Halloween 2008

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Halloween 2008 was a Guild Wars in-game event, to celebrate the annual return of Mad King Thorn.

Halloween 2008 Event: Join The Mad King's Revel[edit]

It’s Halloween in Tyria, and Mad King Thorn is back to spread his own malevolent brand of lunatic fun. The maniacal monarch has come to play, and he’s got a cornucopia of mini-games, jokes, and riddles to delight and dismay his fellow revelers. You can play along if you’ve got the nerve and the know-how, but before you accept his challenges you need to understand the stakes. If you beat the Mad King at his own games, you’ll earn fabulous prizes and special mementos to mark the occasion; if you lose, you get killed.

Fortunately, Mad King Thorn’s idea of fun includes letting the vanquished come back for more, so you’re always encouraged to return from the grave and give it another try. You don’t even have to contend with the Mad King’s tricks to get a treat—there are plenty of other ways to earn prizes, like participating in special events throughout the weekend, or simply exploring in the eerie glow of the King’s flickering firelight smile.

Mad King Appearances[edit]

Mad King Thorn scare.jpg

The Mad King will visit Kamadan and Lion's Arch on October 31, 2008.

(24 hr format)
12:01 am 07:01
03:01 am 10:01
06:01 am 13:01
09:01 am 16:01
12:01 pm 19:01
3:01 pm 22:01
6:01 pm 01:01
(November 1st)
9:01 pm 04:01
(November 1st)
12:01 am
(November 1st)
(November 1st)
Other time zones: CST = PST + 2hrs, EST = PST + 3hrs, AEDT = UTC + 11hrs, CET = UTC + 1hr
Note: PDT is Pacific Daylight Time. The west coast of North America is currently on PDT, or daylight savings, and as such PST (or Pacific Standard Time when daylight savings is not in effect) is not used.

Event Calendar[edit]

Date Activity
October 23rd
Lion's Arch, Kamadan, Droknar's Forge, and Tomb of the Primeval Kings are decorated in the Halloween spirit.
October 24th
The Costume Brawl opens. Various NPCs and holiday characters begin to appear in Lion's Arch and Kamadan.
October 31st
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 2nd
Festivities conclude at the stroke of midnight.
November 6th
Halloween collectors and Costume Brawl return. Mad King Thorn will not make any appearances.
November 9th
Festivities conclude once again at the stroke of midnight.

Decorated Towns[edit]

Droknar's Forge
Tomb of the Primeval Kings
Some players participating in the festivities in Kamadan


Icon Item Icon Item
Candy Apple.png Candy Apple Squash Serum.png Squash Serum
Candy Corn.png Candy Corn Transmogrifier Tonic.png Transmogrifier Tonic
Ghost-in-the-Box.png Ghost-in-the-Box Vial of Absinthe.png Vial of Absinthe
Pumpkin Cookie.png Pumpkin Cookie Witch's Brew.png Witch's Brew
Trick-or-Treat Bag.png Trick-or-Treat Bag


Participation in one of Mad King Thorn's appearances will earn you a festival hat:

Zombie Face Paint
(Lion's Arch)
Lupine Mask
Zombie Face Paint.png Lupine Mask.png


The Costume Brawl has returned, and includes a new map.


The Zombie Face Paint Mask


The Lupine Mask


Zombie Horseman.jpg
Name Location Collects Campaign
Horseman Aramon Kamadan 3 Juvenile Termite Legs Nightfall
Horseman Naramor Kamadan 2 Mandragor Carapaces Nightfall
Horseman Garthim * Kamadan 3 Sentient Roots 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 Necklace Prophecies
Horseman Saralim Henge of Denravi 2 Maguuma Manes Prophecies
Horseman Darelum Henge of Denravi 1 White Mantle Emblem Prophecies

All traders offer Witch's Brew, Ghost-in-the-Box, Squash Serum, or a Vial of Absinthe in exchange; those marked with * also offer Transmogrifier Tonics.


See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Special events
Canthan New Year 20072008200920102011201220132014 onward
April Fools' Day 20072008200920102011201220132014 onward
Anniversary Celebration 2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th-14th15th onward
Dragon Festival 20062007 (Redux) • 2008200920102011201220132014 onward
Wintersday in July 2008200920102011201220132014 onward
Halloween 2005200620072008 (Redux) • 200920102011201220132014 onward
Wintersday 20052006200720082009 (Redux) • 2010201120122013 onward
Other annual events Breast Cancer Awareness MonthLucky Treats WeekPirate Week
Special Treats WeekSweet Treats WeekWayfarer's Reverie
One-time only events Day of the TenguFarewell to Gaile