Guild upgrades are purchasable changes to guild functionality. Starting upgrades requires a guild leader with both the necessary permissions and the Heart of Thorns expansion. However, any guild member may contribute by donating required resources to the treasury. Upgrades may affect:
- The building, environment and buffs available within the guild hall.
- The availability of special merchants in the guild hall.
- Buffs available to players in PvE, PvP and WvW.
- The availability and variety of guild missions and world boss events.
Acquiring guild upgrades
To acquire a guild upgrade, a guild member with sufficient permissions must talk to the appropriate NPC. Initially, this will be the Guild Initiative Notary; however, as the guild makes progress, other ones may be unlocked. For example, the Tavern Proprietor becomes available upon acquiring a guild hall. Each NPC offers its own selection of upgrades.
Upgrades may require favor, aetherium, gold, and a large number of resources to purchase. Favor is acquired for the guild by achieving weekly guild missions, and aetherium is steadily mined within the guild hall after purchasing the Guild Mine. The resources need not be given by a single individual, however. Any guild member may donate necessary items to the treasury at the Guild Treasurer. The upgrade may be purchased if the guild has the necessary favor and aetherium, the purchasing member has any necessary gold, and the guild treasury contains all necessary items.
Not all upgrades are immediately available for purchase. Most require the guild to have a certain guild level and have a different upgrade as a prerequisite.
Upgrading your Guild
When upgrading your Guild and your Guild Hall, the first steps you take must be in a specific order, but the sequence of upgrades becomes more flexible as you progress. Below is a guide to getting started with your Guild.
The upgrades listed here are in a recommended order.
- If your guild existed before the release of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, speak to a guild registrar to gain a number of free upgrades based on your guild's pre-HoT progress.
- Claim a guild hall.
- Build a Tavern which enables you to build all other upgrades.
- Build a Mine to create a supply of Aetherium for your other buildings.
- Increase the Aetherium cap to acquire enough to build a workshop.
- Build a Workshop to unlock the scribe and allow your guild members to craft guild-specific items.
The cost of these first upgrades is shown in the table below.
|Tavern 1||100 Favor • 250 Elder Wood Plank • 250 Mithril Ingot • 50 Bottle of Elonian Wine • 10 Empty Keg • 50 Glass Mug • 20 Obsidian Shard • 25 Bolt of Silk • 100 Cured Thick Leather Square • 10 Bolt of Gossamer • 10 Cured Hardened Leather Square|
|Mine 1||150 Favor • 200 Elder Wood Plank • 200 Mithril Ingot • 50 Silverwastes Shovel • 4 18 Slot Thick Leather Pack|
|Aetherium-1||50 Favor • 500 Aetherium • 150 Elder Wood Plank • 150 Mithril Ingot • 20 Bloodstone Brick • 20 Minor Rune of Holding|
|Workshop 1||150 Favor • 1,500 Aetherium • 200 Watchwork Sprocket • 200 Mithril Ingot • 50 Vial of Linseed Oil • 20 Bottle of Airship Oil • 200 Thermocatalytic Reagent • 50 Orichalcum Ingot • 5 Elonian Leather Square • 50 Quartz Crystal|
From here, the upgrade order is relatively interchangeable.
- Increase the base Mining Rate to get Aetherium faster.
- Increase the Aetherium Cap again (to level 2)
- Increase the Mining Rate again (to level 2)
- Build a Market to enable building PvE buffs, gain access to armor and weapon vendors.
- Build an Arena to enable building PvP buffs.
- Build a War Room to enable building WvW buffs, and eventually allow the guild to claim locations in WvW.
Further upgrades will give additional buffs to the guild or improve buildings. There is a restoration tree for each building. The order is dependent on the priorities of your guild. They all cost favor to build, which has a cap of 2000 per week. Some require Aetherium, which is time gated. Therefore, guilds need to carefully plan, manage and decide on which upgrades to build first. For a complete list of upgrades, look at each of the six main buildings.
- Guild Arena — associated with PvP. When fully restored, it is an area for guild members to use as a combat sandbox and customize it with obstacles and traps. Upgrades are purchased at the Arena Proprietor.
- Guild Market — associated with PvE. A center for finance, mercantilism, it unlocks a new tier of guild weapons and armor for your weaponsmith and armorer. Upgrades are purchased at the Market Proprietor.
- Guild Mine — allows guilds to gather and store aetherium. Upgrades are purchased at the Mine Proprietor.
- Guild Tavern — associated with socialization and guild banners. Upgrades are purchased at the Tavern Proprietor.
- Guild Workshop — associated with gathering and the guild crafting discipline, Scribe. Upgrades are purchased at the Workshop Proprietor.
- War Room — associated with WvW. Allows guilds to interact with claimed objectives in World versus World with features such as airship strikes. Upgrades are purchased at the War Room Proprietor.
Some upgrades may be acquired whether your guild has a guild hall or not. These may be purchased at the Guild Initiative Notary. For example, this allows for the placement of a generic merchant and a repair anvil in the Guild Hall and the Guild Initiative Headquarters. Most importantly, this include the option to unlock the Guild Vault, providing 50 storage slots shared by all members of the guild with sufficient privileges. When your guild levels up, additional upgrades will become available at the Tavern Proprietor, extending this space up to 250 slots. The Guild Vault is accessed by speaking to a Guild Banker, located near Banks in major cities. It can also be accessed in World versus World by speaking with the NPC Guild Master.
The Notary also sells a few upgrades that do require a high-level guild: the Guild Portal at level 10, allowing for easier travel with a large group; and Further Exploration at guild level 40, unlocking new areas in your Guild Hall.
Crafting the required materials
Empty Kegs are crafted by Chef (400). The recipe is automatically known. The critical component, Vial of Linseed Oil requires Pile of Flax Seeds, which can be found in the Heart of Maguuma. Milling Basins can be bought from the cooking vendors.
Glass Mugs are crafted by Jeweler (400). The recipe is automatically known. The critical component, Pile of Coarse Sand is dropped from Pile of Silky Sand, which is acquired in The Silverwastes and Dry Top.
A Guide for Very Small Guilds
All guild upgrades are designed to be acquirable by guilds that comprise at least one full party: that is, 5 people. Do note that the cost of guild upgrades doesn't scale with guild size, making upgrading more expensive per individual if you are a small guild. If your guild is smaller than 5 people, you may find it difficult or even impossible to claim a Guild Hall. For such guilds, the Guild Initiative Headquarters in Lion's Arch may function as a gathering place for members of your guild. Like the Guild Hall, the area is an instance specific to your guild.
The Guild Initiative Notary offers a few upgrades that may be acquired by guilds without a guild hall, since they have no guild level requirement. These are Guild Vault: Stash, giving your guild access to a 50-slot Guild Vault, General Merchant putting a generic merchant in the Guild Initiative Headquarters, and Repair Anvil, which puts a repair anvil in the Headquarters. Note that these upgrades do require some favor to purchase. Guilds of 3 people should not have trouble with this, as a number of easy guild missions are doable with only 3 people. Even smaller guilds, such as "personal guilds" with only one member, might find this too difficult too, although some guild missions may be done by a single skilled individual (for example, the easy WvW mission at the Borderlands Oasis, and the easy Guild Trek.)
If your small guild existed prior to the release of Heart of Thorns, many upgrades that your guild used to have will be "grandfathered into" Heart of Thorns, even if the upgrade usually requires a guild hall now. Such upgrades include any extensions to your Guild Vault, and the first tier of Guild Armorer and Guild Weaponsmith.
This table shows the relationship between Guild Level (#), Guild Experience (GXP) and Guild Upgrades. Enhancements in Bold. Scribing in Italics. You may click the individual upgrades to view their cost in resources, favor and aetherium.
Guild level is a prerequisite for guild upgrades. The structural upgrades: Mine Excavation (1,2,3); Arena, Market, Tavern, Workshop, War Room Restoration (1,2); Notary upgrades: Hall, Portal and Further Exploration offer 100 GXP. Each completed minor upgrade generates 35 GXP. Initial Notary upgrades: Merchant, Anvil, and Stash offer 10 GXP. This Guild Experience in turn contributes to raising the guild level.
After a guild has reached level 40 it may:
- Explore game content in more detail, like WvW, PvP and decorations.
- Complete remaining upgrades that were "skipped over" because they had lower priority.
- Devote more resources to scribing.
- Unlock new areas of the guild that were previously inaccessible.
- Excess Aetherium and Favor
After a guild has completed all upgrades in all buildings there is no known use for aetherium. Favor can be used to purchase consumables from the Guild Requisitioner located within the Guild Initiative Headquarters. However, guild missions may be completed so that members receive guild commendations.
Guild upgrades that enhance abilities of the Guild, guild members or the guild hall.
- Primary article: Guild Enhancements
Adds a number of selectable personal enhancements at the tavern, however only one can be activated at a time. Their duration is unlimited. Unlocking additional enhancements raises the percentage gain that each enhancement offers. To acquire the enhancement, the guild member needs to own Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns.
Build 250-slot vault. Pre-HoT guild vaults have been "grandfathered".
- Guild Portal — allows guild members to travel to guild mission locations.
- Decorations — players can choose where various decorations are positioned within the guild hall.
- Guild Hall Music: City Themes — change background music while in guild hall
- Guild Hall Swiftness +11% — players move 11% faster while in the guild hall
- Guild Hall Swiftness +22% — players move 22% faster while in the guild hall
- Guild Hall Swiftness +33% — players move 33% faster while in the guild hall
There are 3 Guild Mission slots. Each has a randomly selected difficulty level (easy, medium or hard) that changes weekly. All may be unlocked at guild level 4.
- Guild Waypoint 5% Discount — 5% Discount when using any waypoint
- Guild Waypoint 10% Discount — 10% Discount when using any waypoint
- Guild Waypoint 15% Discount — 15% Discount when using any waypoint
World versus world
There are three types of world versus world upgrades available in the War Room
- Guild claiming upgrades allow guild to claim objectives.
- WvW enhancements give a significant upgrade to objectives that have been claimed by a guild. Many need to be built from WvW schematics by a scribe.
- Guild siege equipment cost less supply than standard siege. Blueprints must be crafted by scribe.
Unlocking recipes for guild members who are scribes to use.
- Scribing: Guild Gathering Bonus Banner
- Scribing: Guild Karma Banner
- Scribing: Guild Experience Banner
- Scribing: Guild Magic Find Banner
- Scribing: Guild Road Marker
- Scribing: Guild Gold from Kills Banner
- Scribing: Guild Karma and Experience Banner
- Scribing: Guild Gold and Magic Find Banner
- Scribing: Guild Gathering and Swiftness Banner
- Scribing: Guild Heroes Banner
World versus world
- Primary article: Scribe#WvW Schematics
There are three types of upgrades crafted in the dedicated WvW queue:
- Guild siege equipment, which may be deployed by a guild member with sufficient permission.
- Improvements (passive), which when slotted into claimed objectives take effect after their tier is unlocked.
- Tactics (active), which when slotted into claimed structures take effect when activated by a player with sufficient permission after their tier is unlocked.
- Upgrades have been extensively reworked in Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns to make progress with guilds a more integral part of the game. Prior to the 2015-10-23 game update, there were a limited number of upgrades, purchasable with Influence.