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How many of you only play 1 character? (Do you only play 1 character?)

TheLadyOfTheRings.9148TheLadyOfTheRings.9148 Member ✭✭✭
edited January 4, 2020 in Guild Wars 2 Discussion

Hi everyone!

I'm curious to know how many players only play 1 character, comparing to those who play more than one. With "only 1 character" I mean the character you play for all game modes, basically the only character that you're dedicated to (even if you have more characters just for crafting or more inventory space, etc). To give you my personal experience as an example, I only play 1 character (I have another character just for crafting).

So, do you only play 1 character? (I'm adding an 'in-between' option just because I feel the topic of how many characters one plays, and what it means to play a character, might not be that simple or straightforward).

Thank you for your time :)

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  • Blocki.4931Blocki.4931 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I mostly play my Warrior, my Thief, who was my previous main, is now my dedicated crafting character because he just so happened to have most professions already leveled.

  • kharmin.7683kharmin.7683 Member ✭✭✭✭
    More or less / It depends

    I probably play my main 75-80% of the time.

    I am a very casual player.

  • Danikat.8537Danikat.8537 Member ✭✭✭✭

    My main character has more than twice the play time of all my other characters put together, but I don't think I could stick to just 1. I like being able to skip between professions, builds and activities helps keep the game interesting for me. Plus I like coming up with different character concepts and styles.

    Danielle Aurorel, Desolation EU. Mini Collector

    "Life's a journey, not a destination."

  • Ameepa.6793Ameepa.6793 Member ✭✭✭
    More or less / It depends

    I do have around 20 characters but play my main 90% of time :)

  • SoulGuardian.6203SoulGuardian.6203 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 4, 2020

    I use all my characters.
    A few more than others, at the moment, because there are good reasons for it.
    One of the reasons being that some of them are on stand by to finish personal story mode.

    Because story mode to me isn't a priority at the moment, hence the stand by status.

    Other reasons being is that I like to have a character in every area.
    For instance a ranger in HoT area, an elementalist in PoF, a Necro in IBS.
    Well, you get the idea with that.

    Yet another reason is that if I'm farming for karma, I'll use one that has karma bonus, others magic find bonus for other specific items.

    To conclude,
    No, I don't use just the one character.
    Yes, I use some characters more than others at the moment.
    However, the situation may invert at any given moment, for instance, if I decide to make personal stories a priority.

    All boils down to how I feel really.

  • Gop.8713Gop.8713 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Before I looked at my stats on efficiency I would have told you I play five of my toons fairly regularly, if you count the keyrunner . . .

    The reality is a little bit different. I have a 'main' which has over half of my play hours. I do still log in to it daily, if only for crafting and to run the grothmar strike (still trying to get my last shoulder box :( ). Other than that I only play it when there's a new story to complete . . .

    Second toon I log in to every day but only to open some bjora chests. This is my only condi toon but I never really feel like playing condi so I don't really play this one unless there's a new map/story, as above . . .

    Third toon is the one I would have told you was my main, but I have more than twice as many hours on my first toon. Regardless, this is the one that I'm usually on when I'm actually 'playing the game' on a daily basis, and not just doing 'daily management' tasks like crafting or opening chests or doing a new story or w/e . . .

    Fourth toon was most surprising. It's one of my first toons and I'm now going back to do map completion on it, and it is also the one that I use for dungeons and fractals on the rare occasions I do those. It turns out I don't play this one nearly as much as I thought, and it actually has fewer play hours than one of my mules :p

    Fifth is the keyrunner, which I also use as a bag opener, so I don't log in to it daily but if bags stack up I will spend some time on it as well . . .

  • Westenev.5289Westenev.5289 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Given that weapon/trait choice is often extremely static, and each build is extremely rigid to one set rotation or combo, and that each class has a maximum of three "best general builds", I find changing classes is the only way to break the monotomy. Picking another weapon, like sword thief in PvE, "just to mix things up" feels less like a gamechanging build choice and more of a waste of time for me and my fellow team mates - so much so that if I want to play sword on a particular day, I would reroll to a ranger, mesmer or revenant.

  • No

    I have one character of each (main) profession, and a slot for an occasional keyrunner.

    One is very clearly my main; the one I do story and maps with first, play whatever small amount of Fractals (usually for legendary collections) I do, play WvW, etc.
    One other is my "primary alt" or "secondary main".
    From those there is a steep dropoff in playtime spread between the other 7, some of which I haven't ever prioritized getting all the way to 80 with.

    For a long time, my total time played was roughly 50% on my main (ranger), 25% on my second (engineer) and rest spread. Lately I think the bottom 7 have increased to something like a third, and my second has probably picked up more time too, relatively.

  • otto.5684otto.5684 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 4, 2020

    I have 22 or 23 characters. Many I do not play or rarely play. But even my main class, I switch between 3-4 characters. Also, what class and build I play vary significantly from time to time.

    Right now I am mostly on mirage and core guardian. Before that core warrior. I had power rev phase. Condi weaver before that. And this is just the last 4-5 month. FB, DH and mirage are the 3 builds I played the most since PoF release.

  • Vayne.8563Vayne.8563 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Most of the time I'm on one of two characters but I still have other characters that I've played for hundreds of hours. My two mains I've played for over 5000 hours each though.

  • Kaliwenda.3428Kaliwenda.3428 Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 4, 2020
    More or less / It depends

    I mostly play the same character. I have others for crafting and just to have all the races but focus mostly on just the one.

  • Mortifera.6138Mortifera.6138 Member ✭✭✭✭

    Yeah; I’d rather have one epically good character than several okay ones.

  • More or less / It depends

    @TheLadyOfTheRings.9148 said:
    Hi everyone!

    I'm curious to know how many players only play 1 character, comparing to those who play more than one. With "only 1 character" I mean the character you play for all game modes, basically the only character that you're dedicated to (even if you have more characters just for crafting or more inventory space, etc). To give you my personal experience as an example, I only play 1 character (I have another character just for crafting).

    So, do you only play 1 character? (I'm adding an 'in-between' option just because I feel the topic of how many characters one plays, and what it means to play a character, might not be that simple or straightforward).

    Thank you for your time :)

    I voted it depends.

    My primary is my Necromancer. I was LS leveling all my characters (one of each profession, various races,) concurrently with every update, but I burned myself out on doing that around the early part of PoF. When I get the itch to switch up mains, I'll trudge through on that character to wrap up, but until then...just one character at a time for me from now on.

  • coso.9173coso.9173 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I only play my main character. I have 3 more but I just create them to see how they look and don't play then again.

  • voltaicbore.8012voltaicbore.8012 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I probably have the most hours stacked on my first/main character, but I can't imagine going through this game on only one. I'll switch at the drop of a hat if I'm doing a fractal/dungeon/meta event where there are clear gaps in the group's abilities, and I have a character that can fill it.

  • Tora.7214Tora.7214 Member ✭✭✭
    More or less / It depends

    more or less, im the kind of person that usually only chose a main and stick with it. However having been a tank character since forever i always look for the most bulky yet not so low in dps class, and during the first years of game i literally been hoping between characters over and over until now im sitting with all 8 classes but one, necro (i know is tanky but i dont like the class thematic)

    thanks to Lord Hizen unkillable pve builds i have narrowed my choices to spellbreaker and weaver, however im remain 90% of the time as SB because while i like the dmg and gameplay of the unkillable weaver build, i never really liked spellcasters

  • Dreamy Lu.3865Dreamy Lu.3865 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 5, 2020

    The simple fact that raids and wvw need specific classes, not matching what I like to play in PvE, make it impossible for me to play only one character. At the top of it, I do love creating an appearance and have lot of possibilities to dress and work out a look. I also use my characters for diverse objectives that I progress simultaneously. All in all, my way to play the game generally makes of me one of those having many chars... :3

    WvW server: Henge of Denravi

  • Curunen.8729Curunen.8729 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 5, 2020

    Yes, because my investment in my main (time/money etc) is the only reason I continue to play. Also mesmer happens to be the only unique game play experience I can get from gw2 that isn't easy to find in other games.

    In the past occasionally made temporary alts for sole purpose of PvP learning/testing, but always deleted.

    Edit - for the record, if I want variety I prefer to just play a different game for a while.

    My ears, how are you! | Hammer Mesmer - elite spec concept.

  • Gorani.7205Gorani.7205 Member ✭✭✭
    More or less / It depends

    I started out with a main (Elementalist) and a core of alts (Guardian, Thief, Ranger). Later (around LS 1) I added Mesmer, Engi and Necro. Revenant when HoT came out.
    The main and the core played through the basic game and LS1 (they have SW + DT) and they went through the HoT story. When PoF came out, only the main made it through and it is the only one that has progressed onward (PoF & LS). The Engi has caught up on the basic game (because I need a Gift of Exploration).
    It is safe to say, that I am pretty much a single character player now, which if different to old GW1, where most of my characters (I had one of each profession) saw some game time in its later years.

  • Luthan.5236Luthan.5236 Member ✭✭✭✭
    More or less / It depends

    I started at release with my engineer and played until end of 2013. Then a loooon break until June 2019 where I returned. Still playing mainly my engineer. I have 8 char slots with all the 8 core classes (5 male, 3 female ... each race one male and the 3 females as human/norn/sylvari). Revenant as female asura is planned as well - when I buy the expansions soon. (Hopefully I find the time to play more.)

    Most achievements I do with my main. Also story completion for the first time. Trying to use all the alts and complete maps and story with them ... but that is slow and has low priority. For the main core story (the one where you could make decisions affecting the next mission/step) I have completed that one on all 8 chars + I have map completion on 100 for the maps leading from the starter city to orr (during the story).

    Very low priority to go for 100 percent world completion. (Planned eventually in the future when I have finished other stuff and am bored.) Next step would be to bring them to Southsun and to the Maaguma wastes (then doing LS2 there). But atm I'd rather feel like playing more with the main and HoT (for getting gilder finally) first. Might end up completing all stories with main (for unlocks and glider/mount and also to experience the story where I need to catch up) and leaving the alts where they are and then only trying to catch up with them.

    As for WvW/PvP: Tried Guardian and Ele a bit in WvW and it was okay ... I still prefer the engineer though. Ele I'm just standing in the back using meteor shower. Guardian just running with the zerg. For PvP I'm only comfortable with the engineer (where I'm not even really good ... still fun to play with rifle which I love).

  • Yes

    Despite having 6 characters, I can't play any other than my Engineer for too long because i get bored quickly. I simply love A LOT my Engi, love both Holosmith and Scrapper Elite Specs, it's just really fun to me.

    I find my Condibrand and my Condizerker also fun, but they feel clunky and weird, so i don't play 'em that much. I've also created a Revenant, a Thief and a Mesmer, but i found their gameplay to be really...Boring, but that's just my personal opinion. I don't have anybody to properly teach me how to play it, maybe that's why i don't like 'em too much.

  • No

    I play all professions. Mostly because after some time I get bored and switching things up makes the gameplay fresh. It's also fresh on the eyes since I play as all races so I get variety when I play and don't have to keep looking at the same toon for weeks (although when I decide to do JPs, I switch over to Humans or Asurans). Also I have a backstory crafted for each character and at some point they all interact with each other in one way or another and are essentially part of one big family.

    Speaking of...would be kinda cool if your alt characters could be placed in Sun's Refuge or your home instance and you could hire them out as NPC party members. :P

  • Zexanima.7851Zexanima.7851 Member ✭✭✭✭
    More or less / It depends

    I probably have the most hours on warrior, theif, and guard but I've played all professions a good amount. When comes down to it though, I usually just go warrior.

    Depression and anxiety are the worst...

  • More or less / It depends

    I play my Herald almost all the time (all PVE). When I WvW, I play my Scourge. I actually have a lot more characters, and sometimes use them for specific things (i.e. I'm using my thief to do all the wintersday stuff so I can stack Karma bonuses and him and keep them up for days on end). The main reason I don't play my Herald in WvW is simply keeping WXP/Reward Track buffs on him gets to be expensive. Also, PVE tactics don't work well in WVW and vice versa, so better to have a totally seperate character fo reach mode of play.

  • @Jackson.9307 said:

    Speaking of...would be kinda cool if your alt characters could be placed in Sun's Refuge or your home instance and you could hire them out as NPC party members. :P

    Totally agree :D I would create more characters just for that purpose.

  • Yes

    I only played warrior for 3 years until heart of thorns was rolling. Now I play all builds that guardian can do for 4 years. I dont like to build multiple characters. It's also nice that people in pvp, wvw and fractals recognize me from only seeing that name often. It's a nice perk to main one char.

  • More or less / It depends

    Yes, I have my main. The rest are just alts for holding extra stuff and collecting birthday gifts.

    Resident Weeb and Woman of Culture

  • kratan.4619kratan.4619 Member ✭✭✭
    More or less / It depends

    I am on my main about 85% of the time, sometimes I play towards an achievement that is for other classes so then I switch it up a bit.

  • Bassdeff.1895Bassdeff.1895 Member ✭✭✭

    I used too. On my first account I played warrior for 2000+ hours before switching it up. Now I play 4. The 3 heavies and ele.

  • Yes

    I have several but I just stick to playing the one most of the time.

  • YtseJam.9784YtseJam.9784 Member ✭✭✭
    More or less / It depends

    I played Ele for the first 3 years, then Chrono for the next 3. Lately since last summer's Chrono nerf, I've been like 75/25 between Chrono and Scourge. I do have 1 of each, and extra mesmers and necros, but those 2 are the ones I like the most and stick with.

  • SunTzu.4513SunTzu.4513 Member ✭✭✭
    edited January 17, 2020

    I'm a one main char(r) dude. I started GW2 with an Norn Necromancer and had a fairly nice time with her for about 3k hours of playtime. After taeking a break for RL Stuff it just never clicked again really to her. I started try other classes for a seroius trial and ended up with Mesmer and Guardian. In the end the Guardian take my heart, the dealbreaker was the FB elite. Mirage just wasn't my part of the cake, chrono jail was real at this time. Also Guard offers a okayish to good build for every situation and game mode.
    With my lovley charrdian i got also addicted into the shiny stuff. Leggys all the way and celestial/gohstly infusions for the win! Also i like to invest heavily into one charr and get good at playing it. Replayed all story content and do every map up 100% again. Other chars i only play for archivements if they needed. Maybe if i would do the real high end pve stuff regulary i would have other secondary mains to be able to fill out all roles in my team if needed but these days i spent most my time doing ow stuff, collections and those kind of things.

    Caelden - Necromancer - - Non TS Community - Abaddons Maw - EU/DE -

  • FrizzFreston.5290FrizzFreston.5290 Member ✭✭✭✭
    More or less / It depends

    Basically have one favourite character. The rest I do play for their uses mostly.

  • More or less / It depends

    I personally do like to focus on one character, it immerses me in the story/lore/world. Switching all the time disturbes that.

  • No

    I'd say for 75% of group play I'm on my ranger most often and for about 60% of solo content as well. the rest of the time I'm on one of my various other alternate character's...I have one of each of the other classes, various races. I generally depends on what sort of mood I'm in on what it is I want to play and focus on in any given day.

  • XYLO.7031XYLO.7031 Member ✭✭✭

    I made countless characters mostly from inspired need to create. For many, I saw a face irl that I wanted to recreate or a model from a commercial or someone from a video I saw. Maybe I saw an ad while browsing Amazon. I never felt 'bad' that I don't use my army of characters equally.

    I do gravitate to my three oldest characters and my most current iteration of 'Tanya' who I re-rolled from engi to chrono. My four 'main' characters all have infusion effects of some sort. I experimented with having the effects all on one character and it was a visual mess, made my stomach churn. I had to keep those effects to a bare minimum, two or three effects that worked well together.

    Aside from the core main characters I use, I may login on alts to farm or race or be everyone's favorite bug-loving Asura who gives you two pivotal mounts in the game. I use alts to field test builds, experiment, and fool around. Mains keep the builds I like and most of my builds are NOT meta. I often ask for builds to experience how others play the game and compare it to mine.

    Suiciding for Dwayna's secret bloodlust fetish? I have an alt for that. Goofy-looking cosplay toon from an alternate RPG universe? I have an alt for that too!

    However, I did downgrade a handful of characters to consolidate ascended armor and weapon sets to fewer characters. The current system with build and set tab switching makes it possible to need less characters. I used to login with a specific toon for a specific build and equipment set for a specific experience and situation. Now I can just have one toon with five builds and armor sets without having to switch characters altogether. I just tab to switch.

    In sum, an altaholic learns how to cut back. The handful of toons I stripped will be missed though. I definitely will come back to them in some other form. Who knows?

    Eponymously known as 'Tanya'
    Beetle Gymkhana @ Crimson TT
    Home Course: Bloodtide Coast

  • Cynder.2509Cynder.2509 Member ✭✭✭✭
    More or less / It depends

    As someone with 35+ characters (Don't know the actual count but it's somewhere around 35) I tend to use them all as I put a lot of thought and stuff into my characters (for example I develop entire backstories, universes and headcanons around them). Sadly I'm only using like 5 of them when doing dailies as this is the only thing a veteran can do these days except waiting for new content that can be completed within one hour or 1 to 2 days depending on if it's a festival or a new episode. (Festival achivements tend to take less than an hour while a new episode and its achievements take 1 or 2 days to be finished.) And since unfortunately I don't actively raid anymore there's no reason to actually do something in the game which is quite sad. Also I tend to only play characters actively that are desired classes with top tier meta builds despite being solo just out of fear people will judge me if I play certain classes or not use the top tier raid meta. I used to be highly active for a while in WvW but it became a bit boring too and there was just too much real life stuff piling up so I'm on a hiatus again. Not to mention that WvW would run terribly on my old system. I'd really love to maybe create some more characters as I've got tons of ideas and masses of tomes of knowledge and tons of 20,30 and 40 level up scrolls. The probleme is just that I would have to purchase character slots and ingame purchases have become difficult since gem cards were pulled from every store and I don't know a different way other than gold.

    I'm Hunter, he/him
    Character infos:
    Meme God Walking Amongst Mere Mortals

  • Arden.7480Arden.7480 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I play basically anything, don't really have a main, I just like them all equally :)

    The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.

    H. P. Lovecraft

  • Rauderi.8706Rauderi.8706 Member ✭✭✭✭

    I have entirely too many characters. >.>

    Many alts! Handle it!

    "A condescending answer might as well not be an answer at all."
    -Eloc Freidon.5692

  • No

    I laugh (ok, smirk) at the term 'alt' character. I have no alts. I play them all.

  • Aeolus.3615Aeolus.3615 Member ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 23, 2020
    More or less / It depends

    My main is a herald/Ventari for all game modes.
    This build works everywhere with full zealot or full cleric.

    I do have a abandonguard

    I do have a condi rev with Marshall and plaguedoctor for lame condi spam to get paired with a stealthed condi thief. (For the low effort wins since i don’t even know what I’m doing bedsides keep stacking condi as much i can lol).

    Slayers [XD] NSP Guild
    Yao Chen Herald/Ventari
    Ying Wuxian Renegade/Demon

  • SirTomato.3627SirTomato.3627 Member ✭✭
    edited January 24, 2020

    I don't see point of playing more than 1 character. I'll better be super good with one profession than be mediocre with few

  • No

    I like to have atleast one of everything and try different things out, professions and elite specs sometimes as separate alts. I have atleast 3 mains at the moment, my Thief (both elite specs, Deadeye for wvw and Daredevil for openworld), a Weaver and a Mirage. I like to switch around depending on what I'm gonna do for the day.

  • michelada.2947michelada.2947 Member ✭✭✭

    it's super easy to have a character of every class at least i don't see why play only one

  • Yes

    Only play my Ele / Weaver who was my first character - simply because every other profession is braindead boring after you've played Weaver.

  • Yes

    The only time i touch an alt it is to maximize my main, and i only do that in extreme cases.

  • brokenrabbit.6538brokenrabbit.6538 Member ✭✭
    edited January 26, 2020

    I've only ever created one character in GW2. It's the same way for every other MMO I've ever played from UO to this. When I play fantasy I go straight for sword and board (though because of game mechanics I eventually mutated to axe/sword) and am not really interested in magic or stealth or anything. No real reason for me to create another.