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Guild Wars Factions, globally released on April 28, 2006, (exactly one year after the original Guild Wars was released) is the official product title of ArenaNet's second campaign in the Guild Wars world. It is also referred to as Chapter Two, Campaign Two, Factions Campaign, or more commonly: Factions.
Relationship with other Guild Wars campaigns
Guild Wars Factions is a stand alone product and doesn't require the player to already own the original Guild Wars (Prophecies Campaign). However, the two campaigns can be linked by adding the Factions retail key to an already existing Prophecies account and players from both campaigns will be able to interact. They will be able to compete in PvP and players who own both campaigns are able to take any Prophecies characters that have reached Lion's Arch over to the lands of Factions. Also any factions character that reaches Kaineng Center will be able to go to Lion's Arch (if Prophecies is unlocked), Kamadan (if Nightfall is unlocked) and Boreal Station (if Eye of the North is unlocked).
The stories of the Factions Campaign and the Prophecies Campaign link at Lion's Arch, where Canthan merchants were already present in the Prophecies Campaign.
The Factions Campaign takes place in Cantha, the home continent of the sailing merchant empire, with an Asian theme.
The backstory revolves around Shiro Tagachi, a former bodyguard of the righteous emperor of Cantha 200 years ago. Shiro murdered the emperor and was killed for it. As he died, he let out a wail that turned the seas into solid jade and petrified the forests. The game takes place some 200 years later, when he returns from the grave to wreak his vengeance upon the Canthans, becoming the antagonist of the story.
- Dragon Festival 2007 - 2007 July 6 ~ 2007 July 8 (Redux took place 2007 August 10 ~ 2007 August 12)
- Canthan New Year 2007- 2007 February 16 ~ 2007 February 19
- Dragon Festival 2006 - 2006 June 30 ~ 2006 July 5
- Day of the Tengu – 2006 Apr 27, in-game headstart event.
- Factions Preview Event (March 24-26).
- Guild Wars Factions Global Free-for-All PvP Weekend (January 20-22, 2006)
Current Available Editions
The game is currently available in two editions:
- Guild Wars Factions Collector's Edition, containing extra Factions themed items and a special dance emote for assassins and ritualists, and an exclusive Miniature of the Great Dragon Kuunavang.
- Guild Wars Factions
Features Released with this Chapter
The following features were released with Guild Wars Factions:
- New Continent: Cantha - featuring an Asia themed world.
- 4 New Regions
- New towns and areas
For a list of Factions locations see: Locations (Factions)
- 4 new mission types:
- 13 new missions which have a three-tier ranking system rather than the two-tier (normal/bonus) system in the Prophecies Campaign.
- 220 quests
For a list of Factions quests see: Quests (Factions)
- New tutorial area Shing Jea Monastery
- Two new Factions that play into both PvE and PvP elements of the game:
- 2 new professions:
- New henchmen with the new professions
- More character slots
- Four slots total for a stand-alone Factions Campaign account.
- Six slots total if a Factions account is combined with a Prophecies account
- More purchasable character slots
- 300 new Skills, incl. 90 new Elite Skills:
- 75 skills for each new profession
- 25 skills for each core profession
- New equipment:
- New creatures:
- 100+ new monsters
- New NPCs
- New pets for Rangers
- Tigers, Crabs, Cranes, a Black Moa Bird, and Phoenixes.
- New PvP and GvG features:
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