Halloween Festival

Author Notes

With each year, there are several achievements that return with this event. You may find them listed under different categories. This guide is a consolidated version of all our previous guides for ease of use.

[Updated 2017]

There are now a series of repeatable achievements that will return every year with Halloween. They can be found under the Halloween Rituals tab in Festivals. These achievements are repeatable up to 5 times each for points. You can continue to earn these achievements are you complete the requirements.

Table of Contents

  1. Shadow of the Mad King
  2. Blood and Madness
  3. Mad King’s Labyrinth
  4. Lion’s Arch Events
  5. Misc
  6. Daily Achievements
  7. Halloween Collection

 Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideA Sweet Friend
Complete Halloween achievements.

This achievement has the same name and requirements for Blood and Madness and Shadow of the Mad king. You will need to complete the list of achievements tied to either of the current festivals.

Current requirements:

  • Blood and Madness [12 achievements]
  • Shadow of the Mad King [8 achievements]

Shadow of the Mad King

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideRouting the Rebel Rabble
Kill 150 of the Lunatic Court Rebels. Or the non-rebels.

While running around in the Mad King’s Labyrinth you will earn this achievement while taking part in the door events. Almost every enemy you kill within the instances count towards this, so just progress at your own pace.

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideAncient Grudge
Kill 150 Palawa Joko’s minions.

This is more time-consuming than difficult. If you have access to Path of Fire, you can kill Joko’s minions throughout the map, with a high concentration in the Desolation. If you don’t, you can find awakened around the coastline north-west of the Crystal Desert. These enemies aren’t overly common but there are at least some you can take advantage of. Kill 150 to earn the achievement.

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideLunatic’s Fashion
Collect an item of each armor slot from the Lunatic set.

For this collection you need to complete all six achievements for the “Lunatic Wardrobe”. These items are easy enough to earn, just complete the requirements listed under each achievement.

Complete the following achievements to unlock these items:

  • A Royal Tradition
  • Ascent to Madness
  • Lunatic Racer
  • Mad King’s Clock Tower
  • Masters of the Labyrinth
  • Something Good to Eat

Your reward for completing these achievements is one full set of lunatics armor.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideAscent to Madness
Survive Mad King Thorn’s tricks in the Ascent to Madness mission.

Ascent to Madness is a small dungeon where you fight Mad King Thorn. He’s not overly difficult, and half the dungeon is a jumping puzzle to the bottom. This dungeon doesn’t really scale, so five players shouldn’t have any difficulty completing it.

See “Lunatic’s Fashion”.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideLunatic Racer
Complete the race event in Mad King’s Labyrinth in under two minutes.

This may be something that’s only possible for players who own Path of Fire. The race will spawn every so often in the center of the labyrinth. Once it spawns, players need to sign up and complete the race within 2 minutes. This isn’t overly difficult as there’s nothing to slow you down.

See “Lunatic’s Fashion”.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideMad King’s Clock Tower
Complete the jumping puzzle.

This jumping puzzle is straight forward enough, however there are a few tricky spots that will cause players to slip up. There is also a hidden path and several objects that are there to ruin your run.

One thing to keep in mind, once you get to the highest point, you need to jump down to a second path to progress to the end. To finish the puzzle you need to jump through the clock face as it breaks apart.

See “Lunatic’s Fashion”.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideMasters of the Labyrinth
Defeat all 3 champions in the Mad King’s Labyrinth.

The three champions are fairly straight forward, though low-level players may have some difficulty staying alive.

Kill all three of these champions at least once:

  • Skeletal Lich
  • Grand High Viscount of Candy Corn
  • Labyrinthine Horror

See “Lunatic’s Fashion”.

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideCourtly Service
Tithe 5 gold commissioning services for the Mad King’s Labyrinth.

At the very center of the Labyrinth you will find a candy corn elemental with the title steward. Talk to it and commission a service which costs five gold. Doing so will unlock the achievement.

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideMad Memories
Speak with Magister Tassi in Lion’s ARch about research the Mad King’s life and death.

As soon as you start the game, Tassi will have sent you a mail. She wants to speak with you about collecting the history of the Mad King. Tassi who can be found at Lion’s Court. Once she’s finished speak with you she will mail you the Candy-Powered Matter Meter MK2.

You will need to use this device, along with a small amount of candy corn to locate spirits.

To interact with the spirits you first need to find them using the device. The device has several skills with only respond to certain spirits. if you’re close to a spirits location, the fifth skills will change its icon from mild to strong. Once you find a spirit they will be marked with a suspicious location name tag which you can interact with to spawn each spirit.

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideMad Mysteries
Track down firsthand accounts of Mad King Thorn’s childhood during Halloween, when the Mad Realm draw near.

This will unlock once you complete “Mad Memories”.

Boyhood

Serene is located next to Tassi in s Lion’s Court. She can be a little tricky to find, but her location isn’t too far away.

Scan the area with Etheric Field (3)

Friendship

Samson can be found below Deverol Gardens. Look to the western side of the area.

Scan the area with Aqueous Field (1)

Young Love

Tynna can be found at Old Lion’s Arch. Her spirit can be found on the ruined of a building just south of the waypoint.

Scan the area with Etheric Field (3)

Deadly Adventures

Make your way north-east from Shaemoor in Queensdale. You need to head towards the back of the graveyard where you can speak with Prince Ewan Thorn

Scan the area with Gaseous Field (2)

Betrothed

Head north from Delanian to a small island. Lady Lyrica is located in a destroyed building overlooking the rest of the water.

Scan the area with Corporeal Field (4)

Coronation

The last location for this collection is at the Provernic Crypt in Gendarren Fields. Head west of Provern Shore and enter the crypt. You need to complete this mini dungeon to reach the spirit, so take your time and watch for all the traps. Once you reach the last room, Lord Humphery Faren is standing in a corner of the crypt.

Scan the area Gaseous Field (2)

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideMad Mementos
Track down firsthand accounts of Mad King Thorn’s childhood during Halloween, when the Mad Realm draw near.

Before you can complete this achievement, you first need to complete “Mad Mysteries”.

Handless

Head north of Ascalon Settlement to the tower. Once you reach the tower you will need to complete a mini event after using the scanning device. Once the event is complete, the spirit of Cashel will spawn.

Scan the area with Corporeal Field (4)

Feast and Famine

Fenn is located in Martyr’s Tomb just north-west of demetra in Harathi Hinterlands. Follow the path through to the statue area and use your scanning to spawn the spirit.

Scan the area with Etheric Field (3)

Pains of Love

Travel to Laughing Gull and head north-west. There are a series of boats out in the water. You want to climb on to the one that’s half sunken into the bay. User your scanner to reveal Seamarhsal Bennu.

Scan the area with Aqueous Field (1)

Tax-o’-Lanterns

From Seraph’s Landing in Harathi Hinterlands climb the stairs and head into the building in the south-western part of the village. You will find stacks of hay and barrels. Rufus will be standing among the various items in this storage area.

Scan the area with Corporeal Field (4)

Flames of Renewal

This spirit is directly north of Tax-0′-Lanterns. From Arca head east across the bridge. The spirit of Portia can be summoned in the open area before the bride.

Scan the area with Gaseous Field (2)

Descension

This last page can be found with Wynn in The Shattered Keep in the northern region of Sparkfly Fen. You can use Fort Cadence to reach the keep, though it’s normally contented. Head to the bottom floor of the keep and look for various spirit items tucked away in a corner.

Scan the area with Etheric Field (3)

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideMad Memorial
Track down firsthand accounts of Mad King Thorn’s childhood during Halloween, when the Mad Realm draw near.

Before you can complete any of the pages for this last section of Mad Memories, you need to complete “Mad Mementos”.

Once you’ve completed the other two achievements this last achievement will unlock. There are seven extra pages that you need to collect. To collect these pages you need to interact with various NPCs around Lion’s Arch. Before you can earn the pages though you need to complete a serious of achievements to be able to select the option “Can you tell me about Mad King Thorn’s rule over the Mad Realm?”. The option will be there, but the NPC will tell you to come back once you’ve completed the related achievement tasks.

Bruce the Herald

The Heralds can be found on the east side of Lion’s Court. He’s sat on a Springer towards the Eastern Ward. He will only talk to you once you’ve carved 150 pumpkins for the achievement “Pumpkin Carver”.

Lunatic Noble Acreni

Acreni will talk to you once you’ve confused 150 pieces of candy corn. This will earn you the achievement “Arguably Foodlike”. You can either use your own candy corn from trick or treat bags, or just buy 150 of the trading post.

Acolyte Broye

Broye can be found at the Deverol Gardens. He’s stood next to a door that takes you into the mini dungeon “Ascent to Madness”. He will require you to complete the “Lunatic’s Fashion” achievement before he will talk to you.

Brigadier General Kernel

The Kernel is located just south of Mist Portals. He required you to have killed 150 of Jokos minions before he will converse about the Mad King. Jokos enemies can be found  throughout the Path of Fire expansion, or on various coastlines north-west of the Crystal Desert.

Mad King’s Steward

The steward is in the center of the labyrinth high up guarding the kings gold. Before it will talk to you about the Mad King you will need to give five gold, which will unlock “Courtly Service” and allow you to access the dialog.

Lunatic Boatmaster

The boastmaster is the second NPC you will need to talk to who isn’t located within Lion’s Arch. you can find a boatmaster on either side of the Mad Kings Labyrinth near the waypoints. Before this NPC will talk with you complete the achievement “Routing the Rebel Rabble”.

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide

Blood and Madness

Blood and Madness is slightly different to Shadow of the Mad King. It has a lot of the same events, but there is also a small story quest tied to Blood and Madness.

Blood and MadnessYou, Back in the Box
Help Tassi re-seal the reliquary. Side effects might include stickiness.

Once you’re alerted of Tassi through your mail. Head to the Black Citadel and locate her. You will need to complete the first event where you head into a crypt. The reliquary is hidden in the mountain side. Follow the markers and progress the quest as prompted.

Blood and Madness Containment
You stood by Tassi’s side as she tried to contain the reliquary.

Continuing on from “You, Back in the Box”, you will find you need to obtain a Candy Corn Elemental. There are two ways to go about this, buy candy corn from the trading post, or take part in the events until you have enough candy corn to convert into a cob. You will need 1,000 candy corn to make a single cob.

Once you have the Candy Corn Elemental, you need to return to the reliquary and help defeat the Bloody Prince. Keep in mind that you can do “Upset Stomach” during this fight.

Blood and Madness Upset Stomach
Give the Bloody Prince and disgusting welcome during the final battle.

Before you can attempt this, you will first need to obtain the Candy Corn Elemental. Once obtained (detailed in “Containment”) head back to Tassi in the Black Citadel to progress the story.

To attempt this, you will need to make sure you have access to a stack of candy corn in your inventory. Keep your inventory open, and stand next to the Blood Prince when he starts the fight. From here, use candy corn until you throw up. You need to be close to the prince, so your vomit hits him.

This is easy to miss, due to the vague nature of the achievement description.

Blood and Madness Beaten Bloody
Put the Bloody Prince in the reliquary in under a minute.

Fairly simple with a group of players. Head into the story instance with at least one player in your party who has access to the Candy Corn Elemental. Open the instance, and then kill the Bloody Prince in under a minute. If you bring high DPS builds, this shouldn’t be a problem. And a full party should be able to take him out with little to no effort.

Fighting the Prince

During this fight you will need to stand on the Candy Corn goo that Tassi fires randomly on the floor. This is the only way to damage the Prince, so make sure you’re standing on it . Also make sure if you’re doing this with a party to also have them stand on the candy goo also.

Throughout the fight the Prince will spawn mobs when you lower his health by 25% each time. You will want to kill these mobs as quickly as possible. If you lower the Prince’s health too much before he vanishes it’s possible for him to spawn multiple groups of mobs at once. Just kill these as soon as they spawn to make the Prince re-appear.

This isn’t overly difficult, but having extra players means you can apply further damage pressure in a shorter period of time.


The Mad King’s Labyrinth

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Bonebreaker
Defeat the Labyrinthine Horror in Mad King’s Labyrinth.

Once you enter the Labyrinth, head to the eastern side where you find a door spawn. This is the most common place that I’ve seen this enemy spawn, but it doesn’t always appear in the same location. This area just below the waypoint is where you will find the Labyrinthine Horror. The horror is basically just chainsaw the skeleton running around randomly attacking people.

He’s easy enough to kill with a small group, so make sure you’re in a populated map before attempting to kill him. He has a few attacks, but they’re easy enough to avoid due to their large telegraphs.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Candy Corn Crusher
Defeat the Grand High Viscount of Candy Corn in Mad King’s Labyrinth.

You can find the Grand High Viscount of Candy Corn in the north-west corner of the Labyrinth. He spawns from one of the two doors in this area. There’s not much to this enemy, he will stand in place and hit players closest to him.

He will spread a candy corn goo on the ground which you should stand on. Doing so will give you a protection buff which prevents you from being knocked down. You need to be careful however as exceeding 10 stacks will cause you to be knocked down. You should get off the candy corn goo before this happens.

Having the candy coated protection will stop the elemental from damaging you and knocking you down. Reflect and projectile destroying skills are also very useful in this fight.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Death to the Undying
Defeat the Skeletal Lich in Mad King’s Labyrinth.

The Skeletal Lich is another boss like enemy you will find in the Labyrinth, unlike the others, you will need a decent sized group of players with a lot of damage. Also unlike the other random boss enemies, this one is of Legendary status, so he’s much harder to kill. He will spawn large groups of minions and fear your group.

The best technique to kill this monster is to have your group stack on him and burn him into the ground as quick as possible. He will spawn skeleton minions which should be killed as quickly as possible. Avoiding the Grasping Hands attack will reduce the amount of skeletons that spawn. Boon removal and corrupts are also very useful against this boss. The more minions this boss has, the more retaliation he will gain. He will also heal off of his minions.

You will find the Lich in the south-east part of the Labyrinth.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Shut the Doors
Complete 30 door events in the Mad King’s Labyrinth.

Once you enter the Labyrinth you will see door markers on the map. These doors spawn waves of enemies which you must kill to close the door. You will need to close 25 doors for this to unlock. The most straight forward way to go about doing this is to join a commander populated map and follow them around the labyrinth killing everything that moves.


Lion’s Arch Events

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide New Afterlife for Quaggan
Donate enough pieces of candy corn to give Drooburt a new start.

Drooburt can be found by the mystic forge, he’s hanging around near several vendors. You will need to give him 1,000 candy corn, and in return you gain a small gesture and this achievement.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide A Royal Tradition
Complete a round of Mad King says.

Mad King says is a mini event take takes place in the Grand Piazza every 2 hours from server reset. You will need to follow the king around and type the /emote requested by the king. Keep in mind that the request needs to start with Mad King says… “Emote Name”. If he doesn’t use the term says, then you will fall and miss some credit towards your reward.

During this event you will earn “Mad Kings Favor”,  you will earn 1 key fragment for every 4 stacks of favor you have. So you want to aim for 12 stacks to get the full daily requirement of 3 fragments. The king will teleport around the area and ask you to perform 15 different commands.

The Mad King will ask you to do one of the following emotes with each “Mad King says”:

  • /beckon
  • /bow
  • /cheer
  • /cower
  • /dance
  • /kneel
  • /laugh
  • /no
  • /point
  • /ponder
  • /salute
  • /shrug
  • /sit
  • /sleep
  • /surprised
  • /threaten
  • /wave
  • /yes

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Lunatic Inquisition Regular
Participate in 8 rounds.

You can reach the Lunatic Inquisition from the Traders Forum in Lion’s Arch. Once there, talk to the event organizer Rasmus so you can enter the arena. You will find yourself in the labyrinth with other players. This is a PVP game mode where you need to survive, or hunt any survivors when you’re caught. This mode does take a little patience to learn, and can be quite frustrating. Participation is all that is required for this achievement, you do not need to win. Just take part in 8 rounds and you will fill the requirements.

Note: This event doesn’t return every year.


Misc

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Something Good to Eat
Open 50 Trick or Treat bags.

You will earn Trick or Treat bags from just about everything you do related to Halloween. You just need to open 50 bags. This can be earned, or bought from the trading post.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide A Stomping Good Time
Use 20 Scarecrow or Mad King stomps against players in PvP or WvW.

While opening Trick or Treat bags you will earn temporary finishers which you can add to your PVP finisher tab. You can also buy these finishers off the gemstore.

Once obtained, make sure you have your finishers active and head into any PVP/WVW game mode. From here, just down and finish 20 players. As long as you have one of these finishers active you will unlock the achievement after stomping 20 players.

This may take some time, but there are normally custom lobbies setup in PVP to help with this achievement. You can also earn this while playing “Lunatic Inquisition” if it is part of the festivities.

Note: If you have access to a guild hall with the arena, you can use it to earn progression towards this achievement.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Pumpkin Carving
Find 150 pumpkins all around Tyria and carve them.

Pumpkins can be found all over Tyria, but most commonly in Lion’s Arch and the Mad Kings Labyrinth. You will need to locate and interact with 150 pumpkins. Pumpkins respawn on an hourly timer. If you want to speed this process up, you can interact with the same pumpkins on different characters as they are not bound to your account, much like many harvesting nodes.

The labyrinth makes this task fairly easy as most player spend most of their time in this instance. You can also find pumpkins scattered across Tyria, and through Lion’s Arch.

The map below details all of their locations:

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Mad Kings Labyrinth Pumpkins

Daily Achievements

These daily achievements stack on top of the usual daily achievements. Their requirements are quite low, so completing them won’t take very long. Most are pretty obvious, and you only need to complete five of the following achievements for the daily. These achievements do however count towards the meta Halloween achievement under the festival tab.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Shut and Locked
Complete 5 door events.

Door events show up in the Labyrinth only, locate and complete 5 doors.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Halloween Costume Brawl Champion
Win 1 costume brawl during Halloween.

There are many ways to take part in costume brawl during the event. Use any of the various random items that transform you, or climb to the top of the mystic forge where you can transform yourself by jumping into the giant caldron.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Grim Reaper of Grunts
Defeat 40 Halloween minions.

Minion’s are plentiful in the Labyrinth, take part in your daily farming and you will complete this quickly.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Pumpkin Hacker
Carve 5 pumpkins.

Pumpkins can be found all over the place, though there’s plenty in Lion’s Arch and the Labyrinth. You can use our maps above to find their locations.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Trick-or-Treater
Open 10 Trick-or-Treat bags.

You will earn bags from just about everything you do related to this holiday. Open 10, and this will unlock. You can also buy them from the trading post.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Candy Carver
Eat 50 pieces of candy corn.

This is something you can do at any point. You may want to save candy corn as it is in important currency for this festival. However, to earn this achievement you will need to consume 50 pieces. You can obtain them through opening free Trick or Treat bags from the events, or buy them from the trading post.

Shadow of the Mad King, GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Jumping Mad
Complete the Mad King’s Clock Tower jumping puzzle.

As you’d expect, all you have to do is complete the jumping puzzle. This puzzle will test your patience and skill. You only need to complete this once for the daily, just keep in mind that a lot of practice is needed to become proficient at this.


Halloween Collection

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement GuideLunatic Court’s Finery
Unlock all 18 Lunatic armor skins in your wardrobe.

This is fairly simple but there are two ways to approach it. One is to buy your way through the collection, the other is to earn candy corn to make candy corn cobs.

Your first set of skins should be earned through completing the “Lunatic Wardrobe” achievements. The other two sets have to be crafted. There’s a trader north of Mystic Plaza that sells the recipes for 1-2 candy corn cobs a recipe You can find Lunatic Alchemist among the various tomb stones in the grave yard. To buy the recipes you will be roughly 80 gold by current prices.

You can either play the content on offer and buy the recipes with cobs you create yourself, or you can buy them from the trading post.

To craft the last two sets you will need 60 Gossamer Patches, as well as 12 Gibbering Skulls, 12 Tyria’s Best Nougat Center and 12 High-Quality Plastic Fangs. As well as 60 ectos. There are a few basic materials required also, but these will depend on the recipes you pick.

GW2 Guild Wars 2 Halloween Achievement Guide Tricks or Treats
Collect and use 19 traditional Tyrian Halloween tricks and treats.

Before you can start this collection you will need to obtain a pillow case. These drop randomly from the Trick-or-Treat bags. Once you have the Pillow Case, use it to unlock the collection.

Most of the following items can be bought from the trading post, making this an little easier. Some of these items however or account bound. You will need to open some Trick or Treat bags to obtain them. This collection will reward you with a new mini called the Candy Corn Ghoulamental.

  1. (1) Rotten Egg
  2. (1) Toilet Paper
  3. (1) Candied Apple
  4. (1) Bowl of Candy Corn Custard
  5. (1) Candy Corn Cake
  6. (1) Strawberry Ghost
  7. (1) Candy Corn Cookie
  8. (1) Piece of Candy Corn Almond Brittle
  9. (1) Glazed Pear Tart
  10. (1) Glazed Pumpkin Pie
  11. (1) Glazed Chocolate Raspberry Cookie
  12. (1) Glazed Peach Tart
  13. (1) Omnomberry Ghost
  14. (1) Spicy Pumpkin Cookie
  15. (1) Bottle of Batwing Brew
  16. (1) Lump of Crystallized Nougat
  17. (1) Vial of Maize Balm
  18. (1) Sharpening Skull
  19. (1) Flask of Pumpkin Oil

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