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Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™, introduces the ultimate challenge: our first raid, which is made up of three distinct raid wings. Raids are 10-player, instanced, elite dungeon content that's a challenge unlike anything we've previously released in Guild Wars 2. These raids are meant to put you and your teammates to the test and challenge you to grow your skills as Guild Wars 2 players. Raids are our answer to what skilled PvE players have to look forward to at endgame—the ultimate test to overcome and defeat.

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Portal to enter a raid.

Raids are 10 player squad-based PvE instances focusing on challenging combat and mechanics, designed for level 80 characters. Each raid encounter typically utilises multiple phases with several unique mechanics, which test the squad's coordination, damage output and positioning, as well as the player's builds. Many encounters include an enrage timer: if the encounter isn't finished by the time it runs out, the incoming damage will greatly increase. Certain masteries may also be required for some encounters to complete. Downed allies can be revived or rally, but defeated allies cannot be revived during the encounters and Revive Orbs are disabled, along with other similar consumables such as boosters.

Raids can be split into multiple wings, each in a separate instance and with different encounters. While corresponding wings tell a progressing story in a specific order, each wing can be entered and completed independently and in any order. Raid areas appear on the world map and have entrances from the neighboring zones. The Lion's Arch Aerodrome functions as a lobby for organizing a raid squad and includes portals to all raid wings.

Special rewards for finishing each encounter are limited to once per week, with a weekly reset at Monday 07:30. Progress within a raid wing is saved for players even after leaving the instance, and it's reset weekly along with the rewards. Restarting the raid instance later will remember the progress made by the instance opener, allowing you to continue with the same raid wing across multiple sessions in a week. There are no waypoints inside raids, but instead they use a checkpoint system which automatically revives the entire squad and resets skill recharges when everyone is defeated. The /resign command or one of its alternatives can be used to restart an encounter faster.

List of raids[edit]

Raid Wing Release date Encounter Weekly rewards
Forsaken Thicket Spirit Vale
Legendary Armor.png Spirit Vale (achievements).png
November 17, 2015 Vale Guardian 1Yes
Spirit Woods 1Yes
Gorseval the Multifarious 1Yes
Sabetha the Saboteur 1Yes
Salvation Pass
Legendary Armor.png Spirit Vale (achievements).png
March 8, 2016 Slothasor 1Yes
Prison Camp 1Yes
Matthias Gabrel 1Yes
Stronghold of the Faithful
Legendary Armor.png Spirit Vale (achievements).png
June 14, 2016 Siege the Stronghold 1Yes
Keep Construct 1Yes
Twisted Castle 1Yes
Xera 1Yes
Bastion of the Penitent
Legendary Armor.png Spirit Vale (achievements).png
February 8, 2017 Cairn the Indomitable 1Yes
Mursaat Overseer 1Yes
Samarog 1Yes
Deimos 1Yes
Hall of Chains
Legendary Trinkets.png Spirit Vale (achievements).png
November 28, 2017 Soulless Horror 1Yes
River of Souls 1Yes
Statues of Grenth 1Yes
Voice in the Void 1Yes
Mythwright Gambit
Legendary Trinkets.png Spirit Vale (achievements).png
September 18, 2018 Conjured Amalgamate 1Yes
Largos Twins 1Yes
Qadim 1Yes



  • Additional raids are planned to be included with new releases.
  • At this time players cannot use transformation tonics or potions.
  • It is possible to enter the raid with a player who has already cleared the wing to do certain achievements that do not involve combat, such as Loot Finder, Piecing It Together or My Hero!.
  • A squad can concede defeat faster by using the /resign, /surrender, /concede, /forfeit, /gg, /qq, or /ff commands.
  • In the LFG tool, players often advertise in shorthand what other players they seek. Common codes include:
  • "x li": Players with at least that many Legendary Insights, to indicate raiding experience. Players can "show" the number of Legendary Insights they have to others in chat by ctrl or shift-clicking on them in the inventory, but this can be faked by manually inputting the appropriate chat link format codes.
  • "kp": Players with "kill proof"--one of the items that can only be looted by someone who has defeated a boss, to prove they've beaten it at least once before. This can include the decoration token received from that boss, or any of the gear items that can drop from that boss's chest (or unlocked as purchases from Scholar Glenna only after defeating it). Players posting this requirement will usually also accept Perfected Envoy armor or the precursor sets, since the collections required to get them include items that drop from almost all of the raid bosses.
  • "w#": While technically only 3 raids are wings of Forsaken Thicket, raids are commonly shortened to w# with # being the number of the raid in release order, as shown in the list above.

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