Dragon Festival

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On June 27th, at Noon Pacific (-7 GMT), Cantha prepares for the Dragon Festival with decorations and festive drops, and Shing Jea Boardwalk opens just one day later! Three days of historical reenactments start June 29th at 4 AM Pacific, leading up to the Emperor's special visit every two hours starting at 2 AM Pacific on July 1st. For more information, visit http://www.guildwars.com/.

Login screen announcements

The Dragon Festival is almost upon us and Cantha is ready to roll out the red carpet. Time to stock up on bottle rockets, gorge on red bean cakes, and collect enough victory tokens for your pick of festival hats.

Official website

The Dragon Festival is a special event that occurs annually from June 27, 19:00, to July 4, 19:00 UTC (source).

Shing Jea Monastery decorated for the Dragon Festival.


The Dragon Festival is an ancient Canthan tradition. After the assassination of Emperor Angsiyan at the hands of Shiro Tagachi and the catastrophe of the Jade Wind which threatened to wipe out and destroy the empire of Cantha, newly crowned emperor, Emperor Hanjai, the son of Angsiyan, turned this ancient tradition into a large scale celebration in order to unite the empire in its reconstruction.

The festival marks the anniversary of establishing the settlement on Shing Jea Island as well as the expansion of Kaineng City to accommodate the refugees from the areas hit hardest by the Jade Wind. The Dragon Festival has come to symbolize the survival of the Empire of the Dragon (Cantha) in the face of that calamity.

Mission and final event schedule[edit]

All times are listed in both Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7) and UTC. UTC times in italics are on the next day. Missions are available from Captain Rujiyo for 30 minutes.

June 27
Decorations are applied to Kaineng Center and Shing Jea Monastery. Victory Tokens begin to drop from PvE foes. 12:00 PM 19:00
June 28
Shing Jea Boardwalk, Dragon Arena, and Rollerbeetle Races open. Imperial Guard Hanso appears and begins offering festival quests. 12:00 PM 19:00
June 29
Mission one (Haiju Lagoon) – rewards 50 tokens 4:00 AM 11:00 12:00 PM 19:00 8:00 PM 3:00
Mission two (Jaya Bluffs) – rewards 50 tokens 8:00 AM 15:00 4:00 PM 23:00 12:00 AM 7:00
June 30
Mission three (Tsumei Village) – rewards 75 tokens 2:00 AM 9:00 8:00 AM 15:00 2:00 PM 21:00 8:00 PM 3:00
Mission four (Seitung Harbor) – rewards 75 tokens 4:00 AM 11:00 10:00 AM 17:00 4:00 PM 23:00 10:00 PM 5:00
July 1
Mission five (Tsumei Village) – rewards 100 tokens 1:00 AM 8:00 7:00 AM 14:00 1:00 PM 20:00 7:00 PM 2:00
Mission six (Seitung Harbor) – rewards 100 tokens 3:00 AM 10:00 9:00 AM 16:00 3:00 PM 22:00 9:00 PM 4:00
Mission seven (Shing Jea Monastery) – rewards 100 tokens 5:00 AM 12:00 11:00 AM 18:00 5:00 PM 0:00 11:00 PM 6:00
Final event Every two hours beginning at 2:00 AM / 9:00 (UTC);
Last final event begins at 11:59 PM / 6:59 (UTC)
July 4
Dragon Festival ends. 12:00 PM 19:00
July 4 until July 11
Imperial Supply Master Kagno, Noblewoman Sun Li, Seiji, and Sheng Yi remain in Shing Jea Monastery.

Final event[edit]

Last update
Sunday, 07:22 UTC
(24 hr format)
2:01 am 09:01
4:01 am 11:01
6:01 am 13:01
8:01 am 15:01
10:01 am 17:01
12:01 pm 19:01
2:01 pm 21:01
4:01 pm 23:01
6:01 pm 01:01
July 2
8:01 pm 03:01
July 2
10:01 pm 05:01
July 2
12:01 am
July 2
July 2

Emperor Kisu will appear in Shing Jea Monastery every two hours beginning on July 1 at 2:00 AM PDT (9:00 UTC). He will award all characters by placing a Festival Prize in their inventory as soon as he arrives. Then Celestial Charges will start to spawn around Shing Jea Monastery which players are required to deliver to the Imperial Sorcerers before being caught by a Grasp of Insanity. A player will receive one Festival Prize for each charge they deliver to an Imperial Sorcerer. One point is rewarded to the Canthans for each charge delivered while the Grasps receive a point for each charge destroyed (i.e. being caught by a Grasp while holding a charge will cause your character to be dead for a short amount of time and the destruction of the charge). At the conclusion of the fifteen minutes, the highest scoring side "wins". A win for the Canthans results in a celebration complete with fireworks and Festival Prizes (between 12 and 26 Festival Prizes were awarded in 2011; they will continue to be added to your inventory for several minutes after each finale ends, at the rate of about 1 to 3 each minute). A win for the Grasps results in them going crazy and killing any player they touch.

Location of Celestial Charges and Imperial Sorcerers.


There are four quests given by Imperial Guard Hanso during each Dragon Festival, which now celebrate the defeat of the demon invasion during the first of these Festivals. Since 2007, all quests are re-enactments of the earlier events and the Lesser Grasps are replaced with actors. Each quest is a pre-requisite for the next:

  1. The Rampaging Yetis (rewards 40 Victory Tokens)
  2. The Shrine of Maat (rewards 50 Victory Tokens)
  3. A Strange Request (rewards 60 Victory Tokens)
  4. Darkness at Kaitan (rewards 90 Victory Tokens)

This quest given by Noblewoman Sun Li:

  1. Spirit of the Celebration


There are also seven missions that occur during each Dragon Festival. Each mission has 3–4 scheduled start times each day, when Captain Rujiyo calls heroes to arms for the missions ("Captain Rujiyo urgently requests the help of capable heroes at Shing Jea Monastery!" appears in the chat window of every logged in character). The missions are only available for 30 minutes after the initial request. As noted above, there was an actual demon invasion during the original 2006 festival; subsequent Dragon Festivals celebrate victory by re-enacting the events, replacing the original monsters with actors and the rifts with pinwheels. The seven missions are:

  1. Haiju Lagoon
  2. Jaya Bluffs
  3. Tsumei Village
  4. Seitung Harbor
  5. Tsumei Village (2)
  6. Seitung Harbor (2)
  7. Shing Jea Monastery


Icon Item Icon Item
Bottle of Rice Wine.png Bottle of Rice Wine Bottle Rocket.png Bottle Rocket
Champagne Popper.png Champagne Popper Crème Brûlée.png Crème Brûlée
Dragon Festival Grab Bag.png Dragon Festival Grab Bag Festival Prize.png Festival Prize
Flask of Firewater.png Flask of Firewater Imperial Mask Token.png Imperial Mask Token
Red Bean Cake.png Red Bean Cake Sparkler.png Sparkler
Sugary Blue Drink.png Sugary Blue Drink Victory Token.png Victory Token


Starting with Dragon Festival 2012, the Day of the Tengu mask and each Dragon Festival mask can be obtained from Imperial Supply Master Kagno for one Imperial Mask Token.

Year 2006 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Mask Tengu Mask.png
Tengu Mask
Dragon Mask.png
Dragon Mask
Demon Mask.png
Demon Mask
Grasping Mask.png
Grasping Mask
Imperial Dragon Mask.png
Imperial Dragon Mask
Sinister Dragon Mask.png
Sinister Dragon Mask
Mirthful Dragon Mask.png
Mirthful Dragon Mask


The following Dragon Festival NPCs appear with Shing Jea Boardwalk event NPCs. Imperial Supply Master Kagno and Noblewoman Sun Li begin spawning on the first day (June 27) of the Dragon Festival when decorations are applied and continues to appear for one week after the Dragon Festival ends. Excluding Captain Rujiyo and Acolyte Norge who begin spawning on the third day (June 29, when the first of the Dragon Festival missions is offered) and fourth day (June 30) respectively, the rest of the Dragon Festival and Shing Jea Boardwalk event NPCs begin spawning on the second day (June 28).

Chaos rift prop.jpg
Shing Jea Monastery

Only during finales:

Kaineng Center

External links[edit]

Gw2logo.png The Guild Wars 2 Wiki has an article on Dragon Bash.

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