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Sony Online Entertainment
MMORPG | Setting:Fantasy | Status:Cancelled  (est.rel 01/30/07)  | Pub:Sony Online Entertainment
PVP:Yes | Distribution:Download,Retail | Retail Price:Free | Pay Type:Hybrid | Monthly Fee:$14.99
System Req: PC | ESRB:TOut of date info? Let us know!

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes

Vanguard: Saga of Heroes is a fantasy MMORPG in the hands of Sony Online Entertainment, who also hold other notable MMORPGs, such as EverQuest, EverQuest II, and DC Universe Online. Vanguard puts players in the fantasy land of Telon, and has all the usual suspects expected of the genre: a vast land to explore, questing, PvE, PvP, RP, dungeons, raids, mounts, crafting, player housing, and more. Vanguard has no zones or instances, making traveling and adventuring much more persistent and believable than other MMORPGs. The game employs a hybrid free-to-play model with optional subscriptions to unlock all of the content.


  • Races | Goblin, Half Elf, Kojani, Orc, Raki, Wood Elf, Dark Elf, Gnome, Kurashasa, Mordebi, Qalianthari, Varanthari, Dwarf, Halfling, High Elf, Lesser Giant, Thestran, Vulmane, Varanjar.
  • Classes | Warrior, Paladin, Dread Knight, Inquisitor, Ranger, Rogue, Monk, Bard, Berserker, Cleric, Shaman, Blood Mage, Disciple, Sorcerer, Psionist, Necromancer, Druid.
  • Telon | Comprised of three main continents: Thestra, Kojan, and Qalia, all directly linked by air and sea travel.
  • Mounts | A wide variety available, both ground and flying: horses, camels, Shadowhound, Unicorn, griffin, wyvern, and pegasi.
  • Crafting | Each continent has its own crafting style, and crafters are not forced to engage in combat to gather crafting materials.
  • Harvesting | Mining Metal Ore, Quarrying Stone Slabs and Gemstone Samples, Lumberjacking Wood Timbers, Skinning Leather Hides, and Reaping Cloth Bales.
  • Diplomacy | Diplomatic encounters are called ‘parleys’, and are minigames using cards that can reward players with achievements, titles, and special information.
What characters do you miss playing the most ? Posted by Adamantine on January 20, 2020 @ 4:00AM
A nickel's worth of free advice. Posted by dorishall on October 17, 2019 @ 9:22AM
Where are they now? Posted by Adamantine on May 21, 2019 @ 6:53AM
Bye, bye, Silkyvenom ! Posted by SavageHorizon on September 25, 2017 @ 8:08AM
Akande the Butcher Posted by Adamantine on September 25, 2017 @ 2:47AM
What remains of Vanguard Posted by postlarval on June 26, 2017 @ 10:56AM
Happy birth day Vanguard Posted by mymmo on January 24, 2017 @ 3:33PM

Three Things Developers Can Learn from Vanguard

Three Things Developers Can Learn from Vanguard - Som Pourfarzaneh  News

A few columns ago, I offered an analysis of Vanguard after its sunsetting by Sony Online Entertainment. I presented my case that the game could be considered a success in its presentation of an amazing open world, three "spheres" of gameplay, and a plethora of races and classes. I also touched upon how Vanguard's bug-ridden launch, lack of features to justify its long-standing subscription, and inconsistent leadership led to its inevitable demise.

Posted Oct 22, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Seven Years in Telon: An Analysis of Vanguard

Seven Years in Telon: An Analysis of Vanguard - Som Pourfarzaneh  News

I've always had a soft spot for Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, which closed its doors last week. Sony Online Entertainment's traditional high fantasy MMORPG represented to me an online world that had a tremendous amount of potential, but without the modernization and implementation required to compete in today's saturated market. The

Posted Aug 16, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Seven Years Later, Cave of Wonders Opens

Seven Years Later, Cave of Wonders Opens - Vanguard: Saga of Heroes News

Originally part of the Vanguard: Saga of Heroes beta, the Cave of Wonders never made it into the official release of the game. Now, seven years later, CoW has finally opened after being announced at SOE Live 2013.

Posted Jan 14, 2014 by Suzie Ford

Wayback Wednesday: Vanguard Saga of Heroes

Wayback Wednesday: Vanguard Saga of Heroes - Vanguard: Saga of Heroes News

In our latest Wayback Wednesday, we take a look at perennial favorite, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes. We've got a terrific in-game video, members of the dev team on hand and some thoughts about the game itself. Check it out and then tell us about your experiences with Vanguard in the comments.

Posted May 22, 2013 by Suzie Ford

Revisiting Vanguard

Revisiting Vanguard - The Tourist News

With Vanguard's recent free to play conversion, many former players are revisiting their old friend. The Tourist is no exception. See what he discovered on reentering the game and then tell us of your own experiences in the comments.

Posted May 10, 2013 by Suzie Ford