November 2012 Release Highlights

Big changes are coming to Tyria in November. From the historic Lost Shores event on November 16-18 to the endlessly entertaining Fractals of the Mists dungeon and a brand new PvP map, after this month, Tyria will never be the same!

Lost Shores Weekend Event Nov 16-18

Begins November 16 at 12:00 PM (9:00 PM CET)

A spectacular one-time world event! Unravel a mystery of epic proportions in The Lost Shores, a storyline that begins at 12:00 PM (9:00 PM CET) on November 16. Join a fight against a formidable new threat that culminates in a once-in-a-lifetime, thrilling conclusion on November 18. Face a brand-new species, earn unique rewards, gather new crafting resources, learn new recipes, and much more! Lost Shores will change the face of Tyria—don’t miss it!


Free Trial Weekend Nov 15-18

If you’re an existing Guild Wars 2 player, you’ll have the chance to invite three friends to experience the world of Tyria during our special Free Trial that begins at 9:00 AM Pacific (6:00 PM CET) on November 15. Your guest will receive an invitation with a unique serial code that will allow them to play for free just in time for our epic Lost Shores world event. Supplies of trial keys are limited, so get your invites out early!

New Dungeon! Enter the Fractals of the Mists

Introducing a dungeon experience like no other—Fractals of the Mists! You’ll be pitted against a series of unique “fractal” mini-dungeons that get harder and harder as you progress, giving you unlimited levels of challenge! With great risk comes great reward, including new weapon sets, a back-slot item, new Ascended loot, and much more!

New Beta PvP Map: Temple of the Silent Storm

This brand new PvP map, set on a kodan iceberg, has a distinctive look and a more vertical layout than previous maps. Since this is a beta version of the Temple of the Silent Storm map, we need input from players like you before we introduce it permanently into the game’s PvP map rotation.


New Lost Shores Items from the Black Lion Trading Company

The Gem Store will be well stocked in November! Unique minis and brand-new weapon skins made just for the Lost Shores weekend event are just some of what the Black Lion Trading Company has in store.

New Ascended Gear & Infusions

Introducing Ascended items, artifacts of great power that can be improved by a special new type of upgrade called Infusions, which can be found in dungeons. Look for more information about Ascended gear soon!

Lost Shores Weekend Event

This one-time world event takes place from November 16 -18, with new content each day:

November 16 Begins at 12:00 PM PST (9:00 PM CET)

They came from beneath the waves—the karka, a monstrous new species bent on destruction!

Defend Lion’s Arch

All hands on deck! Protect the city of Lion’s Arch against strange invaders from the sea in a desperate battle for survival. Race against time to help the Lionguard uncover the mystery of these formidable new creatures!

November 17 Begins at 12:00 PM PST (9:00 PM CET)

The karka must be stopped at all costs, and the Lionguard needs your help to defeat this threat!

Retake Lion’s Arch

The nigh-invulnerable karka pose a threat to every living thing on the Tyrian coast! Join the fight and help drive the karka invasion from Lion’s Arch.

Discover a Brand New Map

Enter the lair of the karka—a lost island at the edge of the Sea of Sorrows. Introducing Southsun Cove, a completely new map full of wonder, danger, and exciting events! The counter-attack against the karka begins today!

November 18 Begins at 12:00 PM PST (9:00 PM CET)

Be part of Tyrian history—join the final battle against the Ancient Karka!

An Epic One-Time Event

This is it: the final battle against the fierce Ancient Karka on the brand-new Southsun Cove map. Only the combined might of the heroes of Tyria has any hope against a creature this powerful, which means we need you! This once-in-a-lifetime event takes place only on November 18—don’t miss it.

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Fractals of the Mists are an all-new dungeon experience in Guild Wars 2,introduced with the Lost Shores content update. While many core gameplay staples carry over from the standard dungeons, the way you approach and progress through the fractals can differ in some significant ways. In this guide we’ve compiled plenty of useful information to get you started in the new dungeons, along with plenty of tips and important details to be aware of based on our hands-on time with them so far.

I. Forming Your Group

Before you can begin, you’ll first need to form a full group of five players. All party members will need to be located in Lion’s Arch within the same shard, though only the group leader will need to be physically present at the asura gate to enter the main Fractals of the Mists instance.

Fractals Asura Gate

II. Fractal Difficulty Scale

One thing that will differ when you see LFG requests for running the “infinite dungeon” is that Difficulty Scale will play an important role. As you complete each cycle of three fractals, the difficulty scale going forward will go up by one (1), shown in the upper right corner of the screen. Currently this scale can continue to climb with no hard cap on difficulty level.

Fractal Difficulty Scale

As the difficulty scales up, a few things will happen. Not only will some of the expected things occur, such as boss encounters becoming increasingly more difficult, but additional environmental factors may also come into play.

For example, in the Volcanic Fractal there is a long, downward sloping corridor where players will have to avoid a number of giant flaming boulders as they descend. As the difficulty scales upward, additional mobs will spawn in this area making it much more challenging to progress.

Each time you complete a fractal your progress will be saved, along with your current difficulty scale. However, the scale set for your overall group will always be set to that of the team member with the least progress.

Maximum Party Difficulty

So say you’ve completed a few fractal runs and have access to scale 3 difficulty, your group disbands, and you head back into Lion’s Arch to form a new group. If one of the group members is currently only at scale 1 difficulty, that will be what the rest of the group is set at until you complete more fractals to advance the difficulty scale higher.

This will be important to keep in mind when forming groups, and you will likely see requests in /map chat for players with a minimum difficulty scale.

III. The Mistlock Observatory

Once your full group has entered the main Fractals of the Mists staging map, the Mistlock Observatory, you will have access to a standard merchant selling basics like salvage kits, a special merchant who accepts the new Fractal Relics currency, and a repair NPC.

Mistlock Observatory

In the center of this area is a blue portal (shown above). Once your party is ready to enter the dungeon, the party leader can enter this portal and then all members will be issued a Fractal Transit Query. As soon as all members hit the “Ready” button, you will immediately be transported to one of the fractals at random.

Fractal Transit Query

IV. Fractal Cycles

Unlike normal dungeons, groups will be taken to three (3) random fractals per run, constituting a complete cycle. Once a given fractal is complete, a loot chest will spawn, and another Fractal Transit Query will be presented.

Following the first and second fractal, you will be taken to another random fractal. Upon completion of the third, you will be taken back to the Mistlock Observatory where you can access the vendors, make any needed repairs, or simply reenter the portal for another cycle of three fractals.

Each fractal will take you roughly 15-30 minutes to complete. This will vary based on things like group coordination and difficulty scale.

V. Fractal Checkpoints

Unlike standard dungeons, fractals do not contain any waypoints. Instead, invisible checkpoints will be unlocked as you progress through each fractal. This is significant for a couple of reasons.

First, it will make reviving downed teammates critical to your progress since you won’t be able to simply waypoint zerg more difficult encounters. Secondly, defeated players will remain in the defeated state until they are either revived, or the full group wipes. In the event of a wipe, your team will immediately spawn at the nearest unlocked checkpoint.

VI. Fractal Relics

A new currency type has been added that is specific to the fractals dungeon, called Fractal Relics. At the end of each successfully completed fractal, a chest will spawn that contains 5 Fractal Relics along with any additional loot you’ve been awarded.

Fractal Relics

Relics are a physical object similar to dungeon tokens or badges of honor. As such, not only can they be used to purchase items from the merchant in the Mistlock Observatory, but you will also be able to use them in the Mystic Forge.

At present, we are still gathering data on any Mystic Forge recipes that utilize Fractal Relics. In the meantime, below you find a complete list of items that can be purchased with relics along with their associated costs:

Fractal Relic Merchant

The equipment boxes listed above will function similar to other inventory containers that filter a given type of loot. In this case, items of the same quality level of the container will automatically be placed within it as room permits. So say you purchase the exotic box, any exotics you loot or craft will automatically be placed there. This helps expand on the current inventory sorting options, and also provides an alternative method of obtaining 20 slot containers outside of the hefty 10g rune costs in crafting.

Prototype Fractal Capacitor

Dessa’s Experiment Journal is a consumable item that can be used to gain an additional skill point. This will no doubt come in quite handy for gaining the skill points needed for legendary weapon creation, or other mystic forge recipes that require components purchased with skill points.

Finally, the Prototype Fractal Capacitors are items with varying stats. (the specific equipment slot is not listed on the tooltip, but these are most likely a general accessory slot item) While those listed here are exotic quality, they’re similar to ascended quality items in the sense that they contain no upgrade slots, instead coming pre-loaded with specific attribute increases. (an example of this can be seen to the right)

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A guide to all the events related to the GW2 Lost Shores weekend from Nov 16 to Nov 18.


Phase 1 – Defend Lions’s Arch (Friday, Nov 16, 12:00 PM PST)

1. Group event – Deal with invading karka and collect samples for Research Assistant Bardus

2. Investigation by Inspector Ellen Kiel

Go to Lion’s Arch Grand Plaza and talk to Inspector Ellen Kiel,


Now head to the Lion’s Arch beach area (Moran Memorial) just north of the lighthouse, inspect the Jetsam, Broken Cargo Container, and Ruptured Cargo Barrel in that order. Then you take a crowbar and open the Sealed Cargo Barrel


You can pick up this flower from the bag inside the barrel and return it to her.


Blingg –west of Fort Mariner

Go back to Inspector Ellen, she will tell you to see Blingg in Fort Marriner.


You can find Blingg near the Consortium Portal. Talking to him will lead you to Subdirector Noll


He will mail you something in the mail


Subdirector Noll – Caeldon Forest (near Hanto Trading Post)

He is located at Caledon Forest in the Trader Green area west of Hanto Trading Post. Subdirector Noll  will periodically spawns an event to intimate his guards. Due to the amount of players near him, you may not to get the kill credit necessary to complete the event the first time. Once you complete the event, talk to him and he will sent you another mail to find Canach (Kessex Hills)



Canach – Kessex Hills (Wizard’s Clef, west of Garenhoff)

Canach is upstairs in this house located on the SE corner of Kessex Hills just west of Garenhoff. There is an event here to defeat him but he seems to be bugged and not attackable.


3. Investigation by  Miyani

Miyani – Lion’s Arch Mystic Forge

Talk to Miyani and ask about the karka creatures and she will let you talk to Zommoros.


Zommoros will tell you to find answers in Caledon Forest, Metrica Province and Kessex Hills. Once you zone out of Lion’s Arch she Miyani will also send you a letter with all the locations.


Caledon Forest – Stormwreck Deeps POI

Go to this POI at east part of Caledon Forest. Inside the water you will see a capture Quaggan named Pastkeeper Saballa, there is an event to rescue her but it is bugged on some servers.


If she is already rescued, she will be a bit east of that location. Anyways, she will ask you to collect stuff for her to jog her memory. Once you do that, she will reward you with a magic scroll.


  • Revamping all of our existing dungeons (Story and Explorable versions) through rebalance and overhauled encounters.
  • Adding new dungeons to the Fractal of the Mists.
  • Adding more variation to creatures, enhancing our open world scaling system, as well as evolving many events and experiences across Tyria.
  • Fixing and improving existing content throughout the game, and better tying it into the overall sense of player progression within Guild Wars 2.
  • Building on the Southsun Cove’s persistent content.
  • Adding new Guild content and Guild progression features.
  • Continuing to evolve PvP into an E-sport as outlined here:
  • Adding brand new content to World vs. World as well as adding new reward progression.
  • Continuing to build upon the story and adventures of Guild Wars 2.
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