Guild Wars




Halloween 2006 Event: Return of the (Mad) King

When sunlight wanes to shadow
And mists fill nights once clear
'Tis time to think of monarchs
Who visit once a year.

Hail, Thorn, the king demented,
Whose laughter fills the air
Where cunning gifts are given
With wit and deadly flair!

And as the season passes
Remember what you've seen
In Lion's Arch and Kamadan
On this good Halloween.

The Mad King is coming! The Mad King is coming! Nightfall comes, too, and what better way to celebrate than with a Halloween party? Prepare yourself — he's baaack! Joined by his entourage of ghoulish cohorts, Mad King Thorn will entertain visitors with his cornucopia of mini-games and will reward participants with a variety of special Halloween items!

Mark your calendars for a five-day event, which begins at 12:01 a.m. PDT on October 27th and runs until 11:59 p.m. PST on October 31st. During the event, adventurers will notice that the Tyrian port of Lion's Arch, as well as the Elonian port of Kamadan, shine with an otherworldly glory befitting a king, especially a mad one! And as a special treat this year, the maniacal monarch himself has decided to grace both cities with his ghastly presence and will be rewarding his loyal subjects (and party participants) with prizes and a very special Halloween gift. Or is that gifts?

So come along and spend a little time with Thorn—his sense of humor is guaranteed to slay you! But while his wicked jokes may lead to your untimely demise, your inventory will be all the richer with small mementos and a unique prize that he generously provides you.

As much as he'd like to be the center of attention, the Mad King isn't the only exciting part of the festivities!

  • Another returning favorite, the wandering Teller of Tales, once again will delight audiences with his stories of woe in both Lion's Arch and Kamadan.
  • Peculiar collectors will set up shop in Lion's Arch and Kamadan, peddling their spooky wares in exchange for various items.
  • Two towns bedecked on holiday finery will greet you. Can you say "photo op?" Why, yes! You'll find the perfect place for those special holiday snapshots among the holiday props set up in Kamadan!
  • And if that's not enough, there are whispers of additional treasures floating in the chilly, autumnal wind...

Here's a calendar of the festive events:

Thursday, October 26 Lion's Arch and Kamadan are decorated in the Halloween Spirit
Saturday, October 28 Various NPCs and holiday characters begin appearing in Lion's Arch and Kamadan
Tuesday, October 31 Mad King Thorn makes appearances every three hours through the day in Lion's Arch and Kamadan. His first appearance will take place at 12:01 a.m. PST and his final appearance will begin on Wednesday, November 1 at 12:01 a.m. PST.

And you can view a list of the goodies in store for you during the Halloween Event right here:

Witch's Brew Witch's Brew: One sip of this potent brew will set your world spinning 'round and 'round.
Absinthe Absinthe: Drink this beverage to be engulfed in a ghoulish flame.
Ghost-in-the-Box Ghost-in-the-Box: Feeling brave? Open this mysterious box to receive a spooky surprise.
Squash Serum Squash Serum: Swallowing this potion might give you a big head. A big, orange one, that is...
Mystery Item Mystery Item: To find out about this sweet new gift, you'll have to attend the event!