Guild Wars Factions

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Guild Wars Factions is the second stand-alone campaign of Guild Wars, released on April 28, 2006 in North America. It is set in the Eastern-styled (Asian) continent of Cantha.


System requirements[edit]

The minimum system requirements for playing Guild Wars Factions are:

  • Windows XP/2000
  • Intel Pentium III 800 MHz or equivalent
  • 256 MB RAM
  • CD-ROM drive
  • 2 GB available HDD space
  • ATI Radeon 8500 or GeForce 3 or 4 MX Series Video Card with 32 MB of VRAM
  • 16-bit sound card
  • Internet connection
  • Keyboard and mouse

The recommended system requirements for playing Guild Wars Factions are:

  • Windows XP/2000
  • Intel Pentium III 1 GHz or equivalent
  • 512 MB RAM
  • CD-ROM drive
  • 2 GB available HDD space
  • ATI Radeon 9000 or GeForce 4 Ti series video card with 64 MB of VRAM
  • 16-bit sound card
  • Internet connection
  • Keyboard and mouse

Content and packaging[edit]


Guild Wars Factions Standard Edition (box content)[edit]

The Guild Wars Factions Standard Edition box with 2 fold out flaps comes in 2 different looks (different character pictures on the cover) and includes the following:

  • Game discs (available with either 2 CDs or 1 DVD)
  • The GuildWars Manuscripts game manual
  • GuildWars Quick Reference card
  • Install Guild Wars installation information sheet
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Guild Wars Factions Collector's Edition (box content)[edit]

The Guild Wars Factions Collector's Edition box includes the above content plus the following collector's edition exclusives:

  • Special In-Game Dance Emote for the Assassin and Ritualist
  • Double-sided poster: Map of Cantha and Assassin and Ritualist Poster
  • Paperback The Art of Guild Wars: Factions artbook
  • Bonus Music Key
  • Guild Wars Factions Soundtrack CD
  • Guild Wars Factions Mouse Pad
  • 2006-2007 Desk Calendar
  • 18x25cm Ritualist Cloth Picture
  • Assassin Sticker Pack

Please note that adding a Factions Collector's Edition access key to an account that already has another edition of Factions will NOT add more character slots or storage tabs to that account. The only thing the access key will add to your account are the signature dances for Ritualists and Assassins, and the Miniature Kuunavang.

Guild Wars Factions PvP Edition[edit]

The PvP editions are only available for ordering online in the official Guild Wars store. The PvP editions give instant access and full skill lists for the PvP mode and the professions covered by the respective campaigns. They do not provide access to the PvE campaigns. PvP editions are cumulative; multiple editions purchased will allow PvP players to access the sum of all unlocked skills. PvP and regular editions can be mixed, but then only allowing players to travel into the PvE worlds that the full editions provide.

The Guild Wars Factions PvP Edition allows players to create the Assassin and Ritualist characters, in addition to the professions introduced in Guild Wars Prophecies.

Additionally, the following skills are unlocked, for a total of 570 skills:

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Guild Wars Factions Platinum Edition (box content)[edit]

  • Guild Wars Factions
  • Guild Wars Prophecies Game of the Year Edition
  • Guild Wars Bonus Mission Pack
  • Specialty Box
  • Holographic Cover
  • Coloured Game Manual (91 pages)


In addition to the six core professions introduced in Guild Wars Prophecies, players will be able to choose from two additional professions introduced in Guild Wars Factions.

Assassin Assassin

The Assassin walks the shadows, a deadly viper ready to strike at the heart when an enemy least expects it. Wearing only lightweight armor, they have mastered the ability to move as shadows, avoiding damage by not being there when an enemy's strike lands. Assassins are masters of their chosen weapon, the dagger, and are experts at inflicting Critical Strikes that cause massive damage. Assassins are trained to efficiently link attacks together in a chain to give added combat bonuses. Their other magical skills include hexes that lower a target's defenses and protect the assassin from harm.

Ritualist Ritualist

Where a ranger lives as one with the spirit world, a ritualist can and will be its master. Ritualists shield their eyes to better commune with spirits that grant great power and protection. Ritualists channel other-worldly energies from the Mists and commune with spirits through mystic Binding Rituals, bending them to aid their allies or punish their foes. The energy channeled from the Mists powers ritualist skills, enhancing the deadliness of an ally's weapon and wreaking havoc on an enemy's health. The ritualist can also use the remains of the dead to defend the living, not by reanimating corpses as a necromancer would, but through the ritual use of urns and ashes.


Continent of Cantha
Shing Jea Island

The continent that Guild Wars Factions is based on offers many new opportunities for the player.

4 distinct regions[edit]

Shing Jea Island
A large island and rural area to the west
Kaineng City
A sprawling metropolis and capital city
Echovald Forest
A petrified forest and home of the Kurzicks
The Jade Sea
A sea turned into solid jade and home of the Luxons

Guild halls[edit]

Factions saw the introduction of 4 new guild halls:


Factions offers many new themed missions, quests, and rewards.


200+ quests[edit]

Player versus Player[edit]

Factions adds new angles to PvP.

Alliance Battle[edit]

Alliance Battles are where the Luxon and Kurzick factions fight for control of towns on the game map. Three player-formed teams from each faction are grouped together and battle three from the opposite faction.

Competitive Missions[edit]

In these missions, two random teams of eight compete to reach specific objectives. If a player dies they respawn in the base and are able to rejoin the fight to meet the objectives. When the match finishes the players are returned to the mission's respective waiting area to queue for the next battle.


Factions offers several seasonal events in Cantha, always giving out trinkets, beverages, and festival hats.
Shing Jea Boardwalk during events

Dragon Festival[edit]

An ancient Canthan tradition marking the anniversary of settlement on Shing Jea Island, this festival showcases all sorts of mini games.

Canthan New Year[edit]

Celebrating the Canthan New Year, this festival showcases some of the best cuisine from the Canthan continent.


Access to Guild Wars Factions requires a valid access key to be added to your account. Once added, select Factions when creating a new character to create a new Factions character. Existing characters from other campaigns can access Cantha via a special quest. See the Cantha article for more details.



Concept art[edit]


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