Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire

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Balthazar threatens the Crystal Desert and adjoining kingdom of Elona with his Forged legions. Explore vast new maps filled with magic-drenched desert plains, ancient temples and ruins, and beautiful oases. Uncover the secrets of Tyria's history, and discover the fate of the Elonian people after years of silence.

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Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire is the second expansion pack for Guild Wars 2. It was released on September 22, 2017, at approximately 16:00 UTC+00:00.[1][2]


The expansion is available through the official website and the in-game Black Lion Trading Company panel.

  • External source — creating a new account or upgrading an existing account requires the redemption of the serial code
  • In-game panel — upgrading an existing account will automatically be applied to the account used to purchase the upgrade
Editions available
  • Standard Edition ($29.99 / €29,99 / £25.99)
Editions unavailable
  • Deluxe Edition ($54.99 / €54,99 / £47.99)
  • Ultimate Edition ($79.99 / €79,99 / £69.99)
Items Standard Deluxe Ultimate
Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire (expansion) 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns (expansion) 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Access to associated Living World content 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Level-80 Boost (+Shared Inventory Slot) 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Additional Character Slot 0No 1Yes 1Yes
Identity Repair Kit 0No 1Yes 1Yes
Spearmarshal's Presence 0No 1Yes 1Yes
Lily of the Elon Permanent Pass 0No 1Yes 1Yes
4000 Gems ($50 / €50 / £42.50 value) 0No 0No 1Yes
  • As of August 30, 2019, all accounts that own or buy Path of Fire will receive the previous expansion, Heart of Thorns, for free.
  • As of July 27, 2021, with the End of Dragons expansion and the collection available for pre-purchase, the deluxe and ultimate editions of Path of Fire are unavailable from the official online store.

Upgrading to Deluxe Edition[edit]

Players who have bought the Standard version of the expansion can choose to upgrade to the Deluxe edition via the Black Lion Trading Company for 2,400 Gem. You cannot upgrade to Ultimate from either Standard or Deluxe.


Save Tyria from the God of Fire and War in Guild Wars 2: Path of Fire! Unlock six world-class mounts, each with unique abilities that will change the way you play forever. Explore five new maps in the Crystal Desert, nine elite specializations, and more!

— in-game pop-up


Primary article: Path of Fire story

Humanity has worshipped the six gods for centuries, even as their prayers went unanswered. Now the god of fire and war, Balthazar, has made an unexpected return, only to reveal himself as a ruthless manipulator with little regard for mortal life.

Tyria's heroes thwarted the first stage of his catastrophic plan to destroy the Elder Dragons—but now he's raised a zealous army to cut a path of terror and destruction across the south. You must halt their march before Balthazar sets the foundations of the world ablaze.


Crystal Desert[edit]


  • Six new mounts as part of the mastery system. They are available for use across all of Tyria, not just within the Crystal Desert (including guild halls, but not instances anterior to PoF).[3]
    • The Raptor — A hardy saurian, capable of leaping horizontally across long distances.
    • The Springer — A large jerboa-like creature, capable of jumping vertically to great heights.
    • The Skimmer — A floating manta ray-like creature, capable of hovering above water and environmental hazards.
    • The Jackal — An elemental canine, capable of blinking across short distances and of making precision jumps.
    • The Griffon — A cat-bodied bird, capable of gliding across the sky with great speed.
    • The Warclaw — A suit of enchanted armor in the shape of a large cat, found within World versus World.

Elite specializations[edit]

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Other features[edit]

Living World Season 4[edit]

Note: Living World Season episodes are not bundled with the expansion and have to be either purchased from the Gem Store or claimed during free access periods.

The Icebrood Saga[edit]

Note: Living World Season episodes are not bundled with the expansion and have to be either purchased from the Gem Store or claimed during free access periods.



Concept art[edit]



  • Two preview weekends were available to all players—the first from Friday, August 11 through Sunday, August 13, and the second on Friday, August 18 through to Sunday, August 20.[4]
  • Two stress tests were available for all players—one on August 31,[5] and the second on September 7[6]—for only about 2 hours each.
  • Pre-purchasing became available on August 1, 2017. Accounts that pre-purchased received:

External links[edit]

Developer Diaries