Guild Wars 1 Client Download

Guild Wars and its campaigns are available in many digital gaming and software stores worldwide. The first of such locations is represented by the official Guild Wars Online Store. Can I download the game client? The Guild Wars game client can be downloaded from the official websites. Download the Guild Wars client. Run GwSetup.exe to install the Guild Wars client on your PC. At the log-in screen, click the 'Create Account or Add Access Key' link.

Gamers personally influence Guild Wars 2, shaping its future and each user's individual experience

Guild Wars 2 is a highly-rated multi-player game in the fantasy genre. Users can choose a highly personalized character, job, and even specialized skills as they navigate the mythical world of Tyria in their quest to fight Elder Dragons. Guild Wars 2, the sequel to the original Guild Wars, is a dynamic game where gamers, both experienced and novice, will appreciate the crafting of its story and functionality. The creator, ArenaNet, placed a strong emphasis on the artistic qualities of the game, making the experience more than just slaying dragons. Guild Wars 2 is for someone looking to get lost in a foreign world of diverse races and species, in a dynamic environment that keeps you guessing.

Personalize your character, job and everything

Guild Wars 2 is a truly unique experience, allowing players to personalize their characters, jobs, and specialized skills, while interacting in an ever-evolving dynamic storyline, sure to entertain both the novice and experienced gamer.

The Guild Wars 2 core game is entirely free to download and play all the way through. Many games will offer a demo or shortened version for free, enticing users to purchase the full version as they get hooked. After the game’s wildly successful launch, the author was able to offer the core game for free. There are optional game enhancements available for purchase beyond the initial core game completion. These are “pay once, play forever”, with no subscription required, a wonderful break from the recurring payment world we live in. As previously mentioned, users can team up into groups and play the game together. There are three geographic “mega servers”: European, North American, and Chinese. These mega servers are siloed, meaning you can only team up with players from your own mega server. However, North American and European mega servers have the ability to pay a lofty fee and change servers, should they desire. Users on the China mega server, cannot, which is ironically similar to real life.

The plot and setting of Guild Wars 2 is so intricate, it even feels real at times. When you detach yourself from your laptop and slowly blink into the sunlight you forgot existed, that world (the real world), feels…dull. The intricacy of the architecture and landscape in the high fantasy world of Tyria is impressive to say the least. Humans are the lesser species as you begin the game, battling various species including the Norn (Nordic hunters), the Charr, and Asura.

The story line is so elaborate, it would take a user quite some time to fully understand and remember it all as second nature. However, as any fanatic will tell you, getting lost in an external world can be an escape well worth it from time to time.

One of the most impressive features is Guild Wars 2’s ability to progress the story line based on player’s actions. This gives users the ability to actually form the story based on how they play the game. This isn’t your average Mario game where the beginning, middle, and end are pre-defined and the only outcome is you following a precise set of actions to achieve the desired outcome. This puts the game in the users’ hands on a whole other level.

Something I found interesting and mildly disturbing was the fact that users are encouraged to beat and kill animals in various worlds for little or no reason. Running by an endangered black panther minding its own business? Go ahead, slay it for some points. It glorifies “violence for violence’s sake”, which I’m not a fan of. Fighting for safety, victory, or hunting for food is something entirely different, however.

From a security and privacy perspective, the author company AreaNet is reputable and overall I feel comfortable downloading the game, thereby handing over some of my personal data. As with many accounts of this nature, I recommend allowing your personal computer’s browser to create a highly complex password and store it, rather than using the same password as say your bank. ArenaNet’s privacy policy states they do not sell or share personal information for direct marketing purposes.

Where can you run this program?

Guild Wars 2 can be downloaded onto 32 or 64-bit application Windows systems, or onto 64-bit macOS machines. The download on my 64-bit Windows PC was incredibly lengthy. I was also given the option to decline receiving email offers from the author which is always appreciated.

Is there a better alternative?

One of the closest games by comparison is the cult hit, World of Warcraft, affectionately referred to as WoW. Guild Wars 2 has a similar basis as WoW with characters, multi-player teams, quests, and battles. However, Guild Wars 2 has been noted as a better alternative than WoW for “those that have a real life.” WoW users often complain that, while mostly enjoyable, WoW can feel like having a second job. Whereas Guild Wars 2 is appropriate for both avid and casual players, without a nagging urgency to “keep up” as with WoW. The battle agility and encounters between multi-player teams is markedly superior in Guild Wars 2. In favor of living a real life along with a gaming hobby, Guild Wars 2 comes out on top in my opinion.

Our take

As a gaming novice, I find Guild Wars 2 slightly overwhelming. The lengthy installation, large device memory usage, and complicated story line gives me pause. However, for a gaming hobbyist who lives for diving into these worlds, has the appropriate hardware, and is anxious to learn the ins and outs of the world of Tyria, Guild Wars 2 is a fitting choice.

Should you download it?

For gamers looking for their next venture, this is a great download. The functionality, graphics, custom skills, and ability to tailor itself to your particular actions make this game worth it. Even for a gaming novice, the gear curve is shallow, making basic maneuvers and actions easy enough for new users to pick up. If you’re looking for a game that won’t consume your whole life, but will give you the reality escape we all need sometimes, this might just be the game for you.


  • Easy download
  • Basic game version was free to download
  • Ability to interact with other users
  • Ability to choose your own character's job and skills makes the game feel more personalize
  • The storyline is responsive to players’ actions


  • Users must download and install the game onto their hard drive
  • Takes up space on the user's computer
  • The installation took quite a long time and was a very large application
  • Unnecessary violence in the story line
  • Drinking alcohol in a game age-approved for teenagers

Tools for Guild Wars

Project maintained by HasKha,GregLando113, reduf, 3vcloud, Hour-of-the-Owl, DarkManic


Will I get banned for using GWToolbox++?
GWToolbox++ is a third party tool that can automate aspects of gameplay for a range of uses including auto-responding to incoming whipsers using the /afk command, automatically maintaining pcons in an explorable area, loading hero team builds and salvaging/purchasing items in bulk.

Although many of these automations can be seen as quality-of-life improvements to the game, this software goes against part of the NCSoft Code of Conduct:

“You may not use any third-party program (such as a “bot”) to automate gameplay functions, including playing, chatting, interacting, or gathering items within our Games”

“You will not attempt to interfere with, hack into, or decipher any transmissions to or from the servers or other facilities running the Services.”

…and is also mentioned in the NCSoft User Agreement:

“We do not permit the use of any third-party software, tools, or programs that interact with the Services that give one player an unintended, unnatural, or unfair advantage over another player. Such prohibited third-party software, tools, or programs include those that alter Game-balance in favor of one player over another, automate actions within the Services, promote unattended gameplay, or have an adverse effect on other users of the Services. Prohibited third-party programs will be determined at our sole discretion.”

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If you are found to be using GWToolbox++ in-game, you could get banned, so use this software at your own risk. With this in mind, it would not be a good idea to use any third party tools when streaming gameplay (recorded or otherwise) as it could be used in a case against your account.

My antivirus detects toolbox as a virus! Are you hacking me?
The detection is a false positive, and it is caused by some techniques that GWToolbox needs to use. Most notably, toolbox has to run into another program and manipulate its memory at runtime (note: no modification is permanent). Toolbox is open source, so if you don’t trust me you can read through the source code and compile directly from the source yourself.

Can I run Toolbox with other programs such as Multi client Launchers, TexMod, uMod, or a screen recording software?
TexMod, uMod, screen recording software (in game capture mode) and Toolbox all use similar techniques to capture and display information on the screen. Because of this, they may interfere with each other. Also note that when you use more than one of the above programs Guild Wars may crash when you close any of them.

  • Running Toolbox with multiple Guild Wars clients open is not a problem, Toolbox will ask which one to use.
  • GWMultiLaunch is not supported and may have issues. GW Launcher is recommended instead.
  • TexMod or uMod should work. You probably want to run them first, and Toolbox++ later. uMod with dll-drop method is recommended.
  • Screen recording software should work. You probably want to launch them last, after Toolbox. We recommend using “window capture” and not “game capture”.

I have an feature request/non-bug issue with GWToolbox++. Where can I voice it?
We are always open to comments and criticism about Toolbox++. If you have features or opinions of features you would like to voice to the developers, please leave your input on the repository issue tracker.

Why does GWToolbox++ require Admin privileges?
GWToolbox++ needs admin privileges if Guild Wars has admin privileges. Guild Wars can be indirectly started with those privileges if it was started by a program that was run as admin. TexMod, uMod, GWML or GW Launcher typically require admin privileges so we decided for Toolbox to require admin privileges by default, to avoid issues.

You can find a version of the launcher that doesn’t require admin privileges here.

Issues launching GWToolbox

I am getting an error message saying “d3dx9_43.dll (or some other d3d9 dll) is missing”, what’s wrong?
Please install the DirectX Redistributable found here. You will want to extract the package in a folder in your computer and then run DXSETUP.exe.

I run the launcher and then nothing happens / Guild Wars closes / crashes
There may be different reasons for this. Try the following, in no particular order:

  • Launch both Guild Wars and Toolbox as administrator.
  • Launch Toolbox while Guild Wars is running in windowed mode, not minimized or fullscreen.
  • Avoid using other programs that interact with Guild Wars (TexMod, uMod, MultiLaunch, screen recording software, game overlays such as steam, fraps, etc)
  • Add GWToolbox.exe and gw.exe to your antivirus whitelist. Although usually not needed, you may want to also add GWToolbox.dll to your whitelist. You can find it in the settings folder (C:Users[Username]AppDataLocalGWToolboxpp).

I run the launcher and I get the message “GWToolbox.dll was not loaded, unknown error” or “exit code 0”
This error typically means that some security feature is preventing Toolbox to access Guild Wars. It might be caused by any of the following:

  • Data Execution Prevention. It is disabled by default but if enabled you need to add gw.exe to its whitelist.
  • Security programs such as Windows Defender or any particularly zealous antivirus software. You typically need to add both GWToolbox.exe and gw.exe to its whitelist.
  • Missing DirectX 2010 redistributable. Download from here, extract and install.

GWToolbox++ just crashed and set my grandma’s hair on fire! Help!
Oops. Please start a bug issue at the repository issue tracker here. If the error was not critical, a message box should have displayed with the title “GWToolbox++ Crash!”. If the message box states that the dump file generated sucessfully, please go to your start menu search bar and type %LOCALAPPDATA%. Press enter, and your appdata folder should open. Navigate to the GWToolboxpp folder and find the most recent .dmp file created. If you are able to find the file, attach this file on your issue as it can help greatly with fixing the issue. Be sure to also include what you were doing in game at the time of the crash, and any other information that might help. If it is an issue we can solve we will get to fixing it when we can.

In-game issues and how-to

How do I target a Boo!?
You can use Toolbox to target and interact with lots of agents that wouldn’t normally be targetable. There are a couple of ways to do this:

  • Ctrl+click on the minimap. You can target agents that aren’t visible, so long as you know where they are.
  • Use the Info window to find the ID of the agent (a Boo! is 7445), and then create a hotkey to target it.
  • The chat command /target closest will work, so long as the Boo! is the nearest agent, which should generally be the case.

Can I bind the same hotkey to perform multiple actions?
You sure can! Just create a second hotkey for the second action and assign the same key bind. When you press the key, you will perform all of the assigned actions in the order the hotkeys appear in the list.

You can also bind multiple keys to the same action, again by creating extra hotkeys, this time with the same action and different key binds.

The icons on the Pcons, Materials, and Toolbox window aren’t showing up. How do I get them back?
This is a bug that causes the Toolbox launcher to not download the icons. Delete your GWToolbox.exe and replace it with this one.

Why isn’t Toolbox remembering my settings when I restart! Help?
Toolbox settings are saved to the files in the settings folder when you close Toolbox or click “Save Now” at the bottom of the Settings window. Settings are loaded from those files when you launch Toolbox or click “Load Now”.

  • Sometimes, closing Guild Wars without first closing Toolbox will result in settings not saving. To prevent this from happening, either use the “Save Now” button, or close Toolbox before Guild Wars.
  • If you adjust settings and then load another copy of Toolbox before saving, it will load the old settings. If you then close the first copy of Toolbox, thus saving the new settings, the second copy will still have the old settings loaded. When you close that copy, the old settings will be saved, overwriting the new ones.
    Prevent this by loading the new settings onto the second copy of Toolbox before you close.

My Toolbox is not showing! Help?
There are a few different things that could have happened. Here’s how to fix them:

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  • Enter /tb reset and /show settings, in case you just moved the windows off-screen or hid all windows.
  • Enter /tb exit to close Toolbox, open the theme.ini file in C:Users[User]AppdataGWToolboxpp, and delete the line that says GlobalAlpha. Save the file and restart Toolbox.

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One of my windows has collapsed! I can only see the title bar. How do I get the window back?
You probably minimized it by accident. Double-click on the title bar to expand it, or to collapse it again.

My urgoz door timer is not showing! Help?
The urgoz timer shows “Open” or “Closed”, along with the time remaining, under the usual timer. If you cannot see it, it is usually because of any of the following reasons:

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  • You are not in Urgoz explorable. The timer only shows in the explorable urgoz map, not in the outpost.
  • You have your timer on the bottom of the screen, the urgoz timer is off-screen. Move the timer up vertically.
  • Your timer window is too small, the urgoz timer is not being shown. Go in settings, tick “Unlock Move All” and increase the size of the timer window.