Guild Wars

The current version available for Guild Wars. Includes Prophecies, Factions, Nightfall and Eye of the North.

Application Details:

Version: All Versions
License: Retail
Votes: 153
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 7.15

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What works

Loading and installing, look in the extra comment sections for how I did that.  PVP also works, I tried out Random Arenas.  PVE works fine, ran around outside.  Graphics are good, almost as good as they are on Vista.  Nothing that would detract from the Game Play.

I tested PvE, Missions, quests, killing monsters, getting killed.  All the basic stuff.  Didn't find anything that was wrong.

Creating a character works, but sometimes it only shows loads the first two options (For Hair Color, EG.)  However, the other styles are there, just not previewed.

Video works.  As do skipping the Videos.

 Minimizing and maximizing work, but are a little finnicky.  Just give it a moment.  Full screen is a little iffy, I'm not sure if Minimzing from full screen is a good idea, but Full Screen works as well.

I give this Platinum because nothing detracts from the Gameplay.

What does not

Nothing that I tried.  Everything worked well.

 The only "problem" I had was that I thought it was more laggy that it should be.  Not always noticeable, but loading areas, and the first few bits in those areas seemed to be lagging.  I don't think it would really matter in the long run, and it may be my sucky internet, but keep it in mind.


What was not tested

Erm... nothing?  Nothing big.

Hardware tested


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Additional Comments

Installed from the Official Client off of the Guild Wars website. It loaded fine and began installation. I have GW previously installed from a Windows Partition. Instead of downloading the files again, I copied the .dat file from windows to the GW directory in Wine. It loaded.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowDebian GNU/Linux Unstable "Sid" x86_64Aug 23 20227.15Yes Yes NoPlatinumHonki Tonk 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 11.x "Bullseye" x86_64Apr 15 20216.5Yes Yes YesGoldMagnus Olsen 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 11.x "Bullseye" x86_64Apr 15 20215.0.4Yes Yes NoSilverMagnus Olsen 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster"Jul 14 20183.12-stagingYes Yes YesGoldJ V 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 9.x "Stretch" x86_64Jun 05 20172.9-stagingYes Yes NoGoldGero 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
10893 Guildwars Minimize Bug NEW View
16783 Guild Wars: Game window is not displayed NEW View
25872 Guild Wars 'test system' doesn't show test results NEW View
28282 Sound constantly crackling in lot of games STAGED View
32063 Guild Wars: Orange square appearing UNCONFIRMED View
34247 "Program Files" is not locale-specific NEW View
38034 Guild Wars: Game starts sometimes minimized UNCONFIRMED View
38514 Guild Wars: Mouse can get stuck in a small area UNCONFIRMED View
40513 Guild Wars problem with mission map UNCONFIRMED View

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HowTo / Notes


NOTE: Guild Wars usually doesn't require any special settings to get working. The advice listed below is only for those who require help installing, running, or troubleshooting Guild Wars.


Simply use the installer found at Unzip the installer and run it using Wine:

wine GwSetup.exe


WINEDEBUG=-all wine "C:\Program Files\Guild Wars\Gw.exe"

WINEDEBUG=-all will stop the flood of fixme messages generated from normal use. If you require debugging, omit this option.


  • Make sure 3D works in native applications before blaming Wine. Try glxgears, or a 3D game such as etracer or supertuxkart.
  • Use the latest version of Wine. Type 'wine --version' to check.
  • Use the latest version of your graphics driver.
  • Try different versions of Windows in winecfg, such as Windows XP and 98.
  • Under the winecfg Graphics tab, try experimenting with the window settings if you have window/resizing issues. It is recommended to run the game in a virtual desktop for performance and other reasons.
  • Turn off Compiz Fusion or KDE desktop effects.
  • "Guild Wars has encountered an unrecoverable graphics driver error and must terminate" (bug #12870) is caused by fglrx, not Wine.
  • OSS graphics drivers (aka radeon/radeonhd/nouveau/intel) will provide poor performance with wine games, it is recommended to use the binary nvidia driver or fglrx for ATI.

If you are having graphics issues, use regedit to try some registry keys:

  • UseGLSL=disabled (Use this if you have a low end graphics card, Intel graphics, or if you are having performance problems.)
  • DirectDrawRenderer=opengl (Already the default with up to date versions of Wine)
  • OffscreenRenderingMode=fbo (Already the default with up to date versions of Wine)
  • Multisampling=enabled (Already the default with up to date versions of Wine)
  • RenderTargetLockMode=auto

Appending these flags to the run command may help you:

  • -dx8 - Uses DirectX 8
  • -noshaders - Disabled shaders, along with -dx8 this will improve performance (but make the game look pretty bad)
  • -dsound - Uses DirectSound
  • -nosound - Disables sound

Other tips:

  • In Options > Graphics, set the refresh rate to 60hz or the highest you have listed that is within your monitors range and turn on vsync for improved responsiveness in some cases.

Using FBO as the ORM crashes with fglrx drivers

This is not a Wine bug, it is a fglrx bug. Please do not open a bug for this, it will just be closed.

See the fglrx bug for more details, or check the HOWTO for this app for a workaround.


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