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These are activities directly supported within the game. They are easy to pick up and do, and have lots of helping hands along the way.
Daily Quests And Monthly Quests
One thing you should do every day when you are level 80 in Guild Wars 2 is your daily quest. There are two types of these daily quests to choose from. You can do the standard Daily Quest or the PvP daily quest. These can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour on average. Of course having friends helps the time go by faster.
You can also work towards your Monthly Quests, again regular Monthly Quest or PvP Monthly Quest. You may not complete it all in a day, but you can certainly knock out a little bit each day.
A big reason to do these quests are Laurels. Daily Quests reward one Laurel, and Monthly Quests reward 10 Laurels. You can only get Laurels for completing one Daily Quest or Monthly Quest. You can still get the other rewards for completing the others, but no Laurels. Laurels can be used to purchase a vast number of things, including Ascended trinkets (Amulet, Ring, Accessory). Ascended trinkets costs anywhere from 20 to 40 Laurels. A full set of Ascended trinkets will cost you 150 Laurels. Laurels can also be used to buy other things as well, including infusions for your gear, so don’t stop at just 150 Laurels.
One great thing about sPvP is that everything is balanced. Nobody has any gear or stat advantages. For regular sPvP, you queue solo. There is no team queue in regular sPvP. Choose the sPvP matches last about 15 minutes on average. Ranked sPvP, or tPvP, is also available. This is where you can queue with friends as a team.
World versus World
This is PvP on a grand scale between three servers. There are keeps and towers to siege, supply camps to pillage, strategic ruins to capture, and much, much more. WvW is my absolute favorite thing to do in Guild Wars 2, and my favorite kind of PvP. You can spend hours in WvW and still experience something new. Your server’s point total in WvW grants bonuses to your entire server. You may get a bonus to resources gathered, health, crafting, and so on.
Each server has a Borderland, and then all three servers share the Eternal Battlegrounds. You can queue up for any of the four. They all contribute to your point total, and benefit your server. Look for the Commanders (Blue triangle icon) and watch Map and Team chat to see where you are needed.
Dungeons and Fractals
Dungeons and Fractals are like short story experiences for you and four allies. If you don’t have four friends online, you can use the LFG tool in game to queue up for a dungeon. Dungeons can take 30 minutes to an hour or more to do, depending on the difficulty of the path you take. Doing all the paths in a dungeon can take a while. Doing your first dungeon of the day can be very profitable.
Fractals of the Mist are like a mini dungeon. Completing three fractals in a row (one sitting) will let you move up a level in difficulty. You can do fractals at any level. Fractals take about 20 minutes or more to do, depending on difficulty.
Occasionally Guild Wars 2 has special and seasonal events. Guild Wars 2 has new content update every two weeks, so there is always something going on with the Living Story. Events like these usually have achievements associated with them as well. You can normally find out what is happening in Lion’s Arch. There should be a quest or NPC alerting you that an event is under way. Sometimes you will get a message in your Mailbox as well.
Occasionally players will also hold their own events. You can find out about these on the In-Game Events forums.
Hopefully as you leveled up, you saved all the crafting resources you came across. You can work on your crafting skills to max them out. The weapon skills cap at 500, while the others cap at 400. Why max crafting at level 80? Crafting also includes Legendary weapons, and Ascended weapons. You need to max all of the crafting professions to 400 to get your Legendary weapon. If you want an Ascended weapon, then you have to max a weapon crafting skill to 500. There are also achievements for crafting too.
These activities take a little initiative. Sometimes there may be a little research involved outside the game. These are usually the ‘off the beaten path’ activities.
Once you hit 80, you’ll want to shoot for a nice new set of exotic gear. It should match whatever type of build you want. Once you’ve finished with your set of exotic gear, you can upgrade certain pieces to ascended. New ascended pieces are being added all the time. You can checkout my strategies for gearing up at level 80 if you need to know where to start.
There are many achievements you can go after at level 80 in Guild Wars 2. Some will even be made easier for you just by being level 80. Some are as simple as crafting cheap items, and some are more complex and require weeks of effort to complete. Check your Character Window, then Achievements tab in game for a list of all the achievements and requirements. There are achievements for PvE, PvP, and just about every bit of game content.
Discovering all the areas on a map gives a nice bonus reward. Exploring the entire map of Tyria grants a title, achievement, and is also a requirement for Legendary weapons.
If you are on a roleplay (RP) server, you may want to try roleplaying. Essentially, RPing is creating a character personality, and acting it out. Think of it as being a character in an ongoing TV series. You interact with other RPers, and respond to them as your character would respond. If you are interested in RPing, find the RPers on your server and ask them where RPers get together. Usually RPers are willing to help new players get involved.
Tarnished Coast is the NA unofficial RP server, and Piken Square is the EU unofficial RP server. RP may be available on other servers as well.
There are several dragons that spawn across the world of Tyria that you can kill for nice rewards. These dragons take groups players to defeat. This content can be very challenging, and will require a certain level of coordination for some of the more difficult dragons (Tequatl). You can go to websites like http://www.gw2state.com/ to check on the timers of each dragon, as well as other regular events, for your server.
Endless Possibilities At Max Level
There are tons of things to do at level 80 in Guild Wars 2. You can do jumping puzzles with your friends, level a new character, or a million other things. Joining a guild also helps fill your time at level 80 in Guild Wars 2, but isn’t necessary. New types of content are being added all the time.
If you have any tips for things players can do at level 80, leave them in the comments below.