While Neverwinter is removing functionality to let players “preview” loot boxes, Guild Wars 2 is going in the opposite direction.

Today’s GW2 patch grants players the ability to right-click on most loot containers in the game — including Black Lion Chests — to get a simplified list of their loot tables, broken down by rarity. Exact percentage chances of getting said loot are, naturally, not provided, but considering how many different loot bags GW2 has, it’s still a welcome addition.

To make things even friendlier for players, undesirable booster drops have been removed from Black Lion Chests and each chest has a guaranteed drop of a seasonal holiday item. There are other “guarantees,” such as an item to “progress your account in some way”. Finally, if you log on this week, you can get a Customer Appreciation Package, which includes a Black Lion Chest and Key.

Read about the changes in the patch notes on the GW2 forums or the more colorful version on the main site.


  1. So you get a preview of the loot you haven’t earned yet? I hate neverwinter but I’m siding with them I don’t agree with this system. Maybe if it was a contest or a tournament reward I’d be fine with it but I think you should know what weapon you want if your going after it by questing or killing a specific monster. But it could be a great idea if MMO’s made a ingame encyclopedia or a ingame way to contact the Game master like how WoW has it which I feel was a great idea. Some of these ideas could take alot of time and money but I got lots more in the works. And I’m sure some people may also but who knows only time can tell…

    • I don’t really understand your points that you make in your post. This new system simply adds the option to preview what items you could get from a chest. These chests that have this option, randomize what loot you get when you consume the chest. The quality of the loot is almost always Common, and are not like weapons or armor (Though through some bags it is possible to get lesser armors/weapons). Also, these chests are typically random loot bag drops, and not attainable from a quest (as there are no traditional quests in GW2). There are chests that allow players to select their rewards.


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