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CORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Final  (rel 04/26/05)  | Pub:NCSoft
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download,Retail | Retail Price:$18.65 | Pay Type:Free | Monthly Fee:Free
System Req: PC | ESRB:TOut of date info? Let us know!

Guild Wars

Guild Wars: Prophecies, the first game developed by ArenaNet, is the original game in the Guild Wars series. Released in 2005, the game is an instanced MMOG and is free to play without any restrictions with the purchase of the retail box. Since the original release, ArenaNet has release two stand alone 'campaigns' and one expansion: Factions (2006), Nightfall (2006) and Eye of the North (2007).

Guild Wars features cooperative PvE and competitive PvP components, both hosted by ArenaNet. The game depicts the history of the fictional fantasy world of Tyria. Players can group with other players and non-player characters, known as (hired) henchmen or (earned) heroes. PvP combat is consensual, team based, and limited to areas designed for such combat.


  • Professions | Ten total from all campaigns: Warrior, Ranger, Monk, Elementalist, Mesmer, Necromancer, Ritualist, Assassin, Dervish, and Paragon.
  • Skill Types | 13 total: Attack, Chant, Echo, Form, Glyph, Pet Attack, Preparation, Ritual, Shout, Signet, Spell, Stance, and Trap.
  • International Districts | GW hosts in game international districts, where players in different real world countries may meet in game and group together.
  • Specialized Combat | Players may set up to 8 skills to use in combat, and may change those skills while in towns to better prepare for the next combat.
  • PvP | 5 modes available: Arena, Guild Challenges, Tournament Play, Alliance Battles, and Hero vs. Hero Battles.


Latest Features

  • Wayback Wednesday Tours Tyria
  • Media created on 8/22/12
  • In this week's Wayback Wednesday, Grakulen takes a tour around Guild Wars in preparation for this week's launch of Guild Wars 2. See how things are faring in Tyria and then leave us your thoughts in the comments.
  • Eye of the North Review
  • Review created on 11/10/11
  • Eye of the North was released four years ago and was the final expansion for Guild Wars. In our latest review,'s Som Pourfarzaneh checks out Eye of the North and offers his thoughts on how it holds up after...
  • Feast Your Eyes - Our First Ever Video Review
  • Media created on 8/23/11
  • In our latest "first ever" feature, presents a video review of the Guild Wars Trilogy. The trilogy of games includes the original Guild Wars as well as Factions, Nightfall and the final installment of Eye of the North.'s...
  • Trilogy Re-Review
  • Review created on 8/2/11
  • In our latest review,'s Mobin Koohestani puts the Guild Wars trilogy, the game that put ArenaNet on the map, through its paces.
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Lifehouse 7/11/14 @ 5:06AM by MrPeanat in Lion's Arch (General)
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LFG- 12/7/13 @ 12:13PM by Jacxolope in Guild Recruitment
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so how is GW1 population now? 9/27/13 @ 11:52AM by drumchannell in Lion's Arch (General)
New to Guild Wars 8/6/13 @ 9:15PM by sexypanda198 in Lion's Arch (General)