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Disambig icon.png This article is about the game mechanic. For the achievements category, see World vs World (achievements). For World Experience and Ability Points, see World Experience.
The four World versus World Maps

World versus World (also known as WvW) is a Player versus Player game mode where players from three different servers, or worlds, battle in the Mists. It features open-world combat on five large maps with up to several hundreds of players per map. In World versus World, players can besiege objectives such as Keeps and Towers with siege weapons, and battle over resources, to win rewards for their world and World Experience for themselves.

Getting there[edit]

  • WvW Menu Bar icon.png
    World vs. World panel (default B), then at the top select the WvW map to enter. Free-to-play accounts will gain access to this panel at level 60
  • Asura gate (map icon).png
    Asura gates located at Lion's Arch lead to each WvW map. Each WvW map has asura gates to travel to other WvW maps.
  • Waypoint (map icon).png
    Waypoints can be used to travel between WvW maps if the player is already in a WvW map.


You may return to your location prior to entering the mists anytime that you are not in combat by selecting Leave the Mists in the lower-right corner of the
WvW Menu Bar icon.png
World vs. World panel (default B). If that location was an instance then you will be returned to your location prior to entering the instance. Relogging has the same effect. If you would prefer, go to Lion's Arch using the Asura gate in the starting area.


Stonemist Castle being besieged.

WvW is designed to accommodate players that would not normally participate in PvP. For instance, the high player limit means that a new player can get involved without immediately feeling pressured to contribute. In addition, objectives are available for a variety of group sizes, so players don't need to be members of dedicated guilds in order to be productive. There are also PvE objectives in the world such as hero challenges, events and jumping puzzles.

Player limits are based on the server resources being used. If too many players try to log onto a map, additional players will be placed in a queue (and can continue playing on other maps, including other WvW maps). The limit number is split equally among all three worlds.[1]

Players joining WvW will have their level and attributes dynamically adjusted to level 80. Skills, traits, experience and equipment can be obtained within WvW, so character progression can be done without ever needing to switch to PvE. Each character on an account has separate lists of WvW traits, but experience gained on one character is account-wide.

Players may leave or join WvW at any time with only a few restrictions:

  • Players who are idle for a certain amount of time will be automatically removed from WvW, but can rejoin at any time.
  • Players who attempt to join a map that is full can queue for a space while joining one of the other maps in the meantime.


WvW stats and bonuses

Participation in World versus World may result is various rewards:

WXP upgrades may be purchased with World Ability Points. One is received for every WvW rank achieved. These may be used by clicking the World vs. World rank and abilities icon.png rank and abilities icon on the World vs. World panel. World ability points are accumulated account-wide, but may be allocated differently for each character. WvW Rank titles are displayed above a character's head while in WvW.

L.80 Gold Contribution (Capture)
Event Type Exp Bar Coin Experience WXP Karma
Castle 26% Silver coin 80 Copper coin 66,680 
1000 1,700 Karma.png
Keep 21% Silver coin 84 Copper coin 53,344 
800 1,360 Karma.png
Tower 10.5% Silver coin 92 Copper coin 26,672 
400 680 Karma.png
Camp 5.3% Silver coin 96 Copper coin 13,336 
200 340 Karma.png
Shrine  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Sentry 2.6% 98 Copper coin 6,668 
100 170 Karma.png
Dolyak 1.3% 49 Copper coin 3,334 
50 85 Karma.png
L.80 Gold Contribution (Defense)
Event Type Exp Bar Coin Experience Karma
Castle 5.3% Silver coin 96 Copper coin 13,336 
340 Karma.png
Keep 5.3% Silver coin 96 Copper coin 13,336 
340 Karma.png
Tower 3.9% Silver coin 47 Copper coin 10,002 
255 Karma.png
Camp 2.6% 98 Copper coin 6,668 
170 Karma.png
Shrine  ?  ?  ?  ?
Sentry  ?  ?  ?  ?
Dolyak  ?  ?  ?  ?
Event Type Exp Bar Coin Experience WXP Karma
EB Dredge 5.3% Silver coin 96 Copper coin 13,336 
150 340 Karma.png
EB Ogres 5.3% Silver coin 96 Copper coin 13,336 
150 340 Karma.png
EB Hyleks 5.3% Silver coin 96 Copper coin 13,336 
150 340 Karma.png


Interface at the top of your screen.


The interface used in Borderlands and Eternal Battlegrounds at the top of your screen. Edge of the Mists uses a different interface.

  • (1) The blue-ish bar at the top of the display shows your current WvW experience until reaching the next rank.
  • (2) The current war score of all 3 teams, cumulative throughout all Borderlands and Eternal Battlegrounds.
  • (3) Potential points that may be added to the war score of your team when the current tick timer expires.
  • (4) Current Tick Timer: the time remaining until those points are applied.
  • (5) Amount of supplies you are holding.
  • (6) Breakdown of potential points for all 3 teams - Displayed when hovering over (3)
  • Your team is indicated by the background color of both (3) and (5)

Objective upgrades[edit]

Primary article: Objective upgrade

Upgrade defenses to control objectives longer and increase your team's war score. There are two kinds of upgrade:

  • Automatic Upgrades, which are timed-based (30 minutes, 2 hours and 6 hours) from the point the objective was captured.
  • Guild Claiming, which are time-based (10 minutes, 30 minutes and one hour) after the objective has been claimed by a guild. Tactics and improvements must be manually slotted (configured) to become available. A guild may claim any objective held by their team that has not already been claimed, but only one objective at a time on a map may be claimed by a guild.


Use the WvW objective UI, which is available by speaking to a quartermaster or left-clicking an objective map icon. It allows:

  • Display of the current status of objective upgrades.
  • Claiming the objective and optionally checking the Public Tactic Activation box.
  • Slotting (configuring) Tactics and Improvements for claimed objectives.

You may view the upgrade status of any objective, even those held by an enemy team.


Depending on the type of objective, there are a number of obstacles that must be overcome before it can be captured. The following table lists the defenses that each objective type possesses:

Resource camp Tower Keep Stonemist Castle
Guards 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Walls/Door 0No 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Lord1 0No 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Inner Walls 0No 0No 1Yes 1Yes

1. Champion Tower Lord, Champion Keep Lord or Legendary Castle Lord.

Guards are capable of holding out against small strike teams, their main purpose however is to buy time and assist allied players.[2]

To capture an objective the Lord has to be defeated. The Lord is at the center of the objective, in case of Towers and Keeps, inside the walls. In these cases, the only way to attack the Lord is to bring down the walls or gates first. Mesmers can portal players past walls, but there has to be a breach for the mesmer to enter in the first place. After defeating the Lord of the objective, a capture circle will appear. Alive or downed enemy players (that are not invulnerable nor invisible) or NPCs inside the capture circle prevent capping.

The longer a world holds an objective, the more it will be upgraded to make it harder to capture.

Siege weapons[edit]

Primary article: Siege weapon

Siege weapons are environmental weapons that can be built to accomplish a particular purpose. For instance, arrow carts and cannons are very effective against clustered enemies, ballistae at destroying enemy siege equipment, and trebuchets for breaking down doors and walls.

Player damage is severely limited against doors, and zero against walls. Therefore siege weapons are an integral part of capturing a walled objective. With the exception of the siege golem, all siege weapons are stationary and cannot be moved.

To create a siege weapon, a player must create a build site by using a blueprint at the desired location. The weapon is constructed after it receives enough supply from players. Operation of the weapon is on a first-come/first-served basis. However, the player who placed the blueprint has priority, even if someone else is already using the weapon -- they can remove other players from any siege weapon except for golems.

Certain siege weapons can be acquired through objective upgrades. These siege weapons do not require blueprints.

Spawn points[edit]

Spawn points are waypoints on each of the battlegrounds. There are two types of spawn points; those which provide permanent access and those within objectives.

Each World versus World map includes three permanent waypoints, one for each team, to allow basic access to the map regardless of which team is dominating. These waypoints cannot be used by other worlds and are housed in objectives protected by Legendary Defenders. Each spawn point includes a set of NPCs where players may repair their armor, sell loot, or buy blueprints. There are several paths out of each spawn location. It is impossible to camp a spawn, as players and most NPCs in the spawn area are invulnerable.

Other waypoints can be added to some objectives through objective upgrades. These waypoints provide fast travel, allowing quicker access across the map. A waypoint cannot be used if the objective it is housed in is under attack.

Enemy players[edit]

Killing an enemy player in WvW will result in experience and loot. Loot often includes Badges of Honor but is otherwise randomly generated; the defeated player does not actually lose anything through being defeated, but they still take durability damage as with any other death. As a result, combat will usually occur when attacking or defending an objective.

The names of players from other worlds are not shown. Instead, they appear as "<world> <rank>". For instance, a player from the Darkhaven world at World Experience Rank 3 will be "Darkhaven Invader". Guild tags are still shown, appended to their name.

Resurrection timer[edit]

When a player is defeated in WvW, a 5 minute timer starts. The player can choose to revive at an uncontested waypoint immediately, however after 5 minutes the player is automatically revived at their spawn point for that map.


Supply is a special resource in WvW used for the following:

Each tower, keep and castle has a stockpile of supply that is replenished by supply caravans delivering from resource camps. Stockpiled supply can be collected by players, each of whom may carry a maximum of 10 units untraited and up to 15 while traited and unbuffed (With an additional 5 possible through Art of War). Supplies do not show up in your inventory, but you can see the number of supplies you carry at the top of your screen in WvW.

A stockpile of supply will allow defenders to keep their doors and walls repaired or to build defensive siege weapons. Similarly, attackers need supply to construct their offensive siege weapons. Supply is therefore the basic resource around which WvW revolves.

Map-specific mechanics[edit]

Eternal Battlegrounds' mercenaries[edit]

Three groups of NPC mercenaries are present in the Eternal Battlegrounds:

Helping out the mercenaries by completing a dynamic event to earn their loyalty will result in them joining your world's side. E.g. saving Orgath Uplands from hostile harpies will result in Ogres joining your cause; thus, attacking, capturing, and reinforcing nearby supply camps.

Matching of worlds[edit]

Worlds in WvW are matched up based on their ranking using a modified Glicko rating,[3] so that high-ranked worlds will battle other high-ranked worlds, and low-ranked worlds will battle other low-ranked worlds. This attempts to ensure that every world has a fair chance of winning matches despite differing levels of player participation or skill.[4]

Leaderboards for WvW rankings are updated online for both North America and Europe.

Weekly WvW reset[edit]

At reset players will see a dialog that shows the end score and it states at which position your server is. After a short while they will receive a warning in yellow text that states reset is in motion and they will be sent to Lion's Arch. Approximately 15-20 minutes later, players will be able to enter WvW again.

Times of WvW reset.

Tournament system[edit]

Periodically, tournaments (previously known as a season) will be held for World versus World. Worlds fight other worlds over the course of multiple weeks to earn points; 1st place gives 5 points, 2nd place gives 3 points, and 3rd place gives 1 point. At the end of the tournament, players in each world receive rewards for their world's ranking based on points earned. Throughout the tournament, players can earn individual rewards through limited time achievements and achievement rewards.


Players who participate in tournaments receive WvW Tournament Claim Tickets to trade for other rewards from the Battle Historian. These rewards include Hero's weapons, Mistforged Hero's weapons, Mini Dolyak, ascended accessories, and more.

Tournaments held so far

Jumping puzzles[edit]

Each map contains a jumping puzzle; the Mistwrought Vault in the north-west of each borderlands, and the Obsidian Sanctum in the eternal battlegrounds, accessible from the WvW menu. The Mistwrought Vault is achievable each day on each of the maps. Completing one does not deny rewards for the other two. At the end of each of the four puzzles is a chest that rewards some equipment, siege blueprints and badges of honour, as well as the associated achievement from completing it. They are also notably difficult to complete because they are shared across the competing worlds, forcing players to encounter hostile players while trying to navigate the puzzle.


WvW battles generally fall into a spectrum between one-on-one combat and zergs.


Primary article: Zerg

In most WvW, there is some form of zerg where large numbers of players congregate to capture objectives. Zergs are usually led by 1 or more commanders. This allows friendly players who are not part of the zerg to know the current position of the zerg.

The role of an individual player in a zerg is not clearly defined; however, they tend to follow standard RPG archetypes:

  • Front-line / Tank
  • DPS
  • Support
  • CC

The combat among zergs can also be divided into open field and wall fighting, where the latter describes the situation of one team fighting from the top of the walls of a tower, keep or castle. Front-line role occurs in open area combat. It is usually filled by tank professions such as Guardian or Warrior. They can push the line or flank the enemy zerg in an open area fight. In the case of wall fighting, front-line role is at a minimal.


Roamers are usually individuals or very small groups that go behind enemy lines to achieve objectives that would normally be impractical or impossible for a zerg. They include:

  • Killing or deterring enemy stragglers and reinforcements
  • Defending and destroying supply caravans
  • Capturing enemy camps
  • Tagging (or tapping) - Attacking an enemy keep sufficiently that it (and its waypoint, if any) becomes contested
  • Providing intel about enemy zerg size and position
  • Creating diversion for enemy zerg

Roamers generally require high survivability and escapability.

Scouts (Scouting)[edit]

Scouts are those individuals who tend to look out or babysit one objective. Scouting an objective may vary from, Keeps, Towers, Camps to even some points. Scouts, are useful to a purpose which even sometimes roamers cannot fulfil.

  • Tend to stay and keep lookout for a specified objective even if there are fights happening in the same map.
  • Responsible for upgrading and keeping it safe.
  • Calling for assistance if enemy zerg hits your objective, the response if faster.
  • Responsible for keeping the siege refreshed in the objective.
  • Provides precise intel if the objective is tagged or is being attacked.
  • And in most cases, upgrading the objective and keeping check on the supply.


  • Free accounts unlock World versus World account-wide when one character reaches level 60.


  • The amount of points awarded for holding Stonemist Castle was reduced from 50 to 35 points in the September 14th, 2012 update. This was done because Stonemist became easier to capture, because the Legendary Castle Lord was moved to the lower floor (the initial placement of the Castle Lord on the second floor resulted in abuse of Arrow Carts, firing from other floors into the lord room).
  • Orbs of Power were removed in the November 1st, 2012 update.
  • Before April 17th, 2013, WvW matches reset on Saturdays at 00:00 UTC.
  • The inspiration for World versus World came from Dark Age of Camelot's realm vs. realm battles.
  • WvW and World vs World are the terms used by both players and by ArenaNet to refer to what is technically World vs World vs World. In game, NPCs refer to it as the Mist War or Battle for the Mists.


  1. ^
  2. ^ IncGamers’ Guild Wars 2 Interview - Part 2, IncGamers
  3. ^ Mike Ferguson, I’m a Guild Wars 2 Developer. AMA about the next Beta Weekend. Reddit
  4. ^ Mike Ferguson on Guild Wars 2 World vs. World ArenaNet Blog