GW2 Jan 9 Game Update Patch Notes

GW2 Jan 9 Game Update Patch Notes.

General
  • Reports of undead attacking travelers near major cities have increased.
Fractals
General
  • Agony resistance now has a unique icon in the Hero panel.
Shattered Observatory
  • Increased the window of time to kill the temporal anomalies by 3 seconds in challenge mode of the Arkk encounter.
Twilight Oasis
  • Defeated and downed players will now rally after each phase in the final boss fight.
  • The two Awakened abominations will now assist players in the beginning.
  • Initial Awakened allies have had their damage and toughness greatly increased.
  • Removed the knockdown effect from Crushing Charge.
  • Greatly reduced the damage inflicted by Crushing Charge.
  • Greatly reduced the initial impact damage inflicted by Charged Shot.
Nightmare
  • Increased the capture speed of capture points in the second event.
  • Decreased the area-of-effect hazard damage and speed in second event.
  • Decreased the time required for hallucinations to reappear in the second event.
  • Reduced the health of Fleshgorge.
Raids
General
  • Fixed an issue in which the Hall of Chains raid incorrectly awarded experience to the Central Tyria Mastery track. It will now award experience to the Path of Fire Mastery track.
  • Call of the Mists will now persist indefinitely in the most recent raid release. Additionally, Call of the Mists will now rotate every two weeks between all the previous raids.
Spirit Vale
  • Fixed an exploit that allowed players to skip a portion of the “Run from the spirits” event.
Structured Player vs. Player
  • Team health bars are now visible in PvP maps. This can be disabled in the Competitive section of General Options menu.
  • You can now sell tier 1 Mini Llamas to the league vendor for 10 league tickets.
  • The gizmo awarded for winning first place in the monthly automated tournament has been updated to Champion’s Burning Swords.
BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE
New Items and Promotions
  • A new Black Lion Garden Plot Deed is available in the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for 1,000 gems.
    • Up to two Black Lion Garden Plot Deeds may be purchased, each unlocking 4 special harvesting nodes in your home instance.
    • Grow what you want! Each node is individually customizable and provides one of over 50 crops daily from all across Tyria. Ask your new home gardener for details.
  • The Shattered Bloodstone Ascender Combo returns for 7 days to the Style category of the Gem Store for 500 gems.
  • A new Customer Appreciation Package containing one Black Lion Chest Key and one Black Lion Chest is available at no cost for one week only. Limit one per account. Only available to Core, Heart of Thorns™, or Path of Fire™ accounts.
Improvements

The Black Lion Chest has been updated to the Lion Arrives Chest and can be previewed for a full list of its contents.

  • The Black Lion Statuette has arrived! Get a statuette with every Black Lion Chest.
    • Black Lion Statuettes are redeemable directly using the statuette itself or at any of the Black Lion Chest Merchants located in every major city.
    • Many items from the Black Lion Chest are available, as well as some special offerings. Seek out the Black Lion Chest Merchants or just acquire a Black Lion Statuette.
  • The following regular updates are specific to the Lion Arrives Chest:
    • New Items:
    • The new Mini Yellow Jackal Pup has been added as the new guaranteed item. Use the Mystic Forge to unlock the whole family of jackal pups.
    • The new Griffon Hatchling Package with a Griffon Hatchling Backpack and Griffon Hatchling Glider is available as an uncommon drop for the duration of the Lion Arrives Chest.
    • The Svanir Gauntlets remain available as an uncommon drop for the duration of the Lion Arrives Chest.
    • The Merciless Weapon Collection is available as an uncommon drop for the duration of the Lion Arrives Chest.
    • The Dragon’s Jade Weapon Collection is available as a rare drop for the duration of the Lion Arrives Chest.
    • Updates:
    • Some additional minor rebalancing has been done to the regular drops following the Glacial Wintersday Chest.
      • Luck and finishers are no longer available as drops.
      • The new Tyrian Exchange Voucher has been added.
      • The Black Lion Commemorative Coin’s rarity has shifted to junk. Let’s all commemorate this event.
CHINA-SPECIFIC RELEASE NOTES
BLACK LION TRADING COMPANY GEM STORE
New Items and Promotions
  • A new Black Lion Garden Plot Deed is available in the Upgrades category of the Gem Store for 2,198 gems.
    • Up to two Black Lion Garden Plot Deeds may be purchased, each unlocking 4 special harvesting nodes in your home instance.
    • Grow what you want! Each node is individually customizable and provides one of over 50 crops daily from all across Tyria. Ask your new home gardener for details.
  • The Shattered Bloodstone Ascender Combo returns to the Style category of the Gem Store for 1,800 gems.
Improvements

The Black Lion Chest has been updated to the Lion Arrives Chest and can be previewed for a full list of its contents.

  • The Black Lion Statuette has arrived! Get a statuette with every Black Lion Chest.
    • Black Lion Statuettes are redeemable directly using the statuette itself or at any of the Black Lion Chest Merchants located in every major city.
    • Many items from the Black Lion Chest are available, as well as some special offerings. Seek out the Black Lion Chest Merchants or just acquire a Black Lion Statuette.
  • The following regular updates are specific to the Lion Arrives Chest:
    • New Items:
    • The new Mini Yellow Jackal Pup has been added as the new guaranteed item. Use the Mystic Forge to unlock the whole family of jackal pups.
    • The new Griffon Hatchling Package with a Griffon Hatchling Backpack and Griffon Hatchling Glider is available as an uncommon drop for the duration of the Lion Arrives Chest.
    • The Svanir Gauntlets remain available as an uncommon drop for the duration of the Lion Arrives Chest.
    • The Merciless Weapon Collection is available as an uncommon drop for the duration of the Lion Arrives Chest.
    • The Dragon’s Jade Weapon Collection is available as a rare drop for the duration of the Lion Arrives Chest.
    • Updates:
    • Some additional minor rebalancing has been done to the regular drops following the Glacial Wintersday Chest.
      • Luck and finishers are no longer available as drops.
      • The new Tyrian Exchange Voucher has been added.
      • The Black Lion Commemorative Coin’s rarity has shifted to junk. Let’s all commemorate this event.
  • Ayakaru

    Oooh, Joko’s getting hitchy
    And a free key is always welcome.

    No mention of Lunar New Year’s, though, sadly

    • KJ

      It’s the year of the dog though! A year that can’t be forgotten!

      Can’t wait for my golden puppy lantern. (❍ᴥ❍ʋ)

      • Ayakaru

        I’m not a dog person. But if they release a set of celestial mounts (ghostly with stars, like the chickens were) I’d buy those

        • minion_condi_necro

          Or if the mounts are decked out in oriental mythos stuff like if the Raptor becomes a Dragon, the Jackal becomes a Kumiho (a fox with nine tails), the Griffon becomes a Phoenix etc. etc.

          Or if the mounts get oriental battle armor for skins :O
          Or become statues that represent Zodiac symbols, that would be dope too!

          THERE’S SO MANY COOL IDEAS FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR SKINS ANET YOU GOT A REAL OPPORTUNITY HERE!

          • Ayakaru

            Those are cool ideas, a Kitsune would certainly be on my palette.
            But those would also be very cost intensive because you’d have to make new models and animate the tails.
            The spectral celestial is just a “skin” as in you use a texture on the existing model. We’ve seen in the past two sets that the bundle of 5 skins is always the base models with added effects.

  • Shaggy

    good changes overall, i think.
    shame im too poor to actually buy my keys.

  • Emil33

    “Grow what you want! Each node is individually customizable and provides one of over 50 crops daily from all across Tyria. Ask your new home gardener for details”

    Does this include Flax?? :O

    • The One Copper Bard

      If that thing grows flax then I’m gonna nerd out like no other 😀

      • Emil33

        Right!? Guaranteed purchase right there!

    • Mokuren

      You get Beets, carrot, cassava, onion, potato, rutabaga, turnip, yam, allspice, coriander, blueberry, bay, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme, asparagus, cabbage, cauliflower, lentil, lettuce, zucchini, black pepper, chilipepper, mushroom, portobello mushroom, sawgill mushroom, sesame and vanilla straight away.

      You can unlock Artichoke, parsnip, blackberry, grape, passion fruit, raspberry, strawberry, clove, lemongrass, saffron, tarragon, ascalonian royal iris, shing jae orchid, koda’s blossom, krytan spiderwort, garlic, kale, leek, spinach, butternut squash, cayenne pepper, cactus and sugar pumpkin through achievements.

      Basic plot gives you 4 places to plant, you can either plant 4 different plants or multiples of the same. It takes a day for the plants to grow, you can gather them once a day and you can change what is planted where. Buying another plot deed will give you 4 more spaces.

      • Emil33

        Thank you for this <3

      • KJ

        Does it take a day to grow?
        Or does it just refresh on daily reset?

      • Ayakaru

        No flax and no truffles are a deal breaker for me

  • Jalen Dmello

    Praise Joko, give us more loot

  • Akopito

    are there new current events?

  • Alot

    Fun fact. The endless resource harvesters which reward bonus items like watchwork sprockets or unbound magic don’t seem to be giving those bonus items right now. Wonder what broke em :/

    • Ares Zax

      Gaile did post a message last night saying that they were aware of the issue. Guess it hasn’t been fixed yet.

      I still hope that one day ANet separates the tools and their bonus gathering so we can use whatever gathering tool skin/animation we want and still get the bonus item. (Maybe via a socket system where unlimited tools can have a special crafted upgrade placed in them that gives bonus items.)

      • Anwerer

        Agreed, my main is themed a primordial (Destroyer), and I’ve used the Molten set for years. Then comes the Unbound Magical tools.
        It was the key reason for me to completely overhaul my character because I couldn’t stand the animation colliding with the fiery theme.
        But I wouldn’t miss a beat when the boons are separeted enchantments on top of gathering tools, to fan the embers

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