A Pacifist’s Guide to Guild Wars 2 PVE

Married couple in the Ascalon Settlement

He replied: “Forget the fresh air. Let’s go back inside!” and thus they did. (Yes, they really did.)

A pastoral life on the Centaur battle lines

Being that Guild Wars 2 has combat mechanics and that those mechanics are important to the whole game, it’s not a surprise that you will spend a lot of your playtime just killing things. In my PVE post, I went over how mob behavior and purpose is different in GW2 from most online games, but this entry is not about mobs or combat. This is about helping out the world in all the other ways you can.

The following will be a list of things I’ve done in the game that don’t involve combat. The first list will be things that aren’t combat themselves, but often lead to combat. These sort of things normally start with interacting with objects or characters, and the interaction then leads to a fight. The second list is the pure pacifist’s way, things to do that involve no need for combat at all.

The important part is that all of these actions help fill up the meter for your heart or dynamic event.

Things to do that may lead to harm

  • Check crabbing crates
  • Pull up grubs
  • Talk to angry NPCs
  • Stomp out zombie corpses
  • Check burrowing holes
  • Check unexploded ordinances
  • Check bushes for Moas

Things to do that are combat-free

  • Feed farm animals
  • Forage for truffles
  • Water plants
  • Put out fires
  • Take down banners
  • Calm angry NPCs
  • Boost the morale of troops
  • Find and deliver gift packages
  • Pray at a memorial
  • Disarm traps
  • Clean tar spills
  • Answer riddles
  • Put eggs back into a nest
  • Resurrect fallen allies
  • Break locks and free prisoners and slaves
  • Capture salmon and feed it to bear cubs
  • Pick up discarded tools and put them away
  • Pick sour grapes
  • Tell kids to do their chores
  • Set traps
  • Find identification badges on fallen soldiers
  • Gather and deliver ore
  • Deliver gifts
  • Test out a new batch of ale
  • Wash away graffiti
  • Test out some spicy BBQ
  • Snowball fights
  • Practice training with instructors
  • Harvest

There is a lot of interacting with objects, but there is also NPC discussions and some more interesting options like riddles and snowball fights. I often found myself looking for more of these non-combat options while everyone else was killing anything they could find. Fighting grubs gets tiresome after awhile.

In the future, I will probably find more of these tasks and add to the list. For now, I’ll just say that I enjoy having these options. The Ascalon Settlement outside of Lion’s Arch was one of my favorite towns, as well was Beetletun in Queensdale. These places offered out of the ordinary tasks to do and the towns themselves had a vibe all their own. My favorite NPC interaction has to be the happily married young couple in the Ascalon Settlement that have a quick, amorous conversation that leads to them running back inside for a sexy romp.

Maybe I’ll find some Dredge handing out pamphlets somewhere.

Leveling as an apprentice

What if you don’t want to even step outside of the city? What if you go outside the city, but only to harvest and mine? You gain experience for gathering, as you do in most MMOs now, but you also gain experience from crafting. A good deal of experience in fact. It may be tiresome and expensive, but you can actually level from 1-80 merely by crafting, though it would involve learning and maxing out every craft skill.

The way leveling XP gain works in crafting is this: For leveling a discipline from 0-400, you will gain 10 levels along the way. By maxing out all 8 disciplines, you will gain 80 levels. That means you could dedicate a character to crafting, feed it all the mats you get on other characters and level it all the way to 80 without ever needing to kill a thing. As hardcore crafters, we think that is pretty cool.

– Linsey Murdock (ANet)

That’s that for now. The Moletariat shall rise again!  ..once I skitter through my notes.

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