Skill challenge

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A skill challenge is a task that, when completed, rewards characters with a skill point. Skill challenges are unlocked at level 13; at lower levels, they are not shown on the map and cannot be interacted with.

Completing all of an area's skill 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 Skill 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 skill 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 skill point.

List of skill challenges[edit]

Skill challenges in World vs World[edit]

Location Area Level Skill challenge
Eboneigh Territory Green Borderlands --- Consume Centaur Feed
Hero's Lodge Green Borderlands 80 Defeat the Spider Queen
Neuskrittia Green Borderlands --- Commune with the Skritt Shiny
Blackwicker Territory Red Borderlands 80 Defeat the Centaur Chief
Chitaritta Red Borderlands --- Consume Skritt Stew
Victor's Lodge Red Borderlands --- Commune with Mysterious Energy
Brownmane Territory Blue Borderlands --- Commune with Centaur Totem
Champion's Demense Blue Borderlands --- Consume Spider Egg
Chitterogg Blue Borderlands 80 Defeat the Skritt King
Darkrait Inlet Eternal Battlegrounds --- Commune with Krait Reliquary
Molevek Works Eternal Battlegrounds --- Commune with Dredge Furnace
Orgath Uplands Eternal Battlegrounds --- Commune with Harpy Nesting Grounds
Stonemist Castle Eternal Battlegrounds --- Commune with Heart of Stone

Map icons[edit]

Skill point empty.png Uncompleted.
Skill point.png Completed.


It is impossible to gain more than the one intended skill-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 with no additional skill-point earnt.

In the text boxes for the various skill 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.


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