How to Get Hero Points in Guild Wars 2

One of the main questions GW2 players ask at all levels is how they can get hero points easily in the game. There are a few ways you can do this, and that’s what this article is all about. 

Read on to learn how to get hero points in Guild Wars 2.

What Are Hero Points?

GW2 Creatures
GW2 Creatures

Hero Points are basically the game’s currency for levelling up. Other games may call them Skill Points. 

They can be acquired by simply completing missions or finding them in various locations throughout the world, and they are essential for progressing in the game and reaching an elite level. The amount of HP you gain changes as you advance through the ranks. For example, when you reach level 11, you are awarded 5 HP, whereas you receive 26 HP when you reach level 79. In total, the level rewards will yield 398 Hero Points. 

Aside from the generic ways of acquiring them through basic gameplay, there are different strategies that players use to get HP faster in Guild Wars 2.  

Hero Point Trains

Guild Wars 2 Map
Guild Wars 2 Map

If you have any of the expansion maps, the best way to get Hero Points is to wait for the HP trains. Here, all you have to do is follow a commander around the map as they guide you to all of the Hero Points available in the map. 

This can save lots of time in the long run, and you can usually yield around 250 Hero Points within 2 to 3 hours. It’s also a great way to get a sense of the GW2 community and help other players in their quest to get more HP.

There are some grumbles about whether participating in HP Trains is good for the game, though, and some players feel that it can mess up map-wide events happening at the same time, as only a certain number of players can be on the same map at the same time. If an HP train is being practiced, there is a limited number of space for meta-events, and this can be problematic, particularly if the commander doesn’t want to leave that particular map. Most of the time, though, this isn’t something to worry about.

WvW Hero Points

Guild Wars 2 PC MMORPG
Guild Wars 2 PC MMORPG

If you’re a fan of the PvP and PvE aspects of role-playing games, the World versus World (WvW) game mode in Guild Wars 2 is the perfect place for you to go hunting for HP. 

As part of the HoT DLC, the ability to complete all of the hero challenges without ever leaving WvW mode was introduced, enabling players to earn Proofs of heroics items that can be exchanged for Notarized Scrolls of Heroics at the Heroics Notary vendor. 

Hero Challenges

GW2 Trait Lines
GW2 Trait Lines

Once you’ve reached level 11, hero challenges are unlocked and you can start getting the points you need for elite specification. You get 1 point for completing the challenges on the Central Tyria map, and 10 points for any hero challenge completed on the Crystal Desert and Heart of Maguuma maps. 

The challenges are split into different types. They can be completed by merely choosing the right options in dialogue with an NPC, interacting with objects, and defeating enemies, among other things. 

This is where having the expansions can really boost your ability to get HP, and the challenges in Path of Fire and Heart of Thorns will leave you in a good place. 

How to Spend Hero Points

Spending your Hero Points in GW2 is entirely dependent on what gameplay style you are going for. If you are a Ranger, for example, you may want to start with Beast Mastery, and take it from there, or a Warrior might want to start with Shouts. 

That being said, though, you can’t really go wrong in spending your Hero Points, as by the time you reach level 80, you’ll have unlocked everything, it’s more a case of how you want to play leading up to that moment. 

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