General Guides

Learn the secrets of efficient griffon flying, find out where the gold is hidden, learn how to do meta events, and many many more things you can do in the vast universe of Guild Wars 2.

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Creating your first character
What race do I pick? What profession do I choose? Do I want my biggest regret in life to be that I never joined the circus? After reading this guide you'll know all about the choices you'll face while creating your character.
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Game basics – first steps in Tyria
This short guide contains answers to the questions you might have on the first days of your adventure, such as where to look for tips, how to look for a group (LFG), what are the most important parts of the interface, and more!
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Game systems and mechanics
Downstate, dodging, skills tied to weapon types, heart quests, and meta events, it all can be overwhelming for the new player. This guide attempts to answer all your questions, even those you don't yet know you have.
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Equipment basics
You'll learn in some detail about what kind of gear exists, and what all the attributes exactly mean. With this basic knowledge, you will know what to look for in an item during leveling.
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Gearing guide for PvE
This guide aims to teach you about the easiest, fastest, and most importantly, cheapest methods of acquiring your first entry-level equipment for instanced PvE content.
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Gearing up to Ascended
This guide will give you a general overview of some unique properties of ascended items like stat-swapping, and of course, cheapest and fastest methods to get end-game ascended equipment.
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Performance-improving settings
A simple guide on how to make GW2 run better and still look amazing.
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Gemstore overview
Due to not having a monthly subscription fee, Guild Wars 2 had to look for other ways to monetize the game. The gemstore contains some items that will help you in your adventure, while others are simply a waste of money. This guide will explain what items in the gemstore are worth it and which ones are worthless.


Introduction to the Elementalist icon
Introduction to the Elementalist
Learn the basics of the core Elementalists' mechanics, extremely powerful casters, that won't limit themselves to hurling fireballs at range, all will often go into hand-to-hand magical combat.
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Introduction to the Engineer
This guide will introduce you to the resourceful Engineer profession, its unique "kit" mechanics, utility skills, talents, hidden mechanics, and general gameplay recommendations.
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Introduction to the Guardian
Learn everything there is to know about the most devoted fighters in the game. Find out where their fighting capabilities come from and how to use their defensive potential.
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Introduction to the Mesmer
Mesmers are a unique profession in the MMORPG world, They are masters of illusions and deception, powerful mage-fighters that create clones of themselves and manipulate reality to distract the opponent.
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Introduction to the Ranger
Learn how to tame and control powerful pet companions, lure your enemies to your traps, snipe them with your bow, or support allies with spirits.
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Introduction to the Necromancer
Dark arts masters who can drain the life force from nearby deaths to take the form of powerful Death Shroud, learn how to become powerful caster and summon undead minions to do your bidding.
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Introduction to the Revenant
Rip through the Mists to assassinate your target, tear the fabric of reality to deliver powerful attacks, or become a tanky brawler or skilled healer with unique gameplay. Learn how to master invoking legends of powerful villains from Guild Wars history with this guide.
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Introduction to the Thief
Meet the Thief. Stealthy, sneaky, and very deadly. Learn about the initiative, stealing, utility skills, specializations, and mechanics of this profession.
Introduction to the Warrior icon
Introduction to the Warrior
Get to know the warrior! A master of weapons, the blood-thirsty warrior delivers powerful attacks while supporting their allies with shouts and their unique banners.


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Squads and Commanding
Learn about squads, large-scale squad composition, and the basics of commanding a group.
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World Bosses : The Compendium
This guide contains all the info you will ever need to quickly familiarize yourself with Core Tyria cinematic World Boss encounters.
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Meta Event Train: The Compendium
Learn all about Meta Event Trains, how it works and how Hardstuck does its daily Megatrain.
The Silverwastes: Guide to RIBA icon
The Silverwastes: Guide to RIBA
Learn the Silverwastes RIBA strategy, the meta event rotation, how to defeat the Mordrem Vinewrath and how to loot your Lost Bandit Chests!


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Griffon Flying
Get familiar with the griffon mechanics. Learn how to use the dive boost correctly and efficiently.


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Introduction to music
A guide teaching you the basics of playing music in Guild Wars 2.

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