A quest is a task assigned to you by an NPC for a reward. Quests have no impact on the overarching storyline; however, through the dynamic quest system, quests can affect other quests and explorable areas, as well as add depth to the world of Guild Wars.
An NPC with a quest to give will have a large, green exclamation mark (!) over his or her head. Speaking with that NPC will allow you to read the quest and choose whether to accept or decline it. Accepting the quest will add it to your Quest Log. Declining the quest (or abandoning it later via your Log) brooks no penalty: you can always reacquire the quest by speaking with the NPC again.
Finding where the quest actually takes place can be viewed on the world map. The active quest will annotate the world map with a few key features:
- A bright rotating green star will indicate the destination of the quest.
- If the quest is several zones away, the destination zone will be shown in green, and the location of the nearest portal to reach that zone shown with a green arrow. (This will show the fastest way to get there, but it can also show a hard way, such as Temple of the Ages to Druid's Overlook through Majesty's Rest.)
Each Campaign of Guild Wars has its own set of quests available:
- Quest list for Prophecies Campaign
- Quest list for Factions Campaign
- Quest list for Nightfall Campaign
- Quest list for Eye of the North Expansion
The Realms of the Gods and the Battle Isles have quests which are available from every Campaign:
- Bounties for killing bosses;
- Rewards for PvP Combat;
- Bonuses for completing nearly all the primary missions in the game.
On special occasions quests are introduced for a short period of time only:
Some quests are marked in-game as primary quests. There are no other official categories for normal quests besides quests given in a certain region (festival event quests have their own category). However, there are many commonly understood categories of quest.
Primary quests are used as links between the missions to progress through the game. A primary quest will lead you to the next mission or to the next primary quest, which will eventually lead to a mission location. So, this kind of quest will form parts of the storyline.
In many cases, primary quests generally do not have big inherent rewards. The purpose of the primary quest is to advance you in the game, not advance you monetarily.
Primary quests are clearly identified by their own category at the top of your Quest Log, if you are currently undertaking at least one.
Skill Quests include any quest which gives you a skill or skills as part of the reward. These quests are the most popular to do, the reason being that skills that are taught through these quests become available at trainers but at a later point in the game. So, they provide a fast and free (no gold, no Skill Points) way to obtain some skills.
Many skills are only available through Skill Trainers or Signet of Capture.
Profession-Specific Quests are quests that are limited to a specific profession. They are usually offered by Profession Trainers for that profession. A Profession-Specific quest will only appear to a player if his primary or secondary profession is the designated one.
If a player changes his/her secondary profession, then the profession-specific quests of the old secondary profession will no longer be available while the ones for the new secondary profession will now become available.
All Profession-Specific Quests are Skill Quests.
Secondary Profession Quest
Secondary Profession quests include the six quests in pre-Searing Ascalon that allow you to choose a secondary profession and the six quests in the Crystal Desert that allow you to change your secondary profession.
All secondary profession quests grant a few basic skills for the newly acquired secondary profession. Pre-Searing profession quests grant the skills before finishing the quest, allowing players to sample each profession before settling on one. The Crystal Desert profession quests grant the skills upon changing to the secondary profession for the first time. In all cases, you cannot use the skills granted if you change your secondary profession away from the profession that granted the skills, though you do retain the skills should you change back, including a Ranger pet (tied to skill "Charm Animal").
There are 2 Attribute Quests in each campaign, giving you 15 attribute points each:
- Nightfall attribute quests come relatively early, and involve Sunspear Promotion Points:
If you have an account that combines multiple campaigns, it is not possible to do additional attribute quests, since that would result in having over 200 attribute points and an unbalanced advantage. Skipping the attribute quests from your character's "native" territory will not allow you to complete them in foreign lands.
Repeatable quests are quests that can be taken again after they have been completed. Normally, when a quest is completed, it cannot be taken again. Speaking with the quest giver will not provide any way of taking it. Still, there are a small sub-set of quests, usually in high-experience explorable areas of the game that are repeatable. These quests recharge every time a player enters the area.
While main story Missions are repeatable in that they can be done more than once, you get the XP reward only for first time you complete the mission/bonus. Repeatable Quests give you the XP reward repeatedly, every time you complete the quest. In the Factions campaign, some repeatable quests also offer Kurzick or Luxon faction as a reward, and repeating these quests contributes greatly to a players unspent faction total. These repeatable quests also allow faction farming and fast faction farming.
Note: Unlike regular quests, most repeatable quests are cleared from the Quest Log when the player leaves the area in which the quest is given. Any tasks completed (crossed out) in the quest log will be undone. The next time you enter the area you will have to start the quest over. The only confirmed exceptions are the Mallyx the Unyielding quest and the Wintersday 2006 quests In Grenth's Defense and You're a Mean One, Mr. Grenth, which are not cleared from the quest log when you change zones.
See Category:Repeatable quests for a listing of repeatable quests.
Master Difficulty Quest
Quests that are labelled as 'Master' difficulty are particularly difficult. They require an extra amount of teamwork or understanding of builds. The monsters in them are also usually more powerful than the standard monsters of the region. In Eye of the North the first Elite quest is available during the elite dungeon Slavers' Exile.
Festival Event Quest
During most special events (such as the Wintersday), a number of new quests become available to players. These quests are designed in the spirit of the specific event and serve both to tell little background stories related to the occasion and to give players new things to do and earn collectibles or fun items related to the festival. These temporary quests almost always need to be completed before the event concludes. Even though the unfinished quests are not removed from the quest log when the event is finished, the monsters or NPCs involved will not be available to advance the quests or claim the rewards.
A Solo Quest separates you from your party, i.e. you have to beat the quest on your own.
Note: Some non-solo quests require you to carry out the tasks yourself, whereas in other quests (e.g. Troubled Lands) it is sufficient that one person in the party does them, or that you do them together. At least two quests cannot be completed alone: Across the Wall and Adventure with an Ally. The interaction with Gwen that nets you the Tapestry Shred can be spoilt by entering the explorable with an ally who has already got it.
A hero quest makes a hero available for your PvE character's party and also unlocks it for PvP. Most hero quests are primary quests as well. Heroes are only available to people who own Nightfall or Eye of the North.
Dungeon quests are found in the Eye of the North expansion.
Quests that do not fall into any of these categories are just called quests. They generally reward you with some experience and some gold, they often advance you in a rank and sometimes have items as reward, though the exact mixture of these three rewards vary depending on the quest.
Quest rewards may be one or more of the following:
- Material rewards:
- Character development:
- Storyline progress:
- access to new locations
- access to a mission
- access to follow-up quests
- access to NPCs (in the Command Post)
During a quest the player may be able to fight monsters and bosses that cannot otherwise be encountered, or not encountered in that location.
- They cannot be salvaged. Which means you should not use weapon upgrades on quest items, as you cannot salvage them back should you desire to change to a different weapon.
- They have a higher value than a comparable looted item would have (often 2–3 times higher).
Most people sell their quest reward items immediately. However, early in the game, some quest reward items are noticeably better than loot and crafter items.
First introduced in the Factions campaign, the Collectable quest items are special rewards that can be traded for various other items like Identification or Salvage Kits, Scrolls or even some rare crafting materials.
A handful of Prophecies quest rewards are considerably more valuable than their merchant value, making it a good idea to keep them for either use or trade. See the Notes section on the following quests for more details.
- A relatively tame Sword that shares a skin with the Crystalline Sword comes from The Prize Moa Bird;
- A -50 Health bonus useful for Invincible Monks is in the Grim Cesta from Cities of Ascalon;
- A bow with -2 physical damage (in stance) comes from Blankets for the Settlers;
- A non-Nightfall staff that allows an energy +18 bonus comes from Fires in the East;
- Items with a salvageable perfect 10% Furious mod come from The Ambassador's Quandary, The Siege of Piken Square, and The Villainy of Galrath.
Abandoning a quest is simple: in any town or outpost, select the quest in your Quest Log and click the Abandon button. For most quests, there's no penalty to abandoning the quest: you can accept and abandon as often as you like. However, some quests are only available under specific conditions, so be sure that you can easily obtain the quest again before abandoning it.
There are three main reasons for abandoning a quest:
- To exploit quest-specific monsters or allies for farming purposes. (Example: Charr at the Gate generates a level 10 Prince Rurik and allies to fight a group of Charr, allowing a low-level Pre-Searing character to farm experience points.)
- To learn or unlock additional skills as follows: Some skill quests will teach new skills immediately upon accepting the quest without requiring quest completion. If you abandon and re-accept such quests after changing your secondary profession, you can learn the relevant skills (you would otherwise have to pay a skill trainer).
- To simply remove the quest from your log (if you have, for whatever reason, decided that your character isn't interested in completing the quest).
A very few quests cannot be abandoned.
- The "collective" primary quest of Eye of the North, Against the Destroyers, is added to your quest log automatically upon completing The Beginning of the End, thus there would be no way of re-obtaining the quest if it were abandoned.