Guild Wars players find sword hidden in-game for eight years
A blade that had remained hidden in the original Guild Wars for eight years was finally discovered by Detective fans earlier this week.
Silver Edge, a blade named after one of the game’s most prolific Wiki contributors, likely would have gone unknown without a tease from former ArenaNet developer Matthew Moore. Last week, Moore answered former Vlambeer developer JW Nijman’s call for some interesting Easter Eggs by sharing one of his own – with a crumb of clues to give players a much-anticipated starting point. long time.
There is a hidden weapon in the original Guild Wars that I don’t think anyone has found yet. We have hidden a few clues in the dialogs of some Wiki Editor NPCs that only appear during Traveler’s Daydream, but … I think we have hidden it too well. Too bad? Could have done it betta. ?April 11, 2021
The seeds of this secret were sown earlier, with an anonymous wiki poster claiming last August that they had “heard from an ex-dev” about an enigma related to the archivist NPCs of Xunlai. More confirmed that they were indeed on to something, and with the first sign, players immediately got to work trying to hunt down this secret.
Much of their progress is recorded on a Reddit thread– and while trying not to spoil the surprise too much, Moore occasionally steps in to try and point the MMO detectives in the right direction (no, the frogs aren’t involved). But even if he reached out to other former developers to try to weigh in on the puzzle, there was a good chance the item was completely broken after nearly a decade of updates.
“This is eight years old, unmonitored and unmaintained content,” Moore admitted in a wiki message. “Will it work? Probably. But even if you can tinker with the proper steps to perform this magic trick, it might not.”
Fortunately, the Easter egg still works – and has finally been discovered yesterday by the editor Evaziel. Activating multiple requirements (Fortune Of The Gods and Lucky Aura), Evaziel ate a (tasty!) Cupcake in front of an NPC named Kilroy in Drakkar Lake, before using an ability named Light Of Deldrimor. This effect summons a Silver Vaettir which, when killed, drops the long hidden blade.
The sword itself is not particularly special. He shares an appearance with blades that are much easier to obtain and his stats aren’t overwhelming. But it does represent a trophy for the community’s investigative prowess and effectively immortalizes the name of a wiki contributor in the game.
All in all, it took a little less than three days for the community to acquire the sword after finding out about its existence. It’s a remarkably fast search. But Moore admits that, “know what [he does] about puzzle design now, “he could have improved the puzzle a bit – or at least not left it in silence for nearly a decade.