GW2 Mad King’s Clock Tower Jumping puzzle guide

GW2 Mad King’s Clock Tower Jumping puzzle guide with detailed instructions and video walkthrough. Mad King’s Clock Tower is located in Mad king’s Labyrinth and it is  one of the hardest, if not the hardest jumping puzzle in game introduced with the GW2 Halloween event.

Puzzle Start

To access it, you need to head to Mad king’s Labyrinth via the door in Lion’s Arch

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Once you are inside Mad king’s Labyrinth, talk to the Lunatic Boatmaster and select Mad King’s Clock Tower

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Puzzle Walkthrough

There are certain parts of the puzzle worth mentioning that gave me a lot of headaches.

1. Here, when you waiting for the stones etc to pop out, you can start jumping as soon as you see the screenshake to shave off a second or two. If done right, you will land when these platforms/stones appear.

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2. This jump here I had a 50% chance of missing it even after running the puzzle for a few hours. You need to run first and then jump so that you jump in the air to make up the distance to the large gear.

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3. On this large vertical gear, I always find myself making a jump to get to the other end of the gear and then jump to the stairs. If I try it with just leaping to the stairs, I would always fail the jump.

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4. This jump here is a bit tricky as well, I aim for the tip of the beam to jump or otherwise I can’t make it up top. Once you get up the beam, make sure you don’t run off the side.

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5. Once you get on this beam (the right beam), you need to jump off the tip of the beam to the fake chest below. Make sure you don’t just run off as otherwise you will just fall into the water. If you are a bit slow, the water might cover the fake chest platform and landing here will return you to the start.

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6.  Finally, for the last jump required to complete the puzzle, it is a bit buggy and will depends on your latency. When I had high latency 400-500 ms ping, I would always miss the jump no matter what. You need to wait for the lightning to strike the clock face and then jump immediately when you see parts of the clock face appear on your screen. Doing it this way will make you hit the hole in the clock face once the clock face is in full view and not miss it.

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Rewards:gw2-mad-king-clock-tower-gloves

  • First run: Mad King’s Chest, which rewards exotic gloves you can pick for your armor class (account bound, soulbound on use). This reward is once per account
    • Heavy: [&AgGqvgAA] – Gauntlets of Madness
    • Medium: [&AgGovgAA] – Gloves of Madness
    • Light: [&AgGpvgAA] – Armwraps of Madness
  • Subsequent runs: 3-4 Trick or Treat bags
  • Nick

    If you want a video resource, feel free to use my video of the jumping puzzle http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXRTfI06pXY. btw, thanks a ton for all the guides and tips on your site, especially the mad memoires guides!

  • Vardermir

    How did you manage to get in an instance all by yourself? I feel it would be a lot easier if I didn’t have a ton of people on my screen jumping with me

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      went to an overflow instance, try it for an hour or two, went to bed. Came back, forgot to log out and game didn’t kick me and the overflow was empty

      • Ivan

        I ended trying to complete this puzzle for four hours yesterday (doing it while watching college football). It seems that the overflow servers cycle. When I started there were lots of people. As the hours went on, a few people either made it, or most left. Then it was just me and another for an hour, then the overflow started filling up again. It seems that they cycle since it happen one or two more times liked that.

        I did finally do it. I made it to the clock face 5 times and kept failing going into the window. Very frustrating. The sixth time I finally made it in. Very buggy, no legacy and perfect timing, then you’ll make it in. Just no when to jump is very important.

        • Ivan

          Latency, not legacy. Thanks autocorrect.

  • Derpherp

    A quick tip, take off all your clothing if a Charr/Norn, will make it a lot easier.

  • Celery

    In case anybody was curious: The chest contains 2 tonics & the Mad King’s Slippers. The chest will reset, but will contain 8 trick-or-treat bags for the rest of the opens. Was disappointed when I got no extra goodies :(

  • Kim

    I keep getting so close but I can’t get it. :(((

  • RAndom

    Do you have a list or guide for all the Mad King gear? I know this one gives slippers but I don’t have a clue where the others are or if even any of the items are out for rewards yet. Thanks!

  • zigkid3

    for step #2 i found the reason why people have a hard time jumping from the brick ramp up to the gear is because of how the brick ramp is angled. before the the tip, the ramp is angled in the opposite direction from where you’re going, thus if you jump too early it counteracts and you cant jump as far. if you jump after the tip the angle is forward and it will push your trajectory forward and thus youll be able to make it. After a few runs i’ve found that as you run up that brick wall ramp, move your camera angled overhead and you’ll be able to easily see when you pass the tip of it and can safely jump. after moving my camera overhead at that part i went from literally a 0% success rate to nearly 100% for that part.

  • Naomi

    Haha, eventually got it for me and my friends. Thanks for the guide.

  • Alexander

    I finished it after 2 hours. Pretty difficult at the beginning, but later we had a little guild meetup and we were basically farming the place. Got 500 tot bags from there .

  • CTIJIET

    Долбаёбы блять не могут че нормально придумать!

  • http://polisombras.blogspot.com/ Marhfac

    thank you very much for the vid, was really helpfull, took me like 2 hours to get it done

    here is another vid (mine) with a naked norn and better music, hahaha

    http://youtu.be/qN9owqPbQuQ

  • fred

    easy puzzle took me 30mins to master

    • Mark

      Yeah right EVERYONE believes you Mister Showoff

  • meh

    Am i the only one who had not any problem with running this? Took me 3 tries, one for getting that i need to jump on the lower chest, one for the broken clock to realise that this is the goal.

    • dorin

      lies.

    • Hey

      Same here. Mastered it in about 30 minutes and am now farming it. Have done it over 100 times for the ToT bags. You can also get the second chest on the cog after the big jump every other time you do it. Getting both chests gets 14-17 bags. Just press F as soon as you hit the cog and you will be able to take off before the sequence ends.

  • Matt

    This may be a dumb question, but how does ur camra angle change direction without u having 2 move it? My main problem s is that everytime i get close or at least halfway there i have 2 change the camra angle with my mouse and thn i get killed. Also ppl using speed boost^^, really bummer whn u over jump.

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      I do move it. Whenever you don’t see my ingame mouse cursor in that video, that is because I am holding down the right mouse button to adjust the camera as I move.

  • hi

    This makes me want to break my keyboard xD

  • starnite

    7 hours and 4 times watching the guide and I finally got it, thanks!

  • Jared

    Well, it’s been done. 20 hours of my life well spent on that clock tower. I literally couldn’t sleep until I beat that thing. Bravo Mr. Foreman, bravo. Words cannot describe the joy I felt jumping through that clock face. Thank you and continue to make more awesome content fr this awesome game!

  • Leef

    Took me maybe 10min to reach the clock enterance the first time.. but failed to jump through it. Within the hour after that I managed to get to the same place.. THE LAST JUMP.. around 5-6 times.. but every time I failed to jump into the clock even thou it seemed to easy and I timed it “visualy” perfect every time.. last time thou.. I were with another guy there, and I waited and jumped when he jumped. When he jumped the clock with the broken glass was looong passed my point of u.. and it seemed like we just jumped into a brick wall.. but we made it. This is very strange caus I have very good latency.. probably better than average.. and I think that was a downside for me. But we made it after jumping like 3sec after the window had passed.

    • Leef

      my point of view*

  • Brinkx

    keyboard turners will never finish – hold down right mouse button instead. speed boost helps too

  • nightrunner

    Tip> try completing Coddler’s Cove @ Timberline Falls first. This jp really improves yr jumping skill & confidence a lot.

    I rage quited after spending 2-3 hrs on clock jp, then proceed to spend another 2-3 hrs (yea, i sux at jumping lol) solving Coddler’s Cove. Feeling confident, I went back to clock jp & completed it on 2nd try :D

  • alex

    hey dulfy, absolutely love your guides!
    just a quick pointer for point #2. i always find it helpful to jump from the top right corner of the edge of platform (chunk of wall in your pic). and it helps with a bird’s eye view or overhead POV to judge when you have to actually jump off. it’s a long jump so you might feel like you’re almost off the platform before you jump.

  • Lew

    Woooo, my first jumping puzzle, and did it with my Charr, took about 2 hours! With U.S-Aus pings (~280) def had to jump a little early to get into the broken clock face

  • Megan

    I will NEVER get this. Been at it on and off for over 4hrs and I keep failing at the same spot not even a 1/3rd of the way up. I don’t know why I keep trying. Guess I just want to conquer it that badly! :(

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      :( Keep trying!

  • Claire

    It’s hard when you have the worst graphics ever & you’re lagging super badly. xD

  • Mike

    I laugh every time I see people call this the hardest puzzle in the game

    • Steve

      This IS the hardest puzzle in the game

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  • Lunatic Sorceress

    Got those Armwraps. Can choose from 3 different armor types. Also they are suited for lvl 80, and the stats can be changed, but only once.

    • Lunatic Sorceress

      Sorry, got some problems with attaching the image.

    • Daniel Moir

      Worth noting that you’re given a wider variety of prefixs to choose from than old MF gear (such as last years boots)… like celestial

      • Mithyl

        FYI, there are only 6 stat choices currently…not sure if this is a bug, particularly given Daniel Moir’s post above.

        Regardless, I can only choose from Berserker’s, Carrion, Cleric’s, Dire, Rampager’s and Shaman’s.

        If it’s relevant, I chose the Gauntlets (Heavy armour), was really hoping for Celestial ):

  • Sinon

    Completion rewards: Mad King Chest [Exotic] + 2 halloween tonics.

    The chest allows you to choose gloves of madness for your armor class as noted by Lunatic Sorceress below. Subsequent runs reward 3-4 Trick-or-Treat Bags. *This is an easy way to obtain the 50 ToT bags required for your achievement once you’ve got the run down. There is no bonus reward for having the highest number of completed runs at the end of the round.

  • Avster

    As Sinon said, subsequent runs gets you around 4 bags. It sucks how you don’t get the exotic reward like you could for all your chars last year…

  • anon

    Something different from last year… you can press f in passing the chests throughout the puzzle and they open without stopping you. So you can get 9-10 trick or treat bags in one run if you open all 4 chests in the puzzle.

    Also, don’t think you can use speed boosts this time. No skills in the lobby to use.

    • anon

      Also, if you have trouble with the speed, run spekks lab in caledon forest without letting go of w on your run through. It helps you to adjust the camera while running and jumping in random directions; plus it’s timed because the platforms disappear as you go. (Spekks lab is good because if you fall and die they res you at the main entrance instead of waypointing on death).

  • AbnerDoon

    Dang reinstalled the game just for the clock tower. Glowy blue balls and minimum trash talking took the edge off this one for sure. No reason to repeat it more then a few times without that sense of fun racing and blocking each others views gave it.

  • Tusembobel

    Well, some changes have happened in my life last two weeks. I moved to another town, paid for room in advance and when I had money only on food my video card decided to die. Now I play on built in video getting 30 fps on low settings. But this now PvP JP puzzle is impossible for me. I get 5 fps in Clock tower = impossible. Bye bye gloves Q_Q

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  • Cristi

    so.. this year(2014) this jumping puzzle doesn’t have an achievements right?

    • http://dulfy.net/ Dulfy

      Don’t think so, there might be a daily achievement though

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