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Mad King Thorn and his ghoulish cohorts return to Tyria every year for a spooky festival full of malevolent mirth. Enjoy the ghoulish decorations, embark on Halloween quests, or take part in the Mad King's twisted games—if you dare!

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Halloween is a special event that occurs annually from October 18, 19:00, to November 2, 08:01 UTC (source), which celebrates the return of Mad King Thorn from the Underworld. Some outposts celebrate Halloween by decorating them to have an appropriately ghoulish and ghostly appearance. Preceded by his undead herald, Bruce the Herald, and his undead horsemen entourage, the populace is warned of the Mad King's arrival.



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October 18 Lion's Arch, Kamadan, Droknar's Forge, and Tomb of the Primeval Kings are decorated in the Halloween spirit. All Halloween NPCs appear. Costume Brawl, Scarred Psyche challenge mission, and all Halloween quests become available. PvE foes start dropping Trick-or-Treat Bags. Guild versus Guild begins to have altered NPC models and Trick-or-Treat Bags as an additional reward. All starting at noon Pacific Time.
October 31 Mad King Thorn makes appearances every three hours throughout the day in Lion's Arch and Kamadan. His first appearance will take place at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time and his final appearance will begin on November 1 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time.
November 2 Festivities were supposedly scheduled to conclude at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time, but were actually scheduled and concluded at 1:01 a.m. Pacific Time.
November 8 Ghoulish Accessory Token-related NPCs (Gul Terror, Malavaka, Aahtan, and Erulis) continue to appear in Lion's Arch and Kamadan until noon Pacific Time.


Main article: Halloween/Finale

Mad King Thorn will appear in the glowing circle every three hours starting at October 31, 07:01 UTC, and the finale will only affect those in the circle. Throughout the finale, Thorn will shout commands and rewards those who do them with an item (in 2005 and 2006, it was a random item, from 2007 on it is a Trick-or-Treat Bag). Those who fail will be killed. Deaths do not increase the death count. A Minutely Mad King Tonic is added to the inventory of every character who stands in the glowing circle at the end of each finale.

Decorated outposts[edit]

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Lion's Arch, Droknar's Forge, Kamadan, Jewel of Istan and Tomb of the Primeval Kings are all redecorated in a suitably festive (dark) style.


Lion's Arch and Kamadan[edit]

Given by Mad King's Steward

Lion's Arch[edit]

Given by Gul Terror
Given by The Countess of Hakewood


Given by Malavaka
Given by Emissary of King Thorn of Kryta

Other festivities[edit]

Each Halloween will make the Costume Brawl and Scarred Psyche available for use as well. Trick-or-Treat Bags will also drop from PvE foes for the duration of the event.

Guild versus Guild[edit]

NPCs in Guild versus Guild have their models altered as follows:

Archer Bodyguard Footman and Knight Guild Lord
Skeleton ranger.jpg Zombie Horseman.jpg Skeleton warrior.jpg Mad King Thorn.jpg

The opposing Guild Lord drops 10 Trick-or-Treat Bags for each player of the winning team when he dies. To prevent exploitation, no rewards are offered if (a) the match ends after 28 minutes without either side killing a Guild Lord or (b) the battle ends in under 5 minutes (e.g. due to one team resigning or zoning).


Candy Apple.png Candy Apple Pumpkin Cookie.png Pumpkin Cookie
Candy Corn.png Candy Corn Spooky Tonic.png Spooky Tonic
Ghost-in-the-Box.png Ghost-in-the-Box Squash Serum.png Squash Serum
Ghoulish Accessory Token.png Ghoulish Accessory Token Transmogrifier Tonic.png Transmogrifier Tonic
Ghoulish Grab Bag.png Ghoulish Grab Bag Trick-or-Treat Bag.png Trick-or-Treat Bag
Zaishen Tonic.png Minutely Mad King Tonic Vial of Absinthe.png Vial of Absinthe
Phantasmal Tonic.png Phantasmal Tonic Witch's Brew.png Witch's Brew


Starting with Halloween 2012, each Halloween festival hat from Lion's Arch and Kamadan can be obtained from Erulis and Aahtan, respectively, for one Ghoulish Accessory Token.

Year Lion's Arch Kamadan
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Pumpkin Crown
2006 Furious Pumpkin Crown.png
Furious Pumpkin Crown
Wicked Hat m.pngWicked Hat f.png
Wicked Hat
2007 Scarecrow Mask.png
Scarecrow Mask
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Mummy Mask
2008 Zombie Face Paint.png
Zombie Face Paint
Lupine Mask.png
Lupine Mask
2009 Charr Hat.png
Charr Hat
Skeleton Face Paint.png
Skeleton Face Paint
2010 Furrocious Ears.png
Furrocious Ears
2011 Tricorne.png
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Reaper's Hood


Lion's Arch[edit]

Droknar's Forge[edit]

Great Temple of Balthazar[edit]

  • Bobby (Costume Brawl)

Kamadan, Jewel of Istan[edit]


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Halloween collectors offer Witch's Brew, Ghosts-in-the-Box, Squash Serum, and Vials of Absinthe. Some§ also offer Transmogrifier Tonics.

Name Location Collects Campaign
Horseman Naramor Kamadan, Jewel of Istan 2 Mandragor Carapaces Nightfall
Horseman Garthim§ Kamadan, Jewel of Istan 3 Sentient Roots Nightfall
Horseman Aramon Kamadan, Jewel of Istan 3 Juvenile Termite Legs Nightfall
Horseman Maxilus Sunspear Great Hall 2 Mandragor Carapaces Nightfall
Horseman Nuher§ Sunspear Great Hall 3 Sentient Roots Nightfall
Horseman Jaysin Champion's Dawn 3 Copper Shillings Nightfall
Horseman Bishma§ Champion's Dawn 3 Fledgling Skree Wings Nightfall
Horseman Kronar Kodlonu Hamlet 3 Silver Bullion Coins Nightfall
Horseman Vadir§ Kodlonu Hamlet 1 Chunk of Drake Flesh Nightfall
Horseman Vulgamor Lion's Arch 3 Decayed Orr Emblems Prophecies
Horseman Malfein Lion's Arch 2 Glowing Hearts Prophecies
Horseman Sorcein Lion's Arch 1 Feathered Caromi Scalp Prophecies
Horseman Nurmangor Ascalon City 3 Charr Carvings Prophecies
Horseman Irimund Ascalon City 2 Ornate Grawl Necklaces Prophecies
Horseman Saralim Henge of Denravi 2 Maguuma Manes Prophecies
Horseman Darelum Henge of Denravi 1 White Mantle Emblem Prophecies
Horseman Calstein Droknar's Forge 2 Stone Summit Badges Prophecies
Horseman Vilneous Droknar's Forge 1 Feathered Avicara Scalp Prophecies


  • Cantha does not celebrate this festival.

Previously held festivals[edit]

  • Halloween 2013
  • Halloween 2012
  • Halloween 2011 — Introduced new costumes, Costume Brawl disguises, and Scarred Psyche (a new challenge mission); the rewards for GvG were reduced. About two weeks after the end of the event, two Halloween 2011 hat givers, Aahtan and Erulis, were introduced and appeared for one week.
  • Halloween 2010 — Added Tyrian and Elonian quest chains; introduced new costumes, Costume Brawl disguises, and a Costume Brawl map; added Trick-or-Treat Bag rewards and new NPC disguises to GvG.
  • Halloween 2009 — Added Underworld quest chain.
  • Halloween 2008 Redux
  • Halloween 2008 — Added a new map to Costume Brawl.
  • Halloween 2007 — Added Costume Brawl and Trick-or-Treat Bags
  • Halloween 2006 — Added a finale, decorations, and collectors to Kamadan
  • Halloween 2005 — Introduced Halloween; initial decorations were in Lion's Arch, Droknar's Forge, and the Tomb of the Primeval Kings; initial collectors across Tyria; original finale in Lion's Arch.
Gw2logo.png The Guild Wars 2 Wiki also has an article on Halloween.


  • There was a corresponding Halloween Art Contest for each Halloween from 2005 to 2011.

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