Game updates/20090401

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Update #2 - Wednesday, April 1, 2009[edit]

Bug Fix[edit]

Update - Wednesday, April 1, 2009[edit]

Info-Logo.png Note: This update was never implemented. It is a fake update in the spirit of April Fools' Day.
However, this update did cause all player characters that were above level 1 in non-PvP outposts to appear as Gwen-chan.

For more information on these changes, please see the Developer Updates page.

PvE and PvP[edit]


  • Scorpion Wire Scorpion Wire: no longer has half-range. Changed functionality to: "Target foe is teleported to your location and knocked down."
  • Shroud of Silence Shroud of Silence: changed functionality to: "For 5...20 seconds, target player cannot send chat messages."


  • Increased duration of all Avatar skills to 40...70 seconds.
  • Avatar of Grenth Avatar of Grenth: changed functionality to: "For 10...90 seconds, your attacks steal 1...2 enchantments from any foe you hit and apply those enchantments to you."


  • Sandstorm Sandstorm: now deals 10...30 more damage if the caster is standing in a sandy area.
  • Searing Flames Searing Flames: removed Burning condition.


  • No changes.




  • "Fall Back!" "Fall Back!": Now ends if target ally is not moving away from a foe.
  • "Incoming!" "Incoming!": Now ends if target ally is not moving away from a foe.
  • "It's just a flesh wound." "It's just a flesh wound.": This skill can now be used while dead.
  • "The Power Is Yours!" "The Power Is Yours!": changed functionality to: "Sacrifice all Health. Until resurrected, 5 nearby party members gain +1...5 Earth Magic, +1...5 Fire Magic, +1...5 Air Magic, +1...5 Water Magic, or +1...5 Healing Prayers."


  • Beast Mastery: pets now have a chance of ignoring commands unless their master has a higher Beast Mastery rank than the pet's level.
  • Equinox Equinox: Exhaustion duration is now based on the time of day.


  • Signet of Ghostly Might Signet of Ghostly Might: reverted functionality to: "For 10 seconds, target ally or foe does +10...30 damage. When this skill ends, that target is slain."
  • Spawning Power: Weapon skills now last 50% longer for each rank of Spawning Power.


Guild Battles[edit]

  • Guild Battle NPCs now respawn at regular intervals until the Guild Lord is slain.


  • Removed the Lucky Aura effect from the Lunar Fortune item.
  • On a direct hit, the Zaishen rank emote now deals minor damage based on the user's rank and knocks the target down.
  • Characters suffering from Blind cannot see distant enemies.
  • Characters suffering from Dazed will now spin in place. The camera is locked for the duration of the effect.
  • Introduced a new Cartographer title for the Battle Isles.

Guild Wars Wiki notes[edit]

  • The alleged change to Signet of Ghostly Might is a reference to an infamous bug during the Guild Wars Nightfall World Preview Event which allowed it to be cast on any creature rather than only working on allied spirits.
  • The alleged change to "The Power Is Yours!" is a reference to Captain Planet.
  • The alleged change to Scorpion Wire is a reference to the character Scorpion of the Mortal Kombat series, whose signature move is to impale a spear, with a rope attached to the end, into the opponent's chest, and then drag the opponent towards him by pulling on the rope, leaving the opponent dazed for a free hit.
  • The alleged change to Beast Mastery is a reference to the Pokémon game series, where, If you did not have a certain number of badges, Pokémon over a certain level would not obey you.