99 Useful Things We Learned About Playing Guild Wars 2

#1 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

Name a thing you learned about Guild Wars 2, that you think everybody should know. I'll try and keep the OP up-to-date.

  1. Collections - rightclick items such as crafting materials and sPvP gear. Most such items have an 'Add to Collection' option. Click the cog in the inventory screen and select 'deposit all collectibles' to do it all in one swoop (be advised - minipets fall into the 'collection' category too, so if they go missing, that's where you'll find them). You can store one stack of any given such item in your collection. Like 250 pieces of copper ore. You can access your collection at the crafting stations, respectively in the Mists for the sPvP gear. (At first I thought storage space was extremely sparse, so that we'll be forced to buy storage space in the gem shop - thanks to collections, it should be just about enough, any excess lands in the tradingpost)
  2. Explore - you get a lot of experience from finding points of interests, waypoints and vistas. Plus, if you fully explore an area you get a bonus item.
  3. Traveling - You move slightly faster if you dodge forward compared to running. It's useful if you're not planning to fight anything and just want to get from point to point.
  4. You can alt-click the map to put down personal waypoints and Shift click and drag to draw on the map.
  5. Revive! It's not only nice, but it also rewards you with that extra bit of help you can use when you're trying to take down that god D%!# F*&@ING zone boss
  6. You don't need to stay in an event to completion to get a reward from it. I've gotten a lot of experience just by participating in an event for a few seconds on my way to some destination. I'd see a bronze medal popup and a few hundred xp just for stopping in.
  7. Talk to all named friendly NPCs (even bovine) and read their dialog, often hilarity ensues, sometimes even quests or hints at local secrets.
  8. When you get to a new heart quest, look around to see if there is an event to do. By participating in the event, you'll also get progress towards the heart if you stay within a certain range. Very handy.
  9. When doing an caravan escort event the caravan will take speed buffs.
  10. Holding left-ctrl will highlight activatable/usable items. Very useful when doing heart quests.
  11. You can change your color scheme at any time by clicking the dropper in the hero section in the top left corner by the tabs.
  12. Completing everything in a zone will get you 4 fairly decent items along with 10 silver(at least for your starting zone).
  13. Don't forget to unlock your underwater abilities. It's more aggravating to do so at higher levels, when mobs have more health and hit harder.
  14. When you've finished the heart quests in your initial starting area and the next area is too tough, use the Asura gate in your city to travel to Lion's Arch and then one of the Asura Gates there to travel to another race's starting city and starting zone.
  15. For the love of all that is holy, collect your reward money from the mail. You aren't as poor as you may think.
  16. Make sure you check the quantity of items being sold as a batch before buying. For example, I accidentally bought 60 units of tin because I hadn't noticed they were being sold in sets of 10. Oops.
  17. Typing "/dance *" (without quotes) will attempt to sync dance with anyone else also typing /dance *. It doesn't seem to work on people already dancing so you need to communicate a bit to get it going.
  18. Adding an @ to the end of an emote will direct it towards your target, i.e. /cheer @ will display "<name> cheers at <target>" Make sure to always be cheering your fellow BOMBers while out exploring!
  19. If the materials that you're gathering are too high-level for your crafting skills, try visiting a new, lower-level zone that offers materials that you can use. Since GW2 scales everything, you won't be losing out on experience points or progress while gathering the resources that you need to level up your crafting.
  20. Make sure you craft! It gives you a ton of actual experience and can give you the extra push to go into that 25-35 zone that you're one level short of.
  21. For a more familiar experience, try rebinding strafe (left/right) to "a" and "d" respectively. You may also prefer to have abilities bound to keys "q" and "e" instead of turning or strafing.
  22. If you want a feel for a class before you stick with them you can create a new one and hop into the mists and have full access to all skills and traits.
  23. Ctrl+Shift+H will hide the UI for stuff like screenshots!
  24. Alt + left click and drag to an open spot in your inventory breaks a stack. (Any zone really)
  25. 100%'ing a city will give you 3 basic transmutation stones.
  26. Most attacks are AoE. For example the Ranger's shortbow attacks - every shot hits every enemy in its line of fire, up to its intended target. So fire at backrow guys and position yourself to hit as many additional targets as possible. Melee swings hit every target in the arc of the weapon swing - so again - positioning is key for full effectiveness in combat.
  27. Quickness - the most potent and powerful DPS boost/boon in Guild Wars 2. Be advised.
  28. For the depositing-minipet problem: get yourself a "safe box" as one of your bags. Items in the safe box don't get compacted, don't show up in the sell screen, and most importantly don't get deposited as collectibles! Keep your little buddies safe and snug in the safe box. I carry around my minigolem, salvage kits, and harvesting tools in my safe box.
  29. The Mystic Forge. Take all the weapons and armor that is not usable by your professsion and combine them in this awesome machine to get a random item.

  30. Complete the Daily Quest every day. You get a coin for a high level item in the Mystic Forge. It may need to be combined with other things. I leave the mystery to you.

  31. Don't try ressing people too close to enemy bases.

  32. Be prepared to spend upwards of a half an hour trying to get your party into your own instance.
  33. The male human is voiced by Nolan North.
  34. After you finish a heart quest, the NPC with the heart will sell you items for karma.
  35. Leveling by crafting - you do not lose any crafting-job progression by unlearning one for another. While it gets increasingly expensive to do so, depending on how high the crafting skill is, you want to get back into - it's extremely worthwhile to do so. Why? Because crafting gives a whole lot of XP, and the items are top notch, and to most efficiently turn gathered crafting materials into XP and great loot. To do so most efficiently, you are required to level 3 crafting profession, lest you won't be able to use all gathered ressources. As a ranger, I went for Huntsman/Leatherworker/Jeweler - I build my own weapons, armor, bags, and accessories - and use all the gathered ressources myself. From 40 levels, it's at least 5 levels I've gained by crafting XP.
  36. Be sure to 'preview' every storyline reward, if it's an awesome skin. Some of those rewards use cultural skins, which cost you at least 10k Karma or a ton of gold, and transmutation stones are not that hard to come by - gem store and otherwise.
  37. You need to assign your utility skills again when going underwater. They actually aren't supposed to be empty!

  38. Long range siege weapons like mortars and trebuchets require you to hold down the fire button to charge up a shot.

  39. It's usually easier to kill a downed opponent in PvP through damage rather than an execution. There's very little they can do to keep you from hammering on them, but most classes have something that will interrupt an execute.

  40. Every zone has at least 2 cooking ingredients that are (usually) unique to the zone.

  41. I could outrun a centaur!

  42. Use the PvP option to teleport back to LA to save teleport costs. Since TP is based on distance/player level, you can often save a lot of money by quickly heading to PvP through your character tab, and then going through the LA portal.

  43. Pretty much everything is for sale in the Trading Post. Want minis? No need to spend gems, all minis are for sale, and the basic ones are dirt cheap. Same goes for dyes and god knows what else.
  44. You can sell items on the Trading Post in the field, especially rare quality and upwards often have buyers waiting for them.
  45. You can buy items on the Trading Post in the field, albeit you'll need to go to a Black Lion Trader to collect them, or buy a temporary service for gems - for instant delivery wherever you are.
  46. It is helpful to rebind dodge roll to an easily accessible key, and disable double tap dodging in options. Mouse buttons work great for this. It makes dodging easier and faster.
  47. When you're in a party, you can tell if your party member(s) have completed a heart in the area by looking at their group profile picture. If you are in range of the heart, either a empty heart or a full heart (indicating completion) will appear.

  48. Try to buy items off the TP during non-peak hours (mornings/daytime). Weekends are the worst time to buy, but the best time to sell

  49. Legendary precursors will have a chance to drop from anywhere in a level 80 zone or level 75+ explorable dungeon

  50. Using the Mystic Forge to try to craft exotics from rares (or rares from masterworks) is like going to Vegas, but with infinitely worse odds and no free drinks. Gamble at your own peril.

  51. Hopping in to the BOMB mumble is fun! It's your one-stop source for wrestling fanfics, bad anime recommendations, good leveling advice, and general audio mayhem. Stop on by!

  52. Charr meets indoor jumping puzzle. Mouse meets wall after 10 minutes.

  53. The best way to make money without gambling on the TP or the Mystic Forge is to farm the Plinx event chain near Shadowfain Waypoint in Cursed Shore.

  54. The best way to lose your sanity is to farm Plinx event chain.

  55. When dynamic event farming, it is best to join a group or ask to join a group there. Being in a party while farming event mobs allows you to tag more enemies.

#2 Posted by Maystack (906 posts) -

2. Explore - You get a lot of experience from finding points of interests, waypoints and vistas. Plus, if you fully explore an area you get a bonus item.

Also, as an addendum to the collection point, you can click the cog in the inventory screen and 'deposit all collectibles'. That will take all materials from your inventory and put them into the collection.

#3 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -

@Maystack said:

Also, as an addendum to the collection point, you can click the cog in the inventory screen and 'deposit all collectibles'. That will take all materials from your inventory and put them into the collection.

Awesome!

#4 Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam (3387 posts) -

2x addendum combo: when depositing collectibles, keep in mind that mini-pets DO count as such. Using the "deposit all collectibles" option will send each of your little buddies straight to their storage slot.

#5 Posted by yyninja (59 posts) -

3. Traveling - You move slightly faster if you dodge forward compared to running. It's useful if you're not planning to fight anything and just want to get from point to point.

#6 Posted by Miniexadoor (33 posts) -

4.You can alt-click the map to put down personal waypoints and Shift click and drag to draw on the map.

#7 Edited by Turkalurch (198 posts) -

5. Revive! It's not only nice, but it also rewards you with that extra bit of help you can use when you're trying to take down that god D%!# F*&@ING zone boss. :)

#8 Posted by MisterMollusk (399 posts) -

6. You don't need to stay in an event to completion to get a reward from it. I've gotten a lot of experience just by participating in an event for a few seconds on my way to some destination. I'd see a bronze medal popup and a few hundred xp just for stopping in.

#9 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

7. Talk to all named friendly NPCs (even bovine) and read their dialog, often hilarity ensues, sometimes even quests or hints at local secrets.

#10 Posted by Maystack (906 posts) -

8. When you get to a new heart quest, look around to see if there is an event to do. By participating in the event, you'll also get progress towards the heart if you stay within a certain range. Very handy.

#11 Posted by Miniexadoor (33 posts) -

9. When doing an caravan escort event the caravan will take speed buffs.

#12 Posted by eternalrift (74 posts) -

10. Holding left-ctrl will highlight activatable/usable items. Very useful when doing heart quests.

#13 Posted by announakis (114 posts) -

@Miniexadoor said:

4.You can alt-click the map to put down personal waypoints and Shift click and drag to draw on the map.

thanks for this one, I totally did miss that!

#14 Edited by Miniexadoor (33 posts) -

11. You can change your color scheme at any time by clicking the dropper in the hero section in the top left corner by the tabs.

12. completing everything in a zone will get you 4 fairly decent items along with 10 silver(at least for your starting zone).

#15 Posted by Bahloo (47 posts) -

Typing /wiki *term* in chat opens the GW2 wiki showing you the 'term' article. For instance /wiki asura .

#16 Posted by DeathTrap (255 posts) -

13. Don't forget to unlock your underwater abilities. It's more aggravating to do so at higher levels, when mobs have more health and hit harder.

14. When you've finished the heart quests in your initial starting area and the next area is too tough, use the Asura gate in your city to travel to Lion's Arch and then one of the Asura Gates there to travel to another race's starting city and starting zone.

#17 Posted by Subjugation (4724 posts) -

15. For the love of all that is holy, collect your reward money from the mail. You aren't as poor as you may think.

#18 Posted by DeathTrap (255 posts) -

16. Make sure you check the quantity of items being sold as a batch before buying. For example, I accidentally bought 60 units of tin because I hadn't noticed they were being sold in sets of 10. Oops.

#19 Posted by SuperWristBands (2266 posts) -

17. Typing "/dance *" (without quotes) will attempt to sync dance with anyone else also typing /dance *. It doesn't seem to work on people already dancing so you need to communicate a bit to get it going.

#20 Posted by korkesh (133 posts) -

18. Adding an @ to the end of an emote will direct it towards your target, i.e. /cheer @ will display "<name> cheers at <target>" Make sure to always be cheering your fellow BOMBers while out exploring!

#21 Posted by Nickieroonie (141 posts) -

18. If the materials that you're gathering are too high-level for your crafting skills, try visiting a new, lower-level zone that offers materials that you can use. Since GW2 scales everything, you won't be losing out on experience points or progress while gathering the resources that you need to level up your crafting.

#22 Edited by Riddell (342 posts) -

You can make custom playlists using the following headings:

  • Ambient
  • Battle
  • BossBattle
  • City
  • MainMenu
  • NightTime
  • Underwater

Either create a playlist(s) or folder(s) with the names above in the Guild Wars 2 "Music" folder and replace the default GW music with your own.

For more info, check here: Link

#23 Posted by Codeacious (960 posts) -

20. Make sure you craft! It gives you a TON of actual experience and can give you the extra push to go into that 25-35 zone that you're one level short of.

#24 Posted by Nickieroonie (141 posts) -

21. For a more familiar experience, try rebinding strafe (left/right) to "a" and "d" respectively. You may also prefer to have abilities bound to keys "q" and "e" instead of turning or strafing.

#25 Posted by Adaurin (187 posts) -

If you want a feel for a class before you stick with them you can create a new one and hop into the mists and have full access to all skills and traits.

#26 Posted by Nickieroonie (141 posts) -

Via @Maystack in another thread:

Ctrl+Shift+H will hide the UI for stuff like screenshots!

#27 Posted by pay928 (26 posts) -

Alt + left click and drag to an open spot breaks a stack

#28 Posted by Miniexadoor (33 posts) -

25. 100%'ing a city will give you 3 basic transmutation stones.

#29 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

26. Most attacks are AoE. For example the Ranger's basic shortbow attack - every shot hits every enemy in its line of fire, up to its intended target. So fire at backrow guys and position yourself to hit as many additional targets as possible. Melee swings hit every target in the arc of the weapon swing - so again - positioning is key for full effectiveness in combat.

#30 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

27. Quickness - the most potent and powerful DPS boost/boon in Guild Wars 2. Be advised.

#31 Posted by Bollard (5660 posts) -

@korkesh said:

18. Adding an @ to the end of an emote will direct it towards your target, i.e. /cheer @ will display "<name> cheers at <target>" Make sure to always be cheering your fellow BOMBers while out exploring!

This is great! People were complaining today how /wave is general, now I can wave at fellow BOMBs and CBSi's alike.

#32 Posted by Monthenor (41 posts) -

For the depositing-minipet problem: get yourself a "safe box" as one of your bags. Items in the safe box don't get compacted, don't show up in the sell screen, and most importantly don't get deposited as collectibles! Keep your little buddies safe and snug in the safe box. I carry around my minigolem, salvage kits, and harvesting tools in my safe box.

#33 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -

@Monthenor said:

For the depositing-minipet problem: get yourself a "safe box" as one of your bags. Items in the safe box don't get compacted, don't show up in the sell screen, and most importantly don't get deposited as collectibles! Keep your little buddies safe and snug in the safe box. I carry around my minigolem, salvage kits, and harvesting tools in my safe box.

What is a safebox, and how do I get one?

#34 Posted by Jayzilla (2567 posts) -

@Seppli said:

@Monthenor said:

For the depositing-minipet problem: get yourself a "safe box" as one of your bags. Items in the safe box don't get compacted, don't show up in the sell screen, and most importantly don't get deposited as collectibles! Keep your little buddies safe and snug in the safe box. I carry around my minigolem, salvage kits, and harvesting tools in my safe box.

What is a safebox, and how do I get one?

Tailor's make "Invisible 8 slot Bags". That be them.

29. The Mystic Forge. Take all the weapons and armor that is not usable by your professsion and combine them in this awesome machine to get a random item.

30. Complete the Daily Quest every day. You get a coin for a high level item in the Mystic Forge. It may need to be combined with other things. I leave the mystery to you.

#35 Posted by Monthenor (41 posts) -

@Seppli: is right about Tailors, and Armorsmiths can make 8-slot Safe Boxes out of...glittering dust and bronze, I think it was? Really early on, though.

#36 Posted by Hawker (77 posts) -

31. Don't try ressing people too close to enemy bases -_-

#37 Posted by Rohok (554 posts) -

32. Be prepared to spend upwards of a half an hour trying to get your party into your own instance.

#38 Posted by Giantstalker (1675 posts) -
#39 Posted by Covaloch (19 posts) -

MAN i really love this post. I did NOT know to check the 'deposit all collectibles' button.. i sure as hell was wishing there was one, and Lo! and behold, i was just blind.

#40 Posted by mosaicthump (3 posts) -

34. After you finish a heart quest, the NPC with the heart will sell you items for karma.

#41 Edited by Seppli (10251 posts) -

35. Leveling by crafting - you do not lose any crafting-job progression by unlearning one for another. While it gets increasingly expensive to do so, depending on how high the crafting skill is, you want to get back into - it's extremely worthwhile to do so. Why? Because crafting gives a whole lot of XP, and the items are top notch, and to most efficiently turn gathered crafting materials into XP and great loot. To do so most efficiently, you are required to level 3 crafting profession, lest you won't be able to use all gathered ressources. As a ranger, I went for Huntsman/Leatherworker/Jeweler - I build my own weapons, armor, bags, and accessories - and use all the gathered ressources myself. From 40 levels, it's at least 5 levels I've gained by crafting XP.

#42 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -

36. Be sure to 'preview' every storyline reward, if it's an awesome skin. Some of those rewards use cultural skins, which cost you at least 10k Karma or a ton of gold, and transmutation stones are not that hard to come by - gem store and otherwise.

#43 Edited by Silvergun (297 posts) -

37. You need to assign your utility skills again when going underwater. They actually aren't supposed to be empty!

38. Long range siege weapons like mortars and trebuchets require you to hold down the fire button to charge up a shot.

39. It's usually easier to kill a downed opponent in PvP through damage rather than an execution. There's very little they can do to keep you from hammering on them, but most classes have something that will interrupt an execute.

40. Every zone has at least 2 cooking ingredients that are (usually) unique to the zone.

41. I could outrun a centaur!

#44 Posted by announakis (114 posts) -

from GW2guru:

Use the PvP option to teleport back to LA to save teleport costs.

Since TP is based on distance/player level, you can often save a lot of money by quickly heading to PvP through your character tab, and then going through the LA portal.

#45 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -

43. Pretty much everything is for sale in the Trading Post. Want minis? No need to spend gems, all minis are for sale, and the basic ones are dirt cheap. Same goes for dyes and god knows what else.

44. You can sell items on the Trading Post in the field, especially rare quality and upwards often have buyers waiting for them.

45.You can buy items on the Trading Post in the field, albeit you'll need to go to a Black Lion Trader to collect them, or buy a temporary service for gems - for instant delivery wherever you are.

#46 Posted by winters91 (1 posts) -

46. It is helpful to rebind dodge roll to an easily accessible key, and disable double tap dodging in options. Mouse buttons work great for this. It makes dodging easier and faster.

#47 Edited by halcyonTwilight (74 posts) -

47. When you're in a party, you can tell if your party member(s) have completed a heart in the area by looking at their group profile picture. If you are in range of the heart, either a empty heart or a full heart (indicating completion) will appear.

48. Try to buy items off the TP during non-peak hours (mornings/daytime). Weekends are the worst time to buy, but the best time to sell.

49. Legendary precursors will have a chance to drop from anywhere in a level 80 zone or level 80 explorable dungeon.

50. Using the Mystic Forge to try to craft exotics from rares (or rares from masterworks) is like going to Vegas, but with infinitely worse odds and no free drinks. Gamble at your own peril.

51. Hopping in to the BOMB mumble is fun! It's your one-stop source for wrestling fanfics, bad anime recommendations, good leveling advice, and general audio mayhem. Stop on by!

52. Charr meets indoor jumping puzzle. Mouse meets wall after 10 minutes.

#48 Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam (3387 posts) -

@halcyonTwilight said:

52. Charr meets indoor jumping puzzle. Mouse meets wall after 10 minutes.

Every time I do Troll's End in LA on my charr ele, I end up thinking "You know, I have an elite artillery barrage skill that would do a great job of turning this shitty, narrow cave with it's shitty, cramped platforms into a well-paved access tunnel."

#49 Edited by halcyonTwilight (74 posts) -

53. The best way to make money without gambling on the TP or the Mystic Forge is to farm the Plinx event chain near Shadowfain Waypoint in Cursed Shore.

54. The best way to lose your sanity is to farm Plinx event chain.

55. When dynamic event farming, it is best to join a group or ask to join a group there. Being in a party while farming event mobs allows you to tag more enemies.

EDIT: New patch nerfed the plinx event chain.

This edit will also create new pages on Giant Bomb for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Giant Bomb users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.