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All upcoming changes to Raids and Strike Missions in Guild Wars 2, explained

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Guild Wars 2 focuses hard on its storylines and end-game content. The MMORPG launched its third expansion, End of Dragons, and since then has been spending a lot of time on boosting the experience for players. Multiple changes to Strikes, Raids, Dungeons, and the Meta events of the various maps have been implemented. Now, even more changes are on their way to the game, affecting not only game activities but also the classes themselves. These are all the changes on the way to Guild Wars 2 regarding Raids and Strike Missions.

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All Raid changes in Guild Wars 2

Raids have been notoriously difficult to access for the casual player. Dominated by gear requirements and parties with high demands, it has always been intimidating for the average player. Devs have now offered a possible solution to this. The Embolden system is an optional mode that will boost your damage, health, and healing based on failures. Each time you fail a Raid run, your Raid members will receive a boost to their Embolden.

The Embolden boost is capped at 100% extra health, 50% increased damage, and 50% increased healing output. Embolden is limited to one Raid each week, and any deadly mechanic will remain as such. You will also be unable to activate Embolden if you have a challenge mode activated. You will also be unable to complete the following achievements when under the Embolden effect:

  • Undefeated.
  • Seimur Was Wrong.
  • Slippery Slubling.
  • Down, Down, Downed.

Changes to the LFG system

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The LFG or Looking for Group feature has also been updated to cater to those seeking training Raids and normal Raids, making it easier to find a group that suits your needs. This means you’ll no longer be kicked from a Raid for being inexperienced or have a Raid search log plagued by Training groups.

End of Dragons Strike Mission updates in Guild Wars 2

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The amount of gold that you’ll be earning from Strike missions from the End of Dragons expansion will be boosted by the following amounts:

  • Aetherblade Hideout: 2 Gold.
    • Challenge Mode: Additional 2 Gold (4 Total)
  • Xunlai Jade Junkyard: 2 Gold
    • Challenge Mode: Additional 2 Gold (4 Total)
  •   Kaineng Overlook: 4 Gold
    • Challenge Mode: Additional 4 Gold (8 Total)
  • Harvest Temple: 4 Gold
    • Challenge Mode: Additional 4 Gold (8 Total)

Completing the Weekly Challenge Modes will award 1 Antique Summoning Stone per Strike Mission.

New Infusion added to End of Dragons Strike Missions

Players will also be able to receive a brand new reward for completing the challenge mode. The Imperial Everbloom Infusion can either be purchased from Zazzl in Arborstone, where it will be account bound, or as a chance drop through Strike mission completion. The dropped Infusion will be tradable, and you’ll have four weekly chances to have it drop.

Harvest Temple Strike

The Harvest Temple’s challenge mode was delayed from June 7 to June 28. Fortunately, it has been confirmed that the June 28 release of the challenge mode will remain in place, and players can enter into it as soon as the update drops. The delay was due to a decision made by the Devs to ensure quality and reduce the amount of bugs experienced.

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