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GW2 Halloween 2017 Festival Guide

A guide to the GW2 Halloween Festival 2017 that starts on October 17, 2017.



The entrance to these activities can all be found in Lion’s Arch. They are marked on the map as door. The exception is Mad King Says which occurs in Grand Piazza instead. Be sure to check out the vendors as well marked on the map with a candy corn icon.

  • Mad King’s Clocktower – Not much has changed. You get 5 trick or treat bags for running it.If you are really good at jumping puzzles this might be a good option to farm Trick or Treat bags.
  • Mad King’s Labyrinth – Basically where people go to farm for Trick or Treat Bags. It is a farming map where you go and follow a commander to run around killing mobs, close doors and carve pumpkins. Use the LFG to find a farming instance.
  • Ascent to Madness – This dungeon is being farmed for the chance at Tattered Bat Wings which is used to make the Nightfuy Ascended shoulders. It is a 5 man dungeon and the end chest have a chance to drop the Wings so you can run it as many time as you want for a chance. Use ingame LFG tool to find a group.
  • Lunatic Inquisition  – Fun PvP/Elimination event bought back this year.
  • Mad King Says – Occurs every 2 hrs on the hour at Grand Piazza. Basically you do the emote that Mad King tells you to but only emote if it is followed by Mad King says as he will try to trick you. On every successful emote (or inactivity if he tries to trick you) you will get a stacking buff. Every 4 stacks of this buff you are eligible for a Mad King Chest Key fragment. You can only get 3 key fragments a day and you need 3 fragments to combine together to make a key. This means that you can only only open the chest at end of Mad King Says once a day and you must participate for a specific duration to get rewards. The chest also have a chance to drop Tattered Bat Wings and the Mini Spooky Moa.


New Items

Gemstore Items

Mad Memoires Backpiece

Four Mad Memoires Backpieces were added along with their associated achievements. Two of them backpieces are completely new while the other two made a return from 2012 Halloween.


Lunatic Armor Set

You get one set from achievements, the other two weight classes will need to be crafted by buying recipes from Lunatic Alchemists.







New Weapons

Touch of Madness

There is a new rare drop torch weapon from the Treat or Trick Bags. It doesn’t have a graphic and only appears when drawn as a ball of light.


Haunted Weapon Set

You need to do 3/5 of the available Halloween dailies everyday and every 5th day you will be able to get a weapon from Eve of the Mad King achievement completion.

Sword Hammer Longbow Shortbow
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Axe Dagger Greatsword Mace
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Pistol Rifle Scepter Staff
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Focus Torch Warhorn Shield
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New Minis

Mini Halloween Gourdon – 20 Candy Corn Cobs


Mini Lord Humphrey Faren – 100 Candy Corn Cobs


Mini Gustav the Caramel Corn Elemental – Rare ToT Bags Drop


Mini Forgal – 3 Black Lion Mini Ticket


Mini Sieran – 3 Black Lion Mini Ticket


Mini Trahearne – 3 Black Lion Mini Ticket


Upcoming Items

Riding Broom Glider[&AgHeTQEA]


Awakened Zealot Outfit – [&CzoAAAA=]


Mini Choya Pumpkin Gang – [&AgHpTQEAAA==]   


Mini Elonian Familiar – [&AgECTgEAAA==]


Mini Failed Attempt – [&AgEHTgEA]


Old/Returning Items


Shadow of the Mad King

Ancient Grudge – 10 AP

  • Kill 150 of Joko’s minions. Any awakened mobs will work. Go to a map like Desolation and just kill them en mass

Arguably Foodlike – 5 AP

  • Consume 150 Candy Corns

Lunatic Fashion – 5 AP

  • Collect an item of each armor slot from the Lunatic set. See Lunatic Wardrobe section below.

Routing the Rebel Rabble – 5 AP

  • Kill 150 mobs in Mad King’s Labyrinth.

Shut the Doors – 5 AP

  • Complete 30 door events in Mad King’s Labyrinth.

Mad Memories/Mad Mysteries/Mad Mementos/Mad Memorial

Courtly Service – 5 AP

  • Go to the middle of the Mad King’s Labyrinth and see the Steward. Talk to him about serving food (5 gold) and you will get the Courtly Service achievement.


Pumpkin Carving – 17 AP, Master Carver Title

  • Find 150 Pumpkin all around Tyria and carve them. The pumpkins reset if you switch to a different map/characters and also reset daily so you can just do them in Lion’s Arch and Mad King’s Labyrinth. it is much better to do them in Mad King’s Labyrinth since it is faster and there are more of it in a smaller area.
  • Mad King’s Labyrinth map taken from /u/Evio on reddit.. Lion’s Arch map from /u/Oonk_Golemancer on reddit. Other maps by reader Brutal Beauty 9542.



Lunatic Wardrobe

A Royal Tradition – 5 AP, Hat Box

  • Complete a round of Mad King says

Something Good to Eat – 5 AP, Glove Box

  • Open 50 Trick or Treat bags

Ascent to Madness – 10 AP, Coat Box

  • Complete the Ascend to Madness dungeon

Mad King’s Clocktower – 10 AP, Boot Box

  • Complete the Mad King’s Clocktower jump puzzle

Masters of the Labyrinth – 5 AP, Shoulder Box

  • Defeat all three champions in the Mad King’s Labyrinth


  • Grand High Viscount of Candy Corn. Use reflects/feedback when he throws out candy corns as these do a lot of damage to him.
  • Skeletal Lich
  • Labyrinthine Horror – this guy’s spawn is a bit random and he can really spawn anywhere. He can join the fight when you are fighting Viscount or Lich.

Lunatic Racer – 10 AP, Pants Box

  • Complete the lunatic race around Mad King’s Labyrinth in under 2 minutes.
  • Race starts regularly, just have to keep an eye out in the middle.


Halloween Rituals

Each of these achievements can be repeated 5 times with the exception of Eve of the Mad King

Eve of the Mad King – 10 AP x 10 Repeatable

  • Complete 3/5 of the Halloween daily achievements everyday for 5 days.
  • Rewards the Haunted weapon set on completion (pick one).

Champion of the Labyrinth – 5 AP x 5 Repeatable

  • Defeat 5 bosses (High Viscount, Lich, or Labyrinthine Horror)

Knockdown the Doors – 5 AP x 5 Repeatable

  • Complete 50 door events in the Mad King’s Labyrinth

Carving Across Tyria – 5 AP x 5 Repeatable

  • Carve 200 Pumpkins

Clockwork’s Champion – 5 AP x 5 Repeatable

  • Complete the jumping puzzle 3 times.

Mad King’s Herald in Training – 5 AP x 5 Repeatable

  • Complete the race event in Mad King’s Labyrinth 3 times

Lunatic Inquisition Regular – 5 AP x 5 Repeatable

  • Do the Lunatic Inquisition event 3 times

New Afterlife for Quaggan– 5 AP x 5 Repeatable

  • You need find Drooburt’s Ghost in Lion’s Arch. He is usually at Trader’s Forum but he can disappear sometimes. Just hand him 1000 Candy Corn for this achievement.


By Dulfy

MMO guide writer and blogger. Currently playing and covering SWTOR, GW2, and TSW.

79 replies on “GW2 Halloween 2017 Festival Guide”

whats with those weapons skins straight out of wow tho… its really puzzling how inconsistent and all over the place their designs are. well, after implementing raids and mounts its just logical to copy the graphics now too i guess

Not sure which weapon you’re referring to but weapons such as an axe has been having around the same look since stone age. Dig deeper, raids and mounts is implemented from a long history of players requests (might be ex-WoW players?).

Are there special conditions for the blood to show up on the medium lunatic noble set? I’ve got the full set equipped, but the blood doesn’t show up on my character nor in the preview. I’m wondering if it only shows up at night?

I’ll buy the zealot outfit, I really like it. But now that they started adding outfits to BL chests… sigh. I hope that one won’t be a BL exclusive as well.

One of the NPCs for the Mad Memorial achievment says that some have appeared at beaches northwest of the desert. I haven’t checked myself but try looking there.

The south of Elon Riverlands by the Deadhouse is the best, IMO. There has been a consistent group of players farming. Either the deadhouse event, the warden event at the sepulcher, or you can go into the little mini dungeon via jackal sand portal east of sepulchre (by mastery point) – the awakened in those rooms spawn quickly. Had a small group of 5 rolling through, and I think I had the achievement done within 30 min or so.

Any awakened mob will do, though.

As a necro main, I’d just like to point out that Necros have no ‘blood’ or ‘draining’ themed skills (besides one ranged dagger skill) – and our skill color pallet is mostly bright green and black (and now sand colored with scourge). Fashion wise having a blood stained tunic and face would conflict with all my fx anyway.

If they could add a infusion which added the green sheen effect on the vampire clothing however, now that would be appreciated.

Oh right not to mention the entire specialisation called Blood Magic and the fact that it has the Blood Bond, Vampiric and Vampiric Presence traits which revolve entirely around siphoning health from enemies to heal yourself. If you have both a power and a condi necro like I do, you’d know that it’s invaluable in the condi necro spec. As well, Signet of vampirism would like to disagree with your statement of necros not having any “draining” skills.

Please tell me again you’re a necro main and have no idea what your skills do and are.


Again, big woop. You could rename the “Blood Magic” line “Rituals of the unicorn princess” with descriptions of “heal allies who attack your target with praise”, “motivate downed players not to die” and “Heal yourself with the power of joyful persistence when hitting a foe”. There are just no animations to back up the theme.

I’ll reiterate the point I started this with. The necromancer color pallet is not red and and of the (about) 95 skills the class has, 2-3 are blood themed and about 90 are ‘life force’ themed – with the pallet of green, black, blue and sand colored.

Ps. The fact that I equip the signet of the dolyak on my pve beserker does not, in actual fact, make him a dolyak.

Making foes bleed is something ALL classes do. Warriors can inflict bleeding, guardians can inflict bleeding, The entire point of a vampire is that they feed on the lifeforce of their victim. They don’t just make their victim bleed, they consume the lifeforce in the blood. And not all vampires drink blood, there are energy vampires, as well.

I don’t know if you’ve ever been downed but uh necro’s entire first skill revolves around draining their foe to heal themselves. Some necro man you are :/

You can cast life siphon with a dagger or an equivalent life siphon while downed. Congrats on the clarification.

They made some nice additions this year. Now all I have to do is manage to finish the clocktower clock jumping puzzle. 25 times -.-

Achievement points are hard to get once you hit the daily achievement point limit – and there is a repeatable achieve worth 25 ap which requires 25 runs to get – I believe.

Will the achievements stay for ever ? I mean the 1000 pumpkins.. It’s only for 2017 and will reset next year or no reset and i’ts an all time achievement ?

I believe I worded that very badly. You can get back to completing this achievement every year but there will not be a new stack of it to complete. I believe.

They said the achievements can be completed next year if you can’t finish them now. I’m curious though how they will go about doing that since there can be issues.

My advice finish it now if you can. The pumkins one is indeed horrible, but just make sure to do all the pumkins in the maze while you are running with a squad. Changing instance in the maze will reset all pumkins by the way. So you can do some farm with a squad, then lfg to another squad, change instance and do the pumkins again.

Pumkins and doors will be the slowest and grindiest. And clock tower the most frustrating lol. Everything else is easy peasy.

That touch of madness is exactly what I was looking for, now if they put again the bat wings this will become my best halloween event haha.

Is there any other way to get the “Boot” piece..? I can’t do this mad jp thing.. I’ve already wasted time trying but always have to glitch midway and fail.. Tying something to a jp is a No-no..!

You can buy a recipe from npc in LA called “…something… Alchemist”.
As for cocktower i suggest you to watch a guide of someone doing it and try to mirror exactly the movements of this person.

Is there a guide for which is the most expensive to craft out of the 3 new armor sets? ie: Pick the most expensive set form the boxes and then craft the other 2. Just cant find a guide for it, anyone know?

it’s like normal exotic craft (same + halloween mats), and leather being the most expensive atm -> medium the most expensive.

Done Labyrinth Race multiple times under 2 minute using Daredevil (No mounts) and didnt gave me the achievement. P2W?

Buy Path of Fire and do the story along with hearts at the mount ranches to get the mounts. No such P2W about mount races.

If you want the achievement via mount related such as the race it is the only alternative solution.

I’ve expected it being beatable by my daredevil with the teleportation skills and speed buffs… I’ve done it under 2 minutes but the achievement didn’t unlocked… Nowhere it says it requires a mount for application tho! :/

Make sure you didn’t start too early. Even people with mounts get disqualified. Btw, the game p2w? Dude, seriously? Please…

I’ll check that out, tho the checkpoints were leading to the end and I get a little reward upon competition.
About P2W: Depends what you call it. When HoT & PoF required skills/builds absolutely rule in WWW/PVP, I say it’s basicly P2W.
… At least until the balance patch which comes Nov. 7.

So while waiting for “Your Mad King Says” I started to read story journal for PoF because I forgot to do it after finishing the story, and while there I noticed that in Act 2 it shows that I did not do all achievements. So I guess they added a new hidden one [or more perhaps?] to Act 2. Anyone has any idea what it is? Can we inform Dulfy about it?

It is worth mentioning that all repeatable achievements in Halloween Rituals category will return every year from now on with saved progress so you don’t need to farm your self to death this year to get all possible AP.

From patch notes:
“Halloween achievements have been split into 3 categories: Halloween Rituals for repeatable achievements, Shadow of the Mad King for one-time achievements related to Magister Tassi’s investigation of the Mad King’s past, and Lunatic Wardrobe for one-time achievements related to the Lunatic Court’s fashion. These achievements are intended to return in future years, so don’t worry if you find any of them daunting—you’ll be able to continue them during a later Halloween celebration with this year’s progress intact”.

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