Starting area

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The location where a character starts depends upon the race selected during character creation. Characters can move freely throughout the world after a brief instanced tutorial quest and are placed in a different low level area depending on which tutorial quest was completed.

Before level 10, Free accounts have access to a waypoint in every starter area, but cannot access the services in any race's capital city. However, there is an adjacent Services area that has all crafting stations, master craftsmen, access to a merchant, account vault, material storage and wardrobe storage.

Race Tutorial mission Starting area Zone Region Capital city Services area
Asura tango icon 20px.png Asura Explosive Intellect Soren Draa Metrica Province Maguuma Jungle Rata Sum Desider Atum
Charr tango icon 20px.png Charr Fury of the Dead Village of Smokestead Plains of Ashford Ascalon Black Citadel Ashford Forum
Human tango icon 20px.png Human Defending Shaemoor Village of Shaemoor Queensdale Kryta Divinity's Reach Township of Claypool
Norn tango icon 20px.png Norn The Great Hunt Snowlord's Gate Wayfarer Foothills Shiverpeak Mountains Hoelbrak The Icesteppes
Sylvari tango icon 20px.png Sylvari Fighting the Nightmare Village of Astorea Caledon Forest Maguuma Jungle The Grove Mabon Market


  • There is a Dodge Instructor in an adjacent area.
  • The game is configured to overpower players versus hostile mobs in starting areas compared to higher level areas.


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