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Commanders and squads are tools for organizing large groups of players in PvE and WvW.




Squad creation UI.

To join a squad, type the chat command: /squadjoin "name of commander", right-click on a commander's portrait after targeting them, or right-click on their name in chat and select the option to join their squad. If the squad is Open, you do not need the commander's permission to join.

  • To join a squad, type the chat command: /squadjoin "name of commander"
  • To leave a squad, type the chat command: /squadleave or open the party window (press P) and select "leave" under squad.
  • Squad members can send messages to the squad via the squad chat channel, /d or /squad.
  • Squad members can send messages to the subgroup via the party chat channel, /p or /party.
  • Squads are limited to 50 players.
  • A squad is limited to 15 subgroups.
  • To join a subgroup, click and drag your name into the desired group.
  • Players cannot be members of a party and a squad at the same time as of the Heart of Thorns expansion.
  • When a commander leaves a squad, a member of that squad may volunteer to take over provided they already own a Commander's Compendium.

Squad creation[edit]

Squad panel.
  • To create a squad, open the party UI located on the left hand side of the screen (default: P) and select "Create Squad". This turns on your tag. Select "Leave" to turn it off.
  • The squad panel, shown after squad creation, allows you to change the icon color: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
  • A squad cannot be created if you are already in a squad.

Commander icon[edit]

Commander tag (red).png Commander tag (orange).png Commander tag (yellow).png Commander tag (green).png Commander tag (blue).png Commander tag (purple).png

Active commanders will display a commander icon (also known as a tag) on the world map, the compass, and above the commander's character to track their current location. Commanders can display their icon in one of six colors, as shown above: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Hovering the cursor over any commander tags on the map will display "Commander <squad leader's name>". This icon is typically visible to all players in the zone, with two exceptions:

  1. Squad members can only see the tag of their own leader on the map. (Squad leaders themselves retain the ability to see other commander tags.)
  2. All players in World versus World can only see tags belonging to commanders on their own team.

Broadcast messages[edit]

Commanders can send a broadcast message to all members of a squad, or to all members of a specific subgroup, using the broadcast chat input next to the party button. The message appears in large text at the top/middle of the screen. The broadcast channel can be changed with /squad (or /d) for the entire squad, /subgroup (or /sg) for the commander's own subgroup and /# (# = 1-15) for a specific subgroup in the broadcast input. Shift+Enter can be used to quickly focus the broadcast input box.

Squad messages[edit]

Commanders can set squad messages which are sent to all members of a squad when the squad message is changed, or to any incoming members when they first joined the squad.

Ready check[edit]

Commanders can initiate a ready check by clicking on "Ready check" in the party window. This will show a yes/no prompt on every squad member's screen, with a tick or a cross showing ready status for each member in the squad member list.

Vote kick[edit]

Squads with no commanders, allow any member to vote to kick a squad member. The UI will show icons to mark players that have been voted and are awaiting votes from other memebers. Squad UI kick self.png Squad UI kick other.png

Supply commands[edit]

Supply is used in World versus World. While commanding a squad, you have access to the following chat commands:

  • /squadinfo displays
    • names of squad members (adjacent allies that are non-members are not included)
    • amount of supply each is carrying
    • total number of squad members
    • total supply carried by all squad members
  • /supplyinfo displays
    • names of adjacent allies (including non-squad-members). Adjacent range is approximately 240 units.
    • amount of supply each is carrying
    • total number of adjacent allies
    • total supply carried by all adjacent allies


Commanders can designate multiple lieutenants within their squad. Features:

  • Able to place commander shape icons using keybinds
  • Can move non-lieutenants into different subgroups
  • Can broadcast messages in the squad channel
  • Lieutenants receive a special icon beside their names in the party UI. (see below)
  • Lieutenants are unable to place traditional icons such as squad rally/attack/defend on the world map.


Map commands[edit]

ALT+Mouse1 on the main map (not mini-map) — Opens a context menu for adding special "order" icons visible to squad members (but not others). The available icons are:

Hovering over a commander's orders icon will display its function. All may be simultaneously placed at different locations on the map; however, only one of each may be present at a time. They may be individually removed using Mouse1. Except for the personal waypoint, they are automatically removed when the squad is disbanded.

Location and Object markers[edit]

  • Types
    • Location markers create a marker and a colored pillar of light at the selected location
    • Object markers create a marker that follows objects or characters
  • Clear All removes all currently placed markers
Icon Default keybind
Location Object
Commander arrow marker.jpg Arrow lime Alt + 1 Alt + Shift + 1
Commander circle marker.jpg Circle purple Alt + 2 Alt + Shift + 2
Commander heart marker.jpg Heart red Alt + 3 Alt + Shift + 3
Commander square marker.jpg Square blue Alt + 4 Alt + Shift + 4
Commander star marker.jpg Star green Alt + 5 Alt + Shift + 5
Commander spiral marker.jpg Spiral cyan Alt + 6 Alt + Shift + 6
Commander triangle marker.jpg Triangle magenta Alt + 7 Alt + Shift + 7
Commander x marker.jpg X yellow Alt + 8 Alt + Shift + 8

Party UI symbols[edit]

Symbol Meaning
Squad UI commander.png Commander
Squad UI lieutenant.png Lieutenant


  • The September 2014 Feature Pack made several changes to the commander tool:
    • The tag became account bound.
    • Three new tag colors: red, yellow, and purple, in addition to the original blue.
    • The price of the Commander's Compendium increased to 300 Gold coin and 250 Badges of Honor, a net increase of 200 Gold coin.
    • The new features applied to existing commanders; those that had spent more than 300 Gold coin were given rebates of at least 100 Gold coin.
    • The Commander (effect) was removed.
  • An Enhanced Squad UI was announced on September 29, 2015 and was implemented with the Spirit Vale patch on November 17, 2015.
  • The green and orange Commander tags were added to already existing red, blue, yellow and purple tags in the August 23, 2016 patch.