Get The Most Out Of Maps In Guild Wars

By: Tom Kranz

Maps have always been a part of Guild Wars and are a great feature that can really help you and your party navigate your way across the Kingdoms of Ascalon. By default the map is displayed in the bottom right corner of your screen. The maps found in Guild Wars will allow you to see enemies, beasts, and NPC's from a distance. The map format is pretty simple - green dots indicate an ally on the map and a red dot indicates an enemy on the map. Items of special interest, such as Resurrection Shrines or entrances to towns and outposts, show up with special icons.

In Guild Wars Eye of the North, Arenanet introduced dungeons as a new and involving feature of the game. As a result they also had to introduce new maps and icons to cater for the new additions. Dungeons on the map are displayed in total darkness until they have been thoroughly explored. By exploring the dungeon you will gradually reveal more of the map - however, with the help of the dungeon maps that can be found you can reveal the entire layout for that level. These maps aren't very detailed but they're enough to get about the dungeons without any frustration. Dungeons maps will display dungeon bosses, keys and doors to the next or previous level, which can come in very handy when trying to complete a quest or search for a specific item.

If the default maps that come with Guild Wars aren't enough for you, you can also download third party extensions that can enhance your map with any number of features. Many third party maps are capable of displaying full maps of any region or area. Some have the ability to search for cities, enemies, NPC's and more in just a few clicks. Try out a few third party maps so you can figure out which one is the best for your tastes. A good extension will also include all the dungeon maps.

If you are having trouble getting through the dungeons in Guild Wars Eye of the North, you can turn to the internet to help you through them. Many websites offer detailed maps and walk-throughs to get you through even the most difficult and confusing dungeons. Chances are that you'll be able to find any dungeon walk-through online pretty easily. Dungeon maps and full descriptions and guides for all the new dungeons can be found through the links at the end of this article for some pointers.

Learning to get the most from the map in Guild Wars is an essential skill that is required for smart playing of the game. Without some study you'll find yourself lost in dungeons and running in circles unaware that you're heading right back to where you started. Luckily the map is an easy to use feature of Guild Wars, and with a bit of practice you'll find yourself able to use it to it's full advantage to help you power through the levels.

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