Zones in the world follow a day / night cycle that does not follow real time. How does it work? Does it have any effect besides the visuals?


My source (via the Wiki) for this is in French, but it should work something like this:

Are they going to include a day/night cycle?

Yes. The cycle will be faster than real time. Events and monster spawning will change based on the time of day. Centaurs might attack a camp at dawn, and ghosts haunting an ancient battlefield might only be visible at night. Currently, the cycle lasts 2 hours with 80 minutes of day and 40 minutes of night, but this is subject to change before release.

Sylvari glow at night.

  • Nice! Using your source, I've found the same on the GW2 Wiki: wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Frequently_Asked_Questions#Setting The info looks a bit old, though, since it's from a pre-release FAQ
    – stoldark
    Sep 1 '12 at 16:56
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    As an addition, the day/night cycle is different for the different servers (main/overflow).
    – M'vy
    Sep 3 '12 at 9:47
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    There are also consumables and upgrades that have conditional effects depending on whether it is day or night. (ie. Chili Pepper Popper and Sigil of the Night)
    – Brian
    Oct 30 '12 at 15:52

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