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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
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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.
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A Tenth Anniversary Retrospective

A Tenth Anniversary Retrospective - Guild Wars News

The Guild Wars 2 site has been updated with a look back at the original Guild Wars and its decade of existence. Penned by former Guild Wars Community Manager Gaile Gray (now Forum Communications Team Lead), the article goes into depth about the founding of ArenaNet, the development and subsequent launch of Guild Wars and the later work on Guild Wars 2.

Posted Apr 28, 2015 by Suzie Ford

Development Ceases, Automation to Kick In

Development Ceases, Automation to Kick In - Guild Wars News

ArenaNet has announced that after eight years, active development on its flagship title, Guild Wars, has officially ended. From here on out, the Automated Tournament System will kick in, as well as an automated map rotation system.

Posted May 17, 2013 by Suzie Ford

Wayback Wednesday Tours Tyria

Wayback Wednesday Tours Tyria - Guild Wars News

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.

Posted Aug 22, 2012 by Suzie Ford

Miku's Tale - Winds of Change Pt. 3

Miku's Tale - Winds of Change Pt. 3  - Guild Wars News

The Arena.Net team has announced that tomorrow will mark the release of Miku's Tale: Winds of Change Part 3. The ongoing story and content bridges the gap between the events of Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2. The last installment of the update will feature nine new quests, new rewards and hidden scenes that will add even more to the story.

Posted Feb 08, 2012 by Suzie Ford

Wintersday Costume Code Giveaway!

Wintersday Costume Code Giveaway! - Guild Wars News

We love the holidays here at! Lots of stuff to give away! In celebration of the Wintersday festivities, we've partnered up with NCSoft to give away 10 costume codes for Guild Wars' Tyrian gods Lyssa and Kormir.

Posted Dec 16, 2011 by Michael Bitton
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