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This article is about a part of Guild Wars that has been removed from the game.

Please see the appropriate Guild Wars update or the history of this article for further information.

Skill details
"Victory or Death!"
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Campaign Core Monster
Profession Monster
Attribute Unlinked
Type Skill
    5 Energy.png ¼ Activation.png    

Full: For 90 seconds, you deal 25% more damage and whenever you are healed, you recieve[sic] 10% less healing.

Concise: (90 seconds.) You do 25% more damage and are healed for 10% less.


  • "Victory or Death!" affected everyone on the map. It was used by guild NPCs in GvG matches when a match lasts longer than 18 minutes. Guild Battle NPCs march out of the Guild Hall in three waves; the first wave arrives at the flag stand at 18:45, the second wave arrives at the flag stand at 19:00, and third wave (Bodyguards and Knights) arrive at the flag stand at 19:15. If the battle lasts 20 minutes the Guild Lords will also move towards the center and use this skill. This skill is designed to end the battle quickly while not biasing the match toward either team.
Historical note.png Historical note: This skill was removed by the August 7th, 2008 game update, see ArenaNet's developer update page for more information.

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  • This could be a reference to a letter written by William Travis during the siege of the Alamo.
  • A likely shout-out to this ability occurs during the second-to-last EotN cutscene, titled "The Great Destroyer." At the end of the scene, a certain character shouts "Victory or death!" as a battle cry. This is especially poignant considering that EotN may mark the closure of the first Guild Wars' storyline. In that sense, this penultimate cutscene is the "victory or death" moment of the larger "guild battle" (storyline) of the game. A bit of a tearjerker, really, for long-time fans who read between the lines.