GW2 Halloween 2018 Festival Guide

GW2 2018 Halloween Festival guide with a list of the new items and achievements.

New Items

New Weapons from Trick or Treat Bags

The Cure – Dagger Revenge – Axe Soul Conductor – Sword
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New Touch of Fog Torch Skin (Mystic Forge)

Recipe found by  u/Myrdreth on Reddit. It is account bound upon creation

  • 1x Touch of Madness (from ToT bags)
  • 1x Tub of Wood Glue (can be purchased with Guild Commendations or TP)
  • 1x Mini Svelicht the Fog Raven (40 Candy Corn Cobs from vendor)
  • 1x Philosopher’s Stone

New Minis

Mini Pumpkin Jack Mini Pumpkin Jack O’ Mini Pumpkin Jack O’ Lantern
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New Achievements

There are two main additions to the achievements for this year. (Annual) Halloween Ritual achievements and Mad Maleficence collection achievements.

You can find the guide to past year’s achievements here: http://dulfy.net/2017/10/17/gw2-halloween-2017-festival-guide/#Achievements

(Annual) Halloween Ritual

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  • Complete 9 of the following achievements for this meta which also rewards you with Mini Haunted Candle. No achievement points given, each achievement just give 10x Trick or Treat bags.
  • You need to do either the Mad King’s Clock Tower or the Mad Drifter achievement, neither are easy
  • (Annual) Ancient Grudge- Kill 100 of Palawa Joko’s minions
  • (Annual) A Royal Tradition – Do a round of Mad King says
  • (Annual) Arguably Foodlike – Eat 300 Candy Corns
  • (Annual) Ascent to Madness – Do the Ascent to Madness once
  • (Annual) Courtly Service – Go to the middle of the labyrinth and spend 5 gold from the Mad King’s Steward (the food one costs 5 gold)
  • (Annual) Lunatic Racer – Complete the race event in Mad King’s Labyrinth in under 2 minutes. Do it 3 times.
  • (Annual) Mad Drifter – Complete a lap of Mad King’s Raceway in under 1.5 minutes, different from the Labyrinth race
  • (Annual) Mad King’s Clock Tower – Complete the Mad King’s jumping puzzle
  • (Annual) Masters of the Labyrinth – Defeat the 3 champions in Mad King’s Labyrinth
  • (Annual) Pumpkin Carving – Carve 100 pumpkins

Mad Maleficence

Activities

Returning Activites

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.

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New Activities

  • Reaper’s Rumble – this game mode is returning for the first time since its inception back in 2012. Talk to the Lunatic Boatmaster to access it
  • Mad King’s Raceway – A new racetrack instance filled with annoying obstacles that prevent you from doing any actual drifting. There is a Mad Drifter achievement associated with it where you need to do a single lap in under 1.5 minutes. There is an option for a race or time trails. . Talk to the Lunatic Boatmaster to access it
  • Vuko

    Haha, even here I can find no love for Mad Drifter achievement :p

    Great guide, as usual!

  • Griever

    Touch of Madness+Fog Raven+xPhilosopher’s Stones+(?)=Touch of Fog

    • Luis Gaspar

      really? also see touh of fog in datamined

    • lithlius

      whats touch of fog

      • monkeyslap

        https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Touch_of_Fog

        A different skinned version of the Touch of Madness torch. Looks like at this time the 4th item needed hasn’t been figured out yet.

        • Dark Angel Beckons

          Tub of Wood Glue from your Guild Hall from the commendations trader in the market.

        • Dark Angel Beckons

          Tub of wood glue from the guild commendations trader in your GH in the market for one guild commendation.

    • Dark Angel Beckons

      The last ingrediant is the tube of wood glue you get from your guild hall for guild commendations. Hope that helps. 🙂

  • Karagianis

    Glad it’s not just me that finds the beetle race course annoyingly small and cramped.

    • Burn Bicz, BURN

      I hate i too, can’t do it under 1 min and i can’t do tower so no candle mini for me :/

      • Canti Firestarter

        Would have to beat the tower 3 times too. 😐

      • Kit

        They made the annual one 1:30 to my knowledge, it just doesn’t say that in the text. I got this by doing under 1:30 three times.

        • Alekzan

          No they didnt. I finished race 3 times at 1:23,1:24 and 1:25 and got nothing. So, you need to do it under one minute.

          • Kit

            I don’t know how I got it then because I can’t ride that roller beetle for the life of me and I got the Mad Drifter achievement for the Annual after three races.
            The Time Trial showed me at 1:27ish.

            Please note that this was for the race, not the Time Trial.

            • They definitely changed it to 1:30, it is in the patch notes

              • Kit

                Thank you.

  • Ares Zax

    Happily, today’s patch relaxed the time requirements for the Raceway achieves to 1:30, which you can achieve quite easily on a Raptor with the Canyon Jump and Endurance mastery. 🙂

  • Urosh Uchiha Novakovic

    I finished Mad Drifter before the nerf so I’m a little salty now. But yeah, that thing was pure cancer. Beetle is just a horrible mount.

    • Nick Peterson

      its fine as long as your going straight LOL

    • PurpleHaze

      Well get good instead of whining beetle and that race !
      it’s actually very fun to grind when you know what to do… but ofc when you suck at it and don’t want to understand how to control it..

    • Hanatash

      Beetle is an amazing mount, its the race track that is cancer. There are just far too many obstacles to use a beetle effectively. I would kind of understand if the gravestones and hay stacks were destructible and would simply slow you down, but coming to a dead stop because you hit some immovable blades of grass is just not fun in any way.

  • Syrath

    Thanks Dulfy, always the best place to find info on events. It’s hard to believe I’ve been visiting this site for over 6 years.

  • Arnold Montoya Tito

    can u open the Ascent to Madness end chest many times?, i did 3 dungeons and just open the first

    • Mr. Principal

      It’s once a day..

      • Ares Zax

        The big chest at the end (which is where the Bat Wings drop from) can only be opened once a day. However, you do get 5 Personalized ToTs + a choice of other items per completion of the dungeon (although I believe this is hit by diminishing returns after a while) so it does make a decent bag farm with a speedy group.

        • Mr. Principal

          Last Halloween.. I tried it.. I think 4 times in a row (1 solo + 3 w/party..) I remember only getting the chest the first time.. later runs with party.. I didn’t even see the chest..!

  • A Hyena On Valium

    I did Mad Drifter perfectly fine on the fourth or fifth try… On a jackal.

  • Mat H

    They made Mad Drifter a lot easier now. Only need to get the race done within 1:30. Got it on my first try with a raptor.

  • Dark Angel Beckons

    Hey Dulfy, any idea on the mad spirit cat at the center of the lab by the vendor guys? It keeps telling me that is it not hungry right now. Just wondering if anyone has figured it out yet. Thanks a million for all your hard work as well as your team!

    • Mr. Principal

      Maybe we have to feed it candy corn or something..

  • avicadowastaken

    I’m kind of disappointed that it seems like you can only get the bare minimum done on foot, especially being it is safe to assume there is a large volume of free to players now-a-days since they made gw2 free way back when.
    Dulfy, or others, do you have any tips n tricks for people only with the base game? If it is what it is, I understand, but knowing the guild wars franchise for so long, there just has to be some way y’know? lol

    • Busou Shinki

      Rent a mount. You can do this by the people that say Mount Rental or whatever they are
      labeled. 1 in both areas.

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