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GW2 Mad Memoires Backpack Achievements Guide

A guide to the Mad Memoires Achievements and Backpack added with Halloween 2017.


Mad Memories

Speak to Magister Tassi in Lion’s Arch for the achievement.


In addition to the achievement, check your mail for the scanner.


Mad Mysteries

Note that when you scan near these areas, sometimes they show up as a Suspicious Location instead of spawning the ghost directly. In that case you need to interact with it to get the ghost to show up. Completing this achievement grant you Mad Memoires


1. Boyhood (Lion’s Arch)

Next to Magister Tassi, double click on the candy power meter in your inventory and use the #3 skill to scan. This will reveal Serene near Tassi. Talk to her for the item.


2. Friendship (Lion’s Arch)

Use your #1 scan and find Samson undernearth the Deverol Gardens in Lion’s Arch.


3. Young Love (Lion’s Arch)

Go underwater and scan just east of Old Lion’s Arch POI with your #3 scan. It will reveal a suspicious location which you can interact with and reveal Tynna.


4. Deadly Adventures (Queensdale)

Scan with the #2 skill to get Prince Ewan Thorn to show up. He may appear as a suspicious location first you need to press F to reveal him.


5. Betrothed (Kessex Hills)

Scan with #4 skill near Blackroot Cut in Kessex Hills to reveal a suspicious location and then interact with it to reveal Lady Lyrica.


6. Coronation (Gendarran Fields)

Go to the spider room at the end of the Provernic Crypt. There is a door to the left of the champion spider that may or may not be closed. If the door is closed, you have to pick up boulders and go through the passage to the right of the champion spider that has pressure plates you need to put the boulders on for the door to open.

Next to the grand chest, press #2 to scan. If nothing shows up, check the corner where Lord Humphrey Faren runs to when he spawns. Otherwise interact with the suspicious location to spawn him.


Mad Mementos

You will need a scanner in a couple more places for this collection which grants you Mad Memoires: Complete Edition.


1. Handless (Gendarran Fields)

Go to Gendarran Fields, use #4 to scan the area at the marked location. Interact with the suspicious location to spawn an event to defeat some hands. Complete the event to get Cashel to show up.


2. Feast and Famine (Harathi Hinterlands)

Go to Martyr’s Tomb POI in Harathi Hinterlands. Use #3 to scan near the Statue of Dwayna. Interact with the suspicious location and talk to Fenn for the item.


3. Pains of Love (Bloodtide Coast)

Go to the ship just west of Laughing Gull Island, use #1 scan to reveal a suspicious location. Interact with it to spawn the door event, complete it and talk to Seamarshal Bennu that spawns after the event.


4. Tax-o-Lanterns (Harathi Hinterlands)

Go into the house south of Seraph’s Landing waypoint. Use your #4 scan, interact with the suspicious location to spawn Rufus. Talk to him for the item.


5. Flames of Renewal (Harathi Hinterlands)

Go to the bridge near Arca Lake, use your #2 scan to find a suspicious location at start of the bridge. This will spawn Portia with an accompanied event where you need to scan for water buckets to douse the fire around her. Talk to her afterwards for the item.


6. Descension (Sparkly Fen)

Go to the very bottom level of Shattered Keep in Sparkfly Fen. Use #3 scan to reveal a suspicious location near a torch. Interact with it to spawn Wynn to complete your achievement.


Mad Memorial

This collection requires the completion of various Halloween achievements for the penultimate backpack Mad Memoires: Complete Ignition.


1. Apocrypha

Complete the Arguably Foodlike achievement by eating 150 Candy Corns and then talk to Lunatic Noble Acreni near the Mystic Forge in Lion’s Arch for the item.


2. Lunacy

Talk to the Lunatic Boatman about Mad King Thorn after you have completed the Routing the Rebel Rabble achievement (killing 150 mobs in the Labyrinth).


3. Fabrication

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. After, talk to him again about Mad King Thorn and he will give you the item.


4. Hallowed Eves

Complete the Pumpkin Carving achievement to carve 150 pumpkins and then talk to Bruce the Herald in Grand Piazza for the item.


5. Rivalry

Complete the Ancient Grudge achievement to kill 150 of Joko’s minions and then talk to Veteran Brigadier General Kernel south of the WvW portals for the item.


6. Binding Agreement

Complete Lunatic’s Fashion achievement by collecting all pieces of the Lunatic armor (only need 1 weight per slot) and then talk to Lunatic Acolyte Broye at Deverol Gardens.


Mad Memoires: Complete Superstition

The final backpack requires you complete the Lunatic Court’s Finery collection. You get six pieces from achievements but the rest requires you to craft them by buying recipes off the Lunatic Court alchemists via Candy Corn Cobs.


By Dulfy

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109 replies on “GW2 Mad Memoires Backpack Achievements Guide”

to be fair they added a few more things to it unless i just dont remember them, lil events on the ghosts. some of them atleast and the last collection is completely new wich is great

For 3rd part – you need to complete some achievements to progress it. Atm found 3 npcs that will be used for it in LA(talked with one – in the picture). 2 for sure in lab. Those npcs are easy to find and don’t require scanner to interact
Achis needed(those I know about atm): Carver, Palawa Joko minions. But it seems it’s needed to complete whoe Shadow of the Mad King category.

You need only one set/one piece per slot of the armor, luckily. Else, the Ghostly backpack would be a horrible grind. One per slot is awarded for achievements.

YES, this is kinda funny achiev, just go to crystal desert and kill any jokos army, question is, how this work for ppl without PoF ??

That is the price you pay for not having POF really.
It sucks, but opting to not get the latest expansion is undoubtedly going to complicate event achievements.

Actually this year 2021 on GW2, Palawa Joko is the main guest, so his troops are attacking throughout Tyria so every 1 hour 30 mins and thereafter they will be attacking a zone at certain times, so everyone with or without expansion can join to get that done.

not so true after all the palawa joko enemys arround desolation are not that crowded either or when theay are veterans that have a high pool of lifepoints. The best area I found for myself on Desolation contains 3 groups of enemies with the biggest of them has 4 enemies all together they are like 10 with at least a respawncooldown of a minute. You could also fight the veterans arround the bone palace but like said they are no easy targets and have at least 4 times the health of normal mobs.

In the Desolation. Kill ANYTHING with “Awakened” in it’s name and it’ll count. You’ll find most of them spawning near the Bone Palace and the bridges leading up to it.

well not helpful if he plays core tyria than he has to go to Mount maelstrom to the mid south region near the point of interest for Tzanople grounds north of it a few scouts respawn from time to time. By the way this is not much slower than what you can do in Desolation right now with the biggest groups are arround 4 undeads there and widespreed or just a lot of veterans that can take lots of damage.

The race one you can skip buy just crafting the piece (Which is what i did) However, for the Ancient Grudge. Well Yea, im sitting here wondering if im SoL or if there’s another alternative to obtain this AP.

There are a few Awakened in Mount Maelstrom actually. If you talk to Veteran Brigadier General Kernel before completing the achievement he will actually give you a hint about it.

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

they are near the Tzanople grounds poi there a bit north of it and will mostly spawn in groups of 2 scouts

north of it not directly at the poi itself just search the cost for awakened enemys

noüe it doesn’t work as it doesn’t work with Hot maps either.

And of course you need PoF for some stuff to blame them for including stuff you can only do with the expansions is like saying they should give everyone mounts for free.

In fact all core Tyria related Halloween stuff is still in the game and newer stuff need you to support the game. the Calaedbolg questline, most of the Season 3 stuff and so on was related to HoT too so it shouldn’t surprise you that new stuff is related to new expansions.

Flypads for Shatterer also only work if you can glide 😉

consider me enlightened 😀

wasn’t sure but it worked with the living world season 3 maps before so i assumed it would for HoT and PoF itself.

There in the core tyria aswell, maybe if you stopped for 5 seconds to talk to an NPC you’d learn that instead of instantly running to a guide.

To be honest, I barely find any real clues in these conversations about the what-to-dos. Would you pelase tell me, where to go?

Why would there be an issue with adding new achievements for expansion owners. GW2 operates around a season pass mentality.

Ok guys so for the Joko minions! It is possible to do. I did it in under an hour but got lucky. Basically u need to be in a map with low population, when u get the message to change to a map with more players. Stay in that map and kill Awaken untill you find a Veteran Defiler. He spawns mummies which count towards the achievement. Just keep killing them and keep him alive. Best place is Sunken droknah shore, the hermit crabs don’t hurt him that much. But u have to be lucky to be on one of the empty maps.

Uh, I’m pretty sure that literally no-one doubted that it was possible. It’s easy, kind of strange that it took you a whole hour even with preparation of “finding an empty map, finding a certain veteran”, etc.
Just go to a PoF map where Awakened spawn, and kill them for 40 minutes.. no-one seriously questioned that it was doable.

Yeah empty map is needed, I tried, but now and then some oak comes and kills the veteran, even though I tell them to stop, they just don’t listen, get an open map is needed!

Is Mad Memories: Complete Superstition only available during halloween or can you get it later? It has a steep cost in leather that may stop people from doing it quickly.

The Mad Memoires: Complete Superstition is under the “Basic Collections” tab, if you notice the icon on the collection from these screenshots, it looks like 3x photos. I went looking for similar icons and found it there. So it’s available right now.

For the mad mementos challenge… the ghost for the flames of renewal wont appear… there are about 30/40 people waiting for her to spawn but she is not appearing

I heard there was a potential bug that stops Portia from spawning, but I don’t know what it is as I didn’t encounter it.

I know I need a mount to finish the race, but I do not have one. Is it still possible to do it just walking or…. ? Curiosity.

Hence the plural, “friends”. Like a lot of mesmers to port you from checkpoint to checkpoint at least on the longer ones.

Yes you can finish the race without mount, only thing u need mount for is the achievement where u finish the race under 2 min

Confirmed, I completed the race on my 80 Necro with 4 seconds to spare… Was a bit tricky, but managed it first time.

The race is currently bugged. You can use the LFG to find an instance where the timer is bugged and doesn’t work 😛

Nope. It is specifically, a race for mounts. Besides which, it needs to be done in under two minutes,which would be difficult without a mount.

Ok i think something weird happen to me I think i found something hidden
i was looking for Young Love and I used the item near a statue when I press 1 the statue activates 4 fountains with Suspicious Location and nothing happens you can try again if you teleport out of the map

For Mad Memorial – 6. Binding Agreement, does it matter how we get the whole set? The issue I have is that I am struggling with the jump puzzle, so if I were to craft the boots and not get it from that achievement (Lunatic Wardrobe – Mad King’s Clock Tower), will it still count towards the achievement (Binding Agreement)?

Crafting is VERY expensive due to leather prices. You need huge amounts of T6 leather for the crafting. Cutting 6 items out by getting them from achieves can save you 50+ gold in leather.

Tbh I collect 50 gold much easier than complete even medium-difficult JPs, not to speak of the infamous Halloween JP D:

I finally got Ancient Grudge done. No amount of begging or pleading to not kill the veteran defiler would work. Every time I got 2 or 3 kills on it’s pets someone would rush in to help me, lol.

But I finally got one alone for a bit of time today and finished the achievement.

In defense of everyone, it’s usually kinda hard to not kill someone; everyone’s pve build is usually AoE damage oriented.

yeah fuck em for bring back some thing that was only avaible during october 2012 when hurricane sandy and brought millions including me without power for weeks. I’ve been hoping for my chance to get the book ever since i couldnt get it

under achievements collection you have memories collection, there you have all places, which you need to find, and every place have small hint, where it probably is, but i dont think you will be able find them all without guide, only if you are really hard in lore, maybe

Shame that the final backpack is just another exotic skin at level with bad stats…for which you waste 132+hard leather sections etc etc…. They could at least have made it an ascended one

You obviously have either not done the full backpack quest or exhibit astounding degrees of ignorance… you unfortunately need all 18 halloween armour skins for the final transparent backpack. Just check the /wiki^^

Thank for your “astounding degrees of ignorance” to me. Luckily, there are good an educated players that help me in a good way. 😉

I’ve only maxed Tailor and I won’t have the time or the resources to max Armour and Leather before the 7 th. If I had realised sooner, I would have chosen heavy or medium pieces.

you only need buy recepises, you can craft all anytime later, and get achiev, but all lunatic and backpack is mainly pure skins for fashionwars anyway

Is the Coronation step still the same for 2018? I’ve been all over the spider room with the end chest and it always says “Mild Readings.” I’ve jammed every button in multiple locations around the room and there’s nothing coming up.

You have to start the readings at the dungeon entrance and work your way down. Don’t know how or why that was changed.

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