Guild Wars 2's Shadow of the Mad King event screenshot

With Halloween just around the corner, Guild Wars 2 has now been updated with its annual Shadow of the Mad King event. As before, it brings with it a festive version of Lion's Arch, a Labyrinth full of enemies to squash, a deviously difficult Clock Tower jumping puzzle, a mini-dungeon that lets you fight against the Mad King himself, and naturally, a whole bunch of Halloween themed cosmetics.

While there are some awesome new armor sets and weapons to collect, the definite highlight are the various new mount skins. On their own they might not look impressive, but they all come with four different dye channels which gives you the option to transform them into just about anything. So if you want a Raptor made out of fire and smoke, the option is now there, provided you have the extremely expensive dyes to do so. The only problem is that you cannot buy the individual mount skins, but instead have to grab all of them through the slightly discounted bundle. Whether the mount skins are worth the rather pricey 1600 Gems, however, that I'll leave for you to decide.

The update hasn't brought with it any balance changes just yet, so if you're in to PvP I'm afraid you're going to suffer for a little bit longer, but what it did bring is a variety of quality-of-life changes. The most important of these, at least for a hoarder like myself, is the ability to purchase two more bag slots per character!

If you're interested in all of the details, and there are a lot of them, you should head over to the official website. And finally, here's the original Halloween trailer, just to help set the mood. Enjoy!

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