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My precioussss… and drop luck

GW2_Ascended_Wupwup blade_smallMy last few days in one picture. I finally got my engineer’s weaponsmith crafting to 500 which left me almost broke. Then I could craft the Wupwup blade today. If you want to tell me that a berserker’s sword would have been the better choice: Shush! I love those colours. I wanted such a weapon before the patch even hit, when I’d first seen the screenshot with the rifle. I do not care about maximizing my stats and being the best of the best of the best. I want to look nice while not being completely useless for my group and I guess I accomplish this goal with this weapon. ;)

On top of that, I’d completed the Fields of Ruin map and got a black lion key as a reward. And out of the locked black lion chest hopped a mini Caithe. I think my luck for this week is complete. ;)

Additionally, on Tuesday evening we went to do Twilight Arbor with its new path and managed to complete it in just under three hours. I have done the living story on the first evening. It’s such a great and relieving feeling to not worry about doing achievements within a given time frame. I’ve got two weeks of just playing the game and enjoying it the way I want to without feeling like I’m missing out on something. I wish it was like that more often.

Costume Brawl without spending gems?

GW2 Costume Brawl Candy CornI bought the pirate outfit from the gem store some time ago. Funny thing is I had totally forgotten about that afterwards and was surprised when I saw that my charr engineer wasn’t wearing his town clothes outfit when I wanted to switch to that one. So yeah, thanks to that, I can do Costume Brawl whenever I want to. Sometimes, “Costume Brawl champion” appears as part of the daily and since this is an easy enough category, I like doing it for some extra XP for my characters. And when we’re waiting for guild missions to start, it’s also a nice pastime. But I don’t always feel like being a pirate. That is, even though it’s mostly just “spam attack”, I want a different flavour from time to time. I do not want to buy all the costumes for real money, though. That’d be a waste of money if you ask me because Costume Brawl isn’t that much fun.

I know there are various ways of starting/entering Costume Brawl. Sometimes, there’s a cauldron placed by another friendly player and the box of fun can transform you as well to give you Costume Brawl skills. But that means having to rely on other players and I prefer being self-sufficient.

My first stop was the wiki, of course. For “entering Costume Brawl” it lists “Available after equipping a toy, picking up certain bundles and while under the effects of a tonic.” but when you go to those individual pages, there are no easy lists to see which tonics give you access to the Costume Brawl and which ones don’t. So, I bought all available tonics from the Trading Post and tried them out. The table is probably not complete, especially as ArenaNet adds new stuff every now and then, but it hopefully gives you a pretty good choice of what you want to have for your next Costume Brawl session. Some of those tonics are made with the artificer profession, but none of the following tonics are bound, so you can buy all of those tonics from the Trading Post.

Tonic Effect Acquisition
Aetherized Tonic Transformation only - Temporary Drop (Sky Pirates of Tyria)
Fiery Tonic Transformation only - Bought with Dungeon Tokens (Citadel of Flame)
- Random Drop from Citadel of Flame
Ghostly Tonic Transformation only - Bought with Dungeon Tokens (Ascalonian Catacombs)
- Random Drop from Ascalonian Catacombs
Knavish Tonic Transformation only - Bought with Dungeon Tokens (Caudecus’s Manor)
- Random Drop from Caudecus’s Manor
Multicolored Ooze Tonic Transformation only Artificer (400)
Overgrown Tonic Transformation only - Reward from Nightmare Court bosses
Phantasmal Tonic Transformation only - Bought with Dungeon Tokens (The Ruined City of Arah)
- Random Drop from The Ruined City of Arah
Ruminant Tonic Transformation only Artificer (200)
Sinister Automatonic Transformation only - Bought with Dungeon Tokens (Crucible of Eternity)
- Random Drop from Crucible of Eternity
Tonic of the Moletariate Transformation only - Bought with Dungeon Tokens (Sorrow’s Embrace)
- Random Drop from Sorrow’s Embrace
Ursan Tonic Transformation only - Bought with Dungeon Tokens (Honor of the Waves)
- Random Drop from Honor of the Waves
Candy Corn Tonic Costume Brawl: 3 skills - Special drop during Halloween (2012)
Concentrating Halloween Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 – 4 skills - Artificer 400 (recipe from Halloween)
- Special drop during Halloween (2012)
Festive Golem Tonic Costume Brawl: 4 skills - Special drop during Wintersday (2012)
Halloween Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 – 4 skills - Special drop during Halloween (2012)
Mummy Tonic Costume Brawl: 4 - Artificer: 350 (recipe from Halloween)
- Special drop during Halloween (2012)
Plastic Spider Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 - Artificer: 200 (recipe from Halloween)
- Special drop during Halloween (2012)
Plush Griffon Tonic Costume Brawl: 3 - Made in the Mystic Forge with material from Wintersday 2012
- There is also an endless version of the tonic.
Princess Doll Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 - Made in the Mystic Forge with material from Wintersday 2012
- There is also an endless version of the tonic.
Reindeer Tonic Costume Brawl: 4 - Drop during Wintersday (2012)
Snowman Tonic Costume Brawl: 4 - Drop during Wintersday (2012)
Toy Golem Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 - Made in the Mystic Forge with material from Wintersday 2012
- There is also an endless version of the tonic.
Toy Soldier Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 - Made in the Mystic Forge with material from Wintersday 2012
- There is also an endless version of the tonic.
Toy Ventari Tonic Costume Brawl: 2 - Made in the Mystic Forge with material from Wintersday 2012
- There is also an endless version of the tonic.

GW2 Costume Brawl Blue MoaAdditionally, the artificer profession can also make specific mystery tonics (those are account-bound!). One Jug of Water, Pile of Crystalline Dust, Vicious Claw and Vicious Fang each give you five mystery tonics. Artificer is required to be at skill level 400 for it to work.The problem here is that you do not know what you’re going to get. There are three types of mystery tonic: Furniture (like a chair, you cannot move and you do not get Costume Brawl skills), forest (transforms you into some kind of tree, not useable for Costume Brawl either) and beast. The latter transforms you into an animal and only this version lets you do Costume Brawl.

The GW2 wiki has a page about the endless version of the beast mystery tonic which also lists the various beasts you can transform to with their Costume Brawl skills. My first try (of the non-endless one!) transformed me into a fire imp. The Endless version comes from a Black Lion Chest, so there is no way to craft it or buy it from the TP. But back to the non-endless one: If random isn’t your thing (and it probably isn’t if you just want to do a Costume Brawl without turning into a chair first), then have a look at the wiki page for the non-endless mystery tonic (beast): You can use two(!) of the mystery tonics that you create with your artificer and use two other ingredients to get the mystery tonic that you want. Those are mystic forge recipes now, so you don’t need to rely on your artificer anymore at this stage. The result is still account bound, though, so don’t expect to earn any gold with this method. I love moas, so I used this to get blue moa tonics. This isn’t just a way to get Costume Brawl skills for free, it’s also great fun to run around as a moa… now excuse me while I go see if people want to place bets on me for the moa race in Lion’s Arch… ;)