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I've been saving my Jugs of Liquid Karma from completing daily and monthly achievements, and I've got quite a few stashed away. Since it's possible to get bonuses to Karma through things like guild banners and some food types, I want to make sure that I get the most use out of them that I can.

What is the maximum possible Karma bonus and what do I need to do to reach it?

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With regards to using Jugs/Flasks/Gulps/Drops of Karma most efficiently, the largest possible bonus at this time is 95%.

To obtain this bonus, you'll need to:

  • Use a Karma Booster for 50%
  • Touch a "+10% Karma and +10% Experience" Banner
  • Eat an ice cream food item for 5%
  • Be under the effect of the "+15% Karma for 24 hrs" guild buff
  • Have an item with a Karmic Infusion in it equipped (15% bonus).

Altogether, these bonuses will combine additively to give a 95% bonus.

Additional Notes:

  • 95% is not a fixed cap, it is simply the largest bonus available at this time. It is possible that more Karma Modifiers will be added at a later date.
  • It's worth noting that although the Outmanned buff claims to add an extra 33% to Karma gain, it does not work for liquid karma items (and as Raven Dreamer pointed out, it actually does not work at all right now). The Outmanned buff no longer claims to add a Karma bonus (Thanks for pointing this out, Brian).
  • Thanks to Metemer for pointing out that there is now a 10% Karma Banner.

Source: Guild Wars 2 Wiki page on Karma Modifiers

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I'm not sure the largest possible bonus is 75% - the Outmanned buff doesn't work at all, so I wouldn't use that as proof that it caps at 75%. – Raven Dreamer Jan 14 '13 at 0:28
@RavenDreamer The Outmanned buff shouldn't matter either way since it definitely doesn't affect liquid karma items, I only mentioned it for clarification. If it turns out that the wiki is wrong and the maximum is something other than 75%, I'll certainly accept an answer with the proper value. – Brysonic Jan 14 '13 at 14:21
That's what I mean, though -- the outmanned buff doesn't provide bonus karma (despite the tooltip) from either WvWvW events or liquid Karma. The so-called "cap" of 75% is simply the highest attainable karma increase. Before the Karma food came out, the "cap" was 70%. (And it turned out to not be one when the ice cream was released and folks confirmed 75%) – Raven Dreamer Jan 14 '13 at 15:37
Update: for anyone wondering, the bonfire does not give +50% if you're already using a karma boost on the character. Vice versa. – Vael Victus Mar 30 '13 at 3:53
Another update: Outmanned no longer claims to affect karma. – Brian May 3 '13 at 14:23

As of the 2013.02.26 update, there is a banner that adds 10% karma bonus instead of the usual 5%. It doesn't stack with the 5% therefore the new maximum is 95% making a jug give 8775 karma instead of 4500 (4275 more).

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Good call, thanks! – Brysonic Mar 12 '13 at 17:02
This should either be a comment or an edit to Brysonic's answer. – Brian May 3 '13 at 14:23

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