Tyria is irrevocably shaped by its past, and you play a crucial role in its future. Create a unique character, decide how their story evolves, and uncover new revelations, questions, and truths with every choice you make.
Guild Wars 2‘s story begins when you create your first character. You’ll choose from a range of biographical options that reflect their personality, history, preferences, and values. This biography will set them on a story path, and future choices will lead them in different directions.
Your character’s race determines which of the five major cities they call home, and where you’ll begin playing. Your personal story will guide you through instanced chapters, exploring your character’s life and adventures as they shape their own destiny. If you need a little help, you can always invite friends to party up with you and come along as “guest stars,” but key decisions are yours to make.
In the core Guild Wars 2 story, your character will join forces with one of the major organizations dedicated to fighting the Elder Dragons—the Durmand Priory, the Order of Whispers, and the Vigil—and tackle the threat of the Elder Dragon Zhaitan. The journey will take you all the way from your character’s home city to the dead nation of Orr, and branching paths will lead you to different allies, threats, and information about the lore of Tyria.
Living World Seasons: Level 80 Story Content
Regular episodes of Guild Wars 2‘s Living World advance the the story of the world, open up new zones to explore, and provide rewards and horizontal progression paths for max-level players.
You can unlock new Living World episodes for free by logging in to Guild Wars 2 while they’re live. An episode’s live period is between its release and the release of the next episode.
If you’re playing Guild Wars 2 on a Play for Free account, logging in while new episodes are live will still unlock them for free. You can play them immediately after upgrading your account with the required expansion.
Living World Season 2—Purchasing the Living World Season 2 Complete Pack from the Gem Store or at checkout unlocks all eight episodes of Guild Wars 2‘s Living World Season 2 for play. Season 2 does not require an expansion upgrade to play.
Living World Season 3—Purchasing the Living World Season 3 Complete Pack from the Gem Store or at checkout unlocks all six episodes of Guild Wars 2‘s Living World Season 3 for play. Season 3 requires an account upgrade to Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns to play.
Living World Season 4—currently in progress! The most recent episode will be unlocked for free if you log in to Guild Wars 2 before the next episode goes live. Season 4 requires an account upgrade to Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire to play, after which any unlocked episodes will become available.