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 —

Resource nodes[edit]

Resource nodes can be added to available home instances for all characters on the account. Each node can only be gathered once per day per account.

Nodes purchased from the Gem Store[edit]

Ten nodes can be added to your home instance by purchasing the relevant upgrade from the Gem Store.

Nodes gained from Black Lion Chests[edit]

Ten nodes can be added to your home instance as very rare drops from Black Lion Chest. These unlock:

Nodes acquired within the game[edit]

Three nodes can be added by purchasing the relevant consumable from a Laurel Merchant for 25 Laurel and 15 Gold coin.

One node can be added by receiving the relevant consumable from Treasure Hunter achievement in Rare Collections.


The three consumables above could also be obtained for completing various objectives during the Living Story:

Place of power[edit]

A place of power can also be added to your home instance by using the Krait Obelisk Shard consumable from a Laurel Merchant for 25 Laurel and 15 Gold coin.


This consumable was also available during parts of the Living Story:


  • 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.