Zone

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Guild Wars 2 zones

A zone, also referred to as a map or explorable zone, is a type of location. Zones encompass a number of smaller areas; multiple zones form a region.

Exploration[edit]

Each zone comes with its own set of activities and objectives. In addition to the dynamic events populated in its borders, five measures of completion are specifically associated with a zone:

  • Hero point.png Hero Challenges often present a puzzle or a Veteran foe to a character, completion of which earns another Hero point.
  • Complete heart (map icon).png Renown Hearts ask characters to complete tasks in their environs.
  • Point of interest.png Points of Interest mark out special locations to be explored.
  • Waypoint (tango icon).png Waypoints provide instant, safe travel to places previously discovered - for a price.
  • Vista.png Vistas provide a graphical showcase of given locations in the environment.

Bringing up the world map will show a breakdown of the character's progress for the current zone. Upon map completion, the character receives a reward of some items and crafting materials, experience, and coin. This milestone is also acknowledged by the Tyrian Explorers Society with a letter of recognition.

List of zones[edit]

Every zone has a recommended difficulty range, expressed as the recommended level player characters should reach before traveling there. The monsters and the recommended level for renown hearts and dynamic events in an area will be between the given levels. The dynamic level adjustment in the game will put characters at the recommended level for an area if their current level exceeds it. Recommended levels are generally expressed in multiples of 5.

For the differences between mechanical and geographical regions, see Region.

Original release zones[edit]

All zones available in Guild Wars 2 on release contribute to Counts towards world completion world completion and are available to every account.

Loading screen Zone Levels Mechanical region Geographical region
Caledon Forest loading screen.jpg Caledon Forest
1–15
Maguuma Jungle Tarnished Coast
Metrica Province loading screen.jpg Metrica Province
1–15
Maguuma Jungle Tarnished Coast
Plains of Ashford loading screen.jpg Plains of Ashford
1–15
Ascalon Ascalon
Queensdale loading screen.jpg Queensdale
1–15
Kryta Kryta
Wayfarer Foothills loading screen.jpg Wayfarer Foothills
1–15
Shiverpeak Mountains Shiverpeak Mountains
Brisban Wildlands loading screen.jpg Brisban Wildlands
15–25
Maguuma Jungle Tarnished Coast,
Maguuma Wastes
Diessa Plateau loading screen.jpg Diessa Plateau
15–25
Ascalon Ascalon
Kessex Hills loading screen.jpg Kessex Hills
15–25
Kryta Kryta
Snowden Drifts loading screen.jpg Snowden Drifts
15–25
Shiverpeak Mountains Shiverpeak Mountains
Gendarran Fields loading screen.jpg Gendarran Fields
25–35
Kryta Kryta
Lornar's Pass loading screen.jpg Lornar's Pass
25–40
Shiverpeak Mountains Shiverpeak Mountains,
Steamspur Mountains
Fields of Ruin loading screen.jpg Fields of Ruin
30–40
Ascalon Ascalon
Harathi Hinterlands loading screen.jpg Harathi Hinterlands
35–45
Kryta Kryta
Blazeridge Steppes loading screen.jpg Blazeridge Steppes
40–50
Ascalon Ascalon
Dredgehaunt Cliffs loading screen.jpg Dredgehaunt Cliffs
40–50
Shiverpeak Mountains Shiverpeak Mountains
Bloodtide Coast loading screen.jpg Bloodtide Coast
45–55
Kryta Kryta,
Sea of Sorrows
Iron Marches loading screen.jpg Iron Marches
50–60
Ascalon Ascalon
Timberline Falls loading screen.jpg Timberline Falls
50–60
Shiverpeak Mountains Shiverpeak Mountains,
Steamspur Mountains
Sparkfly Fen loading screen.jpg Sparkfly Fen
55–65
Maguuma Jungle Steamspur Mountains,
Sea of Sorrows
Fireheart Rise loading screen.jpg Fireheart Rise
60–70
Ascalon Ascalon
Mount Maelstrom loading screen.jpg Mount Maelstrom
60–70
Maguuma Jungle Steamspur Mountains
Straits of Devastation loading screen.jpg Straits of Devastation
70–75
Ruins of Orr Ruins of Orr,
Steamspur Mountains
Frostgorge Sound loading screen.jpg Frostgorge Sound
70–80
Shiverpeak Mountains Shiverpeak Mountains
Malchor's Leap loading screen.jpg Malchor's Leap
75–80
Ruins of Orr Ruins of Orr,
Strait of Malchor
Cursed Shore loading screen.jpg Cursed Shore
80
Ruins of Orr Ruins of Orr

Post-launch zones[edit]

All zones added to the game through various releases and expansions after the original game's launch are scaled for level 80. Most of them require having a specific expansion or Living World episode unlocked, and have one or more achievement categories connected to it.

Loading screen Zone Unlock requirement Mechanical region Geographical region Arenanet Points.png Achievements
Southsun Cove loading screen.jpg Southsun Cove
Living World logo.png
None
(Released in Living World Season 1)
Kryta Sea of Sorrows 0No
Dry Top loading screen.jpg Dry Top
Living World logo.png
None
(Released in Living World Season 2)
Maguuma Wastes Maguuma Wastes Dry Top.png Dry Top
The Silverwastes loading screen.jpg The Silverwastes
Living World logo.png
None
(Released in Living World Season 2)
Maguuma Wastes Maguuma Wastes The Silverwastes.png The Silverwastes
Verdant Brink loading screen.jpg Verdant Brink Heart of Maguuma Heart of Maguuma,
Maguuma Wastes
Verdant Brink.png Verdant Brink
Auric Basin loading screen.jpg Auric Basin Heart of Maguuma Heart of Maguuma Auric Basin.png Auric Basin
Tangled Depths loading screen.jpg Tangled Depths Heart of Maguuma Heart of Maguuma Tangled Depths.png Tangled Depths
Dragon's Stand loading screen.jpg Dragon's Stand Heart of Maguuma Heart of Maguuma Dragon's Stand.png Dragon's Stand
Bloodstone Fen loading screen.jpg Bloodstone Fen Heart of Maguuma Heart of Maguuma Out of the Shadows.png Out of the Shadows
Ember Bay loading screen.jpg Ember Bay Ring of Fire Ring of Fire Rising Flames.png Rising Flames
Bitterfrost Frontier loading screen.jpg Bitterfrost Frontier Shiverpeak Mountains Shiverpeak Mountains,
Far Shiverpeaks
A Crack in the Ice.png A Crack in the Ice
Lake Doric loading screen.jpg Lake Doric Kryta Kryta The Head of the Snake.png The Head of the Snake
Draconis Mons loading screen.jpg Draconis Mons Ring of Fire Ring of Fire Flashpoint.png Flashpoint
Siren's Landing loading screen.jpg Siren's Landing Ruins of Orr Ruins of Orr One Path Ends.png One Path Ends
Crystal Oasis loading screen.jpg Crystal Oasis Crystal Desert Crystal Desert Crystal Oasis.png Crystal Oasis
Desert Highlands loading screen.jpg Desert Highlands Crystal Desert Crystal Desert Desert Highlands.png Desert Highlands
Elon Riverlands loading screen.jpg Elon Riverlands Crystal Desert Crystal Desert,
Elon River
Elon Riverlands.png Elon Riverlands
The Desolation loading screen.jpg The Desolation Crystal Desert Sulfurous Wastelands,
Elon River
The Desolation.png The Desolation
Domain of Vabbi loading screen.jpg Domain of Vabbi Crystal Desert Vabbi Domain of Vabbi.png Domain of Vabbi
Domain of Istan loading screen.jpg Domain of Istan Crystal Desert Isle of Istan Daybreak.png Daybreak
Sandswept Isles loading screen.jpg Sandswept Isles Crystal Desert Dajkah A Bug in the System.png A Bug in the System
Domain of Kourna loading screen.jpg Domain of Kourna Crystal Desert Kourna Long Live the Lich.png Long Live the Lich
Jahai Bluffs loading screen.jpg Jahai Bluffs Crystal Desert Kourna,
Vabbi
A Star to Guide Us.png A Star to Guide Us
Thunderhead Peaks loading screen.jpg Thunderhead Peaks Shiverpeak Mountains Deldrimor Front All or Nothing.png All or Nothing
Dragonfall loading screen.jpg Dragonfall Crystal Desert Unending Ocean War Eternal.png War Eternal
Grothmar Valley loading screen.jpg Grothmar Valley Ascalon Blood Legion Homelands,
Far Shiverpeaks
Bound by Blood.png Prologue: Bound by Blood
Bjora Marches loading screen.jpg Bjora Marches Shiverpeak Mountains Far Shiverpeaks Bjora Marches.png Whisper in the Dark
Shadow in the Ice.png Shadow in the Ice
Drizzlewood Coast loading screen.jpg Drizzlewood Coast Shiverpeak Mountains Woodland Cascades,
Far Shiverpeaks
No Quarter.png No Quarter
Jormag Rising.png Jormag Rising

Map level caption[edit]

The recommended level for the zone is expressed as a caption on world map, below the zone name. The caption is color coded based on the difference between player's current level and the zone's recommended level, as follow:

Level difference [1]
-8 or less -7 -6 -5 -4 -3 -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7 +8 +9 +10 or more
Grey Green Light Green Greenish White White Light Pink Pink Light Red Red Deep Red Magenta

See also[edit]