27 June 2019

Guild Wars 2: Dragon Bash Without Procrastination

I only realized it now. This has become a little series of my blog. Even though I skipped some of the in-game events of Guild Wars 2 here and there most of them have a "Without Procrastination" post already. This is the 4th one, so without further ado, let's get to it.

Dragon Bash, It's Been A While

Dragon Bash is a festival event in Guild Wars 2. While it is not completely new as it has existed in 2013, it seems to have gotten a major overhaul. We have four new attractions and three are not available. With this overhaul came a new bunch of achievements and a lot to do.[1]

As with previous posts I'm gonna go into the achievements that need you to do things multiple times or a lot. The idea behind this is to instead of farming them, do a little every day to prevent unnecessary farming or to not be able to complete the event. This is similar to the way you prevent procrastination in real life by working a little on it even if it's just a tiny bit, as it still provides progress and in the long term you have less to do at the end and have an easier time hitting the deadline.

What Is There To Do?

Before we can get into how much we need to do every day we need to select the relevant achievements. For me, relevant achievements are those that give achievement points, as they provide a limited reward that is relatively unique. Additionally one-time achievements like "complete this adventure on gold" boil down to.. *ahem* "JUST DO IT!". With that out of the way, here's the first draft of the list of achievements I deem relevant, broken down into the annual category and an "others" category:

Annual
These can be repeated every year to get Annual Feats achievement rewards 50 achievement points each up to 1000.
  • (Annual) Zhaitasty - Eat 1000 Zhaitaffy
  • (Annual) Paper Dragon - Bash 150 pinatas
  • (Annual) Going the Distance - Finish 15 laps of the race
  • (Annual) Color the Sky - Launch 100 fireworks
  • (Annual) Hologram Herder - Participate 5 times
  • (Annual) Masters of the Arena - Defeat all 5 bosses
  • (Annual) So Lifelike - Defeat 300 holographic minions
  • (Annual) Winner's Circle - Win the moa bet 5 times
Others
These can be completed only once in a lifetime.
  • Color the Sky - Use 150 fireworks
  • So lifelike - Kill 500 holographs
  • Hologram Herder - Participate in 10 Stampede events
  • Winner's Circle - Win the moa race 10 times
  • Paper Dragon - Break 300 paper dragon pinata's
  • Zhaitasty - Eat 5000 Zhaitaffy
  • Cheerful Ingester - Consume 3000 foods
  • Burn Them All - Burn 3 effigies
  • Masters of the Arena - Defeat all 5 bosses
  • Help a Quaggan Out - Give 1000 Zhaitaffy to the Quaggan
  • Stampede Survivor - Complete the third round of the Stampede 3 times
  • Arena Slayer - Defeat all 5 bosses
  • Party Commander - Do your dailies
  • Annual Feats - Finish 7 annual achievements

Repetitive Achievements

It's also important that some of these achievements are repeatable giving more and more achievement points. We need to calculate that into the amount we have to do.

Achievement AP1 per Repetition AP1 Limit Resulting Repetitions
Help a Quaggan Out 5 25 25 / 5 = 5
Stampede Survivor 5 25 25 / 5 = 5
Arena Slayer 5 25 25 / 5 = 5
Party Commander 10 100 100 / 10 = 10
Annual Feats 50 1000 1000 / 50 = 20
1AP: Achievement Points

Every Day a Little: Annual Part

Let's right to it. We just need one more thing though. The duration of the event. This can also be found on the Guild Wars 2 wiki as well as on the official post. The event goes from the 25th of June to the 16th of July.[2] That is equal to 21 days ±1 day (depending on your work or playtime). So for the following calculation, I'm gonna use 20 days, you can use replace the 20 in the following calculation with the number of days the event still has.
Small tip: If you subtract the current day from the days in the month and add one to it (= counting the rest of the days in the month) e.g. 30 - 27 = 3, then you can add the next months days to it to get how many days it is e.g. 3 + 16 = 19 => 19±1 days until the end of the event from the 27th of June.

Let's go down the list.
  • (Annual) Zhaitasty: We need to eat 1000 / 20 = 50 Zhaitaffy a day.
  • (Annual) Paper Dragon: We need to bash 150 / 20 = 7.5 or 7 to 8 pinatas a day  
  • (Annual) Going the Distance: For this, we need to finish 15 / 21 = 0.75 laps a day. However, this is quite inefficient as we can just do 3 laps in one race because that's less annoying. That means we only need 15 / 3 = 5 races in 21 days which is 5 / 20 = 0.25. That's about one race every four days.
  • (Annual) Color the Sky: This requires 100 / 20 = 5; So, 5 fireworks launched per day
  • (Annual) Hologram Herder: This needs 5 / 20 = 0.25, just like the races one participation every four days.
  • (Annual) Masters of the Arena: Four days like the previous one. I would recommend doing it in one go though as you may end up with bosses you don't wanna do.
  • (Annual) So Lifelike: The recommended amount is at least 300 / 20.0 = 15 a day.
  • (Annual) Winner's Circle: Win one bet every four days.
This is the yearly to-do list. Thus I'm gonna write it down again nice and clear. To complete Dragon Bash yearly/annual stuff you need to
  • Eat 50 Zhaitaffy a day.
  • Bash 7 to 8 pinatas a day.
  • Complete one whole race every four days or one lap every three out of four days.
  • Launch 5 fireworks per day.
  • Participate in the Hologram Stampede event every four days.
  • Finish all bosses in the arena once.
  • Defeat 15 holograms a day.
  • and win one moa race bet every four days.

Every Day a Little: The Rest

Now if you would like to finish all of the achievements this year it looks different. Let's see what the normal achievements need.
  • Color the Sky: 150 / 20 = 7.5, meaning 7 to 8 fireworks need to be launched a day.
  • So lifelike: 500  / 20 = 25, holograms need to be killed in a day.
  • Hologram Herder: 10 / 20 = 0.5 participations a day, which is equivalent to every two days.
  • Winner's Circle: Just like the Hologram Herder, every two days.
  • Paper Dragon: This requires 300 / 20 = 15 pinatas to be bashed per day.
  • Zhaitasty: A freaking 5000 / 20 = 250 Zhaitaffy per day needs to be consumed.
  • Cheerful Ingester: As well as 3000 / 20 = 150 Dragon Bash food items.
  • Burn Them All: 3 / 20 = 0.15 effigies to be burnt. That's every 6 to 7 days, but it makes more sense to do it in one go.
  • Masters of the Arena:  Same as the annual. Four days like Hologram Herder (5 / 20 = 0.25). I would recommend doing it in one go though as you may end up with bosses you don't wanna do.
  • Help a Quaggan Out: This requires 5 repetitions each needing 1000 Zhaitaffy. That's 5 * 1000 = 5000. So 5000 / 20 = 250 per day. Additionally to the 250 you need to eat yourself.
  • Stampede Survivor: This requires 5 repetitions as well. So, 5 * 3 = 15 rounds. That's 15 / 20 = 0.75 a day. That's once every 1 to 2 days.
  • Arena Slayer:  With 5 repetitions this takes 5 * 5 = 25 bosses. That's one boss every 25 / 20 = 1.25 days. So every 1 to 2 days. I advise doing this in one go as you might not get the bosses you are missing. It takes 5 / 20 = 0.25 rounds a day then. So every 4th day.
  • Party Commander: Well. Just do your dailies every day. It can be repeated 10 times but requires 5 days to complete. That's 10 * 5 = 50 days. That's equivalent to 2 to 3 years.
  • Annual Feats: When will Guild Wars 3 come one? Let's see. You have to repeat this 20 times and you can only do it once a year... hmmm... in 20 years? We'll see.
Since these are one time achievements and probably only hardcore achievement hunters or players will aim to complete these this year I'm not gonna summarize these. Especially since the blog post is already long enough. Which means. I'm out. Cya! :D

[1] https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Dragon_Bash
[2] https://www.guildwars2.com/en/news/dragon-bash-returns-next-week/
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