Guild Wars 2: There are now 96 new Legendaries – Arenanet’s trick
Unlocking legendary weapons in GW2 is part of the endgame for many players, but also one of the best activities. After all, these are the ultimate weapons Arenanet’s MMORPG has to offer. Once you build a legendary greatsword, you never have to get one again – it will always have all combinations of values to offer and will never be surpassed by any other sword in DpS values.
At the release of Guild Wars 2 (buy now €49.95 ) there was the first generation, with a skin for each weapon type (even several for greatswords). But if you didn’t like these skins, you could get four new Legendaries with the release of the Heart of Thorns expansion in 2015, for short bow, pistol, ax and staff. But what about the rest of the weapon types? It was only in May 2019 that Exordium, the last missing second-generation weapon type, appeared. Underwater weapons only existed in Generation 1. In 2019 there were exactly 37 legendary weapon skins.
How many have entered the game since End of Dragons released on February 28, 2022? 96 skins! How does it work? With trickery.
More on Legendaries in GW2: Our Legendary Weapons Guide to Generation 1 and 2
Guild Wars 2: 6 Legendary sets – for each dragon
With the release of End of Dragons, the so-called Aurene set of legendary weapons came into play. This marks the beginning of the third generation: no longer unique weapon skins for each type, but a cohesive theme for all 16 weapon types. They all have Aurene’s Prismatic Dragon look. This allowed developers to design weapons much faster (designed by Chelsea Mills) and implement it in the game. Might be a good idea too, given how incredibly unpopular some of the intricately designed designs are.
However, in the updates since release, the folks at Arenanet have released new variants of this legendary set for every dragon in Guild Wars 2. They proceeded chronologically and first published this Zhaitan-Legendary set, which relies on its undead aesthetic – with bones, tendons, shadow magic and teeth. If you want this, after building the Aurene set, you must obtain a Fragment of Prismatic Shadows (via the Achievement Aurene’s Aspect of Shadows) exchange for it.
And that’s exactly how four other third-gen Legendary sets work for the dragons Mordremoth, Kralkatorrik, Jormag and primordus. They don’t just have slightly different looks (like lightning and purple crystals for Kralkatorrik, or fire and lava for Primordus). Like the Aurene set, they are also the first Legendary generation to rely on on-kill effects, which sometimes occur when defeating an opponent. Otherwise, they have typical Legendary characteristics such as footprints, weapon draw effects and optical effects on your arm.
That’s not the end yet: a dragon is missing
In fact, one might think that the collection of collections is complete, but the developers have already revealed that there will also be a variant for the water dragon Soo-Won from End of Dragons. So that brings us to 112 Legendary skins since the release of End of Dragons – wow! What do you think of this kind of legendary weapons? Do you miss the unique designs like Blitz, Bifrost, Nevermore, Astralaria or Eternity? Do the new variants offer the perfect choice for players who, for example, wished for more Legendaries like Kudzu and are now able to fulfill their herbal dream with Mordremoth weapons? Let us know what you think in the comments!