What to Expect from Guild Wars 2’s “Wintersday” Event

The holiday season is approaching, for our world and Tyria’s. And with the season comes Guild Wars 2’s most important holiday: The Wintersday Event. There’s been almost no official information released by Arena Net, but luckily there are some hardcore Guild Wars fans here at Leviathyn able to share some insight and some hints that might help this holiday season.

First, Arena Net’s Wintersday announcement:

Wintersday: The Wondrous Workshop of Toymaker Tixx

December 14 to January 3

The nights may be long and dark, but Tyrians of all races keep joy alive during the ancient holiday of Wintersday. While each race celebrates Wintersday in their own unique way, children all over Tyria share a common love of one thing: toys.


This year the city of Lion’s Arch will host the asuran Toymaker Tixx as their special Wintersday guest of honor. Before Tixx arrives in Lion’s Arch in his massive airship toy workshop, he’ll visit every major city in Tyria to deliver Wintersday toys and holiday cheer.


Like I said, there is not very information to work with. But based on previous events on Guild Wars 1 and 2 we can conclude a couple of things.

First, it’s time to start managing your storage account. Unless you’re trying to hold onto those leftover Halloween crafting materials for personal use then sell them. Their price isn’t rising and it’s not worth the space in your storage bank. In fact their value is most likely going to decrease as soon as the new Wintersday items are out. It goes the same with any rare Halloween item skins you still have. I’d suggest selling them now, or planning on keeping them until close to next Halloween season. Their price is likely to diminish with the release of Winter weapons.

One thing you should hang onto, however, is Black Lion Trading Keys. This Halloween the easiest way to get the rare and expensive  weapon skins was by opening up Black Lion Chests. But these keys are expensive, whether you’re using in game gold or real life money to buy them with. Since the Halloween event I’ve saved up every one of my Black Lion Keys, because they’ll probably use the chests to drop high end rare Wintersday items once again.

The “Wintersday Guest of Honor” this year is Toymaker Tixx, an interesting play on Santa Claus. And having him travel around to the different major cities before stopping at Lion’s Arch is defiantly hinting at yet another multi-stage event. A three week event, that takes up the majority of the month is going to have to have a lot of different things going on. I speculate that Tixx will spend a couple of days in each city before Christmas, and spend the holiday in Lion’s Arch where the majority of the event will take place.

But don’t forget, Wintersday not only covers the religious holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah, but it also covers New Years. I suspect that the two best times to play will be around these holidays, where the culmination of the event will take place. But don’t worry if you have obligations close to the holidays, there are sure to be lots to do over the entire three weeks. Wintersday was Guild Wars 1’s biggest event of the year, and I wouldn’t be suprised if it is in Guild Wars 2.

A couple other quick things we’ll probably see from Guild Wars 2’s Wintersday event: Costumes, Black Lion Trading Company Goodies, some kind of PvP Snowball arena, Holiday quests, new random events, new crafting materials, new consumables, and new skins. It’s going to be a packed three weeks in Guild Wars 2. See you at the Wintersday event.

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