Guild Wars 2 Wintersday 2021 – How to Get Started, Events and Rewards
The Guild Wars 2 Wintersday Holiday Event is full of joy, goodies and snowballs. The annual event runs from December 14 to January 4, and like the Halloween-themed festival, offers you multiple experiences. Here’s how to participate in the festivities and collect all of your Wintersday gifts.
Where to start
You’ll want to make it to Divinity’s Reach, as it’s the hub for all Wintersday activity. If you don’t have a quick or easy way to get there, check your mailbox and find the letter from Tixx. The letter contains an invitation to join Wintersday and it will instantly teleport you to Divinity’s Reach. You will also notice a second letter in your Orphan Laine inbox. Laine wants you to take part in a treasure hunt, but this is only for players who have reached level 80.
Collect Wintersday Gifts
One of the many events you can participate in for Wintersday is finding mysterious gifts. They can be found all over Central Tyria and drop hostile skritts. Defeat each skritt to collect the gifts and rewards they hide inside.
You’ll find seven events in total once you reach the Crown Pavilion at Divinity’s Reach. If you can see Toymaker Tixx’s flying airship, you’ve come to the right place. Events are marked with a peppermint icon on your map.
The crown pavilion
Ho-Ho-Tron accepts donations for those in need and needs gold to make gift delivery. Once they have collected enough of them, the golem and the gift giving dolyak begin their way to a portal. Protect them from the skritt to complete the event.
Similar to the Shadow of the Mad King event, Wintersday also includes mount races. You can either use your own mount or hire one to ride the routes around town.
This holiday season is about giving back and helping those in need. You can give gifts to Divinity’s Reach orphans daily throughout the event to earn rewards.
The wonderful workshop
There are two events inside the Infinirarium. The first is to defeat the skritts and toys that have come to life. The second is a defense mini-game where you face other players.
Secret hideout of the snowmen
The Secret Snowman Lair is an attack mission that you can join as a public party or preformed squad. You will encounter snowman Jolly Donny and evil creatures such as Ice Spikers and Ice Crushers as you navigate the dungeon. Your main weapons are snowballs.
Winter Wonderland is a jumping puzzle where you have to jump through melting snowflakes, explosive gifts and dodge snowballs to reach the end.
One of the few non-combat focused events where you match skills based on colored spheres. It is timed to musical beats around six Guild Wars 2 songs.
A full PvP snowball war mini-game. You’ll face other Guild Wars 2 players in a full-scale battle where you’ll need to capture Wintersday gifts and return them to your squad base. The first to 500 points wins.
Completing Wintersday events will reward you with many different items and currencies. You can find snowflake coins, snow diamonds, and collect karma. Other items include armor skins and armor, food, guild decorations, infusions, cosmetic auras, and recipes.