How to improve Guild Wars 2 latency? (UPDATED)

UPDATED: 16.07.2019   13:30

High latency in Guild Wars 2 can be caused by hardware (slow or corrupted processor, RAM, graphics card communications with the game) or most likely from your system and/or the internet connection as data packages are not delivered and received as they should.

ArenaNet always puts much effort in hardware compatibility so we assume that permanently high latency or other latency issues in Guild Wars 2 are caused by your system, internet connection related settings, registry settings and system internals & processes and/or by your ISP. Of course, the first days after the release of Guild Wars 2 are very heavy on the Guild Wars 2 game servers and can cause lag for one or the other player.

Youtuber Jawgeus make a few very firm key-points regarding the current state of guild wars. Have a look while while you work on resolving your connection problems.


What are the reasons for Guild Wars 2 latency problems?

guild wars 2 latency issue icon a.) Your computer doesn't meet the Guild Wars 2 system requirements.
guild wars 2 latency issue icon b.) Some of your computer's hardware is malfunctioning.
guild wars 2 latency issue icon c.) Old drivers and firmware can cause lag.
guild wars 2 latency issue icon d.) Your internet connection is too slow.
guild wars 2 latency issue icon e.) Your ISP provides you with weak signals or bad lines.
guild wars 2 latency issue icon f.) Your ISP has temporary technical issues
guild wars 2 latency issue icon g.) Your router or modem needs special settings for Guild Wars 2.
guild wars 2 latency issue icon h.) The Guild Wars 2 game servers have high load (temporary).
guild wars 2 latency issue icon i.) Your operating system performs too slowly.
guild wars 2 latency issue icon j.) Your internet connection settings and related processes and protocols are wrongly configured.
guild wars 2 latency issue icon k.) Corrupted system internals and registry settings.
guild wars 2 latency issue icon l.) Virus, spyware, adware, Trojan, root-kit or other malware infection.
guild wars 2 latency issue icon m.) Internet gateway issues of your ISP or the game server
guild wars 2 latency issue icon n.) Other ...

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Your computer (system) can cause latency issues in Guild Wars 2 because of:

• a.) Virus, spyware, Trojan, adware, root-kits, or other malware infections.
• b.) Corrupted internet connection settings, wrong registry settings, unwanted or malfunctioning system or third party application processes.
• c.) A generally slow performing system caused by various reasons
• d.) Lack of periodical system maintenance.
• e.) Communication and data transfer issues with the router/modem.
• f.) Other system and internet connection malfunctions.

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High Latency in Guild Wars 2 caused by your ISP

High Latency (or lag) caused by your ISP ( Internet Service Provider) can be temporary but there are many users who experience this kind of lag over days, weeks and some over months! You should start to monitor your internet connection over a few days' period. Do a speed and ping test 2 or 3 times a day; write down or save the results.

Try to play different online games, use different online applications, try out some other online services and see if the high latency is still present. If you experience high latency everywhere it is time to find out what causes the high latency (lag)

If you can eliminate that the high latency is caused by the online service provider (you can find this out by visiting the support and see if there are any technical issues with the server and or talk to other users of the service (game, app) then you need to ensure that the high latency is not caused on your end (your PC, excluding the modem/router as these are mainly provided by the ISP).

The list of possible reasons of high latency caused by user PC is very long! It starts from a virus, malware, spyware, Trojan or adware infection to a simple wrong TCP setting, broken wire, wrong position of the wireless client to a wrongly configured third party software like a firewall and much more. Use Latency Optimizer 4.0 to fix latency issues in Guild Wars 2.

If you are sure your PC is not the reason for high latency in Guild wars 2, then it is time to talk to your ISP and send him (if needed) all your speed and ping test results you have made with Speedtest4free (download here) or with Latency Optimizer 4.0. Explain your experience with Guild Wars 2 and tell him about your specific situation. If your ISP cannot help you after a brief amount of time has passed, then it might be time to try out another one!

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