GW2 Halloween event Ascent to Madness Mad King dungeon guide with detailed walkthrough. Ascent into Madness is a dungeon that started with ACT 3 and can be accessed what was left of the Lion Statue in Lion’s Arch. While you can spend hours trying to solo this event, it is recommended that you group up as it goes a lot faster with a full group.
Anyone at any level can do this dungeon as it scales you up to L80. However, be aware that if you are <L10, you might be dying a lot.
Phase 1 – Mad King says
Upon entry into the dungeon, Mad King will select one random player and give him/her commands. This play will expect to do what Mad King tells him/her to do while the rest of the group fend off monsters from the haunted doors.
Beware that Mad King switches your ability bar with the commands rather quickly so you must act quick! Look at your buff icon, select the command from your ability bar with the identical picture and watch out when your ability bar changes.
After the initial bit of Mad King says.. you will get to fight the Mad King himself. He has four abilities you need to be aware of
1) He will place scarecrows in certain places with a big red circle. Failure to dodge out of that radius will fear you for a short duration. If you are near the edge when this happens, it can send you off the edge into your death. If you get downed, tab target to a scarecrow and kill them for a quick revive since they have low HP.
2) He will has some frontal attacks that you need to dodge (they are fairly easy to dodge).
3) Mad King Thorn also have a nasty pumpkin bomb attack that basically cover an area with pumpkins that explodes after a while. Failure to dodge out of their little circles will cause you to get knocked down and possibly off the cliff if you are near the edge.
4) Lastly, he will teleport to the ranged player that is furthest from the group from time to time.
Mad King Thorn will disappear after at ~70% HP and teleport to the platform below.
Beware that you have to do some jumping (a lot of fall damage) and clear up some mobs before you get to fight Mad King Thorn again. Make sure you jump on the small rock in the second picture before jumping down to the big platform or you will die to fall damage.
Clean up the spiders and then fight Mad King Thorn. Phase 2 will ends at around 20% of his health and he will teleport to the next platform below.
Beware that Mad King Thorn can spawn in two locations in Phase 3. He can either teleport back to his phase 2 location or teleport below. If he is at the original phase 2 location for phase 3, don’t forget to to grab the chest at the very bottom. If he is below it, follow the images and the chest is right where you killed Mad King Thorn
To get to the platform below, follow the arrows. Beware that there is a lot of fall damage here so heal up after a big jump.
After you finish up Mad King Thorn, don’t forget to grab the chest! The chest has a very low chance to drop exotics, including Halloween weapon skins. If you killed Mad King Thorn at phase 2 spot, you have to follow the jumps above to get to the chest. If you killed Mad King Thorn at the phase 3 spot, then chest it is right next to the corpse.
First time you complete it, you will get to choose from from 5 stacks of 3 Halloween specific crafting mats + 10 slot bag. You also get a nice bit of silver, xp and karma.
2nd time – choose from 3 stacks of 5 Halloween specific crafting mats + 5 personalized Trick or Treat bags
3rd time – choose from 3 stacks of 3 Halloween specific crafting mats + 3 personalized Trick or Treat bags.
4th time – choose from 2 stacks of 3 Halloween specific crafting mats +2 personalized Trick of Treat bags