Home instance

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The home instance is an instanced area within a character's home city based on race, which evolves as they progress through the world.

A character's home instance will change based on their progress and actions in their personal story. For example, character actions could determine the presence or absence of non-player characters, special merchants or even buildings.

Players can invite others to visit their home instance. If a character visits a home instance in a city other than their home city (for example, a charr visiting Salma District), they will see a basic version of the district without any story-related changes.


Race Location name Description Nearest waypoint
Asura tango icon 20px.png Asura Applied Development Lab A laboratory in Rata Sum Magicat Court Waypoint —
Charr tango icon 20px.png Charr Hero's Canton The barracks in the Black Citadel. Hero's Waypoint —
Human tango icon 20px.png Human Salma District Residential district in the north part of Divinity's Reach. Salma Waypoint —
Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn Hunter's Hearth On the upper levels of the Great Lodge of Hoelbrak. Great Lodge Waypoint —
Sylvari tango icon 20px.png Sylvari Dreamer's Terrace A garden that is part of the Pale Tree. Ronan's Waypoint —

List of home instance upgrades[edit]

Upgrades can be added to home instances for all characters on the account. All unlocked objects for the instance owner will appear and can be gathered by other party members. Each object can only be gathered once per day per account.

Gem Store upgrades[edit]

These upgrades can be added by purchasing the relevant upgrade from the Gem Store.

Black Lion Chest upgrades[edit]

These upgrades can be added from very rare drops from Black Lion Chest.

Other upgrades[edit]

These upgrades can be added by earning the relevant consumable from achievements.


  • Activities cannot be started within the home instance of another race.
  • Certain personal story instances take place in the home instance instead of a separate instance.
  • The Home Portal Stone allows players to instantly travel to the home instance and return back to their original location.
Historical upgrades
  1. ^ a b c d These node require historical achievements but can also be purchased from vendors.