Guild Wars 2′s Wintersday event is returning to Tyria, as is the toy making inventor Tixx. The festival starts December 10 and lasts for six-weeks. A balance update will also be included in the content patch. A video announcement and more information is below.
THE WONDROUS WORKSHOP: Enter Toymaker Tixx’s workshop inside his golem-shaped airship, the Infinirarium, to corral mischievous toys and set things to rights.
WINTER WONDERLAND: The multi-path Winter Wonderland jumping puzzle is full of beautiful delights and death-defying challenges! Leap from snowflake to snowflake, prance up a stack of gifts, and race giant snowballs on your way to the prize.
BELL CHOIR: Make sweet music ring through the air with Tyria’s favorite musical challenge, the Bell Choir! Group up with other players to make sweet harmonies and ring in the season.
TOYPOCALYPSE: Toys are running amok and threatening everyone’s Wintersday. Enter Toypocalypse to defend noble, gift-bearing dolyaks and Tixx’s toymaking machine from the predations of haywire toys.
SNOWBALL MAYHEM: What good is Wintersday without the opportunity to pelt friends, foes, and total strangers in the face with snowballs? The Snowball Mayhem fight will pitch you against other players in a mission to store up as many presents as possible while laying waste to the opposing team.
LINGERING POISON: You may have found a way into the Toxic Alliance’s inner sanctum, but this has by no means curtailed their nefarious activities! Kessex Hills and the surrounding countryside are still befouled by the alliance’s evil presence.
DEVELOPER LIVESTREAM—DECEMBER 9: Sneak a peek at the Wintersday wonders that await you – join ArenaNet devs for a livestream on our Twitch channel on Monday, December 9, at 12PM PST.
Rewards: Tixx’s Toybox – Tixx’s marvelous miniature toys are available once again! Complete the Wintersday meta achievement to receive Tixx’s Toybox, which will grant you one of Tixx’s toys: a Mini Ventari, Mini Plush Griffon, Mini Princess Doll, Mini Toy Golem, or Mini Toy Soldier.
Craft Ascended Armor: The Armorsmith, Leatherworker, and Tailor crafting disciplines have a new skill cap of 500, which means that you can now craft your own Ascended armor! Refine, stitch, and hammer your way to 500 to become a Grandmaster Crafter and unlock the ability to craft Ascended armor.
New Healing Skills: Introducing a new healing skill for every profession.
December 10 Balance Update: The next balance update is coming, and its focus is on improving traits and trait lines. You can read about incoming changes here.