The Hall of Monuments provides a convenient way of summarizing how much “stuff” you’ve done in Guild Wars, at least to completion. I am at 25 points. I have done almost everything there is to do in-game at least once. I still have two Eye of the North dungeons I have not visited, a few Factions challenge missions I have never run, and I have only tried the solo-queue PvP options. I also have not run every quest, but the only one left that seems strongly recommended is the titan-clearing chain at the end of Prophecies. I have repeated some but not all on hard mode.
Touring Hall of Monuments categories:
- Devotion seems mostly to be a measure of how long you have played and whether you trashed miniatures as a veteran player. I have 3/8 there for getting a rare and a unique miniature. I would need somewhere around 72,000 gold to get to 20 miniatures (5/8), which would involve farming gold and working through trade spam. Those would be the cheapest HoM points around, I suppose. I theoretically could find miniatures by playing, but I have not yet apart from those two, and I would get more reward from selling them and buying 1st year birthday presents. For the non-veterans, this is a measure of how much you are willing to farm gold and put up with trade spam. I don’t see myself realistically getting 50 minis, but I could someday just by logging into Guild Wars in future years to collect birthday presents. There is a long term GW2 plan!
- Fellowship was the easiest, 8/8. There are six sources of upgraded hero armor, and running each of them once will likely get you to or near 10 companion statues, certainly if you also pick up the rare pets. As a ranger, bringing Charm Animal to the relevant pet capture spots was no hardship. The Eye of the North hero armors are pure farm in that you get 1 per challenge/dungeon completion, but the challenge is easy enough to AFK half of it without a specialized build, and again inexpensive points if you prefer to farm gold instead (4,000 gold for a Cloth of the Brotherhood, so 40,000 for a HoM point is cheap).
- Honor: 9/18. That means 14 statues at the moment, so I get another point soon. Running the six elite missions with the guild filled this quickly, and you get 3 for completing the campaigns. I’m most of the way through Legendary Survivor, playing carefully. I could just use an AFK farm for that, but I have not set it up. A relative newbie guild-mate ran the same dungeon for 12 hours over two days to reach his 1,337,500xp without dying. I’m thinking that’s the kind of thing your game should actively discourage instead of reward, but the lad is trying to build up HoM points before even finishing any campaigns. Back to me, I have been enjoying Jade Quarry, so maybe I will farm myself the Eternal Zaishen Supporter statue for 3 points. I think that would be around 120 wins in JQ if it is the Zaishen Combat of the day. Oy, that sounds long, but I’m not committed to farming it all one day.
- Resilience (3/8) is another gold sink. I’ve picked up 4 armors without actively farming, including Elite Kurzick while earning the Friend of the Kurzicks track, so I am also at the “drop 60,000 gold to get 2 points” status here. I have about half the Vabbian Armor materials, but I see no sane way to get Obsidian without hours of farming. 105 Ectos?!
- Valor has produced 2/8 from normal play (complete War in Kryta). I am almost to a Destroyer and Tormented weapon, so some minimal farming will yield 2 more points, then 1 more weapon to a third. This one seems to have the most painful “full display” point, with 11 weapons clocking in around nearly one million gold. Then again, the gold sink titles can also consumer about a million gold each, so these points would be easier than capping out Honor.
So I’m within spitting distance of 30/50, just needing a little organized effort rather than wandering about. There is actual work involved in getting much further, although I could see myself getting more just through normal play. Normal play generally gets you “almost there” for a great many Hall of Monuments points, and then you just need a little care to cap off your point. I have quite a few titles and goals in the 75+% complete status, and I’m content to let them build over time. Some people, like that new guildmate, seem eager to get all of their HoM points now, but that seems counterproductive to me. There is no reward for having them before the day Guild Wars 2 launches, and you’ll get progress on a great many through normal play without working at it. While I obviously pay attention to achievements, I’m mostly earning as I play, yes with an eye on the goals and how a 5% adjustment in my plans can make tonight’s adventure contribute to two or three HoM statues.