GW2 Captain’s Airship Pass from Gemstore

Video showing the Captain’s Airship Pass you can purchase from the GW2 gemstore. The permanent version costs 1000 gems while the two week version costs 150 gems.

The Captain’s Airship Pass will take you to an airship above Gendarran Fields on top of the Vigil Headquarters/camp area. You can expect the following amenities onboard the ship with easy access.

  • Daily activity NPC (i.e. Southsun Survival, Sanctum Sprint)
  • Crafting NPCs
  • Guild Armorer/weaponsmith/commendation trader/registrar/promoter/bank
  • Retrainer (re-trait NPC)
  • Mystic Forge
  • Black Lion Trader/Weapon Specialist
  • Bank
  • Laurel Merchant
  • Exit buttton you can use to access Southsun Portal/Fractal of the Mists portal below the airship.


By Dulfy

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51 replies on “GW2 Captain’s Airship Pass from Gemstore”

I guess the only difference between this and Royal Terrace is the Daily Activity NPC and exit button get your access to southurn portal and fractal

I still prefer the Royal Terrace view and ambient sound though.

how this work with multiple characters ?? is this acces for “account” or I need purchase this pass for every characters I have ??

he/she is refering to daily activity like southsun survival which apparently cant be accessed by other means for now. atleast i havent seen the npc in the keep.

So the Airship can be accessed from any map by just double-clicking on the Pass? You don’t actually need to talk to the golem NPC to go up there?

Correct, otherwise it would defeat the purpose of the pass 🙂 The biggest draw is that you can immediately port to the ship from whenever you are, via just a click of the pass. Exceptions includes wvw/spvp/home instance.

I’m also curious if it always ports you back to the base of it, and if at any point there are access to WvW or PvP portals?

Basically, ANet took the convenience away of having mystic forge, trade
post, crafting stations and bank all in one queue-less zone and sell it
back for 1000 gems per character. Alternatively, you can either:
– zone a lot between crafting stations and forge
– go Eternal Battlegrounds, which is not always an option (queue or enemy
capped the area where forge and crafting stations are located).

So yeah, the convenience of having it all in 1 zone (LA) is put behind a paywall. One with a hefty price if you have many characters.

all of that has just been moved to the vigil keep in kessex hills… it’s actually even closer to each other than when it was in LA what the hell is wrong with you people? At least read the release notes or enter the game for 5 minutes before bitching ffs

Arenanet’s Mark Katzback’s quote:

“The crafting stations did not get moved to Vigil’s Keep. However, you
can travel directly from Vigil’s Keep to one of the other cities of
Tyria at no cost via asura gate travel, all of which have crafting

Don’t pretend it all got moved to VK. It didn’t. It only did if you spent gems in the shop.

Yeah Arena became so damn stinky greedy since they started maintaining GW2, especially in Europe. Oh my goodness, I am starting to defend myself against every item that is interesting from the gemshop, because I realize I just couldn’t buy it all without ruining myself sooner or later. What makes me buying nothing at all anymore, exept maybe the bit that I can afford to buy for the little amount gems I get trading for Gold, fuu Arena. *sadquaggan*
Very disappointing to see so much interesting items go, because they are limited.

Basically, the airship reminds me of the missing Guildhalls from GW1, where you could eventually have every Trader, NPC and whatnot you want in one place if your Guild buys it together.
So now they sell Guildhalls to every single player that can afford another 1000 gems?

However I guess Lions Arch will be back sooner or later, so I don’t worry about this very much yet. Lions Arch already changed appearance a lot during last year.

dunno if it’s a bug but when i clicked my 2 week pass (which i got in one of the loot bags) it was consumed, so i could get into the ship but i have no way to return to it after i leave

I found one, too, but didn’t use it yet. I guess that’s just a single use pass, you gotta pay 150gems for the 2-week one.

The description said it has “quick travel to all cities” although I didn’t see any portals to the cities. Does it not have them? And if not, what did it mean by that statement then? And does it have WvW or PvP access portals?

So you have to double-click to enter the airship (if you are anywhere else on the map other than right outside of it), then exit the airship, which takes you to the ground underneath it, where there is an NPC to talk to that will port you to the cities?

No when you are on the ship talk to the Ship captain his standing next to the steering wheel wight when you enter the ship’s inner area where the crafting stations are…

All the people whining about crafting stations gone from LA and put behind a paywall. Like if LA was a good place to craft. Everything was so scattered apart. Just go to Rata Sum, Everything is close by on the same floor with bank, tp and guild bank in the middle and crafting station split in 3 close-by rooms. Rata Sum is the better LA. Asurans are also the best race.

In agree to the crafting part. I didnt like LA very much because it was over-populated most of the time and thus pretty slow to load or even had a “noisy” chat.
However besides this, LA also had portals to the other main cities, the mystic forge and the activities, plus you could jump to LA from the PVP area.

Now when you leave the PvP area it takes you to the Vigil Keep, which also has portals to everywhere.

And you /can’t/ transport to the captain’s airship from PvP.

I found Stronghold of Ebonhawke at Fields of Ruin the best place for crafting, its all together and there is no one and no much NPCs also so fast loading and no lag…

So, the 1000gems pass grant an ulimited access to the airship, but does the airship stay for ever?

PS: Thanks for all your work.

It’s not a lockout! It’s nothing that’s not anywhere else except for a little extra convenience, which is what gem store items should be. It’s also nothin new as there was already the royal terrace.

It’s an extra convenience, but it’s nothing that a causal player could get free at all. They’d have to pay for this, which I’m seeing more and more of with ANet these days.

Meh, all I’m saying is, I personally don’t have time for it.

Well technically you only need one for your entire account since it is account bound and can be transferred to other characters by the bank. However, it is really inconvenient and you really need to buy it for multiple characters if you play them equally.

The ones that are currently dropping in LA…are those two weeks or one time use? If they are two weeks, how do you access it again?

You can craft in in the Borderlands in your servers WvW as well. Also, since you dont have to pay a sub, of course Anet is going to find ways to generate revenue, its what pays the bills.

from start i think its prety expensive with 1000gem, but now, when i start farm and craft in big scale, its lot of running between bank/trade/craft, damned, i should have buy it :/

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