April Fools' Day

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Login screen announcements

April Fools' Day is a special event that occurs annually from April 1, 07:01, to April 2, 07:01 UTC (source), in which ArenaNet creates an elaborate practical joke. Since April Fools' Day 2013, the two Annihilator quests are available and no prank developer update notes are published.

Quests available[edit]


  • There are two Corporal Banes in Embark Beach that can be distinguished by selecting one of them and viewing your target display. One is identified by "Lvl 20" and the other "W20".
  • The login screen announcement is Base64 encoded text and can be decoded to "Listen, and understand. That Annihilator golem is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until Sarah and Gwen are dead." This is based on Kyle Reese dialogue in The Terminator.

Year Celebrated in... Prank
2007 Lion's Arch, Shing Jea Monastery, and Kamadan Gender reversal of player characters
2008 Everywhere Level 20 player characters changed into stick figures; prank developer update notes published.
2009 Non-PvP outposts Level 2 and above player characters changed to Gwen-chan; prank developer update notes published.
2010 Outposts Player characters changed to miniature size; miniatures changed to player size; prank developer update notes published.
2011 Embark Beach Annihilator, a prank quest; prank developer update notes published.
2012 Embark Beach Annihilator and Annihilator 2: Searing Day quests; prank developer update notes published.
2013 onward Embark Beach Annihilator and Annihilator 2: Searing Day quests; on the login screen announcements there is a "*CLASSIFIED INFORMATION*" message.

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