A Very Merry Wintersday

Author Notes

Wintersday, a yearly festival everyone loves. A few new achievements have been added this year with new rewards. Several achievements have been updated to become a once a year reward.

[Updated 2018]

Table of Contents

  1. Warming Grawnk’s Heart
  2. Ho-Ho-Tron Events
  3. Tixx’s Wondrous Workshop
  4. Wintersday Events
  5. Winter’s Presence
  6. Daily Achievements

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide A Season of Merriment
Complete the Wintersday Cheer achievement give times over the course of the Wintersday festival.

This meta achievement  was introduced in 2016. You will need to complete three daily achievements every day. You will need to repeat this daily five times.

Unlike previous meta achievements, this one is repeatable.


Warming Grawnk’s Heart

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Grawnk Munch
Bring bloodstone delicacies to Grawnk.

As you log into the game you will see you have mail from Orphan Laine. Laine will be asking you to help with the grawl in your home instance. The letter will show you where to go if you’re not sure where to go.

When you arrive, speak with the orphans and the grawl. You will find that Grawnk wants food. You will now have to set off and find Sous-Chef Seimur Oxbone.

Finding Sous-Chef Seimur Oxbone

Before you speak with the chef, you should make sure that you have 1 tiny snowflake, 1 Shiny Frying Pan and 1 Superior rune of Mischief. These items are bought from the trading post, though you will need to talk to Sentry Triktiki in Arcallion Digs. This is located in the north of Harathi Hinterlands.

After you have these items, you can now start looking for the Sous-Chef. He’s in a different city every day, but you can use the following list to find him:

  • Monday: The Great Rise (Hoelbrak)
  • Tuesday: Mustering Ground (Black Citadel)
  • Wednesday: Ronan’s Bower (The Grove)
  • Thursday: Dwayna Low Road (Divinity’s Reach)
  • Friday: College of Dynamics (Rata Sum)
  • Saturday: Sanctum Harbor Waypoint (Lion’s Arch)
  • Sunday: Village of Butcher’s Block (Diessa Plateau)

You can only buy one of each item per day, or per reset. You will need to buy the following items and feed them to Grawnk:

  • Bowl of Bloodstone Broth
  • Cup of Bloodstone Soup
  • Chalice of Bloodstone Chili

Once you have one of these items, you will need to take it to Grawnk in your home instance.

For the Children!

After dealing with the grawl, you can then talk to the orphans to unlock the next collection. From here you need to find the six ornaments that the grawl took from the children. Each item in the collection has a clue to their locations, but you basically just need open various jumping puzzle chests. The follow jumping puzzles contain the ornament rewards for their chests:

There’s a lot of jumping puzzles, so you can use this reference to find the ones listed below.

Small Doll Ornament
I think our doll’s inside a golden chest. I dunno how Grawnk even found a chest like that. Must belong to lazy rich people.

  • Weyandt’s Revenge
  • Demongrub Pits Swashbuckler’s Cove
  • Volcanic Fractal (Fractals of the Mists)
  • Skipping Stones

Sparkling Tinsel Ornament
Grawnk rhymed about fancy glass and short ones with sass. An asuran chest, maybe?

  • Spekks’s Laboratory
  • Goemm’s Lab
  • Chaos Crystal Cavern
  • Vizier’s Tower

Purple Ball Ornament
I heard our purple ball’s inside a plant. If it’s a potato chest, bring us back some to eat?

  • Conundrum Cubed
  • Morgan’s Leap
  • Spelunker’s Delve
  • Hidden Garden

Rocking Horse Ornament
Our rocking horse is inside a ‘knotted chest.’ whatever that is. Sounds hard to make without really big hands.

  • Shamans Rookery
  • King Jalis’s Refuge
  • Shattered Ice Ruins
  • Wurmhowl Spikes
  • Tribulation Rift Scaffolding

Gold Ball Ornament
We were gonna sell the gold ball for food after Wintersday, so Grawnk hid it real good. He said something about corrupted wood and sea smells.

  • Buried Archives
  • Scavenger’s Chasm

Green Ball Ornament
If you know what ‘ook-ooh, iron’s the clue’ means, that’s where Grawnk hid our green ball.

  • Branded Mine
  • Pig Iron Quarry
  • Loreclaw Expanse
  • Behem Gauntlet

Congratulations, if you’ve made it this far you’ve now earned yourself the Star of Gratitude.


 Ho-Ho-Tron Events

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Golden Generosity
Donate gold to Ho-Ho-Tron in Divinity’s Reach.

Ho-Ho Tron is at the western part of the Crown Pavilion. You will need to give 3 gold to him total to earn this achievement. You do this by interacting with him, and donating through his dialog.

Depending on how full the map is, you may want to come back at off period hours, or wait for his event to reset. Due to how many people fill this map in the first few days, it can be tedious trying to make the donations unless you’re quick.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Silver for the Season
Donate silver to Ho-Ho-Tron in Divinity’s Reach.

This is basically the same as “Golden Generosity”, but instead you give silver three times instead.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Donation Defender
Successfully escort Ho-Ho-Tron’s dolyak to the gate in Divinity’s Reach.

After donating money to Ho-Ho-Tron, a meter will fill. After it is full you will then need to escort Ho-Ho Tron and the Dolyak to deliver presents. On your journey, you will have to defend the Dolyak from groups of Skritt. To defend you need to press F on the Skritt to kick them out-of-the-way.

Keep escorting the Dolyak until it reaches the destination at the top of the stairs.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Finders Keepers
Pick up 25 dropped presents while escorting a donation dolyak in Divinity’s Reach.

While defending the Dolyak it will randomly drop presents as it progresses. You will need to do this event several times as the Dolyak only drops a few gifts per run. Keep repeating until you have all 25 collected.


Tixx’s Wondrous Workshop

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement GuideWintersday’s Guardian
Confront Freezie in the Secret Lair of the Snowmen and remind him of the true meaning of Wintersday.

Freezie is the end boss in the Secret Lair of the Snowmen. This boss is fairly simple, he’s broken up in to 3 phases where you need to inflict damage, throw snowballs at his heart and repeat until his heart is warmed.

This boss hits quite hard if you happen to be the subject of his attack, so it’s possible that you may want to have at least one heal spec in your group.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement GuidePitcher of Joy
Throw 101 snowballs in the Secret Lair of the Snowmen

Throughout the instance you will find piles of snowballs, one is at the start, the rest can be found and after the right with Freezie. You will need to throw 101 of these snowballs. This is something you can do over multiples instance, or at the end of the boss encounter.

Just throw snowballs until this unlocks.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement GuideStraight to the Heart
Help Freezie within the three heart phases in the Secret Lair of the Snowmen.

While fighting the boss you need to phase him. Doing so will start a new phase where the bosses heart will be exposed. From here the group needs to throw as many snowballs as they can at the heart. While also keeping away ice elementals.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement GuidePolar Bones
Discover the remains of an ancient king in the Secret Lair of the Snowmen.

At the very start of the instance you will see a path that leads upward towards the boss. There are various frozen snowmen that turn into enemies once you release the NPC. The bones you’re looking for are located near the water on the northern side of this main area.

You can interact with them at any point, just avoid starting the encounter fully if you want to do so before progressing.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Disassembly
Defeat misbehaving Wintersday toys while helping Tixx run the workshop or exploring Tyria.

You can complete the requirements for this in either workshop event. So you will earn this either playing Toypocalypse, or the general workshop. You will need to destroy 100 toys to earn this achievement.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Honorary Krewe Member
Defeat Toxx in Tixx’s workshop in Divinity’s Reach.

Toxx will spawn at the end of Tixx’s Infinirarium after you’ve completed all the other tasks. He’s fairly easy to defeat, though he does have a few devastating attacks. He will randomly teleport around the dungeon area while you’re attacking him.

Once the dungeon is complete, this will unlock and reward you for your progress.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Wintersday Wrecking Ball
Destroy every miniature piece of Tixx’s toy diorama in Tixx’s Infinirarium

To earn this you need to make sure you’re in the workshop event and not Toypocalypse. Once you enter, ignore starting the event and head down to the diorama below. You will need to destroy every tree, building and object. There are a few objects that cannot be destroyed, so move on if the objects won’t break.

I highly recommend bringing weapons you can cleave with. You can use other weapons, but they tend to make this take a lot longer, where as weapons that cleave destroy the diorama a lot faster.

Carefully work your way through the diorama smashing everything in sight. If you think you’ve broken everything, but don’t have the achievement, look back through the area.

Note: There is a known bug where a wall in the far right corner tends to bug. If this happens, you will need to leave, re-enter and start over.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Dolyak Defender
Survive Toypocalypse with at least one living gift dolyak.

Once you enter Toypocalypse you will need to defend four dolyaks in the center of the diorama. You will need to defend the four dolyaks against 10 waves of enemies. These enemies slowly increase in difficulty as the encounter progresses. There will need to be at least one dolyak standing at the end of the encounter. You can heal them by feeding them between rounds.

This is fairly simple, just build a lot of catapults and snow walls around the dolyaks.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Nothing but Broken Toys
Survive 50 waves of Toypocalypse.

This may sound like a lot, but it’s relatively quick. You just need to play through Toypocalypse until this unlocks. You will earn this when you reach 15 or so rounds played of this game mode.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Toypocalypse Survivor
Successfully complete 30 rounds in Toypocalypse.

To complete 30 rounds of Toypocalyse you will need to play 3 full defense games composed of 10 rounds each. Each full defense run can take up to 30 minutes to complete.


Wintersday Events

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Ringing the Right Notes
Play the correct notes 500 times in Bell Choir Ensemble.

This may take a little practice, but it’s not too difficult. Once you enter, pick which section you’d like to play. Make sure you zoom your camera out all the way, and center it with a top down view of the note charts.

From here you need to hit 500 notes by pressing 1-4 and 6-9 in the correct order when they reach the blue ring in the middle of the chart board.

Note: Keep in mind that this instance tends to have issues with lag. If you’re hit by a lag spike, you will miss the odd note. If this happens, don’t get frustrated as it is beyond your control.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement GuideHoliday Food Drive
Donate 150 Wintersday foods to the Amnoon food drive in Divinity’s Reach.

At the bottom of the stairs in the Crown Pavilion you will an NPC who is taking donations for the Amnoon food drive.You need to donate 150 items to this NPC to earn the achievement. This event spawns fairly often, so just check to see if the NPC is active or not.

  • Tropical Peppermint Cakes
  • Scoops of Mintberry Wwirl Ice Cream
  • Peppermint Omnomberry Bars

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide The Giving Spirit
Donate enough snowflakes to cheer up Drooburt for the holidays.

Drooburt can be found on the northern side of the pavilion. He’s quite easy to spot as he has a peppermint marker above his head. Donate 1,000 snowflakes to Drooburt to earn your reward.

You can repeat this achievement five times to earn achievement points. This is an infinite achievement which you can keep progressing.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement GuideUlla’s Rival
Complete the race event in Divinity’s Reach during Wintersday.

The race spawns on the north side of the pavilion every so often. This is a repeatable achievement that can earn you up to 25 points, and an infinite amount of rewards. You need to complete 3 races to earn this achievement and the rewards.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement GuideFrozen Footrace
Complete the race event in Divinitiy’s Reach during Wintersday in under 5 minutes without a mount.

Before starting the race, dismount and head out on foot. You need to race around the city without using the mount after crossing the start line, and finishing the race.

This is fairly easy, but mobility traits and skills will make this a lot easier if you have them. Just run through the gates and finish the race. If you have access to gliding, make sure you take shortcuts where possible.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement GuideSnow Drifter
Complete the race event in Divinitiy’s Reach during Wintersday in under 3 minutes.

This is fairly simple, hop on your mount of choice and race to the finish as fast as possible. This is quite easy as long as you don’t make any huge mistakes. The time limit is quite forgiving. Just finish the race within 3 minutes to earn this achievement.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Wrapping Everywhere
Unwrap 40 Wintersday presents.

There are many ways to get presents in Wintersday. You can complete events, daily achievements or just take part on the various activities. Your reward will always be a presents. If you don’t feel like putting effort into this, you can buy 40 presents from the Trading Post and open them.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Connoisseur of Confection
Eat 2,500 candy canes.

There’s two ways to earn this. One is to buy the following items from the trading post and consume them, or get them from Wintersday Gifts which can either be earned through rewards or bought from the Trading Post.

The following items can be consumed to earn this achievement:

  • Candy Canes
  • Tropical Peppermint Cakes
  • Scoops of Mintberry Swirl Ice Cream
  • Peppermint Omnomberry Bars

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Snowball Mayhem Participant
Complete 30 rounds of Snowball Mayhem. (infinite)

The following achievements will unlock indefinably rewarding their contents each time. You will need to complete XX of each activity to earn these. They also count towards the meta achievements “Seasoned Toymaker”.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide The Bells of Wintersday
Complete 30 songs in Bell Choir Ensemble. (infinite)

See “Snowball Mayhem Participant”.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Winter Wonderland Mastery
Complete the Winter Wonderland jumping puzzle 15 times. (infinite)

See “Snowball Mayhem Participant”.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Dauntless Donator
Get wrapped gifts from the Wintersday vendor and give them to orphans around Divinity’s Reach daily for karma and experience boost.

Before you start, talk to the Wintersday vendor at the bottom of the stairs in the pavilion. You will need to buy wrapped gifts and give them to the orphans around the city. In total there are 30 orphans, so you will need 30 wrapped gifts per run.

If you’re having difficulty finding most orphans, don’t forget to turn on NPC name plates. This will make finding them a lot easier. If you’re still having difficulty, the map below details all their locations.

You can repeat this achievement an infinite amount of times for rewards, and up to five times for achievement points. You will only be able to give gifts one per day, so this will take a total of 5 days to full complete.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide

Winter’s Presence

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Winter’s Presence
Collect all 10 items to create Winter’s Presence.

The Beginning

Before you start anything, you first need to unlock this collection. To do so, head the Crown Pavilion waypoint. At the bottom of the stairs you will find a vendor selling various items. You will need the blueprint for Winter’s Presence which costs 3 gold and 25,000 karma. Once the collection is unlocked, you need to gather the following items.

The Essence of Crafting

The following items need to be crafted to progress the collection. Some can be bought on the trading post, where as others you can just work towards while doing other things if you so wish.

Essence of Mischief

You will need to combine the following items in the mystic forge to create the Essence of Mischief:

  • (50) Packages of Snowball (DR Vendor “50 Flawless snowflakes, 35,000 karma”)
  • (50) Superior Sigil of Mischief *
  • (50) Flawless Snowflakes *
  • (50) Mystic Coins *

* Denotes that items can be bought from the trading post

Essence of Snowfall

You will need to combine the following items in the mystic forge to create the Essence of Snowfall:

  • (50) Choir Bells *
  • (50) Superior Runes of Snowfall *
  • (50) Flawless Snowflakes *
  • (50) Mystic Coins *

* Denotes that items can be bought from the trading post

Magnanimous Obsidian Crystal

You will need to combine the following items in the mystic forge to create the Magnanimous Obsidian Crystal:

  • (1) Magnanimous Choir Bell (50 Flawless Snowflakes, 17,500 karma)
  • (50) Obsidian Shards
  • (50) Flawless Snowflakes *
  • (50) Mystic Coins *

* Denotes that items can be bought from the trading post

Achievement Items

All the activities must be completed 3 times to earn the required item. However, “Festive Imbiber” and “Toy Quality Control” need a little more effort on your part.

  • Winter Music Score
  • Champion’s Snowball
  • Snowglobe
  • Refurbished Toy
  • Icy Aura
  • Masterful Toast

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Festive Imbiber
Drink 10,000 Wintersday drinks. These include spiced cider, buttered spirits, and eggnog.

For the most part, this will be the part of the collection you will have the most difficulty with. There are two ways to earn this item, one is to spend a fortune on the trading post, the other is to grind your way through events to earn gifts. Wintersday gifts have a high drop rate, so everyone you open may yield at least one drink item.

You can use the following items to progress this achievement:

  • Cup of Spiced Apple Cider
  • Festive Golem Tonic
  • Glass of Buttered Spirits
  • Mug of Eggnog
  • Reindeer Tonic
  • Snowman Tonic

You will need to consume 40 stacks worth of festive drinks to earn this achievement.

Note: Remember that you can consume whole stacks of drinks by using the consume all option.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Toy Quality Control
Finish 30 rounds of Toypocalypse during Wintersday.

Unlike the other events, you will need to complete 30 rounds of Toypocalypse to earn your reward, This is basically three full runs from start to finish.

You will need to this event 3 times to unlock the Refurbished Toy.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Frozen Claw
Defeat the Claw of Jormag 3 times during Wintersday.

The Claw of Jormag spawns 3 hours after its earlier attack. You can take part in the flight by waypointing to Earthshake Basin in Frostgorge Sound.

You will need to beat this world boss 3 times to unlock the Icy Aura.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Snowball Fight!
Claim victory in the Snowball Mayhem activity 3 times during Wintersday.

You will need to this event 3 times to unlock the Champion’s Snowball.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Sounds of the Season
Complete songs in the Bell Choir 3 times during Wintersday.

You will need to do this event 3 times to unlock the Winter Music Score.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide The Wintersday Gauntlet
Complete the Winter Wonderland jumping puzzle 3 times during Wintersday.

You will need to this event 3 times to unlock the Snowglobe.


Daily Achievements

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Wintersday Cheer
Complete three of the five available daily achievements in the Wintersday festival

Complete three daily achievements tied to Wintersday. Completing this five times will complete the meta achievement tied to Wintersday.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Wintersday Snowball Slinger
Hit 3 players with snowballs during Wintersday.

You can buy or picking snowballs in Divinities Reach. Once you have them just throw them at other players who’re also using snowballs.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide That Wintersday Ring
Take part in the Wintersday Bell Choir.

You need to complete at least one round of the Bell Choir. As long as you reach the end, this will count and reward you.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Wintersday Skritt Hit I
Hit 10 skritt with snowballs anywhere in Tyria

You can buy snowballs from the vendor at the bottom of the stairs in the Crown Pavilion. Once you have them, head out into the world and find several skritt and throw snowballs at them.

Guild Wars 2 Merry Wintersday Festival Achievement Guide Yay, Wintersday Presents!
Open 4 Wintersday presents.

Completing dailies, activities and just taking part in Wintersday will earn you presents to open. You will need to open four for this achievement. You can also buy them from the trading post if you don’t feel like taking part in the events.