Guild Wars 2 is adding new underwater functionality for Skimmer mounts August 25

    
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Guild Wars 2 is adding new underwater functionality for Skimmer mounts August 25

If you ever thought Guild Wars 2’s graceful water-based mount, the Skimmer, looked more like something that should be flitting about under the ocean than hovering over it, you aren’t alone. However, it appears that is set to change on August 25th, when ArenaNet will be adding a new mastery to the Skimmer that will allow players to ride their giant manta rays underwater as well as over it.

“On August 25,” the YouTube description reads, “owners of Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire can complete a new collection to unlock the Skimming the Depths mastery, and speed through Tyria’s abyssal depths with ease.” You may recall that this new mount ability was teased back in early July as part of ArenaNet’s summer roadmap.

Exactly what that collection will entail remains to be seen, so stay tuned for more details, but in the mean time, you can check out the trailer below! And if you’re new to the game, check out the studio’s brand-new new player guide too.

Source: PC Gamer

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miol

If only they’d also fix the recent lags (at least in EU)!

Is there really a new influx of new players, they felt obligated to make a new ‘new player guide’?!

Where are they all coming from? Pure Covid-19 bump?!

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Axetwin .

A new collection?

Great, another laundry list of a 100 tedious things to do.

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Songs for Children

So don’t do them and move on with your life. Problem solved.

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Mikka Hansen

I cant wait to get it, use it for 10 secs tops, remember why I have stayed the hell away from any underwater content for the last 4 years , and never look back

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Songs for Children

Off the MMOs I’ve played, I’ve found the game’s underwater content to be more interesting than most. But then again it’s still underwater, lol.

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jealouspirate

Now this is some cool stuff. Definitely will come back to the game for this.

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DG

Why do i have to complete a new collection for this skill? Why not just let us use it? I don’t get this company at all.

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Natalyia

All the mount skills (for all the mounts) require something to unlock – getting mastery points in the PoF maps and then sufficient mount XP. There’s nothing unusual in the least about needing to unlock a mount skill.

Heck, you have to accomplish something to get access to each of the mounts in the game in the first place, and some of those are noticeably more complicated than “a collection.”

As for “why a collection”, it’s likely because they don’t want to “lock” the underwater ability behind all the other skimmer skills. If you’re displeased that you have to unlock just this one, you’d have been *much* more displeased if you’d had to unlock all the previous skimmer skills to obtain it.

Nothing to see here on the “company doing confusing/awful things front.” It’s a new toy for the skimmer, and if you want it you’ll have to *shockingly* play the game a bit to unlock it. If you don’t care about underwater skimmers, you can ignore it and it won’t interfere with anything else you’re trying to accomplish in the game.

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DG

I have every mount other than the Griffon becuase I refuse to spend the gold. I know what time gates are. Please don’t lecture me on playing the game. Condescending bullshit like that truly pisses me off. “Shockingly” I think this game has become a joke. That ok with you?

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HO HO HOHNO

I think there would be an easier way to express that than asking questions you already know the answer to and then blowing up at someone in a reply.

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Tristan

First you ask for a reason and then you rage when someone actually explains it to you why. Are you dumb or something?
Maybe next time keep your mouth shut and think before you write something.
Why are you being angry about game that you consider a joke?
I don’t get you at all!

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Bruno Brito

I think this game has become a joke.

GW2 always had timegates.

You’re not forced to play. You won’t have it. Period.

Just accept it and move on. If you’re in need for your instant gratification, i’m sure Candy Crush is more palatable for your refined tastes.

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micedicetwice

While I agree it did have time gates before I don’t think it was that hideous. i remember pretty well when exactly it started to turn the whole collection thing into the main content – season 4. Season 3 had collections, too, but it was manageable and enjoyable to get those rewards. Season 4 turned it into something much worse. As a player with 1500+ hours in this game, I do get that frustration. It’s not like they force you to actually play the game (as MHW does, for example, do your optional quests or fuck off), they force you to do the same boring shit over and over again. People who whined about Griphon mount didn’t even know what awaits them lol. Before season 4 and now 5 you had all those different types of content for everyone: new story quests, some new pvp maps, new raids now and then, new fractals, new metas and then new collections to gather. Now it’s stupidity short story and collections. Don’t even ask about metas, FPS on new maps drops to zero when meta begins and there is none like HoT had. New fractals are extremely rare, raids are done, just like pvp and wvw are. That’s a more complex problem than just “reeee I don’t like collections”. There is nothing but, that’s the problem.

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Sleepy

Stamp your foot, that’ll help.

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Greaterdivinity

I imagine it serves many purposes, not the least bit that these kinds of collections are likely effective retention tools. Side bonus is it gives people a reason to go into other zones again (even if just for a brief time) and potentially breathes some more life into them for a bit.

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Greaterdivinity

Granted I can’t remember the last time I did underwater content (or wanted to)…but this is a neat little addition.

I assume licensing costs would be prohibitive, but damn if they missed a good opportunity to use “Under the Sea” for the trailer song : P

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Natalyia

I’m going to posit that with Cantha on the horizon, Jormag muttering about not being the “real” threat and that we’re going to need it to help us save Tyria, that we’re headed for the Deep Sea Dragon, and more underwater stuff next expansion.

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Greaterdivinity

Conceptually, that sounds like it could be cool.

Practically…please no underwater content, especially as the focus of an expansion -_-

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Nate Woodard

This makes me feel like their upcoming xpac is gonna have more than a few underwater zones. That scares me!

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DM Taps

Well, “rumor” is “Steve/Bubbles” will be the dragon we go after in the next expac. I’m actually excited for this so long as they fix/tune underwater combat and perhaps open up weapon options.