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Guilds are a great way to connect to a community. Members have many ways to communicate in the game, website, and from mobile devices.

Guilds can also earn influence to purchase upgrades such as leveling bonuses, shared item vaults and the ability to throw parties

You may join a guild or start your own!

— Guild interface[1]

Guilds are formal groupings of players that enable them to play together more effectively and reward them for doing so.

Creation

To create a guild, open the guild panel and click on the "Create Guild" button. You will be asked to enter a guild name (up to 31 characters) and a tag of up to four characters. Alternatively, speak to a Guild Registrar in any of the major cities.

The cost of creating a guild is 1 Silver coin.

Transfers

A guild and/or its features cannot be transferred to a different world. Influence collected and upgrades developed are tied to the world it was earned on. This means an account can transfer freely to another world and gain the benefits of that world's guild features.

Rewards

Guild Window of Influence Tab
Primary article: Influence

Members earn influence for the guild that they represent by being present and participating in activities. The more members that participate together, the faster the guild gains influence, which can be used to purchase upgrades for the guild in four categories:

  • Architecture — Purchase shared storage and increase the number of upgrades the guild can work on at once.
  • Art of WarBuffs used in WvW
  • Economy — Buffs to increase members ability to earn karma, find magic items, or gather materials.
  • Politics — Emblems, influence buffs, guild armor, and party items.

Membership

Initially, guilds can include up to 50 members across any number of home worlds; this can be increased up to a limit of 500 members for guilds that meet relevant requirements. However, members can only participate in WvW together if they belong to the same world.

To join a guild, open the guild panel, choose the "management" tab, select the guild from the list, and press the "Join Guild" button. Players can accept invitations to multiple guilds. To leave a guild, select the guild and if you are representing, choose "stand down" then the "leave guild" button will become available.

Representation

Each player account can belong to multiple guilds. However, each character may only represent one guild at a time; only that guild earns influence from the character's actions. In addition, the character only has access to guild features of the represented guild, notably shared storage, buffs, and guild-wide chat.

To change the guild represented, open the guild panel, choose the "management" tab, select the appropriate guild, and choose "represent".

Member ranks

Each guild can organize members into up to ten ranks; the titles and the permissions of each group can be customized. To change a member's rank, open the guild roster, and right-click their rank icon.

Default ranks and permissions

By default, the game creates the ranks of Leader, Officer, and Member with the following permissions:

Permission Leader Officer Member
Edit Ranks 1Yes 0No 0No
Edit Guild Emblem 1Yes 0No 0No
Claim/Unclaim WvW Forts 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Queue Upgrades 1Yes 1Yes 0No
Modify Upgrade In Progress 1Yes 1Yes 0No
Activate Built Upgrades 1Yes 1Yes 0No
Admin Lower Ranks 1Yes 1Yes 0No
Edit Message of the Day 1Yes 1Yes 0No
Display Guild Emblem 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Guild Stash Deposit 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Guild Stash Withdraw 1Yes 1Yes 1Yes
Treasure Trove Deposit 1Yes 1Yes 0No
Treasure Trove Withdraw 1Yes 1Yes 0No
New Members Here1 0No 0No 1Yes

1 This setting specifies the rank that new members are assigned when they join.

Costs to increase guild size

Tier Max Size Cost
1 (Create) 50 Template:Value
2 100 Template:Value
3 200 Template:Value
4 300 Template:Value
5 400 Template:Value
6 500 Template:Value

Shared storage

There are three Architecture upgrades that allow a guild to provide up to 250 slots of shared storage, which can be viewed by visiting a Guild Banker, an NPC that can always be found next to standard Bankers in cities.

  • Guild Stash: 50 slots.
  • Guild Treasure Trove: 100 slots.
  • Deep Cave: 100 slots.

The guild's leadership can specify the type of access each rank has to storage, for example allowing anyone to add items, but only allowing officers to remove them from the stash and only leaders to remove items from the trove or cave. In addition, the shared storage panel offers an audit trail that will show who has added or removed each item and at what time.

World versus World

Primary article: World versus World#Guilds

Guilds participating in World versus World can claim objectives, display their banner over these locations, and benefit from bonuses purchased using influence.

Guild emblem

Guild emblem interface

After adding the "Guild Item Template" upgrade in the Politics category, a guild member with the relevant permissions can speak to the Guild Registrar to create an emblem that will appear on guild banners, armor, and weapons. Each emblem consists of a two-color foreground symbol that is overlaid onto a single-color background symbol.

Notes

  • Guild halls will not be included in the initial release of Guild Wars 2; they will be implemented some time later.[2]
  • In addition, ArenaNet is considering support for out-of-game features, including a guild calendar (allowing coordination of events), guild chat from web browsers, and smartphone apps that will be available for free. [3]
  • It is possible to assign more than one Leader (or whatever the highest rank you renamed it to) in the guild, and there is NO way of removing it yourself once you set it up.

Trivia

References

  1. ^ Präsentation von Guild Wars 2 Gamescom 2011, Youtube
  2. ^ Martin Kerstein on guild halls Guild Wars 2 Guru
  3. ^ Guild Wars 2 Will Extend Into Apple and Android Apps, TomsHardware