Guild Wars 2

New Player Guide

During your first 20 levels in Guild Wars 2, you'll learn how to control your character, get comfortable moving around the world, and start discovering your playstyle. Use our guide to find your way as you set out on your adventures!

Open your inventory by pressing [I]. You'll always have one bag equipped, and you can purchase more from vendors. Learning the crafting disciplines of tailoring, leatherworking, or armorsmithing will allow you to craft your own bags.

  • Sell items with a gray name to vendors for extra coin.
  • Check all the equipment you find to see if it improves your defense rating, power, or other attributes. If so, equip it!
  • Buy a salvage kit from a vendor and break down equipment you can't use. Save the materials you get back to use in crafting, or sell them to other players on the Trading Post.

To access the Trading Post:

Click the Black Lion icon at the top of your screen or press [O].

Choose the balanced scales icon from the sidebar.

Players with Play for Free accounts can buy and sell a limited selection of items. Deposit crafting materials straight to your bank by tapping the gear icon in the upper-right corner of your inventory panel and choosing "Deposit All Materials." The next time you visit a bank, you'll find them in your Material Storage.


Earn extra experience points while stocking your bank with useful materials! Once you reach level 10, purchase sets of Copper Harvesting Sickles, Copper Logging Axes, and Copper Mining Picks from a common vendor. Equip them and look for gathering nodes on your compass minimap as you explore. When you find a node, interact with it to gather.

Each gathering action uses up a tool, so you'll need to restock when your stack of tools runs out. Higher-level materials require higher-level tools to gather.

Joining a Guild

One of the best ways to make friends with other players and learn about the game is to join a guild. Guild recruiters often advertise in map chat in major cities like Divinity's Reach.

If you're feeling lost or have questions, our community is friendly and helpful! Visit the official forums and try searching for keywords related to your question. Chances are very good that someone has asked it and gotten an answer.

You're now ready to play Guild Wars 2!

Good luck on your adventures in Tyria and have fun!