Feathered Fashion and Battle-Ready Updates to Black Lion Chests

  • Raven Helm and Raven Mantle

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Honor Raven’s spirit, create a new bird-themed secret identity, or just get a head start on next year’s Halloween costume. The Raven Helm features a majestic beak and head plumage, and the Raven Mantle has plenty of thick feathers to ward off winter’s chill.

Battle-Hardened Chest

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Charge to glory with new items from Black Lion Chests. Each chest is guaranteed to contain a redeemable Black Lion Statuette, a Battle-Hardened Kit, and two common items. You also have a rarer chance to find something in the fifth slot, including glyphs, exclusive items, and skins from the Desert King Weapon Collection and Phoenix Weapon Collection.

The guaranteed Battle-Hardened Kit item contains one Potion of Mist Rewards, up to four cans of food, and a souvenir.

Desert King Throne
This regal chair is the perfect place to rest your weary bones after a long day of issuing commands to your loyal supplicants. Alternatively, you could set a good example and use it while you’re hanging out and having fun with friends.

Guaranteed Wardrobe Unlock
The Guaranteed Wardrobe Unlock found as a common drop from Black Lion Chests has been updated with more skins!

What’s in Stock

Upgrade Extractors are now priced at three for 250 gems, ten for 700 gems, and twenty-five for 1,500 gems. Read all about today’s updates to runes and sigils in the System Team’s blog post and today’s release notes.

Returning Today

  • Awakened Mounts Pack
  • Black Lion Salvage Kit

Returning This Week

  • Salvager’s Supplies
  • Silver-Fed Salvage-o-Matic
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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Extra Life Highlights on Guild Chat

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If you missed our 24-hour Extra Life livestream, we’re airing some highlights on the next episode of Guild Chat! Watch the ArenaNet devs do wacky stuff to reach donation milestones, answer game development questions, tease two new PvP maps, show off cool concept art, and talk about what Extra Life means to them.

Guild Chat will air on Friday, November 9 at noon Pacific Time (UTC-8).


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The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of November 12

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!

Streams for the Week of November 12Wednesday, November 14

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The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Marius Bota)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Marius Bota is back with a brand new piece of artwork. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

Thursday, November 15

Guildnews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
Watch live at Guildnews.
10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
The week in review with the Guildnews crew.

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ArenaNet Livestream: Let’s Play Guild Wars 2 World vs World (English)
2:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Join the World vs. World development team in the Mists for their weekly stream.

Friday, November 16

ArenaNet Livestream: Let’s Play PvP with Jebro (English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Explore everything new in PvP with members of the Guild Wars 2 development team—and special guest Jebro.

Saturday, November 17

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The Amateur Raiding Party (by MightyTeapot) (English)
Watch live at MightyTeapot.
9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Day one of a new, two-day raiding tournament organized by MightyTeapot!

Sunday, November 18

The Amateur Raiding Party (by MightyTeapot) (English)
Watch live at MightyTeapot.
9:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Day two! Don’t miss the grand finale of MightyTeapot’s raiding tournament.

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


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Player vs. Player 2v2 Tournament Week is Coming Soon

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Starting on November 26, pair up for a week of extra tournaments in structured Player vs. Player! We’re giving away 4,200 gems per region, for a total of 8,400—each player on a winning 2v2 team will receive 1000 gems for first place, 700 gems for second place, and 400 gems for third and fourth place.

2v2 Tournament Week

Date and Time: November 26 to December 1

Details:

  • Daily 2v2 tournaments, four times per day (offset from regular 5v5 tournaments).
  • Saturday, December 1st—Main event! Final 2v2 tournament.

Rewards:

  • Take advantage of extra opportunities to grab tournament rewards.
  • First through fourth-place winners in the final tournament will receive gems.
  • Win the final tournament, and you and your BFF can earn the “Duo of Destiny” title. It’s better than friendship bracelets!


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The ArenaNet Streaming Schedule for the Week of November 5

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!

Streams for the Week of November 5Wednesday, November 7

The Guild Wars 2 Art Show (by Marius Bota)(English)
Noon Pacific Time (UTC-8)
REBROADCAST: Marius Bota brings the unique spark of ley line energy to life. You can also find all the previously created artworks on the Guild Wars 2 Art Show Flickr Album.

Thursday, November 8

Guildnews Podcast (by Sputti) (German)
Watch live at Guildnews.
10:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
The week in review with the Guildnews crew.

ArenaNet Livestream: Let’s Play Guild Wars 2 World vs World (English)
2:30 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
Join the World vs. World development team in the Mists for their weekly stream.

Saturday, November 10

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The Annual 2018 Charity Stream (by GuildMag) (English)
Watch live at GuildMag.
6:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-8)
GuildMag is supporting World Child Cancer in their 2018 charity stream.

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Burn through Your Gathering Tasks with a Firestorm Logging Tool

  • Firestorm Logging Tool

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This magically self-contained whirl of fire will make short work of any trees that stand between you and the delicious logs they contain. It comes equipped with a Glyph of Industry to speed up your gathering by 50%.

What’s in Stock

Keep an eye out this week for returning skins inspired by iconic heroes and weapons!
Returning Today

  • Mistlock Sanctuary Passkey
  • Trained Choya Hammer Skin
  • Menzies’s Agony
  • Shield of the Goddess

Returning This Week

  • Black Lion Keys and Scrap Package
Available Now in the Gem Store!

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November 13: Salvage Runes and Sigils

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Runes and sigils are becoming salvageable. That’s right, no more minor runes and sigils clogging up your bag space!

When runes and sigils are salvaged, they’ll yield a new material called a lucent mote. You’ll also have a chance to salvage rarer materials: symbols from sigils, and charms from runes. Lucent motes can be refined by all crafting disciplines and—along with symbols and charms—used in recipes to create sigils and runes.

The chance to extract runes and sigils from a salvaged item using a salvaging kit will change to a chance to salvage runes and sigils. You’ll still be able to obtain runes and sigils directly through new Mystic Forge recipes that make use of the salvaged materials.

Black Lion Salvage Kits will retain their current functionality with a 100% chance to extract upgrades from salvaging gear. Additionally, the price of Upgrade Extractors will be adjusted from one for 250 gems to three for 250 gems, ten for 700 gems, and twenty-five for 1500 gems.

Recipe Changes for Runes and Sigils

Many recipes now use the new rune and sigil salvage materials rather than their previous basic crafting materials. We’re also adding several recipes for runes that could previously only be obtained by salvaging them from gear. Numerous recipes will be available from crafting trainers, but you can discover others as rare drops or rewards throughout Tyria.

Rune and Sigil Revamp

Runes and sigils can be strong augmentations to builds, but some have been less useful. With this update, the majority of runes and sigils in Tyria have changed in some fashion—some subtly, some dramatically—with the goal of creating more meaningful choices from a bunch of interesting options.

We’ve aimed to remove randomness in general so you can better evaluate and depend on an item’s benefits. Dubious advantages like gaining aegis when you’re struck can actually encourage you to get hit. This feels odd, and is even worse when getting hit isn’t guaranteed to give you that benefit. So, we’re getting rid of the vast majority of “when struck” upgrades and all of their unpredictability.

Below you’ll find a few examples of runes and sigils that are getting tuned up, tuned down, shifted laterally, or reworked entirely to offer you greater variety and choice.

Rune of Dwayna

Rune of Dwayna will hone in on solidifying its support role while also providing a nice boost to your own survivability. As described earlier, the chance to gain regeneration when you’re struck is disappearing.
Old:
(1): +25 Healing
(2): +10% Regeneration Duration
(3): +50 Healing
(4): 25% chance to gain regeneration for 10 seconds when struck. (Cooldown: 45 Seconds)
(5): +100 Healing
(6): +20% Regeneration Duration; after you use a healing skill, you and nearby allies gain regeneration for 5 seconds. (Cooldown: 10 Seconds)

New:
(1): +25 Healing
(2): +10% Regeneration Duration
(3): +50 Healing
(4): +20% Regeneration Duration
(5): +100 Healing
(6): +10% Maximum Health; regeneration you apply is 20% more effective.

Rune of the Ogre

The new Rune of the Ogre now summons a stalwart rock-dog ally upon entering combat instead of granting you a chance to summon one when struck. If you’re still in combat when the cooldown is over, your rock dog will be automatically resummoned.

Old:
(1): +25 Power
(2): +35 Ferocity
(3): +50 Power
(4): 25% chance to summon a rock dog when struck. (Cooldown: 90 Seconds)
(5): +100 Power
(6): +4% Damage

New:
(1): +25 Power
(2): +35 Ferocity
(3): +50 Power
(4): +65 Ferocity
(5): +100 Power
(6): +4% Damage; summon a rock dog while in combat. (Cooldown: 60 Seconds)

Rune of the Scholar

The new scholar rune parts with half of its damage modifier while you’re healthy, but gains a significant dose of ferocity, giving you a more reliable damage increase at the cost of highly conditional damage.

Old:
(1): +25 Power
(2): +35 Ferocity
(3): +50 Power
(4): +65 Ferocity
(5): +100 Power
(6): Increase damage by 10% when health is above 90%.

New:
(1): +25 Power
(2): +35 Ferocity
(3): +50 Power
(4): +65 Ferocity
(5): +100 Power
(6): +125 Ferocity; increase damage by 5% while your health is above 90%.

Sigil of Vision

The new Sigil of Vision takes the core concept of the Sigil of Intelligence and pushes it a little further. Three critical strikes can be meaningful, but they’re often consumed immediately. By switching to a duration of time, more impactful choices can be made about whether to invest in your precision and critical strike chances or to rely on windows of opportunity.

Old (Sigil of Intelligence): The next three attacks have a 100% chance to critically strike after swapping to this weapon in combat. (Cooldown: 9 Seconds)
New (Sigil of Vision): Critically strike an enemy for 3 seconds after swapping to this weapon in combat. (Cooldown: 9 Seconds)

Sigil of Celerity

Celerity will change from granting you quickness at a potentially awkward and unpredictable time to granting quickness when you decide to disable a foe, creating a chance to capitalize on the enhancement.

Old: Gain 1 charge after killing a foe, and gain 5 charges after killing an enemy player. At 25 charges, gain quickness for 5 seconds. (All stacks are lost when in a downed state.)
New: Gain quickness for 5 seconds after disabling a foe. (Cooldown: 20 Seconds)

Sigil of Concentration

Concentration has been impacting boon-granting professions for some time. While it has enabled a few very strong builds, it also makes the Sigil of Concentration mandatory in high-end PvE content, without any way to replace it. So, we’re adding a couple of utility options that will help with this while tuning the sigil to a reasonable level.

Old: Applying a boon increases its duration by 33% for 7 seconds after swapping to this weapon in combat. (Cooldown: 9 Seconds)
New: +10% Boon Duration

We’ve been working on this project for a long time, and we are looking forward to sharing it with you.
—The Guild Wars 2 Systems Team


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Our 24-Hour Extra Life Stream Begins Tomorrow

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<p>Starting tomorrow, Team ArenaNet is streaming for 24 hours to raise funds for <a target="_blank" href="https://childrensmir...rg/">Children’sMiracle Network</a>! Join us on <a target="_blank" href="http://www.twitch.tv/guildwars2/">the official <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2</em> Twitch channel</a>&mdash;and in Tyria&mdash;for a marathon gaming extravaganza from noon Pacific Time (UTC-7) on November 2 to noon Pacific Time (UTC-7) on November 3. </p>
<p>With the support of our community, we were able to raise a total of ,555 during last year’s Extra Life event. We <a href="https://www.guildwar...18/">previouslyannounced</a> this year’s plan to match community donations dollar for dollar up to that amount, but we’re raising the stakes: now we’ll match community donations up to a total of ,000 USD! With your help, we can reach our goal and donate a total of ,000 to Children’s Miracle Network.</p>
<h3>How You Can Help</h3>
<ul>
<li><a target="_blank" href="https://www.extra-li...864">Donate</a>to Extra Life! </li>
<li>Join <a target="_blank" href="http://extra-life.or.../arenanet">TeamArenaNet</a> as an individual, or form a sub team and become part of our Super Team. Play any games you want to help support kids.</li>
<li>Follow our <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/...2">Twitter</a>,<a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/GuildWars2/">Facebook</a>, and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.instagram.com/arenanet/">Instagram</a> channels and help us spread the word!</li>
</ul>
<h3>Fun and Games</h3>
<p>Every player who logs in to <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2</em> during the 24-hour livestream event will receive a special title, “The Extra Life.” And from November 2 through November 4, be sure to pick up a free Revive Orb from the Gem Store&mdash;just in case you could use an extra life of your own.</p>
<p>If we reach our ,000 USD goal by the time the event ends, every player who logs in during the 24-hour stream will receive 50k karma, and we’ll kick off a special seven-day boon that rewards players with bonuses to experience points, magic find, WvW reward track progress, and PvP reward track progress. If we blast past that and hit ,000 USD, we’ll also send every player who logs in during the livestream an Endless Interface Crafter Golem Tonic.</p>
<h3>Surprises and Prizes</h3>
<p>Hang out with us on Twitch to watch our team play&mdash;and to see what hijinks they get up to in their quest for support. We’ll have plenty of chat giveaways to make donation milestones special, like merchandise from <a target="_blank" href="https://www.forfansb...wars2.html">ForFans By Fans</a>; game codes for <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2:&nbsp;Heart&nbsp;of&nbsp;Thorns&trade;</em> and <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2:&nbsp;Path&nbsp;of&nbsp;Fire&trade;</em>; a <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2:&nbsp;Path&nbsp;of&nbsp;Fire</em> poster signed by some of our amazing <a target="_blank" href="https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDCvogxNKN3ktKKrr-WOrd8a9dVT0q17f">voice actors</a>, and <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2</em> memorabilia signed by ArenaNet staff. One lucky adventurer could even receive a legendary kitchen appliance rumored to have left Tyria along with the human gods! </p>
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<h3>Team ArenaNet Extra Life Schedule</h3>
<h4>Friday, November 2</h4>
<ul>
<li><strong>Noon Pacific Time (UTC-7)</strong> – Guild Chat kickoff with Rubi Bayer and Clayton Kisko</li>
<li><strong>1:00 p.m.</strong>&mdash;<em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2</em> gameplay with Bobby Stein, and Clayton Kisko</li>
<li><strong>3:00 p.m.</strong>&mdash;Fractals with Ben Phongluangtham, McKenna Berdrow, and Shiloh Roberts</li>
<li><strong>4:00 p.m.</strong>&mdash;Beginner raiding with Nellie Hughes, Chun-Hong Fung, Paul Schwarzwalder, Chelsea Mills, Mackenzie Edlund, Tracey West, Irenio Calmon-Huang, Patrick Munns, and Kyle Mistlin-Rude</li>
<li><strong>5:30 p.m.</strong>&mdash;Dungeons with Nellie Hughes, Kyle Mistlin-Rude, Mackenzie Edlund, Katelyn Malmsten, and Tim Callaway</li>
<li><strong>7:00 p.m.</strong>&mdash;New character speed run with Da-Hee Im, Katelyn Isaacson, Grady Benson, Khan Sweetman, and James Fulop</li>
<li><strong>9:00 p.m.</strong>&mdash;Story and PvP with Hugh Norfolk, Cal Cohen, and Raymond Lukes</li>
<li><strong>11:00 p.m.</strong>&mdash;Open world map meta events with Hann Hopp</li>
</ul>
<h4>Saturday, November 3</h4>
<ul>
<li><strong>1:00 a.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7)</strong>&mdash;Jumping puzzles with Hann Hopp and Raymond Lukes</li>
<li><strong>3:00 a.m.</strong>&mdash;Original <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&reg;</em> hard mode exploration with Hann Hopp</li>
<li><strong>6:00 a.m.</strong>&mdash;<em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2</em> Living World with Stephane Lo Presti</li>
<li><strong>8:00 a.m.</strong>&mdash;Original <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars</em> new character gameplay with Nellie Hughes and Melina Norfolk</li>
<li><strong>10:00 a.m.</strong>&mdash;Interview feature with Rubi Bayer and Extra Life</li>
<li><strong>11:00 a.m.</strong>&mdash;Home stretch! <em>Guild&nbsp;Wars&nbsp;2:&nbsp;Path&nbsp;of&nbsp;Fire</em> open world with Rubi Bayer</li>
</ul>
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You’ll Be in High Spirits with the Halloween Appearance Package

  • Haunted Armor Outfit

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Do you still need a Halloween costume? We’ve got you covered with this creepy outfit. Are you actually the spirit of a fallen soldier, supernaturally animating the broken and battered armor you died in? Quick—join the party while everyone’s distracted.

Arachnid Glider

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You should always be prepared to seize opportunities as they come. For example, you and your friends may someday defeat a nest full of giant spiders. Should one of your companions quip, “At least spiders can’t fly,” you’ll want to have this disturbing glider on hand and a nice shadowy ledge to descend from.

Halloween Appearance Package
Get the Haunted Armor Outfit and the Arachnid Glider in one package for the ultimate scare! It also contains an Onyx and Gold Lion Weapon Choice, a Total Makeover Kit, and five Elonian Beasts Dye Kits.

What’s in Stock

We’re refreshing our seasonal backpack inventory this week. Visit the Gem Store to grab our summer stock before it’s gone, and keep an eye out for returning favorites.

Returning Today

  • Grenth’s Regalia Outfit—20% Off
  • Ghoul Backpack and Mini Set—35% Off
  • Bat Wings Glider Combo

Returning This Week

  • Chaos Gloves Skin
  • Storm Gloves

Treat yourself to all the fun and features of the Guild Wars 2 expansions! Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ and Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ digital deluxe upgrades will be 50% off in the Gem Store from November 2 through November 8.

Team ArenaNet is livestreaming 24 hours of Guild Wars 2 gameplay for Extra Life this weekend. Learn all about it here, and stop by the Gem Store on November 2 for a free Revive Orb.

Leaving Soon!

  • Foefire Wraps
  • Foefire Mantle
  • Foefire Greaves
Available Now in the Gem Store!

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