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Guild Wars

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Guild Wars
Guild Wars cover
Release dates
Windows April 28, 2005
Metacritic 89
Monetization One-time game purchase, Expansion pack
Microtransactions Cosmetic, Free-to-grind, Unlock
Modes Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Themes Fantasy
Series Guild Wars
Guild Wars guide on StrategyWiki
Guild Wars on MobyGames
Guild Wars on Wikipedia
Guild Wars
Guild Wars 2005
Guild Wars 2 2012

Guild Wars is an online multiplayer RPG developed by ArenaNet and published by NCSOFT.

Guild Wars was released for Windows on April 28, 2005. It was followed by three expansions: Factions on April 28, 2006, Nightfall on October 27, 2006, and Eye of the North on August 31, 2007. The former two do not require the base game to access.

As of April 2021, Guild Wars receives occasional updates that aim to fix issues and to ensure the game performs better on modern hardware.[1]

General information

Guild Wars Wiki - official wiki for Guild Wars - accessible in-game using the /wiki command.
r/GuildWars Subreddit
Guild Wars Support
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
GOTY Edition. Also available as part of Guild Wars Trilogy.
Steam (unavailable)
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Original version.

Version differences

The Trilogy release includes access to the base game content and the first two expansion packs.
The Complete Collection release includes access to all base game and expansion pack content.


Type Notes
Expansion pack Two expansion packs are standalone, one requires any of the standalone products.
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Factions Standalone.
Nightfall Standalone.
Eye of the North
Type Notes
Cosmetic Costumes, visual outfits that cover armors,
Unlock Various account upgrades, for example Xunlai Material Storage Expansion, Extra Character Slot.

Essential improvements

Install high-quality and bonus music tracks

Guild Wars featured additional music tracks that could be installed to the game which were sold by the game's composer. They are no longer available for purchase, but can be downloaded and installed by following the instructions in this Reddit post.
Replaces some of the game's soundtrack with higher bitrate versions (up to 320kbps).
Supplements the soundtrack with additional bonus tracks.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/29720/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/29720/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Slider does not show numerical values.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Toggle to turn on 16x anisotropic filtering with "Use best texture filtering" option.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up to 8x MSAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Above 60hz the game seems more susceptible to stutter.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.



Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Background, Effects, Dialog, UI
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support

Restore EAX support for modern hardware

Use Creative ALchemy Universal
  1. Download and install Creative ALchemy Universal.
  2. Run Creative ALchemy Universal.
  3. Move Guild Wars from the "Installed Games" section to the "ALchemy-enabled Games" section.
  4. Launch the game, open "Options" (F11), select the "Sound" tab, and enable "Use 3D Audio Hardware" and "Use EAX".


If Guild Wars does not appear in "Installed Games", manually add it with the "Add" button. Set "Game Title" to something other than "Guild Wars", such as "Guild Wars 1". Set "Location" to "Use Game Path" and paste in the path to <path-to-game>. The settings should be fine without modifications.
If the game fails to start, the sound hardware may be incompatible with Creative ALchemy Universal. To undo the changes, open Creative ALchemy Universal and move "Guild Wars" from the "ALchemy-enabled Games" section to the "Installed Games" section.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Vista, 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 256 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 5 GB
Video card (GPU) ATI Radeon 8500
Nvidia GeForce 3 or 4 MX Series
32 MB of VRAM
At the game's launch, the game also supported Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, ME, 2000, and XP. 16-bit operating system support was dropped in 2012. Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, and ME support was dropped in 2019. Windows 2000 and XP support was dropped on January 1, 2021.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Game updates - last accessed on 2021-04-17
  2. EAX Featured Game: Guild Wars Nightfall - last accessed on May 2023
  3. Guild Wars System Requirements - last accessed on May 2023
  4. An update on Guild Wars technology and Windows XP - last accessed on May 2023