World vs World


Heart of Thorns Enter the Mist War

Within the magical protoreality of the Mists, vast armies representing all possible worlds face each other in massive, three-way battles for the right to claim territory. Join the eternal battle, fight in the name of your world, and prove your strength!


Wage war as a guild in World vs. World! Take advantage of the guild claiming system to upgrade objectives that you control. The longer you hold a location, the more claiming tools you'll have at your disposal.

  "The WvW Desert Borderlands Map"

The epic siege battles of WvW will find a new home in the desert Borderlands map. Take the field in a map filled with key strategic points that can turn the tide of battle if you can capture and hold them for your world. Be the first to power up the Skysplitter in the desert Borderlands oasis to rock the foundations of your enemies' keeps and towers with beams of devastating energy, leaving them vulnerable to attack. Take control of a shield generator to rebuff the enemy and stave off ranged attacks.

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Battle in the JUNGLE OASIS

The center of the desert Borderlands map is a giant jungle oasis. It's filled with complex, rocky terrain, winding streams, bamboo walkways through the trees, an enormous golden temple, and saurians. This is an environment that caters to roamers, ambushers, and gankers.

Every three hours, a meta-event will begin, touching off a race against time——and other players—to power up a massive superweapon and lay waste to the opposition.

In the jungle oasis SKYSPLITTER

An energy cannon of great power sits atop the golden temple, and naturally that means your team will want to be the first to charge it up and fire it!

 Power Cores

Players will scatter throughout the oasis, defeating saurians that have swallowed the weapon's power cores and returning those cores to any of three Durmand Priory research camps located on the outskirts of the oasis. It's not as easy as it sounds; enemy players will try to attack your team's carriers and steal the cores for themselves.

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Elemental Keeps

Explore and capture the air, earth, and fire keeps, giving your team bonuses and strategic advantages based on their location and topography. Fail to control them, and the advantage will belong to the enemy!

Keep Lords

Elemental keeps are guarded by the keep lords, each of whom has unique mechanics to aid in defending their home turf. You'll want them on your side.


Controlling each regional shrine gives a unique effect. While your world owns a region's keep, you'll gain effects depending on the number of shrines owned by that world. Visit the shrines to receive their blessings, such as movement-speed increases, special transformations, stealth, and immunity to some of the map's dangers.


Each of the towers located in the map is themed around its individual inhabitants. You'll find a mage college, a coven of necromancers, a den of ogres, and a band of charr, all fiercely guarding their territory.


Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns is bringing expanded support for squads! Now all members of a squad will be able to see a scalable UI with information like each squad member’s profession and health, as well as whether they’re dead, in the downed state, or being revived. This UI will display the first few characters of each squad member’s name (based on UI scaling) and also give a visual representation of how much supply is available in your squad while you’re in WvW.

In addition to having control over who can join their squad by making it open for anyone to join, needing a commander’s approval to join, or invite-only, commanders are getting a host of tools to better organize their squads. You can request ready checks, drag and drop squad members into sub-groups to organize for challenges, open up chat channels specific to each sub-group, broadcast on-screen messages to players in your squad, see the locations of all squad members on your map, and mark locations, NPCs, and creatures in the world for your whole squad to see.

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Enemy Guilds

Using our new guild claiming system, guilds can claim and defend objectives in WvW, the longer you're able to hold an objective and defend it from enemy guilds, the more powerful upgrades your guild will have available to them.

Use your upgrades to wage war against enemy guilds, conquer their claims and help your guild stand out on your world.

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Wolrd vs World Latest

  "Guild Wars 2 - Points of Interest: Episode 32"

Guild Wars 2 - Points of Interest: Episode 32

Host Rubi Bayer is joined by Tyler Bearce for a closer look at guild objective claiming!

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  "Ready Up: The Desert Borderlands"

The Desert

This week, Josh is joined by Game Designer Tyler Bearce and Environment Artist Tirzah Bauer to show off even...

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WvW Automatic Upgrades

Tyler Bearce joins host Josh Davis to discuss the new automatic upgrades system...

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Enhanced Squad UI

Enhanced squad UI is a tool we’ve built to help you manage large groups of players in...

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World versus World Guild Objective Claiming Deep Dive

Read on for an in-depth look at the guild objective claiming system in...

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Essential Elements of the New Borderlands

The new World vs. World desert Borderlands map that we’ve been hard...

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Ready Up: The Creation of the Desert Borderlands

On Episode 30 of Ready Up, host Joshua Davis was joined by Environment...

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World vs. World Upgrades

I’m here to talk about a significant change we’re making to the way that you'll...

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Guild Objective Claiming in World vs. World

Guilds are the lifeblood of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™, and it’s our desire...

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