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Best class to start out with

what is the best class to start out with if you are new to the game-- 07:05, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

It all comes down to user preference so you should get many different answers. I would say Elementalist or Mesmer. You learn Energy management at the same time you learn the game. Also if you would prefer Melee then I would say Warrior or Dervish. But as I already said its all user preference. If you dont like what you start out with then try something else till you find something you want to stick with. Dont be scared to ask for help. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png DrogoBoffin 07:29, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
The best class to start out with is PAY ATTENTION. Seriously. You'll experiment with classes and find your niche eventually, but the first thing you need to do is not stare at the skill bar waiting for searing flooms to recharge and pay attention. Blow up the compass to at least 1.5 times the size it starts out at, and glance at it every few seconds. Watch where things are on the main screen, and try to focus on what's going on instead of your skill bar and health bars. Those are important, but 90% of the bad players I meet are bad because they can't actually tell what's going on around them. Oh yeah, and unlock lots of skills. You're useless if you can't run any good bars. --Jette User Jette awesome.png 08:12, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Best class for new players

what is the best class for new players--Raven rider 1 07:24, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

See answer above. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png DrogoBoffin 07:29, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

eye of the north

I have guild wars installed. But, I can't seem to get eye of north to work. it is installed and the key has been added. what else do I need to do to get it to work? --The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

The quest to get to Eye of the north campaign can be obtained from 3 people all located in the different major towns... See Access to Eye of the north. The quests given by these NPC's however do have a min of being a level 10 character.MrPaladin talk 12:42, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
(edit conflict)Eye of the North is an expansion, you don't create new characters. See the EotN article for more details, including how to bring an existing character from another campaign to that area. --Freedom Bound 12:38, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

how do i restore core commands li8ke for comforting a pet

how do i restore all the core pet commands like soothing a pet or the one to even get a pet i had a pet then i lost the controls and once i left the area that i was in i lost my pet and cant get it back or the powers or what ever you call them to get a new pet. thank you gwomanelite --The preceding unsigned comment was added by User: (talk).

See Animal companion for more info. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png DrogoBoffin 21:51, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
Click on the button next to the animal's name in the Party Window (press "p"). ~Shard User Shard Sig Icon.png 21:52, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
You also may have changed your secondary profession. If you are starting the prophecies campaign, you need to talk to Master Ranger Nente to get those skills back. ~Shard User Shard Sig Icon.png 22:01, 16 July 2009 (UTC)

Online Character Stats

Anyone know of any online character stats? a website or something that gw reports stats to? to look up a specific char from the game.

-- 03:51, 17 July 2009 (UTC)

No such thing. --Jette User Jette awesome.png 04:04, 17 July 2009 (UTC)

There should be, would be a nice feature for fansites. --The preceding unsigned comment was added by User: (talk).

how to beat the elusive golemancer

i cant get past the secuirty lock part --The preceding unsigned comment was added by User: (talk).

Attempting to breach security without proper authorization is prohibited. A SWAT team has bee dispatched to your location. ETA: 5 minutes. --Jette User Jette awesome.png 20:32, 17 July 2009 (UTC)
you can find a walkthru on the The Elusive Golemancer page MrPaladin talk 20:35, 17 July 2009 (UTC)

Wintersday ?

its supposed to be a special event weekend whats up no npcs only snowball fight ? Capt Bash

Snowballs and drops, actually. --Jette User Jette awesome.png 01:40, 18 July 2009 (UTC)

Level of play

How do I set play at an advanced level? I want to earn a title, but am told I must play at a more advanced level in order to accumulate more reputation points. --The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

You're probably looking for Hard Mode. --Freedom Bound 18:23, 18 July 2009 (UTC)

About Hall of monuments, Switching simple acievments...

I recently did the stupid act of using my non-main to place mini pets on one of the alters at the hall of monuments. this is not the character I would like to attribute these pets to. Would it be possible to Un-dedicate these pets by deleting the character or through a GM? I really don't want to have to re-buy all my minipets. Since they arent actual character-based achievemnts, it would be less of a problem to change, right?

You can't change them, unfortunately. Once a pet is dedicated, it can never be un-dedicated. --Jette User Jette awesome.png 19:41, 19 July 2009 (UTC)

First person view

how do i switch out of first person view?-- 22:19, 19 July 2009 (UTC)

Scroll back with your mouse wheel. You'll end up with a third person view. calor (talk) 23:29, 19 July 2009 (UTC)

Different Stuff

Hello i am asking for my wife, i bought her guild wars almost 2 years ago. my wife tells me that there are campagnes that do diff stuff as IE rit, sin you can dance in town and have spirits dancing with you, for the dervs there dance is diff as well and your paragons. The question i am asking is what game are those so i may purches them for my wife

thank you david mcgee-- 04:18, 20 July 2009 (UTC)

What you are referring to are the Collector's Editions of Factions and Nightfall. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png DrogoBoffin 04:30, 20 July 2009 (UTC)
There are still copies available, but it is unlikely you will be able to find them on ordinary websites. Most likely you'll have to buy them (at a ridiculously inflated price) on eBay. --Jette User Jette awesome.png 04:35, 20 July 2009 (UTC)
Also try --Wyn's Talk page Wyn 04:42, 20 July 2009 (UTC)

Can't select hero

Logged on this morning, wanted to add Koss for a mission, he's greyed out in the drop down box and I cannot add him to my party. (He's lvl 20). Have tried switching to another character, map travelling, logging out of the game and back. He's available on my Ele, but not on my War. Any ideas?--Athena --The preceding unsigned comment was added by User: (talk).

After completion of the Consulate Docks mission, Koss "goes missing" and is not selectable for some time. In order to gain him back as a usable hero, you must complete the primary "story" quests Hunted! and The Great Escape. He will be selectable once again after that. --User Wandering Traveler Sig2.png Wandering Traveler 05:02, 20 July 2009 (UTC)

Name Changes and Friends List

If a person on my friends list uses the character rename service - will they still show up on my list or do I have to update it? 16:36, 20 July 2009 (UTC)

They'll show up under their new name. See here for more details. --Freedom Bound 16:39, 20 July 2009 (UTC)

How do you activate the teleporter

In the Amnoon Oais,how do u activate the teleporter 2 go 2 Aufury Rock. --The preceding unsigned comment was added by User: (talk).

To get to Augury Rock talk to Great Ritual Priest Zahmut who is standing in front of it. You also have to already beaten the 3 desert missions needed to Ascend. Elona Reach, Thirsty River and Dunes of Despair. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png DrogoBoffin 23:38, 20 July 2009 (UTC)
If you've already done what DrogoBoggin said, and you're still having trouble, you've likely overlooked the 3 tiles that you need to step on first. Once you've completed the 3 missions and talked to Priest Zahmut, walk east and step on the 3 tiles. This will give you the Divine Fire enchantment. Finally, step onto the portal. -Ninjatek 23:46, 20 July 2009 (UTC)
No, you step into the circle to get the enchantment, then all you have to do is step on the 3 stones. King Neoterikos 00:16, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Factions quest: to the rescue

-- 03:39, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

i was play Factions and the the quest to the rescue when Su died, now to complete the quest i need Su alive or i can't do anything, and i can not resurrect her, so what do i do? --The preceding unsigned comment was added by User: (talk).

You'll need to map back to a town and start the quest over. If you read the quest log, it should tell you to return to town and try again. --User Jioruji Derako logo.png Jïörüjï Ðērākō.>.cнаt^ 04:53, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

Death Penalty

how does death penalty affect henchmen --

The same way it affects you. -- Wyn User Wynthyst sig icon2.png talk 08:49, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

so, whenever they die, there's just no way to tell what their rating is... bummer --

blacktide den

What outpost do i start at to do Z Mission-- 13:39, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

In Blacktide Den (outpost) talk to Savage Nunbe and have Talkora in your party MrPaladin talk 13:45, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

freeze and screen blacks out

when i get to log in page it blacks out every once and awhile and when i log in it freezes after a few minutes. how can i fix it? --The preceding unsigned comment was added by User: (talk).

Contact support and they will help you to the best of their abilities. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png DrogoBoffin 18:51, 21 July 2009 (UTC)
And sure you can try to re-install gw.exe, since this might not be an account problem. But sure, if it doesn't help, then support is the answer. - J.P.ContributionsTalk 18:54, 21 July 2009 (UTC)
Disregard what Jope said. Contact support and they will help you find the problem instead of going through the trouble of uninstalling/installing and then downloading all of the content again and then it still might not work. I have had a problem similar to yours and I did what Jope says among many other things and it still didnt fix it. Support helped me find the problem in a couple hours, which is a lot less than reinstalling gw. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png DrogoBoffin 18:59, 21 July 2009 (UTC)
Yeah, think might be a better solution after all :D - J.P.ContributionsTalk 19:22, 21 July 2009 (UTC)

This is probably a bad place to put this, but...

My GW.DAT won't defragment. At all. I tried tossing it, then downloaded it again. Still won't defragment. It's not that important, but I'm an obsessive sunvabitch and it must be PYOOR-EE-FIED. Obviously, I didn't do anything stupid like try to defragment it while the game was running. Has anyone else had similar problems? --Jette User Jette awesome.png 03:32, 22 July 2009 (UTC)

What program are you using. And the GW.DAT file has to do with the game so Im gonna say this is the correct place. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png DrogoBoffin 03:33, 22 July 2009 (UTC)
Smart Defrag, version 1.2. I tried using windows' default defragger as well, but it didn't do anything either. --Jette User Jette awesome.png 03:40, 22 July 2009 (UTC)
Defrag your whole drive. Or move your .DAT file to another drive thats empty or nearly empty and defrag it then move it back. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png DrogoBoffin 03:48, 22 July 2009 (UTC)
The only thing I can think of is not enough free space on the disc. (and I mean 1 big chunk of free space for the file, not free space overall) Defragmenting the whole drive should help. Also, you might want to try Contig with the Power Defragmenter GUI for defragmenting single files. (Contig is very nice, but it doesn't defragment free space). Roar! Poki#3 (talk) 12:08, 22 July 2009 (UTC)
Zip the file, then defrag, tbh. ··· Danny Pew Pew 17:49, 22 July 2009 (UTC)
I've already defragmented the whole drive, to no avail. I'll try some of the other things. --Jette User Jette awesome.png 18:54, 22 July 2009 (UTC)
Contig only works with NT even with the GUI. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png DrogoBoffin 18:55, 22 July 2009 (UTC)
I've reduced the fragments to about 100, but that's still not enough for my OCD tendencies. I've tried everything in this thread (except the zipping it idea, which I should try but I'm too lazy). Any other suggestions? --Jette User Jette awesome.png 06:59, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
Try this SysInternals has a lot of really good tools. it would help if I read the WHOLE section :P -- Wyn User Wynthyst sig icon2.png talk 07:56, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
RAR it then defrag. ;o ··· Danny Pew Pew 18:10, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
I deleted enough crap to leave me with an extra 20GB of space or so, and it's mostly defragged fine (Though I had to keep using contig to do it, it would never go down to only 1 fragment until I did about a dozen times or so). Don't know why it was being so difficult. --Jette User Jette awesome.png 22:58, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
I really think that it was because you lacked a big enough chunk of free space. IDK, there are certain things that won't defragment when windows is running, such as cache files, directories, system files... also page files are often placed in the middle of the disc. Maybe all that added up :/
@Drogo: umm... I'm assuming he wasn't using Windows 98. @Danny: Ziping? How would deleting the file and making another file that he can't use help? Seriously. Roar! Poki#3 (talk) 23:00, 24 July 2009 (UTC)
I asked some people I know, and they have said they get this same issue -- one of them has 80GB left of space, so it would be absurdly unlikely he doesn't have enough space to defrag it. Should we add a note to the Gw.dat page? --Jette User Jette awesome.png 03:33, 25 July 2009 (UTC)
This has nothing to do with GW.dat specifically, it can apply to any big file. The bigger it is the harder it is to defragment it properly. I suggest you do an Offline defrag if you didn't do it already. Also, I keep my games on a separate partition then my system and documents so they're easier to defrag. I also hope that GW2 will have a different file system, so that everything isn't in 1 big file, but in 10, 20 or so... Roar! Poki#3 (talk) 11:43, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

Balthazar faction

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How do I get Balthazar faction more then 10,000?--King Ranik 15:04, 24 July 2009 (UTC)

Balthazar faction article answers all your balth related questions... have a nice day :) MrPaladin talk 15:06, 24 July 2009 (UTC)
wait this is more helpful.. a portion of the article -> The cap may be increased by gaining ranks in the Gladiator, Hero, Champion or Commander title tracks. MrPaladin talk 15:07, 24 July 2009 (UTC)
(Edit conflict) This isn't a wiki related question, but to answer that: Certain PvP Titles give faction as you get higher ranks. Such titles are Gladiator, Champion, or Hero. --User Ezekial Riddle bigsig.pngRiddle 15:08, 24 July 2009 (UTC)

How do I know which quests/missions I have completed

Is there a way to find out which quests/missions that I have completed? The first GuildWars Manuscripts manual says on page 137 that "The map displays available missions, and also tells you which missions you've already completed." Which map is the manual talking about? A quest that I have completed is Althea's Ashes but I can't find a record that I had completed it. I am not sure if I have completed any missions.

Thanks in advance.

-- 02:04, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

Mission completion can be tracked using your map, the mission icons change based on what level of completion. Quests, you are a bit more on your own, as there is really no in game way to know if you have completed a quest beyond the fact it will no longer be available to you. -- Wyn User Wynthyst sig icon2.png talk 02:13, 25 July 2009 (UTC)
Also, don't take anything you read in the GWM as fact. That manual was written back when the gameplay was good, and the game itself was bad. --Jette User Jette awesome.png 08:57, 25 July 2009 (UTC)


This is weird ive vanqed every area but my title in cantha still says i got 3 more places to go? Did it glitch or something because i used quests to lower the kill count? 22:40, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

Does the map show that you have vanquished every area. If so then contact support. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png DrogoBoffin 22:44, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

essence bond doesnt work for heroes

hi guys,

im trying to get the monk heroes to use essence bond but when they cast it on players it doesnt work. Whats goin on? --The preceding unsigned comment was added by User: (talk).

Shift - Click to disable it, then Left click to cast it on yourself (Make sure you're selected)This goes for all Maintained Enchants. 18:33, 25 July 2009 (UTC)

OH MAN, youre so awesome. thank you so much. but just wondering, how come it doesnt work when you use f11 control and select a key for it? -- david --The preceding unsigned comment was added by User: (talk).

See Hero behavior#Enchantments. --Silver Edge 01:29, 26 July 2009 (UTC)

Where do I sell Items

where do i sell items? --The preceding unsigned comment was added by User: (talk).

You can sell items to the Merchant or to players. The towns used heavily for trading are Kamadan, Lion's Arch and Ascalon. You can also go to Guru Auctions, make an account and post auctions. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png DrogoBoffin 06:53, 26 July 2009 (UTC)

Old Woman River quest

Is it not possible to get the Old Woman River quest if you followed the Margrid the Sly story branch? It seems that the Rilohn Refuge mission is the pre-requisite for this quest but you don't get that mission with Margrid. 03:30, 28 July 2009 (UTC) Orllas

Since Master of Whispers is required for Rilohn Refuge you cannot get to the quest. Once you beat Nightfall you will get quests to get the heroes that you didnt get going through the storyline. User DrogoBoffin sig icon.png Drogo Boffin 03:49, 28 July 2009 (UTC)

Ok. Thanks for the quick response. 03:58, 28 July 2009 (UTC) Orllas

sunspear skill

I have a problem i bought sunspear skills but yet they dont show up under the title track. i bought the hero skill vamp but i cant use it whats the problem? it just don't show that i have it!

hello... I believe the skill you are refering to is vampirism, it will only be avaliable to you if you have Ritualist as either a main or a secondary profession, for more information on sunspear realted skills see Sunspear rank MrPaladin talk 17:32, 28 July 2009 (UTC)
If you have not purchased factions yet, you must do so to be able to use Ritualist as your secondary profession. To change a Nightfall characters secondary profession, you must complete the quest Hunted, then speak to the profession changer in the Command Post. --Burning Freebies 09:34, 29 July 2009 (UTC)

game related

can i upgrade my characters from prophices using eye of the north and then use them to complete missions in the prophices campaigns?-- 04:15, 31 July 2009 (UTC)

Yes, your characters can travel freely between any campaign you own. See Campaign Travel for more details. -- Wyn User Wynthyst sig icon2.png talk 04:24, 31 July 2009 (UTC)

my monk wont get todays z mish

hi guys,

so far all my chars are getting todays z mish chahbek village except for my monk. do you know whats goin on? -- david --The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk).

Are you sure your monk character doesn't already have that Zaishen quest in the quest log? --Silver Edge 20:21, 31 July 2009 (UTC)


yes, the only mish she has is the minister of chos estate lol. this is strange, i thought she might not have access to nightfalls, but she already did chahbeks village before. i went to nf with her, and the chahbeks village hard mode helmet is gold on the map.--david