GW2 Queen’s Jubilee patch details revealed

Information on the newest GW2 patch to arrive on Aug 6 titled Queen’s Jubilee have being revealed on the official site. Read below to find more about this next game update.

August 6, 2013

A celebration of ten years of Queen Jennah’s rule is about to kick off in Divinity’s Reach! The queen has commissioned a new gladiatorial arena for the occasion—the Crown Pavilion—as a shining symbol of her people’s endurance.

Take a hot air balloon ride with dignitaries from across Tyria to the capital of the Krytan nation, and be there for the opening ceremony. Join in the festivities and compete in ceremonial combat in Her Majesty’s honor!


  • Developer Livestream – August 5

    Enjoy an early look at the Queen’s Jubilee release with ArenaNet devs during the preview livestrelam on our Twitch channel on Monday, August 5 at 12PM PDT.

  • Hot Air Balloons – Begins August 6

    Need a lift to Divinity’s Reach? The Queen’s court has sent out hot air balloons to transport celebrants! Find one of these balloons out in the open world, and use it to find the party in short order.

  • The Opening Ceremony – Begins August 6

    In honor of her Jubilee, Queen Jennah is opening a new gladiatorial arena! Attend the dedication of the Crown Pavilion arena and watch its inaugural contest!

  • Ignite the Beacons – Begins August 6

    Special Beacons of Kryta, symbols of humanity’s hope, have been set up in Divinity’s Reach. Take a torch from a torchbearer, then race around a course to light all of the Beacons of Kryta!

  • Enter the Crown Pavilion – Begins August 6

    Test yourself in an entirely new mini-zone featuring mighty representations of humanity’s enemies. By representing various cities of Tyria, you can be named champion of a nation and gain access to unique reward vendors.

  • Fight in the Queen’s Gauntlet – Begins August 6

    In the special Queen’s Gauntlet, you will face increasingly difficult challenges of single-combat against unique bosses. Cheer on your friends or show off your skills to the world. Take a risk with special gambit conditions to earn even more prestigious rewards!

New Rewards

  • Watchwork Mechanisms

    Watchwork tech is the latest and greatest innovation in Tyria. Watchwork parts can be used in new crafting recipes or as currency in the Crown Pavilion to buy items like new rune and sigil recipes, Watchknight Tonics, or the new Sovereign Weapon Set. You might even find the recipe to assemble a Watchwork Portal Device, allowing you to create a personal portal!

  • Mini Watchknight

    Once you complete the Queen’s Jubilee meta achievement, you’ll receive a miniature Watchknight, modeled after the Queen’s new mechanical sentinels, to follow you into battle.

New Features

  • Account Wallet for Currency

    Keep all of your currencies in one easy-to-find location! This Wallet holds dungeon tokens, coins, karma, laurels, Guild Commendations, Fractal Relics, Badges of Honor, gems, and glory and makes them accessible to any character on your account. Upon logging in with each unique character for the first time after the Wallet has gone live, that character will have all of their currencies deposited into the account-wide collection.

  • PvP Solo Queue

    Solo Arena matches allow you to get right into the action of PvP matches in a competitive environment without gathering a full team or finding yourself fighting against a pre-formed group. Solo Arena has its own leaderboard so players can earn rank without affecting their Team Arena standings.

  • Bonus Rewards for Dungeons

    Each day when you finish a unique path for any explorable or story dungeon, you’ll receive a bonus reward for completion—1 to 3 gold for explorable dungeons depending on their length and difficulty, 50 silver for story dungeons. Guaranteed coin rewards that previously dropped from bosses in dungeons have been removed in lieu of these new rewards for dungeon completion; all other drops off of bosses have not been changed. Now you have even more incentive for braving the hazards of the dungeons of Tyria!

  • Champion Loot Updates

    All of the champions in the game will now award a new bonus loot bag upon their death if you qualify for loot rewards on that boss when it is killed. These bags have a chance to contain rare crafting materials, items that award skill points, and more!

  • Mini-Game Rotation System

    Both Captain’s Council candidates have promised to introduce a new rotation of exciting competitions each day. The initial rotation includes the well-loved Sanctum Sprint, Keg Brawl, Southsun Survival, and Crab Toss. Speak to the activities NPC in Lion’s Arch to participate in the competition of the day!

  • Improved Effects Level of Detail System

    Effects like fireballs, streaks that trail behind a sword, players’ footsteps, and even the fiery breath of dragons are all part of the beauty of Guild Wars 2. In situations where all of that beauty can start to take away from the visual clarity of the battlefield, this new system will slowly start reducing the detail of each effect in order to increase combat visibility when many effect types are overlapping. When action gets intense in dungeons, PvP, the open world, and WvW, this system will let you see more of the action.

  • World vs. World Supply Mastery

    Become a master of supply with the Supply Master World vs. World ability line. This line includes benefits like increased supply pick-up speed, Courier Speed when you pick up supply, and a chance to get supply back when you use it!

  • Permanent Finishers

    We’re adding support for permanent Finishers! With this release, you’ll be able to sort through your available Finishers and choose the one you’d like to use as a default. Change your mind and change your Finisher! Rank up for rank Finishers, or keep an eye on the Gem Store for a new selection of Finishers. Finishers can be used in both PvP and WvW!



  • Shuuri


    • Finally some free slots in the bank! Arriba!

    • korval

      I know right! I don’t even know what is considered currency anymore. I have a bank full of stuff that’s needs cleaning.

      I really hope a Wardrobe is coming soon. I really hate how a complete set of armor takes up 6 bank slots. I actually don’t want to buy any armor skins from the gemstore because they take up bank slots. We need to have a separate bank for gear sets.

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  • karl

    “Improved Effects Level of Detail System”


    • Tilit

      All visuals effects from weapons, spells, etc. that can “blind” the action… the new system will reduce them “on the fly” to keep an eye on your enemy.

    • kiwiburner

      I think you really have to read it as “Improved effects – level of detail system” or insert some other punctuation, otherwise I agree it sounds hilarious.

      But seriously, if you look at some of the previous release notes they look like they’ve popped straight out of google translate.

  • John Doe

    WoW these patches keep on getting better and better. Cant wait for this one ?
    Anyone know how the new Sovereign weapons look like ?
    EDIT: Im guessing the pink/dark aura ones ? 🙂

    • Cobalt

      I know these weapons are probably just going to be used as skins but wondering what kind of stats Sovereign would have on it.

    • korval

      Sovereign weapons? Where? It’s no where in the notes.

      • John Doe

        Watchwork tech is the latest and greatest innovation in Tyria. Watchwork parts can be used in new crafting recipes or as currency in the Crown Pavilion to buy items like new rune and sigil recipes, Watchknight Tonics, or the new Sovereign Weapon Set. You might even find the recipe to assemble a Watchwork Portal Device, allowing you to create a personal portal!

    • Akechi

      the sovereign ones are not the pink runic ones as confirmed on the forums by a dev. the fellblade reskin/resize is from one of the new champion drops that will be introduced.

  • Shino

    How do these get better, theres barly any skill effects NOW IMAGINE WHEN they reduce it?

    this new system will slowly start reducing the detail of each effect in order to increase combat visibility when many effect types are overlapping.

    • Cobalt

      the effect level reduction is probably for stuff like world bosses and events when you have ~50 people blasting him and all you can see is a white light because of the number of skills being used. Its makes in impossible to target anything and you have to hope that tabbing will focus on it.

    • korval

      When was the last time you did Ulgoth the Modniir? As someone who melees I cannot see what is going on. Worse occasionally I have no idea where the boss is with all the effects going off. It looks like “bright white”.

  • Strejda Tom

    I hope that the gauntlet wont be ultra hard and doable for all classes.

  • Kod

    Bosses doesnt drop $$$ anymore?! How will Cof P1 farm work out?

    • Annoymous

      it wont…that is the point…more farming nerfs by ANet

    • korval

      There are many other ways to make gold in GW2 besides COFp1

    • narg

      bosses still drop money, but on daily principle, as i see it, you can farm CoF, but only thrice in day (p1,p2,p3), after this you need go farm another dung..

  • Ares Zax

    The Account Wallet alone makes this a fantastic update for me. 😀

  • Betonrepa

    How will working Watchwork Portal?It’s looks like mesmer’s
    portal or “Teleport Guns” portal?

  • Atra Culpa

    Those ‘Fellblades’ are one handed.. and Pink… What gives 😮

    • Pessimissed

      If you don’t like them, don’t use them. NEXT!

  • NecroLazarus

    Account Wide Wallet, does this mean that Karma is finally going to be Account bound!? Character bound Karma was annoying as hell. That alone makes this update worthwhile!

    • Bumppis

      Yes, Karma is going to be account bound. Verified by devs in official forums.

      • narg

        and it will be account bound for karma potion, or it will be like all character will share one karma ammount ?

        • cardosy

          A single value for all characters. Which breaks the whole purpose of the currency, in my opinion.

          • sentry0

            Except I have a bank full of karma pots that I use when a new toon hits 80 to boost his/her karma. All they’re doing is making it so event karma is now pooled for me and most other alta-holics out there 🙂

            • cardosy

              Yes, liquid karma was implemented because we were receiving karma for dailies and it was not nice to play an specific character while doing those.. But it was not in the game at the start. Karma was a soulbound currency that showed how much that specific character have contributed to the world. The way karma works now it should just be replaced by gold (or laurels, if they want to keep it account bound). It has no specific function of its own.

  • Bob

    Dyable weapons please.

  • Deep Winter

    Queen Jenna is looking pretty suspicious to me…

    • What if she is infact a centaur in disguise..

      • Deep Winter

        Based on her past performance in the books, evacuating the area before the Collapse and now not rebuilding a living quarter for the Canthan community (instead, a tribute to herself) she’s looking more White Mantle to me than a benevolent heroine.

        • Akechi

          its cause shes a robot

        • Floreum

          Actually the Canthan district was the developmental phase of that area, they took it out almost last second and just pretty much gave it some new lore as to what it was. What The Great Collapse actually was, according to game lore, used to be the art district of Divinity’s Reach.

      • Iwakura

        I could probably outrun her.

  • Kite

    Champion loot
    Improved effects
    Dungeon rewards
    Account Wallet

    I was expecting those for ages!

  • Nelson Martins

    Dulfy will you have early access to the patch? I really enjoy your patch coverage guides.

  • arccc

    can u ask for additional slot for banks from 8 slot to 10 or more

  • Xalon

    Dulfy are you going to be doing stuff on WildStar?

  • Xalugami

    Hopefully you can read this, never commented on one of these blogs before.
    First I just wanted to say I love all of your posts, they’re always resourceful, reliable, and added as soon as possible. Keep up the amazing work!
    Secondly, I was wondering if you might be covering the different Permanent PvP Finishers being introduced when the patch goes live. If so, I cannot wait to see how they work.
    Anywho, thanks a ton.

    • Ya I will put a video of them up if I can get my hands on them.

  • Paulo Silva

    Greetings Dulfy, I made a tribute to this website and to your great work around Guild Wars 2 in Borlis Pass forum (North American GW2 server), under the nickname Dorindon.

    – Please take a look whenever you can:
    – Dulfy, if you don’t like it, please let me know for i’m the OP and can delete according of your own desire. Thank you and hoping the continuous of your awesome dedication!

    My regards,

    • Thank you, i like it 😀

  • Justicía

    Ascalon path 3 – 1,5g

    can we have a summary off all rewards for all paths? or does it already exist?

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