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, Subscription
Microtransactions Boost, Cosmetic, Currency, Free-to-grind, Infinite spend, Loot box, Unlock
Series Guild Wars
Guild Wars 2 guide on StrategyWiki
Guild Wars 2 on Wikipedia


This game requires a constant internet connection for all game modes.

Guild Wars
Guild Wars 2005
Guild Wars Factions 2006
Guild Wars Nightfall 2006
Guild Wars: Eye of the North 2007
Guild Wars 2 2012

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)
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)
All versions require an ArenaNet Account and a constant internet connection for all game modes.
For other stores Guild Wars 2 Retailers.


Type Notes

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Heart of Thorns Purchase includes the core game and an upgraded account.[2]
macOS (OS X)
Path of Fire Purchase includes the core game and an upgraded account.[3]
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 and Path of Fire 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 for 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)


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.[4]


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
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.


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
-StreamingClient Allows the client to stream patches in the background while in game.
-autologin If client is set to remember account information, the game will login on launch.
-bmp Overrides the game's default format for screenshots.
-diag Creates a detailed logfile at game start at %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Guild Wars 2\NetworkDiag.log.
-email <account@host.tld> Set's the log-in client's email address according to <account@host.tld>.
-password <password> Enables auto-log-in if <password> is the correct password for the account.
-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
Mac only[5]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
macOS (OS X)

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) Windows XP Service Pack 3
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce 8600GT
ATI Radeon X1900
Intel HD 3000
256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support
A 64 bit operating system is strongly recommended for quality of experience.
DirectX 9 is required to play.
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
These are the finalized system requirements at launch, but as with any MMO these may change over time.[6]
A 64 bit operating system is required to play on Mac.