Massively OP’s holiday gift guide for Guild Wars 2 players

    
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It’s been a glorious, if very long and busy, year for Guild Wars 2, so I’m sure ArenaNet is eager to see Wintersday approaching at long last. With Wintersday comes the giving of gifts, however, which can make even the coolest Snowman melt under the pressure to impress. Luckily, there’re plenty of GW2 options available this holiday season, whatever your budget and interests.

Don’t be the Grentch who ruins the festive fun for fans this Wintersday: Sit up, pay attention to this handy-dandy gift guide, and I’ll help you find a gift that’ll make the GW2 fan in your life coo with joy this holiday season. Whether or not you’re familiar with the MMO yourself, you’re sure to find something in my list to cater to both new fans of the franchise and veteran players alike. Perhaps you’re the die-hard GW2 fan yourself and you want to use the holidays as a good excuse to get some friends or family to join you in Tyria: I have you covered too!

hot1. The base game and/or expansion

Let’s start with the basics: If your giftee doesn’t already own both the base game and the new expansion Heart of Thorns, this is a definite must-buy on your list. Those who are feeling the pinch this holiday season will be very pleased to hear that the core game recently went free-to-play, so you can get your friends involved in the GW2 fun for free and still have come up with a fantastic quality gift. Speaking from experience, I think there’s plenty of relevant content to explore in the core game and this is a fabulous time to jump in because of the heightened post-expansion activity in the starting zones.

Heart of Thorns purchases include the core game, so popping down the funds for the expansion offers good bang for your buck. If you’ve been putting off buying the expansion so far, I highly recommend placing it at the tippy top of your holiday wishlist: It offers a solid story extension, fantastic new challenging endgame content in the form of raids, and a crazy-fun jungle to explore with gliders, updrafts, and mushrooms, among many other things. The price is now fairly reasonable for a new expansion, so you don’t need to feel too bad about including it in your letter to Santa.

gems2. In-game currency

Does your giftee already have the expansion? Not to worry: Gems are always a welcome gift for seasoned GW2 players. Gems can be purchased easily in-game with a credit card, but if you’re stuck on the payment option front or want something physical to wrap prettily with gorgeous paper and fabulous bows to give your giftee something with a bit more wow factor, pick up a pre-loaded gem card instead. Pay attention to the costs and weigh them against the current in-game gem exchange rate to ensure you’re not paying over the odds, though! The value of gems can change pretty rapidly, and I’d hate for you to be caught on the wrong side of that shift.

Redeeming your gem card is easy peasy: Simply input your unique code in-game using the “Redeem Code” option in the gem store. The gems should be added pretty much immediately with no fuss at all, ready for an epic shopping spree after you’ve eaten your own weight in holiday food. The range of in-game goodies that can be purchased with gems is dizzying, but I personally recommend picking up the complete Season 2 pack for additional story fun if you missed out when it launched, and I also love the new raiding toolkit. In terms of vanity items, who wouldn’t love a jaunty festive scarf that’s bigger than most character’s heads, a gorgeously detailed, romantic fancy winter outfit, or a set of white or black feathered wings that are so amazingly long they swoosh and drag behind your character? Pure swoon factor!

headset3. Themed peripherals and desk goodies

If virtual goodies don’t ring your jingle bell, there are a few stunning peripherals that would make a fabulous — and surprisingly affordable — holiday gift for the GW2 fan in your life. When my trusty Roccat Kone XTD fell from my table and met its tragic end, I needed a full-featured yet inexpensive replacement fairly quickly. I picked up the SteelSeries Guild Wars 2 Sensei RAW gaming mouse, which is a perfect little ambidextrous, variable grip pointer that meets the needs of all but the most demanding MMO enthusiasts. It’s a seven programmable button beauty that has a gorgeous GW2 motif, gaming grade switches, XL glider pads for smooth movement, SteelSeries Engine technology, and gorgeous red lighting. It’s hard to follow the Kone XTD, my favourite mouse ever after my old Razer Boomslang, but this little mouse keeps up with my gaming demands beautifully. This is a hard one to find in the US now, unfortunately, but it’s worth digging for.

I also highly recommend the matching SteelSeries Flux headset and QcK mousepad, but that might be because I’m a chronic completionist! The headset folds up and features a built-in mic, swappable cable, and magnetic quick-switch ear covers, so even if you move on from GW2 you won’t be stuck with a dated themed headset. The lightweight set is fab for chucking in my bag for the train ride to uni and is surprisingly solid in terms of sound quality for such a modestly priced headset that rings in under $20. I love my mousepad too: It’s a really nice size on my desk and the surface shows no sign of wear and tear despite the high traffic I force it to cope with.

novel4. Game lore novels

If you’re buying gifts for a book or lore lover, you should check out the wonderful novels that are based on the game’s lore. These books are available both as paperbacks and on Kindle for more modern readers. Ghosts of Ascalon focuses on a haunted band of adventurers who are seeking the Claw, a powerful artefact held by the undead Ascalonian King. It’s a neat, linear story that has the right balance of familiar, game-based lore and fresh additions that add another layer of drama painted over with the expected coat of ArenaNet-style humour. Edge of Destiny is based on (shock horror) the formation of Destiny’s Edge, which gives it a sense of grandeur and epic that greatly appeals to the more general fantasy fan. Lastly, Sea of Sorrows homes in on Zhaitan, Orr, and the rebuilding of Lion’s Arch. I haven’t read this one myself, but who doesn’t love a tale of sea-faring pirates taking on a grand adventure? I love books as gifts because they can be enjoyed over and over again, and these make fantastic stocking fillers due to the low prices.

jumper5. Killer iam8bit festive swag

ArenaNet’s relationship with the up and coming game swag retailer iam8bit is blossoming this festive season, and I totally admit to letting out a very loud coo when I saw the adorable Wintersday quaggan gear. There’s a fabulously cheesy “ugly” festive sweater available in two typically seasonal colour choices, but my favourite seasonal piece is the Santa quaggan plushie… too much cute for me to handle, I tell ya! If you don’t want to choose a gift that has a seasonal shelf life, check out the standard Guild Wars 2 range for some great gift ideas that don’t scream holidays-only. I ordered the bog standard quaggan plushie and the Necromancer tee when the iam8bit GW2 line was announced, but there’re also some beautiful art prints and a whole range of other tee designs to suit your particular giftee. One word of advice: If you’re not based in the US, don’t forget to switch out to the UK version of the site and check if shipping becomes cheaper and faster! Enjoy shopping, and happy holidays!

Some links included within this article may be part of MOP’s Amazon affiliate program, income from which goes entirely to funding our operational budget. MOP’s writers have selected products based on their own opinions and receive no direct commission or profit from the affiliate program. We have not been sponsored or coerced to mention any product. Stay tuned for more of our holiday gift guides for MMO players throughout the winter holiday season, and feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!
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Tina Lauro hugmonster I liked it and I want more so i went and got “Sea of Sorrows” as well :)

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Father Xmas

dionm01 There are some complaints about changes to Guilds where Guild bonuses only work for players with the expansion because guild rewards are part of the new Guild Halls which came out in the expansion.
There is a popular belief that straight currency rewards that were in dungeons got moved to content only available in the expansion.  That’s a misnomer, the problem was too many players became addicted to the straight currency rewards from dungeons and when it was nerfed by 2/3rds to encourage players to stop playing a system that ANet had abandoned for Fractal Dungeons well over a year ago and with the Fractal rewards being not where they intended them to be, the “explanation” by affected players was it was to removed to force players to buy the expansion or to encourage players to buy gold via the gem exchange system (gems are the cash shop proxy currency).

Grimmtooth
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Grimmtooth

dionm01 guild upgrades now require HoT but any ones you had previously are grandfathered in.

had to break-up & edit because of stupid Livefrye filters

Grimmtooth
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dionm01 Since you have the old base game but not HoT there have been a couple changes that may make things less convenient. A couple of months before HoT release level 80’s no longer gain normal experience, you get mastery XP instead & that is only available in HoT. One of the 3 old map mastery tracks is linked to fractal rewards & extra agony resist slots which are needed for higher level fractals.
The 2nd track allows you to collect tons of items to create the precursor weapons but many of the mats need items off  HoT maps & its actually cheaper to just buy the old drop precursor that make the new ones.
The 3rd track is just general utility stuff.. fast move in cities, a cheap leader tag, rezing downed player faster, merchants that have random items (crafting patterns mostly) from season 1 that have been out of print since.

Sazri
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Sazri

BalsBigBrother Armsbend Esoteric Coyote IT’S EVEN WEARING A MINI-VERSION OF THE SWEATSHIRT!

imayb1
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Archebius Sigbjorn IMO, it’s one trope after another. Friends who don’t read much, or don’t read much fantasy enjoyed it. Friends who read a lot or were very familiar with fantasy genre reads didn’t enjoy it. To me, it was slow, the characters weren’t likable, and there wasn’t anything _different_ about it.

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breetoplay Armsbend Esoteric Coyote Yeah but you’re a cool mom.

Tina Lauro
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Armsbend  Sorry, bud… your mama will just have to get ya what she gets ya! ^.^ If GW2 merch doesn’t do it for you, check out the other gift guides for something that would suit you better and bookmark the article for her! :D

Tina Lauro
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Tina Lauro

BalsBigBrother Armsbend Esoteric Coyote  OH EM GEE LOOKIT! <3 I just wanna smoosh it >.<

Tina Lauro
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Tina Lauro

DJjazzy Archebius Sigbjorn  C’mon, it’s not that bad! It’s up there in terms of game novels, I reckon. It may not wow a seasoned fantasy reader, but I was happy with it. Hell, I put up with all of Nynaeve’s braid tugging and all of Egwene’s skirt smoothing in The Wheel of Time series for the sake of the wonderful story, so I’m sure I can cope with a bit of cheesy, overdone dialogue :P