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Hearts, Way Points, Points of Interest, Skill Points and Vistas
Hearts: There are zero quests in Guild wars 2, instead they have Hearts. You fill a heart by doing the basic tasks asked by the npc. You start a heart by being in a close radius to the NPC that has the heart above their head. Killing monsters is not always the objective or the fastest way to complete the heart. Some hearts ask you to clean up spills or pick up active bombs and give you credit towards the heart that way. After completing a heart do not forget to check out what they have for sell :-D Every NPC sells something different and some even sell bulk food items used in cooking!
Waypoints: These are located through out the maps and act as your fast travel. You can use these in town free of charge, but when you are outside in the world there is a fee. You can not travel to a waypoint if it is contested (2 crossed swords over the icon). You either have to wait for it open or run to the battle and free up the waypoint so others can use it.
Points of Interest (poi): These are just spots on the map that you have to walk to. You do not need to activate them, just walk within a close enough radius to them. These places have unique things to them or relate to the worlds history.
Skill Points: These involve skill, yah duh haha, but they come in two forms. Kill an NPC(s) that spawn or kill an existing NPC(s) and Commune with the place of power. The Exp resulting from completing these is a good amount and never shy away from one. After you are level 80 you will continue to level and upon each level you are given 1 skill point. Skill points are used to unlock special skills for your characters. You also use skill points to purchase unique items like near the Mystic Forge in Lion's Arch or in WvWvW.
Vistas: My favorite thing in the game honestly. The game encourages you to hope on anything you can find to get to the top of a random spot. Vistas once clicked give you an amazing view of your current surroundings. They do not serve any real purpose other than obtaining 100% map completion and fun when you have time to kill
100% map completion
After you've obtained all the items listed above you are rewarded with a chest and TON of experience. Inside this chest you will find various rewards ranging from harvestable materials, crafting materials or even gear. The items found in the chest always reflect the zone you completed. So if you cleared a 0-15 zone, you will get level 15 gear and tier 1 harvestable materials.
This is a blast to do and even has a greater purpose. After you have completed 100% of the world you are given Gift of Exploration, an Item used in Legendary Crafting.
Skill Ups and Traits
Slot Skills: These are simply put as unlockable moves. When you receive a skill point from leveling up and doing skill point challenges found through out the world you can use them to unlock Slot Skills.
Traits: They are like talent points and if you do not know what those are, they are basically modifers. You chose what traits you want based on your playstyle and what sounds like fun. In Guild Wars 2 there are cookie cutter specs, but the difference in effectiveness is eh, who cares! have fun!
Unlocking Trait Tiers: There are 3 tiers of traits and you need a book to unlock each of them. You can purchase these books from NPCs and get more exspensive with each tier.
You've got Mail
When this lights up you have new mail. Also note that when you complete a heart, the NPC of that hear will send you mail. The contents of that mail is mostly money and do not forget to collect it o.o after 10 NPC mail you lose it. You are also onlu allowed 10 messages from players. So don't forget to clean out your mail box often ;-)
Wonderful World of Dyes
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Character Creation and the Biography
I won't talk your ear off on how Asura are the best race ever ;-) but this is where your adventure will start. After you have chosen your favorite Race, Customizations and Profession, you get to the Biography. This part guides your Personal Story in Guild Wars 2. Depending on the options you chose directs your personal story. These options DO NOT affect the game or your character, only your personal story. Race is also a HUGE factor in the personal story and when leveling with friends it is often, if not impossible to synch up the Personal Story Lines.
It is easy to follow, but not mandatory. I recommend you do your personal story as you level for a few reasons. It takes you further into the world and deeper into undiscovered parts of the map and it is a TON of exp. If you put off your personal quest it can be a pain to go back later, but if you are leveling with friends there is little time for the personal story.
When you first start the game you are doing your personal story line. Each race's personal story line starts out in its own unique way. Every starting personal story is part of a shared instance with other new players, regardless of their options. However, after you defeat the first "boss" you are then allowed to freely explore the world around you.
Your personal story can be a rewarding and fun tale to follow.
When you finish a "chapter" in your personal story you are often rewarded. If you are doing your personal story while leveling, the rewards are often a great upgrade.
The journey can be tough sometimes and you are allowed to bring a friend for help. You have to be the one who invites them.
You can also join their Personal Stories by them inviting you into a group.