Miniatures, also referred to as "mini pets," are in-game vanity items that can be obtained through various sources. When activated, a small duplicate of the named creature will appear and follow you around. Miniatures were originally created as "birthday presents" to show appreciation for long-time players, but have since become available through many other means.
- Miniatures are activated by double-clicking on the item in your inventory, and can be de-activated the same way.
- Only one miniature can be active per character at a time. If you activate a second one, it will replace the active one automatically. Two identical miniatures in a character's inventory are treated as one miniature for this purpose (if one is active, double-clicking the other will de-activate it, rather than replace it).
- An activated miniature will stay activated even if you place it in storage, but will disappear if it is traded with someone.
- Miniatures can be used in explorable areas, missions, towns, or outposts.
- Only 20 miniatures can be active in the same district.
- Miniatures can be traded, dropped, destroyed, and placed in storage.
- Miniatures cannot be dyed or sold to Merchants.
- A character can carry multiple miniatures in his or her inventory.
- Miniatures exist of creatures from all campaigns, but are not limited by the campaigns unlocked on a player's account. A player who only owns Prophecies can still receive a miniature of a Factions or Nightfall creature.
- Miniatures cannot attack, nor do they have skills or special abilities. They cannot be targeted, do not count as allies for Leadership, and have no collision box.
- Some miniatures make noises in explorable areas.
- Each miniature may only be added to a single character's monument. Once added, the miniature will be marked as "Dedicated" and cannot be added to any other characters' monuments, although other characters can still carry and use the miniature.
- The Monument of Devotion is considered "complete" when 20 miniatures have been added. You may continue to add more miniatures, but only 20 will be displayed at a time.
Miniatures can be acquired in many ways:
- By opening a Birthday Present (see Drop rate/Birthday Present).
- By opening a Collector's Edition Prize.
- As a promotional giveaway at conventions and through various gaming magazines.
- As a prize in a Guild Wars contest.
- Through various in-game sources.
Details on the acquisition of each miniature are given below and, in more detail, on the creatures' pages.
List of miniatures
There is a miniature in each yearly Birthday Present. There is a series for each birthday year. Each annual series is comprised of 1 green miniature (approximate drop rate from presents 2%), 2 gold (4%), 3 purple (6%), and 8 white (9%) - 14 miniatures in all.
Other in-game sources
Aside from the two Collector's Edition prizes, all these miniatures have been given out through magazines, conventions, official contests, tournaments, or other out-of-game means. See the creatures' pages for details.
1 The Black Moa Chick, the Brown Rabbit and the White Rabbit are the only Miniatures whose names do not start with Miniature because they are actual size.
2 The Miniature M.O.X. has a chance of appearing as his normal self, or one of his 5 Avatar Forms when doubleclicked.
Gaile Gray's Frogs
These are unique miniatures owned exclusively by Gaile Gray, given to her by the developer team in recognition of her long-time service as ArenaNet's Community Relations Manager.
- While the color of the miniature is indicative of its rarity within each annual series, the rarity does not always carry over to non-birthday present miniatures. Be sure to check current market conditions when buying or selling a miniature.
- Some minipets make sounds whenever they are in an explorable area in PvE, eg. mini Jungle Troll.
- Since the 2007 Canthan New Year Festival, birthday dolls have been seen in outposts with levels of their own, a party icon of anywhere from two to eight, and a name under the miniature itself.
- Due to the massive duplication exploit of 2007, users who bought rare minis with duplicated items were banned. Therefore, many rare minis were deleted from the game permanently; it is unknown how many minipets were deleted from the game this way.
- There are currently 111 different Miniatures in existence, but only 108 are obtainable by players, as all three unique Frogs were given to Gaile Gray.
- Of the 70 Miniatures available as birthday presents, 5 are Green, 10 are Gold, 15 are Purple, and 40 are White. This means someone trying to fill their Hall of Monuments will need to obtain at least 10 Miniatures that are not common.
- Minis have been observed having drops assigned to them. The owner of the mini is able to pick up the drop.