gw2 storage explained

Guild Wars 2 Storage Guide

Managing your assets is an inescapable task in every MMO, players often don’t even realize how much time they spend doing it. Here we’re going to go over all the major storage types in GW2 and how they should be used.


Every character has its own inventory which they can expand through purchasing and equipping bags. Once that doesn’t cut it, more bag slots can be purchased through the gem store.

Everything you earn that’s not a currency is deposited straight into a character’s inventory. These mostly include gear, crafting materials, and consumables.

Shared Slots

Despite being quite pricey and sold a single slot at a time, these are immensely useful and worth buying. Shared slots are essentially a mini bank interface that you can carry with you anytime, anywhere. Whatever you deposit in here will be accessible by all of your characters!

Example of a shared inventory slot in GW2

Let’s say you have a salvage kit with unlimited use such as the Copper-Fed Salvage-o-Matic. With the help of this feature you no longer have to keep it in the bank and go there to use it. Just slap it into a shared inventory slot and it’ll always be available on any of your alts. As for what are some of the best items for this slot, see our list of recommended gem store purchases.

GW2 bag slots illustrated

Bag Slots And Types

There’s not much to explain here, this is where you place your bags. Each bag has a capacity, an 18 slot bag increases your total inventory slots by 18. Some bags have a special type, for example an equipment bag can only store equipment. We recommend that you stick to “regular” bags whenever possible, as versatility is important.

Once you run out of slots, more can be purchased for 400 gems per slot by clicking the lock icon at the bottom.

Inventory Options

Your inventory can be further customized through the 3 icons in the top right:

  • Deposit Materials. 
  • Compact.
  • The cog icon opens a dropdown menu for further customization.
inventory options

In greater details, the options are the following:

  • Deposit All Materials does just that, deposits every material as long as your storage isn’t full. By default the cap is 250 deposits per item, but this can be increased through gem store purchases.
  • Compact clears up your inventory, placing filled slots together at the top and leaving you with empty slots at the bottom.
  • Show Rarity indicates the rarity of an item by assigning a border color to the slot it’s in. Entirely up to personal preferences.
  • You may choose to have newly acquired items light up in your inventory to make them easier to notice by selecting Show New Item Highlights.
  • Show bags changes how bags’ inventory slots are displayed. You can hide the bags, making all the slots appear as if they were one gigantic bag, or show the bags to view them separately. We recommend the former.
  • Embed Shared Bag makes your shared slots appear together with your regular slots as if they were the same thing. We don’t recommend you do this because shared slots are a completely different beast and should be displayed as such to make them easier to spot.

Account Wallet

All the currencies you earn are automatically deposited into an account-wide wallet, taking up no inventory slots. There are only a few exceptions to this rule, mostly older expansion currencies that end up going into your inventory and then have to be manually deposited by right-clicking on them.

GW2 account wallet example

Everything in the wallet is account bound and can never be sold on the Trading Post or mailed to anyone, with the exception of gold (and to a lesser extent, gems).

The wallet tab is accessible through a button at the bottom left corner of your inventory screen.

When you open the inventory, you’ll notice a bar at the bottom. This bar consists of 3 parts:

  • A wallet toggle icon at the bottom left.
  • The amount of gold on your account at the right.
  • The currency of the map you’re on inbetween (e.g. in Auric Basin lumps of aurilium are displayed).
GW2 wallet bar example

Material Storage

Every single crafting material in the game has its own slot in the material storage, which is a unique account-wide bank tab. A maximum of 250 materials of a certain type can be deposited at a time. This number can be raised in increments of 250 through buying a Storage Expander from the gem store.

GW2 material storage example

All materials in your inventory can be deposited as easily as clicking “Deposit materials” in the inventory management menu, wherever you are. To withdraw them however you must visit a bank or a crafting station.

Material tab icon in GW2

While you may deposit materials from anywhere in the game, you can only withdraw them from a bank or a crafting station!  Look for a tab with 9 squares on the left of the storage UI.

Account Wardrobe

This is where your unlocked weapon and armor skins are stored. Any piece of equipment you have ever equipped, salvaged, or bound to a character has had its skin added to the account wardrobe. 

GW2 account wardrobe illustrated

Skins here can be put onto any compatible piece of gear (axe skins to axes, a medium glove to another medium glove, etc.) at the cost of 1 transmutation charge which you can earn as ingame rewards or buy from the gem store.

The wardrobe is accessible through the Hero panel, right under Equipment.

Where to find the wardrobe on the GW2 hero panel

Gear Templates

Showcase of a GW2 equipment template

Not only does the template system store your gear loadout, but also stores the pieces. Each gear template slot functions as extra storage, so with 3 filled templates it’s like having 3 extra bags for your equipment. If you were looking for something in your inventory and couldn’t find it, you probably forgot to check this template.

Of course you can attach one piece of gear to multiple templates, items aren’t exclusive in that regard.


Bank is another account-wide storage and allows you to store items or transfer them between your characters. Bank tabs are accessible through both bank NPCs as well as any crafting station. Anything that fits in your inventory can be deposited here.

Guild Bank

As the name suggests this is a shared bank for your guild. Members with the right permissions can deposit and/or withdraw items here. Most guilds make little use of this feature.

Showcase of the guild bank in GW2

Guild Treasury

Not to be confused with the guild bank, the treasury is tied to upgrading your Guild Hall.

The list of items you may deposit is limited only to the items that can be used for available upgrades. If your guild hasn’t unlocked a certain upgrade yet then your guild obviously can’t build it. Members can’t deposit materials early for upgrades that are yet to be unlocked.

Showcase of the guild treasury in GW2

Once something has been added to the treasury, it can never be withdrawn. As a result of this even account-bound items can be added here as it doesn’t allow for transfer of goods between players.

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