Hero challenge

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A hero challenge is a task that, when completed, rewards characters with a hero point. Hero challenges are locked for new accounts until a character reaches level 11.

Completing all of an area's hero challenges is one of the four requirements to earning the corresponding explorer achievement. You will also gain 1 point towards your Skillful achievement track.


There are several types of hero challenges:

  • Direct combat — defeat a single foe (usually an initially friendly one, who offers the challenge).
  • Horde combat — battle a veteran and several weaker enemies; usually summoned by activating an object.
  • Item challenges — an interactive object will give an item that can be consumed to receive a hero point; often located in hard to reach areas.
  • Communing with a place of power.
  • Dialog - during a conversation with an NPC, choose the correct answers from a given selection of possible answers.


Communing is the act of binding with, or gaining unique and powerful knowledge from, an object or "place of power", which is a place emanating magical power, such as sacred objects or areas of certain tribes, or possessing historical significance in Guild Wars lore. Places of power are frequently guarded by a Veteran enemy, which does not have to be defeated, but which can interfere and interrupt the channeling process, which requires a certain time to complete to gain the hero point.

Heroics Notary[edit]

The Heroics Notary in World versus World offers consumable items for Proofs of Heroics. These items will complete a random incomplete hero challenge in the associated region:

List of hero challenges[edit]

Heart of Thorns
World versus World

Map icons[edit]

Status Icon
Core Magus Falls
Uncompleted Hero Challenge empty (map icon).png 32px
Completed Hero Challenge (map icon).png 32px


It is impossible to gain more than the one intended hero point from item challenges by stockpiling them in the account vault/bank, as consuming any of the same item (Cuatl Tonic, for example) a second time will cause it to simply disappear without rewarding another hero point.

In the text boxes for the various hero challenges throughout the map, there are differing icons to start the "communing" ones: a green check mark, a green arrow, or sometimes the crossed swords icon indicating the beginning of a fight with that particular NPC.


  • Before June 23rd 2015, hero challenges were called skill challenges.
  • At one point during development, there were hero challenges in major cities such as Rata Sum.
  • There were 183 hero challenges during the first Beta Weekend Event, 176 during the second, 187 during the third, and 199 hero challenges during the August 2nd stress test.
  • As of the August 9th Stress Test there were 201 hero challenges.
  • As of the August 15th Stress Test there were 203 hero challenges.
  • As of launch day, 28th August 2012, there were 202 hero challenges.