Halloween 2009

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Halloween 2009 was a Guild Wars in-game event, to celebrate the annual return of Mad King Thorn.


Welcome to Halloween 2009![edit]

Halloween has come to Tyria, and that means the return of Mad King Thorn, new holiday quests, loads of creepy items, the Costume Brawl PvP event, and more!

The ghoul-apalooza begins on October 23rd and runs until 12:01 AM Pacific time on November 2nd. The main festivities take place in Lion's Arch and Kamadan, but the Halloween spirit can be found in other places around Tyria.

Official website

When the harvest is in and the moon sails high
And the shadows begin to lengthen
Mad King Thorn’s games begin! His minions ride!
His grip on the land will strengthen

But all is not well on this Halloween
It stirs in the Underworld’s gloom
An ancient evil, long unseen
If awakened, it spells our doom

Do partake in the Mad King’s revelry
But take care in the jack o’ lantern glow
For this is the season of devilry
And something wicked lurks deep below

Mad King appearances[edit]

Mad King Thorn hands clasped.jpg

The Mad King arrived in Kamadan and Lion's Arch on October 31, 2009.

(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)

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 26th
The new series of Halloween quests starts 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.

Decorated outposts[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 Trick-or-Treat Bag.png Trick-or-Treat Bag
Phantasmal Tonic.png Phantasmal Tonic Vial of Absinthe.png Vial of Absinthe
Pumpkin Cookie.png Pumpkin Cookie Witch's Brew.png Witch's Brew


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

Charr Hat
(Lion's Arch)
Skeleton Face Paint
Charr Hat.png Skeleton Face Paint.png

New Halloween quests[edit]


Brave the dangers of the Underworld on a series of spine-tingling quests for Mad King Thorn, available this Halloween season only. An ancient evil stirs deep in the Underworld—can you hold back the rising tide of darkness?

Official website

Quests given by Mad King's Steward

(Available in both Lion's Arch and Kamadan during the dates listed)


The Costume Brawl has returned.


Lion's Arch[edit]

Droknar's Forge[edit]

Great Temple of Balthazar[edit]

Kamadan, Jewel of Istan[edit]

Costume Brawl[edit]


Zombie Horseman.jpg
Name Location Collects Campaign
Horseman Naramor Kamadan 2 Mandragor Carapaces Nightfall
Horseman Garthim * Kamadan 3 Sentient Roots Nightfall
Horseman Aramon Kamadan 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

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

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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