Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire |OT| Our Vital Status is Fluid Lately

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Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire is the second expansion for the Guild Wars 2. As the balance of magic comes undone, lead your allies in the hunt for the rogue god Balthazar, whose scorched-earth campaign threatens the very existence of Tyria.

Humanity has worshipped the six gods for centuries, even as their prayers went unanswered. Now the god of fire and war, Balthazar, has made an unexpected return, only to reveal himself as a ruthless manipulator with little regard for mortal life.

Tyria's heroes thwarted the first stage of his catastrophic plan to destroy the Elder Dragons—but now he's raised a zealous army to cut a path of terror and destruction across the south. You must halt their march before Balthazar sets the foundations of the world ablaze.




New Region: The Crystal Desert

Balthazar threatens the Crystal Desert and adjoining kingdom of Elona with his Forged legions. Explore vast new maps filled with magic-drenched desert plains, ancient temples and ruins, and beautiful oases. Uncover the secrets of Tyria's history, and discover the fate of the Elonian people after years of silence​

Introducing Mounts

Mounts are far more than a speed boost—they're a whole new way to explore the world of Tyria. Unlock and train your new companions using the max-level Mastery character progression system, and explore freely by leaping across canyons, bounding up high cliffs, and skimming over quicksand.​

Nine New Specializations

Continue to evolve and customize your level-80 character with a new elite specialization for each profession. With a new variety of playstyles, weapon choices, and traits to choose from, there are more options than ever to play your way.​

Desert-Inspired Weapons and Armor Sets

Collect and upgrade armor sets and weapon skins that reflect the beauty, magic, and history of the desert.​

New Guild Hall: Windswept Haven

Claim a beautiful new home for your guild and live like Elonian nobility.​















Springer's long ears and wiggly noses are charming, but the springer's greatest strength is their ability to make jaw-dropping vertical leaps. Traveling merchants and couriers use them to cross sheer cliffs in the Crystal Highlands, shaving weeks off their journeys.

Raptors are hardy and swift, and surprisingly easy to train due to their intelligence. They can cross great distances in a single leap, making them the favored mount of many of the desert's denizens. Travelers are advised not to leave the city of Amnoon without obtaining a raptor companion.

Jackals are elusive, magical creatures formed of shifting sands and given shape by magical runes. They can dissipate into sand to teleport short distances and dash through sand portals. The djinn of the Desolation create and tame them; prove yourself a worthy trainer, and you may befriend one.

Skimmers are graceful creatures native to the Elon River. They live above water, breathing through large air sacs as they float above the surface. While they cannot truly fly, they can hover for short distances at a height of several norn, making them indispensable for crossing large areas of treacherous quicksand or sulfur.





Guild Wars 2 Reddit and Guild Wars 2 Official Forums - Places for discussing all things Guild Wars 2, including being able to directly chat with developers.
Guild Wars 2 Wiki - A player created and curated encyclopedia of every item, event, and facet of Guild Wars 2. Can be accessed in-game by using the /wiki command.
Game Updates Forum and Wiki - Two places to see the latest patches for Guild Wars 2. The wiki will sometimes contain unlisted changes from the official notes.
Quantify and Metabattle - Two websites for builds and accompanying gearsets and rotations.
Dulfy.net - A great resource for patch details and screenshots of new weapons, armors, and outfits. Great guides for all patch content and videos of new skins.
GW2Efficiency - Using the official API, track everything you could possibly want to know about your account here, including your achievements, your next character birthday, or remind yourself which character is carrying your legendary weapon.
GW2TP - One of many Trading Post utilities.
GW2Crafts - Learn how to level up your crafting ability in the easiest and cheapest possible way.
GW2Timer - Resource maps, event timers.



F.A.Q:

Q: Is there a subscription fee?
A: No. Like the original Guild Wars, each expansion is a single up-front purchase with no additional subscription.

Q: Do I need to purchase the core Guild Wars 2 game or the first expansion Heart of Thorns to play Path of Fire?
A: No. You can buy Path of Fire and experience all the content in the core game and the Path of Fire expansion.

Q: Does the Path of Fire expansion include the previous Heart of Thorns expansion?
A: No. However, you can add Heart of Thorns to your purchase of Path of Fire for a discounted price of 20$.

Q: What content do I miss out on if I do not purchase Heart of Thorns?
A: Living World Season 3, Gliding and the other Heart of Thorns masteries, the initial set of Elite Specializations (Tempest, Daredevil, Druid, etc.), claiming Guild Halls, and Scribing.

Q: What about the Revenant class?
A: The Revenant class will be unlocked for accounts with only Path of Fire, however the first Revenant Elite Specialization, Herald, is still Heart of Thorns exclusive.

Q: Is there a physical version of Path of Fire?
A: Unfortunately not at this time, and probably never.

Q: What Living World content is included in the Path of Fire release?
A: As of now, only Living World Season 4, which will begin releasing a few months after Path of Fire, is included in the expansion. Living World Season 1 is not accessible due to the impermanent nature of the content, and Season 2 and Season 3 are available through the gem store in game, however Season 3 requires Heart of Thorns.

Q: Should I buy Living World content?
A: If you like the story, you will need to purchase this content to access all story steps. As of Season 3, each episode includes an entirely new map with exclusive items as well, adding to the value greatly.

Q: Is <my class> good?
A: Probably. Outside of high level fractals and raids, your class has no impact on your ability to do content. Guild Wars 2 has a good amount of depth and fairly punishing gameplay, however, so you may struggle even on a strong class until you improve at the game.

Q: This game has no endgame/no trinity/no difficulty! Why should I play?
A: Guild Wars 2 has changed drastically since it's initial release. Heart of Thorns introduced Raids and cranked up the difficulty of the open world, overall adding another layer of end game depth including a trinity of DPS-Support-Healing within 10 man content and even 5 man fractals. PvP content has also been expanded in terms of rewards and structure in recent updates including automated tournaments for Structured PvP and a progression system for WvW. At this point Guild Wars 2 is a content and feature rich MMO with a lot to offer. And no subscription fee means you're free to take it as casually or seriously as you like.

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Include

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Oct 25, 2017
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I cannot wait for the new raid wing to launch! Raids and wvw are my favorite aspect of the game and hopefully once it launches I will buy POE and experience all the goodies it has to offer.

Beautiful OT by the way!
 

J-Wood

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Oct 25, 2017
1,189
We made it. GAF was stone age compared to some of the features we have now lol.

I finally figured out that I should be using the LFG tool in game and man, that thing is just great.
 

Wulfric

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Oct 25, 2017
4,094
Awesome, nice to see the thread back! So how are we doing on the guild stuff? Still waiting on Hawkian?
 

GutZ31

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Oct 25, 2017
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Hawkian has been gone a while on vacation. I'm sure he'll show up at some point.
Hawkian is aware of the migration, but was unable to signup right away.
It will likely be a little longer before he attempts to move over to resetERA.
He told me that he is not staying on the other forums, so be at ease.
 

sca

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Oct 25, 2017
937
hm. It'd be easier to change the guild name, but era is a fresh start. Conflicted
 

sca

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Oct 25, 2017
937
I didn't even know you could change the name of a guild. Is there a gold cost?
 

J-Wood

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Oct 25, 2017
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Hmm. I'm torn as well Ashodin. On one hand, I totally see what you are saying regarding not naming it after the forum. But I also like representing the community we are apart of.

An idea I just had for the name makes a callback to guild wars 1, The Searing ERA
 

Kalentan

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Oct 25, 2017
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Hmm. I'm torn as well Ashodin. On one hand, I totally see what you are saying regarding not naming it after the forum. But I also like representing the community we are apart of.

An idea I just had for the name makes a callback to guild wars 1, The Searing ERA
The Searing ERA sounds great.
 

Ashodin

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Oct 25, 2017
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Burlington, NC
Here are some other names I came up with on the discord:

Reborn [PHNX]
Close [KNIT]
Tyria's Finest [FINE]
Dragon's Band [BAND]
Protectors of the Flame [SHIN]
Continue [NEW]

The Searing is likely to be already taken, J-Wood.
 

J-Wood

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Oct 25, 2017
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Here are some other names I came up with on the discord:

Reborn [PHNX]
Close [KNIT]
Tyria's Finest [FINE]
Dragon's Band [BAND]
Protectors of the Flame [SHIN]
Continue [NEW]

The Searing is likely to be already taken, J-Wood.
But is “The Searing ERA [RESET]” taken! Haha

I like reborn and dragons band though.
 

sca

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Oct 25, 2017
937
I'm partial towards Close [KNIT] just because its playful. Other than that, probably Reborn[PHNX]
 

Kentsui

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Oct 26, 2017
351
Nice to be here !

Certainly won't grab a spot in the new guild since I'm back on EU since the guild started to fade after HoT, but I really like Reborn [PHNX]

Speaking of names it's good to finally be able to grab the same name I use pretty much everywhere :D

Okay, back to those halloween dailies now !
 

Spyware

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Oct 26, 2017
1,261
Sweden
Heya everyone! Enjoying Halloween so far?

I love the new books. One of them looked like it was made for the character I happened to main for the event, due to the colors. They are pretty much the exact same she had already!
That character also happened to be the one that had the old books on her since the very first year! I didn't notice that until I finished the new collections. :D She even had the old masterwork version of the fire book equipped! So it was nice to let her get the exotic Ignition one. :)

 

Llyrwenne

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Oct 26, 2017
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Why hello there all. o/
I didn't post much in here in the old community, but perhaps I will better my ways here with this fresh start.

Very much enjoyed the added achievements for Halloween; they got me right up to 9000 AP.

Also is it just me or is the Serpent's Ire meta in the Domain of Vabbi near impossible to do? It's the last thing I need to do for the Funerary collection, but there's barely any groups on LFG running it, and the few groups that I did get into just could not get the final phase beaten due to the high amounts of DPS and CC needed. It doesn't help that a lot of people just straight-up ignore the meta or run bounty-trains while it is going on, which makes it hard to actually get into a map where everyone is helping...
 

Kentsui

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Oct 26, 2017
351
Also is it just me or is the Serpent's Ire meta in the Domain of Vabbi near impossible to do? It's the last thing I need to do for the Funerary collection, but there's barely any groups on LFG running it, and the few groups that I did get into just could not get the final phase beaten due to the high amounts of DPS and CC needed. It doesn't help that a lot of people just straight-up ignore the meta or run bounty-trains while it is going on, which makes it hard to actually get into a map where everyone is helping...
It's doable with quite a bit of coordination, the thing is, the rewards you get just aren't worth the time spent or the effort, so most people did it the first weeks to see what it was about and to work on the collection, and now since there is absolutely no reason to do it again, it becomes harder and harder to find a group that does it.
Add to that Halloween and the sheer number of people lab farming, it certainly doesn't help.

Save for the Casino event it's about the same for every other meta in the expansion sadly.
 

BohemeLane

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Oct 26, 2017
424
Major thanks again to the Guild Wars Community for helping get into ERA (I'm JacksUsername from GAF and in the Guild). You guys are the best!

I got the expansion at release and played the intro missions to get my mount, but stopped there because I still had to finish Heart of Thorns (I quit the last mission a long time ago because I was having trouble with the last boss encounters) and kind of dropped off from there. With Mario and Wolfenstein, it's probably still going to be tough to find a lot of time to play, but last night I finally beat that Heart of Thorns mission! Now when I get some time to play, I just need to decide if I'm going to skip straight to PoF or try to get through Story Season 3 content. Is Season 3 content overall seen as skippable or would you all recommend diving right into PoF and catching up later?