Guild Wars 2

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Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 cover
macOS (OS X) TransGaming Inc.[1]
Release dates
Windows August 28, 2012
macOS (OS X) (Cider) August 28, 2012
Monetization Expansion pack, Free-to-play
Microtransactions Boost, Cosmetic, Currency, Free-to-grind, Infinite spend, Loot box, Unlock
Modes Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Themes Fantasy
Series Guild Wars
Guild Wars 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Guild Wars 2 on MobyGames
Guild Wars 2 on Wikipedia
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This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.

General information

Guild Wars 2 Wiki - Official wiki for Guild Wars 2 - accessible in-game using the /wiki command.
Guild Wars 2 Forums - The official Guild Wars 2 forums, hosted by Arenanet (Multiple languages available).
r/GuildWars2 Subreddit
Guild Wars 2 Guru - Fansite with a large community and active forum.
Guild Wars 2 Support - Comprehensive list of error codes and fixes.
[1] - 64-bit beta client available for download


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
macOS (OS X)
Official website
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
The core game is free to play but free accounts have some limitations.
macOS (OS X)
Official website
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Heart of Thorns and/or Path of Fire
macOS (OS X)
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Guild Wars 2 core game with full account (this version is included in the expansions).
macOS (OS X)
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Heart of Thorns.
macOS (OS X)
Gamesplanet logo.svg
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Heart of Thorns. Path of Fire also available.
macOS (OS X)
Humble Store
Always online (requires a constant internet connection to play)
Heart of Thorns. Heart of Thorns Deluxe Edition also available.
macOS (OS X)
Steam (unavailable)
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macOS (OS X)
All versions require an ArenaNet Account and a constant internet connection for all game modes.
For other stores Guild Wars 2 Retailers.
Mac versions are scheduled to be discontinued on February 18, 2021.[2]


Type Notes
Expansion pack Game is primarily supported through expansion packs and microtransactions.
Free-to-play Originally requiring a game purchase, the game went free-to-play on August 29, 2015.[3] The free-to-play version allows for full access to the core game with some restrictions to prevent disruptive actions.[4]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Heart of Thorns Purchase includes unrestricted access to the core game and the Heart of Thorns expansion pack.[5]
macOS (OS X)
Path of Fire Purchase includes unrestricted access to the core game and the Heart of Thorns and Path of Fire expansion packs.[6]
macOS (OS X)
End of Dragons Purchase includes unrestricted access to the core game and the End of Dragons expansion pack.[7]
macOS (OS X)
Each purchase or expansion gives different levels of access to the game, including content, character slots, professions, etc, see the comparison table to compare Free, Core, Heart of Thorns, Path of Fire and End of Dragons account levels.


Type Notes
Boost Experience Boosters and Item Boosters give a 50% bonus for a limited time, a limited amount can be earned as in-game reward. Black Lion Instant Level 80 Ticket takes the character to max level.
Cosmetic Outfits, Skins for armors, weapons, gliders and mounts, miniature-pets, toys.
Currency Gem currency is a real money purchase, and is used to unlock microtransactions or converted to gold (in-game currency).
Free-to-grind Gold (in-game currency) can be grinded and exchanged for Gem. Level boosters can be earned in-game.
Infinite spend Gem can be purchased with real money over and over again without a practical limit.
Loot box Mount Adoption License drops a random mount skin, but you cannot drop duplicates and the single skin can be bought directly. Black Lion Chest Key used to open Black Lion Chest that contains random skins and other items.
Unlock Various account upgrades, for example Bank Tab Expansion, Character Slot Expansion.

Game data[edit]

Upper video settings menu.
Upper video settings menu.
Lower video settings menu.
Lower video settings menu.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Guild Wars 2\GFXSettings.Gw2.exe.xml
macOS (OS X)
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/1284210/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud


Video settings menu.
Video settings menu.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
AMD owners have to use Flawless Widescreen.
Vert- in char select, crops models.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
In the resolution menu.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
'Best Texture Filtering' toggles 16x AF; other settings can be forced in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, SMAA and SSAA available. TrSSAA, and MSAA can be utilized through the anti-aliasing compatibility bits 0x00401044 (L.A. Noire) with Antialiasing fix set to OFF under Nvidia Inspector for Nvidia graphics card.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Has Vsync and Frame Limiter options.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[8]
Ray tracing


Keybindings settings menu.
Keybindings settings menu.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Mouse sensitivity
Configurable via the 'Rotation Speed' slider
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support


Audio settings menu.
Audio settings menu.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, environment, effects, dialog, and UI.
Surround sound
supports 5.1 output
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Configured via sound settings.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
LAN play
Online play


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 80, 443, 6112, 6600
Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Reducing texture shimmering on Nvidia graphics cards[edit]

Use the anti-aliasing flag 0x084012C0 with Antialiasing fix set to On.
Using anti-aliasing flag 0x084012C0[citation needed]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Under Profiles select Guild Wars 2.
  3. Under Antialiasing compatibility insert the flag 0x084012C0.
  4. Under Antialiasing fix select On.
  5. Under Antialiasing - Behavior Flags select None.
  6. Under Antialiasing - Mode select Override any application setting.
  7. Under Antialiasing - Setting select 2x Multisampling.
  8. Under Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling select 2x Sparse Grid Supersampling.
  9. Click Apply changes.


You may use higher anti-aliasing, if you can run it, but both antialiasing setting and antialiasing transparency supersampling must match the number of samples that are being used.

White in-game artifacts[edit]

Can occur with AMD graphics cards when trying to override application AA/AF settings.
Change Catalyst Control Center settings[citation needed]
  1. Open Catalyst Control Center and enter 3D Application Settings.
  2. Set anti-aliasing and anisotopic filtering to use appliation settings.

Cannot connect to the Internet[edit]

Add an exception for Gw2.exe in your system's firewall[citation needed]

Crashing on Startup[edit]

RivaTuner Statistic Server causes crashes with d3d9.dll on launching the game. The error message does not mention anything other than the game crashed, but if you check event viewer it will notify you of the error.
Add a profile for Gw2.exe and configure RivaTuner to Stealth Mode for GW2.EXE[citation needed]

Error Codes[edit]

Error codes starting with 7, 42, or 58 pertain to an inability to log in.
Troubleshooting steps for these errors and others can be found on this support page.

Other information[edit]

Command Lines[edit]

These arguments can be added after the last quotation mark in the target in the properties of your Guild Wars 2 shortcut or in Launch Options if you've added the game to Steam.
Parameter Description
-autologin If client is set to remember account information, the game will login on launch.
-bmp Overrides the game's default format for screenshots to use lossless .bmp files instead of .jpg files.
-diag Creates a detailed logfile at game start at %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Guild Wars 2\NetworkDiag.log.
-fps <number> Renders the game at <number> frames per second.
-image Forces the game to download all known updates.
-mapLoadInfo Displays loading percentages and the amount of time that has passed while loading.
-mce Start the client with Windows Media Center compatibility, switching the game to full screen and restarting Media Center (if available) after the client is closed.
-noui Disables the user interface, producing the same effect as when one pushes Ctrl+Shift+H in-game to toggle it.
-nosound Disables the audio system completely.
-perf Displays performance indicators such as; Triangles, memory usage, frames per second and transfer rate in bytes per second are displayed in multi-colored text in the middle of the right side of the Guild Wars 2 window.
-repair Starts the client and checks game files for errors and repairs them if needed.
-useOldFov Changes the FoV back to how it was originally.
-windowed Forces Guild Wars 2 to run in windowed mode.
-clientport <port> Forces the game to run through a specific port, useful when your ISP is throttling certain ports and causing lag. Port 80 is recommended when using this switch.

Enabling HBAO+ for Nvidia graphics cards[edit]

Use the Ambient Occlusion flag 0x0000002E with Quality or High Quality.
Using Ambient Occlusion flag 0x0000002E[citation needed]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Under Profiles select Guild Wars 2.
  3. Under Ambient Occlusion compatibility insert the flag 0x0000002E.
  4. Under Ambient Occlusion usage select Enabled.
  5. Under Ambient Occlusion setting select your quality of preference, but in order to use HBAO+ you must use Quality or High Quality.
  6. Click Apply changes.


Introduces Ambient Occlusion "bleeding".

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9 DirectX 11 support is in the works from ArenaNet
Mac only[9]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)
Support being discontinued from February 18, 2021.[2]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i3 2.8 GHz
AMD Phenom II x4 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 6 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 55 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTS 250
AMD Radeon HD 5770
Intel Iris 600 series
DirectX 9.0 compatible
A 64 bit operating system is strongly recommended for quality of experience.
macOS (OS X)
Operating system (OS) 10.9.X
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 320M
ATI Radeon HD 6630M
Intel HD 3000
A 64 bit operating system is required to play on Mac.


  1. File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/1284210/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (1284210) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.