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Although the term can refer to both player characters and [[NPC|non-player characters]], in [[Guild Wars]], the term '''character''' is usually used to refer specifically to a player's character. That is, a player's in-game avatar, which the player guides through the game. Each game account offers the ability to create up to 4 characters while having 1 [[campaign]] and up to 2 additional [[character slot]]s for each additional campaign. It is also possible to purchase up to 26 additional [[character slot]]s from the Guild Wars in-game store. This limit does not count extra campaigns — if you buy 26 extra character slots on a Prophecies only account, then get Nightfall and Factions, you will still get your extra 4.  
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A [[character]] in [[Guild Wars]] primarily refers to the in-game avatar that the [[player]] controls and guides through the game. The term can also be used to refer to the [[non-player character]]s that are controlled by the game's [[AI]].
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Each game [[account]] comes with four initial [[character slot]]s. As additional [[campaign]]s are purchased, the number of slots increases by two. For an owner of all three campaigns, that person will have eight character slots in total. Players can also acquire additional character slots from the [[Guild Wars In-Game Store]] for a fee. The current maximum slots purchasable is 26.
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==Creation==
 
==Creation==
When creating a character you have several options. All options other than armor and armor color are ''permanent choices'' upon creation confirmation.
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Character creation takes players through a sequence of options that determine the character's appearance and function. An empty character slot is required to undergo this process.
  
* '''[[PvP|Player vs. Player (PvP)]]''' or '''[[PvE|Player vs. Environment (PvE)]]''' character: Where the character will be able to play.
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*'''[[PvP-only character]]''' or''' [[roleplaying character]]:''' Where the character will be able to play. [[PvP]]-only characters begin at maximum level, but are restricted from [[PvE]].
* '''[[Campaign]]:''' Designates the birthplace and appearance sets available to your character.
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*'''[[Campaign]]:''' Decides the character's lineage as well as their starting point in PvE.
* '''[[Profession|Primary Profession]]:'''This will determine the character's [[primary attribute]],starting [[skill]]s, [[armor]] options, and introductory tutorial [[quest]]s (PvE only).  
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*'''Primary [[Profession]]:''' This will determine the character's [[primary attribute]] and starting [[skill]]s. For PvE, this also determines the beginning tutorials.  
*'''Gender:''' Choose the character's sex.  This will determine armor and appearance options.
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*'''Gender:''' Choose the character's sex.  This will affect [[armor]] and appearance options.
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*'''Appearance:''' Choose the face, skin tone, hair color, and hairstyle of the character.  
 
*'''Height and Armor:''' Choose the height of the character, as well as the [[dye|color(s)]] of his/her starting armor.
 
*'''Height and Armor:''' Choose the height of the character, as well as the [[dye|color(s)]] of his/her starting armor.
*'''Appearance:''' Choose the face, skin tone, hair color, and hairstyle of the character. Choices available will depend on Campaign choice.
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*'''Name:''' Choose a name. Names must follow [[ArenaNet]]'s [http://www.guildwars.com/support/legal/naming_policy.php Naming Policy], not be currently in use, or be a single word.
*'''Name:''' Choose a name. Names must follow Anet's [http://www.guildwars.com/support/legal/naming_policy.php Naming Policy], not be currently in use, or be a single word.
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After all of these choices have been made, the character will be created.  PvP characters will be "born" at the [[Great Temple of Balthazar]] and PvE characters will begin at their respective campaign tutorial areas: [[Pre-Searing Ascalon|Ascalon]], [[Shing Jea Monastery]], or [[Istan]].
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After all of these choices have been made, the character will be created.  PvP characters will begin at the [[Great Temple of Balthazar]] and PvE characters will begin at their respective campaign tutorial areas: [[Pre-Searing Ascalon|Ascalon]], [[Shing Jea Monastery]], or [[Istan]].
  
 
See the [[guide to character creation]] for a more detailed explanation.
 
See the [[guide to character creation]] for a more detailed explanation.
  
== Modification ==
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==Modification==
Some of the features chosen upon creation can be altered later:  
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A character's physical features or appearance can be altered after the character's creation:
* All sorts and shapes of [[armor]] and equipment are available throughout the game. And [[dye]] can be used to alter their colors in most cases.
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*Many different kinds of [[armor]] and [[weapon]]s can be acquired by characters as they advance in the game.
* Gender, height and appearance can be changed after creation by [[Anatomical Engineer Llye]].
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*Gender, height and appearance can be changed by [[Anatomical Engineer Llye]] with [[Makeover Credit|Makeover]] and [[Extreme Makeover Credit|Extreme Makeover]] Credits.  
* Character Name Changes are available at the In-Game Store and the NCsoft Store.
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*A character's name can be changed via the Guild Wars In-Game Store and the [[NCsoft]] store.
  
 
==Deletion==
 
==Deletion==
In order to delete a character you must select it on the [[character selection screen]] using your mouse or arrow keys and then press the "Delete" button (or "D" on your keyboard). Enter your character name into the dialogue box that appears and press "Delete" (or "Enter" on your keyboard) and the character will be deleted. This is to ensure that characters aren't accidentally deleted. Deletion is permanent and any items in a character's inventory or on their [[hero]]es will be deleted.
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In order to delete a character, players must head to the [[character selection screen]], select the character they would like to be deleted and press the "Delete" button (default hotkey "D"). To help prevent accidental deletion of a character, players are also required to enter the character's name into a dialogue box, and then press the "Delete" button (or "Enter" on the keyboard). Once a character has been deleted, their progress as well as all of their belongings that they were carrying (including that of their [[hero]]es) will also be deleted. Deletion is permanent and cannot be reversed.
 
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Your character name will be reserved for 24 hours, after which the name will be available for use by any player. Note that if you have used the character name as your [[account]] name then it will not be available for use until you change your account name.
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If you choose to remake a character with the same name, be aware that any items customized for the deleted character will not be usable by the new character.
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Players are automatically given a name reservation lasting 24 hours after the character's deletion. This allows players to create a new character with the same name without someone else taking it in the process.  
  
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Be aware that [[customize]]d items are tied to the character themselves, and not the character's name. Deleting a character and then remaking it with the same name will not grant access to the previously deleted character's customized items.
  
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==Notes==
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{{bug|Sometimes after making a character and then [[Log Out|logging out]] to the character selection menu, the character will not appear, although when you try to make a new one, it will come up with an error message. Logging out, playing on a different character, or visiting the Guild Wars In-Game Store will fix this error.}}
  
{{bug|Sometimes after making a character and then logging out to the character selection menu, the character will not appear, although when you try to make a new one, it will come up with an error message. Logging out, playing on a different character, or visiting the online store will fix this error.}}
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{{bug|If you re-create a character with the same name as the predeceasing which had unspent [[attribute]] points and ''not'' clicked the message to spend them, a new message informing you have unspent attribute points will pop up although the new character cannot have any.}}
{{bug|If you re-create a character with the same name as the predeceasing which had unspent attribute points and '''not''' clicked the message to spend them, a new message informing you have unspent attribute points will pop up although the new character cannot have any.}}{{clear}}
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[[Category:Official terms]]
 
[[Category:Official terms]]

Revision as of 09:15, 26 February 2012

A character in Guild Wars primarily refers to the in-game avatar that the player controls and guides through the game. The term can also be used to refer to the non-player characters that are controlled by the game's AI.

Each game account comes with four initial character slots. As additional campaigns are purchased, the number of slots increases by two. For an owner of all three campaigns, that person will have eight character slots in total. Players can also acquire additional character slots from the Guild Wars In-Game Store for a fee. The current maximum slots purchasable is 26.

Gw2logo.png The Guild Wars 2 Wiki also has an article on Character.

Creation

Character creation takes players through a sequence of options that determine the character's appearance and function. An empty character slot is required to undergo this process.

  • PvP-only character or roleplaying character: Where the character will be able to play. PvP-only characters begin at maximum level, but are restricted from PvE.
  • Campaign: Decides the character's lineage as well as their starting point in PvE.
  • Primary Profession: This will determine the character's primary attribute and starting skills. For PvE, this also determines the beginning tutorials.
  • Gender: Choose the character's sex. This will affect armor and appearance options.
  • Appearance: Choose the face, skin tone, hair color, and hairstyle of the character.
  • Height and Armor: Choose the height of the character, as well as the color(s) of his/her starting armor.
  • Name: Choose a name. Names must follow ArenaNet's Naming Policy, not be currently in use, or be a single word.

After all of these choices have been made, the character will be created. PvP characters will begin at the Great Temple of Balthazar and PvE characters will begin at their respective campaign tutorial areas: Ascalon, Shing Jea Monastery, or Istan.

See the guide to character creation for a more detailed explanation.

Modification

A character's physical features or appearance can be altered after the character's creation:

Deletion

In order to delete a character, players must head to the character selection screen, select the character they would like to be deleted and press the "Delete" button (default hotkey "D"). To help prevent accidental deletion of a character, players are also required to enter the character's name into a dialogue box, and then press the "Delete" button (or "Enter" on the keyboard). Once a character has been deleted, their progress as well as all of their belongings that they were carrying (including that of their heroes) will also be deleted. Deletion is permanent and cannot be reversed.

Players are automatically given a name reservation lasting 24 hours after the character's deletion. This allows players to create a new character with the same name without someone else taking it in the process.

Be aware that customized items are tied to the character themselves, and not the character's name. Deleting a character and then remaking it with the same name will not grant access to the previously deleted character's customized items.

Notes

Bug Bug.Sometimes after making a character and then logging out to the character selection menu, the character will not appear, although when you try to make a new one, it will come up with an error message. Logging out, playing on a different character, or visiting the Guild Wars In-Game Store will fix this error.
Bug Bug.If you re-create a character with the same name as the predeceasing which had unspent attribute points and not clicked the message to spend them, a new message informing you have unspent attribute points will pop up although the new character cannot have any.