Competitive Play

Competitive play in Guild Wars 2 is easy to learn but offers challenges for new players and hardcore PvPers alike. Whether you decide to jump into quick, furious matches between small groups of players in organized PvP or join hundreds of other players in the grand battles of World vs. World, PvP is where you’ll find the ultimate challenge!

Player vs. Player

In Player vs. Player (PvP) matches, small teams of players compete to eliminate each other and capture strategic objectives on a map in short, fast-paced matches. In one match, players must battle over ancient ruins, while in another match, they may have to breach the enemy’s stronghold and defeat their lord.

New and casual players can easily hop into an ongoing match and start playing right away without worrying about setting up a team. Competitive players looking for more organized play can test their mettle in PvP Leagues, which use matchmaking to pit teams of five players against each other in an attempt to climb through the ranks and enter the prestigious legendary division.

All characters are on even footing in PvP. Using your regular Guild Wars 2 characters, everyone is adjusted to max level and has access to the same high-level weapons and armor.

We’ve designed a PvP experience that’s fun, rewarding, and easy to get into, regardless of experience. All we need is you!

World vs. World

Join World vs. World (WvW) for an epic PvP experience full of cunning strategy, earthshaking sieges, and pitched battles between hundreds of players. In this massive war, three huge armies—each representing their world—battle for control of the castles and keeps, raid enemy supply caravans, and clash in open-field battles on five massive maps in week-long matches and seasonal tournaments.

The three Borderlands maps and a huge “neutral” center map are loaded with objectives that are worth points for the team that claims them, and successfully holding those objectives will make them more powerful over time. Players can band together to lay siege to castles, raid enemy supply caravans, clash with other players in truly massive battles, wreak havoc behind enemy lines, or build mighty weapons of warlike trebuchets and siege golems.

While in WvW, your character is boosted to max level, and you will continue to gain experience and loot as you normally would while exploring Tyria. You can earn additional prestige by climbing up the world ranks, earned by contributing to the war effort.

World vs. World—it’s PvP combat on an epic scale!