Guild Wars 2 Free Account (Features)

If you don't want to purchase Guild Wars 2 right away, you can play the entire core version of the game entirely for free. The caveat is that free accounts come with restrictions on certain features that could be used to disrupt the game experience of other users.

Here's the breakdown of how a free account differs from a "core" Guild Wars 2 game account, which you make when you purchase the game or one of its expansion packs:

Core Features || Communication || Game Content || Additional Features


CORE FEATURES

 

Free Account

Core Guild Wars 2 Account

Character Slots (Total)

2

5

Bag Slots (Per Character)

3

5

Playable Professions

Elementalist
Engineer
Guardian
Mesmer
Necromancer
Ranger
Thief
Warrior

Elementalist
Engineer
Guardian
Mesmer
Necromancer
Ranger
Thief
Warrior

Profession Masteries

No

No

Accessible Regions

Central Tyria

Central Tyria

Central Tyria (Core) Maps & Content

Characters will be restricted to starter maps until the character reaches level 10.

Lion’s Arch will be unlocked for characters who reach level 35.

No Restrictions


COMMUNICATION

 

Free Account

Core Guild Wars 2 Account

In-Game Mail *

Can only send mail messages to mutual friends.

Can’t send gold or items.

 No Restrictions

Whisper (chat)

Except for mutual friends, can only whisper within the same map.

For non-friends, can only whisper one new person every 30 seconds.

No Restrictions

Map (chat)

Read Only

No Restrictions

Squad (chat)

Unlocked (per character) at level 30.

No Restrictions

PvP (chat)

Team Chat always available.

Chat in PvP Lobby unlocked when the account reaches PvP Rank 20.

Emotes, Map and Say chat unavailable during matches.

No Restrictions

* All accounts are unable to send mail until the first character reaches Level 6, though can receive messages leading up to that time.


GAME CONTENT

 

Free Account

Core Guild Wars 2 Account

Guild Hall Access

Full Access to HoT Guild Halls

Full Access to HoT Guild Halls

Guild Bank Access

No

No Restrictions *

Guild Enhancements Access

No

No Restrictions

PvP

Can only access Custom and Unranked Arenas until PvP Rank 20.

Can only access Custom and Unranked Arenas until PvP Rank 20.

WvW

Unlocked account-wide when one character reaches level 60.

No Restrictions

Looking For Group

Unlocked (per character) at level 30.

No Restrictions

Raids

Cannot Access

Cannot Access

** Accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to withdraw from the Guild Bank.


ADDITIONAL FEATURES

 

Free Account

Core Guild Wars 2 Account

Daily Login Bonus

No

Yes

Gem Store

Items unusable by free accounts (such as the glider or mount skins) are unavailable.

No Restrictions

Currency Exchange ***

Gems to gold exchange available.

Gold to gems exchange unavailable.

No Restrictions

Trading Post

Can buy and sell items from a select list.

Yes

World Transfers

No

Yes

Forum Posting Access

No

Yes

*** All newly-created accounts must wait 72 hours before gems-to-gold transactions can be completed on the currency exchange.