- This article is about species. For NPC, see Gargoyle (NPC).
Gargoyles were a race of horned humanoids associated with Ascalon, although some (called "mergoyles") could be found on the beaches of Kryta as well. Little was known about them even back then, other than that they preferred high-up places, they usually possessed mesmeric abilities, and that their skulls were popular collector's items among human Ascalonian necromancers.
Gargoyles came to the surface in around 1070 AE—before the Searing, they could only be found in the Ascalonian Catacombs. After that, they could be seen across Ascalon. They all suddenly and mysteriously disappeared around 140 years ago, according to Shred Gnarltail, and are now presumed to be extinct. Now all that remains of them is the occasional fossil or bone fragment.
The Durmand Priory, an institution with an understandable interest in the sudden, large-scale disappearance of entire species, is discreetly looking into the matter of the disappeared gargoyles.
- Halloween creatures called "Gargoyles" that bore no resemblance to the gargoyles of Guild Wars Prophecies were introduced with the Shadow of the Mad King update in 2012. In subsequent updates these creatures have started to appear in a non-Halloween context, for example in the Blistering Undercroft of the Red Desert Borderlands, or in Fortune's Vale in Desert Highlands.
- The disappearance of the gargoyles was inspired by the 2010–11 midwinter animal mass death events.
- Matthew Medina did not have a particular explanation in mind when he wrote Shred Gnarltail's dialogue.