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A character is a customized avatar of the player in the game. Once created, the player uses the character to participate and progress through any of the three major game modes: Player versus Environment, Player versus Player, and World versus World. The number of characters on an account is limited by the number of slots available for character creation.

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[edit] Creation

Players are guided through a 10-step character creation process where they determine their character's unchangeable characteristics: race, gender, profession, physical appearance, initial biography, and name.

[edit] Hero panel

Once created, information about the character can be accessed through the hero panel. This panel also allows further customization through the character's choice of dye and equipment obtained while playing the game.

[edit] Progression

Characters advance throughout the game by gaining experience until they reach the maximum level cap of 80. Almost every in-game activity provides experience:

[edit] Leveling up

A character leveling up

When a character levels up, they are fully healed, they gain full adrenaline and life force, and they launch and damage all nearby foes. New abilities are unlocked and higher quality equipment become available at certain levels.

Level Unlocks / Significance
5 First utility skill slot unlocked.
Begin earning 1 skill point per level.
7 Weapon swapping unlocked (except for elementalists and engineers).
10 Second utility skill slot unlocked.
14 Minimum level requirement for DMasterwork equipment.
20 Third utility skill slot unlocked.
30 Elite skill slot unlocked.
Adept tier traits unlocked, begin earning 1 trait point every 6 levels.
35 Minimum level requirement for ERare equipment and tier 1 cultural armor and weapons.
60 Master tier traits unlocked.
Minimum level requirement for FExotic equipment and tier 2 cultural armor and weapons.
66 Trait point gain increased to 2 points every 6 levels.
80 Maximum level
Grandmaster traits unlocked; final 2 trait points earned for a total of 14.
Minimum level requirement for GAscended equipment and tier 3 cultural armor and weapons.

After reaching level 80, characters continue to earn a skill point for every 254,000 experience points gained.

[edit] Dynamic level adjustment

Dynamic level adjustment is a game mechanic that automatically scales a character's base attributes to match the effective level of the current area. Level-based unlocks like skill slots and traits are retained.

  • In PvE, characters are only scaled down when in areas with a lower effective level; they are not scaled up when in higher-level areas.
  • In World versus World, characters are always scaled up to level 80.
  • In Structured PvP, characters are scaled up to level 80. Additionally, all skills and traits are unlocked, and the character is given a separate set of PvP-specific max-level equipment.

[edit] Exploring high level areas

The game discourages players from bringing characters into areas that are more than 10 levels above the current character level.

Levels of zones, enemies, hearts, and events more than 10 levels higher than the character are displayed in purple.

Non-player characters detect lower level player characters from a much greater distance than they would detect a character of equal level, and if they are hostile they will rush the character. Combined with the combat difficulties listed below, this makes even basic exploration of higher level zones extremely dangerous.

Characters more than 10 levels below the area level cannot do any of the following:

  • Complete skill challenges, including an item challenge or communing at a place of power.
  • Deal full damage. Characters seven or more levels below their target will deal only glancing blows.
  • Inflict conditions. Enemies will display an Immune message instead.
  • Rally off foe deaths. Lower level downed characters have to be healed, or revived after being defeated.

Lower level characters can still technically do the following, but as a rule of thumb its unlikely and not recommended:

  • Inflict some control effects, if they do not require hitting the target.
  • Complete non-combat renown hearts.
  • Deal enough damage to get loot and to receive credit for events.

[edit] Home instance

Every character has their own home instance. This is an instanced area which varies depending on race and changes as the character levels and completes various objectives in game.

[edit] Notes

  • Accounts include five character slots to start with; you can purchase Character Slot Expansions from the Gem Store.
  • Names are reserved for your account for 24 hours after deleting the character.
  • When a character gains a level they will occasionally say one of the following lines, depending on their race and gender:
Race Gender
Male Female
Asura tango icon 20px.png Asura I'd like to thank my krewe, and my college professors. Look out, genius on the rise.
Can I get any better? Indeed, I can!
That's right. I'm the best.
Charr tango icon 20px.png Charr When you're hot, you're hot.
Time for a promotion.
Moving out.
I did it.
I advance yet again.
I cover myself with glory.
I'm good.
Practice makes perfect.
Human tango icon 20px.png Human I just keep getting better and better!
The gods smile on me!
Like fine wine, I just keep getting better.
Congratulations to me!
Progress makes perfect.
Welcome to the big times. Population: me.
Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn Hold up.
Sylvari tango icon 20px.png Sylvari Look at my talent grow!
This calls for celebration.
That put me in an adventurous mood!
I'm on my way to greener fields.
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