A Birthday Gift is an item received by a character once the character reaches their birthday; this occurs every 365 days that pass the day of character creation. For example, a character created on August 28th, 2012 will receive their first birthday gift on August 28, 2013, and their second birthday gift on August 28, 2014.
Birthday gifts are given per character, not per account. An account does not receive birthday gifts on the anniversary of the account, but based on the "age" of the character. This means if someone created an account in August 2013, but deleted all of their first characters afterwards, birthday gifts will arrive only on the actual date each character's age passes the individual multiples of 365 days.
List of birthday gifts
|Year||Days ||Birthday gift||Gift contents||One-time account rewards |
|1||365||First Birthday Gift|
|2||730||Second Birthday Gift|
|3||1095||Third Birthday Gift|
|4||1460||Fourth Birthday Gift|
|5||1825||Fifth Birthday Gift|
|6||2190||Sixth Birthday Gift|
- Birthday distribution doesn't take leap years into account; characters will receive a gift every 365 days. This means a character's birthday will "drift" backwards by one day every four years.
- The first anniversary of Guild Wars 2 and the distribution of the first birthday gifts coincided with the Clockwork Chaos release in August 2013.
- The original Guild Wars introduced the concept of birthday gifts containing miniatures.
- The initial Headstart period began midnight Pacific Time on 25 August, 2012. However, the oldest possible characters in the game were created about 3 hours earlier, as some persistent players discovered an earlier login was possible. The second headstart began on the 27th and the official launch on the 28th, each at midnight Pacific.