Check out trailers for all Guild Wars 2’s Path of Fire elite class specs, mounts, and Elona

Yesterday, ArenaNet formally revealed Path of Fire, Guild Wars 2’s second expansion in five years. This standalone, campaign-like expansion won’t introduce a new class, but it will roll out a new elite specialization for all nine of the existing classes, just as Heart of Thorns did. It’ll also add mounts that we’ll be using to romp around parts of the nostalgia-laced Elona desert from Nightfall.

Since the stream, the studio has released videos of damn near everything. Let’s dig in.

First up: The class specs. We’ve comboed everything into a playlist:

Then there was the long-spoiled news that the game is getting mounts. They’re not exactly conventional, but I’m sure you always wanted to ride around the desert on a jackalope, right?

It’s no Cantha, but the setting for Path of Fire is all about the nostalgia as we trek back to the Crystal Desert and its southern counterpart, Elona. One thing to note: The devs stressed that we’ll see diverse biomes. It’s not just all desert, all the time.

Toward the end of the stream, Mike O’Brien mentioned a new guildhall, and now we know what it is: This gorgeous Vabbian landscape called Windswept Haven. Good news if you’re in a big guild, anyway.

One thing not yet in the videos? A tour of the preorder packages’ Lily of the Elon.

Want more Path of Fire stuff? Check out our liveblog from yesterday and our recap of all the important details, like the $29.99 base buy-in and the September 22nd launch.

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Annoyed badger

Wow, this is really underwhelming.

The mounts particularly are a blatant expansion of the horrendous mastery system which is not progression, but gating of map areas. The “unique movement ability” of the mounts is just an excuse to section off map areas behind a mastery grind.

And thats all teh game has become, a way of trying to hide the grind that is all that there is.

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Xephyr

You’re describing every mmo ever.

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Arktouros

I cut through to Wooden Potato’s video that had a more in depth view of what’s going on. Elementalist Specialization seems alright so if I end up getting things will likely be going back that route. Was very happy that the Weaver thing worked with all weapons as I was never really interested in more melee.

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Paragon Lost

Liking what I’m seeing in the videos above. :)

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Sally Bowls

A tour of the preorder packages’ Lily of the Elon.

Is preorder in that correct?

I am trying to figure out what is being sold.

My current best guess is that

“Pre-purchase before launch and receive one Sunspear Weapon Skin of your choice, a Miniature Balthazar, and the title of Elonian Envoy.”

are the only limited availability items that will no longer be available after launch and those are cosmetics.

Whereas Lily of the Elon seems to be a part of some of the packages – deluxe and ultimate – and you will get it whether you purchase a pre-order package for full price now or at a steep discount on Black Friday ’17 or ’18. Are the only things I am missing by not pre-ordering the skin/statue/title?

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Zander

I’m beginning to suspect some MOP staff are playing the PTR version (for preview content purposes, ofcoarse) of the expansion. Lucky ladies..

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Jeremiah Wagner

Salt – all this content and beautiful world wasted on a game with the most simple boring combat system ever made. GW2 world / graphics with GW1 gameplay / skill building = best game ever. Also remove to tp every 3 feet since it completely distroys any sense of adventure.

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Paragon Lost

Personally I’m tired of FPS game play mechanics influencing mmorpg game design. Since I can’t do FPS style mechanics without nonstop motion sickness. So I actually like the hybrid style of combat mechanics that GW2 and TSW do.

Btw what is a “tp”? So I can understand your last sentence. ;p

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Arktouros

“Also remove to teleport eveyr 3 feet since it completely destroys any sense of adventure.”

Makes the most sense, because in GW2 once you have all the waypoints you can simply teleport around the map very easily negating most of it’s size. I imagine they will end up having minimal waypoints down in Elona to push the mount system.

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Paragon Lost

Ok, that makes more sense now. Thanks Arktouros. I’m always torn on waypoints, gates, teleporters etc, because they can make the game world feel smaller. So I can somewhat agree on his comment on that.

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McGuffn

It still doesn’t make any sense, but my guess is trading post or teleport.

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Siphaed

Many would disagree with you. GW2’s hybrid combination of classic MMO tab-targeting combat mixed with action combat makes for a very enjoyable and exciting system. It is leaps and bounds above games like The Secret World and even The Elder Scrolls Online as far as combat is concerned.

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Anthony De Rouen

Wrong. Combat in GW2 is really quite boring and puts a damper on the overall experience. It’s too bad they never went back to what made GW1 steller and pressed on with the limited skill options.

I know this is a moment for all the GW2 fanboys to rejoice, but it is what it is.

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kalamari_

there is no “wrong” in this case. you like it or not.

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Leviathonlx

It’s almost like people have different opinions than you.

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McGuffn

Actually you’re the one that’s wrong. It is certainly a change from the more strategic “choose your skills in town and see how they work in the real world” approach of gw1 though.

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Bryan Turner

Why come on to an article for a game that’s celebrating a big moment for the franchise and its fans only to throw shade on it?

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Utakata

It’s quite simple really. Those who don’t think the combat is that crappy are free not to purchase this expansion for this game, saving them money. Those who think it’s great have new expansion to look forward to. Everyone wins. No vitriol needs to be aired from both sides here. Just saying.

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Castagere Shaikura

Yeah that combat comment had me stumped.

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zyrusticae

Hmmm? It’s a comment section. People are going to comment on this item, whether they like it or not.
I only came into this comment section to complain, too. I have as much right to be here as you do.
Speaking of – goddamn, I cannot disagree any harder with the above assertion. The game’s combat is easily its weakest link and I still cannot fathom the people who defend it.

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Bryan Turner

Let’s say you have a coworker that’s having a retirement party at a public bar, while you would be well within your right to go up to that gathering and be completely disrespectful, how ever you’ll always be remembered as some one that lacks character and decency.

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wandris

Combat: relatively balanced, tight controls, action oriented, highly customizable. Far from GW2’s weakest link. What is weak coming to complain about what amounts to the core of the entire game, something that has been the same since the game launched and will never be changed in any substantial way.

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Anthony De Rouen

“highly customizable”? Not even close. Arenanet didn’t want to deal with the constant rebalancing from GW1 so they designed the skill trees to a point where 8 year old can log in and play, and I can attest this was true, good or bad.

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kalamari_

GW1 dont have traits and 1/3 of the skills a duplicates. there is more depth in GW2 than ppl are willing to try out, becuase they keep their “full zerk gear and press 1” menatility. every class has plenty of viable builds. like in GW1. there is no “winner” or “loser” here. they are just different.

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Bhima Jenkins

There were meta builds in GW1 as well, and a whole ton of crappy ones you could play with. Its the nature of complex game design, all these types of games have a limited number of most efficient builds, with some number of less efficient builds and then a crap ton of just bad builds. There isn’t one MMO that does not have this problem, and only a select few MOBA-style games get around this.

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Utakata

I always found making games child friendly is a great way to introduce them into games. I never forget the day I helped a 9 year Fish back in Vanilla WoW. It gave me hope for the game that attracts the young, as well as the old like me. :)

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Bryan Turner

“Destroys”

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Sylzerz

Nice hole in the middle of the new guild hall arena. The way to go Anet.
Before the release of 1st expansion, Anet: “We will make bigger arena.”
Next expansion, here you have toilet in the middle of arena :)

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