Game Update Notes – August 9, 2016

08/09/2016 – August 09 Release Notes

  • Plains of Ashford
    • Fixed an issue that could prevent the “Lure out devourers to get at their eggs” event from starting.
    • Drottot Lashtail will now have a merchant icon when selling the Recipe: Drottot’s Poached Eggs item.
  • Sparkfly Fen
    • An access point for Tequatl’s Watery Grave will appear after Tequatl has been defeated. It will stay open for fifteen minutes and is located off the coast, southwest of Fabled Djannor.
  • Bloodstone Fen
    • The Legendary Unbound Guardian’s Counter Magic mechanic now also doubles condition damage.
  • Bloodstone slivers have scattered across Tyria.


  • Chaos Isles
    • Randomized the Chaos Anomaly’s target selection for Flux Bomb.
    • The Flame Devourers will now disappear when all the bonfires are lit.
    • Relocated the Mistlock Singularity for the “Defeat the mysterious asura’s agent” event to be more accessible.
    • Falling off of the platform while the “Defeat the mysterious asura’s agent” event is active will now teleport characters onto the platform instead of to the checkpoint location.
    • The Brazen Gladiator now spends less time trying to follow minions, illusions, or pets.
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Fractal Avengers from triggering.
    • Fixed a bug in which the Chaos Isles fractal would not increment the Fractal Frequenter or Daily Fractals achievements.
  • Snowblind
    • Fixed a bug that prevented Fractal Avengers from triggering.
  • Swampland
    • Fixed a bug in which Bloomhunger could take damage from conditions while in Spirit Ward.
    • Fixed a bug in which the wisps would not reset properly upon party defeat.
    • The “Kill Bloomhunger” event will now restart from the beginning after party defeat.
    • Players are now forced into combat while in Bloomhunger’s arena during the “Kill Bloomhunger” event.
    • The tunnel gate now closes when the “Kill Bloomhunger” event is active.
  • Thaumanova Reactor
    • Fixed a bug in which players could rally off of their miniatures in the Superheated Room.


  • Warrior—Vengeance: Fixed a bug that prevented this skill from being displayed in PvP matches.


  • PvP League Season 4 begins on August 9 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7) and ends on October 3 at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time (UTC-7).
  • Ranked PvP matchmaking has been updated to create the most even matches possible within your pip range.


  • The walls in WvW have been updated to improve performance.
  • Mortar incendiary effects have been updated to more clearly show the area in which burning is applied.
  • The mortar incendiary radius has been decreased to 300.
  • The mortar incendiary radius with the Mortar Mastery ability has been decreased to 360.
  • The Master of Monuments achievement has been renamed “Daily WvW Master of Monuments.”


  • Med Kits have been added to sentries.
  • The portals to Eternal Battlegrounds and other borderlands have been adjusted so that teleportation does not occur when players walk close to their sides.

Siege Repair Hammers are now in beta!
Siege Repair Hammers are a new consumable that may be purchased from the Tricks and Traps vendor. They allow players to repair all siege weapons as long as they have supply, and the hammers work with the Repair Master ability line.
We will be looking for feedback on the repair hammers on our forums and will be holding a follow-up poll to determine if they should become a permanent feature of the game.
In the event that repair hammers are officially added, the following changes would be made:

  • A new pip would be added to the Repair Master ability line that would allow players to purchase repair hammers.
  • Badges of honor would be added to the cost of the repair hammer.

New Items and Promotions

  • A new Bloodstone Dye Pack containing six exclusive colors is now available in the Special category of the Gem Store for 125 gems.
  • The Toxic Mantle and Toxic Gloves are available with a 20% discount for a limited time at 320 gems each, found in the Style category of the Gem Store.
  • Crystallized Magic no longer drops from Black Lion Chests.


  • The Black Lion Trading Company has hired additional aestheticians for the Havoc’s Heir airship, the Royal Terrace, and all cities. Aestheticians allow players to preview new hairstyles, faces, and other appearance details without needing to own a Total Makeover Kit. In order to confirm any changes, players must have a Total Makeover Kit in their inventory.