Raids & Fractal Dungeons


Heart of Thorns Raids

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™, introduces the ultimate challenge: our first raid, which is made up of three distinct raid wings. Raids are 10-player, instanced, elite dungeon content that's a challenge unlike anything we've previously released in Guild Wars 2. These raids are meant to put you and your teammates to the test and challenge you to grow your skills as Guild Wars 2 players. Raids are our answer to what skilled PvE players have to look forward to at endgame—the ultimate test to overcome and defeat.

  "Raids in Guild Wars2: Heart of Thorns"

Bring the professions you love to play into our raids. They take advantage of our innovative, fluid combat roles, so you can tackle the content with parties of any composition. Bring your friends together and experiment with your builds to take on the bosses and encounters inside the raids.

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As part of rewards for raids, we're introducing legendary armor. Conquering raid content will earn you the pieces to build legendary precursor armors, which can be forged into legendary heavy, medium, and light armor sets. Like legendary weapons, these pieces will have the same stats as ascended armor; you'll be able to change the armor stats out of combat and dazzle your friends with your sense of style, but you won't have a statistical edge. Endless tiers of gear grind to stay raid relevant have no place in Guild Wars 2.


The endgame Fractals of the Mists dungeons will be updated to allow you to run a single Fractal at a time, making it easier to quickly form parties with your fellow players and be rapidly rewarded for success. The maximum Fractal dungeon level will be increased from 50 to 100, and new Mistlock Instabilities will be added to make reaching the highest levels even more challenging.

  "Guild Wars 2 Fractal Dungeons"


We're making sweeping changes to fractal dungeons in Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. In addition to new challenges, achievements, and rewards, the changes will introduce ascended salvaging and bonus subobjectives for achievements.



Display your prowess at delving into the Mists with a new category of rewards: legendary backpacks! Completing fractal dungeons will earn you the pieces to build your legendary-backpack precursor and start the journey to your legendary backpack. We'll also add a new weapon set to the Fractals of the Mists dungeon rewards along with other rewards for overcoming the challenges of our expanded endgame fractal dungeon experience.

Raids and Fractals Latest

  "Guild Chat, episode 8: @TwitchCon, Raids"

Raids Trailer

We were live at TwitchCon on September 25-26 2015 to talk about raids in Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns. Listen to Crystal, Mike Z...

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  "Raids in Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns"

Raids Trailer

Catch your first glimpse of the raids that will be coming to Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns!

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Fractal Dungeon Trailer

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns will be taking fractal dungeons to a whole new...

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Challenging Content

Our goal for introducing Raids with the release of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns...

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The Brand-New Fractals
of the Mists and More!

With the release of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns™, we’ll be making some sweeping…

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Raids are Coming to
Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns

Assemble your team to face the greatest challenge yet!

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