Chat panel

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Chat panel interface.

The chat panel is a customizable user interface element that allows sending messages to other players, communicate with large groups, and displays various in-game messages in real time. Besides communication, chat commands can be used to perform a number of actions, including character emotes.

Chat panel is integrated with other in-game systems through chat links. It allows to insert interactive links referencing certain elements like waypoints, points of interest, items and skills by clicking an element while holding Ctrl or Shift. These links can also be copied from elsewhere, including this wiki, and pasted manually in the chat panel.


The chat panel displays a history of in-game chat for the duration of the login session. Up to five tabs can be set up, each customizable with its own selection of displayed channels.

Player channels[edit]

Shortcut Command Channel activated Seen by... Color Tag
Say Nearby players within 2000 range Green heading: message S
Map Players in the current instance of a zone Pale red heading: message M
/p /party Party Current party or a squad sub-group Blue heading: message P
/d /squad Squad Current squad Pale green heading: message S
/t /team Team Current PvP team: allied worlds in WvW & team in SPvP Bright red heading: message T[note 1]
Private Sends private message
/r replies to the last whisper name
Purple heading: message W
/g /guild Represented Guild Guild members Gold heading: message [G] [Guild Tag]
/g1-5 /guild1-5 Selected unrepresented Guild Guild members Pale gold heading: message [G1-5] [Guild Tag]
  1. ^ In WvW usually followed by another tag, denoting the map the message was sent from. At least the following are possible: EBG, RBL, GBL, BBL and OS. There's no additional tag for messages originating from the Armistice Bastion lounge.

Non-player messages[edit]

Channel Color Information displayed
Combat log White outgoing damage
Off-white incoming damage
Orange non-critical damage
Red critical hit damage
Pink condition damage
Green health healed
Cyan barrier gained
Outgoing damage amount.
Incoming damage amount or experience gain.
Non-critical damage amount.
Critical Damage amount.
Condition damage amount.
Incoming healing amount.
Incoming barrier amount.
Emotes Gray message Displays emotes used by players or NPCs. Emotes directed by an NPC to a player character usually appear only on that player's chat log.
Game messages Sea green message Items obtained, friend list updates, story messages, build template activation, etc.
NPCs Darker sea green heading: Gray message
Pale pink heading: White message
Dialogue from nearby NPCs, scripted dialogue from the player's character (usually during story).
Scripted dialogue from nearby NPCs and the player's character during cutscenes.
System messages Pale green-yellow message Looking For Group tool messages, screenshots saved.
Server messages Yellow message Messages provided by the server that cannot be hidden on any panel, such as warnings regarding game updates and map status messages such as those from meta events.
Error messages Red message Error messages such as "Inventory full", "skill recharging", "Cannot use waypoint while in combat", "No one hears you", etc.


  • One chat line is limited to 199 characters.
  • After sending messages too frequently (unspecified) subsequent messages will be blocked for an undetermined (and possibly variable) length of time with "Your message was suppressed due to excessive messaging." displayed in the chat panel. Using too many words recognized by the profanity filter in succession can lead to automatic suspension of the account.
  • Whisper messages sent to a player that is on the character selection screen will not go through. Whispers sent during loading screens will, however.
  • In WvW only players from your own world can view chat commands, except when using "/w".
  • Free accounts have additional limitations:
    • /map chat messages are rate-limited.
    • Unlock /squad chat for each character at level 30.
    • Get the chat in PvP Lobby unlocked when the account reaches PvP rank 20 (Emotes, Map and Say chat unavailable during matches).
    • Can only whisper players who have added the free account holder to their friend list and one new person every 30 seconds.
    • The July 7, 2020 update added a message to notify players when they are whispering to a player with a Play for Free account who cannot reply. The message reads "This player cannot whisper you back unless you are on the same map or you add them as a friend."


By default, chat panel is situated in the bottom left corner of the screen, and can be pulled upwards to the top left corner by clicking and dragging its by tabs panel. It can also be resized by clicking on its top-right corner and dragging. The "Show/Hide Chat Panel" button on the bottom left makes the chat user interface transparent, and only recent messages are displayed for a period of time.

Chat Options[edit]

Chat Options panel

At the top-left of the Chat panel is the Chat Options settings cog – clicking on it reveals the following settings:

  • Text Size — Specifies the size of text.
    • Drop-down options include "Small", "Medium", and "Large" (similar to "Interface Size" in Options, but only adjusts the size of text within the chat panel.)
  • Profanity Filter — Specifies the amount of profanity to filter in chat and other communications.
    • Drop-down options include "None", "Normal", and "Maximum" (Can also be accessed from F11 Options.)
  • Show Timestamps — Adds the time that each new line of text in the chat panel was added.
    • The format of the timestamps is taken from your computer's system time settings
  • Show Channel Tag — Adds a single letter prefix indicating which channel the text was from.
  • Show In-world Bubbles — Toggles chat dialogue bubbles appearing over player characters.
  • Show Only English — Only shows chatter from other players with their clients configured in English.
    • Also available for other language configurations – in that language. [verification requested]
    • Not available in WvW.


After a loading screen it is possible to create an extra tab, but it will not be saved. If that 6th tab is closed, it will not be possible to create another 6th or greater tab again until the next loading screen, but that 6th tab can be accessed by left-clicking the arrow adjacent to the add tab symbol. In this way an unknown number of extra chat tabs (greater than 16) can be added that are only accessible through the arrow. However, these chat tabs are removed upon re-logging