If you are new to Guild Wars 2 you may be wondering what Karma is or how you go about getting some. Simply stated, Karma is a form of non-tradeable currency allowing players to purchase useful and high end items from vendors. Attaining Karma can be achieved a few different ways and you can also spend it on a variety of items. It basically works the same way karma does in real life, if you believe in that sort of thing. If you help someone out in a time of need you will get karma for it and be able to reward yourself with some new gear.
How to get Karma
One common way you will build karma is by completing Dynamic Events, which I highly recommend for fun, leveling, and rewards. In Guild Wars 2, Dynamic Events take the place of traditional questing methods and are a lot less boring. Assisting another player with their personal story line or completing certain actions in your own story line also leaves you with Karma. In fact, helping people of a lower level with objectives will always grant you Karma and that’s intentionally done to promote playing together. Your level will scale down accordingly (no 1 shot kills) so it will still be fun when you run with your lower level friend.
Another way to gain Karma is to complete a Renown Hearts task which is indicated by a heart on your map. These are typically not too difficult and require you to help some locals in the area. Renown Hearts may also be the fastest way for you to get karma so make sure you finish these in every area. Also, completing these Renown tasks go to your overall map completion so you should be focusing on this anyway.
Where to spend Karma
Karma will be gained very quickly so do not be afraid to spend what you earn. You can spend your Karma at Karma vendors who are spread throughout Tyria and after completing a Renown task at the primary event NPC. These Karma vendors sell various things as seen to the right such as weapons, armor, food, and potions.
Although you have some choices on how to spend your Karma, I suggest that you upgrade your gear regularly. By doing this, you are making sure your gear and power scales with the mobs you are fighting. This will be much more beneficial or useful than spending it on other items like crafting material, unless you want to use the crafting mats to make some gold on the Trading Post, but that is your call. You can always farm mats if needed.
Currently these are the only ways to gain Karma but that is always subject to change so check back often to see if there are any better methods. If you know any other ways to get karma leave a comment below with your tip.