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I'm brand new to this game.  I've played a few other MMOs, mostly WoW, but needed to get on with my life and give that up.  Based on game mechanics, I'm a little lost other than wandering from area to area completing quests and got the initial storyline done.  I'm a lvl 25 ranger and really enjoying this game a lot, but could really use some pointers about how to proceed.  Do I just need to look around for plausible builds for someone who's going to primarily solo this game and find something that fits or are there good sites to peruse solid builds?  Also, I picked up the first two expansions and it said this content will unlock once I hit 80.  Is that correct?  When do I get to start looking at mounts and where?  Any other suggestions about how to proceed, what to look for and is there anything huge that I'm missing?

 

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5 hours ago, ColoradoTexan.4237 said:

I'm brand new to this game.  I've played a few other MMOs, mostly WoW, but needed to get on with my life and give that up.  Based on game mechanics, I'm a little lost other than wandering from area to area completing quests and got the initial storyline done.  I'm a lvl 25 ranger and really enjoying this game a lot, but could really use some pointers about how to proceed.  Do I just need to look around for plausible builds for someone who's going to primarily solo this game and find something that fits or are there good sites to peruse solid builds?  Also, I picked up the first two expansions and it said this content will unlock once I hit 80.  Is that correct?  When do I get to start looking at mounts and where?  Any other suggestions about how to proceed, what to look for and is there anything huge that I'm missing?

 

thanks so much!

All living world and expansion content is designed for max level characters, so yes it will become playable when you reach level 80. You need to complete the first mission of the Path of Fire campaign (expansion #2) in order to unlock the mount system itself and to get the first mount, the Raptor. The other mounts can then be aquired by completing various heart quests and collection achievements in Path of Fire and Living World Season 4 maps. If you really can't wait to get your hands on a mount, you can create a new character, boost it to level 80, complete the first mission of the PoF campaign, get the raptor, and then go back to your level 25 ranger (don't delete the boosted character though, it might become useful in the future).

Anyway, since you are still only level 25, your first objective should be to reach max level. You can worry about all the end game stuff when you actually get to the end game. I mean it's pretty pointless to worry about builds and whatnot when you don't even have all your basic skills and traits unlocked yet, and pretty much anything works in the open world at the lower levels.

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As said earlier the mounts were added in PoF, you get your first one for free doing the initial story mission and it is a lvl 80 zone. Unlocking a mount is an account based event so once unlocked you can use mounts on lower level characters. There are sites that post builds, like MetaBattle, but trying to maintain a build while leveling will drive you mad because leveling in GW2 isn't very grindy and you'll constantly outlevel your gear, so just use what drops for you and mess around with your skills to find what's enjoyable to play. Open world doesn't require much so alot of builds work there and it's better to play one you find fun rather than an optimal build that feels like a chore. Still you can look at builds to get an idea of what you're character will be able to do in the future. If you're not already,keeping up with the personal story tends  to steer you through the maps at a nice pace so you'll usually be in areas that are level appropriate. You can also look for an event timer online, the wiki has a world boss timer, it's kind of nice to look up the next world boss and hop in the map to punch an enormous enemy every now and again, also at later levels world boss chests drop rare gear.

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5 hours ago, ColoradoTexan.4237 said:

Do I just need to look around for plausible builds for someone who's going to primarily solo this game and find something that fits or are there good sites to peruse solid builds?  

As Alric said, it would be rl useful to focus on learning your class, the battle system, boons, conditions and etc. Reaching 80 level without using "instant 80 level ticket" is enough time to learn those things and it is on a slow-nice pace as you will not get all of your core traits at once. There are sites and/or youtubers suggesting builds both for solo/open world and meta . There is even a site- build editor (gw2skills) for gw2 where you can create and check your own builds for any class before trying them in game. This one maybe will help you understand the traits and your class. But no matter if under level 80, if solo or group content, at the end, you should play something that you like and enjoy.

 

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If you are lost in terms of what to do, it strongly depends on what type of player you are (here is the article which explains classifications and you can check what you are: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartle_taxonomy_of_player_types). Nice thing about GW2 is that it caters for all player types so it's just a matter of trying things out and figuring out which content fits you.

 

If you are more of a Killer - try PVP content, Conquest is adrenaline rich while WvW provides good mix if you prefer variety.

 

If you are Socialiser - join a guild, there are plenty of friendly ones. WvW also offer opportunities for casual grouping. Or get to 80 and join Events (https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Event_timers). Wander randomly around maps and join events.

  1. Look for Commander icons ("apple" or colored icons on map) or use Looking For Group section. Join their squad, go hunt something together. With ranged weapons, it is pretty safe and fun to join Bounty hunts.
  2. Get into Expansion maps and join the Meta events (e.g. Auric basin or Drizzlewood are super fun). They also offer great opportunity for role-playing. If you have not opened some map, the trick is to check Looking for Group, joining and group and then using "Teleport to a Friend" utility to teleport to the Commander. After that the map is open forever.
  3. Check the skins/dyes/outfits. You can buy them or get them some through achievements/chests.

 

If you are an Achiever - get to 80, one of the fastest ways is via Personal story. And then:

  1. Collect Hero points, train all skills and traits.
  2. Get a specialization.  Learn it well - that's one of the hardest but also most rewarding aspects of Guild wars, the way you play your class impacts your success but also contributes to fun when it starts working like a clockwork and you can solo something challenging
  3. Build your gear - these websites offer starter templates: https://metabattle.com/wiki/MetaBattle_Wiki, https://discretize.eu/builds, and this one allows your to create a build with gear before committing to it in the game: http://en.gw2skills.net/. Gear is important past 80 but don't try to go for Ascended initially, Exotic is just fine. You can craft your gear, or focus on gathering/crafting something else/selling/buying gear for yourself
  4. Visit maps and try to complete some, or collect Mastery points and gain some expansion specific skills (since you do have expansions).
  5. And of course - look at the Achievements panel, Daily achievements or near completion, or focused on some specific gear or class.
  6. Get mounts - they are extremely fun (start with Raptor and Glider), and later ones require time. All mounts start with a specific expansion story step - Wiki tells you which step is required. Simply jump to that step in your character story screen, or follow the story from the Step 1 until you get there organically. As some mention, for Raptor just start Path of Fire, and for Glider https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Glider_Basics - https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Establishing_a_Foothold
  7. Learn crafting and get as far as you can (getting to the end initially would be hard without materials and gold)
  8. Join Meta events - usually on expansion maps. Look for map talk or check https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Main_Page or look for Commander. They are extremely fun and rewarding.
  9. Get into Fractals, build ascended gear

 

If you are an Explorer - explore!

  1. Follow the personal story - this will bring you to many maps but you'll only touch a few small parts. Try completing them, or follow the gates to the nearby maps. There are some astonishing terrains in GW2, beautifully detailed areas, some hidden gems or architecture or landscaping. Open all points, portals, vistas, hearts, loot the chests, do the puzzles. Get a mount before going too far - they help you get faster and get around tough terrain.
  2. Try different classes. Usually it takes a few classes to find the one you like playing, they are all vastly different. For Ranger, you can try collecting different Pets
  3. Go for the expansion maps - try completing expansion stories, or just open them up and join the Meta events. You'll go into some new places, face new challenges and get some good rewards.
  4. Go into Fractals

 

You can do some of these before 80 but you level so fast in GW2 that initially just set the goal of getting to 80 and enjoy some of these on the way. After that - just try different things, literally, tick them off the list until something clicks.

 

Feel free to message me directly if you have more questions. Cheers.

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For now, just enjoy the game. Learn how to play your class. Experiment with random builds you can come up with. Explore the maps and do random stuff you enjoy. There is no point in looking up buildss and stuff before 80. You will just rob yourself of the experience of exploring the game on your own. 

All the sweaty build making and min maxing will come later at 80.

Edit: Also this is my 69th post.... Nice.

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