GW2 Fractured Nov 26 update details

GW2’s upcoming patch, titled Fractured, will be released on Nov 26. Here are the details pertaining to the patch, which includes three new fractals and a FoTM level reset for those above level 30.


    Ellen Kiel, who recently earned a seat on the Captain’s Council of Lion’s Arch after a cutthroat campaign, has made good on her promises to her supporters! By sponsoring research in the Fractals of the Mists, Kiel has opened up a momentous event from Tyria’s recent history, the Thaumanova Reactor meltdown, for exploration!


    Head through the Fractals asura gate near Fort Marriner in Lion’s Arch (right next to the
    Consortium Gift Shop) to meet up with Kiel for a special story instance of the new Thaumanova Reactor Fractal. Experience the explosion of the reactor first-hand and discover its mysteries!


    The Tower of Nightmares is heading towards its collapse, but the fight isn’t over yet! Join in the fight against the vile Toxic Alliance and destroy the foul structure. Bring it to ruin before its evil spreads any further! Learn more.


    Take an inside look at the Fractured release with ArenaNet devs during a livestream on our Twitch channel on Wednesday, November 27, at 12PM PST.

  • Fractal Reward Updates

    The Fractals of the Mists are becoming more rewarding! As a daily fractal reward, you’ll not only be earning Empyreal Fragments, Fractal Relics, and Pristine Fractal Relics at all levels, you’ll also earn a gold or more! Learn more.

  • Fractal Tonic

    A new, infinite tonic with the ability to transform you into any number of friends and foes from within the Mists, the Fractal Tonic is a rare reward found within the Fractals of the Mists.

  • New Runes and Sigils

    Those braving the dangers of the most difficult fractals will find that their bravery is well-rewarded by a chance at brand-new sigils and runes to adorn their gear!

New Features
  • Three Fractals: In addition to illuminating the strange circumstances of the Thaumanova Reactor meltdown, players can experience two more historical events thanks to further Fractals research. The Molten Furnace Fractal allows players to relive the daring raids on the Molten Alliance facilities, while the treacherous Aetherblade Fractal has players infiltrating the Aetherblade’s old base of villainy.gw2-fractured-release-pic
  • Two Boss Fractals: The Jade Maw of the Solid Ocean Fractal is no longer the only challenge awaiting players when they make it to the end of each set of three fractals. Special boss encounters with the Aetherblade captain Mai Trin and the two Molten Alliance champions from the Molten Facility have been added to the rotation.


  • Agony Resist Updates: Developers are evolving the way Agony Resistance works on items, so players will now be able to collect drops granting Agony Resistance and combine those to continually increase their level of Agony Resistance.


  • Fractals of the Mists Leaderboards: Players soon will be able to earn the envy and adulation of friends and strangers thanks to new leaderboards. Players whose current personal reward level for the Fractals of the Mists is above 30 will be reset to 30 so the competition can begin in earnest.
  • Fractal Progression Changes: The difficulty curve in fractals levels 1-30 is being adjusted, and fractals beyond level 30 will have new, special challenges. Every fractal players enter with a fractal level above 30 will have a special Mistlock Instability which will add new difficulties to that level or change how it is played.


  • Obsidian Sanctum Update: Players will now be able to enter the Obsidian Sanctum, the Eternal Battlegrounds jumping puzzle, directly through the WvW menu. Additionally, a new arena space has been added for combat between opposing groups of players, and the Borderlands Bloodlust buff will no longer apply in the Obsidian Sanctum.     

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  • Jasarek

    I for one am glad to be getting a little fractal love.

  • Daniel Reid

    I was sad when I didnt see any fractal skins purchasable through shards or relics.

  • jason wolcott

    Really stoked to be seeing the Fractals getting a much needed face lift. The omission of a Fractal Armor set is too bad. Ascended Armor crafting is supposed to be coming soon, but why aren’t there Ascended armors in the only place that needs it? A set should be added. leaderboards are cool, but nothing says that you have done Fractals like armor does.

    • AKGeo

      Weapons do. Also the fractal backpiece. I get questions unprompted on my guardian just by sitting in LA with my backpiece and fractal GS/Hammer/Mace-shield equipped.

  • tom_deluxe

    Dulfy you should delete the dot at the end of the url to the GW2 Twitch channel 😉

  • Jarl Allmark

    Will we players who are above 30 get any kind of compensation for the extra time we spent?

    • AKGeo


  • Flo

    sounds great, but im not sure how the new AR system works, can i stack infusions now? or is it time to level my artificer?

    • Lion

      Normal ascended rings and backpieces will stay the same. Ascending an ascended ring or back item gives it an agony resist infusion slot in addition to it’s previous infusion slot. This will replace the +5 ar in the item’s base stats. In fractals level 10+ you will commonly find +1 ar infusions. With proper artificing level you can combine two ar infusions to receive one of the next level. For example two +1s can be made into one +2s. Two +2s can be made into one +3, and so on. It is not known if it caps at +5 ar per infusion or if they are raising it from the current cap.

  • RabidCoqui

    Is it meant to repeat info under the New Rewards heading?

  • Ania Borkowska

    Whats the point of making trailer without any new content in it to a new content update… lol.

    • Hating_101

      Its a year old trailer they are just now releasing.

  • Soup

    I’m glad to see the WvW change, hopefully that will keep GvG’s out of the borderlands maps.

  • Liston

    So for someone who abhors fractals and JPs…… Guess I can do dailies until the next patch.

    • AKGeo

      QQ more. You could always do other dungeons, or world events. Or play another game?

  • Mag

    That trailer… so epic :3

  • Guest

    FoTM reward level is based on character’s fractal level or account?

    • AKGeo

      Your level will be account bound, the highest you’ve achieved on your account prior to the patch, up to 30.

  • ec0n0mist

    looking forward to this one

  • Tzaacht

    Haven’t really understood, but 2 of the 3 “new” fractals are the old raids reproposed?
    Or there will be differences?

  • seriously

    Is it just me or does this feel kinda like a bad joke?

    I mean the rewards… seriously?

    “Fractal Weapon Skins (starting at level 10)”
    Wow. They moved it 10 lvls down… call the press. At least they are skins now which is fair. But making an already existing skin set more accesible is not the kind of news I’d expected.

    “Ascended Weapons (starting at level 10)”
    It is the same “chance for Ascended Weapons” we have everywhere else I guess. This is the”chance for a precursor”-everyhwhere you get loot-thing all over again.

    “Infused Ascended Rings (starting at level 20)”
    No change here.

    “Players will be able to find +1 agony resist infusions commonly in the fractals after level 10.”
    The omni infusion costs 75 relics. Is there really anyone who cares for ar who doesn’t have those relics? Either they do it right and give us more and better infusions or leave it alone. (Oh yay, yet another upgrade system for our gear)

    “Character equipment (blue quality or higher)”

    “Endless Fractal Tonic”
    Small chance means small chance. A new tonic at high levels on a small chance. Let me think if I will be farming this…

    Yay even more inflation.

    The only thing new about this patch is the reactor fractal. Everything else are lazy excuses for adjustments. They act as if the whole thing is reworked and brand new when 90% of it all is still the same it was before.

    Somehow GW2 feels like a anime show and this patch is a filler episode. Let’s hope this means there is something more important down the line.

    • \///

      weapon skins were dropping at lvl 10+ already … just uber rare.

    • AKGeo

      The skins are a great change, though now I’ll assume we’ll be seeing the prestige of those skins falling. Kinda mixed emotions about that one.
      Ascended weapons were probably just mentioned to mention them. There’s no change to them.
      Infused rings at level 20 is a change. They had a chance at being infused at 20, but not guaranteed. Now it seems like any rings at 20+ are guaranteed infused.
      The current +5 infusions will remain, but will have to go into the offensive/defensive/utility slot, whereas infused rings and backpieces will have a second slot for “Agony Resistance Infusions” which is what these are, and there’s no limit to how high of an AR you can make with them with an Artificer. If you have a pair of +5 infusions, you can make a +6. If you have a pair of +10, you can make a +11. Yes, it makes it harder to get higher AR infusions, but that’s fine.
      They mentioned the character equipment simply because they were listing what you’d get. This means you have a chance at a rare or exotic, including precursors, from this particular chest.
      If you want the tonic, go for it. If you don’t, then don’t.
      You’re not going to stop inflation in this game…this gold reward makes fractals a little bit more appealing to run for something other than a weapon skin.

      All in all, you’re being negative on a bandwagon scale. Give it a rest.


      I feel the same way about catering to the casuals, what was the point of grinding post patch to a higher level?, if most of the end goal drops are going to drop early now?.
      I had 2 characters past 30 now its account wide? man i feel like a idiot wasting time like that, dedicating post patch.

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  • Raz

    Is it just me that thinks that it’s crap being lowered to lvl 30 from my lvl50, after all the hours spent getting there?? Wtf? And ppl that are on lvl30 now, will they be left at 30 or lowered ? – I recon they will still be 30, which makes this utter shit!

    • Lord

      One member of my guild is fractal lvl 80. I do not know how he will take that

    • Sty

      It means that you have to do 20 fractals to reach the new maximal level for your whole account instead of 30 fractals to reach level 80 with one character…

      so it’s crap, because you have less fractals to do?

      • Raz

        once the ascended armor is released I don’t think there will be a cap – since you can upgrade your infusions (you know, you get 2 infusion slots)
        so yes, it’s crap because it will be 20 lvls I have to do AGAIN

        This is not a treadmill it’s a f-ing joke, on the treadmill u progress , you don’t get your progress wiped…

        anyway, my point is that now I will be at the same lvl as ppl that had lvl30
        they are not de-leveling everyone , they are just cutting into the progress of the people that were “hardcore”, a level adjustment has to be for everyone, this is a joke…

        for me to get to lvl 50 – it took a lot of time and effort , all that was washed with a big dirty sponge called Anet

        • Sty

          It’s not really 20 levels that you have to do again, as these levels are new because of new maps and mistlock instabilities.

          But I get your point on the fact that your progress has been wiped. To my opinion, reaching level 50 was more a time consuming achievement than a true challenge. I don’t really care to be lowered to level 30 if the new levels are fun and difficult and if I can play with any characters without impairing my progression.

  • vash templar

    is there a guide for fractals story?

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