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The Dragon Festival 2008 is an event taking place over the weekend of July 3, 2008. It was announced in the Guild Wars login announcements:

Cantha Commemorates the Dragon Festival This weekend, Canthans celebrate the historic Dragon Festival. Enjoy quests and games and prizes, oh my! Visit the Boardwalk, jump into the Dragon Arena, score cool prizes, too. The event takes place in Shing Jea Monastery starting at Noon Pacific (-7 GMT) on Thursday, July 3 and it wraps up at 11:59 PM Pacific on Sunday, July 6.


Just like the previous years, this festival follows the same mission arc of recreating the first year's festival.

Once again Victory Tokens are dropped and can be traded for a unique mask at the end of the event for 250 tokens. Extra tokens can be exchanged for various consumable items at Zaishen Supply Masters. This year's mask is the Grasping Mask.

Redecorated towns[]



Imperial Guard Hanso (in Shing Jea Monastery)



The missions, which are available at the times listed in the external links, are obtained from Captain Rujiyo in Shing Jea Monastery.

Days Events Hours
Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 Shing Jea Boardwalk, Dragon Arena, and Rollerbeetle Races Noon
Friday, July 4th, 2008 Mission One: Haiju Lagoon 4:00 AM Noon 8:00 PM
Mission Two: Jaya Bluffs 8:00 AM 4:00 AM Midnight
Saturday, July 5th, 2008 Mission Three: Tsumei Village 2:00 AM 8:00 AM 2:00 PM 8:00 PM
Mission Four: Seitung Harbor 4:00 AM 10:00 AM 4:00 PM 10:00 PM
Sunday, July 6th, 2008 Mission Five: Tsumei Village 1:00 AM 7:00 AM 1:00 PM 7:00 PM
Mission Six: Seitung Harbor 3:00 AM 9:00 AM 3:00 PM 9:00 PM
Mission Seven: Shing Jea Monastery 5:00 AM 11:00 AM 5:00 PM 11:00 PM

All times are listed in Pacific Daylight Time, which is -7 GMT. Missions will be available for 30 minutes.

Dragon Festival 2008 Finale[]

The finale for the 2008 Dragon Festival starts on Sunday, July 6 and is held every two hours beginning at 2:00 AM (-7 GMT). The last event or rotation will be held at 11:59 PM.

Finale Rotation # Time (PST) Time (GMT) Status
Sunday, July 6th 02.00 AM
Sunday, July 6th 09.00 AM
Sunday, July 6th 04.00 AM
Sunday, July 6th 11.00 AM
Sunday, July 6th 06.00 AM
Sunday, July 6th 01.00 PM
Sunday, July 6th 08.00 AM
Sunday, July 6th 03.00 PM
Sunday, July 6th 10.00 AM
Sunday, July 6th 05.00 PM
Sunday, July 6th 12.00 PM
Sunday, July 6th 07.00 PM
Sunday, July 6th 02.00 PM
Sunday, July 6th 09.00 PM
Sunday, July 6th 04.00 PM
Sunday, July 6th 11.00 PM
Sunday, July 6th 06.00 PM
Monday, July 7th 01.00 AM
Sunday, July 6th 08.00 PM
Monday, July 7th 03.00 AM
Sunday, July 6th 10.00 PM
Monday, July 7th 05.00 AM
Sunday, July 6th 11.59 PM
Monday, July 7th 06.59 AM

The emperor arrives and speaks for a bit. During this time if you have 250 tokens in your inventory, they will be exchanged for a Grasping Mask, even if you already have a grasping mask. If you have multiple stacks of tokens in your inventory, you will get multiple masks, so plan ahead accordingly. Be sure to talk to Ludor the Festival hat maker so all of your characters will be able to use the mask and it won't take up space in storage when you are done wearing it.

A short time later, Celestial Charges will start appearing. The goal of this mini-game is to get the charges to the Imperial Sorcerers before the actors dressed as a Grasp of Insanity intercept you. Intercepted characters will be "killed" and resurrected in the open field by storage. For each charge you collect you will receive a Victory Token. If you are in a district where the players collect more celestial charges than the Grasp of Insanity you will receive 1 Festival Prize every ~70 seconds for the next 15 minutes for a total of 12 to 27 (depending on unknown factors) with a mode of 13.


  • Use a speed buff, such as Crème Brûlée to help outrun the actors. The buff will wear off if you get killed.
  • Drop your Celestial Charge if it looks like an actor will intercept you. They will run by and you can pick it up and continue to an Imperial Sorcerer.

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