Guild Wars has been hiding a secret weapon for eight years
Guild Wars is going viral after former ArenaNet designer Matthew Moore tweeted about an Easter Egg that players hadn’t known existed for eight years now.
Update: The secret weapon is a Silver Edge. Here’s how to get it.
Guild Wars, a 17-year-old MMORPG, has been hiding a secret “weapon” somewhere in its code since 2013. The hunt for the elusive “maybe” weapon is now underway thanks to a global Guild Wars Discord user which goes by the nickname Horrible.
On April 12, 2021, Horrible noticed a Wiki edit on the Traveler’s Daydream talk page by former ArenaNet designer Matthew Moore.
Moore was responding to an anonymous comment made on August 25, 2020.
“I heard someone who heard from an ex-developer say that the Xunlai archivists are a conundrum or something. Some of the references overlap, like there are two maps with Kilroy and vaettir. I am not sure about the cupcake. “
Comment from Matthew Moore
“Well, I was going to create a new note, seeing as I admitted it on Twitter today, but I’m just going to confirm that this person was on to something. My apologies to the other developers for spoiling the secret (if we always kept it a secret), to the community for my part for hiding it without leaving more clues and confirmations, and especially to our QA to have them test something that no one would find for years. If you all get stuck looking for it and need more advice, ask Joe Kimmes. Ha! “
“There is a hidden weapon in the original Guild Wars that I don’t think anyone has found yet. We have hidden some clues in the dialogues of some Wiki Editor NPCs that only appear during the daydream of the Wiki Editor. traveler, but … I think we hid it … too good. Too bad? Could have done it betta. “Moore wrote on April 11, 2021.
The NPCs Moore talks about are the Eight Xunlai Archivists, introduced in 2013 and named after Guild Wiki users.
- Archivist Xunlai Argentum
- Archivist Xunlai Auren
- Jonemon, Xunlai Archivist
- Archivist Xunlai Plyng
- Archivist Xunlai Rylek
- Archivist Xunlai Sheftenalis
- Archivist Xunlai Tannatrus
- Archivist Xunlai Tannusay
According to the anonymous poster, obtaining the mysterious weapon could involve Kilroy, Vaettir, and a few cupcakes.
Today, April 13, 2021, Matthew Moore confirmed the weapon was not an RNG drop, saying:
“Oh my Dwayna, no, this is not a mini polar bear situation. Compliance with the conditions should produce a 100% trigger success rate… the thing. (… with only this caveat.) “
Also, after chatting with Joe and Zack Nickerson (Live Team QA), I thought it would be helpful to put a dot in writing: ‘It was planned as an Easter Egg’ meaning that we haven’t tested it as rigorously as main content (or even outside of our development environment), “and it was never intended to be main content.” This is old content from eight years, unattended, unmaintained. Will that work? “Probably.” But while you can tinker together the appropriate steps to perform this magic trick, it might not, either. If not, don’t ask Stephen Clarke-Willson to put it on the list of handy fruits for a solution you, and if you unearth this long-hidden treasure, it will be a pleasure for you. “And me”, but keep it in perspective. Thank you and happy hunting! “
Some good news
Matthew Moore recently wrote on the Reverie talk page and revealed the following:
“I just spoke with Joe Kimmes (to apologize in advance for sending him a bunch of impatient inquiries), and he said he was pretty sure it could be acquired outside of the Wayfarer’s daydream. So you can safely continue testing Other conditions. “
Guild Wiki user Alexis Toran came up with the following theory:
“Looks like we’re looking for Archivist Xunlai Argentum’s sword (the Silver Edge maybe?) As mentioned by Archivist Xunlai Rylek. Rereading it as I write this, it sounds like a reference to the Drakkar Lake. Maybe it’s worth getting Kilroy to spawn there and track him while keeping an eye on whatever he’s charging, as Archivist Xunlai Auren | Auren says. Deldrimor’s Light could also to enter, the archivist Xunlai Sheftenalis mentions a light on antiquity.
Matthew Moore has since graciously joined the subdirectory as / u / Ironmaus and added this useful information:
“We added the item and trigger mechanic at the same time we added the NPCs in 2013. No need to dig too deep. Heck, I don’t know how many people outside of the team live at this. at that time were aware. [Can’t give everything away (in part because I don’t remember it all), but I don’t want to see y’all beating your heads against 16 years of content.]”
The hunt for the mysterious weapon is now on and it’s only a matter of time before someone finds Guild Wars’ best kept secret.
thank you, u / bsoltan