Rata Sum

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Rata Sum

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Map of Rata Sum

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Loading screen

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Rata Sum

The greatest city of the Asura is a wonder of arcanic architecture. It is a great subdivided cube that floats over the surrounding terrain, impressing all the races with the might of its magic.

— In-game description

Rata Sum (pronounced rahta soom) is the capital city of the asura and is in the form of a giant, floating cube. When the Great Destroyer drove them from their homes in the Depths of Tyria 250 years ago, they arrived at the ruins of some previous civilization, setting up geomystical generators for power within these already fortified confines and establishing the area as their new capital. The aesthetic sensibilities of these ruins are reflected in modern asuran architecture.

Originally a hastily erected outpost protected by ruins, Rata Sum is now a geometrical masterpiece and testament to the asura's unstoppable ability to progress.

Getting there[edit]


Area Area objectives
Council Level (instance)
Point of interest.png Arcane Council
Creator's Commons
Waypoint (tango icon).png Magicat Court Waypoint
Waypoint (tango icon).png Magustan Court Waypoint
Waypoint (tango icon).png Metrical Court Waypoint
Vista.png Creator's Commons Vista
Personal waypoint (map icon).png Magicat Court
Personal waypoint (map icon).png Magustan Court
Personal waypoint (map icon).png Metrical Court
Asura gate (map icon).png Applied Development Lab
Asura gate (map icon).png Rata Sum Port Authority
College of Dynamics
Point of interest.png PR-1000 Prototype Golem
College of Statics
Point of interest.png The Magihedron
College of Synergetics
Point of interest.png Thamaturgic Calculus
Arkentia Valley
Asura gate (map icon).png Lion's Arch
Magus Valley
Asura gate (map icon).png Snaff Memorial Lab
Riven Valley
Asura gate (map icon).png Metrica Province
Asura gate (map icon).png Idea Incubation Lab
Asura gate (map icon).png Rata Sum Port Authority
Interdisciplinary Accessium
Waypoint (tango icon).png Accountancy Waypoint
Dynamics Union
Point of interest.png Artisan Hall
Statics Union
Point of interest.png Forge Hall
Point of interest.png Polymock Atrium
Point of interest.png Vigil Recruiting Station
Asura gate (map icon).png Polymock Arenas (currently inactive)
Synergetics Union
Point of interest.png Dept. Of Arcane Eye
Point of interest.png Priory Recruiting Station
Point of interest.png Skinner Hall
Vista.png Synergetics Union Vista
The Golem Mines
Vista.png The Golem Mines Vista
Apprentice Carrels
Waypoint (tango icon).png Apprentice Waypoint
Point of interest.png The Aquatarium
Vista.png Apprentice Carrels Vista
Auxiliary Study Rooms
Waypoint (tango icon).png Auxiliary Waypoint
Point of interest.png Inquest Recruiting Station
Lower Research Stacks
Waypoint (tango icon).png Research Waypoint
Point of interest.png Peacemakers Headquarters
Frick Hall
Skibo Hall
Tark Hall
Advanced Metamystics Lab
Applied Development Lab (home instance)
Point of interest.png Engaged Demo Station
Asura gate (map icon).png Creator's Commons
Idea Incubation Lab
Waypoint (tango icon).png Incubation Waypoint
Point of interest.png Usability Station
Asura gate (map icon).png Creator's Commons
Polymock Arenas
Asura gate (map icon).png Statics Union (currently inactive)
Rata Sum Port Authority
Waypoint (tango icon).png Port Waypoint
Point of interest.png Antidawn Anchorage
Point of interest.png Dawnside Quay
Vista.png Rata Sum Port Authority Vista
Asura gate (map icon).png Creator's Commons
Snaff Memorial Lab (instance)
Point of interest.png Zojja's Workstation (Don't Touch!)
Asura gate (map icon).png Creator's Commons

Interactive map[edit]


Juvenile Pink Moa
  • Frick Hall (the bottom level of the primary structure, on the northern wall)
Juvenile Red Jellyfish
Juvenile Siamoth


Concept arts


  • Advanced Metamystics Lab is only accessible during Forging Permission and Hazardous Environment. It can be accessed by glider or mount, but the asura portal won't work.
  • Although mechanically counting for the Maguuma Explorer, in lore it is part of the Tarnished Coast.
  • The Polymock Arenas can be seen by gliding from the top of the city, but here again, the portal cannot be used. The area seems finished, but inaccessible. Invisible walls block the way to it.


Gwwlogo.png The Guild Wars Wiki has an article on Rata Sum.
  • Internally at ArenaNet, this area was known as "Wetland_Complex."[1]
  • 'Rata Sum' is an anagram of 'Mursaat'.
  • Rata Sum translates roughly from Latin to "I have thought/considered".
  • Those who attempt to go where they aren't intended to, such as under the cube or the dam to the south, will be transported to a Peacemaker jail cell.