FAQ: Game Regions

During the registration process, your ArenaNet account is automatically assigned a region that can later be viewed on the Account Management page. This is primarily an internal designation, and does not limit or change the way you interact with the game itself: North American and European players will still be able to play and switch between servers in either region, and Chinese players will be able to choose between any servers in the Chinese region.

Below are some of the most frequently asked questions and answers about the regions and servers (or "worlds") available in Guild Wars 2.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the regional designations for Guild Wars 2?

Depending on where you purchase and register the game, your Guild Wars 2 account will be assigned to one of four regions:

  • Europe: Defined as Western and Eastern Europe. Players in this region connect to the European datacenter.
  • North America: Defined as Canada, Mexico, and the United States. Players in this region connect to the North American datacenter.
  • China: All areas of China connect to the China datacenter, which hosts its own Guild Wars 2 servers. More information about Guild Wars 2 China can be found on the official site.
  • Other: Players in countries not listed above will connect to the North American datacenter by default.

A more granular breakdown of countries and their designations can be found below.

How do I register from my region?

During registration, your region is assigned according to your serial code and the area where you're connecting to the servers. Please note that your code must match the region where you're registering your account:

  • Customers in North America must register the North American version of the game.
  • Customers in Europe must register the European version of the game.
  • Customers in China must register the Chinese version of the game.
  • Customers in other regions may register any version of the game.

Note that when you purchase the game from buy.guildwars2.com, you will automatically receive the correct serial code for your region. If, for some reason, you do not, please contact support for assistance.

Once you've successfully completed the registration process, your account essentially becomes a global account. This not only means that you are free to select the game server where you want to play, but means that you can access your account from anywhere on the planet.

Why do you designate regions for Guild Wars 2?

Regions are primarily used to support our local retail partners, though they also allow us to provide offers and deals based on local market trends in different areas of the world.

When it comes to your account, the region designation is used to help you connect to the optimal data center—where you'll have the best connectivity and experience playing the game—and to connect you with a localized support team in the event that you run into problems along the way.

If I purchase the game from buy.guildwars2.com, what serial code do I receive?

Customers who buy directly from buy.guildwars2.com will automatically receive the correct serial code for their region.

I travel frequently; will I still be able to play Guild Wars 2?

Yes! The one-time verification system simply confirms that you have purchased the correct version of the game for your area of the world. Once that has been confirmed, you may play from anywhere you can login.

How does regional restriction affect my Guild Wars 2 home world?

The first time you start the game, you will be asked to select your home world. While we display the worlds that are hosted in your regional data center by default, you are free to select a home world from any region! So if you are a European player who prefers to play on North American worlds, feel free to change regions and select the world of choice.

Does my region affect my language options?

Not at all! You can choose and swap freely between any of our supported languages: English, French, German, and Spanish.

When you install Guild Wars 2, the game client defaults to your operating system language, or to English if your language isn't supported. If you want to change the text and audio to play in a different language, you can make the change when you open the Guild Wars 2 Launcher:

  1. Launch Guild Wars 2.
  2. In the upper left corner, select your preferred language.
  3. The client will re-launch and begin downloading the audio files for the selected language.

You can also change the language of your in-game text using the Options menu (accessible by pressing the [F11] key, by default).

What is the regional designation for my country?

Here's a list of regional designations and the countries that fall into each region:


Country Code
Aland Islands AX
Albania AL
Andorra AD
Austria AT
Belgium BE
Bosnia and Herzegovina BA
Bulgaria BG
Croatia HR
Cyprus CY
Czech Republic CZ
Denmark DK
Estonia EE
Faroe Islands FO
Finland FI
France FR
Germany DE
Gibraltar GI
Greece GR
Greenland GL
Guernsey GG
Hungary HU
Iceland IS
Ireland IE
Isle of Man IM
Italy IT
Jersey JE
Latvia LV
Liechtenstein LI
Lithuania LT
Luxembourg LU
Macedonia MK
Malta MT
Monaco MC
Montenegro ME
Netherlands NL
Norway NO
Poland PL
Portugal PT
Romania RO
San Marino SM
Serbia RS
Slovakia SK
Slovenia SI
Spain ES
Sweden SE
Switzerland CH
Turkey TR
United Kingdom GB
Vatican City VA


Country Code
American Samoa AS
Canada CA
Guam GU
Mexico MX
Puerto Rico PR
U.S. Minor Outlying Islands UM
United States of America US
Virgin Islands, U.S. VI


Country Code
Afghanistan AF
Algeria DZ
Angola AO
Anguilla AI
Antarctica AQ
Antigua and Barbuda AG
Argentina AR
Armenia AM
Aruba AW
Australia AU
Azerbaijan AZ
Bahamas BS
Bahrain BH
Bangladesh BD
Barbados BB
Belarus BY
Belize BZ
Benin BJ
Bermuda BM
Bhutan BT
Bolivia BO
Botswana BW
Bouvet Island BV
Brazil BR
British Indian Ocean Territory IO
Brunei Darussalam BN
Burkina Faso BF
Burundi BI
Cambodia KH
Cameroon CM
Cape Verde CV
Cayman Islands KY
Central African Republic CF
Chad TD
Chile CL
China * CN
Colombia CO
Comoros KM
Congo CG
Congo, Democratic Republic of the CD
Cook Islands CK
Costa Rica CR
Cuba CU
Djibouti DJ
Dominica DM
Dominican Republic DO
Ecuador EC
Egypt EG
El Salvador SV
Equatorial Guinea GQ
Eritrea ER
Ethiopia ET
Falkland Islands FK
Fiji FJ
French Guiana GF
French Polynesia PF
French Southern Territories TF
Gabon GA
Gambia GM
Georgia GE
Ghana GH
Grenada GD
Guadeloupe GP
Guatemala GT
Guinea GN
Guinea-Bissau GW
Guyana GY
Haiti HT
Heard Island and McDonald Islands HM
Honduras HN
Hong Kong HK
India IN
Indonesia ID
Iran IR
Iraq IQ
Israel IL
Ivory Coast CI
Jamaica JM
Japan JP
Jordan JO
Kazakhstan KZ
Kenya KE
Kiribati KI
Korea, North KP
Korea, South KR
Kuwait KW
Kyrgyzstan KG
Laos LA
Lebanon LB
Lesotho LS
Liberia LR
Libya LY
Macao MO
Madagascar MG
Malawi MW
Malaysia MY
Maldives MV
Mali ML
Marshall Islands MH
Martinique MQ
Mauritania MR
Mauritius MU
Mayotte YT
Micronesia, Federated States of FM
Moldova MD
Mongolia MN
Montserrat MS
Morocco MA
Mozambique MZ
Myanmar MM
Namibia NA
Nauru NR
Nepal NP
Netherlands Antilles AN
New Caledonia NC
New Zealand NZ
Nicaragua NI
Niger NE
Nigeria NG
Niue NU
Norfolk Island NF
Northern Mariana Islands MP
Oman OM
Pakistan PK
Palau PW
Palestinian Territory, Occupied PS
Panama PA
Papua New Guinea PG
Paraguay PY
Peru PE
Philippines PH
Qatar QA
Reunion RE
Russia RU
Rwanda RW
Saint Helena SH
Saint Lucia LC
Saint Pierre and Miquelon PM
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines VC
SaintKitts and Nevis KN
Samoa WS
Sao Tome and Principe ST
Saudi Arabia SA
Senegal SN
Seychelles SC
Sierra Leone SL
Singapore SG
Solomon Islands SB
Somalia SO
South Africa ZA
Sri Lanka LK
Sudan SD
Suriname SR
Swaziland SZ
Syria SY
Tahiti XC
Taiwan TW
Tajikistan TJ
Tanzania TZ
Thailand TH
Togo TG
Tokelau TK
Tonga TO
Trinidad and Tobago TT
Tunisia TN
Turkmenistan TM
Turks and Caicos Islands TC
Tuvalu TV
Uganda UG
Ukraine UA
United Arab Emirates AE
Uruguay UY
Uzbekistan UZ
Vanuatu VU
Venezuela VE
Vietnam VN
Virgin Islands, British VG
Wallis and Futuna WF
Western Sahara EH
Yemen YE
Zambia ZM
Zimbabwe ZW

* Please note that Guild Wars 2 China accounts will be assigned to the China region. Accounts registered from China using the non-China version Guild Wars 2 will be assigned to the Other region.