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GW2 Currency Guide

August 5, 2012 - 9:13am -- Sardu
GW2 Currency Guide

While there are plenty of things you can purchase in Guild Wars 2 with the MMO staples of gold, silver, or copper, the game also utilizes a number of different currencies that can be earned and spent in different ways. In this guide we’ll go over each of these unique currencies, how they are obtained, and the types of items they can be used to purchase.


Gold, Silver and Copper Coins

The main form of currency in Guild Wars 2 is the traditional coin breakdown of gold, silver and copper. Most general PvE activities such as participation in dynamic events, completion of Renown objectives, completing Daily Achievements, or defeating certain creature types will award you with varying amounts of coin based on your character level, and the relative difficulty of the task. Coins can also be earned and spent in World vs. World, so you will not be forced to participate in one game type (PvE) for the sake of earning money to spend in another (WvW).

You will be able to view the amount of coin you possess at any time by opening your Inventory [I] where your current wealth will be shown on the bottom right corner of the window.

Examples of how coin is earned and items types it will allow you to purchase can be seen below. Please note that the lists are not exhaustive, but will at least give you a general idea of ways coin can be earned and spent.

Earned by...

Purchased with...

  • Defeating creatures
  • Completing Dynamic Events
  • Completing Renown objectives
  • Defeating enemy players in WvW
  • Selling items to merchants
  • Selling items on the Trading Post
  • Completing Daily and Monthy Achievements
  • Training Manuals
  • Waypoint Travel
  • Crating Materials
  • WvW Siege Weapons
  • WvW Commander rank training
  • Armor and Weapons
  • Item repairs

GW2 Currency Exchange Tip


Karma

Karma is another form of currency that you will be able to earn and spend similar to gold, with a few key differences. While you can obtain Karma through many of the same activities, you will not earn Karma directly by defeating normal creatures. Likewise, you cannot purchase items on the Trading Post for Karma.

The primary method of earning karma will be completing dynamic events or Renown objectives, though karma can also be earned by map completion, or completing all tiers of daily and monthly achievements. Upon completing all objectives for a Renown NPC, they will become a merchant who will sell you a variety of unique items for karma.

You can view your available karma at any time by opening your Inventory [I] where it will be displayed on the bottom left corner. Examples of how karma can be earned and item types it will allow you to purchase can be seen below. Please note that some items may have both a karma and coin cost to purchase.

Earned by...

Purchased With...

  • Completing Dynamic Events
  • Completing Renown objectives
  • Completing WvW objectives
  • Map completion
  • Completing Daily and Monthy Achievements
  • Crating Materials
  • Gathering Tools
  • Salvage Kits
  • Transmutation Stones
  • Rare Armor and Weapons

To learn more about karma and how it is earned, be sure to read our Intro Guide to Karma and the Renown System.


Badges of Honor

Badges of Honor are a currency that is unique to World vs. World gameplay. Unlike coins or karma, these badges will be looted as physical objects, and will take up a free slot in your Inventory [I]. So if you plan on spending much time in WvW, you will want to be sure to keep at least one free inventory slot open for badges, otherwise you will not be able to loot them.

The primary method for obtaining Badges of Honor will be through defeating enemy players, though they can also be obtained by defeating NPC creatures in WvW. Given the often chaotic nature of WvW gameplay, any loot you are rewarded will spawn at your character’s feet, so you will not have to worry about running into the thick of combat to open a loot bag.

Badges of Honor can be used as an alternate form of currency to by Siege Weapon blueprints instead of coin. This allows you to still purchase blueprints but retain enough coin to purchase other high priority items such as Trait training manuals, or armor repairs.


Glory

Glory is a currency that is unique to structured PvP. You will be able to earn glory through participation in either hot-join or tournament matches, with the amount earned based partly on your personal contributions during a given match, and whether your team was the victor.

You can view how much glory you currently have by opening the Hero window [H] and clicking on the PvP tab. The amount of glory you have will be seen on the left side of the screen in this view as shown below:

Available Glory

Glory Vendor

At present, the main items you can purchase with glory include a variety of Reward Chests, and a unique type of Salvage Kit that is used specifically for breaking unwanted PvP items down into components that can then be used in the Mystic Forge. Glory Merchants can be found near the Asura Gates and training NPCs in the Heart of the Mists, the main PvP lobby. An example of the items they have for sale and the associated glory costs can be seen to the right (click to enlarge).

 


Dungeon Tokens

Tokens are a currency type that is unique to playing through dungeons in GW2. Rather than having to repeat dungeons in hopes of obtaining specific armor or weapon drops, you will instead be able to earn tokens that can then be spent on the items of your choosing at special dungeon vendors.

Each dungeon in GW2 will have an associated type of token, with vendors for all dungeons centrally located in Lion’s Arch near the asura gates in Fort Marriner. The items they have for sale will allow you to complete a set of armor or obtain weapons that have a unique cosmetic appearance associated with that particular dungeon. In general, players will need to complete a given dungeon in both Story mode along with multiple runs through in Explorable mode to complete a full set of armor.

PvP Armor Tip


Gems

Gems are a special type of currency that can be used to purchase items for sale in the in-game store. This includes things like non-combat cosmetic items or costumes, consumable boosts, extra character slots, or account storage upgrades. Gems are also the currency type that is used to transfer your account to a different home world, with the associated cost dependent upon the population of the world you wish to transfer to. In general, transferring to a low population world will cost less gems than if you wish to transfer to a high population world.

Gems can be purchased in one of two ways; real world cash, or in-game gold. You can also purchase gold in-game with gems, based on the current market value. The current rate can be seen in the Black Lion Trading Company window [O] by opening the Currency Exchange tab. Please note that the real cash purchase cost for Gems remains static; only the gold exchange rates will fluctuate based on market trends as shown below:

Currenty Exchange Rates

Gem Total and Purchase

Purchasing gems for cash can be done in-game on the main tab of the Trading Company UI window. Your current gem total will be displayed here in the upper left corner, and to purchase gems you can click on the “Get More Gems+” button located directly beneath your current total gems. From here you will have a number of different options for the amount of gems you wish to purchase, and once your purchase has been completed you will be able to immediately begin spending them in-game.


Comments

MokiCzech's picture
Submitted by MokiCzech on

Great article as always. Now, what drops from these PvP chests and what is the difference between Bronze, Silver and Gold?

Also, anyone knows if keys (for opening of chests) drop, or you can only buy them with gems?

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Sardu's picture
Submitted by Sardu on

We'll be running a separate article specific to PvP rewards as soon as we can get to it, but in general the types of items you'll get include a mix of new weapon and armor skins, consumables that give you a 5% boost to glory or a special finisher based on the rank of the chest, sPvP salvage kits, and some other stuff. Rank reward chests can also contain other things like Tournament Tickets, so most people should be able to enter their first few official tournaments without having to purchase those.

The differences between chest types really amount to item rarity, and the quantity of items the chest contains. As for keys, you won't need any to open PvP chests - just the Mystic Chests that occasionally drop in PvE. For those, Mystic Keys can also drop randomly, and the chests can even contain keys.

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Submitted by MokiCzech on

Alright, thanks. Since I did not have a chance to play sPvP, unfortunately, how long it takes to get like, 500 glory? I realize it differs, just some average.

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Submitted by sylvinstar on

You have to purchase tickets for sPvP tournaments?surprise  With ingame funds right?  Right? hehe.

MokiCzech's picture
Submitted by MokiCzech on

IIRC, you get them for glory/rank or something like that. I haaardly doubt that you would have to spend cash/gems to get them, if that is what you are asking about.

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Sardu's picture
Submitted by Sardu on

Tournament Tickets are sold at 5 for 75 Gems in the store, and the paid tournaments will cost a combination of tickets and glory. You can still enter 'free' tournaments which will be player created, but for the official ones the tickets basically serve as an entry fee.

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Submitted by MokiCzech on

Booooooooooo. At least they are not that expensive though.

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Lewis B's picture
Submitted by Lewis B on

You can also get tournament tickets from just doing normal structured PvP matches.  They are regularly in chests you unlock.  I had around 8 on my Mesmer just from opening chests :)

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Submitted by blightshadow on

What about the "Arena-net Coins" that you get from completing daily achievements? are they also a sort of currency? If so, what are they for?

 

MokiCzech, the only time I got a key was when I completed all of the skill challenges, hearts, vistas etc. in a specific map. Other than that, no clue.

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Submitted by MokiCzech on

I have not noticed getting Arena-net Coins when cmpleting those. Maybe they are just "achivement points", to show how many achievements you've got? But I am probably just blind, so ignore that.

And alright. When I finished first Charr zone, I got some crafting material, Transmutation Stones and Gloves that were 12 levels above my level :( :D My friend got something different though, so I suppose rewards for map completion are randomized.

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Sardu's picture
Submitted by Sardu on

Those are achievement points, and aren't used as a form of currency, at least not that I'm aware of.

I did, however, forget to include some info on using skill points as a currency, so am whipping something on those to include as well. Will update the guide with the details shortly!

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Submitted by MokiCzech on

Heh ^^, Those are some impressive pieces for sure! But my avatar is just a semi-retarded meme of Longcat.

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Submitted by sylvinstar on

I was not aware of this Internet phenomenon.  I laughed at the one someone made out of snow - too awesome.

Blackmyst's picture
Submitted by Blackmyst on

Nice article.

Karma can also be earned in WvW activity

Sardu's picture
Submitted by Sardu on

Indeed it can! While the lists aren't intended to be comprehensive, WvW objectives can definitely be a solid source for karma, so I tossed it on the list. :)

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