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[[caption-width-right:300:For generations, war and chaos raged across the land of Tyria. [[FromBadToWorse Then the dragons woke]].]]

The sequel to ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', ''Guild Wars 2'' is an {{MMORPG}} developed by [=ArenaNet=] and published by Creator/NCSoft. Like the original, there are no monthly fees. In addition, with the release of the first expansion, the core content has become free to play, with a few relatively minor restrictions. Purchasing the game gives full access to both the core and expansion content with no additional cost. Unlike the original, much of the PvE content takes place in persistent zones, while instanced ones are still used in the form of dungeons and story missions.

The game is set in the continent of Tyria, on the world of [[PlanetEngland Tyria]], 250 years after ''VideoGame/GuildWars''. Five [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Elder Dragons]] have awakened and are wreaking havoc across the planet; cutting off continents, flooding cities and, in the case of [[BigBad Zhaitan]], raising undead armies.

The following races are playable:
* Humans - the [[HumansAreAverage same old]] humans played in the [[VideoGame/GuildWars original game]]. Their once-great kingdoms in Tyria have largely fallen to ruin, with Kryta being the only remaining and the home of the modern heroes.
* Norn - the oversized but otherwise human-like race of [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy proud]] and [[WarriorPoet philosophical]] [[HornyVikings Norse]] [[BoisterousBruiser warriors]], capable of [[{{Animorphism}} transforming into the forms of animals]]. Driven south by the frost dragon, Jormag, they make their home in the Southern Shiverpeaks.
* Charr - a [[CatFolk ferocious and feline]] race who were enemies in the first game. Half {{blood knight}}s and half {{egomaniac hunter}}s, with a strong streak of self-determination. They have reclaimed Ascalon from humanity and now reside there.
* Asura - a diminutive, big-eared, formerly subterranean race consisting of {{insufferable genius}}es, responsible for the [[CoolGate Asura Gates]] and various other [[{{Magitek}} nifty magical technologies]]. Driven from their [[UndergroundCity underground civilisation]] by Primordus at the end of ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', they now control much of the Tarnished Coast from their [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas breathtaking floating city]], and shrewdly leverage their position as the local HigherTechSpecies to compensate both for their small stature and their small numbers.
* Sylvari - [[PlantPerson plant people who grow on a tree]]. They are a new addition to the lore, with the oldest being born 25 years before the start of Guild Wars 2 from a tree that was planted in the original game. They have a powerful GeneticMemory, where new sylvari are grown with innate knowledge passed down to them by the tree, drawn from the pool of collective experiences of living sylvari who return to commune with their parent, infusing them with a powerful communal morality. They share their homeland of the Tarnished Coast with the asura, who in the past treated them [[TheyWouldCutYouUp rather badly]], believing them at first to be nothing more than clever magical automata.


The game has eight core [[CharacterClassSystem professions]] available, with a ninth -- the Revenant -- introduced in the ''Heart of Thorns'' expansion. These classes are divided into Scholars (light armor), Adventurers (medium armor), and Soldiers (heavy armor). Any race is able to play any profession equally well and each profession has a "unique mechanic" that greatly distinguishes it from the others. With the release of ''Heart of Thorns'' every class also gains access to an elite-specialization, which adds new mechanics to the existing ones and possibly broading the experience with those classes.
* {{Elemental|Powers}}ist - A scholar profession focusing on, not surprisingly, magic based on the standard FourElementEnsemble. Unlike most other classes, instead of swapping weapons, the Elementalist can swap "attunements", which change all five weapon skills to a new element; fire focuses on damage-dealing, water on healing, air on crowd control, and earth on defense. With their slew of 20 weapon skills combined with a wide variety of utility skills, they are highly versatile in combat.
** The '''Tempest''', their elite-specialization, grants the ability to wield a warhorn, perform shout skills, and "overload" the attunements to generate large and strong [=AoE=]-effects.
* {{Necromancer}} - A scholar profession based on the manipulation of death. Both the death of surrounding creatures as well as numerous skills build up a resource named "Life Force". This can be used to cloak the necromancer in the "Death Shroud", which replaces the weapon skills and layers a second health bar, absorbing the damage from Life Force rather than the actual health. Together with his naturally large health pool this gives him quite some steadfestness.
** Their elite-specialization, the '''Reaper''', grants access to the greatsword weapon, shout skills and an alternative "Reaper's Shroud". Their skills offer [[MightyGlacier slow but powerful]] damage and crowd control, invoking the style of [[ImplacableMan classic movie monsters]].
* [[MasterOfIllusion Mesmer]] - A scholar profession focused on illusion magic. Their fighting style is based around the creation of doppelgangers, that can be shattered to hurt enemies and/or buff themselves. They are divided into phantasms (easy to spot, additional effects) and clones (identical but powerless). These illusions can be furthermore used as a distraction. The Mesmer also applies Confusion with many of their attacks, a negative condition that inflicts damage on the victim whenever they use any sort of ability.
** With the '''Chronomancer''', the Mesmer gains an elite-specialization that revolves around time. They can equip shields for increased defensive and supportive capability, and gain abilities to alter their allies' skill cooldowns with an effect called "alacrity".
* [[ForestRanger Ranger]] - An adventurer profession with an animal companion. Those companions are permanent and follow him into battle, can [[IncrediblyDurableEnemies tank]] for the ranger, since they are much more difficult to hurt than other creatures. Both the ranger and their pet revolve about boon sharing and wearing down the enemy with an array of skills that allow them to stay away from the enemy. Equipped with the longbow the ranger has the longest range of all classes.
** The elite-specialization, the '''Druid''' is a step towards a classic healer. They can wield staffs and temporarily transform themselves into Celestial Avatars capable of healing and sustaining small squads of allies.
* [[KarmicThief Thief]] - An adventurer profession that makes use of their vast mobility to surprise attack single enemies. Instead of having cooldown timers on their weapon skills, the Thief consumes "Initiative" instead. Thus he can spam a strong attack multiple times before running out of initiative. Their set of skills revolve around evasion, stealth and 'stealing' to gain a unique, one-use attack that differs depending on the target enemy.
** The '''Daredevil''' takes the concept of the duellist further, granting a third endurance bar for more dodges and an array of physical utility skills that interrupt and disable enemies. Their trademark weapon is a staff, but used as a melee striking weapon rather than a magical implement.
* [[TheEngineer Engineer]] - An adventurer profession that uses guns, GunsAkimbo and rifles, as well as a number of technological gadgets for offense, healing, and control. Like the Elementalist, they are only able to carry one weaponset, but makes up for that with "kits", that replace the weapon skills for different purposes. Additionally the Engineer has 'toolbelt' skills, gaining one each for every utility skill equipped. Thematically he's able to set up little gadgets and turrets to fight with, including comically inspired skills like a battering ram on a spring, rocket boots or spilling slicky oil.
** The '''Scrapper''' is their elite-specialization, using drones to manipulate the battlefield and provide various forms of utility autonomously. They wield a gigantic hammer in battle, specializing in area of effect damage, crowd control and some defensive capability.
* [[BadassNormal Warrior]] - A soldier profession and master of arms that can use nearly every weapon in the game. Every weapon grants access to a [[LimitBreak very strong attack]], consuming adrenaline which the warrior builds in combat. Their variety of skills allow the Warrior to be used in multiple roles, whether as the frontline of a squad, focused damage dealer, or supportive player with crowd control and Banners for stat buffs.
** The '''Berserker''', the elite-specialization, gives the warrior a SuperMode that greatly enhances their adrenaline-based attacks. They can equip a torch and deal powerful fire-based condition damage.
* [[ThePaladin Guardian]] - A soldier profession that can use Virtues (Courage, Justice, and Resolve) to aid allies in combat or to power up the Guardian's own passive abilities. Many skills carry an offensive and a defensive component, which makes their use a double edged sword. While mostly found in melee range and bringing easily placable effects into a fight, while lacking strong ranged moves.
** The elite-specialization '''Dragonhunter''' grants the ability to use a longbow and trap skills. Virtues also become more physical when activated, manifesting as a spear of immobilising light, wings that convey the Dragonhunter to a target destination, or a wall-shield to block enemy attacks.
* [[WillingChanneler Revenant]] - A soldier profession introduced in ''Heart of Thorns''. They can use their connection to the Mists to invoke the power of legendary figures and channel attacks from/through the Mists. Their access to legends give them access to different playstyles, as support, pure damage, condition damage or healing. The Revenant has the fewest choices for abilities, being limited to one ability for each slot for each legend they can invoke. Their concept is loosely based on the Ritualist from VideoGame/GuildWars: Factions, which could summon spirits and channel powers from the mists.
** Their elite specialization, the '''Herald''', allows them to channel Glint, the benevolent dragon that rebelled against her masters and sought to protect Tyria instead. Heralds can equip shields to protect and heal allies. Invoking Glint provides access to "facet" skills which provide auras and buffs when first activated, and can be consumed/re-activated to unleash powerful area-of-effect blasts.

The game has a level cap of 80, with skills and abilities being a mixture of weapon choice and individual customization. Instead of traditional quests, it makes use of 'Dynamic Events' and 'Renown Hearts', which simulate quest conditions out in the world for the player to solve rather than filling up a quest log in a town. There are also individualized personal stories based on a player's race and what choices they made during character creation. Some characters will also react differently to players depending on their class or race.

Since January 2013, the developers have released regular "Living Story" updates. These updates provide episodic story chapters that last roughly a month before being LostForever. Since these updates are all building towards a bigger story, for people who want to catch up, a summary of the story so far can be found [[http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Living_World_Summary on the game's official wiki]], and some kind Youtubers have [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWlcIGXrHRQxugVaQPiGh4tvUSeCcRuQA thoroughly recorded all of the story update content.]] As of July 2014, the Living World has become more episodic, with a storyline unlocked for level 80 characters if they log in during the 2 week span and then able to play through the story whenever they want on all characters. Players who do miss this window will be able to buy the chapters for gems.

On October 29th, 2015, [=ArenaNet=] released their first expansion, "Heart of Thorns". This expanded the game by adding explorable areas to the west, adding a new class, and giving each class ways to expand. Unlike many modern [=MMOs=], the level cap has not be raised, and there is no new gear tier. November 17th added in other elements promised in the expansions, such as raiding, the new squad interface allowing for a party of 10 players, and new legendary weapons that can be unlocked.

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!!This game contains examples of:
* AbortedArc: There are a lot of loose threads in both the personal story and even some odd strands from back in VideoGame/GuildWars. However, a couple of these have returned later on. It's implied that some will be resolved in the living story. Here's a sample of ones that might not be picked up.
** A fairly minor one - after reaching a certain level in the charr story, Smodur the Unflinching will mail you that he is going to keep track of your progress. However, as the game progresses, you will never heard anything from him. It's Rytlock who will actually mail you throughout the story instead of him. It was probably intended that the sender was supposed to be Rytlock and not Smodur, but it's still not corrected.
** Another charr-related one - if you decided to spare your father in the quest related to "honorless gladium" background information, he will say that he will keep in touch with you. He never shows up again nor even writes you a letter.
** One of the second possible Sylvari story arcs has you work with a pair of Wardens Carys and Tegwen. In a later arc, one of the options you're given is to seek assistance from the very same Wardens, because they have been to Orr before (in the first arc, you join them in that trip). It's not quite an aborted arc, but it is aborted as "your" arc. Resulting in a very awkward scene for the player as they view a scene that seems generalised to work with anyone's story.
*** Those two show up much later once more when the player plans to attack an Eye of Zhaitan and decides to trap it, resulting in another re-introduction of the characters for players who did not meet them before.
** Eir went into the Ascalonian Catacombs to retrieve [[FlamingSword Magdaer]], reforge it and give it to Logan in an attempt to remake Destiny's Edge. This is never seen happening and Logan doesn't show up wielding it. [[FridgeBrilliance However, Rytlock's angry reaction to her plan to give it to Logan might have convinced her that giving it to Logan right away may not be such a good idea.]]
** After you join an Order, the old plotlines are dropped. When you finish the order quests, your tasks don't really pop back up. In general, all personal story arcs outside of Zhaitan lasts for about 10 levels or 3-4 instanced zones, after which it is wrapped and forgotten, no matter what the epilogue might suggest.
* ActionPrologue: The very first thing you do in the game is take part in a fairly large-scale skirmish that ends with you fighting side-by-side with a former member of Destiny's Edge against a large boss.
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Rata Novus is this, essentially. An asura krewe that fractured off during their ascent to the surface, still staying somewhat underground, they developed technology both ancient and advanced compared to the Rata Sum asura. Most significant about them is that they have a dedicated dragon research lab. [[spoiler: They also all disappeared long before the Five Races could find them again.]]
* AdventurerArchaeologist: The Durmand Priory falls into this sometimes.
* AGodAmI: Gaheron Baelfire in the Citadel of Flame mission.
* AlasPoorVillain: In the human personal story, [[spoiler: Kellach. The combination of an Orr artifact and being followed by [[TheUndead the risen]] did not do well for his sanity. To make it sadder, he still loved his queen even while insane and corrupted.]]
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: One of the playable races were previously thought to be vicious, AlwaysChaoticEvil butchers who were mankind's greatest enemy and once almost destroyed them in a devastating war, but were eventually revealed to have previously been a noble ProudWarriorRace before they were led astray into demon worship by their own sorceror caste and eventually broke free, redeemed themselves and returned to their roots, now fighting with SteamPunk technology while maintaining a still very strained relationship with humans. Wait, there are [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Orcs]] in this game? Oh, you mean ''Charr!''
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Largely averted, as even the most antagonistic race tends to have at least a few friendly individuals in it and many of them really do have good reasons for acting the way they do. Played completely straight in two cases, however: Dragon Minions (whether created outright or victims of TheCorruption) and the reptilian Krait are never shown in anything even remotely resembling a positive light, and the Krait in particular are more or less an entire species of professional [[KickTheDog puppy kickers]] (despite lacking feet to do the kicking with).
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: What broke up [[FiveManBand Destiny's Edge]]. Logan went to protect the human queen Jennah from one of the elder dragon's minions just as the group was getting ready to kill the dragon himself. [[spoiler:The group failed without Logan, and one of its members and Glint died.]]
* AncestralWeapon: The Claw of the Khan-Ur, a weapon lost to the Charr for centuries before being returned to them [[spoiler:by the humans in an effort for peace.]]
** Sohothin and Magdaer are ancient holy swords, and one of the few weapons which can harm the dragons. Sohothin is now wielded by Rytlock Brimstone, while Magdaer was broken when King Adelbern cursed Ascalon. [[spoiler:The sword is retrieved by Eir in the Ascalonian Catacombs, who is planing to reforge it and gift it to Logan in an effort of bring back the members of Destiny's Edge.]]
*** [[spoiler:Some legends also state that if a member of the royal family retuns to Ascalon with either of the swords the curse of Ascalon will be broken. The only surviving member of the royal family is the duke of Ebonhawke- while nominally queen of humanity, Queen Jennah is descended from the royal family of ''Kryta,'' not Ascalon (Kryta and Ascalon were actually at war with each other just before the start of ''Guild Wars 1'').]]
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: Finding and getting to many of the vistas entails ''a lot'' of platforming for an MMORPG. Having hidden jumping puzzles is also unusual in the MMO genre.
** Some of the Living World content also falls under this category. One of the more extreme examples is the [=SNES=]-inspired Super Adventure Box release, nestled between the first battle against [[BigBad Scarlet]] and the release that buffed Tequatl.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: Completing the personal story ends with the Pact gearing up to take down the next Elder Dragon.
* AndYourRewardIsClothes: The toughest content will be rewarded with gear that has stats on par with the normal gear at that level, but with far cooler looks. It's also untradable, so that having a full set of this armor means that you've beaten that challenge every way possible.
** Lampshaded with the description to one of the heart quest rewards: "Nice work, now have some pants."
** The majority of the rewards from the Hall of Monuments based on the player's achievements from the first game and ''Eye of the North''.
** The rewards for completing the Halloween event are a title... and a [[NiceHat hat]].
* AntiGrinding: ZigZagged. You ''can'' get XP by killing random creatures in any area, regardless of level. However, it is by far the least efficient means to gain XP.
** On the other hand, grinding for resources is important. Money grinding is very, very common with champion farming (who drop a lot of cash and extra items), and dungeons are required to be done multiple times for dungeon tokens that are then exchanges for various things like exclusive armor skins.
* AnyoneCanDie:
** Over the course of your personal story, you'll meet a ''[[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters lot]]'' [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters of characters]]. Not all of them will make it through alive.
** The ''Heart of Thorns'' expansion expanded the story of the core characters, and some of them die, too.
* ApocalypticLog: A collection of journal entries from three members of the [[PathOfInspiration White Mantle]] provides most of the backstory for the Bloodstone Fen disaster in Living Story Season 3. The journals were written by a religiously fanatic MadScientist, the GeneralRipper in charge of security and a young apprentice who [[CassandraTruth tries to warn her superiors but gets ignored]] [[spoiler:and eventually executed for it]]. Tellingly, the achievement to collect all pages is named "A Conspiracy of Dunces".
* ArcNumber: 6. Six human gods, six Elder Dragons, six major races (counting the unplayable tengu, which were originally supposed to be playable), each corresponding to the awakening place of each Elder Dragon[[note]]humans - Zhaitan, charr - Kralkatorrik, asura - Primordus, norn - Jormag, sylvari - Mordremoth, tengu - [[FanNickname Bubbles]][[/note]], six racial skills per race (for humans, they correspond to one of the six gods each), six orbs in The All and the supposed vision of the Eternal Alchemy in Omadd's machine (which, again, seem to correspond to the Elder Dragons)...
* ArcWords: "This is my story."
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: The Guild Bounty target "Devious Teesa" is a near-literal example, being wanted for "theft, attempted assassination, and incorrect filling of Patent Form 12.21-D".
* ArtEvolution: Look at [[http://guildwars.incgamers.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/GW1vsGW2.jpg this image]] comparing Guild Wars 1 with Guild Wars 2.
* ArtShift: Zigzagged in the cut scenes. They are usually 2D images, moving slightly, but can have actual sprites integrated into them, like the introductory cutscene and the introduction to an Order. This includes your character, so you look like you and not just some place holder.
** Super Adventure Box had blocky, 8-bit like sprites and landscapes. This can be pretty jarring since you are still rendered as you are anywhere else.
* ArtifactTitle: The Guild Wars are a historical event in the game's universe which had already concluded before the first game even took place. Guild Wars 2 doesn't even have Guild vs Guild content, unlike the previous game, making this even more so.
* AsYouKnow: The dialogue is generalized to anyone that hears it. A sylvari will meet Trahearne early on in its story, and will know all about his research. Once you join an order, this is all explained again when you 'meet' Trahearne again. Of course, this example in particular is relaxed slightly with a bonus cutscene between the sylvari PC and Trahearne.
** This is particularly egregious if you're playing as a norn: in one high-level personal story mission, Trahearne explains norn memorial customs, instructing the player on how to properly eulogize a fallen compatriot. If you are a norn, though, YouShouldKnowThisAlready.
* AttackDrone: Almost every class has access to these somehow, and some races do as well, via Racial Skills. Spirit Weapons for Guardian, Thieves Guild and Ambush for Thief, clones for Mesmers, turrets for Engineers, minions for Necromancers, elementals for Elementalists, pets and spirits for Rangers. Warriors are the odd man out, summoning Banners that just give buffs to the party instead of AI-controlled units.
** The elite racial skills for asura, charr and sylvari can also summon attack drones. Asura can summon an autonomous golem, charr call upon their warband mates, and sylvari summon a druid (an ancient wood spirit creature).
** The racial elite for humans also summons two [[HellHound Hounds of Balthazar]] for the player as attack drones.
** And just to round out the list, anyone who pre-purchased the game, or later purchased the Deluxe edition, has an elite skill unlocked for all characters on their account that lets them summon a spirit wolf.
** And, as of the Heart of Thorns expansion, engineers can, after unlocking their elite specialization, have small, steampunk helicopter drones follow them around that provide various functions. The same specialization also lets engineers wield hammers.
* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: Some of the bosses are ''huge''! And don't move around much.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Transformations morph the player into something else with a unique set of skills. While this trope is the case in PvE-areas, this trope is mostly averted in PvP. Every transformation is worth a pick. It also grants a hard-to-remove stability and one sellingpoint to make a better job at some aspect in a combat. The Tornado gives a powerful [=AoE=]-knockback, the Plague is incredibly durable, since it can also blind an enemy in vicinity, the Lich gives access to an immensly strong and piercing auto-attack and the Juggernaut is a powerful HulkOut, that makes the character a temporary LightningBruiser. It may bring you to the attention of the enemy fraction, but smartly used it can turn the tide of a battle.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Due to the charr's naming conventions, pretty much every charr has a name like [[LukeNounverber Pyre Fierceshot or Kalla Scorchrazor.]]
* AxCrazy: In the [[{{Retraux}} Super Adventure Box]] platforming game, your foes are mostly either [[SugarBowl cheerful and smiling]], or "mean" in a non-threatening way like most mooks from classic games. Great care was taken to make the Tribulation Cloud, an invulnerable DemonicSpider only encountered in [[PlatformHell Tribulation Mode]], look as crazed and bloodthirsty as possible without breaking the cartoony art style.
* BadassArmy: All of charr society is structured around their BadassArmy.
* BadassBaritone: Most Charr have this going for them naturally, but the voices of Rytlock and the PlayerCharacter are especially impressive.
** Bonus points, the voice of Rytlock is brought to you no other than SteveBlum.
* BadassBoast: [[spoiler: '[[YouShallNotPass I will not let you pass!]]' and variations of it when your Order mentor faces certain death to buy you time during the Battle of Claw Island.]]
** The player character can have some of these, with each dependent upon the class and race.
--> "The storm shall bend at my word!"
--> "Come on, hit me! I'll hit back!"
* BadassBookworm: Pretty much the point of the Durmand Priory
* BadassCreed: All of the Factions available for the Player Characters to join have one.
--> "Fight, what cannot be fought/Know, what cannot be known/Kill, what cannot be killed." - Whispers
--> "Some must fight so that others can Live/Some must fight so that all may be free" - Vigil
--> "Your power is only equal to the sum of your knowledge" - Durmand Priory
* BadassGay: Both Kasmeer and Marjory fit this category. While there were hints of it sooner, the climax of Living World Season 1 included a BigDamnKiss between the two human females. While Kasmeer may be a LipstickLesbian and Marjory a ButchLesbian, they never really fall into the stereotypical trap. In fact, their homosexuality is treated more like a footnote than a major character trait.
* BadassLongcoat: Invoked by some armour arts, most prevalent in medium armor for adventurer classes.
* BadassNormal: Compared to the more magical/technical classes the Warriors. They never use magic or devices in fighting (the closest are the banners and they're not used for offense but for support) and all of their abilities are raw strength. Taken UpToEleven with Berserker, which amplifies said raw strength.
* BalefulPolymorph: The Mesmer elite skill Moa Morph turns enemies into far less dangerous moa birds (or tuna fish, if used underwater).
** The fight with Xolotl is based around it, with her regularly turning the characters into different forms.
** A random event, involving opening a chest and chasing down a Skritt Burgler, may turn you into a creature based on where the event is started.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: [[spoiler:The battle against Mordremoth]].
* BeastMan: Norn can transform into a Bear, Wolf, Raven, or Snow Leopard form.
* TheBeastmaster:
** Rangers specialize in being this.
** The elementalist with the right glyph equipped can summon elementals to fight beside them. The type of elemental depends on their attunement at the time of activation.
** Ogres wear this trope as their cultural Hat. Few ogres are ever seen without their pets and they often make heavy use of them in combat.
* BenevolentConspiracy: The Order of Whispers is an extensive spy network with agents planted all across Tyria. It meddles in politics to keep the nations united and strong enough to face the Dragons, and is especially active in helping the humans and charr maintain their truce.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: Played with in the Sylvari's Wyld Hunts, which are one part prophecy and one part mission given to Sylvari in the [[HiveMind Dream]] before they awaken. It instills an instinctual drive to complete their given Wyld Hunt, which can range from defeating a threat to the Pale Tree to simply solving a problem. Additionally, at times, Dreamers can receive visions of important events or people in their future in the form of symbols, such as the eary parts of the Sylvari Personal Story. However, it should be noted that it is entirely possible for Sylvari to fail their Wyld Hunt, as Riannoc did when he was killed by the lich he was sent to defeat.
** The Pale Tree believes strongly in this trope.
-->'''Pale Tree:''' Do not question the Dream. We must all play our part.
** Subverted with Ceara, later Scarlet Briar, from the moment of her awakening.
-->'''Mender Serimon''': Sapling? Iím here to help you acclimate. To help you understand your place in this world and identify the purpose Pale Mother has given you.
-->'''Ceara''': Iíll find my own place, thank you very much. And itís hardly ''my'' purpose if someone else gives it to me.
-->'''Mender Serimon''': Youíve awakened with a wealth of confidence. But donít presume too much. We all make choices in life, but sometimes choices are made for us. Especially we children of the Pale Tree. It is the way of things.
-->'''Ceara''': The way of things? Thank you for attending my awakening, mender. But where my life is concerned, I will be the one who chooses.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Quaggan, a race of roly-poly anthropomorphic manatees. When they get mad, they double in size, turn sharp and craggy, and gain MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily.
* BigDamnHeroes: Because kill-stealing and ninja looting is pretty much nonexistent in this game, you'll see players constantly coming to the rescue of other players in trouble and even resurrecting them if they go down.
** In the personal story, [[spoiler:Logan Thackeray gets a BigDamnHeroes moment. After staying behind to hold off a tide of undead with no hope of survival, he reappears just as your airship is going down... on a much bigger, much more powerful experimental airship.]]
* TheBigDamnKiss: The Kiss between Marjory and Kasmeer in the last chapter of the Scarlet Briar-living story. It also confirms all (pretty obvious) hints of their homosexuality.
* BigFuckingSword: Greatswords. Warriors, guardians, rangers, and mesmers are able to wield them. Necromancers are also able to in the expansion.
** Interestingly, mesmers do not use them as swords, but as a focus for FrickinLaserBeams.
** The elementalists can summon 2 giant flame swords.
* BigRedButton: See SchmuckBait below.
* BioluminescenceIsCool: In dark areas, parts of sylvari bodies will start to glow. The player can even choose what color and intensity during character creation.
** With the second season of the Living Story, you can earn pieces of Bioluminescent armors by completing related episode achievements.
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: Applies to the asura to some degree. The girls are typically wide-eyed, fairly umblemished and generally look "cute", and even have a few signature hairstyles just for them; the men, meanwhile, basically look like goblins, straight down to pointier teeth and warty skin. If they weren't built on the exact same animation skeleton, it'd be hard, at times, to tell they were the same species.
** Similarly, centaurs. The males have the heads of goats and skin covered in brown coat. The females have pale skin and human-looking heads with nice looking horns.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: This trope is played more straight than the original VideoGame/GuildWars. Good luck trying to find a hero or villain with some moral ambiguity. [[note]]The Nightmare Court [[ForTheEvulz does not count]][[/note]]
** BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Nightmare Court believe that the morals taught to them by Ventari's tablets are an imposition of an alien culture. Their deliberately evil actions are meant to help the Sylvari gain new experiences and develop their own unique morality.
** Dragons kinda zig zag. They are destructive forces that corrupt others but they seem a part of a natural cycles that go like this. High magic -> Dragons awake -> Dragons eat and devour magic -> Low magic -> Dragons go to sleep. Corrupted forms are their ways to find and absorb magic. Kralkatorrik didn't even notice creatures he was corrupting, he just flew over them.
** GreyAndGrayMorality: Wherever Southsun is concerned though, things get a lot more murky. The Consortium is a company that was simply seeking to turn the island into a resort town, despite its status as a DeathWorld, but their attempts to cut corners and save money always backfired and caused problems for everyone involved. And the BigBad of the Secrets of Southsun event, Canach, was a WellIntentionedExtremist who had riled up the wildlife in order to free the (then currently rioting) refugees from their forced servitude to the Consortium.
*** Somewhat interestingly, almost no race is depicted as purely good or evil. For instance, you can fight evil centaurs and evil hylek, or be helped by good centaurs/hylek. Krait are always hostile, and quaggans are always friendly (except when they've been corrupted), but every other race serves as both allies and enemies.
* BlackKnight: The Revenants wear black armour and practice a form of necromancy by communicating with ghosts of ancient warriors to gain their strength. That being said, they do not necessarily have to be evil, or even wear black armour, or even wear that much armour at all (Guild Wars 2 has plenty of revealing, Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian[=/=]RedSonja-esque heavy armour outfits), but their basic archetype is this, as shown by Rytlock Brimstone.
* BonusBoss: The Legendary Bandit Executioner, who ''may'' show up if a player has a certain item when a unique bandit leader is killed. Proportional to the level of the characters fighting them, they're absolutely brutal -- and completely optional.
* BornAsAnAdult: There are no sylvari children. They come into the world fully grown, with the Dream of the Pale Tree providing all the knowledge they'll need to conduct their Wild Hunts.
** Apparently it has come down from WordOfGod that the sylvari can't even reproduce on their own, only the Tree can create new sylvari.
* BottomlessMagazines: Despite their single-shot appearances, rifles and pistols have a high rate of fire. A thief wielding GunsAkimbo can [[MoreDakka practically shoot at full auto]]. AcceptableBreaksFromReality and RuleOfCool apply here.
* BowAndSwordInAccord: Rangers, Warriors, and Thieves, plus Guardians in the expansion. Elementalists can also conjure both weapon types, making them (and anyone who picks up their conjured weapons) pseudo examples.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: During the Sylvari story quest where you try to repair some golems to help the skritt fight off the Destroyers:
-->'''Larra:''' Hmph. These golems are barely functional. We'll be lucky if they don't tip over, explode, or tip over and explode.
* BribingYourWayToVictory: On some level. The in-game Gem Store uses gems that can either be bought using real money or in-game currency. Most of the items available are purely aesthetic and offer no real advantage over players in either [=PvE=] or [=PvP=], but there are a few things that have actual, if small, effects on gameplay. You can purchase items that temporarily increase the amount of experience and karma you gain or convert gems into in-game money.
** Increased inventory space, bank space, and resource gathering tools (which save time, inventory space, and money) are the most notable bonuses.
* BrickJoke:
** Wozmack the Wonderful, a magician who appears at the very beginning for Human nobles and disappears in an explosion from a trick gone awry, appears in a similarly comedic manner at the very last minute in Fort Trinity when you've completed the final quest and waited a while past the final ovations. He will, if spoken to, be completely out of sorts and confused, but he recovers quickly and will even perform 'tricks' for you: Turn purple, summon birds that then attack him, and then, for a final 'trick', he summons transparent, multi-colored Moas and '''everyone''', including Destiny's Edge ''and the Moas'', will begin dancing.
** Less involved than the above, during "Taimi's Game", Taimi will offhandedly mention she needed Moto's help to get the combat simulator working. The third wave in the simulator is actually an 8-bit monkey, just like the ones you'd find in Super Adventure Box. [[DeadlyJokeCharacter Don't underestimate him, though.]]
* BrotherSisterIncest: Since they're all children of the Pale Tree, every sylvari couple is technically this. But since sylvari can't reproduce by themselves, it really doesn't mean anything.
* CallASmeerpARabbit: The game has flying, cave-dwelling creatures called bats. Sounds normal, until you take a closer look: they're not mammalian bats at all, but actually scaly, earless, flying lizards.
* CameraScrew: One of the most prevalent complaints about the Jumping Puzzles and PvP Arenas.
* CardCarryingVillain: The Nightmare Court is both justified and subverted. They formed because they view the teachings of the centaur Ventari which guide the "Dreamers" as an alien culture imposing its morals on their race. In their opinion, their acts of evil are meant to ensure their race's survival and growth by allowing the sylvari to develop their own morality.
* ChekhovsGunman
** Depending on your path through the Personal Story, you could end up meeting any number of seemingly minor characters who go on to play larger roles later down the line. Notable examples include Tegwen and [[TheDitz Carys]], Galina and Snarl, Elli, and Trahearne.
** The early updates and Living Story segments introduced characters who would go on to play a role in future events, like Braham, Rox, and Lionguard Ellen Kiel.
* CircusEpisode: Human characters can opt for their biggest regret to be that they turned down a chance to perform in the circus. They get a second chance in an early story arc that involves joining and infiltrating a circus that's actually a front for criminal activities.
* CityOfAdventure: Lion's Arch, former capital of the human kingdom of Kryta, is now an adventuring hub where all races converge.
* {{Clockpunk}}: Often mixed with a healthy amount of steampunk. Takes center stage during the Clockwork Chaos Living Story event, when a whole legion of clockwork robots go rogue.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The hyleks. Lampshaded by some asura children.
---> "Right. The blue and green ones are nice. The red and orange are mean. And the yellow ones are sometimes nice and sometimes mean, depending on their mood."
* CompletionMeter: The character select screen has a "badge" that shows how much of the map you've explored on a single character.
** All affinity heart events, and most other events have a bar that shows how close the event is finished, or how much health a boss has left.
** Mastery points have a bar to indicate how close training is to being unlockable with mastery points.
* ConfusionFu: The mesmer embodies this one. A nice example is the ability Clone: the mesmer will shimmer and two identical clones will spawn in the same area as the mesmer, while the original might've moved a bit. Now SpotTheImpostor.
** A properly built thief can do this as well, either through judicious use of shadowstep abilities or stealth, preventing their foes from knowing where they might strike from next.
** Engineers can accomplish this on a metagame level, on account of their status as an odd sort of JackOfAllTrades. A given engineer can be good at one or two things depending on specialization, but what those things ''are'' can be pretty much anything, with viable specs for ranged burst damage, close-up condition damage, area control, endless kiting, and everything in between; you won't know which sort of engineer you're fighting until you're already taking damage. In a large-scale PvP fight, getting in a melee fight with a defensive bomb-dropping "bunker" engineer is almost as bad an idea as ''not'' chasing down an elixir-and-grenade-lobbing support engineer before he can hide behind his allies.
* ContinuityNod: Several landmarks familiar to players of Guild Wars 1 will pop up, some underwater. Examples include a statue of Melandru from The Temple of Ages that the quaggan worship, or some of the old construction of Lion's Arch. There is also a LOT of lore to be found about the intervening 250 years and more. It's so thick, it's practically ContinuityPorn.
** There are tons of places from the first game that return, like the Temple of Ages, the Henge of Denravi, Droknar's Forge, Camp Rankor, Copperhammer Mines, and even the Stormcaller itself! [[spoiler: Alas, most of them are in ruins after the last 250 years. Indeed, the whole region of the far Southern Shiverpeaks, which was downright arctic in the days of the first game, is now verdant forest, shading to jungle and swamp in places, and dominated by a huge volcano, Mount Maelstrom.]]
** The cemetery of Ebonhawke houses the graves of some Ebon Vanguard veterans, who were {{Non Player Character}}s in ''Eye Of The North''. Gwen has a rather prominent memorial. Nicholas Sandford and Professor Yakkington are also buried here.
** The Ascalon Settlement in northern Kryta is now a major fortress on the front line of the war against the centaurs. Nebo Village just to its west, which was a tiny hamlet in the first game, has now become an important town and is also a major human-centaur battlefield. The area in which both towns are situated, Gendarran Fields, was North Kryta Province in the time of the original game and was heavily forested in those days, in contrast to its modern status with numerous farms, orchards and estates.
** In-game continuity: The levitating grizwhirl of the human circus storyline is mentioned offhandedly as an Inquest invention in the asura Synergetics storyline.
** Two different areas have ghosts of NPC merchants from the original game that you must help find peace by helping them remember where they're from and what they were. Luckily for those without encyclopedic knowledge of the first game, just trying all possibilities until you guess right also works.
** Another area has a bunch of tombstones, believed to be attributed to dwarves. Two of the tombstones are for "Little Thom" and "Reyna", human henchmen in the first game. Getting these wrong, though, are quite dangerous.
*** The area in question itself is a callback: it's the Granite Citadel, where some of the original prestige armors could be crafted.
** In the Iron Marches, your character will meet a Durmand Priory scholar named Aimee Testibrie, who is looking for artifacts related to her great-grandfather, Kilnn Testibrie (whose scattered armor was the bonus objective of an early mission in VideoGame/GuildWars: Prophecies.) Not far away in the same area, your character will come upon the very cauldron that was used in the Searing of Ascalon; a dynamic event has you fighting the Flame Legion to stop them from performing a similar ritual, using that cauldron, on a nearby charr village.
** Blazeridge Steppes contains the remains of several areas that were important stops in the early going for ''Guild Wars: Prophecies'' characters.
** In Timberline Falls (which occupies the general area where the region called Snake Dance was in the first game), the ruins of Camp Rankor - which was, in the original Guild Wars, the first southern outpost of the famous/notorious "Droknar's Forge run" - are now a Durmand Priory archaeological excavation site, and the location of [[spoiler:a key step in your character's Personal Story, where he/she and Trahearne must rescue members of that Priory expedition from an onslaught of Risen]].
** North of Timberline Falls, Lornar's Pass, which still retains its Prophecies-era name, is still the main highway to the southern Shiverpeaks, though nowadays it's much more heavily settled, mostly by Norn in their southward migrations, and is also the home of the Durmand Priory. The out-of-the-way shrine to Grenth, which could be visited by players in Prophecies days, is still there.
** Dredgehaunt Cliffs, to the east of Lornar's Pass and south of Hoelbrak, hosts not only the Granite Citadel but the dungeon which was once known as Sorrow's Furnace and is now called Sorrow's Embrace.
** The Temple of the Ages, once a key outpost in the jungles of central Kryta and a gateway to the Underworld and the Fissure of Woe, is now, like Camp Rankor, a collection of ruins being explored by the Durmand Priory. It's still highly dangerous because it continues to be plagued by creatures which keep leaking through portals from the Underworld, including the formidable Shadow Behemoth. Fortunately, the undead which used to infest the surrounding areas have long since vanished, though they've had their places taken by bandit gangs and centaurs.
** Sparkfly Swamp, the location of two dungeons in Eye of the North, is now Sparkfly Fen. The dungeons have long since vanished, but the area is a key part of the front line in the struggle between the Pact and Zhaitan and his Risen minions, particularly since it's the haunt of Tequatl the Sunless.
** The "Ruins of the Unseen" location in Caledon Forest is the same location near the old asura outpost of Vlox's Falls; Caledon Forest itself occupies much of what was Arbor Bay, plus several coastal zones to the north. The Grove, the Sylvari home city, is built on the site of the centaur Ventari's old settlement in Arbor Bay.
** Kessex Hills, north of Caledon Forest, occupies more or less the same area that was called Kessex Peak 250 years ago, and includes the Wizard's Tower, which floated off the southwestern edge of the area in those days but has now been moved by its current owner to a location outside the village of Garrenhoff, at the southeastern corner of the area.
** Shaemoor, the village/suburb outside Divinity's Reach where human characters kick off their adventures, was the site of a mission location in ''Guild Wars: Prophecies''. Divinity's Reach itself, the human player's home city and the capital of the kingdom of Kryta, is built on the site of the old village of Divinity's Coast (the objective the players were supposed to reach in the aforementioned mission), and the area to its immediate west, a heavily overgrown jungle with only minimal paths in the time of Guild Wars 1, is now thoroughly cultivated and occupied by numerous farms.
** To the east of Divinity's Reach, Beetletun, an outpost in ''Guild Wars: Prophecies'', is now one of the most important towns in Queensdale, the seat of Queen Jennah's rival Lord Caudecus, and the site of a dungeon.
** Yak's Bend, once a key stop on the road for refugees and adventurers from Ascalon on their way to Kryta, has been reduced to a minor waypoint in southeastern Frostgorge Sound, occupied mainly by Priory researchers and local grawl tribes. The Iron Horse Mines to the west, once a major dwarven community, have long since been taken over by dredge.
** The Silverwastes, added November 2014, while now arid desert, was once the lush jungle/forest known as the Silverwood in ''Guild Wars: Prophecies''. Artifacts found at the old forts in the area indicate that those facilities may have at one time been occupied by the White Mantle, whether during their period of power in Kryta or while fleeing their defeat in that kingdom's civil war. The fortress known as Indigo Cave, in the center of the area, occupies more or less the same position as the old Shining Blade outpost known as Quarrel Falls. The Silverwastes are directly to the north of Dry Top, an area whose name and character hasn't changed in 250 years - except that the centaurs inhabiting the area are much friendlier to humans than in the old days.
** The map continuity is strong enough that players have overlaid the Guild Wars Tyrian map on Guild Wars 2's, and while a couple of things have shifted or moved, they more or less line up.
** Living World Season 3, Chapter 2 takes us back to the Fire Islands, where we see an old mursaat base, and [[spoiler:a dwarf, reduced to little more than a head and a thumb]]. The map name, Ember Bay, calls back to the Ember Light Camp.
* CoolBoat: The charr have a submarine of roughly World War One era sophistication.
** The airships are pretty nice, part zeppelin and part magical ride.
** [[spoiler: When you get down to the Mount Maelstrom explorable area, you'll find that the good guys' alliance, the Pact, has a submarine of its own which the Order of Whispers uses to insert and extract agents. It's the same model and design as the Iron Legion's submarine, leaving it an open question how the Order of Whispers got their hands on one...]]
* CoolPet: Absolutely bunches for the Ranger, although they can only equip four at a time (two terrestrial and two aquatic). CoolPet options range from drakes and double-tailed scorpions called devourers to jellyfish and sharks.
** The description after getting a shark pet hilariously {{Lampshade|Hanging}}s this:
--> This is your pet shark. That's right. Your very own pet shark. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment It's your pet. And a shark.]] Awesome. Sharks rend their foes with powerful teeth, and can even swallow foes whole.
** Several new pets were added with Heart of Thorns, including wyverns, bristlebacks (large armadillo creatures that can shoot its scales), smokescales (who emit a cloud of smoke to hide in) and... a tiger.
* TheCorruption: Every dragon has shown evidence of doing this.
** Kralkatorrik can corrupt people into crystalline horrors.
** Similarly, in the Shiverpeaks, you can encounter the Icebrood - creatures corrupted by Jormag, the ice dragon.
** The Destroyers of Primordus also seem to be "adapted" versions of other creatures, and Zhaitan more or less does that too (although he [[OurZombiesAreDifferent corrupts corpses]] instead of live specimens. The Deep Sea Dragon also apparently has tentacle-covered corrupted minions, although we never see any in-game (and indeed, most of the races question whether he even exists). That makes it the norm for dragon minions, with the only exception being the dragon we don't know about.
** Mordremoth's corruption effects Tyrian flora, from vining plants that destroy or strangle anything or anyone unfortunate enough to get in the way, to supercharged husks, skeletal sylvari hounds, and plants twisted into forms never before seen.
*** And by the end of Living Story Season Two... [[spoiler:the Sylvari themselves]].
** After the death of two dragons, other dragons are starting to mix their corruption method with those of the dead dragons...
* CrosshairAware: See a red ring appear on the floor? Get out of it or prepare to be blasted.
** Inverted when calling targets. Anyone in the party will see a crosshair logo above the target's head, but no one else will.
** Some new enemies have attacks that will put a small crosshair symbol of the player's head. That means a mobile attack will follow the character.
* CuteMonsterGirl: While the male asura often look like your typical ugly little goblins, the females can be made to look more attractive.
* DamselInDistress[=/=]DesignatedVictim: Queen Jennah. Whether it's assassination attempts, kidnap attempts or attempts to overthrow her (and thus killing or imprisoning her afterwards), human players will, during their story quest, have to deal with 3 separate plots against her, and at mid-level players of all races get to join in on the fun. And that's not mentioning Logan running off to rescue her in the prequel novel was what blew his friends' chance to kill of one of the Elder Dragons, and got Snaff and Glint killed.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The necromancers are back, and the charr are now playable.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt:
** There's quite a bit of this among the ruling class of Divinty's Reach, particularly the ministers. Minister Caudecus is the most prominent opponent.
** The sylvari Nightmare Court strongly resemble old school elven courts. Nightmare Courtiers of note tend to have NamesToRunAwayFrom.
** Asuran academia also leans towards this, although deaths are usually due to malfunctioning devices rather than the competition killing each other.
* DeadWeight: The Bloated Creepers that spawn during the Tequatl fight. They are portrayed as large Risen male norn that explode when they come in contact with a player.
** Karka hatchlings will make suicidal runs at players, then add a condition that reflects them attaching themselves to the player.
* DeathFromAbove: Every class has at least one major trait that allows them to not only halves their fall damage, but also cause damage to enemies around them when they land. The Warrior one is even named "DeathFromAbove".
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: All the races (''except,'' rather pointedly, [[BornAsAnAdult the sylvari]]) have child [=NPCs=]. While human and norn children are pretty much what you'd expect (if a bit larger for the norn), charr cubs are rather endearing, but even they have ''nothing'' on the absurdly tiny and adorably cute asura [[http://i.imgur.com/NPlAnEm.jpg progeny]].
** In the reconstructed Lion's Arch (which integrates refugees from the minor races into its population) there's an adorable mini-event where an asura progeny and a tiny young skritt (the only other race as small as the asura) team up to steal apples from a vendor.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: Asura players can choose who was their first teacher on character creation. One of them is Blipp who "was known for his redundancies as well as his redundancies".
** Hostile [=NPCs=] are prefaced with their rank of difficulty (Veteran being slightly above normal difficulty, Champion being a boss, and Elite being somewhere in-between), which in at least one case has lead to an NPC named Champion Badazar's Champion.
** Same with items, who get prefixes and suffixes according to their stats and the built-in runes/jewels - leading to things like a "Berserker's ring of the Berserker".
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The Elder Dragons are effectively living forces of nature that corrupt the living and alter the face of the land with their presence. Each major release (the base game and Heart of Thorns) ends with you killing one of them.
* DifficultButAwesome: Elementalists in this game. While you cannot swap weapon sets like other classes, they are compensated by the ability to attune to different elements. This involves a lot of micromanagement through the attunements because each attunement grants a different set of skills with different functionality and creating combo effects with your skills [[note]] For example, you can create a combo field with your fire or water attunement, but you may need to swap to your earth attunement to land your finisher before the field effect ends[[/note]]. Thus being said, elementalists are the most powerful professions in [=WvW=] environments because of their strong offensive [=AoE=] capacities and providing healing/support capacity to allies at the same time.
* DirtyCommies: The dredge, with their commissars, their "Moletariat", their insignia which looks something like the old Soviet hammer-and-sickle, and their place names which are puns on various Russian locations (Moleberia, Molengrad, Dostoev Sky Peak, etc.) They also fit this trope because they're all, or virtually all, hostile to the other races.
* DiscountLesbians: Caithe and Faolain.
** There's also a few female asura [=NPCs=] who seem to talk about their female partners.
** And to keep it fair, there are also a few Discount Gays, such as the male Sylvari couple Dagdar and Eladus you meet early in the Sylvari personal story if you dreamed of the Green Knight.
* TheDitz: The sylvari warden Carys you meet on one of the possible personal story routes tries to make up in bravery what she lacks in intelligence. She later appears in all the stories, depending on the path taken.
-->'''Carys:''' Strange. It sounded like Kispik suddenly became smarter. Is such a thing even possible?
-->'''[[InsufferableGenius Larra]]:''' More than possible. That's how skritt operate. When they're alone, they're dumb as an electrocuted rock. Get a few together, and their intellect improves.
-->'''Carys:''' Oh, wow! I wish sylvari got smarter like that!
-->'''Larra''' Me too, fluff wit. [[StealthInsult Especially right about now.]]
* DividedWeFall: In every race's personal story around level 20-30, the 3 orders are aware of a direct problem caused by the elder dragon's minions, but will bicker about how to stop it until the player breaks the deadlock. The members of Destiny's Edge are also busy with a blame-game for the death of their friend in the prequel novel.
** Living World, Season 2 focused on uniting the 5 races, after much of the Pact died in the assault on Zhaitan.
* DodgeTheBullet: And any other attack, including area attacks. You're limited in how often you can do this, though.
* DoubleUnlock: Essentially the Mastery system. A mastery path first gets unlocked by achieving a specific task, but then the player must earn a certain amount of experience, ''then'' spend a certain amount of mastery points (either Core or Maguuma, depending on the path) to be able to actually use the skill.
* TheDragon: No [[IncrediblyLamePun puns]] here, but each Elder Dragon has a champion that they invest a good chunk of their power in. A few appear ingame as fightable bosses, including (but not limited to) The Shatterer, champion of Kralkatorrik; Tequatl the Sunless, champion of Zhaitan; and the Claw of Jormag. Others are mentioned in the novels, and three appear in the original ''VideoGame/GuildWars,'' [[HeelFaceTurn Glint]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Great Destroyer]], and the champion of Jormag who can be seen [[SealedEvilInACan frozen in Drakkar Lake.]]
** Several others were killed by Destiny's Edge in the prequel-novel, but are replaced by the time the game starts.
** Episode 4 of season 2's living story introduced Shadow of the Dragon, Mordremoth's champion. This is especially notable since it is near identical to the one sylvari characters fight in their starting area.
* DrinkingContest: An Order of Whispers mission involves a drinking contest to distract some pirates, then rescuing a hostage while drunk. It doesn't affect your combat skills, fortunately.
** One of the norn personal story options is something shameful that happened at a recent moot, either blacking out, losing a fight to your rival, or losing an heirloom.
** The Belcher's Bluff minigame added during the Zephyr Sanctum update. One can even challenge other players with a consumable item. This mechanic is near identical to the one from the Order of Whispers mission.
* DropTheHammer: A two-handed weapon for Soldier professions, providing some [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom flashy attacks]] for all three professions.
** As of Heart of Thorns, unlocking the new engineer specialization, Scrapper, allows them to equip hammers.
* DualWielding: Every class except the Guardian is capable of this in some form or another. Even then, guardians can wield 2 one-handed weapons.
** The Thief class has a special version: not only can they wield two weapons at once, but one of their skills depends on which two weapons those are. So Pistol+Pistol will get you a different skill than Sword+Pistol, which is different from Pistol+Sword, and so on.
* DudeWheresOurCar: Selecting the "Blacked Out" origin for the norn results in finding out that you and a charr had lost a war vehicle and need to get it back.
* DungeonBypass: The engineer rifle skill "Jump Shot", with a little patience to wait out the twenty second cooldown after each use, can make normally tricky jumping puzzles absolute cakewalks. You can even use it to skip large chunks of certain puzzles.
** The Mesmer skill Portal can be just as good for those who have trouble with jumping puzzles. So long as the Mesmer can navigate the puzzle on his own, he can ferry dozens of friends to the end to collect the reward through the Portal. Later jumping puzzles integrate a flag method to ensure people actually do the puzzle instead of getting warped to the end.
* DyingRace: Humanity is at risk of becoming this, relatively speaking, at least on the continent of Tyria. Of the five human kingdoms from the first ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', Orr was destroyed outright; Ascalon has fallen but for the fortress city of Ebonhawke, which until recently was engaged in a never-ending war with the Charr; Kryta is functional, but destabilized by scheming ministers and a war with centaurs; and Elona is enslaved by the Lich Palawa Joko, but presumably there are still people living there. Cantha is possibly the strongest remaining human civilization... but at last mention is being run by a ruthless, xenophobic government. Humans are still above many of the tribal races of Tyria, but they've suffered more losses and setbacks than the other four playable races.
** The asura and norn both lost their homeland and rebuilt elsewhere. (The subterranean asura founded Rata Sum during Eye of the North, while the norn were simply chased farther south.) The sylvari are new (under 25 years) and did not have a homeland to lose. Only the charr are better off than they were in Guild Wars 1, having reclaimed most of Ascalon and thrown off the oppressive yoke of the Flame Legion.
** Although, from GW to GW 2 (for the human), only Elona and Kryta is worse than they were. Kryta was enslaved by the [[CorruptChurch White Mantle]], Elona by Palawa Joko. Plus, the charr were the first inhabitants of Ascalon before they were "exiled" by humankind. Orr was destroyed about 2 years before the first game, so it doesn't count.
* EldritchAbomination: [[OurDragonsAreDifferent The Elder Dragons]] are closer to this than normal dragons.
* ElementalPowers: The [[GlassCannon elementalist]] is back. And this time, they can change which elemental spells they use in mid-battle, which should help a bit with the practice of seeing 95% of the players using fire exclusively in the previous game.
* ElvesVersusDwarves: Humans versus Charr, basically, exacerbated by humanity's great decline in power and the monumental ascent of the Charr.
** To a lesser degree, Sylvari versus Asura. The sylvari are very flighty and curious, while the asura are highly industrial. It doesn't help that [[spoiler:asura did experiments on some of the early sylvari]].
* EnemyCivilWar: From the human's perspective, the battle between the charr and the Flame Legion is this, and is part of the reason for the truce between the charr and the humans. Between the charr's ongoing fight with the ghosts of Ascalon, their stalemate with the city state of Ebonhawke, and the arrival of the Elder dragons, the charr have more pressing matters than finishing their grudge match with humanity. On the flip side of things, the Separatists (Human) and the Renegades (Charr) are groups who are rebelling against their respective governments precisely for making said truce, and wage their own guerrilla war against both parties.
* EnemyMine: While there is a tenuous truce between the charr and humans, there is still a lot of hatred between them, but the races need to unite in order to defeat the Elder Dragons.
** The three Orders of Tyria - the Vigil, the Order of Whispers and the Durmand Priory - aren't necessarily hostile to one another, but they have very different ideas about how the Elder Dragons and their minions should be fought, and often speak insultingly or condescendingly of one another. [[spoiler: Eventually, you, as the player character, will help bring the three orders together into a Pact to battle Zhaitan.]]
** The three loyal charr legions - Iron, Ash and Blood - have some elements of this in their relationship as well. One of the early random events in charr territory involves the player character's stepping in to break up a potentially bloody three-way bar brawl among soldiers of the three legions.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep[=/=]OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The player character. Obviously they can't call you by your name, so each race has a different title or nickname they'll go by. Humans are known as the Hero of Shaemoore for their part in defending the village against the centaurs. Norn are called the Slayer of Issormir (or just Slayer, for short) for their part in the Great Hunt. Asura are called Savant in recognition of winning the Snaff Prize. Sylvari are called Valiant, which in their society is a title given to those born with a Wyld Hunt. Charr are referred to by their military rank, starting with Soldier, then Legionnaire, and later, Centurion. Once you progress in the storyline to the point you've joined one of the Orders, you're referred to by your rank.
** The living story main characters, being outside of the orders and of different races, just call you "Boss".
* EveryoneIsBi: This is confirmed to be in effect for sylvari society, for whom PurelyAestheticGender is rather literal. Gender is irrelevant to the sylvari, including in matters of love. In addition, several non-player characters in the game make flirtatious remarks towards the player, regardless of gender ([[AnythingThatMoves or race]]).
* EvilBrit: Across from the Nightmare Court, there is also Scarlet Briar (the BigBad of the Season 1 Living Story content).
* ExplainExplainOhCrap:
** When an ettin is given a sudden boost in intelligence (and [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness verbosity]]) by an asura researcher's experiment, he first starts by criticizing her "clumsy" technique, then suddenly realizes the ''real'' flaw... which is that he is about to turn into a giant rage-filled monster.
-->'''Ettin:''' Administration through injection would have likely proved cleaner and more effective.
-->'''Researcher Jonga:''' What are you on about? My device worked perfectly.
-->'''Ettin:''' She doesn't see it. Surprising. I wonder, should I even bother attempting to explain? I suppose it seems only charitable to elaborate. You see, had you administered by serum, you could have compensated for my plasma osmolality...oh.
-->'''Researcher Jonga:''' What? What is it?
-->'''Ettin:''' I would appear to be on the verge of demonstrating the flaw in your procedure.
** Asura researchers at Mount Maelstrom are experimenting on Risen parts, trying to put them together...
-->'''Lab Chief Arpi:''' I'm pretty sure that doesn't go there.
-->'''Lab Worker Flinka:''' Well, I didn't put it there.
-->'''Lab Chief Arpi:''' So it just magically reattached itself?
-->'''Lab Chief Arpi:''' ...Exactly like this leg is doing right now.
-->'''Lab Worker Flinka:''' Uh-oh.
* ExtremeDoormat: [[http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/The_Mostly_Harmless_Quaggan The quaggan]], who embody this trope so much that they are known to agree to an aggressor's terms simply because they don't want any trouble. Subverted in that if you [[BewareTheNiceOnes hurt/anger them too much]], [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds they...]] [[UnstoppableRage undergo quite a]] [[AttackAttackAttack transformation]]. To quote from that exact source:
-->"We started pushing around the little butterballs. All in fun, of course. Then they got mad, and thatís when the [[OhCrap REAL problems]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown started.]]"\\
--'''Argoth Onehand, former adventurer'''
* FaceMonsterTurn: At least one open PlayerVersusPlayer event from a beta weekend event involves some players being corrupted by Krakatorrik and being turned to his side.
* TheFairFolk: The sylvari are both an example and a subversion of this trope (although if the [[CrazySurvivalist Nightmare Court]] has its way, they'll just be an example). On one hand -given that their ''entire race'' is barely 25 years old and that they're living plants- they are honestly alien to the world, and they operate on a sort of fairy tale logic wherein everyone "born" by the Pale Tree gets his destiny and his lifegoal revealed shortly afterwards - naturally, the player characters is to slay [[BigBad Zhaitan]]. On the other hand, they're quite capable of negotiating with other races, and even the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Nightmare Court]] has very understandable motives (they're xenophobes, and want to pollute the [[HiveMind Dream of Dreams]] so that other sylvari become as isolationist and insular as they are - and a lot less naive in their optimism about the world).
* FallenHero: King Adelbern. The former hero of the Guild Wars has since been reduced to a vengeful ghost that only cares about fighting the Charr for eternity.
* FantasticRacism: Humans hate charr. Charr hate humans. Norn distrust humans and consider them cowardly. The asura consider everyone else irredeemably stupid and the sylvari to be especially idiotic.
** Of course while the human, charr, and norn relationship can be a bit icy, the asura-sylvari relationship is milked for all the comedy it's worth. Since the asura think themselves above everyone and the sylvari are almost literally wide-eyed children, a lot of the "racism" comes across as schoolyard bullying, such as comparing a ditzy Warden to a salad.
** Similarly, some races tend to be actually friendly if not tolerable to one another. Charr and norn tend to respect each other due to their ways of viewing one's worth being similar, and the Iron Legion side of the charr like to trade technology with the asura (which is even praised by the asura themselves).
** Also, while the asura consider everyone beneath them, they hate the skritt. Before Primordus drove them to the surface, the asura attempted genocide on the skritt, though they prefer the term "extermination". This is motivated by several factors, including concerns over their explosive population growth, irritation over their theft of asuran technology, anger over their ability to only recreate or modify existing technology, and a secret rage over large groups of skritt being smarter than asura. Though it should be noted that in game this hatred for skritt is far from universal. Many asura are content to simply study or exploit the presence of skritt, and a few even use them as assistants for menial tasks.
** Centaur have a deep-seated hatred of humans, which they have extended to include all two-legged races. The humans return the hatred, having spent centuries dealing with their raids.
** As of ''Heart of Thorns'', characters of all races consider sylvari to be untrustworthy at best. Almost justified because the sylvari are constantly in danger of falling to Mordremoth's corruption, but there are plenty who don't, and they're treated with suspicion regardless of their contribution. Even high-ranking officials (including you, if you're playing a sylvari) face open disrespect from their subordinates.
* FantasticSlurs: Pop up most often between the openly antagonistic races, but also present between mildly friendly races. Carried over from the first game are "mouse" (charr to human), "two-legs" (centaur to everything bipedal), and "bookah" (asura to everyone else).
** A fun addition in this game is "jellybag" (Krait to everything not Krait).
** Rytlock calls Caithe a "conniving vegetable", and a group of charr at Camp Resolve complain about taking orders from "mice and talking cabbages."
* FantasyAxisOfEvil: Each race seems to have its own evil group. The charr have the [[TheFundamentalist Flame Legion]], the sylvari have the [[ForTheEvulz Nightmare Court]], the asura have [[EvilGenius Inquest]], the norn have the [[TheDarkSide Sons of Svanir]], and the humans have the Bandits [[spoiler:which all seem to be working for the White Mantle]]. Humans and charr also have "separatists" and "renegades" (respectively), groups of their respective races that oppose the peace treaty between them.
** It's important to note that, for the Nightmare Court at least, they are not necessarily evil - they're just a group of individuals that disagree with the viewpoint presented by the player character's faction. The Nightmare Court in particular has a very understandable and morally grey objective, but unfortunately, this isn't communicated very well in-game.
** The reverse is also true of the separatists, thanks to actions by the Ebon Vanguard and their leader Gwen Thackeray, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Goremonger]]. Keep in mind that the Charr don't hand out names like that unless they're ''earned.'' Says a lot about how much they respected and feared her.
** Also becomes an almost-literal Axis of Evil in one area, where three of these factions (Nightmare Court, Inquest and bandits) team up.
** [[BigBad Scarlet Briar]] forms a fairly straightforward Fantasy Axis of Evil in the Living Story.
*** Savage: [[PlayingWithFire Molten Alliance]] (dredge + Flame Legion)
*** Eldritch: [[spoiler: Mordremoth, the mastermind behind Scarlet, who she awakens at the end of the first Living World season.]]
*** Humanoid: [[SkyPirates The Aetherblades]]
*** Fallen: [[PoisonousPerson Toxic Alliance]]
*** Crafty: [[ClockPunk Twisted Watchworks]]
** The Elder Dragons and their minions too could be associated with this, as of ''Heart of Thorns'':
*** [[MagmaMan The Destroyers]] are definitely Savage. They're the least intelligent of all dragon minions and single-minded in their cause, but also very dangerous and [[ZergRush numerous]].
*** [[TheUndead The Risen]] are a mix of Eldritch and Fallen. They are mostly inhabitants of the once-great human nation of Orr reanimated once their continent was raised, and even by dragon standards, horrifying to behold.
*** [[BodyToJewel TheBranded]], while among the least showcased dragon minions (only featuring prominently in Literature/EdgeOfDestiny and not appearing in any of the high-level zones), seem to gravitate towards Humanoid; compared to the Risen or the Mordrem, they are nowhere near as monstrous and are largely composed of corrupted charr and humans, [https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Champion_Victurus_the_Shattered some] of which even retain some of their personality.
*** [[AnIcePerson The Icebrood]] are a mixture of Fallen and Crafty. Again, like the Branded, they are not as monstrous, and their dragon master wields power over the mind and relies on sweet-talking and manipulation to gather his followers. Some of the Sons of Svanir even volunteer to become Icebrood.
*** With [[PlantMooks the Mordrem]], it largely depends on their type. The normal beast-like Mordrem are Savage, being largely mindless, the [[EliteMooks Mordrem Guard]] as former sylvari are definitely Fallen, while overall their systematic approach and great numbers put them right into the Crafty category of Mordremoth, the Mordrem Guard in particular.
* FantasyGunControl: {{Aver|tedTrope}}sion, as firearms of all sorts, ranging from pistols to machine guns, along with other modern military hardware such as rapid-firing cannon, mortars and remote-controlled landmines, have been developed in the 250 years since ''VideoGame/GuildWars''. The asura even have a humongous laser, which they deploy on the southern shores of Sparkfly Fen against Tequatl the Sunless. [[spoiler:And again against Zhaitan in the final personal story.]]
* {{Fembot}}: The Watchknights introduced in the Queen's Jubilee event are a ClockPunk variant.
* FighterMageThief: Multiple examples:
** The 3 professions classes fit these categories, with Soldiers (Warrior, Guardian, Revenant) being Fighters, Scholars (Elementalist, Mesmer, Necromancer) being Mages and Adventurers (Engineer, Ranger, Thief) being Thieves.
** The three legions of the Charr roughly fit this - Blood Legion (Fighter), Iron Legion (Mage) and Ash Legion (Thief).
** The three Orders of Tyria - the Vigil (Fighter), the Durmand Priory (Mage) and the Order of Whispers (Thief).
* FinalSolution: Before the Destroyers drove them to the surface, the asura made a concerted effort to wipe out the skritt.
* FinishingMove: Mandatory for PvP due to the fight for survival mechanic. For most races the characters lift their arms into the air, yell in triumph, then [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice runs them through with a victory banner.]]
** There are also purchasable finishing moves, paid for with gems. The first involved dropping an animal on the fallen. Subsequent finishers released involve shadowy assassins, quaggans in a display of cuteness, pixel nukes (''a la'' Super Adventure Box), jungle wurms, miniaturized laser cannons, and other silly circumstances.
* FireForgedFriends: Fighting together is how Logan and Rytlock became friends in the first place. [[spoiler:And their friendship ultimately gets reforged again once they fight together in the Citadel of Flame, making this trope a bit more literal.]]
* FiveManBand: Since parties and especially Dungeons are restricted to five man teams, build variety is very healthy and a lot of fluff (race, personality, etc.) has no impact on combat, you are very likely to end up with a player character five man band. This may have actually been a defining design decision, suggesting that a member of [=ArenaNet=] is OneOfUs. Within the story, Destiny's Edge is this:
** TheHero: Eir Stegalkin
** TheLancer: Logan Thackary
** TheBigGuy: Rytlock Brimstone
** TheSmartGal: Zojja
** TheHeart: Caithe
** TeamPet: Garm and Mr. Sparkles
* FiveRaces: The playable races. Currently provides the trope's page pic.
** Stout: Charr
** Fairy: Sylvari
** Mundane: Norn
** High Men: Humans (they're for all intents and purposes elves with rounded ears)
** Cute: Asura
* FlashStep: There are several rapid movement skills for various classes, and all of them have dodge rolls that evade attacks. Thieves' invoke this fully by having what seems to be more of a flash step than an actual roll. Their steal skill is also like this.
** Specifically, Thieves' various Shadowstep skills look like teleports, but only occur if you could actually walk to the location, making them more Flash Steps than teleports.
** The Guardian has three skills that teleports him in melee-range of the enemy.
** During the second part of the sylvari personal story, should you choose to go with the asuran method of using !!science!! to extract someone from an orrian artifact, you briefly have to carry a dimensional anchor, which, conveniently, is the shape and weight of an actual anchor. Naturally, you can beat enemies to death with it. The skills you gain while it is equipped teleport you and your targets around somewhat randomly.
* FluffyTamer: One of the possible Guild Bounty targets is the Skritt Brekkabek. He's wanted for keeping ''bears'' as pets. During the fight to subdue him, he ''throws bears at people''.
* FoodPorn: The Chef crafting discipline enables the use of and experimentation with gathered ingredients to produce all manner of delicious meals. There are hundreds to discover, with the more exotic dishes requiring a combination of less complex, inedible cooking ingredients (themselves a "dish") to make.
* ForTheEvulz:
** The Nightmare Court is an interesting case where this trope applies yet they still have a bigger purpose: by committing evil, they hope to add more terrible memories (both from themselves doing evil and their victims being tortured) to their race's pseudo-HiveMind, thereby bringing their race around to their [[KnightTemplar point of view]].
** Not particularly Knight Templar - what the Nightmare Court hope to do is make the sylvari less idealistic and optimistic as a race, since this is seen as naivete by them. The trope still stands as their method of going about this, though.
** Heart of Thorns further explores the Nightmare Court's philosophy. Some people thought they might be [[spoiler: an offshoot of Mordremoth's corruption]]. However, what they really want is free will, the ability to choose their life's path rather than be forced down one by their creator.
* ForScience: Seems to be the asura's motivation for doing anything.
* FunWithAcronyms: The asura are quite fond of this trope, with most of their inventions being long and complicated names that essentially mean exactly what the acronym spells out. For example, one of the rewards for helping a researcher in Metrica Province is an Alchemic Regression Dual-Utility Inter-Nodal Operator. Which, you'll notice, spells [[http://www.arduino.cc/ Arduino]], a name for a brand of hobbyist microcontroller circuit board.
--> "Yes, it's a rather long name for something so simple, but these have revolutionized the home golem-making industry."
* FurryReminder: In case you forget that the charr are basically huge bipedal cats, they [[RunningOnAllFours run on all fours]] when out of combat.
* FutureMeScaresMe: One of the asuran storylines concludes with your character facing [[spoiler: an evil version of yourself from a possible future]].
* GadgeteerGenius: The Engineer profession is all about this.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: In all related works, the asura are not very athletic, and generally have to ride golems to keep up with the other races, or jog to match their walking pace. On the other end of the spectrum, only a charr is really big and strong enough to pick a fight with a norn, and most of the more powerful Norn can match a Charr warband on their own. Weapons and magic level the playing field quite a bit, but by all accounts, the asura and the sylvari are downright frail compared to the Charr or the Norn. In game, all races are exactly the same, except for a handful of racial spells that can't be used in PvP.
* GenreSavvy: Taimi, the Engineer NPC in Living Story.
-->"It's not a lab unless there are power generators going haywire."
* GlobalCurrencyException: Karma vendors. Subverted by these vendors being all over the world. Karma is only earned through events.
** There is also a vendor by the mystic forge who accepts spirit shards for certain items.
** The laurel currency offers special rewards for doing the daily or monthly achievement as of January 2013. Laurel traders are available in every major city. Laurels have since been moved into the daily log-in rewards.
** Running through the various dungeons gives you a token, which can be redeemed for armor exclusively themed to that dungeon. These vendors are located solely in Lion's Arch.
** Every map added past the core game has at least one unique currency used with the vendors in the area.
* GlorySeeker: Norn in general are like this, due to their philosophy that people only really die when they are forgotten. Thus, seeking out glory and spreading their 'legend' becomes a central motivation for them.
* GlowingEyelightsOfUndeath: Only permanent version is one of the 3 starting headgear options for the Necromancer.
* GiantEnemyCrab: The Karka from the Lost Shores event are rather crab-like. Some destroyers also have a crab-like structure.
* GimmickLevel: Almost all the Fractals of the Mists have one section like this:
** Aquatic Ruins: Everything takes place underwater. There also may be an event where you are turned into Dolphins to avoid Krait.
** Cliffside: You need to pick up a Cultist Hammer to damage the Seals in order to progress. The catch is that anybody holding it gets a corruption counter- they get stunned at 30 seconds of corruption and die at 40 seconds.
** Snowblind: Your group needs to light bonfires to become warm, or else a cold debuff that does damage over time will start stacking up '''fast'''.
** Swampland: You need to get three wisps to three tree stumps within 30 seconds, or they all reset. Not so easy when there are crippling traps and Mooks all over the area. [[OhCrap Including a legendary mook.]]
** Underground Facility: Some players have to stay behind to stand on a switch while the others get through the open gate.
** Urban Battleground: You play as a Flame Legion Charr trying to invade Ascalon. This involves loads of turrets and arrows raining on you as you lay siege to gates.
** Volcanic: Instant-death boulders roll down a hallway, and you need to stay in the alcoves to avoid certain death.
** Uncategorized: Lots of platform jumping around and electrical traps.
** Solid Ocean: Fight a huge [[TennisBoss tentacle monster]] in the jaded sea. Possible final fractal.
** Aetherblade: Formerly ''living story'' (new free content, only available for a month) now brought back in parts. First part of the Aetherblade-dungeon up to the first bossfight. The final bossfight is brought back as one possible last fractal.
** Molten Furnace: More living story. Same as the Aetherblade-dungeon they brought back the first part up to the first bossfight and the final bossfight for the final fractal.
** Thaumanova Reactor: Connecting some living story in new content. Objective is to retrieve a core sample of the reactor and escape. The players are transformed to asurans and have to fight several living story-foes.
* GodzillaThreshold: When the charr breached the gates of the human capital, King Adelbern used a FantasticNuke to wipe out the entire city, which also raised all the human dead as ghosts that still fight against the charr. Of course, King Adelbern was kind of a KnightTemplar in the first ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', so whether the threshold was truly crossed is debatable.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: The Engineer skill "Utility Goggles" which breaks stun and grants immunity to blindness and criticals.
* GottaCatchEmAll: The game is encouraging this more and more, especially with the new collection achievement category for collecting all of a certain type of item, or unlocking all of a skin.
* GraveHumor: In Shaemoor:
-->He thought he could\\
Outrun a centaur\\
---\\
He learned an important lesson about fighting\\
Don't stand in water when casting lightning\\
---\\
He proposed to an ettin and look what he got\\
[[MultipleHeadCase One face said yes to him and the other did not]]
* {{Griefer}}: Averted. [=ArenaNet=] has made significant efforts to eliminate things like "kill-stealing" in the game mechanics. For instance, kills now give full experience and drops to all players who participated in the combat, and players earn experience points by healing other players or NPC's. The objective is to promote cooperation between players in such things as random events and boss fights.
** ''Outside'' of combat, the mod squad also practices a strict zero-tolerance policy for {{Troll}}s and exploiters (understandable, given how a free-to-play game tend to attract them like flies to honey). This has lead to a general accusation of them going a bit ''[[KnightTemplar too]]'' far, however.
* GrimUpNorth: The Elder Dragon, Jormag, inhabits the northern areas of the Shiverpeak Mountains, where he drove the Norn originally living there to the south.
* GunsAkimbo: An option for thieves and engineers, also used by Phantasmal Duelists.
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: {{Inverted|Trope}} with the Thieves Guild elite skill that summons a guy with [[GunsAkimbo dual pistols]] and a girl with [[DualWielding dual]] [[KnifeNut daggers]].
* HalfHumanHybrid: Explicitly averted. Ignoring the allusions to human/norn interbreeding in the first game, [[WordOfGod Anet developers]] have said that none of the sentient races are capable of interbreeding.
* HamToHamCombat: The bickering between Mad King Thorn and Bloody Prince Thorn.
* HarpingOnAboutHarpies: Yep, the harpies are back.
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: The human gods have been missing for centuries. Most humans are still very devout in their faith, but the recently awakened sylvari are reserving judgment on whether the human gods exist at all. [[spoiler:Later on in the storyline depending on your choices you manage to greet a reaper (a physical avatar of an asceneded friend and ally in arms) of Grenth, the human god of Death and Judgement, as well as the ruins with some "interesting" effects of the fallen god Abbadon.]]
** The quaggan have some form of this with their goddess, Mellaggan, which they believe was killed. Humans note that due to similarities between Mellagan and Melandru, the human godess of nature, they might be one and the same which the quaggan deny. [[spoiler:WordOfGod states that the humans are right.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: Various people you meet throughout your personal story will die like this, most notably [[spoiler:your Order mentor at the Battle of Claw Island]].
** One of the most tragic parts of the Heart of Thorns main story is when [[spoiler:Scruffy sacrifices himself to connect the power cables to open the lab doors. Rarely do you get so emotional about a robotic death,]] Taimi was especially sad about this tragic but necessary act.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: All the Destiny's Edge members are this and are implicitly doing their own thing parallel to your character's personal story. Your path meets with theirs in the dungeons.
* TheHighQueen: Queen Jennah, ruler of the last human nation of Kryta.
* HiveMind: The skritt have one similar to the [[Franchise/MassEffect geth]]. Skritt close enough to each other are in constant communication, allowing them to compare ideas, form hypotheses, and plan almost instantly, allowing their effective intelligence to rise exponentially. Thus, while a single skritt is somewhat dim, an entire colony can easily outwit an [[InsufferableGenius asura]] and replicate their technology. Which is a good thing (for them), as the asura ''[[FantasticRacism hate]]'' them.
** The sylvari have an entirely different kind of hive mind. Their memories and experiences are automatically added to the Pale Tree, from which all of them are born, and the unborn can see those experiences in their dreams while they are still unborn and also gives them a telepathic empathy with the other sylvari. Sylvari who have abandoned the hive mind due to a desire for individuality or sociopathy because of Nightmare Court influence are called soundless, and are noted to be either shy, emotionless, or outright unpleasant.
* HumansAreSpecial: A surprising aversion, given the extreme focus the original ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' gave to humans. Humanity has become the race that has lost the most ground since the first game, in contrast to their rivals, the Charr, who have gained the most.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The Charr view humanity as this, not that they're exactly innocent victims either.
* HungryJungle: Magus Falls was already full of decidedly nasty wildlife, frequently hostile natives of the poisoned-arrows-from-the-trees variety, assorted killer plants, a species of insectoid horrors and other entertaining features of that general type. Then [[EldritchAbomination Mordremoth]] woke up, and it got worse. ''Much'' worse. [[spoiler: Mordremoth IS the jungle. The Dragon's roots and tendrils reach everywhere within it, effectively turning the whole region into a giant and extremely hostile organism.]]
* HordeOfAlienLocusts: Two examples - not exactly extreterrestrial considering this is fantasy, but still quite disgusting and alien-looking.
** The Karka, introduced in the ''Lost Shores'', are a crustacean-like marine version of this trope, coming from the depths of the sea. They invaded Lion's Arch and were later roused by Canach in the Southsun Cove.
** The chak, the secondary antagonists of ''Heart of Thorns''. They are a race of underground magical creatures that feed on LeyLine energy and are thus in direct opposition with both [[PlantMooks the Mordrem]] and the Pact. [[spoiler:They are also responsible for destroying the local asura city, Rata Novus, centuries ago.]] Gameplay-wise, they are much weaker than other ''Heart of Thorns'' mobs, but there are always ''lots'' of them - and, boy, [[http://guildwars-2.ru/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/gw2_hot_08_2015_chak_1.jpg do they look disgusting]].
* HurricaneOfPuns: The article about the sylvari redesign is filled with plant-based puns.
* IAmNotMyFather: A charr player will seek to distance himself from his father if the player chooses the Honorless Gladium or Sorcerous Shaman option.
* IncrediblyLamePun / HurricaneOfPuns: When dealing with some double-crossing hylek's (a race of sentient toads) by double-crossing them first, we get this little gem.
-->'''Pellam:''' [[SarcasmMode A double-cross?]] [[BadBadActing Oh, no.]] I am toad-ally surprised. How unhoppy for us! Wart are we going to do?
-->'''Dengatl Speaker:''' Stop it! [[LampshadeHanging That's not funny!]]
* InflationNegation: A meta example. In VideoGame/GuildWars, money was only measured in gold and platinum (100 gold). In this game, 250 years later or so, money comes in copper, silver and gold coins. Platinum coins aren't found outside of doubloons.
* InformedDeformity:
** Eir Stegalkin, the Norn member of Destiny's Edge, is constantly referred to as old - [[http://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/File:Eir_02_concept_art.jpg this is how she looks for overall design]]. Of course, according to the lore, norn seem to be rather longlived, so Eir might be "old" only when compared to humans.
** Take a close look at human [=NPCs=] that [[http://i.imgur.com/s92Vv.jpg are labeled as Old Women]]. Since there aren't any faces for older people, they really look more like white-haired girls.
*** With the correct starting face and judicious use of appearance sliders, you can create the face of an old man or old woman. However, it will be baby-smooth, youthful skin everywhere else, starting at the neck.
** Dialogue between a hunter in Hoelbrak and a shaman suggests that "age", as the norn view it, is not measured in years but by the capacity to complete deeds. A hunter who has accomplished many things in life, but who has sustained great injury that limits his ability to live up to his youth, is said to have progressed in "seasons", and is encouraged to devote their time training others or passing on wisdom as a transition from that youth. Because Eir had accomplished things which most norn could not hope to match, but has since refused to pursue that goal, she may be considered "old" by society (and indeed likely considers herself to be old) and thus passes her experience and wisdom to the Slayer as a result.
* InsatiableNewlyweds: One couple in Ascalon Settlement. It's the first time they've been outside in 3 days. They plan on having a picnic, then decide, skip it, let's go back in!
* InterfaceScrew: The Giant Ice Elemental in the Snowblind Fractal does this as a move- not only does it obscure most of the screen, but it also makes you move randomly about and makes you get lost.
* InterserviceRivalry: The three Orders of Tyria - the Vigil, the Durmand Priory, and the Order of Whispers - are multiracial organizations dedicated to combating the awoken Elder Dragons. Each of the orders have their own philosophies about what tactics will ultimately defeat the dragons. While they are rivals at times, they recognize that protecting Tyria is the most important goal which they each share.
** Likewise, the three charr legions have a lot of tension between them and have trouble working together and sharing information, as seen in the first chapter of the charr storyline, especially in the Ash Legion story.
** In Kryta, relations are pretty tense between the Seraph and the Ministry Guard. This is in large part due to the fact that the latter work for the DeadlyDecadentCourt that wants to oust Queen Jennah from the throne.
* InterspeciesRomance: ''Mostly'' [[AvertedTrope averted]], surprisingly, as WordOfGod says that none of the races can interbreed with each other, not even Humans and Norn (which are, physically at least, basically just large humans). However there ''are'' a few noticeable exceptions:
** Hints of a ShipTease between Braham the Norn and Rox the Charr in Season 1 of the Living World.
** Both Speelunk and Dawkurra develop rather adorable crushes on Sages in the Auric Basin, despite them being Skritt (rat-people) and the Sages being Exalted (essentially living armor). Dawkurra is especially forward about it, calling Volaar her "shiny king". They both get let down gently by the Sages.
** [=NPCs=] will flirt with or have crushes on the PC no matter the races involved.
* ItsAlwaysMardiGrasInNewOrleans:
** In Diessa Plateau, a charr festival called "Meatoberfest" is held in the area known as Butcher's Block. What is implied in dialogue to only be an annual celebration goes on every day of the year.
** In Divinity's Reach, Caudecus has been hosting a festival for the people for years.
* IWillFightNoMoreForever: In the BadFuture the Pale Tree shows the player and Traherne, four of the Destiny's Edge companions are still bitterly fighting among themselves. As a result, Caithe declares she's sick of trying to stop the others from bickering, and accepts her ex's offer to joining TheDarkSide instead.
* JackOfAllTrades: Most classes have shades of this, being able to fill different roles depending on trait and equipment specialization, but Engineer is especially versatile. Different from most examples of the trope in that an engineer trying to emulate another class's strength generally isn't any ''weaker'' than the profession it's emulating, just less reliable, more situational, and/or harder to use; for example, an engineer using the Bomb Kit and a trait to [[HealingShiv heal allies with bomb blasts]] can pull off a Guardian's "heal nearby allies while dishing out consistent melee-range damage" schtick very effectively, but the delay between placing a bomb and its detonation makes it impractical for use against quick-moving casters, unless the engineer can predict his/her target's movements and drop bombs in its path with perfect anticipation.
** The Ranger also competes for being the most Jack like in spirit of the GW 1 ranger who was almost as varied any GW 2 profession. While the Engineer is a JackOfAllTrades from his delightfully random and diverse set of tools, the Ranger is a MasterOfNone thanks to their pet. Their pet is a very significant portion of their damage, so they personally do less damage than other professions, but are just as capable of filling all roles. Since a ranger's build usually doesn't affect their Pet's fighting style, a Ranger isn't punished for choosing a pet that fills in for their own shortcomings, but each is sort of like a half person making them together a real MasterOfNone.
** Guardians themselves aren't slouches, and while they have a slightly narrower purview (ranged caster, healer, bubble mage, and tank) they double-down on the versatility with spells that summon extra weapons, allowing them to spontaneously switch between more than the usual two weapon sets, and thus change roles, without exiting combat at all.
** While not a true JackOfAllTrades out of the caster classes that in general provide a ton of utility, the Necromancers stick out a lot being able to take conditions of all allies and sending em to one enemy or eat them to heal themself (or create the second highest [=AoE=] heal area for their allies that purges conditions of them if they shoot stuff trough it), to share conditions from the said enemy to all around him and then turn into a death cloud that heals allies around themself and then again healing upon exiting the form on a pretty regular basis, but even so every class can fall under it if built that way.
* {{Jerkass}}: Pretty much the asura's [[PlanetOfHats hat]]- it's extremely rare of to find one who isn't self-centered, arrogant, outright rude, or at least a bit snarky (although they do exist, such as Tonn the Demolitionist and his wife Ceera the Medic). The question is usually whether they're a JerkWithAHeartOfGold or a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk
* KaizoTrap: The Antre of Adjournment jumping puzzle ends on a large seemingly flat platform of rock. Directly between the spot where the player reaches this platform and the chest is a hole that will drop players back at the start of the puzzle. This would not be such an issue if the camera didn't need to be adjusted significantly to spot the hole.
* KickedUpstairs: The asura are officially governed by the Arcane Council, which is supposed to consist of the asura's best and brightest. But since most asura would rather be [[ForScience experimenting and inventing in their labs]], those on the council were the ones that couldn't find a good enough excuse to get out or trick another into taking their place.
* KilledMidSentence: Watch Commander Talon during the defense of Claw Island. [[note]]He does get a few more dying words in afterwards, but this trope is still definitely in use.[[/note]]
--> '''Talon:''' Claw Island has stood for nearly a hundred years. It cannot fall! We'll fight them to the last soldier! To the last sword! We'll never surr-
* KillEmAll: The Foefire, King Adelbern's final gambit to protect Ascalon City from the charr, killed everyone in the city, and turning all the humans into vengeful ghosts that kill anything they see inside the walls.
* KillerRabbit: The WoodlandCreatures in the April Fools game ''Rytlock's Critter Rampage'' fall into this.
** There is also a Heart Quest in Wayfarer Foothills called "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoxZ94fZDaM Help Bjarni Honor the Hare Spirit]] that basically amounts to you playing a game of keep away with a bunch of rabbits that have a [[MegatonPunch Megaton Kick]] capable of knocking even the biggest norns flat. Since the quest area was originally located on top of a ''very'' high cliff, these cute bunnies could literally be {{Killer Rabbit}}s if you were unfortunate enough to be kicked off said cliff by one of them!
** Sometimes the grawl will unleash a bunny. While the rabbit itself isn't deadly, if you don't kill it, a frost wyrm will spawn, killing it and then attacking you.
* KillItWithFire: Elementalists in fire attunement, naturally. Engineers have a flamethrower as well. Guardians have a virtue that grants them regular burning damage.
** Some of the siege weapons in World versus World could count as well. Trebuchets' shots are rather much on fire.
* KonamiCode: In the second [[GameWithinAGame Super Adventure Box]] update, the third world was briefly accessible, allowing the player to speak with a genie who orders you to destroy the "true enemy's" box. Displayed beneath the genie is the Konami code which allows you access to the lab of the Super Adventure Box's creator so you can sabotage them.
* LandMineGoesClick: An Engineer skill. With the right traits, Engineers will also automatically deploy a small minefield when at low health, potentially discouraging melee attackers for long enough for him/her to heal.
* LastBastion: Ebonhawke, for the kingdom of Ascalon.
* LargeHam: Mad King Thorn and his son, Blood Prince Thorn.
** A lot of norn and asuran NPC dialogues can fall into this. Heck, even the male norn and asuran playable character battle guotes are very hammy.
* LavaIsBoilingKoolAid: You don't take damage from lava unless you are actually standing right in it, and the damage is fairly minor at that. It's also quite possible to wade through waist deep rivers of the stuff.
** NOT, however, in Mount Maelstrom. The huge lava pool at the bottom of the caldera (where one of the so-called "world bosses" spawns) is deadly to any character that stays in it for more than a few moments.
** The Ring of Fire has plenty of lava pools. Standing in one of them adds '''10''' stacks of burning on you, adding more if you don't get out of there quickly enough.
* LethalJokeCharacter: The asura as a race were designed to be funny, but an asura character is just as effective as any other race. If sillier looking.
* LetsYouAndHimFight: Season 3, Episode 3 suggests this idea: [[spoiler:using Jormag to fight Primordus]]. It might not be a direct fight, but their energies fighting each other.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Of the super-special hard copy variety, with various bits and bobs of physical swag, as well as the digital deluxe edition, with bunches of special in-game stuff, which is also included in the other edition.
* LivingStatue: What the dwarves have become since [[VideoGame/GuildWars Eye Of The North]] in order to defeat the Great Destroyer. They're a DyingRace now (being made of stone and unable to reproduce) but the survivors continue to fight the Elder Dragons.
* LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair: The Jotun in Guild Wars 2 will be the same barbaric giant tribes they were in the first game, but with more backstory about their once proud history, illustrated by ruined monuments of their once-great civilization.
** This also applies to humanity. Nothing but ruins are left of the human kingdoms of Ascalon and Orr, Elona has been conquered and enslaved by the undead, and Cantha was conquered by a xenophobic, tyrannical empire. There is a non-insignificant portion of the populace that has learned nothing (thankfully, [[TheHighQueen Jennah]] isn't one of them).
* LostForever:
** Invoked pretty harshly with the Living Story content. Didn't get a chance to finish those achievements? Busy during the weekend where that new group instance was available? Couldn't invest enough time to grind for that unique equipment? Only just now joining the game? Too bad, because now those dozens of hours of content are gone.
*** Subverted in Season 2. Story updates from before July 1, 2014 are still lost, but the story portion has moved to an episodic format that can be replayed. However, it is only free to users who log in during the 2 week release window. Want to play it after that? 200 gems per chapter. Special event content, such as for Hallowe'en or [[YouMeanXMas Wintersday]], will only be available during that season.
** There's also a lot of "limited time only" items available in the gem store on a regular basis. Fortunately they're usually cosmetic, although those unlimited-use gathering tools can be pretty handy. A few of these have cycled back around into the shop.
* LostWorld: The Heart of Maguuma, aka Magus Falls, seem to be a direct invocation of this trope. There are [[EverythingIsBetterWithDinosaurs saurians]], thick jungle, the lost civilisations of [[AnimatedArmor the Exalted]] (with an ElDorado expy as that civilisation's capital), the druids and the Rata Novans, and primitive hylek tribes.
* MadScientist: The asura as a whole, but those belonging to Inquest in particular.
** And the engineer class has flavors of this too, since a lot of his gadgets appear to be in-universe work in progress. His elixirs have randomized effects, and his rocket boots [[NoOSHACompliance just propel him backwards and knock him down.]]
** As of June 16th, the Rocket Boots now have the intended purpose of launching the Engineer forward without knocking them down.
* MagicKnight: Guardians are the most obvious example. Thieves have some magical elements as well (stealth and shadow steps). The revealed casters also have weapons sets that are oriented towards up close fighting, but the effect is more "tough/close up caster" than "combination of weapons and magic".
** Surprisingly, mesmers are also able to use a pistol, [[DualWielding two swords]] and [[{{BFS}} greatswords]]. Greatswords are used the same as a staff, and deal more damage as a ranged weapon by firing lasers that deal more damage over range and are just bad as 'Knight' weapons.
* {{Magitek}}: The asura's approach to technology, as opposed to the charr's more traditional technological advancement.
* MasterOfIllusion: Mesmers, even more so than in the first game. They're now less about mental magic and more about summoning phantasms.
* MedievalStasis: The charr kick this trope in the groin and run away laughing. Even if some societies have remained technologically stagnant, they're isolated cases.
** The five primary societies all have reasons for their MedievalStasis or lack thereof: The charr need technology to make up for their lack of magic after the Shaman caste is disgraced. Humans rely on their gods for a good chunk of their might (although this has led to them being pushed down to one of the weaker races). Norn don't really have a centralized society and rely almost exclusively on individual strength. The sylvari, as a race, are only 25 years old, so that's their excuse (and they do in fact have some rather advanced "technology", like plant-guns, turret-flowers and seed-elevators.). The asura take a more [[{{Magitek}} magical]] approach to technology, and are about on par with the charr, but do it ForScience instead of for war like the charr.
** It should also be noted that a promo-video showing the human capital of Divinity's Reach and the surrounding lands show quite a bit of technology that didn't exist in the first Guild Wars (automated irrigration systems and some sort of planetarium). They just didn't turn half the country into a Industrial-age furnace like the charr did. That said, in-game books note that almost all of this technology, including the steampunk airships seen in Lion's Arch, was invented by the charr and subsequently sold to or stolen by the humans.
*** Also Trahearne mentions that [[spoiler:the Gunship used by the Pact to take on Zaithan incorporates charr, asura and human technology. Note the absence of the norn and the sylvari here. This means that while the humans no longer lead the field of innovation in either magic or tech, they still can hold their own among the other races.]]
* MegaCorp: The Inquest is one part this, one part MadScientist cabal...''even by asura standards''.
** The Consortium is a less-evil, travel-oriented MegaCorp. They've made some [[EldritchLocation poor]] [[DeathWorld investments]] in resort destinations, but seem to get the finer details of their operations right, such as a public relations department which has kept them on good terms with Lion's Arch (and, by extension, the player characters) while pulling off a scheme to conscript refugees as unwitting indentured servants; WordOfGod has said that their central command is terribly out of touch, hence their awful ideas but good execution. They're still too greedy and reckless to really be considered "good guys," but they're clearly more concerned with the consumer services business than taking over Tyria.
* MissingStepsPlan: One of Eir's plans for settling the bad blood between Logan and Rytlock is to give the former Magdaer so that the two will have matching swords. This fails to take into account how matching weapons would actually repair the hurt feelings and past mistakes made by the offenders.
* {{Mordor}}: Orr as a whole is this, being the territory of Zhaitan himself. It's a desolate wasteland populated by Risen and sparse vegetation.
** The Dragonbrand cutting across Ascalon is a smaller example. A long stretch of land was turned into crystal when Kralkatorrik simply flew over it and all lifeforms in it became Branded.
** The Heart of Maguuma is a subversion of this trope. Unlike other Elder Dragon domains, it is lush, relatively bright and teeming with life. Unfortunately, most of this life happens to be [[PlantMooks Mordrem]], and even those that aren't [[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou are still quite nasty]]. It is by far the most dangerous region of Tyria, both in-universe and in the game itself.
* MoralMyopia: Many charr are quick to condemn the humans as cowards for using the Horn of King Doric to rain sorcery down on them as they invaded Ascalon. They of course also sing praises for the Searing, [[{{Hypocrite}} which not only more or less did the same thing]], but was the work of the now vilified Flame Legion.
** Of course, the charr nowadays consider The Searing a terrible thing. One event pretty much involves preventing a smaller scale of it. One of the charr even argued that the artifact should be destroyed.
* MultipleChoicePast: A character's past and personality are determined by a multiple-choice survey. The first 2 chapters of the personal story are almost entirely determined by this.
** The human story choice "missing sister" leads to a similar choice, where the player can decide to be of Ascalonian, Krytan, Canthan or Elonian descent. Notably absent is Orrian (which, admittedly, was mostly wiped out 250 years ago).
* MushroomSamba: The "At the Roots" quest, which you get by working with the Order of Whispers as a Sylvari. Over its course, the PlayerCharacter drinks some spiked ale and starts to hallucinate. He or she then must fight off ghostly wargs and oozes that only he or she can see, while buildings randomly catch on fire and [=NPCs=] turn into moa birds.
* TheMusketeer: Warriors, rangers, thieves and mesmers are all equally proficient at range and close-up.
** All classes have ranged and melee weapon sets, as being able to choose your engagement range is necessary for some parts of the game's balance.
* MyGreatestFailure: Two of the possible background choices human characters as to what their biggest regret is, are not knowing the parents that left them at an orphanage and not recovering the corpse of their sister when centaurs killed her. For players who feel this smells too much of {{Wangst}}, not [[CircusBrat joining the circus]] is the other choice.
** Norn have a similar choice. During a recent alemoot, they either lost a valuable heirloom, got defeated by a rival, or blacked out (and went on a drunken romp).
** All characters will be asked by the Pale Tree what their greatest fear is. Whatever you choose will happen in Chapter 7, and be a personal failure for your character.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Most of the hostile races have at least one small friendly sect somewhere in the world. Currently, only the krait remain AlwaysChaoticEvil.
** In season 2 of the Living Story, a friendly centaur tribe appears. According to one of them, they have broken off from the warlike Modniir-led ones in the hopes of reclaiming their old, peaceful traditions.
* NaiveNewcomer: Most other races, especially the asura, view the sylvari as this, the entire race having been born only twenty-five years before the time of the game.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast:
** The Nightmare Court, and the titles of its members (Count of Decay, Knight of Lies). This is on purpose. They want you to run away really fast and tell others about how scary it is. See ForTheEvulz.
** [[{{Dracolich}} Tequatl the Sunless]]. It more or less translates (from faux-nahuatl) to "venomous serpent removed from all that is good".
** Also Zhaitan, which is one stressed consonant away from Shaitan, another name for ''Satan''.
* NatureSpirit: The norn revere many. The primary four are {{Bear|sAreBadNews}}, Raven, [[NobleWolf Wolf]] and [[PantheraAwesome Snow Leopard]]. There is also a quest involving Hare (Bunny to the faithful), Minotaur plays a major role in one of the norn opening storylines, and one can investigate the ruins of Owl's shrine, who died fighting Jormag.
* TheNapoleon: The asura are entire race of Napoleons, thinking they are better than everyone else despite coming up to about the waist of a human.
** Of course, they have exclusive access to MiniMecha (or by their standards, HumongousMecha) which negates that problem.
* NayTheist:
** After [[PathOfInspiration how they were]] [[IncrediblyLamePun burned]] in the last game, the charr have gone in the opposite direction and now actively resent religion, to the point that their intro explicitly states "We created great machines of war, and with them, [[RageAgainstTheHeavens we killed our gods]]." Charr [=NPCs=] have different stock sound clips depending on their legion, and all three have variants on the same creed: "Rely on iron, not on false gods," for the Iron Legion for example, and "Rely on strength, not false gods," for Blood Legion.
** Asura as well, to a lesser extent. They acknowledge the existence of the human gods, but see them as merely playing their own roles in the Eternal Alchemy.
* {{Necromancer}}: Two professions focus on two different forms of necromancy. The Necromancer focuses on controlling bodies, warping his fallen foes into minions and sapping the enemy's lifeforce, while the Revenant communes with the ghosts of ancient legends and uses their powers.
* NeverFoundTheBody: Human players have the option of having a dead little sister whose body was never recovered after her Seraph unit was wiped out in a centaur attack. [[spoiler:You later find out that she survived.]]
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: She may be queen of Kryta, but Jennah is Logan Thackeray's love interest first and foremost to the point where a major hinderance to Destiny's Edge is their resentment over his choice to save her over Snaff - the fact that Kryta's future depended on her safety never even comes up.
* NiceHat: For characters of the Adventurer professions, completing the story mission for any of the dungeons rewards you a very stylish hat.
** [[spoiler:One of the Story Paths for the Norn has you fighting Nollar for his VERY NiceHat.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: It's been announced that all eight dungeons will have a story mode that you have to play through once to move the plot which then unlocks a much harder adventure mode, a change which will reportedly follow naturally from your actions in the story mode. So whatever SealedEvilInACan is in that dungeon becomes much more dangerous just after you've visited. It sounds like the fine ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' tradition of the players screwing the pooch during their adventure will continue merrily.
* TheNicknamer: The skritt will often exemplify this trope, in part because of their intellectual limitations. All skritt are obsessed with "shinies", and will use descriptive terms to refer to any item that grabs their attention.
* NonCombatEXP: The game gives experience for almost everything, from harvesting materials in the world, to crafting to exploration.
* NonElemental: The Elementalist's Arcane utility skills.
* NonMammalMammaries : Sylvari are PlantPeople and follow this trope, although it's clearly explained that these aren't functional breasts and merely a shape to [[RuleOfSexy make the female sylvari attractive]] (which was one of the design paradigms for the sylvari). Averted by the asura and charr, the females of which have no visible breasts.
** This was directly explained by one of the Anet artists. She insisted that female charr would either have no visible breasts or ''six.''
** Played straight, however, by [[http://www.zbrushcentral.com/showthread.php?975570&p=975570&viewfull=1#post975570 Krait]].
*** Explained with Krait being a race with heavy active Metamorphosis and malleable genetic structure, easily adapting to environments; in the end, both male and female krait can come with and without mammaries (e.g. most toxic krait still have pronounced ribcage, but no [[http://i.imgur.com/H6xsjDe.jpg boobs]])
* NoPronunciationGuide: There were [[https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/game/audio/A-plea-from-a-Welsh-speaker-re-the-Sylvari some complaints from Welsh speakers]] about the proper pronunciation of many Welsh words from the Sylvari as well as the proper usage of them in many Sylvari locations.
* NostalgiaLevel: The Super Adventure Box event solely for this reason except it's completely original material while still keeping a distinct 8 bit graphics and music.
** Returning to Glint's Lair in Season 2, Chapter 5 was a blast from the past, although it looks remarkably different now than it did then. Going through an Ascension-like ritual in Chapter 8 was similarly nostalgic of the Crystal Desert.
* OccupiersOutOfOurCountry: Why some charr and humans alike still seek to drive the other out of Ascalon (originally charr land, then conquered by humans for centuries, now charr land again for centuries). Also revealed to be the motives of the centaur war against Kryta: the centaurs are fighting for their own homeland against the Krytan humans who have occupied the region for centuries.
* OldSaveBonus: Players of the original ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' who owned Eye of the North, and built up their Hall of Monuments, get some nice free stuff (weapons and armor and such like) and cool titles.
* OneHitKill: Crucible of Eternity's Second-to-last boss Kudu has an ability called "Killing Shot", guess what it does to you.
** The Jade Maw has a laser attack that does this to a player, signified by a red skull appearing over them before it fires. However, if that player is holding a Reflective Shard, it charges up the shard instead, and the player can [[TennisBoss throw it back]] to the Jade Maw for massive damage.
* OneStatToRuleThemAll: Magic Find became this, to the point that it became an account stat increased by consuming orbs of luck. Other methods of gaining magic find, such as potions and food, can still increase this.
* OnlyOneName: Both asura and sylvari society seem to abide by this rule, with quite a few norn having only one name, as well.
* OverratedAndUnderleveled: The members of Destiny's Edge have, in the prequel novel, beaten several of the Elder Dragon's Champions and came very close to killing one of the Elder Dragons themselves. You meet and fight together with each member during the personal story quest lines, and even the tutorial mission where they are only slightly stronger than your level 1 character. Then again, [[FridgeBrilliance they may simply suffer from the same effect]] that causes players to be effectively de-leveled while they are in a zone that's intended for low level characters.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Pretty good about this.
** OurCentaursAreDifferent: Pretty much the same as the original ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', of interesting note (and this applied in the first as well), their upper bodies more closely resemble charr than humans. One of them is also responsible for the creation of the sylvari philosophical beliefs.
** OurDemonsAreDifferent: They're malevolent entities from the Mists.
** OurDragonsAreDifferent: The Elder Dragons, more akin to primordial forces of nature who [[EldritchAbomination warp their surroundings simply by existing]] than dragons.
** OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: They're (mostly) extinct, with the few surviving existing as animated stone. Dredge seem to have taken up the mantle, and are a blind, mole-like race that's achieved a surprising degree of technological sophistication, particularly with sonic technology. They're also communists.
** OurElvesAreBetter: By name, no elves exist, but developers have confirmed that the humans do indeed fulfill the narrative niche in the story usually reserved for elves, being beautiful, magical, highly civilized, have an ancient civilization, very loud about those facts, and are in severe decline as the younger, more energetic races begin to dominate the world.
** OurFairiesAreDifferent: The sylvari are type three, specifically of the NatureSpirit variety.
** OurGoblinsAreDifferent: Asura bear a strong physical resemblance to goblins, even though they are (mostly) on the side of good. They are small, scientifically curious, and extremely dangerous in their inventions.
** OurGhostsAreDifferent: Ascalon has become a ghost town. Not to say it's an empty city. King Adelburn killed all of his citizens in a final attempt to keep the city from the charr. As a result, all the citizens were killed, but came back as ghosts. They eternally haunt their homeland, attacking any living creature, thinking them to be invading charr.
** OurGiantsAreBigger: [[{{Cyclops}} One-eyed]] body painted giants, jotuns, and two-headed ettins are all present.
** OurGryphonsAreDifferent: Large, hungry predators.
** OurOgresAreHungrier: While they're physically fairly standard, ''culturally'' they defy the cliché in several ways. They aren't particularly stupid (ogre intelligence seems to be roughly the same as that of humans), they aren't particularly given to eating other sapients and their main cultural Hat is TheBeastmaster: Ogres are Tyria's undisputed masters of animal taming, keeping large, dangerous creatures for labor or combat, or simply for companionship.
** OurOrcsAreDifferent: Grawls are roughly neanderthals and seem to be extremely prone to worshiping any powerful creature as a god.
** OurSpiritsAreDifferent: They're entities from the Mists that have acquired some degree of intelligence.
** OurWerebeastsAreDifferent: The norn, who can use their connection to the Spirits of the Wild to shapeshift into werewolves, wereleopards, wereravens, and most often, werebears.
** OurZombiesAreDifferent: The Risen are a Type V, being the minions of Zhaitan that are created from the reanimated corpses of those who have died. [[RaisingTheSteaks Just about all types of fauna can be zombified]].
* PantheraAwesome: Charr, the Snow Leopard spirit and several ranger pets.
* ThePaladin: While Guardians do not get their powers from a divine source (the NayTheist charr are capable of being Guardians), mechanically, they function very similarly to the traditional view of a Paladin.
* PathOfInspiration:
** The Sons of Svanir worship Dragon as the strongest and most powerful totemic spirit. Dragon is of course the Elder Dragon, Jormag, who's responsible for driving the Norn from their homeland.
** The Flame Legion follows the word of their shamans, who claim to speak to gods of fire. As far as anybody knows, there ''are'' no such gods [[note]](their original gods, the Titans, were demonic constructs and all wiped out during the events of the original game, and their second attempt to find actual deities involved worshipping ''dragon minions''. It didn't end well.)[[/note]], and it's all a scam to keep the shamans in power.
** The White Mantle are a religious order following the will of the Unseen Ones, supposedly benevolent deities that defended humanity against the Charr invasion and controlled the human kingdom of Kryta during the era of Guild Wars 1. The Unseen Ones turned out to be the Mursaat, a deeply amoral race of spellcasters who used the White Mantle to collect human sacrifices for use in various works of magic. The Mursaat were eventually discovered, defeated and [[spoiler:(mostly)]] destroyed, but the fanatics of the White Mantle managed to hang on in the shadows. [[spoiler:And as of the Living Story update "Out of The Shadows", they're back in the spotlight.]]
* PerpetuallyStatic: The game aims to avert this trope with its "Dynamic Events" system.
** While an infinite number of random events is impossible and will thus run on a loop, starting these events may be very long (ie. finding a book in a wizard's tower, weather occurring over a certain landmark) or relatively short (ie. bandit raids on a nearby farm).
** Additionally, and even more fittingly, the game has now implemented the 'Living Story' system, in which every few months, special one time events are ran that tell a continuous story and may sometimes have lasting after effects on the game world, such as changed landscapes, or new [=NPCs=].
** In a step backwards, [=ArenaNet=] has taken a step backwards and said that every map is now effectively locked into the time zone in which it was created. So while it may seem like the charr-human peace treaty is taking a while, it's merely timelocked. This was done to allow major characters to appear in open-world maps, such as Laranthir appearing in Verdant Brink
* PettingZooPeople: There are people that are based off of cats, rats, snakes, mole rats, cetacea, and frogs, among others.
* PillarOfLight: A sword-shaped one hovers over Ascalon City, created by the Foefire.
* {{Pirate}}: There's the zombie pirates controlled by Zhaitan, and the de facto ruler of Lion's Arch is a norn ex-pirate. Not to mention the multitudinous bands of pirates and buccaneers infesting the areas east and south of Lion's Arch.
** And more literally in the case of the Rune of the Pirate, an upgrade item that increases the chance of finding magic items... along with a chance to "Yarr!"
** The uniform of the Lionguard, the combination army/constabulary of Lion's Arch, is very obviously derived from traditional pirate's garb; tricorn hats seem to be especially popular.
** One dynamic event chain in Lornar's Pass has, of all the incongruous things, a quaggan seeking to become a pirate. A nearby skill challenge has you spar with a quaggan to learn piratical combat skills.
*** SkyPirate: The Dragon bash event introduced us the Aetherblades, who basically fit into this trope. Oh, and they are backed and supplied by the Inquest.
* PistolWhipping: Depending on what other weapon you wield alongside your pistol, you can do this.
* {{Planimal}}: Fern hounds, which are basically plant dogs, originate from the Pale Tree as well, although they are born as pups. Some of the Mordrem also count, such as the terragriffs (plant-based griffons).
* PlantHair: The Sylvari, being plant people, can have leaves grow in a style as if hair. Other hair options include bark, twigs, thorns or a mushroom cap in a hair style.
* PlantPeople: The sylvari. [[ShownTheirWork An article explaining the redesign actually goes into detail on how they used the common properties of plants when designing them.]]
* PlatformGame:
** The April Fool's day game called "Rytlock's Critter Rampage". You play as Rytlock trying to get his treasures back from WoodlandCreatures. And just like many {{Retraux}}-style games out there, it is NintendoHard (although getting the {{Heart Container}}s makes it easier).
** Super Adventure Box was mostly this. Although you used skills to defeat the monsters, getting through the levels will usually involve jumping around in the 3D environment.
* PlatformHell: Super Adventure Box's Tribulation Mode is [=ArenaNet=]'s best effort to recreate VideoGame/IWannaBeTheGuy in an MMORPG engine, and meets all of the listed criteria on that page (and contains most of the listed traps, in one form or another), making it a very rare example of a 3D PlatformHell. If you want one of the fancy holographic weapon skins awarded for completing Tribulation Mode, expect to die many, many times.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy:
** Every norn in existence.
** Charr play with this, depending on their Legion. As a whole, they fall into the proud soldier race variant, but Charr of the Ash legion focus more on stealth and subterfuge, and Charr of the Iron Legion focus more on their [[{{Steampunk}} technological]] [[{{BFG}} advances]]. Charr of the Blood Legion, however, play this trope very, very straight. The Hyleks also profess to be a proud warrior race, and they back it up, even if the effect is somewhat lost as they're a race of tribal frogs.
* ProudScholarRaceGuy: The asura, with a double helping of the 'proud' part.
* {{Pun}}: Thieves have a special resource for attacking called Initiative. They have a skill that allows them to roll away from whoever they're fighting and gain Initiative. The skill is called [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Roll For Initiative]].
* PurelyAestheticGender: In terms of gameplay, there is no functional difference between males and females.
** This also happens to be the case for the sylvari in-universe. They're all born from the Pale Tree and their forms are, for all intents and purposes, imitations of the more humanoid races.
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: Strongly implied to be a major part of the plot with Destiny's Edge.
* PuzzleBoss: The only way to harm the Fractal of the Mists' Legendary Rampaging Ice Elemental is to make it stand under the molten metal vats, then drop the molten metal on it. This makes it heated for a while and causes it to lose its NighInvulnerability. Oh, and it uses a ''healing move'' if you take too long to do this.
** Word for word the same with the Prototype Dredge Mining Suit, the alternate boss of the area.
** Some of the end bosses in Living World chapters are this. For instance, slaying the Shadow of the Dragon in Episode 8 requires forming a circle of flames before the boss can even be attacked.
* RaisingTheSteaks: If it breathes, chances are you'll find an undead version of it. There are [[EverythingsDeaderWithZombies Risen]] versions of all the sentient races (which include PettingZooPeople), grubs, [[ThreateningShark sharks]] and even ''[[ActionBomb chickens]]''. NOT Sylvari, however, and this is actually specifically noted several times. Rumors abound as to why they are immune to being corrupted by Zhaitan, although the most prominent theory related to them being [[spoiler:minions of the dragon Mordremoth]].
* RatMen: The skritt are generally regarded as pests by the more advanced races of Tyria due to their attraction to anything shiny and tendency to run off with said shinies. Skritt are individually weak and not particularly bright, but they share a pseudo-hivemind of sorts thanks to their constant ultrasonic chittering which makes large groups of them capable of surprising feats of intellect (such as repeatedly outsmarting the asura, the resident InsufferableGenius race).
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized:
** The Separatists, self-styled freedom fighters waging a guerrilla war against the charr to liberate Ascalon more than two centuries after it became a lost cause. They're also rebelling against human authority for making a truce with the charr to begin with, and aren't above assassinating people on the streets of Ebon Hawke. Charr have their own version of this, the Renegades.
** The Dredge also show signs of this; after successfully rising up over (and slaughtering) their dwarven slave-drivers, they now wish to assassinate the last living dwarf on the surface. At the end of the third explorable path of Sorrow's Embrace, it's implied that [[spoiler: the dredge you just helped overcome their megalomaniac general are about to initiate a Soviet-style purge against his sympathizers]].
* RealMenEatMeat: The charr can't ''stop'' talking about how much they love meat when you wander around their cities, and even have a town that has Meatoberfest. [[JustifiedTrope But since they're based on big cats, meat's the only thing they can eat that gives them enough nutrition.]]
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Inquest really like to make their uniforms and golems in these colors.
* RenegadeSplinterFaction: At least one for every playable race:
** Minister Caudecus' guards and Bandits [[spoiler:who all seem to have secretly been White Mantle members]] and the Separatists to Humans.
** The Flame Legion and the Renegades to the Charr.
** [[MadScientist The Inquest]] to the Asura.
** The Nightmare Court to the Sylvari.
** Sons of Svanir to the Norn.
** The Inquest and the Sons of Svanir aren't exactly ''renegade'', though. They have their representatives in Rata Sum and Hoelbrak, respectively, but are almost never found friendly outside of the towns.
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: The krait, a sea-dwelling race of lizardmen that seem to be AlwaysChaoticEvil, and have quickly gotten most of the fanbase [[KickTheSonOfABitch howling for their extinction]]. Given how they are (they're especially fond of being mean to player-favorite quaggans), and just how often a player dies when fighting them [[ZergRush underwater]], this is understandable.
** On the other hand, the krait are one of the most common requests to be added as a playable race.
* ReverseGrip: Used by all dagger-armed characters.
* RocketJump: Give an Engineer a rifle and they'll be launching themselves with reckless abandon. Notably, it does no damage to the Engineer, just whoever's in the blast radius and [[GoombaStomp whoever the Engineer is landing on]].
** Also an integral part to a specific Vista found in Lions Arch, where you literally have to jump from the shore onto a small rock outcropping. Unfortunately said outcropping is well outside of the normal range of a character's jump distance. So leave it to an intrepid asura NPC to come up with a Rocket Booster Rifle that will get you onto the platform. With gliding added to core Tyria, this is less necessary.
* RockMonster: Earth elementals litter the land of Tyria. Of particular note is the Earth Elementals that the centaur shamans summon that are so large, the players have to destroy the two giant earth elemental hands than attack it directly; one of these are found at the end of the human introduction zone.
* RuleThirtyFour : [[http://www.cdaction.pl/news-20880-4/guild-wars-2---wywiad-z-martinem-kersteinem-i-erikiem-flannumem.html This interview]], published shortly before sylvari week, opens by asking whether or not the sylvari can have sex. [[spoiler:Apparently, they can, leading to this trope to apply.]]
* RunningOnAllFours: Charr do when out of combat.
* SadisticChoice: Human street rat characters get one early on in the story. Your old buddy Quinn gets in over his head and ends up procuring supplies for a gang leader who wants to poison the city well, and needs to hide after going to the authorities. However, the guards are outnumbered, and if left on their own against the bandits, they won't be able to stop the poisoning in time to save everyone. The player has to choose between getting Quinn to safety or saving innocent townspeople, and it really [[PlayerPunch hits home]] no matter what you do, especially since [[spoiler: the latter choice leads to Quinn being gruesomely murdered]].
** There's another one in the human commoner story where the player, during an undercover mission, has discovered that the bandits are plotting to attack both an orphanage and a hospital at the same time. Logan gives the player the choice between defending one or the other. Regardless of your choice, Logan will tag along with you and leave behind a lower-ranking Seraph to handle the location you didn't choose. You and Logan successfully rescue the civilians at the location of your choice, [[spoiler:then you get to watch the other location get blown to smithereens with the civilians inside before you and Logan can do anything about it]].
** It's also what ultimately broke up [[FiveManBand Destiny's Edge]],[[spoiler: Logan had to choose between staying with his friends, who were about to face one of the Elder Dragons or going back to protect the queen from the minionns of the same Elder Dragon. No matter his choice, someone was going to die.]]
** In the Synergetics storyline for asura characters, you learn that the reason the Inquest were able to run off with your Snaff Prize entry is because [[spoiler:the leader of your krewe betrayed you in attempts to snag a seat on the Arcane Council. Your other krewemate is kidnapped and you're given the choice to either go after your leader for what he did or go break your krewemate out from the Inquest. Based on your decision, either the traitor gets away without any consequences or your krewemate is unceremoniously murdered.]] Really neither choice is pleasant.
** A bit more subtle in your charr character. During the character creation screen you are asked to pick which charr is your sparring partner: Marverick, Clawspur, Euryale, Reeva, and Dinky. They all appear in the tutorial, and even though you managed to get out unscathed, the characters you didn't pick die from the war.
** At the end of "A Light in the Darkness," the Pale Tree will ask you what your greatest fear is: letting an innocent die, being dishonored by your allies, or forcing someone to suffer. [[spoiler:Whichever answer you choose will lead you down a different set of quests, all of which end with a PlayerPunch. And in all of them, it's ''your'' fault.]]
** In the Orr chapters, you're given the option of joining attacks on Zhaitan from land or sea, or going after a missing Priory expedition that was looking for an artifact important to a later mission. [[spoiler:No matter which you choose, someone's going to die, and all of them are people you might have met before in your personal story depending on your race and choices. If you pick Land, Tegwen and Sam Beirne die; if you pick Sea, Agent Zott dies; and if you go after the expedition, Ferghen and Kekt die.]]
* SceneryPorn: Just look at the videos of the six big cities: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uNuS3igfc4o Human]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Q4V-ZpRbTk Norn]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTO5xDzgJtA Charr]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bpcsxIYTXw Sylvari]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Zl8Q3jI4Ao Asura]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0MzZyZ-ty8 Lion's Arch]]
** Not to mention many of the views you get from vistas, particularly the ones on mountain peaks. The ones in the Shiverpeaks zones are especially breathtaking.
* SceneryGorn:
** Most of Orr is a desolate wasteland littered with ruins and bizarre coral growths.
** During and after the Battle of Lion's Arch, the well-known city was reduced to a burnt, uninhabited wreck, until its long-awaited rebuilding.
** The town of Prosperity after Season 2, Chapter 2. After players were able to visit this small but thriving town in Dry Top, it gets savagely attacked by Mordremoth's vines. Several of the [=NPCs=] met during that initial 2 week period are seen caught in a stranglehold by the vines, including fan-favourite Droobert.
** While the Fire Islands were never inhabited, the landscape there is bleak with many dangerous lava pools and rivers scattered about Ember Bay.
* SchizoTech: Justified, sort of. The primary innovators are the asura and charr, who are (respectively) [[InsufferableGenius too arrogant]] and too belligerent to share their technology. Though the asura do trade bits and pieces of it in return for labour and good will in order to insinuate themselves with the other nations, while assiduously maintaining the advantage for themselves.[[note]]For example, installing networks of impressive magical gateways to connect various nations in commerce, meanwhile retaining exclusive proprietorship of the powerful {{Magitek}} governing their own [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas breathtaking levitating city]][[/note]]
** Note that it's not really beyond them to trade technology. Lion's Arch was mostly did with charr, and there are {{Non Player Character}}s showing how charr and asura helping each other out in regards to innovation.
** Charr lands are dotted with tanks and missile-equipped war machines, yet most of them walk everywhere and swing swords.
* SchmuckBait: One environmental weapon you can get has a skill called "Red Button" with the description "Has 'Do Not Press' written on it." Using said skill blows up the weapon, setting you on fire.
** From the "Nightmare Within" patch until their ultimate destruction, there were large structures called Mysterious Probes scattered all around Tyria. Whenever the player character approaches it, the player can press the action button to Touch it despite having a '''DO NOT TOUCH''' label on it. Touching a Mysterious Probe would knock the player back along with a message telling them not to do it again. Doing it repeatedly will cause the player to die along with the a message saying that they shouldn't have done that.
*** In the same vein, a reward for watching the Season 1 review is a Gift from Scarlett. Interacting with it will instantly put the character into the downed state.
* SeriousBusiness: Taunting and posturing between servers that share a World Vs World group is this on some forums, with a distinct hierarchy being set that can cause quite a stir when a normally bad server starts overtaking the others in points. An example would be the Devona's Rest/Fergeson's Crossing/Kaineg server group, with Fergeson's usually being the dominant force over Devona's and Kaineg, though this is beginning to change.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: The asura speak this way pretty commonly. As an Anet blog post says: "Why use a short word when you can once again prove your superior intelligence by using a word those around you donít understand?"
* ShiftingSandLand: The Dry Top and the Silverwastes (known collectively as the Maguuma Wastes) are a subversion of this trope. There is shifting sand and lots of it, but the Arabic elements are nowhere to be seen (the Tyrian counterparts to the Middle East are Elona, which is not present in the game, and Orr, which is a [[{{Mordor}} different]] trope and was showcased before) and the main threat in the region is the Elder Dragon [[GreenThumb Mordremoth]] and his PlantMooks, who wish to convert the desert into a GardenOfEvil.
* ShiningCity: Divinity's Reach. It is described as "a breathtaking monument of white parapets and high, pale towers".
* ShipTease: While no-one seems to acknowledge it, there are definite hints of ''something'' odd between [[InterspeciesRomance Braham and Rox,]] particularly in the later stages of the first season of the Living World. When Rox tells Braham that she's going to get accepted into a warband if she can kill Scarlett, Braham reacts like a jilted lover. The overtones are so thick it's palpable:
-->'''Braham:''' Rox, your devourer--\\
'''Rox:''' Chewed on your axe handle. I know. Sorry. Listen. You won't believe what Rytlock just said. If I kill Scarlet, I'm in the warband. Definitely.\\
'''Braham:''' Oh. I see.\\
'''Rox:''' What's the matter? I thought you'd be happy for me.\\
'''Braham:''' I just don't understand why you need some warband you don't even know. I mean, [[YouAreNotAlone you've got me]]. And we've got a team of our own. Look around. They're all here, with you.\\
'''Rox:''' It's a charr thing. You wouldn't understand.\\
'''Braham:''' A charr thing? You'd rather be in your fancy warband than with people who've been beside you all this time?\\
'''Rox:''' That's not what I said. It's a big deal to get into the Stone warband.\\
'''Braham:''' Why? Because it'll make you special? [[{{Adorkable}} You're already special. At least, to me.]]\\
'''Rox:''' ''<sigh>'' You'll still see me after I get in.\\
'''Braham:''' Uh huh.\\
'''Rox:''' You will. Sometimes. ''<Braham starts to walk away>'' Braham? Braham! We have to talk about it sooner or later.\\
'''Braham:''' I have to go clean my gear.\\
'''Rox:''' Braham! ''<growl>''
** If that didn't hammer the point home enough, there's what happens during the confrontation with Scarlett at the climax of the season, when Braham's leg is broken and Rox sacrifices her chance to get into the warband when she refuses to leave his side:
-->'''Rox:''' Braham! Talk to me. Your leg...\\
'''Braham:''' ...Is broken. I know ''<groan>'' I'll be okay. Go. Get her.\\
'''Rox:''' What? Go? No. I can't leave you here like this. It's too dangerous. We have to get you out of here.\\
'''Braham:''' [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Go Rox. It's your chance to get in the warband. You have to.]]\\
'''Rox:''' I don't have to do anything. I'm not leaving you alone in such a vulnerable position
** Apparently WordOfGod on one of the devstreams is that they're actually JustFriends, which would make this a pretty major RelationshipWritingFumble.
* ShootTheMedicFirst: Played straight when fighting the Flame Legion Effigy. There are two groups of three acolytes that heal it to full once its hp gets to around 75%. However, they are shielded and invulnerable to damage until they heal the boss, so you need to kill them quickly when they drop their shield!
** If you even come across Mordrem Menders, kill them first or they could heal their allies back to full.
* ShoutOut: Several, in historic ''Guild Wars'' tradition.
** The Iron Forgeman, when defeated at the end of Sorrow's Embrace, will slowly sink into to the lava with a [[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay thumbs up.]]
** Elementalists can [[Music/{{Metallica}} Ride the Lightning]].
** One engineer toolbelt has them produce a wrench that [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 damages enemies and repairs turrets when swung.]]
*** The same toolbelt also lets him [[VideoGame/HalfLife whack enemies with a crowbar]].
** There's also the Thief move [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Roll for Initiative]].
** And the sylvari's line upon awakening?
-->[[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings One does not simply awaken and start hunting a dragon]].
** When some rangers summon their pets, they might occasionally say [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} "I choose you" or "Return"]].
** An event in the first Sylvari area involves repelling waves of undead using plant-based mortar turrets. [[VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies Hmmmmmmm]].
** When human males get a Fury buff, they tend to yell out "[[WesternAnimation/{{TheSimpsons}} Urge to kill RISING!]]"
** In the Stronghold of Ebonhawke in Fields of Ruin, there will be some chickens which look like regular harmless critters... [[VideoGameCrueltyPunishment Until you try to kill one]], [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda and then a large group of them flock towards you and attack you.]]
** Warriors have a Might and Fury-granting battle cry called "ForGreatJustice!" They even shout the line, so prepare to hear it a ''lot'' during long fights.
** Omnomberries
** In the graveyard east of Shaemoor, there's a tombstone with the following: "[[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Kah Meena, His will be the sword that pierces the Mists]]".
** [[Literature/TheHungerGames Rue]] was apparently transitioned from Panem to Tyria and buried in the graveyard at Ebonhawke.
** One escort quest has you bringing a [[Film/TheGoonies group of kids in search of pirate treasure and befriending a giant (creature) with sweets]]. [[spoiler: If you manage to find the jumping puzzle Fawcett's Bounty, you'll even find the underground pirate ship!]]
** One Guardian skill summons a magical shield, which can be launched to hit multiple enemies. Its name? [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica Shield of]] [[ComicBook/TheAvengers the Avenger]].
** The Iron Legion base on the Plains of Ashford is called "[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Exterminatus]]"
*** Speaking of ''Warhammer 40,000'', one of the [=NPCs=] during the Kralkatorrik's Legacy event says "Walk softly and carry a big [[Franchise/EvilDead boom stick]]".
** One of the renown heart quests in Diessa Plateau involves helping out a ranch. Once finished, you can purchase cow bells which serve as accessories, and they contain the flavor text "[[Creator/ChristopherWalken there needs more cow bells]]".
** Sometimes killing a Risen will result in it screaming [[VideoGame/EternalDarkness "Damn your eyes!"]].
** A minor one that may be accidental: The archivist in Rata Sum (who works with a huge MagiTek computer system) is named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grep Grep]].
** Ogres in Blazeridge Steppes occasionally say the line "I will love him and pet him [[AndCallHimGeorge and call him George]]"
** A fort at the southern end of the Timberline Falls zone is named [[Music/LedZeppelin Caer Evermore]].
** One of the [=NPCs=] in the Durmand Priory's members-only section is Scholar Wikki.
** In Butcher's Block where Meatoberfest happens, a cub NPC will approach another NPC tending "cheesy meat".
--> '''Rija Firemasher''': This cheesy meat will go great for Meatoberfest.
--> '''Cub''': [[WebOriginal/LOLCats Can I has cheesy meat?]]
--> '''Rija Firemasher''': Hungry cub is hungry.
** One of the golems you repair for a renown heart quest in Metrica Province will say [[Film/TheyLive "Primary function: Kick bottom and chew bubblegum. ERROR: Out of bubblegum!"]]
** In the same area, one asura will comment that [[VideoGame/ZeroWing "All your golem are belong to us."]]
** In the Harathi Hinterlands area, a minor random event involves the player escorting an NPC guard on his patrol. At the end you're ambushed by a large spider, and [[JurassicPark Guard Muldoon's]] reaction is a simple, "Clever girl."
** During the Mad King Thorn event celebrating Halloween, children [=NPCs=] are running around in starting towns and Lion's Arch. In Lion's Arch, you'll find two Charr cubs in certain costumes. One dons a certain [[Franchise/AssassinsCreed white robe and hood]], scaring the player that he'll do swift assassination kills if you don't coffer candy corn. Another wears black gloves and boots with a grey coat, saying that he's a [[Franchise/{{Batman}} dark knight who likes to prowl on rooftops and scaring crooks]].
** On the east side of Bloodtide Coast there's a cave of pirates headed by one Captain Penzan. They are known as Penzan's Pirates. And yes, the captain sings a Guild Wars version of "Modern Major General". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7jlYKKh45w And it is awesome.]]
** Upon rescuing Demmi (daughter of the evil Minister Caudecus) from the pirates, she asks the hero, "[[Film/ANewHope Aren't you a little sober to be a pirate?]]"
** Completing the Only Zuhl jumping puzzle gives you a [[{{VideoGame/Borderlands}} somewhat familiar looking loot chest]].
*** For that matter, [[{{Film/Ghostbusters 1984}} Only Zuhl]]?
** The limited time Super Adventure Box o' Fun offers a random transformation when you [[{{Franchise/SuperMarioBros}} jump to break a box above your head]].
*** Also from the Super Adventure Box event, other than the many references to older video games, the asura in charge of the whole event is named Moto, and the princess you must rescue within the game is called Mia. [[Creator/ShigeruMiyamoto Mia and Moto.]]
** The password reset page on the website reccomends you look at [[http://xkcd.com/936/ this]] XKCD comic before coming up with a new password.
** During the assault on the Infinite Coil Inquest base, one technician exclaims that the temperature of the reactor "[[Anime/DragonBallZ has exceeded 9000 degrees]]".
** Conversation between asura and sylvari gate attendants in the sylvari city. The asura's golem freaked because the sylvari wanted to know [[Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep if golems dreamed,]] [[Film/BladeRunner and asked it questions about turtles in the desert and about its mother.]]
** You can get an achievement by donning a pair of goggles and [[ViolationOfCommonSense jumping into a pool of lava]], which works about as well as you expect. Its name? "[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons The Goggles Do Nothing!]]"
** One of the renown heart givers in the Plains of Ashford is named [[Music/TheClash Strum Bassclash]].
** In the asura personal story, a scientist named Gorr comes up with the theory that magic is being consumed by the dragons. This may be a reference to former American Vice President Al Gore, and how he gives lectures about climate control changes.
** A fairly well-hidden easter egg is [[http://wiki.guildwars2.com/images/4/4e/2012_original_asuran_translation.png a texture that contains translatable asuran script.]] Hidden within are a number of references to ''Franchise/{{Metroid}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'', ''Franchise/MassEffect'' and ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
** In "Snaff Would Be Proud", the first quest for asura characters who chose the 'College of Statics' background, your krewe hatches a baby raptor from a giant egg you find, prompting your krewemate Kozzak to start gushing over it.
--->'''Kozzak:''' [[WesternAnimation/FindingNemo She's so scaly and cute. I shall love her forever, and I shall name her "Shrieksy."]]
** During the Ogre Wars meta event in Fields of Ruin, at one point an ogre enters the fight by breaking through a wall. His name is Khulaid.
* SkillGate: In most areas of the world there is a maximum level cap, and players too high above the local fauna will be brought back to the same level. Sometimes, though, players are reduced to a level ''lower'' than the monsters in the area, making it impossible to brute-force things.
* SlippySlideyIceWorld: World 2-3 of the Super Adventure Box minigame is a clear shout-out to this trope, super-slippery ice and arctic-themed enemies included.
* SnakePeople: The krait.
* SoftWater: Death by falling is very much a thing in the game, especially in cities where floors are layered (Rata Sum and the Grove come to mind). However, dropping from an equally great height into water lets your character get away perfectly unscathed. There's even a small set of diving achievements where, dressed in nothing but a pair of goggles and your race's default underwear, you leap off a high point; the achievement is awarded when you successfully hit the water. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHnX-fbsQzE A Verdant Brink diving achievement]] takes this UpToEleven: you have to dive through forest right into a small pool of water that can be easily missed because you can't see where you're falling.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Primordus and Kralkatorrik, while not yet appearing in the core game, are ''covered'' in spines in the original ''VideoGame/GuildWars''.
** Charr armor designers also make liberal use of spikes, but see DarkIsNotEvil.
*** Charr actually seem to LOVE this trope and tend to put spikes on just about anything. Including plant pots and looms.
* SpiritualSuccessor: The Thief to the Assassin.
** The Guardian to the Monk and Paragon.
** And the Engineer to the Ritualist, with turrets replacing spirits, kits replacing Weapon spells and the ash summons, and the tool belt simulating the spells that utilized the number of Spirits summoned, how many were on cooldown, etc.
** The Revenant is also a successor to the Ritualist in theme, calling back long dead spirits. It also has an energy bar as its unique mechanic, similar to how mana worked in the first game.
* SpoonyBard: The eighth profession was revealed to be Minstrel at first...
** [[spoiler:But the reveal was actually an 'illusion' and attempting to click the link broke the illusion and revealed the eighth profession to be none other than the [[IKnewIt Mesmer]].]]
** Marcello DiGiacomo is a musician who appeared fairly regularly throughout Season 1, always for comedic effect.
* StandardStatusEffects[=/=]StatusBuff: Conditions and Boons, respectively. Plenty of abilities give them out or remove them, with some that even turn one into the other or move them from person to person.
* StarterVillain: If you create a sylvari and choose to dream about the Knight in Green Armor, Bercilak of the Nightmare Court is this - the early stages of the main story have you looking for a way to defeat him and circumvent his magical armor, and by level 10, he's dead and you're moving on to bigger things.
** Several personal stories have characters that qualify, such as Legionnaire Urvan Steelbane for Blood Legion charr, and Teyo of the Inquest for all asura.
* StatuesqueStunner: Pretty much all of the female norn.
* StayInTheKitchen: Literally the offer of a group of Flame Legion soldiers to a female Blood Legion soldier to join them. Goes back to the history where the Flame Legion send all charr women to the kitchen, which [[NiceJobFixingItVillain bit them in the ass]] when the women of the other legions did join the fight against them. Seeing how the above offer is rejected and the soldiers respond by attacking her and all other Blood Legion soldiers, including the player, they didn't learn their lesson yet. Apparently, the Flame Legion have this attitude towards women of other races as well, if a female dredge's complaint to her commissar is any indication.
** The Sons of Svanir have a similar attitude; since Jora killed the Nornbear in Eye of the North, women are banned from the cult.
* {{Steampunk}}: The charr and the engineer class.
* StockVideoGamePuzzle: The Game provides plenty of them.
** LockAndKeyPuzzle: Plenty of quests include to collect objects from the environment and bring them to a location. Sometimes they turn out as [[ImprovisedWeapon environmental]] [[UtilityWeapon weapons]].
** TwoKeyedLock: Langmar Estate provides a room with six sets of two-keyed locks. One identifies a paintings expression and his partner imitates it.
** MetalDetectorPuzzle: Again Langmar Estate has a room where the players need to find objects to build an improvised battering ram from rubble piles around. To succeed at many events, the players have to find certain objects and deliver them to a NPC.
** SimonSaysMiniGame: When the [[LargeHam King Thorn]] appears at Halloween, he plays ''Your Mad King Says'' with {{Slash Command}]s. If you don't follow the order, or follow the order when he doesn't use this specific phrase, you die.
*** Season 3, Chapter 1 has this as the code to realign an asura gate. You can choose to bypass this and just beat up some golems instead.
** WaitingPuzzle: Explorable Mode, Path two in the Citadel of Flame. It's played for laughs, [[ItMakesSenseInContext as the timer jumps]] from 28 Minutes to 15, then to three and finally to zero.
** '''Weighted Switch Puzzle''': In the first part of the Underground Facility Fractal players have to use pressure plates to give access to a switch, which has to be activated for 10 seconds straight while being under attack. Twist: a dead player has no weight to activate the pressure plate.
* StuffBlowingUp: Engineers can do a whole lot with explosions, as well as other tricks. Lots of explosions are also a regular phenomenon when the charr are around.
* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: The asura, who function for this reason as HigherTechSpecies to the other races, and whose schtick is basically that they've been studying the foundations of magic for so long that they've turned it into [[{{Magitek}} a form of high technology]].
* SuperMode: The Necromancer Death Shroud, which burns LifeForce to give them access to some... ok spells and one pretty powerful (although it also makes you nearly invulnerable while the pool lasts), but then there is always [[OhCrap LICH FORM!]] The Necromancer's elite specialization grants access to Reaper Shroud as a replacement to Death Shroud, which is effectively an upgrade to it (and especially so with the right gear and traits).
* SupportingLeader: [[spoiler:The player to Trahearne]] towards the end of the game.
** [[spoiler:To many players' chagrin, at that. [=ArenaNet=] have been blasted by very large portions of the community due to Trahearne's... unique involvement with the plot. His sudden commandeering of the story have sprouted memes such as 'Trahearne's Story' and 'Saladbolg', and he is often compared to Guild Wars 1's Kormir due to how they both take all the credit for the player's actions and leave the player feeling shafted.]]
** Playing as a sylvari gives some insight to Trahearne, but otherwise the other races are left blinded on who he is.
** As the Commander and second in command during Heart of Thorns, and Trahearne and most of Destiny's Edge gone missing, you assume command of the Pact [[spoiler:until you kill Trahearne. You are offered the leadership in Season 3, Episode 1, but turn it down as it would largely be a desk job]].
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: (Captain Rendar) "Pira- oh! You're Captain Thackeray's friend, aren't you? No, no pirates here. Good day to you, move along."
* SwordAndGun: An option for thieves and mesmers.
* TacticalSuicideBoss: Quite a few.
** One example is the ghost of Justicar Hablion in Bloodstone Fen, who would be a lot more difficult to defeat if he didn't use an attack that teleports players upwards into the sky...where they can use the extremely powerful aerial skills unique to the map to bomb him to smithereens.
** The Mouth of Zhaitan in ''Victory or Death'' throws Fire Orbs at you as it chases you around the boss arena. These are the only thing that can interrupt its Vortex attack and make it vulnerable for a few seconds.
** The Jade Maw can't be attacked directly. It has to be tricked into firing its OneHitKill eye beam into a reflecting crystal (dropped by its minions). The charged crystal can then be thrown to deal damage to the boss.
** Captain Mai Trin can only be defeated by luring her into the lightning fields dropped by her ally, First Mate Horrik. If Horrik didn't use the lightning blasts (which do a lot less damage than his fire shells in any case), Mai Trin would be completely impervious to harm.
* TakeThat: When asked about subscription fees, Colin Johanson responded by asking "If you're paying a monthly fee for a game, what are you playing for?"
* TakeYourTime: Regardless of how urgent matters may seem in your personal story, you're still free to gallivant around the world doing your own thing. The instance holding your next quest will patiently wait. This was especially noticeable from some personal story missions having a level recommendation of up to three levels in difference from the one you just leveled up to do.
* {{Technobabble}}: The asuran trademark. It's even a skill that can be used to daze enemies at long range.
* TennisBoss: The Jade Maw. The main mechanic is the boss' OneHitKill beam, and the reflective crystals that appear whenever a flunky appears. If a player is holding onto a reflective crystal when they are hit by the beam, it charges up the crystal instead. Throw the charged crystal at the boss for massive damage.
** In the expansion, [[spoiler: Blighted Canach. At certain points in the fight, regular Canach will tell you to stand in his reflective bubble to reflect the boss's damaging grenades back at him, breaking his defiance bar and making him vulnerable again. Eventually he loses the will to fight and tells you to do it yourself, letting you pick up his shield and play a literal game of tennis with the grenades. Or you could just break his defiance bar yourself.]]
* TheUsualAdversaries: Because of the Dynamic Event System, you'll constantly be defending towns, capturing and holding bases from enemies such as the Dredges, Centaurs, Flame Legion, Separatists, Ascalon Ghosts, etc.
* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks and TheBladeAlwaysLandsPointyEndIn: Warriors have a greatsword skill called Bladetrail. It's also a PrecisionGuidedBoomerang that cripples people.
** And when wielding a sword in the offhand, the Warrior can throw his sword, impaling his target. Then he runs up and rips it out for even more damage.
** Rangers can also throw greatswords as well with Crippling Throw. Unlike Bladetrail, the sword doesn't explicitly return to the wielder, but justified in that the skill is typically used in close quarters.
** Worried about the sword not returning back? As a mesmer, you can fling a mere illusion of your greatsword.
* TooFunnyToBeEvil: Lich Form, a necromancers short term transformation that unlocks the full powers of damnation gained in trade for the countless lost souls (and their own as Palawa Joko mentions), it does the... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKlxjbhB9HE Carlton dance]]...
* TrickedOutShoes: [[JetPack Rocket boots]] and [[OilSlick boots that spray an oil slick]] will be available to the engineer.
* TronLines: Asura are incredibly fond of this trope.
* TrueCompanions: Charr warbands, who are raised and trained together from a young age. A charr's Warband is the most important thing to them in charr culture, and one of the race specific questions for charr in their personal story is which member of their warband they're closest to. [[spoiler:Also the only one who survives your first mission.]]
* TurnsRed: Why you don't anger the peaceful quaggan.
* VestigialEmpire: 250 years ago, humans ruled Tyria. Save for the region conquered and enslaved by the undead, humanity in Tyria is now down to ''one'' city, a small swathe of territory around it, and a long besieged fortress. And it's implied that they're losing, thanks in no small part to the DeadlyDecadentCourt of Kryta. Even Lion's Arch has ceased to be a human city and has become a multicultural hub for every race in Tyria.
* VideoGameCaringPotential: Strongly encouraged. You can find allied [=NPCs=] lying unconscious throughout the world and can revive them. This often contributes to Renown Hearts quests.
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: There are a variety of small harmless critters roaming around the world that don't attack you and can't fight back. You get achievements for killing them, which in turn can net you extra experience, money, and items. They also count for "Enemy Kill Variety" requirement of the daily achievement, so killing them is pretty helpful in obtaining the achievement fast.
** There is an achievement for dealing very high amounts of damage in a single hit. Harmless critters are always level zero and take very high damage from every attack. Do the math.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Logan and Rytlock were this in the past. [[WeUSedToBeFriends Now they're just vitriolic.]]
* VolcanicVeins: The sylvari have a bio-luminescent form of this on their bodies that's mostly only visible at night (And even then, clothes and armor usually cover up most of it). The player has a wide selection of the color and intensity of their sylvari's glow (Hint: There's a "Dim lights" option on the character creation screen).
** Destroyers, being minions of the fire dragon, all exhibit this trait.
* {{Warrior Monk}}s: The Durmand Priory.
* WeHaveReserves: [[DarkIsNotEvil Although there's nothing evil about them]], Necromancer player characters often display a pretty cavalier attitude towards their minions.
-->"Kill my minions? I'll just make more."
** Although the female human necromancer occasionally inverts this...
-->"No! I hand-raised that minion!"
** The female sylvari voice as well:
-->"Aww. That minion was ''so'' loyal..."
* WelcomeToCorneria: Present as usual, and actually lampshaded in the personal story mission "Estate of Decay", where your character will actually comment on the fact that the servant they're talking to is repeating the two lines over and over. [[spoiler: That's because the servants are all undead disguised by mesmer magic.]]
* WhamEpisode:
** The Battle of Claw Island. Throughout your character's personal storyline, you ruin and dismantle plots by all manner of local villains, construct warbands, expand the spiritual knowledge of your people, recover ancient artifacts, save your nation, and secure the alliance of a village of neutral creatures. And then this mission comes along. [[spoiler:You discover hints that a massive Risen invasion force is coming to Lion's Arch, and set off to an island fortress to warn and reinforce the local defenders. ''It falls anyway.'' All that history, all those successes against all the threats in your story so far, and you are ''powerless'' to stop the Risen armada. The fortress falls, all but a handful of the defenders are slain, and your mentor, who had been fighting by your side for two successive story arcs, dies. '''You lose.''']] The rest of that particular story arc focuses on regaining the ground that was lost.
** The "Escape From Lion's Arch" patch serves as this for the Living Story Season 1. [[spoiler:Scarlet succeeds where Zhaitan failed when she launches an all-out attack on the city with her three armies (the Molten Alliance, the Aetherblades, and the Toxic Alliance) and ''successfully sacks it''. What used to be the center of player activity in the game gets reduced to a hostile warzone, with all the facilities moved to the Vigil Headquarters for the duration of the patch.]]
** [[spoiler: The end video of the Battle for Lion's Arch shows that the huge drill hits the [[PlaceofPower leylines]] of Lion's Arch and awakens another [[EldritchAbomination Elder Dragon]].]]
** The last chapter of Act 1 of Heart of Thorns has you finding a bunch of prisoners in cages, including Eir and Faolain. [[spoiler:While trying to escape, Eir stops to help Faolain up and is rewarded with a thorn in her back. Eir throws the thorn into Faolain's back as she runs away. Neither one of them manages to escape.]]
** Living Story Season 3 ''starts'' with a Wham Episode:
*** [[spoiler: The Maguuma Bloodstone explodes and ''somebody'' siphons off most of its power.]]
*** [[spoiler: Minister Caudecus Beetlestone, who's been suspected of working with the White Mantle for a while? He's actually ''Confessor'' Caudecus. He is the leader of the White Mantle. Or at least he was... until Lazarus the Dire returns, proclaiming that human squabbles for the throne of Kryta are irrelevant to his goals and absconds again after incinerating a number of White Mantle who doubted his divinity.]]
*** And finally, Taimi drops the WhamLine: [[spoiler: "Primordus is active."]]
* WorldOfPun: From the dredge's communist Moletariat to the charr's cow-launching cattlepult.
** Also the dredge areas of Moledavia, Molensk, Molengrad, Molodets, De Molish Post, or the names Molenin and Molachev.
** Or the skritt city of Skrittsburgh.
* TheWildHunt: It's actually a sylvari concept, [[TheFairFolk fittingly]]. Certain members of the race are called to a mission for the Pale Tree (the GeniusLoci "mother" of the race), and by extension the sylvari as a whole. This quest is called the Wyld Hunt, and it presumably often involves destroying threats to the race as a whole. We later learn that sylvari can have more than one wyld hunt if the first one is completed.
* WeAREStrugglingTogether: All races have a faction that opposes the rest and serve as NPC fodder. The human faction is the most deserving of the TooDumbToLive label. While the political dominance of the humans in the first VideoGame/GuildWars has been reduced to one main city that's under constant siege, the DeadlyDecadentCourt continuously plots murders of civilians and the best Seraph soldiers just to make the queen look bad.
** Every faction opposing the players have at least a few points in their favor:
*** Humans: The DeadlyDecadentCourt thinks the queen is too young and many don't agree with the truce she managed to create with the Charr, since this means relinquishing one of the oldest human kingdoms to an ancient enemy. However, they are not above using bandits to terrorize the countryside in order to make the queen and the Seraph look like incompetents.
*** Charr: The Flame Legion believe that true power comes from the worship of divine beings, since this is what gave the humans the advantage to dominate known Tyria over 200 years ago, and keeping the ancient tradition of their people. Still those traditions proved to be their downfall and refuse to change after all these years. The Renegades are a lesser, distinct faction that defected from the Legions to keep fighting the humans.
*** Asura: The Inquest believe that their research [[TheUnfettered goes beyond ethics and morals]]. To their credit, they've created pretty impressive technology, but at what cost?
*** Norn: The Sons of Svanir believe that Jormag is a valid Spirit of the Wild, as the most powerful predator, as such they want to expand his influence.
*** Sylvari: The Nightmare Court believes that the teachings of Ventari's Tablet are too idealistic, and therefore want turn the Pale Tree into a cynic by using their connection to the Dream to show the Tree how dark and cruel the world can be.
* WhipItGood: One ability available to elementalists is to attack their enemies with a whip made of ''electricity''.
** Some Nightmare Court enemies also use vine whips as their main weapons. You can use one at one point in a Sylvari personal story.
* WingedHumanoid: Harpies are back. [[spoiler:So are the mursaat.]]
* WitchWithACapitalB: A Norn woman thinks that her son is "sneaking off to nuzzle up to that she-wolf [she] forbade him to see."
* YouBastard: A conversation between a sylvari and a norn Mist Warrior in Lion's Arch sums up the typical player attitude in World versus World.
-->'''Sylvari:''' What is evil, anyway? Isn't it just a different view of the same thing?
-->'''Norn:''' Spend some time in the Mist War, and you'll get it. Evil is the enemy. It will destroy us, so we must destroy it first.
-->'''Sylvari:''' I see so many go through that portal who never come out again.
-->'''Norn:''' That's evil's work. You recognize it by how it kills; without purpose, need, or gratitude.
* YouNoTakeCandle: Skritt, when alone or in small numbers, tend to speak like this. Interestingly, this isn't (always) an indication of low intelligence, but a side effect of their own language being extremely fast and efficient.
* ZipMode: As in the first VideoGame/GuildWars, players have the ability to travel instantly, at will, to any "waypoint" that they have discovered in their exploration of the world that isn't contested. Unlike in the first game, however, such "map travel" now costs a fee, which is generally quite small but varies according to the distance the player would like to travel, and also scales with the player's level. There are also "Asura Gates" available in the major cities which can be used to travel between said cities (Lion's Arch is the central node of this network, so in order to travel, say, from the Black Citadel to Hoelbrak, you will need to go through Lion's Arch, much as air travelers often have to go through a "hub city" and change planes in order to reach their destinations).
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