The most notable asura gates are the ones connecting each of the major cities to Lion's Arch. Asura gates also lead from Fort Marriner to each of the borderlands in World vs World as well as from one borderland to another, and Eternal Battlegrounds. Smaller asura gates are used to travel between various areas of Rata Sum.
- - Asura gates as displayed on the map.
- - Asura gates to starting areas when under level 10 as displayed on the map.
The first asura gate network was constructed with the Central Transfer Chamber as its main hub and only source of power. The magical energy used to power the gates was radiated from what was then believed to be a dragon statue. Later, it came to light that the dragon statue was the actual dragon Primordus. When he awoke and left, destroying the Central Transfer Chamber in the process, the asura network was crippled.
Before becoming operational, asura gates must be tuned to a specific location. The longer the distance between the two points, the more energy required for the process. Because of the extreme expense and effort involved, asura gates are rarely retuned.
Gates are managed by asuran gatekeepers who set the rates and handle payment, while gate operators ensure the gates stay functional. Even though gate travel for players is completely free mechanically, lore-wise asura gates cost a fee to travel through similar to waypoints, along with shipment fees based on how much cargo passes through them. Because these gates are critical for travel and shipment throughout Tyria, users have no choice but to pay what the asura ask, which many merchants resent.
Though the asura gates are owned by the asura, the local government where they are erected regulate gate travel. This includes the seizure of illegal assets or items contaminated by the corrupting magic of the Elder Dragons, such as objects from Orr or the Dragonbrand. In order to continue to be able to do business, gatekeepers cooperate fully with the local laws and will not allow their gates to be used for any purposes that are illegal on either of the endpoints - though some gatekeepers can be bribed to tuning the gates to different locations than normal.
Broken gates are located throughout Tyria, most often with no clues as to their destination. There are broken gates located in the Michoan Marsh area in Metrica Province. One broken gate that can be reactivated is Parnna's Gate, which can be repaired and gives access to Calx's Hideout.
The gates in Coriolis Plaza in Lion's Arch were inactive for a long time, until Scarlet Briar attacked Lion's Arch, and destroyed the pillars where the former gate hub was located (south-southwest of central plaza). While these gates were being repaired and tuned, the gates in the 5 main cities linked to a section of Vigil Keep.
- Connecting each of the racial capital cities to Lion's Arch (Coriolis Plaza)
- Connecting the main structure of Rata Sum to the outlying areas, and to Metrica Province
- Connecting Ebonhawke to Divinity's Reach (Rurikton)
- Connecting each of the World versus World battlegrounds to Lion's Arch (Fort Marriner) and each other
- Connecting north west side of Metrica Province to interior of Inquest HQ
- Connecting Fort Trinity to each of the three major Orders base (only available after completing The Battle of Fort Trinity).
- Connecting Southsun Cove (Pearl Islet) to Lion's Arch (Coriolis Plaza).
- Connecting two floating platforms in Metrica Province to Goemm's Lab, as well as connecting the four different parts of Goemm's Lab to each other.
- Located in Lion's Arch to start the Fractals dungeon.
There are other gates scattered throughout the world. Several of them link to other areas in the same zone, while others are inert or still being tuned. One gate being tuned is in Goldenlight Hallow, while various gates are scattered around Ulta Metamagicals. These gates generally let monsters out, but cannot be entered.
- Currently, different gate colors have no meaning except in Player versus Player when joining your server-side in World versus World. Asura gates seem to have a light purple tint by default.
- The asura gates are very similar to the stargates in the Stargate franchise.
- In the Guild Wars Novel "Sea of Sorrows" it is revealed that only graduates from the college of Dynamics are able to build and repair the gates. (page 337)
- Colin Johanson interview, InGame 5:03