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New users pressing the "edit" button on any page can be intimidated by the wiki mark-up. On a wiki, certain characters or sequences of characters behave differently to how they would in any other context. For example, to format a word in italic, you include it in two pairs of apostrophes like ''this''.

This page aims to be a useful reference, listing the most frequently found wiki mark-up that will be encountered. That being said, the best way to learn the syntax is by trial and error. Most wiki users start off by fixing typos or other small things until they get a feel for the syntax, but there is nothing stopping a new editor from creating a page straight away. As an example, if you wanted to create a new page for a new NPC, you could copy the source code from an existing NPC's page and paste it onto the new page.

Editing syntax[edit]

Desired Effect Input Output
Applies anywhere
Italicise text

''Anything between double apostrophes will show up italicized.''

Anything between a double apostrophe will be italicized.

Bold text

'''Anything between triple apostrophes will show up in bold.'''

Anything between triple apostrophes will show up in bold.

Bold and italic text

'''''Anything between quintuple (triple and double together) apostrophes will show up in bold and italicized.'''''

Anything between quintuple (triple and double together) apostrophes will show up in bold and italicized.

Internal link

(within Guild Wars 2 Wiki)

Anything between double square brackets will become an internal link:
Any link suffixed (within the brackets still) with "|<display text>" will display an alternate text version of the same link:
 [[skill|What is a skill?]]
Alternate text isn't necessary for suffixed variants of a word. Simply place the suffix after the double brackets:
 [[skill]]s, [[engineer]]ing
Any link to a page that doesn't exist yet will show up in red. Clicking on this link will take you to a new page with no content that you can create.
 [[Yet another skill]]

What is a skill?
skills, engineering
Yet another skill

Internal link

to an image or category

To link to an image uploaded on the wiki, prefix the location with a colon. Without the colon, the actual image is displayed.
The same concept applied to any category. Without the colon, the page is categorized into the category, instead of linking to it.
 [[:Category:Guild Wars 2]]

Category:Guild Wars 2

Interwiki link

(to Guild Wars Wiki or Wikipedia)

Interwiki links are much like internal links, except they are prefixed with their external destination:
 [[gw1:Main Page|GWW's main page]]
 [[wikipedia:Main page|Wikipedia's main page]]

GWW's main page
Wikipedia's main page

Redirect to another page

To redirect an article, put the following line with your target destination of choice (see "Internal link") on any page you want to redirect from:
 #REDIRECT [[Profession]]


External link

(to other websites)

Single square brackets (or none at all) are used for external links:
To alter the display text, unlike internal linking, a space is used:
 [ Guild Wars 2 official website]

Guild Wars 2 official website

Sign your posts

on talk pages

Signing your posts is required for other users to see who left the comment. Unregistered users' comments are signed with their IP. To sign, put 4 tildes after your comment:
 Your comment. ~~~~

Your comment. Your username 10:47, 24 February 2024 (UTC)


To display an image, treat them as internal links, suffixed by a fixed width if required:
 [[File:GW2Logo new.png]]
 [[File:GW2Logo new.png|100px]]
Suffixing for a fixed height and/or fixed position if required:
 [[File:GW2Logo new.png|x100px|right]]

GW2Logo new.png
GW2Logo new.png
Thumbnail image

To display a thumbnail of an image (usually only seen on articles and their talk pages), treat them as internal links, suffixed by "|thumb" and a caption text. Links can also be present in the caption text:
 [[File:GW2Logo new.png|thumb|Official ''[[Guild Wars 2]]'' logo]]

Official Guild Wars 2 logo
Image link

To use an image as a link, suffix "|link=<destination>":
 [[File:GW2Logo new.png|link=Main Page]]
This can be used for interwiki or external links too:
 [[File:Gwwlogo.png|link=gw1:Main Page]]

GW2Logo new.png Gwwlogo.png ArenaNet.png
Applies only at the beginning of a line

A Table of Contents will automatically be generated when four headings are added to an article.

Headings are used to divide an article or page into sections. Headers of a higher number will sort themselves under headers of a lower number in the Table of Contents if there is one:
 == Level 2 ==
 === Level 3 ===
 ==== Level 4 ====
 ===== Level 5 =====
 ====== Level 6 ======

Level 2[edit]

Level 3[edit]

Level 4[edit]

Level 5[edit]
Level 6[edit]
Indented lines and paragraphs

Indenting lines and paragraphs is usually limited on articles. Most common use of indenting is in discussions and conversations on talk pages. Indenting creates a flow between comments and makes reading generally easier. To indent, simply prefix your comment with an appropriate amount of colons:
 : First paragraph.
 :: Second paragraph.
 ::: Third paragraph.
 :::: Fourth paragraph.
 :: Second paragraph, to interject with the first paragraph.

First paragraph.
Second paragraph.
Third paragraph.
Fourth paragraph.
Additional second paragraph, to interject with the first.
Definition lists

To list and describe definitions, prefix the term with a semi-colon and the description with a colon:
 ; Term
 : Definition

Bullet list

A bulleted list can be generated by prefixing each line with an asterisk, or multiple asterisks:
 * one
 * two
 ** two point one
 * three

  • one
  • two
    • two point one
  • three
Numbered list

A numbered list can be generated by prefixing each line with a number sign, or multiple number signs:
 # one
 # two
 ## two point one
 # three

  1. one
  2. two
    1. two point one
  3. three


  • Always use "Show preview" when editing before saving the final version of your edit. This avoids a big list of minor edits in the Recent changes.
  • Leaving an edit summary allows other users to quickly identify what you've changed with an edit.

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External links[edit]