Flameseeker Chronicles: Our Guild Wars 2 Path of Fire launch countdown checklist

I can’t quite believe that around 18 months of Guild Wars 2 development is about to drop in our laps this week through the Path of Fire expansion! It feels entirely different to the mammoth Heart of Thorns hype train that was somewhat marred by first expansion trepidation and the controversial pricing structure and content inclusions: On the second pass through an expansion release cycle, ArenaNet has managed to field a largely more low-key, straightforward road to launch, barring some grievances regarding material storage and gear identification. The hype train is building this week, and I wanted to help the effort by sharing my launch countdown checklist with you all so you can join me in

The hype train is building this week, and I wanted to help the effort by sharing my launch countdown checklist with you all so you can join me in looking forward to the expansion drop. In this edition of Flameseeker Chronicles, I’ll speculate on main story points I hope to see in PoF, give pointers on prepping for Friday, and share some of the upcoming must-see ArenaNet launch materials. I’ll mainly just throw some ideas out that might help distract you while you wait on the big day. Do take note that those who wish to avoid all information about the expansion before Friday should give this column a miss for now in case of spoilers.

1. Read Scott McGough’s Elonian timeline

In my humble opinion, narrative lead Scott McGough’s Road to the Desert article is an absolute must-read from ANet’s prelaunch material. Even lore enthusiasts can appreciate the brief historical summary offered by McGough; it sets the tone for PoF and solidifies the narrative team’s vision for the current take on the Elonian desert. Considering the amount of time that has passed since we were last in the area — both in lore terms and in the physical sense — a recap is most welcome in my book.

I can imagine how much emphasis the narrative team had to place on the historical context of such a well-loved zone, especially when it has over 1000 years of history to cram into every story thread and line of dialogue. Abaddon, Palawa Joko, Kralkatorrik, and now Balthazar: The Crystal Desert has seen world-changing strife many times over at this point, and the original Destiny’s Edge crew are particularly scarred by their experiences there from the Kralkatorrik showdown. Going into the new zones with that all-important context will be critical in my opinion, so brushing up before Friday is highly recommended.

2. A healthy dose of story speculation

Obviously, Path of Fire will heavily focus on the whereabouts and actions of Balthazar, but what direction his narrative takes and how he interacts with the other main players in the Crystal Desert remain very much open to speculation. WoodenPotatoes created a fantastic summary of the core speculative storylines that we can almost expect to be featured in the expansion story, which you can watch above if you missed it. He posed some very pertinent questions that many of us, myself included, have been asking since the patch announcement trailer went live. This is the perfect time to collect your thoughts on where the story might head and make your predictions before the expansion drops.

My most pressing questions that I wish to see answered revolve around discovering more about what the gods have been up to since they were last seen. Why has Balthazar chosen to return now and what has caused his ire? Why did he choose to assume the facade of Lazarus when many would have willingly bent their knees to him? How does his return tie into the current affairs of the other gods, and how did he get that mirror? If we get even some answers to these questions, I’ll be a happy lady. I’m hoping for something a little bit more than one god cast down from among the others; I’d like to see some great rift that makes gods choose sides and either advocate for the Tyrian races and dragonkind or aid Balthazar’s revenge plot, though his dialogue so far hasn’t hinted at him having any allies.

Then we have to consider how this shift fits in with the main threats that already exist in the Crystal Desert: Kralkatorrik and the original members of Destiny’s Edge have unresolved business, of course, and that’s bound to cause an interesting conflict in the main players’ minds as they now must try to save the dragon who slew Snaff and ruined the guild. Can we actually save the dragon from a god, or will the world be irrevocably affected by yet another dragon death? What would a battle between Balthazar and Kralkatorrik look like, and how can we possibly intervene meaningfully in such a battle? I think we need a hero that is greater than the player character and his or her friends at this point!

I am imagining that our best efforts could very well fail unless another god (or five) decide to help. I’m predicting the death of Kralkatorrik and think that perhaps Aurene will be forced to place herself in great danger to save Tyria by soaking the magical overspill caused by another dragon downfall. We can also practically guarantee that Rytlock will finally open up after watching the expansion teasers and hearing the demo weekend audio, which will have its own impact on the direction we move in. I’m sure we will also reapproach Braham and perhaps find time to check in on some of the casualties of Mordremoth once again since we have such a great need to. Lastly, Palawa Joko will have at least some passive influence over what happens in the area, though I can’t quite predict how that will play out.

3. Preparing our characters for PoF

Now that you’ve considered the history and future of the Crystal Desert, you should turn your focus to preparing your characters for PoF too. This will take on a different form depending on your motivations, and it could be as simple as restyling your characters’ gear or hairstyle to suit the new desert environments we’ll be navigating in a few days. You might even decide that you need to begin a new legendary journey to arm your new elite specialisation: The choice lies with you, of course, but I find preparing creatively as well as practically for new builds greatly entertaining and worth the time sink.

Aside from the aesthetic, you might decide to work on playing through any incomplete story chapters you still have outstanding, especially if you chose to skip purchasing HoT and are jumping back in now. If you haven’t already done so, I highly recommend getting that gliding mastery unlocks: Although we’ll have mounts that fill a dizzying array of travelling needs, gliding is always going to be handy in such vast new zones. While you’re working on the HoT mastery accrual, you might as well hit some hero points if you don’t already have some ready to unlock that new elite specialisation you’ll want to play with.

Dedicated players will have completed these steps already: Although time is short, it could be worth your while building up a little gold stockpile by following some of the tips shared by MMO Games’ Shannon Doyle (but don’t ecto gamble unless you’re a massive risktaker), or check out Kroof’s video above.

4. Watch the launch trailer today and get hyped

If you’ve been waiting impatiently all day as I have been, you’ll have seen the launch trailer above just a while ago; if not, I highly suggest you do! I am super stoked after watching it and my mind is working overtime trying to extrapolate from the teases shown. I wish I had seen it before writing my speculation section and not just this morning, that’s for sure! I have some thrilling theories that I don’t want to share just yet in case it’s totally spoilerific, but the dialogue choices were particularly interesting! I won’t say more since it’s so new… shutting up now to let you watch it and ponder, promise!

5. Rewatch the launch material and tune into the launch stream

Finally, if you’ve checked off your prep list and are positively bursting while you wait, don’t forget that on Thursday all the launch-related Guild Chats, dev diaries, and videos will be running again on the official Twitch channel. I really enjoyed the launch content, even though it was rather low-key. Additionally, you can share your excitement with the masses on launch day by joining in on the launch day stream fun, where you’re sure to find some fun surprises and giveaways too.

Over to you!

I am doing my best to keep myself busy over the next few days and I’d love to hear how you’re filling the time between now and Friday. How have you been preparing, if you have, and what are you hoping to see in terms of story? Let me know in the comments. I’ll be back sooner than expected with a launch diary, so you won’t have to wait too long to hear my first PoF impressions.

Tina Lauro has been playing Guild Wars 2 since it launched and now pens the long-running Flameseeker Chronicles column, which runs every other Wednesday and covers everything from GW2 guides and news to opinion pieces and dev diary breakdowns. If there’s a GW2 topic you’d love to see covered, drop a comment Tina’s way or mail her at tina@massivelyop.com.
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Been finishing up some achievements and collections from Heart of Thorns, stockpiling crafting materials (including ascended stuff), and farming karma. I’m about as ready as I’m going to get. Ticket for the hype train is in hand!

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Bryan Turner

Got my Heart of Thorns main up to snuff with full Ascended Beserker pieces, I plan on staying a Power Reaper unless there’s a Power version of Scourge (which I have no interest in playing any way TBH. Just gradually stock piling some gold (shouldn’t be an issue in this game any way I made 25 gold yesterday between the Daily, the Log in Reward, and doing the Silver Wastes event followed by a chest train.).

I’ll be working on Wed/Thu nights so that should keep me preoccupied until my 4 day weekend.

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venatis

Just an FYI to anyone who hasn’t yet, this week is the final week to login unlock episode 6 for free.

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Terren Bruce

I’ve been preparing for awhile now. I’ve picked my PoF main during the PvP elite spec demo, and I’ve given him a new look.

I went on the “reforge Caladbog” quest to give my character an ascended dagger to go along with his new sword as a weaver. I’m doing the “North Wind” collection to get an ascended warhorn for when I want to be support as a tempest.

I’m farming gold so I can get him a full ascended armor set which is something I’ve never done before, but now that I’ve decided to focus on one character primarily for this expansion I’ve decided to go all the way with him.

And finally I’ve taken him through HoT’s and am currently taking him through Living World Season 3 just so his story journal doesn’t look bare. He’s my main now and I don’t want him as a character to be a blank slate going into the expansion.

New main character, new look, new elite spec, new mounts, and new story and zones. I can’t wait! A new expansion means it’s time for a fresh start. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m super hyped about it.

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Rottenrotny

I keep logging in and doing stuff but nothing is pointing me towards the new expansion.
Granted I’m not caught up on my story quests, but it seems like there should still be some obvious build up in the game towards the new content.

I enjoy playing it, but GW2 mystifies me.

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McGuffn

The newest living story is sort of a lead up to it. You should have gotten an unlock message when you first logged in. The latest episode launched a couple months ago.

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Rottenrotny

Thank you! I’m still kinda lost on all the UI elements, so maybe I missed it.

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Dug From The Earth

Ive got 5 level 80 characters, 2 of which have 100% world completion. (non-HoT)

Even with that, there are so many things in GW2 that are a complete mystery to me still.

Ive got tons of items stashed away in my bank that I have NO idea what they are used for, but since they drop in bulk, and arent labeled as “junk”, i figure they are worth keeping.
Nearly even time I log in, im assaulted with boxes to open, achievement messages, progress reports, etc etc. Most of which im just like, “Cool, but i dont know what half of this stuff is even for”

The game really does a piss poor job explaining many things. I dont need someone to help me piss, but at least show me where the freaking restroom is.

I enjoy playing too, but i cant help but feel like Im missing out on a lot of things in the game.

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Bryan Turner

Why don’t you use the internet?

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Dug From The Earth

Because my browser is too busy being filled with Charr and Asura porn

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Rottenrotny

Basically everything you just said has been my experience as well.

It’s frustrating as I know the game is great.

Just the other day I was questing through some zone and suddenly a massive dragon lands and a billion players show up to fight it. It killed everyone, myself repeatedly, and I guess we failed the timer…. but it was a badass event! I was really impressed.

But those moments are few and far between for me. I have my own guild and it’s just me and a bunch of people who don’t play anymore so I’m just wandering around aimlessly with zero direction.

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Bryan Turner

Just google everything you need to do, that’s what I did, but then I’m kind of guy that if I’m really into something I spend the equivalent of a part time job every single week researching it at home or work (especially if my wide’s watching some BS show like Forensic Files, or the First 48.).

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Alex Willis

I love those type of events! Sounds like maybe it was Jormag, or Tequatl? (I doubt it was the Shatterer, since “a billion players” would likely have no trouble with him.)

I basically roam Kryta doing events like this. My only “direction” is open-world questing with a bunch of strangers in between WvW and slowly doing personal/living story content. I kind of love it!

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Rottenrotny

With a quick google search I think it was Tequatl.
Of course a billion is a bit of an exaggeration. ;)

but it was a lot of fun despite my many deaths!

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Korra the Legend

Season 3 does, nothing else will show up in the game till the Xpack goes live!

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Rottenrotny

I don’t even know what that means. I played to max level at launch. Took a long break, came back, used a boost to 80 and now have no idea what to do.

I don’t know what seasons are. No idea what a living story is. Hell, I don’t know what a fractal is.

This game is fun but terribad at new player accessibility. I just feel that the game should point the way and I shouldn’t have to go google searching.

Couple of my friends logged in recently and did the 80 boost as well, but they grew frustrated at not knowing where to go and what to do and stopped playing. Gives some perspective.

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Terren Bruce

The Living World seasons are a series of content patches with story instances, new open world zones, and other random things. Season 2 prepared for the Heart of Thorns story and Season 3 took care of some long standing loose ends and prepared for the Path of Fire expansion. At the end of Season 3 the player knows why they’re going after Balthazar and traveling to the Crystal Desert. Season 3 consisted of 6 patches, which included 6 open world zones, 2 PvP maps, 1 raid, 6 new Legendary Weapons, and 3 fractal dungeons (fractals are just dungeons, 5 man content that comes in multiple difficulty scales).

Those content patches were free if you logged in during the 2-3 months that they were new, if you missed it they are available for a modest cost from the gem store.

Unfortunately you can’t play Living World Season 1 as it was made during a time they were experimenting with a more event driven philosophy that meant the content was temporary and was all designed toward open world events. Don’t worry, story wise you’re not really missing anything.

If you’ve finished the personal story from the base came there should be a green star at the bottom right of your screen that you can click on that will activate the next story step after that.

Failing that you can go to your hero panel, click on the story journal icon, and choose which story chapter you want to play: LW2, HoT’s, or LW3.

As a newer player please be aware that the HoT’s zones have a drastic increase in difficulty and you probably shouldn’t enter the area as a glass canon. So if you’re in all berserker gear you may want to change it up. LW3 and PoF are easier than the HoT’s zones but more difficult on average than the original zones.

And finally, there are some indications in the game already in the game about PoF besides the story. There are refugees from Elona at the Lion’s Arch harbor though they won’t talk to you. And the airship and the crew that will fly you to the Crystal Desert is already at Lion’s Arch, it is moored near the light house.

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Rottenrotny

Thanks for the info! It’s a bit more clear now.

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Terren Bruce

I’m glad I could help!

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Dug From The Earth

Starting a few months after the game came out, the devs released custom story content that was added to the game in segments. The first bundle of story segments was called “The Living Story – Season 1”.

You had to log in to have access to each chapter during the time period of its release (just logging in, unlocked the content for your account). Season 2 and 3 are basically the next bundles of chapters for the continued storyline. Each requiring you to have logged in in order to unlock each chapter, in each season.

So, if you only just started GW2 in the last couple of months, you are basically screwed. They did offer a limited time ability to get all of seasons 1 chapters unlocked via the in game Gem shop for free (ie: cash shop purchase with the cost of zero currency.) However, for a new player, im sure this offer was more or less Greek.

The only way you can access missing chapters from each season at this point, is to 1. Buy them on the gem store (ie: with real money, or convert in game gold to gems and buy them), or… find someone who has them unlocked, to start each chapter and play through it with you.

No, its not a very friendly or convenient thing. Especially for players who werent even around to be able to log in and unlock the things. Which is why I said, I hope Path of Fire is more accessible to players this time around, not just on the new content they add going forward, but to those who havent been able to experience a lot of the past content.

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Bryan Turner

You can’t buy Season 1, the previous season are cheap any way (I bought my wife season 2 for $10).

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Rottenrotny

Wow, that seems like poor decision making on Anet’s part.
I have no problem purchasing content, but I didn’t even know that I could or should.
What benefit is there to having access to those seasons, apart from story which frankly I haven’t cared about in GW2?
The story just doesn’t seem that interesting to me. Maybe I’m not to the good part yet?

Thanks for the infos!

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Bryan Turner

I agree, they should be bundled in with expansions even if their prices are dirt cheap.

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Terren Bruce

The main benefit to LW3 content besides the story is that you can get ascended trinkets with any vanilla or HoT’s stat combo on them. Ascended trinkets give you a much bigger stat boost than ascended armor does so they’re a big upgrade. Granted you can get those trinkets elsewhere but LW3 is the easiest and cheapest way to do so. You can also get an ascended back piece and aqua breather there.

You can also use the unbound magic currency to buy Magic Warped Packages which give you crafting materials which can get you a decent amount of gold.

LW2 content is less useful though there are some weapon and armor skins and access to the sinister stat combo that can be useful in condition damage builds though is mostly replaced by viper’s stats now days.

The best thing about LW2 content is that the Silver Wastes is the best way to farm gold in the open world. I don’t know offhand whether you can enter the Silverwastes without owning LW2.

If you ever do go Silverwastes farming, find a YouTube guide so you know what’s going on. But the basics are that you use the LFG tool to get into a instance of the map that has a squad farming it, do the events, fight the boss, then run around the map in a train opening bandit chests that players will dig up with shovels.

It’s very lucrative which is why there is almost always a squad farming it at just about any time of day.

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Dug From The Earth

Yeah… from a marketing perspective, is a horrid decision. It only caters to your existing ACTIVE customers, and not those on “vacation” from the game, or new customers.

I know it was a determent for many who chose not to buy Heart of Thorns (my fiancee for one), and there may even be many who are staying away from Path of Fire as well, having missed out on 3 seasons of the living story content, feeling hopelessly behind, without any easy way to catch up (outside of youtube videos, which really isnt fun)

Its basically a company saying “We dont care about you, because you werent an active customer”

As for benefits… I know you unlock achievements… and achievements grant you points that unlock various cosmetic things and such. Im not sure if you can still unlock some of the more rare cosmetics from the seasons anymore. (I think you used to be able to get things like fancy looking wings and such). And then there is actually getting to personally play through the story, which picks up where the main game leaves off, leads into Heart of the Thorns, and then eventually leads up to the new expansion coming out.

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Bryan Turner

Again they are dirt cheap, it should probably cost you $20 for both seasons, season 1 is not available how ever a simple youtube search will net you a 3 hour movie that covers season 1.

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Terren Bruce

To be fair, PoF is more of a fresh start than HoT’s was. Half of the HoT’s story was in LW2. Where in PoF it’s more of the beginning to a new story line. It’s not a completely fresh start but all you really need to know going in is that we have to stop the Balthazar from killing an elder dragon because if he does so it will be devastating to the world because of the magical backlash.

I’m not saying it’s perfect or that I didn’t hope the game would have better onboarding for new or long lapsed players. But it’s not so different from WoW: Legion or FFXIV which also tend to expect you to already know what is going on at the start of an expansion.

For example as someone who hasn’t played WoW since CATA I have no idea why Illidan is alive.

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Dug From The Earth

Thats good to hear.

Realize though, that with both WoW and FF14, new players have the ability to play through old content to find out whats going on, before they tackle the new expansion content. And they are able to do so as part of the base game, without requiring the need to earn gold, spend money, or rely on another player to allow them to access that content.

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Terren Bruce

That is very true, it is GW2’s greatest weakness to my mind. LW1 was a huge mistake that the game still hasn’t recovered from (because you can’t replay LW1).

Unfortunately it would take as much effort to recreate LW1 for solo audiences as it would to create an entirely original season. It seems unlikey to ever happen.

One thing they could have done is release a new race with the expansion, with a new personal story that catches the player up and bypasses season 1 entirely. An alternate version of the story if you will. It could even skip LW2 and HoT’s and get people right to the current stuff.

They either need to make LW2 & 3 free or they need to create a GW2 Ultimate Edition that includes them all at a very reduced price. The problem is if they do make those seasons free everyone who bought those with gems are going to be very upset. The same way people were upset when HoT’s included the base game for free. There was a huge community backlash against that which I think is self-destructive and unfortunate.

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Rottenrotny

So daunting haha.
It would probably help if I knew anyone who played the game. I talked two friends into playing but they noped out after a few weeks for these reasons.

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Bryan Turner

Again you don’t need friends that played the game, the friends I had left months after I bought the game so I took it upon my self to use Google and Youtube to Educate my self.

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Dug From The Earth

Yeah, I had a bunch when the game launched, and a big guild. Now when I play, im solo. I usually end up in WvW because I dont have any clue on what else Im should be focused on. HoT felt like a mess to me. I unlocked Gliding, part of my advanced class, and then just sorta lost interest due to the very disjointed lack of direction.

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Bryan Turner

Plenty of active guilds just look on the forums and ask some of the nice posters to message like Vayne, or ask questions in chat make friends and join their guilds (this is an MMO it requires some socialization to get places).

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Rottenrotny

Such a bummer. I feel like there’s a lot of potential in this game.

Maybe Anet is happy with their current playerbase and aren’t interested in gaining new players. Seems odd.

I’m gonna get in there and see if I can figure some stuff out this week. I guess it’s youtube for me! T_T

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Bryan Turner

It’s not a bummer if you take some initiative.

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Terren Bruce

I’m pretty sure the purpose of PoF is to keep the current players happy and win back those who felt burned by HoT’s, I don’t think it’s really intended to bring in totally new players or those who haven’t played since launch. If it were they’d have included new low level content.

Having said that it is a little bit better in bringing in new players than HoT’s was. While it does continue the LW3 story, the beginning isn’t as abrupt as HoT’s was. And it does have a new city to get your bearings with and learn about the lore rather than in HoT’s it just stranded you in the jungle with no real info. Also the open world zones won’t be as difficult as HoT’s zones and less focused on group content giving much more soloable content than HoT’s did (though of course there will still be group events in the zones too).

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Rottenrotny

What should I be doing over the next few days to prepare for PoF?
I have no elite specs, bad gear, no gliding, unleveled crafting.
Boosted 80 with the gear that you get for that but basically total noobville.
Also, I have no idea what ascended gear is. Going to be doing some research on all this over the next few days. :P

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Bryan Turner

Gliding Unlocked should help, if you haven’t even finished Vanilla GW2 then just visit all the maps and complete the story, then go to Heart of Thorns.

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Dug From The Earth

I dont know if you will be able to glide in PoF. If you can, then thats probably the only thing worth trying to get before hand. Its unlocked pretty quickly after starting HoT content.

Crafting can be ignored for experiencing most of the games story and exploration content. Although its a good opportunity to gather crafting materials as you explore, for future use, or sale.

The Elite spec’s from HoT can be nice, but again arent necessary unless you are trying to using some elite meta spec for your class. PoF is going to have all new class options too, which will probably take hero points to open up (like the elite specs did), so you probably dont want to have to split your points between the 2 starting out.

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Bryan Turner

Yes you can, it was mentioned all the way back in their live stream when they announced the expansion, and was even covered on MassivelyOP with the Expac Info and by Tina.

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Terren Bruce

Ascended gear is the most powerful gear in the game, it’s the gear with the titles in light purple/pink lettering. Trinkets and weapon give you the biggest stat boost and armor the least but trinkets are the easiest to get.

There’s only 3 days so if you want to start PoF on day 1, there’s not a lot of time left. In your case I might just wait for the expansion and start with that. But if you have time to kill, I’d start HoT’s and try to get my glider and level it up a bit. Just be aware HoT’s can be a rough experience for new players who don’t know what they’re doing. PoF will be a bit easier and it will be new for everyone.

Everyone will be leveling their elite spec, everyone will be leveling their mount, and everyone will be learning the open world events together.

The best thing you could do is just get as many hero points as you can in advance so you can level your elite spec faster.

In my veteran opinion though it might be better if you just wait for PoF and return to HoT’s after you’re more experienced with the game to pick up gliding and the HoT’s elite spec. I think PoF is going to make for a better “new to 80” player experience for you. Especially this late in the day.

I wouldn’t start Living World Season 3 without at least having gliding unlocked. PoF won’t require gliding but Living World Season 3 does.

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Bryan Turner

It’s not that needed, Exotic Gear is only 10 to 5 percent less powerful and the LWS3 Maps you can earn Ascended Trinkets any way.

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Rottenrotny

I have a bunch of hero points and never spent a single one haha. Gonna see if I can get gliding and then jump into PoF.

Thanks again for all the replies and good infos!

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Bryan Turner

You’ve never unlocked a single traitline on any of your characters, or learned any Utility Skills?

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Rottenrotny

I’m not sure what those are.
Someone told me that hero points used to not be called hero points? I do have some utility stuff unlocked. That’s the right action bar stuff?

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Bryan Turner

You’re Utility skills on the right, as well as your trait lines (talent Trees) use Hero Points, just leveling gives you enough of them for free to unlock everything by level 80 other than Elite Specializations.

All the other Hero Points you do on the map are extras.

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Rottenrotny

Looking at my build UI still confuses the hell out of me. A guy on reddit was helping with a greatsword/scepter build for my Guardian and that seems pretty decent. But I think I have lots of points to spend just no idea what to take.

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so excited to play. mechanically everything is so fantastic. the story for me has been almost a detriment to the series. i’ll see it happen, but it’s hard to care about with them having had so much mediocrity and so many missteps in the past.

this is going to be an absolute blast to play through. the maps look incredible and the scope and style of game play is what i wished HoT had been. My 4 year wait for an expansion geared toward my tastes is finally here!

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Dug From The Earth

Ill be starting the expansion at release, having not played or read anything about the last half of the LS1, or ANY of LS2 or 3.

We will see if Anet manages to make their expansion something accessible to all gamers, and not just those who have been super involved with the game up until now.

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Rottenrotny

Yeah, I’m not caught up and have no idea what’s going on and the game isn’t providing me with anything pointing to new content.

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Alex Willis

As someone who only recently returned to game (after leaving just before HoT launch), I’m struggling a bit with some of the recommendations for “what to do with your character before PoF launch” — not because they’re bad, but because I don’t think I’ll have time to get it done!

1) HoT Achievements/Content: I will hold out hope that people will still be doing the content here, because I’ve maybe done 5% of it (just enough to get glider and do a few Auric Basin meta events). I know that people will go to the new material but there’s just so damn much to do in this game, I haven’t gotten around to it yet!

2) Crafting: OK, so, Ascended/Legendary crafting remains a bit of a black box to me. I have probably 3 years worth of banked mats and ascended crafting materials, so I think I’m in a good spot generally to start. But…I’m also nervous that the crafting game will change radically once I commit. What are peoples’ impressions about the crafting game to come? If I start leveling my crafting and heading into Ascended territory, am I going to get screwed by blowing all my mats on outdated gear? (I know right now there’s no such thing as “outdated” Ascended gear, unless you’re comparing to Legendary. But…I’m nervous, you know?)

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Terren Bruce

If you’re making ascended armor or weapons then even if you choose the wrong stat combo you can use the mystic forge to change the stats later. Just be sure to take out any infusions, runes, or sigils you have installed in them first as they’ll be destroyed after.

Using the mystic forge is very cheap compared to crafting new ascended items.

You will also have to re-transmute the item to the skin you want as it will give you a generic ascended skin back.

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Impossible to know what the new meta gear will be right now (though there are some speculations).
Better wait to see what kind of stats will be most useful on each spec. Some probably won’t change, but more hybrid builds are a possibility.

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My preparations have been the expansion usual: not playing the game for a wile to come back fresh and eager to play more.
I find it much better than burning out on old content and beta play.

Now, the only thing that I really hope for is a good story, and for it not to be too short like Heart Of Thorns. I want to see old characters put to good use, and new ones developed through the expansion and living story, instead of randomly appear and then never hear from them again.

I really hope that we’ll learn the true story behind the gods, and that it will finally go forward.
The Mists and magic are such a big deal in-universe… and ultimately, it was never actually explained in any of the games.
The nature of Tyria and the natural forces like Dragons are just so vague… maybe it’s time to do something with them, and not as antagonists.

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kalamari_

save your daily pvp/wvw potions (so you can get new currencies/skins faster) and also the wvw level up chests (not the skirmish chests) because of the new wvw currency that will come with PoF.

also go through your HoT/LS3 achievements/collections and look if you need meta events/bosses or in general events with a huge number or group of players and try to finish these before PoF launch. these achies will not be completely unattainable, but significantly harder to get when PoF starts, because everyone will play the new things.

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sophiskiai

With things like hoarding WvW chests, in the past they’ve made the sensible move of differentiating between old chests and new chests and only having the new currencies in the ones that drop after those currencies go live.

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kalamari_

thats why I said only hoard the level up chests, because they only spoke about the skirmish chest and a new currency. its worth a shot. ;)

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sophiskiai

Yeah, no downsides to trying :)

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