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Guild Wars

Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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Overview

Playing Guild Wars can generally be split into two more or less separate parts: Player versus Player (PvP) and Player versus Environment (PvE).

While in PvE human players fight cooperatively together against computer-controlled foes, they can also compete in the PvP arenas, as long as they have access to the area where the arena is hosted. PvP is a competitive game mode where human players can only fight against other human players. Only in PvP can Faction with Balthazar, fame, rank and guild rating be gained.

There are six different PvP modes:


While the PvP outposts are also separated into territories just like PvE, when playing matches your opponent might be from any territory even if you don't go to the International District.

PvP Characters

Each PvE character can take part in PvP matches, providing the player's character has already reached the PvE location where the battle takes place. Players can also create PvP Characters. These Characters are level 20 with customized, maximum damage and protection weapons and armor. They can take part in all PvP matches (except low level arenas), even if no PvE character on that account has reached that location. PvP characters cannot enter explorable areas (besides the Isle of the Nameless) or cities. PvP Characters can unlock items with Faction, including: skills, runes, Heroes (Provided you have Nightfall or Eye of the North), and item upgrades.

For more info, see: PvP character

Arena Battles

Arena battles put two teams of four players against each other. The winning objectives vary, depending on the map. Losing players are sent back to the lobby area, while the winning team awaits the next opposing team for the next match.

There are two kind of arenas, Random Arena and Codex Arena. In Random Arenas, players are randomly put together into teams. In the Codex Arena, parties are formed but they have only a limited number of skills that change every day.

Notes:

  • Arena battles are fast paced. Fights usually end in less than three minutes.
  • Random Arenas are often used by many players as a "quick fix" of PvP. Other than a few points of Faction there is nothing at stake and there are no lengthy party forming periods, which can take a huge amount of time in Tournament Battles and GvG. For these reasons, Random Arenas are also a good way to try out PvP for new players.
  • Leaving the party after the battle or mission has started is generally considered rude, and will often make players angry. In Random Arena battles, missing party members get replaced by a new player between battles. So if you need to leave, do so after your party has won the battle, but before the timer for the next map starts.

Tournament Battles

The Global Tournament is only accessible through Heroes' Ascent. Teams consist of eight players, with no more than two henchmen. The tournament consists of several consecutive maps. The losers drop out, the winners advance to the next round. Different map types are used, many of them consisting of more than two teams. However, only one team advances to the next round. The highest amount of teams that can play used to be 6, however the amount of teams in one battle is now limited to 4. The amount of teams is also determined by the map the player is on. (For example, some maps can support two teams, while others can support up to 5 or 6 teams but only have a maximum of 4 teams playing against each other at once.)

For more information, see Heroes' Ascent.

Guild vs Guild Battles

Guild Battles are the highest form of PvP in Guild Wars. Elaborate builds and strategies are used during guild matches. They are the only source of guild rating, which determines the guilds rank on the guild ladder. For more detail, see the article: Guild vs Guild.

Automated tournaments

Automated tournaments are thrice daily and monthly tournaments for GvG and Hero Battle tournaments.

Conduct & Etiquette

  • Make every effort to carry a Resurrection Signet in your build, as it can turn the tide of battle. Many teams win simply due to having a Resurrection signet when the other team does not (especially in the Random Arenas). Monks, Ritualists and Paragons can carry other resurrect skills, or none at all, as they may not have time to resurrect.
  • It is generally considered polite for players to say "good game" or "GG" after a match (although sometimes it is used as sarcasm). It is also considered polite to say "gl and hf" ("good luck and have fun") or some variation thereof at the beginning of a match.
  • Leaving a game mid-match is considered especially rude, and some of your former teammates may PM you about it. Leaving at the beginning of a match is also considered quite rude and is seen often in Random Arenas, though has been reduced in effectiveness with the dishonour update.
  • Killing yourself intentionally is extremely unsporting, and generally irks players on both sides. This is most often done by a griefer using Necromancer skills.
  • Running away from your enemies for the sole purpose of prolonging a match is considered rude. Most people who do this use Ranger builds because of their defensive stances or Assassin Shadow Step abilities, however it is possible for any class to run. However, basic kiting and such is good tactics/playing so long as you are not simply running away.
  • Making a team of only Healing Monks with the purpose of irritating the enemy by holding a long match is extremely annoying.
  • Complaints about your team or your enemies' tactics, while possibly true, are rather unsporting and generally viewed as childish.
  • PMing defeated opponents to "own" or "serve" them is uncalled for. Everyone tries their best and winning simply means you performed well. It does not mean that your opponents were bad. Conduct yourself with sportsmanship and good manners.
  • PMing your opponents to complain and comment about their tactics after the match can be reported to ArenaNet for unsportsmanlike conduct and is very rude.
  • "Ranking" your opponents by showing your /rank or /zrank may be considered disrespectful, although the Zaishen Emote itself was made to sort of "finish off" opponents.

Notes

  • The background color of your guild's cape changes to match the color of the team you are on. The "detail" color will be a darker version of your team color. The emblem will remain the same.
  • In two team PvP matches, the colors are red and blue. For three teams, yellow is added. For four teams, add cyan. Other colors are purple and green.
  • If you have no cape a plain cape of the color of your team will appear instead.
  • It is impossible to hide your cape in PvP unlike PvE.
  • While in a PvP outpost, you will be under the effects of PvP (effect).
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"PvP" redirects here. For player killing worlds, see PvP worlds. For the the player killing minigame, see Bounty Hunter. For Player vs. Monsters, see PvM..
Player-killing in the Duel Arena

Player killing (PKing), or player vs. player (PvP), is the act of two or more players in combat, instead of a player and a monster or NPCs. At present, there are ten places in RuneScape where player killing can occur: Bounty Hunter, Castle Wars , Duel Arena, a player-owned house's combat ring or Dungeon, Stealing Creation, a PvP World or Bounty World, Soul Wars, Clan Wars, Fist of Guthix, and the TzHaar Fight Pits.

There was a time in the game's history that the entire map was open for player killing. Later, normal PKing was restricted to the Wilderness. However in 2007, Jagex ended PKing in the Wilderness and released Clan Wars along with Bounty Hunter as partial replacements. On 15 October 2008, Jagex re-instated map-wide pking, however it is was only made available on designated PvP Worlds. Stealing Creation was released on 11 November 2008. Released on 8 July 2009. On 9 September 2008, Clan wars also received a major expansion.

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History

Originally, after the release of RuneScape Classic, players could select whether or not to play as player killer characters. Players could switch from player-killer mode to non-player-killer mode (in which the character could not attack or be attacked by other players) three times, after which they remained at their chosen setting forever. PvP combat could take place at most locations in the RuneScape world. The rules of combat were the same as in modern RuneScape Classic Wilderness. Lumbridge was designated as a neutral area in which players could not attack each other; this was done to prevent a practice called "spawn camping", in which recently killed players were immediately killed again as soon as they respawned. In addition to this restriction, NPC Guards and White Knights patrolled the cities of Varrock and Falador, breaking up PvP battles by attacking the aggressor. These guard units were limited in number, however, and if all the units in a city were already in combat, PvP combat could go on freely.

On 13 August 2001, this system was replaced by the Wilderness, partly due to complaints from many players who were unable to leave Lumbridge without being attacked by hordes of hostile player killers. Later, additional areas where PvP combat is allowed were added.

On 10 December 2007, Jagex made a highly controversial update that made pking in the wilderness only possible at the Bounty Hunter, which is unsafe, and Clan Wars, a safe minigame. Fist of Guthix, also safe, was not added until about four months after these updates. RuneScape lost about 6%[1] of its paying players within the following month, although more long-term statistics have never been released. No known amount of lost free players is known, however it is possible it was more than the number of quitting members. The exact numerical makeup of quitters (bots versus legitimate players) is uncertain. Many of the quitters were PKers, while others were the leaving accounts of autoers. According to Jagex, almost all the lost players since the 10 December update have been replaced by new subscribers. It is still very common to find players on the forums ranting.

On 15 October 2008, Jagex re-instated map-wide PKing on designated PvP worlds, although many aspects have been altered.

Some people don't like PvP worlds as it does not give you enough warning, however there is a sign when you log in that warns you PvP world ahead, you may lose all your items!

Combat areas

The effects of piling in multi-combat areas

There are two forms of combat area found throughout the land of RuneScape - single and multicombat areas.

  • Single combat restricts players such that they can only fight one-on-one. In a multicombat zone, multiple players can attack multiple targets.
  • Multi-combat areas are identified upon entering by two crossed swords appearing in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. Anywhere else is classed as a single combat area. Multicombat areas are especially dangerous in on PvP worlds, as more than one player could attack you at one time. These areas are beneficial to groups of players, as it allows them to pile a player and greatly decrease the opponent's chance of escape or allowed a group of lower level players to fight a higher level player at the same time.

Player versus player areas

Stealing Creation

Main article: Stealing Creation

Stealing Creation is a game that allows almost every single combat skill. The whole area is multi combat, but you cannot bring any of your own items into the game. You make PVP items such as bows, Melee Weapons, And Magic runes and staffs.

Soul Wars

Main article: Soul Wars

Soul Wars is a Slayer minigame that was released on 10 February 2009. It involves a team of players fighting another team to collect the most Soul Fragments and destroy each other's avatars. The only items that are not allowed are capes, food and non combat items. There are no requirements although high Combat and Slayer is recommended.

Bounty Hunter

Main article: Bounty hunter

Bounty Hunter was a dangerous minigame that was introduced into the Wilderness on 10 December 2007, and removed for the new Bounty Worlds. This game allowed players of three categories to fight off in a free for all to the death to obtain each others' items. The Level categories were 3-55 (low) , 50-95 (med), 95+ (high). This was the only method of PKing that allowed you to obtain another player's items as a reward for killing them after wilderness was not PVP. However, any player attempting to pick up items not belonging to his or her target would have incurred a penalty, preventing them from leaving the arena for a certain period. When originally released, the Bounty Hunter arena was a multicombat zone. The Minigame was later changed to a single-way combat zone because of the number of clans which picked off solo PKers. However, under certain conditions it is possible to be engaged by multiple players. This Minigame only allows players to bring combat related items. This minigame is currently a new version of bounty hunter in which it acts like the old wilderness. But its limitations start from edgeville and end in the deep wilderness meaning you can't get out of edgeville or wilderness. Items the other person has are no longer their items but the equivalent of a monster drop like in PVP.

Clan Wars

Main article: Clan Wars

This is a minigame that was introduced into the Wilderness on 10 December 2007. This game allows two clans to fight off in an enclosed location. There are also free-for-all arenas. Players may bring whatever items they wish into this minigame. Only in one of the free-for-all arenas are players allowed to lose items, and in a special selection on the normal clan wars. There is no limit to the amount of clan members.

Castle Wars

The Castle Wars lobby.
Main article: Castle Wars

Killing other players in Castle Wars is technically only a secondary objective to getting the enemy flag; however, many players fight amongst themselves with no regard to the team objective. Castle Wars can only be accessed by members, and is highly populated in world 24.

Duelling and the Duel Arena

Main article: Duel Arena

This is a place where players can fight in a controlled environment and choose rules to their fight. They can also place a wager on their fight. The duel arena has inspired a new type of character called a staker. These characters are created to make money by winning duels.

In RuneScape Classic, there is still a third option available when right-clicking on a player in normal areas. The option, "Duel-with", allows the player to send a duel request as if in the Duel Arena of the modern RuneScape game. There is also even the option to stake items, and to set specific rules in the duel, though this is very limited compared to the modern Duel Arena's rules. Such options include "No Retreating", "No Magic", "No Prayer", and "No Weapons". Once the rules are set and the stakes are agreed on, the players then proceed to fight under the condition of the given rules, if any.

On 20 November 2007 JaGex made a cap to the amount a player can win in a space of 15 minutes in a staked duel, which is set to 3,000 gold coins to make it harder for real-world traders to unfairly use the Duel Arena as a covert way of transferring items. This also applies to the 'player value' of items which will change according to any market fluctuations in the Grand Exchange. This resulted into the Duel Arena Riot as well as rendering stakers useless. As of 30 September 2008, the limit has been raised to 5,000 coins to 60,000 coins depending on quest points. For free-to-play, the limit is up to 10,000 coins.

The key difference between Bounty Hunter player killing and this form of duelling is that players cannot obtain the skull and crossbones effect upon attacking another player in a duel, and will not lose any of their items if they should happen to die.

TzHaar Fight Pit

Main article: TzHaar Fight Pit

The TzHaar Fight Pit is a safe minigame in which players fight against each other in a free-for-all arena. The winner is crowned champion once everyone else has been killed. Since killing someone ejects them out of the arena and into the waiting area, the first rule is all one needs to remember.

Fist of Guthix

Main article: Fist of Guthix

Fist of Guthix is a PvP minigame Released on 9 April 2008. Fist of Guthix is a one on one F2p and P2p Minigame where one player is being hunted by another player. Once the hunted player is killed, either the time ends or the players switch. At the end, the player with the most charges wins.

Player-owned houses

Main article: Player-owned house

Players may fight in player-owned houses, both in combat rooms and dungeons. If killed in these areas, players respawn without losing any items. If the combat takes place in an enclosed area in the player-owned house, such as ranging pedestals or combat rings, they will respawn inside of the house. If combat takes place in the dungeon, players will respawn outside the house portal.

PvP worlds

Main article: PvP worlds

PvP worlds were released on 15 October 2008 and allow player killing in nearly 95% of the available space, with the exception of designated safe zones such as banks. There is specific gear unique to the PvP worlds that will provide short-term combat and/or skill boosts only on these servers. Combo Breaking usually occurs on these worlds.

Bounty Worlds

Main article: Bounty Worlds

Bounty worlds were released on the 6th of May 2009. These worlds only allow players to fight each other in the wilderness, however due to a recent update players may now travel throughout Edgeville and the Grand Exchange.

Combat classes

Main article: Combat classes
The Combat Triangle

Melee fighters

Main article: Melee
  • Advantages - For those who want to get up close and homicidal, melee is the preferred option. This involves, generally, bulkier weapons and armour than the light and long-ranged range and mage options. Not only does this make you look more impressive, it gives the adventurer a strong advantage over Ranged attacks. Arrows and bolts will have a hard time piercing armour, allowing the melee fighter to get close enough to do serious damage. It also requires no ammunition as opposed to range and mage.
  • Disadvantages- The 'but' comes when encountering mages. Well-constructed melee armour does a good job of deflecting blades and bolts, but also manages to strongly conduct Magic attacks, increasing the effects and damage caused by an opportunist mage. An experienced spellcaster can also paralyse a melee combatant with a 'holding' spell and then attack from afar. Mages are melee fighters' arch enemies, and so should be avoided. But a good way for melee fighters to solve this problem is very simple: wear range armours with your melee weapon when you encounter mages.

Mages

Main article: Mage
  • Advantages - The mage may look like an easy target, wearing what could be described as a glorified flannel, but beneath their soft and stab-able exterior lies a dangerous opponent. A combination of 'holding' spells and Magic's conductivity through armour makes the mage strongly anti-melee, often keeping a hand-to-hand combatant incapacitated and highly vulnerable.
  • Disadvantages - Soft-to-the-touch cloaks and robes make the mage a tempting target for passing rangers. With little Ranged Defence, this often makes the mage a walking pincushion - and 'holding' spells will only encourage rangers to shoot from afar.

Not to mention that a Meeler that gets in close, bulky armour or not, will end up hitting a lot of times with damage typically ranging in the 10's and above. 'Holding' spells are very effective if the opponent isn't praying (praying is very common, however) and can allow you to maintain distance from Melee. Ice spells, both freezing and dealing high amounts of damage, work very well.

Mages tend to be extremely vulnerable to pile jumpers and player jackers of any combat style.

Rangers

Main article: Ranged
  • Advantages - With light, articulated armour for optimum ranging, the ranger is able to substitute what his or her armour lacks in physical Defence with magical resistance. This makes the ranger a strong adversary for the mage, who will find a foe that is well defended against magical attacks while also being able to attack from long distances.
  • Disadvantages - To keep nimble, the ranger has sacrificed a large element of his or her armour's melee Defence. A hand-to-hand combatant will be able to aim attacks at the joints and other unprotected areas with relative ease, as long as they can get close enough to do so. Although, many high-levelled rangers choose an option of "tanking" to counter this drawback. This process involved substituting some parts of the ranged armour for the bulkier melee armour. This process allows the ranger to have a high defence bonus as well as a strong ranged bonus.

Bsing

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Bsing (back-stabbing) is something that most experienced players frown upon highly. Bsing is the act of killing someone in your clan. For example, you join a clan, then they take you out to the wilderness. Now, all over the wilderness is a multi combat area (except wilderness volcano). The deeper you go onto the wilderness, the higher and lower the levels you can attack or get attacked by. After they take you into the deep wilderness, they attack you with the other members of their clan. Because you are so deep in the wilderness, you can't teleport, and it is too far to easily run from them. Some clans object to this and will kill whoever tries to bs someone, accidental or not. Some clans will do this in a multi-combat area, but not in the wilderness. For example, the Varrock Sewers or Barbarian village. The way they will do this is they use a high level mage and Teleport-Block you. Then they will bind you and kill you. It is very rare to get away from this, but some players with extremly high defence levels (A.K.A defence pures) have done it. After they kill you, they will kick you from the clan. Bsing is a good way of making money alternatively, but it is not ethical or recommended because you will make it hard for the millions of people out on Runescape trying to have fun in PVP worlds enjoy themselves.

Anti-Player Killing

Anti-Player Killing (Anti-PKing, dubbed Anti-Random Player Killing or Ar-PKing by prominent clans dedicated to the practice) is the act of killing a Pker - generally denoted to be any armour wielding player with a skull.

An Anti-PKer is someone who only ever attacked PKers (i.e. Only attacking players with skulls) and never attacks anyone else. Some RuneScape clans are "Anti-Random PKing clans" and only ever kill PKers. Ironically, Anti-PKers often make more money than PKers, as the players they kill were skulled from killing other players, thus making the generated drop a higher one. Player killing was once a thing of the past, but due to the 15 October update, Anti-Player killers are once more on the rise.

As of 15 July 2009, all players entering a PvP or Bounty world are skulled upon login, which makes anti-pkers essentially the same as anyone else on a PvP world. This reduces their effectiveness tremendously.

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This article uses material from the "Player killing" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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