TacO Guide

TacO overlay markers for Super Adventure Box

All your GW2 TacO questions answered!

What is TacO?

TacO is short for TACtical Overlay. It’s a visual overlay for Guild Wars 2, which means it adds map pointers and markers to your display. For example, in the Silverwastes, TacO adds markers for hidden Bandit Chests.

Silverwastes hidden Bandit Chest, with and without TacO overlay

TacO has markers for jumping puzzles, festival guides like Super Adventure Box, and more. Many community members have created and packaged their own TacO overlay packs.

Is TacO allowed by the GW2 Terms of Service?

Yes, TacO is “legal.” TacO is allowed by the Guild Wars 2 Terms of Service (ToS). TacO only uses the official Guild Wars 2 API to gather its information, and it is specifically developed to comply with ArenaNet’s ToS.

TacO is not considered “cheating,” because it doesn’t affect gameplay. It doesn’t actually do anything. It just adds extra graphics and visual effects to the game.

Install TacO

  1. Download the latest build from the official development blog. The download links are on the right-hand side of the site.

NOTE: You don’t need to sign in to Dropbox to download the file. Click No thanks, continue to view to download without signing in.

Install TacO Guild Wars 2 overlay without signing in to Dropbox

2. Click the download icon in the upper right, above the chat window. Choose Direct download from the drop-down menu.

This downloads the TacO package to your computer as a compressed (zipped) file.

3. Create a folder on your computer where you want TacO to live. Don’t put TacO in the same folder where your Guild Wars 2 game files are located.

TIP: Create this folder somewhere it will be easy for you to find later. For example, you can put it on your computer’s desktop, or in the Documents folder.

4. Go to your Downloads folder and find the compressed (zipped) TacO file you downloaded. Extract the contents of this file to the new TacO folder you created.

5. Launch Guild Wars 2.

6. To use TacO, you must run GW2 in either Window or Windowed Fullscreen mode.

A. Click the Options gear in the upper left-hand corner of the game, then click Options.

B. Click the Graphics tab, then check Display: Resolution.

C. Select Window or Windowed Fullscreen from the drop-down menu.

Set Guild Wars 2 graphics options for TacO overlay

7. Go to the folder you created for TacO and double-click GW2TacO.exe to launch it. Do this every time you launch Guild Wars 2.

You may need to grant permission for the program to run.

Allow GW2 TacO overlay to run on Windows 10

Click More info, then click Run anyway to allow TacO to run.

10. Choose your character and log in. The default overlay shows timers for upcoming world bosses.

GW2 TacO overlay example

Configure TacO

To configure which TacO elements you see, click the taco icon in the upper left-hand corner.

How to configure TacO overlay

There are a lot of configurations available. Start by hovering over the Filter Displayed Tactical Markers menu option to unfold a sub-menu of marker types. Click the X to display or hide each item.

Poke around in the menus to find the markers you want. In the example above, we’re selecting markers for Super Adventure Box: Filter Displayed Tactical Markers > Festivals > SAB

TIP: To get rid of the boss timer, click Configure Map Timer, then un-click all the bosses.

See the official installation guide for more tips, tricks, and help with installation issues.

What’s a TacO package?

TacO is open source, and many community members have created their own packages. The official TacO website is http://www.gw2taco.com.

Some of the best-known and tested TacO packages are:

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