ET’s Launch Guide to Guilds Wars 2

Guild Wars 2 officially launches today! To help out all the gamers eager to get into the game, we’ve compiled a handy guide covering all aspects of GW2, from where to purchase the game, where to buy Guild Wars 2 gold, to gameplay, strategy, lore, and launch events.

Get your GW2 copy

If you haven’t purchased yet, go get a copy of the game. Decide if you want a Digital Edition, Digital Deluxe Edition or Collector’s Edition. Purchase at a retail store or online, here.

Wondering if it’s worth it to plunk down the extra moolah for a Collector’s Edition of GW2? Short answer, yes.  There’s whole lot of goodies that all the Guild Wars 2 gold in Tyria can’t buy! Check out this post for details on the contents of the Collector’s Edition.

System requirements*

Before you download the client, check out if your PC or laptop can handle the game.

  • Windows® XP Service Pack 2 or better
  • Intel® Core™ 2 Duo 2.0 GHz, Core i3, AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 or better
  • 2 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA® GeForce® 7800, ATI X1800, Intel HD 3000, or better (256 MB of video RAM and shader model 3.0 or better)
  • 25GB available HDD space
  • Broadband Internet connection
  • Keyboard and mouse

*System requirements may change over time.

Required reading for new players

For players who did not play the original Guild Wars, here’s an enlightening article: ArenaNet Content Designer John Stumme’s Guide to the Hall of Monuments.

For those who did play Guild Wars, here’s a post from Massively on Making the jump from Guild Wars to GW2.

Races in Guild Wars 2

Watch the opening cinematic for each of the five playable races and learn a bit about their history and racial traits.

Sylvari and Asura

Norn, Charr, Human

Professions in GW2

Part of character creation is picking a profession. Read up on the eight professions here.

(Tip: If making lots of GW2 gold is of paramount importance to you, then you might want to consider making your toon a jeweler – according to data from the beta weekends, this profession makes more GW2 gold than others. Alternatively, you could follow your heart and pick whichever profession you want then just buy GW2 gold from EpicToon.)


For those who want to know, here’s a brief history of Tyria.

(Tip: Find comfy seating. It’s not that brief. Ok, it’s long.)

Economics and GW2 Gold

Guild Wars 2 gold is the in-game currency in use in Tyria. Some smart guy from the GW2 team decided to do a “John Smith” and analyze the GW2 economy thus far. Here’s a link to the official post on the GW2 virtual economy.

And here’s a hilarious post on about it. Quotable quotes:

“An economist is someone who takes all the fun out of [Guild Wars 2 gold].”

“ArenaNet’s resident economist has been analyzing beta data, twisting it with his arcane magics into an infographic that any self-respecting Charr would sooner set aflame than read.”



Gameplay is of course the ticking heart of an MMO. Check out these four videos on The Pillars of GW2 Gameplay.

Official Strategy Guide

Even at this early stage, GW2 has a strong, robust community that’s eager to help one another tackle strategies, make trades for items and GW2 gold, etc. But those who want an official guide have an option to purchase the official strategy guide for GW2.

Launch Events!

Finally, what’s a launch without official launch events? Members of the GW2 team will be out to meet and greet players on September 1.

Here’s the sched, from a post on the official GW2 Facebook:
Seattle: September 1, 6:00 – 10:00 PM Pink Ultra Lounge (Pacific Place), 600 Pine St. 4th Floor in Pacific Place, Seattle, WA, 98101. If you’re attending PAX we’d love for you to stop by!

Austin: September 1, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM GameStop store at 10000 Research Blvd., STE 564, Austin, TX, 78759

Orlando: September 1, 1:00 – 4:00 PM GameStop store (Waterford Lakes Mall), 675 N Alafaya Trl, STE P05, Orlando, FL, 32828

New York: September 1, 1:00 – 4:00 PM GameStop store (Broadway & 85th), 2322 Broadway, New York, NY, 10024

Los Angeles: September 1, 1:00 – 4:00 PM GameStop store GameStop (West Hollywood Gateway), 7100 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste 117, West Hollywood, CA, 90046

For our European players we’ll be partnering with fan-sites and press to distribute similar prizes. More information to come! ~RB2


At each event, ArenaNet employees will be on hand to sign your Guild Wars 2 games, books, and posters. We’ll also have giveaways of t-shirts, posters, and an exclusive in-game item. The giveaways are first-come-first-serve as long as our supplies hold out. Finally, we’ll hold a raffle at each GameStop location for one Guild Wars 2 Collector’s Edition.

All this is just the tip of the iceberg. Stay tuned for more about GW2 gold, crafting, class-specific gameplay, GW2 art, and much more! And remember, you can buy GW2 gold from EpicToon!