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The Battle Isles
Great Temple of Balthazar
Basic Info
Campaign: Core
Type: Continent
Part of: Tyria (world)
Tyria, Cantha, Elona
Battle Isles Map
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The Battle Isles is the home of the Zaishen Order, and a sacred place for those who practice the art of war.

All "high level" PvP arenas for the Prophecies Campaign, Factions Campaign, and Nightfall Campaign are concentrated on the Battle Isles. This is the place where players from all three chapters can meet, team up and compete against each other.

This is what Acolyte Haitan explains about the Battle Isles:

"We, the Zaishen Order, serve as protectors of the Battle Isles, where stands the Great Temple of our lord Balthazar. The Isles are home to countless arenas in which we train with those deemed worthy of the honor.
Now that the ancient Tomb of the Primeval Kings is under assault, our lord commander General Yurukaro has ordered the arenas of the Zaishen opened to the people of Tyria. We have our own gateway into the Hall of Heroes, one that is, so far, safe from the taint of evil that enshrouds the Tombs. We of the Zaishen Order will also offer new combatants personal training on the way to the gladiatorial hero."

Note: For Guild Wars Prophecies players, the "low level" Ascalon Arena and Shiverpeak Arena remained open when the Battle Isles became accessible, but the Competition Arena at Lion's Arch, the Team Arena at Droknar's Forge, and the Tomb of the Primeval Kings arena were closed.

Getting there[]

PvP characters spawn directly into the Great Temple of Balthazar, the only town in the Battle Isles, upon their creation.

Roleplaying characters must map travel to the Battle Isles by clicking on the ship symbol on the World Map near Lion's Arch (Tyria), Kaineng Center (Cantha), or Kamadan, Jewel of Istan (Elona). The character must have reached any of these locations for the ship icon to become available.

As an alternative method, members of a guild with a Guild Hall may travel to the Isles with the button in the Guild window. This however only works after having ship travelled there at least once.


Note: Some of these locations must be unlocked in a fixed sequence to gain access to them. See the description of the respective location for details.

GuildHallIcon smlGuild Hall (Shows as the name of your Guild Hall)
CityIcon smlGreat Temple of Balthazar
OutpostIcon smlZaishen Menagerie
Zaishen Menagerie Grounds
Isle of the Nameless
Training Arena (Complete all training sessions to unlock the Zaishen Challenge)
ChallengeIcon smlZaishen Challenge (Win vs. five different computer AI teams to unlock the Zaishen Elite)
ChallengeIcon smlZaishen Elite
ArenaIcon smlRandom Arenas
ArenaIcon smlCodex Arena
ArenaIcon smlHeroes' Ascent (→ Hall of Heroes)