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Guild Wars 2

Official release client for Guild Wars 2.

Application Details:

Version: Release Client
License: Retail
Votes: 80
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.12-staging

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Test Results

Selected Test Results

What works

Almost everything is playable. With my configuration using PoL I was able to play atleast 4 hours straight without any freeze or crash.

- PvE (Storyline)

- WvW

- Gemstore

What does not

Login screen still gives the seem common problems. I emulated my desktop from within wine configuration to bypass the login freezes.


What was not tested

- PvP

- Dungeon

Hardware tested


  • GPU:
  • Driver:

Additional Comments

System: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 955 / Nvidia Geforce 960,4GB / 6GB RAM Config: - GLSL off - Specify GPU memory size - Enable virtual desktop ( somehow it works smoother) - Enabled wine-staging - Flag -dx9single - Disabled d3d10 & 11

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentElementary OS LokiJul 30 20172.12-stagingYes Yes GoldBrendon 
ShowLinux Mint 18.1 "Serena" x86_64Jul 11 20172.12Yes Yes GoldMarosh 
ShowopenSUSE Tumbleweed (rolling release)Apr 05 20172.4Yes Yes GoldJon 
ShowLinux Mint 17.3 "Rosa" x86_64Mar 10 20172.3Yes Yes PlatinumCory 
Show64StudioJun 07 20161.9.11Yes Yes SilverCraig Ehlo 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
29872 Guild Wars: Character graphic is corrupted NEW View
30511 Guild Wars 2 launcher crashes with "assertion m_ioCount failed" NEW View
31839 Mouse jumps to the upper left corner of the screen UNCONFIRMED View
31952 Guild Wars 2: Graphical bug causing horizontal lines on world NEW View
32010 Guild Wars 2 updater uses always 100% of a CPU core UNCONFIRMED View
32058 Guild Wars 2 launcher freezes/hangs (unable to launch game) RESOLVED NOTOURBUG View
32152 Guild Wars 2: Missing sound and game crashes on time adjusting UNCONFIRMED View
33053 Support for dvorak programmer layout. UNCONFIRMED View
33759 Some applications reset the X color profile UNCONFIRMED View
34342 Chronic crash of Guild Wars 2(out of memory) NEW View
37959 Guild Wars 2 freezes on startup UNCONFIRMED View
40299 Guild Wars 2: Graphic shows through the ground UNCONFIRMED View
40300 Guild Wars 2: Mouse gets temporary invisible on the Launcher UNCONFIRMED View
40843 Guild Wars 2: Game crashes on uninstalling UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes

Known Issues
  • To avoid graphical problems:
    • Install the latest GPU drivers
    • If you have an integrated graphic chipset + a dedicated GPU, make sure that you launch GuildWars 2 with the GPU. To do this you can install programs like bumblebee (and then launch gw2 with the optirun command)
  • Performance when there are a lot of entities/players: The overall peformance of the game is acceptable, but when there are a lot of entities/players it's still more laggy than on windows. You could try wine-staging with CSMT if you have performance problems.
  • The game crashes after 1-4 hours when it tries to allocate more RAM than it is allowed to. There is currently no work-around for this besides restarting the game.
    • This issue is particularly troublesome in World Bosses and WvW with lots of players.
    • Using a 64-bit Wine profile appears to have no impact on this issue, it still crashes when it tries to allocate more than 3GB of RAM.
    Setting Up GW2

    PlayOnLinux and PlayOnMac users can ignore this entire note - PlayOn* already does all of this for you!

    At this point, you have installed Wine and you're ready to install the game.

    First, let's figure out how to manage wine prefixes.

    Wine Prefix Setup

    You really should get used to wine prefixes.  If you're installing everything to the default prefix (~/.wine) you're missing out on the ability to use optimal settings (and wine versions) for each game you own. PlayOnLinux/PlayOnMac asks you if you want to create a new prefix when you install something, it's so simple that I'll not explain how to do it.

    If you're on linux Q4Wine is a great application which offers a GUI for wine. You can of course manage prefixes but also do a lot of other cool things.

    Here is how to create a new prefix with q4wine:

    First, install q4wine from the repositories of your linux. Once you have it installed, start it up and look through the UI a bit.

    Once you're more familiar with the interface, follow these steps to set up a prefix for GW2:

    1. Open the "Prefixes" tab.
    2. Click on the wand icon to create a new prefix.
    3. In the general tab, set:
      1. Name: Guild Wars 2
      2. Prefix Path: where you want the prefix to be. You should let the default path (if there is one).
      3. Architecture: choose what you want: default, win32 or win64. GuildWars2 support both 32 and 64 bits wine prefixes. Note than 64 bits prefix is only available if you have a 64 bits system (obviously).
    4. In the Wine settings tab, don't change anything.
    5. In the Advanced tab, if you use bumblebee, set:
      1. Predefined: select optirun

      Of course if you know other ways to manage wine prefixes you can do so.

      Install the Game

      Your options are:

      1. Install using the game's launcher, downloadable on the official GW2 website. This is the easiest way to do it.
      2. Install from disc and then update the game.
      3. Install using an existing game installation that you copy to your wine prefix, and then update the game.

      Installing using the launcher:

      1. Download the game's launcher on the official website: (you need to be connected to an account).
      2. Create a wine prefix (see above). If you already have one and want to use it, it's fine too.
      3. Run the exe file you've downloaded (something like "Gw2.exe").
      4. Wait while the launcher download the latest version of the game. It can takes several hours, but it's normal. If the game's updater crash repeatedly see the note below to know how to automatically relaunch it.

      Installing using the CD:

      This is pretty darn simple, but you're going to install the entire game by patching, so it will take longer. 

      1. Insert the CD.
      2. In q4wine, "programs" tab, click on the prefix you want. Then right click and select "Run..." > "Browse". Select the setup executable which is on the CD.
      3. The disc installer should starts up. Click on the install button. If you get a blank window, moves your cursor until it changes to a hand, an click.
      4. Follow instructions
      5. A window showing installation process pops up. If it is blank, just wait: the game is installing anyway. If it's blank and it hasn't finished for a long time, check if it is using cpu/disk. If not you should be able to close the window without any problem.
      6. Once the installation is finished, close the install window.
      7. Launch the file "Gw2.exe" in the wine prefix you chose.
      8. The launcher opens and starts to update the game. It can takes several hours, but it's normal. If the game's updater crash repeatedly see the note below to know how to automatically relaunch it.

      Installing using existing installation's files:

      1. Copy an existing Guild Wars 2 installation to the "Programs Files" directory of the wine prefix you chose. You need to have a "big" external storage (maybe 16GB).
      2. Create a wine prefix (see above). If you already have one and want to use it, it's fine too
      3. Run the "Gw2.exe" file in this wine prefix.
      4. Wait while the launcher download the latest version of the game. It can takes several hours, but it's normal. If the game's updater crash repeatedly see the note below to know how to automatically relaunch it.

        Make Gw2 run better

        Here's several things you can do to get better performance/correct problems:

        • Install the latest proprietary GPU drivers
        • If you use SLI, disable it.
        • Specify how much memory your GPU has:
          • Open the regedit program. In q4wine it is in the "Pograms" tab in the "system" folder (blue icon below your prefix).
          • Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER->Software->Wine
          • Create the "Direct3D" key if needed
          • Open the Direct3D key you've just created
          • Create a new String value (right click>"new string value") with the name "VideoMemorySize".
          • Set its value to the amount of memory that your GPU has, in MB.
        • Install wine-staging and use it instead of regular wine, and enable CSMT.


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