Costume Brawl was added to GuildWars 2 during the Shadow of the Mad King release that happened over Halloween in 2012. It is a gloriously unbalanced way to do some lighthearted player vs. player fighting, but you don’t have to wait until the Mad King returns to don a costume and start knocking out your friends! Thanks to the magic of tonics and toys, you can have a good old ridiculous throw-down anytime and practically anywhere! Let us show you how to get started.
As of the time of this writing, the cheapest way to have unlimited access to the wonderful world of Costume Brawling is to buy an Endless Mordrem Terragriff Tonic from the Trading Post for 11 silver and 71 copper. This will give you a rather powerful form to change into with two very good Costume Brawl skills for immediate pwnage of your poor opponents (it also looks VERY cool)!
To browse other endless tonics out there, I’ve found that the best strategy is to search for “endless” in the Trading Post, and then to sort by price. Let me warn you, though, that the Endless Arid Devourer Tonic (which is currently the cheapest endless tonic available) does not have any Costume Brawl skills, and therefore should be avoided.
In my opinion, the two absolute best tonics for Brawling are the Endless Toymaker’s Tonic and the Endless Halloween Tonic. These are a little more pricey than some of the Mordrem ones, but they pay for themselves many times over by actually allowing you to change into multiple forms each.
The Endless Toymaker’s Tonic gives you six different random transformations (just keep clicking to get the one you want): Toy Ventari, Princess Doll, Toy Soldier, Plush Griffon, Toy Golem, and Festive Dolyak. My two favorites here are the Plush Griffon (for maximum cuteness, and similar abilities to the aforementioned Terragriff), and the Toy Golem. Toy Ventari and the Festive Dolyak are going to get you killed – a lot. They are just not good. You have been warned.
The Endless Halloween Tonic is my favorite. It only has four random transformations – Plastic Spider, Candy Corn Elemental, Mummy, and Glow-in-the-Dark Skeleton – but there is some SERIOUS power here! None of the forms are particularly bad, but the Mummy and the Glowing Skeleton are downright cheat-nasty broken when it comes to laying waste to those people who previously called you ‘friend’. The Mummy is especially devious, as you can move and auto-attack so fast that practically no one can get lined up on you to fight back. If you need to get some achievement for winning Costume Brawl, just go straight to Mummy and watch everyone else cry until they all go home.
There are several different toys that give access to Costume Brawl skills. In the Black Lion Gem Store, you will be able to find the Cook’s Outfit and the Pirate Captain’s Outfit, which both give access to a toy that grants Brawling skills. There is also a super-fun Water Fight Balloon Bucket for sale that gives you all kinds of water balloons and Super Soaker-esque water guns to play Costume Brawl with.
During the Halloween event, there are usually other Outfits for sale in the gem store that grant an impressive array of Brawl skills. The Enchanted Broom that comes with the Witch’s Outfit (not to be confused with the ‘Riding Broom’ for sale in the Black Lion Gem Store) is one of the best of such things, because it has a skill that spawns a cauldron that lets anyone drink to take on a random Costume Brawl form. If you love the idea of Costume Brawl, and have money for only one Halloween costume this year, make it the Witch’s Outfit.
What about you? Have you discovered any particularly nasty Costumes for the Brawl that just can’t be stopped? Have you found a way to beat the Mummy? If so, drop us a line and your story in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!