Guild Wars 2

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Guild Wars 2
Guild Wars 2 cover
Guild Wars engine
Release dates
Windows August 28, 2012
OS X August 28, 2012
Guild Wars
Guild Wars 2005
Guild Wars 2 2012

General information

Guild Wars 2 Wiki - Official wiki for Guild Wars 2 - accessible in-game using the /wiki command.
Guild Wars 2 Forums - The official Guild Wars 2 forums, hosted by Arenanet (Multiple languages available).
r/GuildWars2 Subreddit
Guild Wars 2 Guru - Fansite with a large community and active forum.
Guild Wars 2 Support - Comprehensive list of error codes and fixes.


All versions require an ArenaNet Account.

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Name Notes
Heart of Thorns Purchase includes the base game.[1]

Game data[edit]

Upper video settings menu.
Upper video settings menu.
Lower video settings menu.
Lower video settings menu.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %APPDATA%\Guild Wars 2\GFXSettings.Gw2.exe.xml

Video settings[edit]

Video settings menu.
Video settings menu.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
AMD owners have to use Flawless Widescreen.
Vert- in char select, crops models.
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
In the resolution menu.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
16x; other settings can be forced in the graphics card control panel.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, SMAA and SSAA available. SGSSAA, TrSSAA, and MSAA can be utilized through the anti-aliasing compatibility bits 0x084012C0 with Antialiasing fix set to On under NVIDIA Inspector for NVIDIA graphics card.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Has Vsync and Frame Limiter options.
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]

Input settings[edit]

Keybindings settings menu.
Keybindings settings menu.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio settings menu.
Audio settings menu.
Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, environment, effects, dialog, and UI.
Surround sound
supports 5.1 output
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Configured via sound settings.


Language UI Audio CC Notes


Multiplayer types

Type Native Notes
Online play


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP (outbound) 80, 443, 6112, 6600
UPNP support status is unknown.

VR support[edit]

Issues fixed[edit]

Reducing texture shimmering on NVIDIA graphics cards[edit]

Use the anti-aliasing flag 0x084012C0 with Antialiasing fix set to On.
Using anti-aliasing flag 0x084012C0.
  1. Download NVIDIA Inspector.
  2. Open NVIDIA Inspector and click on the crossed wrench and screw icon.
  3. Under Profiles select Guild Wars 2.
  4. Under Antialiasing compatibility insert the flag 0x084012C0.
  5. Under Antialiasing fix select On.
  6. Under Antialiasing - Behavior Flags select None.
  7. Under Antialiasing - Mode select Override any application setting.
  8. Under Antialiasing - Setting select 2x Multisampling.
  9. Under Antialiasing - Transparency Supersampling select 2x Sparse Grid Supersampling.
  10. Click Apply changes.
You may use higher anti-aliasing, if you can run it, but both antialiasing setting and antialiasing transparency supersampling must match the number of samples that are being used.

White in-game artifacts[edit]

Can occur with AMD graphics cards when trying to override application AA/AF settings.
Change Catalyst Control Center settings
  1. Open Catalyst Control Center and enter 3D Application Settings.
  2. Set anti-aliasing and anisotopic filtering to use appliation settings.

Cannot connect to the Internet[edit]

Add an exception for Gw2.exe in your system's firewall

Error Codes[edit]

Error codes starting with 7, 42, or 58 pertain to an inability to log in.
Troubleshooting steps for these errors and others can be found on this support page.

Other Information[edit]

Command Lines[edit]

These arguments can be added after the last quotation mark in the target in the properties of your Guild Wars 2 shortcut or in Launch Options if you've added the game to Steam.
Command Notes
-StreamingClient Allows the client to stream patches in the background while in game.
-autologin If client is set to remember account information, the game will login on launch.
-bmp Overrides the game's default format for screenshots.
-diag Creates a detailed logfile at game start at %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Guild Wars 2\NetworkDiag.log.
-email <account@host.tld> Set's the log-in client's email address according to <account@host.tld>.
-password <password> Enables auto-log-in if <password> is the correct password for the account.
-fps <number> Renders the game at <number> frames per second.
-image Forces the game to download all known updates.
-mapLoadInfo Displays loading percentages and the amount of time that has passed while loading.
-mce Start the client with Windows Media Center compatibility, switching the game to full screen and restarting Media Center (if available) after the client is closed.
-noui Disables the user interface, producing the same effect as when one pushes Ctrl+Shift+H in-game to toggle it.
-nosound Disables the audio system completely.
-perf Displays performance indicators such as; Triangles, memory usage, frames per second and transfer rate in bytes per second are displayed in multi-colored text in the middle of the right side of the Guild Wars 2 window.
-repair Starts the client and checks game files for errors and repairs them if needed.
-useOldFov Changes the FoV back to how it was originally.
-windowed Forces Guild Wars 2 to run in windowed mode.
-clientport <port> Forces the game to run through a specific port, useful when your ISP is throttling certain ports and causing lag. Port 80 is recommended when using this switch.

Enabling HBAO+ for NVIDIA graphics cards[edit]

Use the Ambient Occlusion flag 0x0000002E with Quality or High Quality.
Using Ambient Occlusion flag 0x0000002E.
  1. Download NVIDIA Inspector.
  2. Open NVIDIA Inspector and click on the crossed wrench and screw icon.
  3. Under Profiles select Guild Wars 2.
  4. Under Ambient Occlusion compatibility insert the flag 0x0000002E.
  5. Under Ambient Occlusion usage select Enabled.
  6. Under Ambient Occlusion setting select your quality of preference, but in order to use HBAO+ you must use Quality or High Quality.
  7. Click Apply changes.
Introduces Ambient Occlusion "bleeding".

System requirements[edit]

Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz
AMD Athlon 64 X2
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 7800
ATI Radeon X1800
Intel HD 3000
256 MB of VRAM
Shader model 3.0 support
Operating system (OS) 10.7.X
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 GB
Video card (GPU) NVIDIA GeForce 320M
ATI Radeon HD 6630M
Intel HD 3000
These are the finalized system requirements at launch, but as with any MMO these may change over time.[3]
The OS X version is still currently in Beta (This may change at a later date)


  1. Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns FAQ : Guild Wars 2 Support
  2. New 120Hz Games Report