Editor Matthias has been playing since the release of Guild Wars 2 (buy now €49.95) Arenanet’s MMORPG regularly in 2012 and has accumulated quite a bit of game knowledge in over 4,500 hours of play. Nevertheless, he always remembers the first steps in the game – and what information he was missing at the time. To ensure that beginners can get started smoothly, there is now our updated version Guild Wars 2 Guide for 2022. In this you will also find features that only found their way into the online role-playing game years after the release and are therefore relevant for “homecomers” who have not been in the game world Tyria for a long time. In doing so, we really illuminate all aspects that you want to know when getting started. What peoples are there? How is combat different from other MMORPGs? What tricks do you use to help keep your inventory tidy? How do you trade items with other players? How are the PvP modes different from the open PvE areas and instances?
At the very beginning of our Guild Wars 2 tips for beginners, as in any good MMORPG, is the creation of your hero. This can belong to one of five races:
- people: A particularly exotic race with a grotesque appearance – kidding aside, they are humans!
- Charr: The warlike people of the Charr represent a wild mixture of big cat, orc and werewolf. The cuddly monsters rely on the strength of their legions and have a great soft spot for machines, muscles and metal due to bad experiences with magic. Relatively recent is the peace between humans and charr, who have fought bitter battles over centuries. The charr themselves built their capital on the ruins of the human kingdom of Ascalon.
- Asura: Highly intelligent asura make up for their puny appearance with bloated egos and cunning inventions. Most of the technological achievements in Tyria can be traced back to the big-headed, big-headed geniuses.
- norn: Fame. Power. Met. Take the tales of Norse mythology and transform them into a species of their own. These giants represent a race of heroes. For each norn, life revolves around what glorious task he or she can accomplish, to be the subject of ballads and tales forever.
- sylvari: The mysterious sylvari form the youngest race in Tyria. Only in the last few decades have the naturally curious humanoid plants been exploring every corner of the world. They all share a kind of collective memory in the form of the so-called dream. In this, experiences, memories and adventures of all sylvari are recorded and passed on to the next.
When creating your character, you don’t have to worry about whether certain races are particularly good for certain classes. Whether human, charr or sylvari, everyone casts, shoots and knocks equally well. So you can go entirely by whether you like a race thematically and/or visually. Your selection looks like this:
- Heavy armor
- warrior: The classic soldiers, access to most non-magical weapons, possess unique support skills in the form of banners.
- Guardian: The “Paladins” of Guild Wars 2 – excellent supporters and fighters at the same time. Comfortable gameplay thanks to strong damage and protection skills.
- revenant: (requires Heart of Thorns expansion): An armored ritualist who channels legends of Tyrian history to gain access to their skills.
- Medium armor
- Thief: These rogues and assassins rely on the initiative resource, which means they are not tied to cooldowns like other classes.
- engineer: Inventors with a soft spot for machines and tools that allow for many different playstyles using weapon kits. With the help of strengthening elixirs and turrets, relaxed single-handed combat is possible.
- ranger: Nature-loving fighters and excellent ranged combatants who are highly adaptable and resilient thanks to a range of animal companions. They have what it takes to be front hogs as well as the ideal support character.
- Light armor
- elementalist: Magic glass cannons that can fluidly switch between elements in battle. On their own, they offer a challenging gameplay but have great damage potential.
- Mesmer: The “Poster Class” of Guild Wars. Illusionists who pressure opponents with battling hallucinations and occupy excellent support opportunities.
- necromancer: Tough Sorcerers who are good at negating and inflicting DoT effects. In tricky situations, they are helped by their summoned minions and a high health pool.
Multiple Characters aka “Alts” definitely worth having in Guild Wars 2: You receive rewards on a character’s birthday, even if you don’t play it that much. In addition, you can experience different stories in this way, because you make decisions in the storythat affect your experiences. For example, you’ll join one of three Chapters, leading to a branching variance of events for levels 40-60, while previously experiencing entirely different stories based on your race.
If through your head now but questions like “What is the best class for beginners?” or “What is the most beginner-friendly class?” ghosts, then we can reassure you: You have it really hard with the fewest classes in Guild Wars 2. However, the DPS-heavy elementalists are at a disadvantage due to their low armor and life points – on the one hand in solo play, on the other hand when you have not yet internalized defensive spells, dodge and movement of the game. The classes of necromancer and ranger, for example, are very beginner-friendly. The necromancer has a high supply of life points and can have minions (little demonic helpers) at his side, while the ranger has many dodge skills and with his permanent animal companion always has a loyal friend who can pick him up again even in really bad fights .