The Mad King’s Labyrinth, sometimes called “laby” by players, is a seasonal dungeon available during the annual Guild Wars 2 Halloween event. Learn what’s useful about the GW2 Labyrinth, winning strategies for maximizing your time there, and how to use this seasonal event most efficiently.
What Is the Labyrinth Good For?
The Labyrinth is the best way to farm Trick-or-Treat bags (“tot bags”) which can be opened or sold on the Trading Post. This is a fast way to earn gold.
The Labyrinth is also an excellent way to level up a low-level character. In fact, it is arguably the fastest way to level up in Guild Wars 2.
The Labyrinth is an instanced dungeon which can hold approximately 50 players. It is filled with hostile level 80 creatures, and doors which spawn events when they are opened. The Labyrinth automatically up-levels your character to level 80 when you enter.
As of 2018, the Labyrinth is also home to a mount-racing event.
Choosing a Character
We recommend you bring a farming character, or a character you want to level up. The following builds are great for farming:
- Turret/flamethrower Engineer
- Staff Necromancer with wells
- Traps/longbow Dragonhunter
Other classes will work as well, of course. Look for any AoE skills, and for long-distance skills which hit multiple enemies at once. You want to be able to tag as many enemies as possible, to maximize the amount of loot you earn.
The best way to run the Labyrinth is to join a squad. When you enter the Labyrinth, look for a commander tag. If your map does not have a tag, find a squad on LFG and join their instance.
Try to avoid running on foot through the map to reach your squad. There are just too many enemies to make this work. Use a raptor mount, if you have it. If not, you may be better off staying put until the squad returns to your corner.
To a certain extent, you can glide down from the entrance point (a waypoint located in the clouds high above the Labyrinth itself). Use caution, because when you cross over a wall, the Labyrinth may suddenly remove your glider. This will probably cause you to die and have to start again.
Halloween Labyrinth Gameplay
Do not open the doors yourself. Gather around the door, and wait for your squad leader to open it.
Many squads avoid engaging the Labyrinth’s two most difficult bosses. The Grand High Viscount of Candy Corn (sometimes called “vis”) and the Legendary Skeletal Lich (dubbed “Steve”) are long, drawn-out battles with a high player attrition rate. Many squad commanders consider them a bad investment of time and order their squads to “skip” these events.
If you encounter the Grand High Viscount or the Lich, watch what the rest of your squad does. If they ignore the boss and keep running, stay with your group.