Guild Wars 2 Account Types: Free, Core, HoT & PoF

What’s the difference between playing for free and playing on an account with a registered serial code?


See the chart below for a full comparison of free accounts, core accounts, Heart of Thorns, and Path of Fire accounts.

 

 

Free Account

Core Guild Wars 2 Account

Heart of Thorns Account

Path of Fire 
Account

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Free Account Features

Guild Wars 2

Heart of Thorns

Path of Fire

Character Slots (Total)

2

5

5

5*

Bag Slots (Per Character)

3

5

5

5

Playable Professions

Elementalist
Engineer
Guardian
Mesmer
Necromancer
Ranger
Thief
Warrior

Elementalist
Engineer
Guardian
Mesmer
Necromancer
Ranger
Thief
Warrior

Elementalist
Engineer
Guardian
Mesmer
Necromancer
Ranger
Revenant
Thief
Warrior

Elementalist
Engineer
Guardian
Mesmer
Necromancer
Ranger
Thief
Warrior

Profession Masteries

No

No

Yes

Yes

Accessible Regions

Central Tyria

Central Tyria

Central Tyria
Heart of Maguuma

Central Tyria
Crystal Desert

Central Tyria (Core) Maps & Content

Starter maps only until character reaches level 10

Lion’s Arch unlocked for each character at level 35

Yes

Yes

Yes

Guild Hall Access

Full Access to HoT Guild Halls

Full Access to HoT Guild Halls

Full Access to HoT Guild Halls

Full Access to HoT and PoF Guild Halls

Guild Bank Access

No

Yes

(Accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to withdraw.)

Yes

(Accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to withdraw.)

Yes

(Accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to withdraw.)

Guild Enhancements Access

No

No Restrictions

No Restrictions

No Restrictions

In-Game Mail

Can only send to mutual friends

Can’t send gold or items

Yes

(Accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to send gold and items.)

Yes

(Accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to send gold and items.)

Yes

(Accounts created after August 28, 2015 require SMS or app authentication to send gold and items.)

Whisper chat

Except for mutual friends, can only whisper in the same map, one new person every 30 seconds

Yes

Yes

Yes

Map chat

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Squad chat

Unlocked for each character at level 30

Yes

Yes

Yes

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

PvP

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

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

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

Yes

Yes

Yes

Looking For Group

Unlocked for each character at level 30

Yes

Yes

Yes

Raids

No

No

Yes

Yes

Daily Login Bonus

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Gem Store

Items unusable by free accounts (such as glider skin) are unavailable

Yes

Yes

Yes

Currency Exchange**

Gems to gold exchange available, gold to gems exchange unavailable.

Yes

Yes

Yes

Trading Post

Can buy and sell items from a selected list.

Yes

Yes

Yes

World Transfers

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Forum Posting Access

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Depends on the version of Path of Fire, the total base character slots can be raised to 6.

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

 

How do I upgrade my account?


To upgrade your free account to a CoreHeart of Thorns, or Path of Fire account, you will need a serial code purchased from buy.guildwars2.com or one of our official retail partners. Once you have a code, you can redeem it in-game or on your account management page:

  • In-Game: Open the Black Lion Trading Company panel (the default hotkey is [O]), then click "Redeem Code" and then "Redeem Item Code". Enter your code and click "Redeem" to upgrade your account. (Visual Steps to Redeem a Code In-Game)
  • Account Management Page: Login with your account credentials. On the 'Overview' page, click "Redeem a Code" and enter your key. Click "Submit" to complete the process and upgrade your account. (Visual Steps to Redeem a Code using Account Management)

 

I upgraded my account, but the game is still acting as though I’m on a free account!


After you upgrade a free account, you’ll need to exit the game and re-log to see your permissions change.

Note that there’s also a longer delay (up to five days) before mail attachments, the Black Lion Trading Company, and guild banks are unlocked. You should see a message in-game displaying the time remaining before you have full access to these features.

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