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Staging area is used to indicate any of the following type of zones:
These are enclosed, non-instanced locations, as opposed to explorable areas. They are enclosed locations that serve as a starting point for quests, missions or for exploring open areas. They also offer services for players that allow them to purchase/enhance equipment and meet and interact with other players. Staging areas are split into districts, although there may only be one district if there are less than 150 characters in a staging area.
Inside these enclosed locations you can meet other human players to team up as a party. Whenever you leave these enclosed locations, the GW server starts a new instance of the zone outside. This means only you and your party will be there, along with computer-controlled foes and NPCs. Any other human party entering the same zone will be playing in a separate copy of that zone. As there are no monsters, staging areas are also referred to as safe zones.
You can quickly return to a town, outpost or mission location by using map travel. All cities, outposts and mission locations which are directly connected to explorable areas, with the exception of those in Pre-Searing Ascalon, offer the services of henchmen to help bolster your party.
The following explorable areas have no access to a staging area:
- Tyria (Prophecies)
- Tyria (Eye of the North)
- Elona (Nightfall)