Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire FAQ

Q: When did Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire launch?

A: Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire launched on September 22, 2017.

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Q: Is the expansion “buy to play”?

A: Yes. Path of Fire is a paid expansion to Guild Wars 2, and unlocks a new story, new specializations and content, a new region of the world, mounts, and more. Also, once you buy it, there are no subscription fees. This means you’ll have access to any future updates released for Path of Fire at no cost.

Q: Do I need to buy a copy of the core Guild Wars 2 game to play the expansion?

A: No. The core Guild Wars 2 game is now available to play for free, and purchasing the expansion includes the core world and all of its features! If you are using a free account, you can purchase the expansion to upgrade your Guild Wars 2 account at any time. This even comes with a Max-Level Boost to level-up and equip one character with everything you need to play the expansion content right away.

Q: Do I need to own Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™ in order to play Path of Fire?

Owning Heart of Thorns isn’t required to access Path of Fire content. That said, some content and features are exclusive to Heart of Thorns.

  • You must purchase Heart of Thorns to unlock and use the gliding mastery, as well as all other masteries introduced in and exclusive to that expansion. You will be able to complete all of the content in Path of Fire without the use of any Heart of Thorns-exclusive masteries.
  • You must purchase Heart of Thorns to unlock and use the 9 elite specializations introduced with that expansion.
  • Path of Fire includes access to the Revenant profession, but not the Herald elite specialization. If you only own Path of Fire, you will be able to create a Revenant character and unlock the Renegade elite specialization.
  • You must purchase Heart of Thorns to claim the new guild hall released in Path of Fire, and access the Scribe crafting discipline to fully upgrade your guild hall.

Q: Is Heart of Thorns included for free when I buy Path of Fire?

A: No. We want you to have the option to purchase each expansion exclusively or as a bundle. If you want both expansions, you can add Heart of Thorns during checkout and purchase both expansions together for less than the combined prices of the expansions. If you already own Heart of Thorns or only want to play Path of Fire, you can choose to purchase Path of Fire separate from any other purchase.

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For more information about Path of Fire visit the official site.

Q: What does Path of Fire add to the base game?

A: Path of Fire will take you to the Crystal Desert and Elona: legendary lands first explored in Guild Wars: Nightfall. We’re introducing mounts, which are unlocked through the Mastery system and provide new ways to travel through the game world. You’ll be able to customize your character and playstyle further with a new elite specialization for each of the 9 professions.

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Q: How much does Path of Fire cost?

A: Path of Fire is now available for purchase, and comes in three editions:

  • Path of Fire Standard Edition: includes the base game and the following items:
    • Max-Level Boost.
  • Path of Fire Deluxe Edition: includes the base game and the following items:
    • Max-Level Boost
    • Additional Character Slot
    • Identity Repair Kit
    • Sunspear Outfit
    • Lily of Elon Permanent Pass
  • Path of Fire Ultimate Edition: includes the base game and the following items:
    • Max-Level Boost
    • Additional Character Slot
    • Identity Repair Kit
    • Sunspear Outfit
    • Lily of Elon Permanent Pass
    • 4000 Gems

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Q: Will Path of Fire only be available digitally, or will there be a boxed edition as well?

A: Path of Fire is available exclusively as a digital download. Please visit our official site for a full list of the available editions and exclusive bonus items, or click here to find other official retailers where you can pick up the game.

Q: Will there be a collector’s edition for Path of Fire?

A: While there will not be a physical collector's edition for Path of Fire, the Digital Deluxe and Ultimate editions offer additional digital items beyond the base game. You can find those editions (along with a list of all the items you’ll receive) on our official site.

Q: If I purchased the Standard Edition of Path of Fire, can I upgrade to Deluxe or Ultimate?

A: You can purchase a digital Deluxe Edition upgrade through the Black Lion Trading Company (the in-game store). The Ultimate Edition of Path of Fire must be purchased as a complete edition, and the Standard and Deluxe Editions cannot be upgraded to the Ultimate Edition.

Q: When will I get the gems that are part of my purchase of the Ultimate Edition of Path of Fire?

Gem delivery may take up the 72 hours after purchase. If, for some reason, they don't arrive after that time, you can contact support for assistance.

Q: Do I need to own Path of Fire to play future content releases?

A: Living World Season 4 episodes and raid releases will require Path of Fire to play. As long as you log in while a Living World episode is live, you’ll still unlock it for free and can play it after you upgrade your account.

Any raids released during Season 4 may use both Path of Fire and Heart of Thorns masteries.