Your Favorite Items are Back in the Gem Store

  • Living World Season Sales

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The first episode of The Icebrood Saga  is coming November 19. Before “Whisper in the Dark” arrives, catch up on the events of Living World Season 2, Season 3, and Season 4.

  • Living World Season 4 Complete Pack—20% Off
  • Living World Season 3 Complete Pack—30% Off
  • Living World Season 2 Complete Pack—40% Off
Favorite Items Return

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Here’s your chance to grab those Gem Store goods you’ve had your eye on! We’re bringing back some of the year’s most popular items. Use the Recharging Teleport to Friend to team up or grab the Black Lion Garden Plot Deed and show off your green thumb. For the fierce fashion warriors, expand your wardrobe options with top picks like the Noble Courtier Appearance Package or Dervish Package—and many more!

Returning Today

  • Black Lion Garden Plot Deed
  • Recharging Teleport to Friend
  • Shrine Guardian Appearance Package
  • Noble Courtier Appearance Package

Returning This Week

  • Mist Stranger Package
  • Dynamics Exo-Suit Appearance Pack
  • Defiant Glass Appearance Package
  • Wedding Preparation Package
  • Black Lion Keys and Scrap Package
  • Braham’s Heavy Armor Skin
  • Magitech Medium Armor Skin
  • Phoenix Light Armor Skin
  • Outlaw Appearance Pack
  • Dervish Package
Available Now in the Gem Store!

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Watch the Trailer for “Whisper in the Dark”

The first episode of The Icebrood Saga  arrives on November 19! Watch the trailer below and visit the release page for all the details.

You can unlock the most current episode of Living World for free by logging in to Guild Wars 2 before the release of the next episode. If you’ve purchased Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™, you can play it right away. If you don’t own the expansion, your unlocked episodes will be available in your story journal as soon as you upgrade your account.

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Developing Essence Manipulation

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I love Living World Masteries, but non-mount Masteries often offer only one progression track. Since multiple progression tracks give players more meaningful reasons to play together in a map—and more new things to do after putting in time playing their level-80 characters—I set out to develop a system that would give players a crystal-clear way to progress toward the endgame rewards in The Icebrood Saga . The result of the team’s hard work is Essence Manipulation, which is made up of three Masteries, each with two tiers. Combined with the two-tiered Raven Spirit Mastery, that’s eight tracks of player progression!

I started with ideas and inspiration from games that use the old “rock, paper, scissors” approach to their balance and progression systems. For example, players want to obtain “rock” and level it up so they can defeat powerful “scissor” creatures. Games like the Monster Hunter™ series even incorporate this into their gear and weapon progression.

Our goal was to make this type of system, in which the game mechanics are heavily interconnected, an important part of “Whisper in the Dark.” To satisfy that goal, it would need to be integral to fighting the enemies on the map, completing Strike Missions, and obtaining rewards. Communicating the system to the player is key, because it can be very complex, so you’ll discover information about it through achievements, icons, props, enhancements, open-world dialogue, and NPC conversations.

A lot of team members contributed feedback, and we spent months designing, implementing, playtesting, and iterating to bring Essence Manipulation to life. Essence Manipulation is divided into three separate Mastery tracks: Vigilance, Resilience, and Valor. Each is strong against another:

  • Vigilance is strong against Resilience.
  • Resilience is strong against Valor.
  • Valor is strong against Vigilance.

Different types of enemies on the map embody these essences, and share their weaknesses:

  • Svanir embody the essence of Vigilance.
  • Fallen embody the essence of Resilience.
  • Aberrant embody the essence of Valor.
How to Manipulate Essences

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Unlocking the Essence Manipulation Mastery allows you to pick up essence orbs that drop from corresponding enemies. Picking up an orb immediately grants a temporary enhancement stack with benefits that improve with the Mastery’s second tier:

Vigilance

  • Gain 5 seconds of fury, 15% endurance regeneration, and 4 seconds of swiftness.

Resilience

  • Gain 10 seconds of might, 400 health, and 4 seconds of swiftness.

Valor

  • Gain 3 seconds of quickness and 4 seconds of swiftness.

Obtaining 30 stacks will activate the Mastery’s passive benefits for fifteen minutes, making it easier to fight creatures weak against that essence. While active, you’ll also gain access to powerful offensive abilities through a special action skill. These abilities will be available for use in specific situations, like at certain enemy health thresholds or when defiance bars are exposed.

The percentage chance will increase with each tier unlocked, and the offensive abilities will become more powerful after unlocking the second tier.

Vigilance

  • Gain a 33% chance to steal life on critical hits to Fallen enemies. Gain the ability to use the Shattered Psyche special action skill. Gain a 1.5-second cooldown reduction when picking up an essence.
  • Shattered Psyche: This powerful blast deals immense damage and causes lesser creatures to float in the air. (Applies 15 seconds of fury at tier 2.)

Resilience

  • Gain a 30% duration reduction from conditions from Aberrant creatures. Gain the ability to use the Spirit Nova special action skill. Gain a 1.5-second skill cooldown reduction when picking up an essence.
  • Spirit Nova: This powerful blast deals immense damage and launches lesser creatures. (Applies 10 stacks of might for 8 seconds at tier 2.)

Valor

  • Gain a 10% damage reduction from Svanir enemies. Gain the ability to use the Night Terror special action skill. Gain a 1.5-second skill cooldown reduction when picking up an essence.
  • Night Terror: This powerful blast deals immense damage and pulls lesser creatures into its destruction. (Applies 8 seconds of quickness at tier 2.)

Players will also find special chests in Strike Missions and the open world that can only be opened with the Essence Manipulation Mastery the chest is weak to. Bigger chests will need the second-tier Mastery to open, so you’ll want to upgrade your Essence Manipulation for maximum potential rewards!

Once you’ve trained an essence, you’ll have some fun decisions to make about how you build your character and play in the map. You might decide you have enough stacks of might from resilience and forego might-enhancing traits for something else. With Build and Equipment Templates, this exploration and experimentation is easier. Players who’ve fully trained Essence Manipulation should be able to take down tough enemies—including champions and Strike Mission bosses—with fewer than the recommended number of allies.

When roaming the map, you can choose to be as efficient as possible by farming up essence orbs in a creature-specific area, then head for events with creatures that are weak against that essence, farming up the next round of orbs and grabbing chests along the way.

Unlocking Essence Manipulation

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You’ll first need to unlock the second tier of the Raven Attunement Mastery track. After that, choose an essence to start with and train it by gaining experience and Mastery points. You’ll find an NPC in the map named Researcher Yarixx who can give you a tutorial at any time, even if you don’t have the Mastery unlocked yet.

The next episode of The Icebrood Saga  will introduce another tier for each essence, for a total of three tiers each. Trust me—you’re going to need the extra power. We’re so excited for you to explore the many different facets of these new Masteries!

If you’re interested in learning more about how we developed and iterated on Essence Manipulation—including some of the challenges we faced—don’t miss the next episode of Guild Chat at noon Pacific Time (UTC-8) on Friday, November 15.

—Clayton


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The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of November 11

We’ve partnered up with players to showcase their creative Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Read on for this week’s scheduled programming, and don’t forget to check out the Guild Wars 2 category on Twitch for more great streams!

Streams for the Week of November 11Wednesday, November 13

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Fiaoradd)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Watch Fiaoradd create art on this week’s show!

Thursday, November 14

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ArenaNet Livestream: Let’s Play Guild Wars 2 World vs World (English)
9:30 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Join the World vs. World development team in the Mists for their weekly stream. This week they’ll be playing on EU servers.

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


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Enter to Win Prizes from Alienware

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We’ve teamed up with Alienware to give you a chance to win some sweet prizes! The grand prize is an Alienware 25″ Gaming Monitor and a copy of Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ Ultimate Edition. Alienware is also giving away ten copies of Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire Standard Edition.

To enter, visit the official Alienware Gleam competition portal from now until November 19 and choose from the list of ways to enter, like following Alienware and Guild Wars 2 on social media. The more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win!*

*This promotional sweepstakes is open to residents of the United States and Canada and is available from November 8 to November 19, 2019. Please see Official Rules for additional terms and conditions.


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“Whisper in the Dark” Is Coming Soon

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A signal intrusion during our Extra Life livestream contained an ominous message: the first episode of The Icebrood Saga, “Whisper in the Dark,” arrives November 19. Keep an eye out for more information in the days to come!

You can unlock the most current episode of Living World for free by logging in to Guild Wars 2 before the release of the next episode. If you’ve purchased Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™, you can play it right away. If you don’t own the expansion, your unlocked episodes will be available in your story journal as soon as you upgrade your account.

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Get an Icebrood Saga Hero’s Bundle at Quiznos

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We’re partnering up with Quiznos this November to provide you with a bundle of items in celebration of The Icebrood Saga! Journey to Quiznos and purchase your favorite sub, and you’ll receive an Icebrood Saga Hero’s Bundle containing an account-bound Mini Icebrood Saga Ogre, an Item Booster, a Karma Booster, an Experience Booster, and a 10-slot bag. Get yours while supplies last!

You’ll also receive a code for off Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ Standard or Deluxe edition. With Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, you’ll have access to The Icebrood Saga  Living World content as well as Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ for free!

For a limited time, Quiznos has added two delectable new sub sandwiches to their menu: a Prime Rib Horseradish XL Sandwich and an Italian Prime Rib Sandwich. Try them out and get your bundle! Download the Quiznos Toasty Points mobile app before you order to start earning points, which you can redeem for free Quiznos menu items at participating locations.

The free code promotion runs from November 1 to November 30, while supplies last.*

*Only available at Quiznos located in the United States and Canada. View terms at www.guildwars2.com/legal/quiznos.


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Go Wild with the Primal Warden Appearance Package

  • Primal Warden Appearance Package

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This value package contains a Primal Warden Outfit, Great Lodge Chair, five Norn Dye Kits, and a Total Makeover Kit (items also sold separately). It also includes an Onyx and Gold Lion Weapon Choice, which you can use to select an exclusive weapon skin.

Primal Warden Outfit
The forests and jungles of Tyria are bursting with life—and you’ll be bursting with style when you put on the Primal Warden Outfit. Whether you want to blend in with the forest around you or terrify your enemy, you look fierce.

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Great Lodge Chair
After a great hunt, there’s nothing like gathering round the fire and sharing tales of glory. Kick back in a chair fit for a legend! Crowned with antlers, it features a luxurious fur throw and a regal wolf to keep you company.

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Norn Dye Kit
Each kit contains a random dye from a pool of twenty-five legendary colors, including six new exclusive colors: Havroun, Spirits, Exodus, Legend, Hunt, and Alemoot.

What’s in Stock

Returning This Week

  • Shimmerwing Skyscale Skin
  • Shrine Guardian Jackal Skin
  • Nightfang Griffon Skin
  • Gallant Lightbearer Raptor Skin
  • Tremor Armadillo Roller Beetle Skin
  • Magnificent Hummingbird Skimmer Skin
  • Sun Temple Gecko Springer Skin
Available Now in the Gem Store!

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The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of November 4

We’ve partnered up with players to showcase their creative Guild Wars 2-inspired content on the official Guild Wars 2 Twitch channel. Read on for this week’s scheduled programming, and don’t forget to check out the Guild Wars 2 category on Twitch for more great streams!

Streams for the Week of November 4Wednesday, November 6

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Fiaoradd)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Watch Fiaoradd create art on this week’s show!

Thursday, November 7

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ArenaNet Livestream: Let’s Play Guild Wars 2 World vs World (English)
9:30 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Join the World vs. World development team in the Mists for their weekly stream. This week they’ll be playing on EU servers.

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


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Get Your Free Build Storage Expansion in the Gem Store

  • Templates Are Live

Read all about the new Templates feature in today’s blog post! Each character has access to three Build Template tabs and two Equipment Template tabs by default, but you can visit the Gem Store to purchase expansions for each.

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Build Template Expansion
Adds an extra Build Template tab to the character you use it on. Each character can unlock up to three additional Build Template tabs.

Build Template tabs allow a character to create and swap to an additional build.

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Equipment Template Expansion
Adds an extra Equipment Template tab to the character you use it on. Each character can unlock up to four additional Equipment Template tabs.

Equipment Template tabs allow a character to swap to an additional set of equipment.

Free Build Storage Expansion

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For a limited time, visit the Gem Store to pick up a free Build Storage Expansion, which will add three additional spaces to your account-wide Build Storage! Additional Build Storage Expansions are available for purchase.

Build Storage is the library where existing builds can be saved, referenced, and copied by all the characters on your account.

Build and Equipment Expansion Package

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This value package contains two Build Template Expansions, two Equipment Template Expansions, a Build Storage Expansion, and five Heroic Boosters to help you prepare for battle. The included Makeover Pack contains a Total Makeover Kit and five Transmutation Charges.

What’s in Stock

We’re refreshing our backpack inventory this week to make room for winter stock. Keep an eye out for your favorites!

Returning Today

  • Noble Count Outfit—25% Off
  • Lunatic Guard Outfit—25% Off
  • Permanent Scarecrow Finisher
  • Permanent Mad King Finisher

Returning This Week

  • Desert Racer Mount Select License
  • Desert Racer Mount Adoption License
Available Now in the Gem Store!

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