Halloween 2010

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Halloween 2010 was a Guild Wars in-game event, to celebrate the annual return of Mad King Thorn.

Welcome to Halloween 2010![edit]


Starting Thursday, October 21, at Noon Pacific (-7 GMT) the celebration begins with creepy consumable items, brand-new quests, the annual Costume Brawl, and an appearance by Mad King Thorn himself on October 31st! The fun doesn't end until November 2! For more information, visit http://www.guildwars.com.

Login screen announcement

This time of year, when fear holds sway
And Mad King Thorn comes out to play,
His trusty servants hope and pray
That Halloween is here to stay.
You’ll get a strange thing from the king
And stranger still from candy,
Beware the pain that bad jokes bring,
And keep your weapons handy.
An ancient evil stains the land,
It reaches from the interior,
The grasp of doom's cold, clammy hand:
Could Tyria get any eerier?
Mad King Thorn hands clasped.jpg

Mad King appearances[edit]

The Mad King's first appearance was just after midnight (PDT) on October 31.

Last update
Monday, 04:57 UTC
(24 hr format)
12:01 am 07:01
3:01 am 10:01
6:01 am 13:01
9:01 am 16:01
12:01 pm 19:01
3:01 pm 22:01
6:01 pm 01:01
November 1
9:01 pm 04:01
November 1
12:01 am
November 1
November 1

Event calendar[edit]

Date Activity
October 21
Lion's Arch, Kamadan, Droknar's Forge, and Tomb of the Primeval Kings are decorated in the Halloween spirit.
October 25
The new series of Halloween quests starts in Lion's Arch and Kamadan.
October 31
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 2
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


Don the courtly garb of the Mad King’s sinister servants with these two brand new costumes. These limited edition Halloween outfits—the Raiment of the Lich and the Lunatic Court Finery—are available from the Guild Wars In-Game Store and the NCsoft Store.

Official website

Two new costumes were made available from the Guild Wars In-Game Store during this Halloween event. They are available for purchase separately or as a limited-time combination pack together:

Lunatic Court Finery.png
Lunatic Court Finery
Raiment of the Lich.png
Raiment of the Lich


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

Furrocious Ears
(Lion's Arch)
Furrocious Ears.png Spectercles.png

Halloween quests[edit]


The Lunatic Court, an assembly of devoted disciples of Mad King Thorn, has concocted a ridiculous plan to break the seals that keep their insane ruler trapped for most of the year. In this series of quests, you’ll help these courtiers try to achieve their goal of making Halloween an all-year event, but be warned: the Lunatic Court is just as deranged as the Mad King himself!

Official website

Quests from Halloween 2009[edit]

Quests given by Mad King's Steward

(Available in both Lion's Arch and Kamadan starting October 24)

Halloween 2010 quests[edit]

Quests given by The Countess of Hakewood

(Available only in Lion's Arch starting October 25)

Quests given by Emissary of King Thorn of Kryta

(Available only in Kamadan starting October 25)


The Costume Brawl has returned with new skill sets, more disguises, and a new map.


Lion's Arch[edit]

Droknar's Forge[edit]

Great Temple of Balthazar[edit]

  • Bobby (Costume Brawl)

Kamadan, Jewel of Istan[edit]


Zombie Horseman.jpg

The NPCs appear gradually throughout the event; only some of the NPCs are present from the first day.

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

* NPC offers Transmogrifier Tonics.

In exchange, all collectors offer Witch's Brew, Ghosts-in-the-Box, Squash Serum, and Vials of Absinthe.

Guild versus Guild[edit]

NPCs in GvG have their models altered as follows:

Model NPC Model NPC
Skeleton ranger.jpg Zombie Horseman.jpg
Skeleton warrior.jpg Mad King Thorn.jpg

The opposing Guild Lord drops 50 Trick-or-Treat Bags for each player of the winning team when he dies. To prevent exploitation, no rewards are offered if (a) the match ends after 28 minutes without either side killing a Guild Lord or (b) the battle ends in under 15 seconds (e.g. due to one team resigning or zoning).


Anomaly Anomaly.During the finale, Mad King Thorn spoke in All Chat; in previous years, he had always spoken in Team Chat.
Anomaly Anomaly.In 2009, all festival quests remained in the quest log and one (The Waiting Game) could be completed year-round; but in 2010, all were removed including ones from other special events.

See also[edit]


  • This was the first Halloween event where a Halloween costume was released.

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
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Special Treats WeekSweet Treats WeekWayfarer's Reverie
One-time only events Day of the TenguFarewell to Gaile