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New Elite Specializations

The second Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ preview weekend is now live! All nine of the new elite specializations are playable in Player vs. Player and World vs. World. Test out builds, experiment with skills and abilities, or just get some practice in before you travel to the desert. The demo will be available through Sunday, August 20.

To participate, go to the Character Select screen and choose the option to create a demo character. If you don’t have a Guild Wars 2 account, register now to play for free.

Happy battling!

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Prepurchase Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire

Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire™ is launching on 22 September! Prepurchase your copy of Guild Wars 2‘s second expansion and receive these bonuses:

* The Spearmarshal’s Gift: A special gift from an anonymous source in Elona who hopes to find you a useful ally. Signed simply, “A friend.” Use this to choose one weapon skin from the Sunspear weapon set.

* Miniature Rogue Balthazar: This exclusive miniature is a replica of Balthazar—a more up-to-date and accurate likeness than even Malchor’s sculpture of the god of War and Fire. He’s on the warpath…as long as he’s following you.

* The “Elonian Envoy” Title: Whether you’re a new arrival from mainland Tyria or coming home to Elona, build bridges by displaying this symbol of respect and friendship.

When you prepurchase any edition of Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, you can add Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ during checkout and purchase both expansions together for less than the combined individual expansion prices. For more information on available expansion editions and bonuses, please visit the official site.

Digital Deluxe Upgrade
If you’ve already prepurchased Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire, you can upgrade to the Digital Deluxe edition through the Black Lion Trading Company’s in-game store. You’ll receive all of the Digital Deluxe edition bonus items, including a Sunspear Outfit, Identity Repair Kit, additional character slot, and a permanent pass to the Lily of the Elon.

New Hair and Face Options
A range of new hairstyles and face options are available for human characters. You can access them during character creation, or update an existing character’s look using a Total Makeover Kit or Self-Style Hair Kit.

Living World Season 3 Package
Unlock all previous episodes of Living World Season 3 for a 20% discount! This package is available through the Black Lion Trading Company’s in-game store.

Visit Guild Wars 2: Path Of Fire Website.

(Current Release Date: September 22, 2017)

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(07/25/2017) Game Update Notes

Living World Season Finale- “One Path Ends”

Balthazar has disappeared again, and it’s top priority to find him—especially if what he’s planning could bring disaster to Tyria. And if one thing’s for sure, it’s that he’s gearing up for something big. He’s already managed to collect magical power from a bloodstone, and now he’s set his sights on an Elder Dragon. With Taimi’s device broken, you’re on your own—for now.

New Legendary Sword:
A new legendary weapon is now available. Speak to Grandmaster Craftsman Hobbs in Lion’s Arch to learn how to craft the new sword precursor, Save the Queen, and forge the new legendary sword.

New Legendary Hammer
A new legendary weapon is now available. Speak to Grandmaster Craftsman Hobbs in Lion’s Arch to learn how to craft the new hammer precursor, Might of Arah, and forge the new legendary hammer.

World Polish

* Players can now turn in midair while jumping.
* The event “Kill the Risen before they reactivate the Statue of Lyssa” now rewards players with the same chest as the event “Kill the Corrupted High Priestess.”
* The skeleton and his treasure hoard have been located and returned to their ship in the Gilded Hollow.

Blazeridge Steppes
* Fixed an issue in which the Shatterer event failed to start when both prerequisite events were completed.
* Prerequisite events for the Shatterer will now automatically fail if they are not completed within the time limit to lure out the Shatterer.


New Fractal: Shattered Observatory
* A new fractal is accessible through the Mistlock Observatory.
* Added a new Shattered Observatory fractal achievement category under Fractals of the Mists on the Achievements tab of the Hero panel.
* New rewards are available from BLING-9009 in the Mistlock Observatory.
* The continued perseverance of adventurers has again caught the eye of the Harbinger.

Molten Furnace
* Fixed a bug in which wiping during the final fight with the Weapons Test Engineer could cause the instance to stall on retry.

Molten Boss
* Falling from the platform during the battle against the Molten Berserker and Molten Firestorm will now result in death.

* Fixed a bug in which completing the fractal would not award some daily achievement progress.
* The Nightmare fractal is now accessible at scales 24, 49, 74, and 99, replacing the fractals previously at those scales.

Mistlock Instabilities
* Adrenaline Rush now permanently enrages enemies and applies a 150% damage increase instead of a 200% damage increase.

* The glider animation for Ad Infinitum has been updated to be more suitable for a legendary glider.
* Fixed a bug in which Fractal Avengers were prevented from finishing players.
* Mist-potion boon icons are now invisible outside of fractal maps.
* Reduced the gold cost of medium and heavy ascended chest pieces by 1 gold to match the WvW ascended armor cost.

* Added a new achievement for acquiring legendary armor pieces.

Bastion of the Penitent
* Fixed a bug in which safe zones in the Cairn the Indomitable encounter became out of sync with certain attacks.
* Adjusted the initial impact arc of Orbital Sweep during the Cairn the Indomitable encounter.
* Fixed a bug in which players took multiple instances of damage from Cairn the Indomitable’s Energy Surge attack.
* Fixed a bug in which Rigom behaved erratically when stunned and brought to 0 health at nearly the same time.
* Fixed a bug in which Samarog abandoned the fight when pushed past certain health thresholds too quickly.

Personal Story

* Exotic backpacks acquired from the Druid Stone collections in the “Flashpoint” release now have an upgrade slot.
* Fixed a bug in which killing the Eye of Zhaitan in the Promenade of the Gods in Cursed Shore would not progress the Flameseeker Prophecies III collection.
* The Jade Maw Lens is now required to test items at the Metal Forest for the Bifrost III collection.
* Players who have deleted the Humming Krait Crystal without crafting the Krait Focusing Crystal for the Kraitkin III collection can now purchase a replacement from Grandmaster Craftsman Hobbs.
* Players who have misplaced components for the Incinerator III collection can now purchase replacements from Grandmaster Craftsman Hobbs.
* Fixed various legendary journey text bugs.
* Two sets of Heirloom Seed Pouches have been renamed to avoid champion loot bag confusion.
* Fixed a bug in which certain weapons prevented progression of the Twice-Told Legend achievement.
* The Charged Quartz Orichalcum Amulet now has a chance to drop from grand exalted chests in Auric Basin.

The following jewels can be converted into infusions in the Mystic Forge:
* Preserved Queen Bee
* Chak Egg Sac
* Poly-luminescent Undulating Refractor: Black, Green, Orange, and Teal
* Vial of Liquid Aurillium

The following legendary weapons now have custom projectile effects:
* The Juggernaut
* The Moot
* Bolt
* Meteorlogicus

Structured Player vs. Player

PvP Lobby
* Cautrell the Traitor has returned from his exile and is back to vending in the new lobby.

World vs. World

Made the following adjustments to participation grace times:
* Defending caravans has been changed from 2 minutes to 5 minutes.
* Hitting a player/objective with a siege weapon has been changed from 1 minute to 2 minutes.
* Capturing a shrine has been changed from 2 minutes to 5 minutes.


New Items and Promotions
* For a limited time, a new set of Abaddon weapon skins are available from Black Lion Weapons Specialists for 2 Black Lion Claim Tickets. Keys can be found in the Special category of the Gem Store for 125 gems each.
* The Shield of the Goddess has returned for a limited time and can be found in the Style category of the Gem Store for 600 gems.
* Introducing the Mistlock Sanctuary—the most elaborate Black Lion lounge to date. In addition to a full suite of general services and amenities, the Sanctuary also contains everything a fractal explorer could need. For easy access, pick up the lifetime pass in the Utility category of the Gem Store for 1,000 gems, or check out some of the Mistlock Sanctuary’s unique features with a two-week pass for 150 gems.

* The Black Lion Chest has been updated to the Return to Orr Chest and can be previewed for a full list of its contents.
* The Black Lion Material Bag has been added as the new guaranteed item. It contains a collection of high-quality crafting materials, special Living World Season 3 materials, and a few surprises. * The Unidentified Dye and Tome of Knowledge have been removed, and the Mystic Forge Stone and the new Black Lion Booster have been added as common drops.
* The Communal Boost Bonfire has been added as an uncommon drop.
* The new Mini Dwayna’s Messenger is available as an uncommon drop for the duration of the Return to Orr Chest.
* The new Feathers of the Zephyr Package with the Golden Zephyr Backpiece and Feathers of the Zephyr Glider is available as an uncommon drop for the duration of the Return to Orr Chest.
* The new Advanced Leather Rack and Advanced Cloth Rack are available as rare drops.
* The Daydreamer’s Weapon Collection is now available as a rare drop for the duration of the Return to Orr Chest.
* The Dwayna’s Weapon Collection is now available as a super rare drop for the duration of the Return to Orr Chest.

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