There are currently nine servers for PWI. All US servers are named after cities in the game. The EU servers, however, are named after high level map areas.
You can find the online/offline status of the login servers (NOTE: The actual game servers can still be down while the login servers are up) and their current times here. Also, when you're logged into the game you can find the server time by opening the Encyclopedia, clicking "Events", and the server time will be displayed there.
Servers are normally only down for about 2 hours from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning for maintenance/updates (approximately 11 PM to 1 AM Pacific Time). You can check the General Discussion section of the forums Tuesday evening to see whether or not they are having maintenance and what the estimated time range is. The servers also go down during Daylight Saving Time adjustments to prevent weird timing quirks in quests and such.
|Server Name||Location||Type||Primary Language||Lost City||West Coast USA||PvP||English||Heaven's Tear||West Coast USA||PvE||English||Sanctuary||West Coast USA||PvE||English||Archosaur||West Coast USA||PvE||English||Harshlands||East Coast USA||PvP||English||Dreamweaver||East Coast USA||PvE||English||Raging Tide||East Coast USA||PvE||English||Morai||European||PvE||German and French|
East Coast USA servers will be on EST (Eastern Standard Time) or EDT (Eastern Daylight Time), depending on whether daylight savings time is in effect, which is UTC/GMT (Universal Time Code/Greenwich Mean Time) -05:00 or -04:00, respectively. West Coast USA servers will be on PST (Pacific Standard Time) or PDT, which is UTC/GMT -08:00 or -07:00. European servers will be on CET (Central European Time) or CEST (Central European Summer Time), which is UTC/GMT +1:00 or +2:00. This means that if, for example, you are in the UK (UTC/GMT +00:00) that the City of Abominations, which opens at 8:50 PM Wednesdays server time, will be open at 1:50 AM Thursdays UK time for East Coast USA servers (when on EST), 4:50 AM Thursdays UK time for West Coast USA servers (when on PST), and 7:50 PM Wednesdays for European servers (when on CET).
The East Coast servers are newer than all of the West Coast servers (except Archosaur), so there are slightly fewer high level players on the East Coast servers. The European servers (based in Amsterdam in the Netherlands) are the newest of all of the servers (opened as of July 6, 2011). On April 24, 2013. original European servers Lothranis (French) and Momaganon (German) were merged together to form the Morai server. The oldest server is the Etherblade server, which was used in the beta release, and is now only used as a test server (you cannot play on the Etherblade server).
On PvP servers, once you reach level 30 anyone can attack your character and you can attack anyone else. **WARNING: There are also areas where players lower than level 30 can be killed.**
On PvE servers, players normally can only attack each other if they go into PK (Player Killing) mode, which lasts for a minimum of 10 hours. (A few areas still remain, such as some rooms in the Cube of Fate, where PK is always enabled.)
Selecting a Server
When choosing a server you should consider the one with:
- - Lowest ping time.
- - Time zone: East, West, or European.
- - PvE or PvP.
Note: "Ping time" is the the overall time it takes for data to travel from your computer to the server and back to your computer. Usually servers that are closer to your location will have lower ping times than those further away, but ping time can vary quite a bit. For best results, make sure you aren't using much of your bandwidth for other things while playing.
Character Name Exclusiveness
Some of the servers share the same name database. This means that if you create a character on one of those servers, that character's name will be unavailable on the other servers that use the same name database. This is in case the servers need to be merged in the future. Currently, there are six name databases:
PvE West: Heaven's Tear, Sanctuary, and Archosaur
PvP West: Lost City
PvE East: Dreamweaver
PvE East: Raging Tide
PvP East: Harshlands
PvE EU: Morai
Server IP Addresses
If you need to troubleshoot latency, connections, or DNS issues, listed below are the domains and IP addresses for the various servers that PWI uses:
- 126.96.36.199 (through akamai.net)
- 188.8.131.52 (through akamai.net)
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Patch 1 (pwipatch.perfectworld.com/patch/)
Patch 2 (pwi-patch.perfectworld.com/patch/)
West Coast USA Game Servers:
Sanctuary (PvE) (pwigc2.perfectworld.com)
Lost City (PvP) (pwigc3.perfectworld.com)
Heaven's Tear (PvE) (pwigc4.perfectworld.com)
Archosaur (PvE) (pwiwest4.perfectworld.com)
East Coast USA Game Servers:
Harshlands (PvP) (pwieast1.perfectworld.com)
Dreamweaver (PvE) (pwieast2.perfectworld.com)
Raging Tide (PvE) (pwieast3.perfectworld.com)
European Game Servers:
Morai (PvE) (pwieu3.en.perfectworld.eu)