Guild Wars 2: Divinity’s Reach Screenshot Gallery

Today, I’m picture-guiding you through Divinity’s Reach. After going through Lion’s Arch during the first BWE, I realized that I had forgotten to look at the human capital. Still, when BWE2 started, I headed straight for the Black Citadel because I had found it much more interesting at first glance. Also, how exciting can it be? Yet another medieval-looking town. *yawn* Right? Boy, was I wrong. Well yes, it is a medieval-looking town, but at the same time, it’s still very pretty and had cute little corners and interesting architecture. My favorite part was the laundry in a backyard. I also have pictures from Hoelbrak which I wanted to show first but by popular demand (well, two people on Twitter), I am going to show Divinity’s Reach first. ;)

And now, before I present you my gallery, here’s a little information about Divinity’s Reach. Lion’s Arch had been the capital before but Divinity’s Reach took its role after it had been flooded (by the rise of Orr). The Wiki describes the city as a melting pot with residents coming from Cantha, Elona and Ascalon. I was in a part of the city where my Elonian warrior would feel right at home, I think. It’s a bit difficult for me to say which picture is from which district of the city, though, as I was walking through it without my interface showing up and without staring at the map all of the time. But as usual with the Wiki, you can find plenty of information about the city and its areas there.

It took me quite some time to take all those screenshots, sort through them and upload them here. However, they’re not just for looking. If you want to use them (e.g., as a desktop wallpaper, for fanart, in your blog,…) feel free to do so – as long as it complies with ArenaNet’s copyright, of course, and you’re not saying it was you who took those screenshots. ;)

Edit (August 3, 2013): Something changed in Divinity’s Reach with the July release. This is the area of the Great Collapse.


  1. I will admit my first reaction to Divinity’s Reach was the same as yours. Sure, the architecture was nice and it looked more like a city than the usual “cities” in other MMORPGs, but it was still just a medieval city, right?

    Well, from this gallery and screenshots I saw in other blogs I can see how wrong I was! Next time I play a human I think I am going to spend a lot more time walking around the city to explore it more properly. :)

    Thank you for the amazing screenshots once again! :)


    1. When I started, I was sure I’d prefer Hoelbrak over Divinity’s Reach but it turned out to be the other way around. Hoelbrak was rather bland. Amazing colours… in the sky. But the town itself… pretty small and boring. More like a village. But you’ll see those screenshots here soonish as well. ;)

      And thank you! :)


  2. Awesome pics! DR is such a monumental city, they’ve certainly shown all other MMOs their place in terms of scale and details. One issue I do have with it though now that I’ve also traveled it myself, is that it’s almost ‘too big’; certainly for any type of medieval looking town (which would be narrow streets, close buildings etc.). the streets are so incredibly wide and the gates are so high that you wonder what giants the city was built for lol. :) I like the epicness, but I keep thinking the proportions are way off – it’s easy to feel lost in there.


    1. There were a few corners where it didn’t feel that huge. It’s mostly the “main streets” in the city… so maybe that was done to show the other races how great the humans are? ;)

      From everything I have seen so far, I’ve liked Lion’s Arch the most. I am curious about Rata Sum as after reading the book where it was described a bit, I have certain expectations. Of course, seeing the city in one of the official videos only helped build that mental image and I hope the place will be as great as I imagine it to be. ;)


  3. I just love the visual aesthetics of this game… they’re soothing and beautiful, and awe inspiring. Looking at screenshots and videos between BWEs makes me feel “homesick” now. (Unless the video has folks not moving, not dodging, and not using their own healing… then they just piss me off.)

    TY for taking such care with the framing and selection of views. I really enjoyed the nostalgic feeling these gave me, and they are very well done indeed.


    1. Awww, sorry about making you feel homesick. ;) I don’t have that feeling yet as I’m still waiting to set foot into Rata Sum… although I have really fallen in love with Lion’s Arch and I can see myself spending lots of time in there.


    1. Thanks. Unless you’re talking about the work ArenaNet have done in which case I agree but then it’s not a compliment for me. ^^


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