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Exploring Southsun Cove - A Hands-On Preview

November 15, 2012 - 9:08am -- innuendo
Exploring Southsun Cove

During my time spent running around the new level 80 map I was able to see most of the new island. It seemed some parts were gated off by the terrain, but I didn’t have time to locate the routes to some of the inner locations. What I did see (about 75%) contains some of the most impressive art direction in the game thus far. The concept of a lush tropic isle tucked away in Sea of Sorrows was, in my gushing opinion, hit out of the park.

Shadow of the Mad King Achievement Guide

October 29, 2012 - 9:39am -- jeffprime
guild wars 2 complete achievement guide to shadow of the mad king

It's that special time of year where the hinges creak more ominously and the howling of the wind could be the sepulchral dirge of the undead. Halloween has come to Tyria in the form of the Shadow of the Mad King event. There is a lot to do in this first ever holiday event for Guild Wars 2 and there are plenty of achievements to testify to this fact. We've put together the following guide to help you lock in the eight current Special Event achievements to help you make the most of the Mad King's return to Tyria.

Mad Memoires Scavenger Hunt Act 1 Guide

October 27, 2012 - 9:18am -- Xerin
Mad Memories Scavenger Hunt Act 1 Guide

This year's Halloween Event kicks off with a scavenger hunt of epic proportions. The adventurers in Tyria are scrambling to recover the lost history of Mad King Thorn and they need your help. Hidden throughout the land are six ghosts holding six pages of the Mad Memoires, and locating all six will reward you with a brand new back item. Our guide to the first act reveals the locations of all six pages, along with details on operating the Candy-Powered Matter Meter.

The Splendid Chest - Ghostly Encounters

October 25, 2012 - 12:43pm -- jeffprime
guild wars 2 splendid chest ghosts

With the Shadow of the Mad King event now in full swing, players are scampering across Tryia to carve pumpkins, locate Haunted Doors for some trick-or-treating fun, and participate in a variety of other activities themed for Halloween. However, there are plenty of other ghostly encounters to be found on various maps in the game. In the spirit of the holiday, we've rounded up a few of our favorite ghostly encounters for you to check out in this special edition of our explorer's journal, the Splendid Chest.

Bloodtide Coast Skill Challenge Guide

October 10, 2012 - 10:20pm -- jeffprime
guild wars 2 complete skill challenge guide to bloodtide coast

Our skill challenge guide series continues today with the mid-level map, Bloodtide Coast. This map features the entrance to the Chantry of Secrets, oodles of bandits, and more underwater content than you can shake a trident at. It also plays home to six unique skill challenges, with most being fairly straight forward, and one or two offering a true challenge for most players.

The Pirate's Guide to Magic Find Gear

October 6, 2012 - 8:02pm -- Sardu
Magic Find Guide

If there’s one thing Guild Wars 2 has no shortage of, it’s pirates. Whether living or undead, they have a strong presence in the game on numerous maps. And while player characters won’t be sailing the high seas in search of lost treasure, we do regularly draw some heavy influence from our pirateering brethren. Part of the fun of scampering around Tyria and defeating the native inhabitants is to see what kind of shiny loot they have, after all.

One of the ways to increase your chances of obtaining the shiniest loot possible for your efforts is through items, consumables, or temporary buffs that provide an increase to Magic Find. There is a tradeoff, however, as Magic Find found on accessories, armor, or weapons will replace a more vital combat attribute.

In this guide we’ll go over your different options for putting together a cost effective set of magic find gear, outline the various types of consumables and buffs that enhance it even further, and explain how it impacts your chances of obtaining higher quality loot.

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