Guild Wars 2: The Ultimate Hero Points Resource

Access new ways to play the game by unlocking new skills and Elite Specializations. Here is how.
By Abed Shatila August 12, 2023 - Updated on August 26, 2023 in Guides Reading time: 3 minute read
GW2 Hero Points Guide

Did you know that you can unlock new skills in Guild Wars 2 by completing something called a Hero Challenge? Well, in this guide, we will cover what are those challenges, and how to get hero points to unlock Elite Specializations and new skills and traits.

What are Hero Points in Guild Wars 2?

A Hero Point (previously known as Skill Point) is a soul-bound currency that is used to unlock new traits, skills, and Elite Specializations.

  • To unlock a class’s core traits, you need 98 Points.
  • To unlock all Core Specialization traits, you need 300 Points.
  • To unlock all skills and traits for an Elite Specialization, you need 250 Points.

How to get Hero Points

There are three ways to get Hero Points in Guild Wars 2, either level up a character, complete a hero challenge, or purchase Notarized Scrolls from World vs. World. In this guide, we will go over all three methods.

Hero Challenges

Hero Challenges are spread all over Core Tyria, Cantha, and the Crystal Desert.

Location Total Hero Points
Central Tyria and Maguuma Wastes 200 Points
Heart of Maguuma (Heart of Thorns) 400 Points
Crystal Desert (Path of Fire) 290 Points
Cantha (End of Dragons) 310 Points

Each challenge in the Core Tyria maps will reward you with 1 Hero Point upon completion, whereas the challenges in the expansions will give you 10 Hero Points each upon completion.

Notarized Scrolls

If you prefer to play WvW, and don’t enjoy doing PvE content but still want to unlock Elite Specializations, then you can head over to any Heroics Notary in any of the WvW maps and purchase Notarized Scrolls.

There is one Notarized Scroll for Central Tyria and one for each expansion that exists in the game except Secrets of the Obscure. You have to purchase and use the Notarized Scroll to complete a random Hero Challenge in the region that the scroll belongs to.

For example, if you purchase and use a Notarized Scroll of Maguuma Heroics, then you will complete a random challenge from any of the Heart of Thorns maps, and earn 10 hero points.

Here is a list of available Notarized Scrolls:

Notarized Scroll Testimony of Jade Heroics  Cost Hero Challenges From
Notarized Scroll of Central Tyrian Heroics 1 Testimony of Jade Heroics Central Tyria maps
Notarized Scroll of Maguuma Heroics 10 Testimony of Jade Heroics Heart of Thorns maps
Notarized Scroll of Desert Heroics 10 Testimony of Jade Heroics Path of Fire maps
Notarized Scroll of Jade Heroics 10 Testimony of Jade Heroics End of Dragons maps

You can get Testimony of Jade Heroics by leveling up in WvW.

Leveling

As you level up your character, certain milestones will reward you with a set number of Hero Points. By the time you reach level 80, you will have accumulated 398 Points just from leveling up.

Level Hero Point Hero Points Level Hero Point Hero Points
11 5 47 12
13 5 49 12
15 5 51 12
17 5 53 12
19 6 55 14
21 6 57 14
23 6 59 14
25 6 61 14
27 8 63 14
29 8 65 16
31 8 67 16
33 8 69  16
35 10 71  16
37 10 73  16
39 10 75  18
41 10 77  18
43 10 79 26
45 12

Note that you will have a surplus of Points by the time you complete all the challenges. In other words, you don’t need to complete every challenge in the game to unlock all the skills of a character.

End of Dragons Hero Points

There is a total of 30 Hero Challenges that can be unlocked in End of Dragons. This means that you will end up with 300 Points by the time you complete all of them. Those challenges have a medium difficulty as you can stumble upon Elites, Veterans, and sometimes unprotected places of power.

Map Challenges
Seitung Province 9
New Kaineng City 9
The Echovald Wilds 6
Dragon’s End 6

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Path of Fire Hero Points

There is a total of 29 Hero Challenges that can be unlocked in Path of Fire. Completing all of them will net you 290 Points to unlock any Elite Specialization, and the challenges in the PoF maps are more on the easier side as you won’t be facing any champions, or even Elites for that matter. Most of the challenges will be Places of Power or Veterans.

Map Challenges
Crystal Oasis 5
Desert Highlands 7
Elon Riverlands 8
The Desolation 6
Domain of Vabbi 3

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Heart of Thorns Hero Points

There is a total of 40 Hero Challenges that can be unlocked in Heart of Thorns. This means you will have a total of 400 Points on your character after obtaining all of them. Keep note though that the Hero Points in Heart of Thorns are the most challenging among all the expansions as you will be fighting Champions in most of them.

Map Challenges
Verdant Brink 11
Auric Basin 11
Tangled Depths 11
Dragon’s Stand 7

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Make sure to unlock your Glider before taking on any of the Hero Challenges in HoT. Moreover, unlocking a mount or two can go a very long way to cutting your time short while exploring the jungle.

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Abed Shatila

Abed Shatila

Abed Shatila is a developer with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, but he is also a passionate gamer who has been enjoying games of all genres since he was six years old. Abed is an expert at creating video game guides. When he is not busy writing code, he enjoys crafting content to assist both existing and newer generations of gamers in making their gaming journeys much smoother.

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