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.
- After creating an asura character, you will appear in the beginner map, Metrica Province. From there enter the portal behind to arrive to Rata Sum.
- Use the asura gate at Lion's Arch guarded by peacemakers.
- Using a Rata Sum Portal Scroll, crafted with Essence of Rata Sum.
- Using Teleport to Friend on a party member in the zone.
|Council Level (instance)|
|College of Dynamics|
|College of Statics|
|College of Synergetics|
|The Golem Mines||
|Auxiliary Study Rooms||
|Lower Research Stacks||
|Advanced Metamystics Lab||—|
|Applied Development Lab (home instance)|
|Idea Incubation Lab|
|Rata Sum Port Authority|
|Snaff Memorial Lab (instance)|
- Frick Hall (the bottom level of the primary structure, on the northern wall)
- Rata Sum Port Authority (end of Dawnside Quay pier)
- Tark Hall (on the south end)
- 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.
- Internally at ArenaNet, this area was known as "Wetland_Complex."
- '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.