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Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From EQ2i, the EverQuest II wiki

An Instance is a copy of a zone. While in the instance, you will only see other players that are within the same copy of the instance. There are many kinds of Instances:

Public Zone: Not restricted to one person, group, or raid, all may be present in the zone at the same time. When more than 100 players are present in any public zone, an instance of the zone will fork. If you are zoning into a zone that has forked, you will get a box asking you which instance of the zone you wish to enter. Make sure everyone in your group goes to the same instance!

City/Village Zone: Same as a Public zone except that they will not fork a new instance no matter how many players are present in the zone.

Housing Instance: An Inn Room or House is also an instance. It is Public, but there are restrictions possible on who may enter which are set by the owner.

Tradeskill Instance: A zone where only crafting occurs. The tradeskill instances in Qeynos share the same general layout while those in Freeport share a different layout. No other zones have instance specifically designed just for tradeskills.

Dungeon Zone Instance: Most dungeon zones are Instanced. This means that when you and your group or raid enters, you all zone in together and face a pristine copy of the zone. No mobs will be missing, all named are present and noone else can camp your mobs. In some instances the mobs you have killed will respawn so you can adventure endlessly within the instance. Most instanced zones, however, do not re-populate (re-pop). There are 6 possible dungeon zone instance styles:

  • Solo: The zone may or may not allow more than 1 player to enter, but it is designed for 1 player to complete.
  • Solo-Group: These zones give a choice to enter a Solo version or a Group (Heroic) version.
  • Group: The zone is designed to 3-6 players. It might not allow you to enter with fewer than 3 players.
  • Group-Raid: These zones give a choice to enter a Group (Heroic) version or a Raid (Epic) version.
  • Raid: Depending on the specific quest, 6-12, 12-18 or 18-24 raid members will usually be REQUIRED to enter the zone. At the very least you should be sure to HAVE that many before attempting this zone.
  • Public Raid: very rare, there are only a few of these in the whole game. Often called Contested, these are Raid zones that behave like a Public zone. Mobs re-pop, your raid is not the only group possible, and disputes over camps can arise.

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Guild Wars

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

From GuildWiki

In most other MMORPGs, all characters populate the same game world, meaning players will often encounter other human players while playing.

Unfortunately, certain players exhibit "griefing" behavior, such as purposely preying on weaker players, stealing kills, etc. To avoid this, ArenaNet designed Guild Wars differently. For PvP (human players fighting other human players) there are designated areas called arenas. The rest of the world is strictly for PvE (cooperative play). To ensure this, a new instance—a separate, parallel copy—of the area is created each time a party enters an explorable area, with each such instance containing the same NPCs and mobs, but no other human players besides the party that spawned in that instance.

Exceptions to the above are staging areas such as towns and outposts. At these places, you can group, trade and socialize with other human players in the same district.

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SWG Wiki

Up to date as of February 04, 2010

From SWG Wiki

An instance is a special area within Star Wars Galaxies where those inside are able to interact privately. Instances tend to feature difficult and unique content with special rewards, and require a group to complete.

Players can view which instances they are flagged for by typing /showInstanceInformation or /showi in the chat command line. The Mustafar instances have now been upgraded to the Heroic code meaning they can be only attempted once a day, rather than the large variance in lockout timers there was before. However, one advantage is that this allows you to re-enter an instance if you have cloned, which was not previously possible.

At this time the Kashyyyk instances have not been upgraded to the heroic code, and so still have varying lockout timers.

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City of Heroes

Up to date as of January 31, 2010

From City of Heroes Wiki


  1. A type of zone differing from normal City, Trial or Hazard Zones in that only members of the current team can enter them and the "public" are not allowed in to that exact version and interact with the team. All "door" missions are instances. Characters not on a team that has access to that mission/instance will be unable to enter the instance, with an appropriate error message appearing. Multiple teams may have the same mission in the same location and even enter immediately after one another, but will ultimately end up in separate instances.
  2. The phenomenon where a particular "public" zone (City, Trial or Hazard) is close to being "full" (it has as many characters as it can handle) that a separate version of that zone is created. Characters attempting to travel to those zones, for example by monorail, zone transit border or similar, will be presented with a selection screen showing which instance of the zone they wish to enter. Zones that are full will be labeled as such and cannot be selected as destinations; but instanced zones that have any active characters on them will persist, even if there is only one active character in the zone.

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