GW2… Choose your path

Maybe I’m a bit late at doing this… with so many people who have already created tons of guides.
But here’s a couple of things that I’ve learned about GW2.
A nice Database: http://www.gw2db.com/

Waterfall Scenery

Waterfall Scenery

EXPLORE!
Tyria is one really really gorgeous world!
As beautiful as those that I had once fell in love with… like Aion and Tera.
They utilizes a combination of a heavily modified Guild Wars engine, Havok (FEAR 2, Fallout 3, Starcraft 2, Skyrim) and Umbra Occlusion (Lord of the Rings Online, Mass Effect 2, Dragon Age 2).
I can’t help but run around randomly from one continent to another and takings lots of Screenshots of pretty places!

Get those Waypoints and Vistas!
You get experience just by getting to those points.
While you’re at it, you’ll sure to pass by dynamic events along the way.
Time sure passes by fast when doing so!

GW2 Map

Lost?
This is an awesome website to go to!
http://gw2.mmorpg-life.com/queensdale-map-of-pois-waypoints-vistas-skills-and-more/12547/

Note:
If enemies have not been killed for a period of time, you’ll get bonus xp on top of the basic xp.
So, you’re sure to get more xp from killing mobs at a secluded place compared to a location where a handful of players are “ksing” mobs to level.

Ksing doesn’t really work around here though.
Unlike more MMORPGs, even without being in the same party…
You can kill the same mob as another random player and still get the point for an event or renown heart quests.
No last player kill~
No more fighting over a mob or location.
Oh… I remember those days to “book” a location to farm levels.
lol~
This game has made a lot of people master the art of bunny hopping!
Jump around like a maniac and try reaching the top of some building or mountain~

Mail

Mail

Oh yes.. if you’re a newbie and don’t already know.
Please pick up all your rewards from your mail.
Else, you’ll start thinking why you’re so poor, apart from random NPCing of items.

Skill Points

Skill Points

Skill Points!
You need skill points to learn slot skills.

You either have to fight your way through to get to a commune point or do a skill challenge (kill one or a few strong mobs).

Skill Challenge

Skill Challenge

When I started off, I had the mindset of a typical MMORPG-er.
Quests that bring you from one place to another.
That, my friend, is redundant!
Renown hearts are guidelines of where to head to based on levels.
But that does not mean you can’t go to another lower level location and get just as great xp.

Group Events

Group Events

That brings me to another point.
Even as a high level player, I can go to any low level area, explore AND get a good amount of xp.
That’s a HUGE difference.
It simply means, you can enjoy walking around and do soooooooo many events without feeling that you’re too “powerful” or “weak” for one.
Making the event dull and unable to enjoy it as it should.
Plus, doing an event with a huge group of random people feels so awesome!
It does remind me of Rift’s events.

Megalodon

Megalodon

Dynamic events give a significant amount of XP, Karma and Gold.
Sometimes, you’ll get great item drops as well!
You’ll never know what’ll that big fish is gonna give you if you don’t take a dive in the shark infested ocean.

Harathi Highlands

Harathi Highlands

Hello, my friend. Stay awhile and listen..
Deckard Cain’s wise words indeed.

An end of one event can lead to another (not for all events), so pay attention, wait a little and continue the linked events.
At times, you’ll have to talk to the NPCs before triggering a dynamic event.

Harathi Highlands Concurrent Events

Harathi Highlands Events

For example,
[Group Event] Stop the centaurs from retaking their camps
[Group Event] Assault Kingsgate and drive the centaurs back before they can rally their forces
[Group Event] Keep the Modniir invaders from retaking Kingsgate
[Group Event] Defeat Ulgoth the Modniir and his minions

Kol

Kol

There’s also a giant troll champion (Kol) in the North-East of Barricade Camp WP.
Story about Kimber and her husband.
[Group Event] Help Shining Blade Kimber defeat Kol Skullsmasher
[Group Event] Help Shining Blade Kimber find her husband
[Group Event] Kill the centaur war council before reinforcements arrive
Before leading out to the events above, usually when another group is doing the Modniir events.
So, you’ll also get the chest items later.

GW2 Revive Player

GW2 Revive Player

Saw this on a forum,
sees a downed marker on the mini-map
I’ll save you!
player disappears as I turn the corner
Nooo!!!! I wanted the XP!

Roflmao~
Yes, reviving a fellow player will give you xp, so help them whenever you can.. hmm.. well.. not only because you plainly wanted the xp. lol~

Gathering

Gathering

Gathering gives you xp too.
Actually, much more than when you kill mobs!
You can do all three without needing to learn any particular gathering skill.
Just buy an axe, pickaxe or sickle and start gathering!

Harvesting SickleLogging AxeMining Pick

  • Mining – used for ore. Ore can be then refined into ingots which are used by many crafts, particularly the Artificer, Armorsmith, Huntsman, and Weaponsmith.
  • Logging – used to gather logs. Lumber is used by a variety of crafts, particularly the Artificer, Huntsman, and Weaponsmith.
  • Harvesting – used to gather ingredients. Ingredients are used by chefs to prepare food. Food is consumed to give various bonuses, such as extra stats or even bonus experience points.
Inventory

Inventory

Running out of space in your bags?
Right-click the stack of materials and select “Deposit Collectibles” or “Deposit all collectibles”.
They’ll be sent to your materials bank straight away.
Yes… without needing to tp to your bank physically.

Crafting

Crafting

Gathering will lead to crafting.
You’ll gain a pretty yummy amount of xp on crafting.
You could get to level 80 from crafting alone (Devs say: each discipline gives you 10 levels worth)

Different types of Crafting

Different types of Crafting

More on Crafting: http://gaiscioch.com/tavern/guildwars_crafting/post_35198.html


Hint: Don’t level your first 2 chosen disciplines until you reach level 60.

Start doing so afterwards and you’ll get to 80 in no time at all.

Salvage Kits

Salvage Kits

Of course you’ll need the materials beforehand..
Which you could either
1. collect via gathering by your own or killing mobs
2. killing mobs and get EQ that is pretty worthless to sell in Trading Post, which you could salvage into materials.
2. buy from the Trading Post.

GW2 Trading Post

GW2 Trading Post

Crafting isn’t my cup of tea.
Trading is.

Unfortunately, the Trading Post is well known to be down often.
tee hee~

You can “do trading” from anywhere you are.
But in order to get your gold and items that you’ve earned or bought, you’ll need to find the Black Lion Tading Post NPC.

Black Lion Chests

Black Lion Chests

You might get these randomly.
They’re very useful.

Black Lion Key

Black Lion Key

You’ll need a Black Lion Key which can either be from completing certain mileage of the main storyline quest
Or buying from the Gem Store.
Or you could get it from within an opened Black Lion Chest (prolly one every 10 chests.. I don’t know.. I got it in my 1st box.)

Anyway here’s what you get:

  • A random boost. Boosts last for one hour. There are boosts for crafting, experience, magic find, karma, armor and a variety of other bonuses. Not all of the boosts that might be in a Black Lion chest are available on from the cash store, it seems.
  • A random transformation tonic. They turn you into a Guild Wars 2 creature. You might end up considering these a negative, since they’re account bound – can’t sell them – and you’ll have more than you’ll use.
  • A random consumable. These include such things as armor repair kits, a one-time-use mobile banking service and transmutation stones for changing the look of your armor.

I simply love the boosts!

Gem and Gold

Gem and Gold

You don’t necessarily need to use real money to buy stuff.
Head over to “Trade Gold for Gems” and there you have it… gems to spend!

Oh.. don’t ask me how to get gold.
My answer would be “the same way as most games are”.
Farm, trade, dungeons, craft and if ever the gold/gem market gets lucrative enough… in addition to GW2’s dynamic events and renown hearts quests.
Don’t think the list ends there but that’s about all I can remember right now.

Dungeon Locations

Dungeon Locations

Dungeons are pretty fun too.

Ascalonian Catacombs (AC) – Story Mode: level 30
Caudecus’ Manor (CM) – Story Mode: level 40
Twilight Armor (TA) – Story Mode: level 50
Sorrow’s Embrace (SE) – Story Mode: level 60
Citadel of Flame (CoF) – Story Mode: level 70
Honor of the Waves (HoTW) – Story Mode: 76
Crucible of Eternity (CoE) – Story Mode: 78
Arah (Arah) – Story Mode: 80
You can exchange token associated to the dungeons with 8 different merchants in Lion’s Arch for armor/weapons.

Main Storyline

Main Storyline

Lore.. main story mode

Ahhh hahahaha.. I’m not one to talk about this.
I’m only at the beginning.
I had more fun exploring than doing the storymode of “my life”.
I’d probably do it.. some day.. yeah.. sooooommmeee.. day.

WvWvW

WvWvW

WvWvW

It takes ages to queue.
Quicker on a weekday than a weekend.
I waited 5 hours last weekend before my game hang and got booted out after a couple of minutes.
Waited for another 3 hours and gave up ’cause I wanted to go to sleep.
On weekdays, it’ll take me around an hour or so, if I’m lucky.

But when you do get in…
It’s extremely fun and exciting to capture towers and keeps!
As a bonus, it gives pretty good xp!
Get on your pvp mode and KILLLLLL… KILL ‘EM ALLLLL!

Achievements

Achievements

How much have you accomplished?
So much to do!

You’re free to choose whatever you wish to do.
Seriously much more freedom to do what you please compared to other MMORPGs!

Being me, I love the exploring part.
I can’t help but marvel at the beautiful locations.
Not to mention pick out some copies of mountains that are “copied and pasted” from one region to another.
=X

I love the fact that you don’t need to farm at one place to level or ks with others to get a mob.
That as much as you ress others, others will ress you too.
Whether it’s a high or low level area, the system is pretty fair on xp and items.

Last but not least, I initially thought that leveling my last few levels would be a dreadful task.
But I was proven wrong.
I was enjoying running around and doing “errands” that I didn’t even notice my levels.
The random events were much too fun to ignore and I get tons of xp every time.

So…What do you feel like killing? Or more to where…
A champion in the hot desert? The depths of the seas? The burning volcano? The damp swamp or forest? The icy snow capped mountains?

Champion Boss

Champion Boss

Champion bosses are not just in the dungeons like in many other MMORPGs.
In the open for all.
They see no difference in race, life (storyline), short or tall, thin or fat, colour…
Or even level (you could be a low level and die many times at a higher level event but you’ll get ressed and up in your feet in no time at all and have fun!)

HAVE FUN!!!

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4 thoughts on “GW2… Choose your path

  1. hey nice blog you’ve here 🙂 was browsing for some guides on RO2 and i somehow arrived here haha. i just wanna ask you about this game Guild Wars 2? ive watched some reviews and pretty much got captured by the visuals, but in terms of gameplay and value for money im not sure. btw, im not so much into MMOs except RO and thats only because a lot of my friends are playing. but Guild Wars 2 seems fun. what do you think? is it too late to play this game? should i go for it? thanks! 🙂

    • Hi hi Irfan ^_^

      I’ll just say it in my point of view and you can decide for yourself whether you think it’s good enough… ya? XD

      Well, if you’d like to see more, you could go to the GW2 category in my blog: https://icesabel.wordpress.com/category/video-games-%E2%89%A7%E2%88%87%E2%89%A6/rpg/guild-wars-2/
      To be frank, I’ve only played it during beta and then right after I reach 80 after the official opening.
      Then, there wasn’t much to do after that so I quit afterwards.
      I’m not too sure about the new patches been done to the game, so I can’t vouch for anything new afterwards.

      But the game itself is great!
      I would’ve continued playing it if there was more to it back then, but, yes, for me, it was worth it while it lasted.
      Love the gameplay, graphics and music.
      Like in any other MMORPGs, if you’re in a good guild, you’d probably enjoy the game even more.
      I loved the World vs World and enjoy boss hunting and joining random events that pop up often.

      If you can find a friend who already has an account, ask to borrow it for a day..
      If he doesn’t really trust you on his account for whatever reason it may be (it happens.. lol~), play it while he’s beside you.
      You can judge it from there.
      Some games offer trial accounts, GW2 don’t have any at the moment, but if you can find one, great!

      Read more about it online.. there are a lot of blogs and websites on the game.
      Even better, watch videos of the gameplay!
      If you like what you see, go for it.
      Especially on the current updates.

      Sorry, I can’t tell you whether you should or should not try.
      Not everyone likes the same thing.
      For example, you may enjoy pvp and I don’t and I might say I don’t like the game because of it. (Although I love the pvp in the game!! rofl~)
      Hope you understand on that.

      No game is too late to play.
      For me, if the game is good, I’ll invest some money into it. (for this instance, US$60)
      Ending a game will come sooner or later, it’s a matter of whether you enjoyed and loved it during that time frame you played.
      I’d probably pay, at most, US$40 for this game if I had a chance to change the price. lol~

      Good luck~

      • Hi Icesabel 🙂 thanks for the quick reply!

        yeah truth is, i did browsed through your GW2 category before commenting and i can help but to notice, despite the stunning visuals, the game is kinda buggy or at least the time when you played, no? nahh, none of my friends are playing GW2. most of them are casual gamers. unlike me, who’d spend most of my accumulated-allowance on computer parts :p but at the end of the day im playing RO2 more than any other games lol. single player games like crysis, Cod, Far Cry, Tomb Raider, etc last for like 2 days and im back on RO haha -_-

        I first watched GW2 review on IGN and the game scored 9/10 if im not mistaken. but i thought this game wouldn’t reach Malaysia or i need to pay every month to play or some sort, no idea. but recently i found the game selling for RM169.90. i had the intention to buy, but still persuading some friends to get it as well. One thing im kinda worried about is that the game looks pretty (a lot) complicated! and there’s just so many things to do, so many customizations and what not. being a final year student in uni, I definitely can’t let myself consumed by this game haha 😛

        well yeah, thanks for the information 🙂 i guess i’ll stick to RO2 for the moment, and finish RE6 first before (perhaps) going for GW2.

        Thanks!

      • Ahhh.. okay~

        Not that I really noticed much bugs back then though.
        Well, RPGs tend to steal a lot of time from any player.
        If you don’t have much time, then, it’s not really worth the money spent.. in my opinion, it’s a little too expensive.
        If you’re thinking twice about a game, then, you’re probably have a 50% chance on feeling regret later on.

        There’ll always be a better game coming out.
        You can always try an old game another time… when you have more free time (and money to spare) XD

        Final year.. you say?
        Hehe~ Just lay back and play games that’ll make you relaxed, whenever you need to step back from the constant studying hours.
        Good luck on your final year exams!!!

        Cheers~

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