Shadow of the Mad King festival artwork without logo

[Update]: The 2022 version of the Shadow of the Mad King event will be arriving on October 18th.

In order to celebrate the spookiest time of the year, Guild Wars 2 has now brought back the Shadow of the Mad King festival. Much like last year Shadow of the Mad King brings with it an assortment of cosmetics to collect, the Mad King's Labyrinth to endlessly farm for candy-shaped goodies, a couple of races and a jumping puzzle to partake in, as well as plenty of Halloween themed decorations to get everyone into a festive mood.

Naturally, there are some new additions as well. Not only is there a rather chunky bonus experience and reward event going on until October 12, but the Mad King's Labyrinth has received two new bosses alongside an overhaul of previous ones, and there's even a lovable surprise guest to keep you company as you wonder through the labyrinth.

As an additional little bonus, leveling a character to level 10 during the Shadow of the Mad King festival will grant you a Bloodbound weapon that scales in power alongside you. So if you ever wanted to level up a new character, or just jump into Guild Wars 2 for the very first time, this is a pretty great opportunity to do so.

You can check out the full list of changes and additions, as well as the accompanying patch notes, over at the Guild Wars 2 website.

The Shadow of the Mad King festival will be running until November 9th, which should give you more than enough time to collect any of the cosmetics or complete any of the seasonal achievements. Have fun, and I'll leave you with one of the trailers: