, where they were set upon by Mordrem. While we have yet to receive a full report on the casualties, several Seraph have been recovered from the jungle—and we hope to find more as our search parties continue to scour the region for survivors. I ask that all citizens of Divinity’s Reach keep our brave soldiers in their thoughts and prayers to Melandru.


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Notes from Rata Novus: Part Three

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RATA NOVUS LOG—ENTRY #17

You know what, journal? These Rata Novans might have been onto something.

There’s a primal pleasantness I’m feeling about living underground. Being constantly surrounded by soil and sediment and geological history—it’s like Tyria itself is giving you a dirt hug from all angles!

Being born in Rata Sum, I only really knew about surface life (except for that one time I fell into a deep ditch), but I get it now. Primordus forced us above ground, and the Rata Novans said, “No.” I’d like to think if I were alive back then, I’d have made a similar stand (and then realized the chak problem ahead of time, naturally).

So now I carry on their work. I feel…obligated to them in a weird way. They knew running from the dragons wasn’t a permanent solution. We have to turn and face and vanquish. That was the brave philosophy they put forth (which is kind of ironic considering how living underground could be misconstrued as burying your head in the sand!). I owe it to them to finish what they started—and this time, it’s personal. Ha! I actually meant that, but then realized how cliché it is… But it’s apt! So very apt! I guess this is how the cliché started in the first place!

Anyway, Primordus is first on my list because the bulk of the research here is focused on that dragon, but I recently hit upon a few nuggets of information on the beast in the Crystal Desert. The Exalted and the Novans shared a lot of tech, and I guess some dragon data as well. They were as concerned with Kralkatorrik as we were with Primordus. That’s because they were constructed by the Forgotten. Now, the Forgotten were dedicated to Glint. And Glint was a former Kralkatorrik…um…chief baddy? Champion? Yes. A champion who went rogue and tried to protect all peoples from the dragons (my type of lady!). After her death, they went to great efforts to ensure the safety of her legacy. And you know what a big piece of that legacy is? The egg!

I wonder if the commander would mind if I borrowed it from Tarir for a little testing here in the lab…

Wow, I gotta get ahold of myself. I bet that’s how Caithe’s logic worked when she took off with the egg in the first place! Okay, so maybe I can’t (or shouldn’t) physically get it here…but if there was some way to keep an eye on it… Hmmmm. This bears investigating.

Another gift from the Exalted is the ley map I mentioned earlier. Now that the fireworks show has slowed a little, I think I’ve noticed quite a bit of Mordremoth’s old energy sliding in one particular direction. I say “I think” because honestly the magic’s movement is still erratic enough that I can’t tell if it’s a pattern or not. Also, I don’t even know how reliable and accurate the map is. The evidence flowing in could be misleading… Once I get it dialed in, I think it might be time to craft a letter to the best dragon slayer I know. Hopefully, my research will do right by the Novans, and the commander and I will soon be able to turn and face and vanquish…


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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is 50% Off!

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From July 20 through July 27, save 50% off Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™* to celebrate the start of Living World Season 3!

Experience the first expansion pack for Guild Wars 2, and journey into the Heart of Maguuma to explore, expand your character’s abilities, and put a stop to the Elder Dragon Mordremoth. Jump straight into the action with a free level 80 boost, and prepare for the start of Living World Season 3 on July 26.

* Offer applies only to Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Standard Edition and Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Deluxe Edition purchased through buy.guildwars2.com from 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time July 20, 2016 through 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time July 27, 2016.


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Community Showcase Live: July

Join host Gaile Gray and her developer guest for the next episode of Community Showcase Live on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel! They’ll showcase artwork, fan projects, videos, and crafts, all created by the amazingly talented Guild Wars 2 community.

Community Showcase Live will air on Wednesday, July 20 at noon Pacific Time (UTC-7).


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Meet the New Voice of the Male Charr Player Character

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Those of you who explore Tyria as a male charr may notice a change in your character. Our previous voice actor, Ron Yuan, was unable to continue in the role for scheduling reasons, so we have a new voice actor in our Commander ranks, and we’re excited to welcome him to the Guild Wars 2 family.

Lex Lang has joined the Guild Wars 2 cast as the new voice of our male charr player character. Lex is a talented and experienced voice-over artist who has also worked on Titanfall, Crash Bandicoot, the Mass Effect series, and many other games and TV shows.

He’s very excited to be taking on such an important role for Guild Wars 2. Please join us in welcoming him to our team!


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It’s Techno Week at the Black Lion Trading Company!

Technology marches on, but it should remember to stay in line. When your little machine buddies wander around singing, trying to find themselves, or racking up debt… Well, who’s to blame when they get into trouble? This week, we’re celebrating devices that are useful, obedient, and small enough to toss in your backpack if they get any funny ideas.

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    Glide-r-Tron Glider

    This techno-copter will slow your descent to nonlethal speeds. Better yet, it’s confined to your back so it can’t go blabbing your secrets.

  • Techno-Sale

    It’s never a good idea to have too many constructs in one place—just ask Divinity’s Reach! With that in mind, I’m clearing out my storage. Take home the Replica Job-o-Tron Backpack; Reap-r-Tron, Log-r-Tron, Mine-r-Tron, Thresher-Sickle 5000, and Watchwork Mining Pick gathering tools; Mini Scruffy; and Golem Banker; all at 20% off throughout the week.

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  • Available Now in the Gem Store!

    Log into Guild Wars 2 and press 'O' to access the Black Lion Trading Company for these great offers and more!


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