Guild Advancement is a feature introduced in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm which allows guilds to work cooperatively in order to gain various rewards or benefits. As a guild works together, either by questing, doing dungeons, or a myriad of other solo or group activities, they gain Guild Experience which works towards leveling the guild up granting access to various rewards. Additionally, Guild Achievements allow a guild to do something spectacular and gain the appropriate rewards for it. Guild Reputation makes sure only contributors to the guild can receive the rewards that the guild works hard towards obtaining.
Various activities grant Guild Experience which is used to level the guild up. This in turn works towards unlocking various Guild Perks that give additional experience, faster movement speed, or other intrinsic abilities to all guild members (regardless of their reputation). The following activities reward guild experience:
- Turning in a quest that gains experience.
- Gaining faction with a reputation.
- Profession advancement.
- Boss Kills in which the majority of the raid is in the guild (4/5 for 5-player, 8/10 for 10-player, and 20/25 for 25-player current or 10/25 for 25-player for Vanilla/TBC/WotLK raids)
- Rated Battlegrounds (8/10 for 10-player, 12/15 for 15 player battlegrounds).
- Arena Victories (full guild team required)
There is a daily limit to the amount of experience a guild is able to earn. 6,246,000 is the current cap, which means that a guild can only level at a certain rate. It takes roughly four months of hitting the cap each day to take a guild from level one to level twenty five.
Each level a guild obtains grants a new Guild Perk that is useable by everyone in the guild (with only a few requiring guild reputation). They start with Fast Track which increases experience for all guild members by 5% and ends with Mass Resurrection an ability that resurrects everyone within a party or raid every ten minutes. The following is a list of all of the guild perks and what they do:
|2||Fast Track (Rank 1)||Experience gained from killing monsters and completing quests increased by 5%.|
|3||Mount Up||Increases speed while mounted by 10%. Not active in Battlegrounds or Arenas.|
|4||Mr. Popularity (Rank 1)||Reputation gained from killing monsters and completing quests increased by 5%.|
|5||Cash Flow (Rank 1)||Each time you loot money from an enemy, an extra 5% money is generated and deposited directly into your guild bank.|
|6||Fast Track (Rank 2)||Experience gained from killing monsters and completing quests increased by 10%.|
|7||Reinforce (Rank 1)||Items take 10% less durability loss when you die.|
|8||Hasty Hearth||Reduces the cooldown on your Hearthstone by 15 minutes.|
|9||Reinforce (Rank 2)||Items take 20% less durability loss when you die.|
|10||Chug-A-Lug (Rank 1)||The duration of buffs from all guild cauldrons and feasts is increased by 50%.|
|11||Mobile Banking||Summons your guild bank for 5 minutes. 3 second cast, 1 hr cooldown, must be Friendly with guild to use.|
|12||Mr. Popularity (Rank 2)||Reputation gained from killing monsters and completing quests increased by 10%.|
|13||Honorable Mention (Rank 1)||Increases Honor points gained by 5%.|
|14||Working Overtime||Increases the chance to gain a skill increase on tradeskills by 10%.|
|15||The Quick and the Dead||Increases health and mana gained when resurrected by a guild member by 50% and increases movement speed while dead by 100%. Does not function in combat or while in a Battleground or Arena.|
|16||Cash Flow (Rank 2)||Each time you loot money from an enemy, an extra 10% money is generated and deposited directly into your guild bank.|
|17||G-Mail||In-game mail sent between guild members now arrives instantly.|
|18||For Great Justice||Increases Justice points gained by 10%.|
|19||Honorable Mention (Rank 2)||Increases Honor points gained by 10%.|
|20||Happy Hour||Increases the number of flasks gained from using a flask cauldron by 50%.|
|21||Have Group Will Travel||Summons all raid or party members to the caster's current location. Cannot be cast in combat or while in a battleground or arena.|
|22||Chug-A-Lug (Rank 2)||The duration of buffs from all guild cauldrons and feasts is increased by 100%.|
|23||Bountiful Bags||Increases the quantity of materials gained from Mining, Skinning, Herbalism, and Disenchanting by 15%.|
|24||Bartering||Reduces the price of items from all vendors by 10%.|
|25||Mass Resurrection||Brings all dead party and raid members back to life with 35% health and 35% mana. A player may only be resurrected by this spell once every 10 minutes. Cannot be cast in combat or while in a battleground or arena.|
Guild Achievements & Rewards
As a guild works together in PvE and PvP they are able to earn guild achievements. These achievements unlock various rewards ranging from companions and mounts to items and heirlooms. There are a large number of achievements; below youll find the major achievements and the rewards they provide.
|[Guild Vault Voucher (7th Slot)]||Once used adds a 7th slot in the guild bank.||10,000||
[Guild Level 5] : Simply just reach guild level 5.
|Wrap of Unity||Cloak that teleports you to Orgrimmar/Stormwind once every 4 hours.||300||[Guild Level 15] : Simply just reach guild level 15.|
|[Recipe: Cauldron of Battle]||Makes a Cauldron of Battle that allows players to gain a flask effect (7 uses).||150||[Mix Master] : Earned after 1,000 Cataclysm level flasks are made inside of the guild.|
[Recipe: Big Cauldron of Battle]
|Makes a Cauldron of Battle that allows players to gain a flask effect (17 uses).||150||[Better Leveling Through Chemistry] : Earned after 3,000 Cataclysm level flasks are made inside of the guild.|
|Shroud of Cooperation||Cloak that teleports you to Orgrimmar/Stormwind once every 8 hours.||150||[A Class Act] : Have one of each class to level 85 in the guild.|
|[Recipe: Broiled Dragon Feast]||A recipe to learn a feast that gives 60 stamina and 60 of a player's primary stat.||150||[Set the Oven to "Cataclysmic"] : Cook 5,000 Cataclysm level recipes inside of the guild.|
|[Recipe: Seafood Magnifique Feast]||A recipe to learn a feast that gives 90 stamina and 90 of a player's primary stat.||150||[That's A Lot of Bait] : Catch 10,000 fish from fishing pools.|
|[Standard of Unity]||A battle standard that increase the experience and honor gained of any guild members within 45 yards by 4% for 2 minutes.||150||[Guild Cataclysm Dungeon Hero] : Do a guild run of every heroic Cataclysm instance.|
|[Battle Standard of Coordination]||A battle standard that increase the experience and honor gained of any guild members within 45 yards by 6% for 2 minutes.||300||
[A Daily Routine] : Complete 15,000 daily quests within the guild.
|[Guild Page]||A pet that allows you to sell loot and buy guild rewards that is reusable every 8 hours.||300||[Horde Slayer] or [Alliance Slayer] : Get an honorable kill on every race/class combination.|
|Heirlooms||Various cloak/hat heirlooms that increase XP gained up to level 85.||1200 - 1500||[Guild Level 10] for cloaks and [Guild Level 20] for helms.|
|Cloak of Coordination||Cloak that teleports you to Orgrimmar/Stormwind once every 2 hours.||500||[Master Crafter] : Craft 1,500 epic items with an ilvl above 359 within the guild.|
|Guild Vault Voucher||Adds an 8th bank slot||20,000||[Stay Classy] : Have one of each race/class combination within your guild (requires at least 49 members).|
|Armadillo Pup||Non-combat pet.||300||[Critter Kill Squad] : Kill 50,000 critters in total within the guild.|
|Dark Phoenix Hatchling||Non-combat pet.||300||[United Nations] : Raid 55 reputations to exalted.|
|Guild Herald||A pet that allows you to sell loot and buy guild rewards that is reusable every 4 hours.||500||[Profit Sharing] : Loot 100,000 gold from creatures|
|Reins of the Dark Phoenix||Flying mount.||3000||[Guild Glory of the Cataclysm Raider] : Complete all of the original three Cataclysm raids as a guild.|
|Reins of the Golden King / Reins of the Kor'kron Annihilator||Land mount.||1500||[Guild Level 25]|
Guild Reputation is a way to prove that youve been helping the guild work towards unlocking rewards and earning experience. Every time you do something like turn in a quest or assist in a guild boss kill you are rewarded with Guild Reputation. This reputation works like any other regular reputation with the exception that there is a weekly reputation cap of 3,500 or 3,850 for Humans (more of the reputation perks are earned in the guild). Guild Reputation is required for the use of some of the Guild Perks in addition to being able to purchase the rewards from various guild achievements.
Guild Leveling Guide
Its no secret that most guilds out there want to get their guilds to the max level as fast as possible. However, Blizzard removed the additional experience from earning Guild Achievements so everyone is stuck moving at the same pace. There is nothing more any one player can do to increase the rate that their guild levels past their cap. However, for speedy leveling all it takes is to have an active guild that has players questing (no matter if theyre level one or level 85), doing dungeons, and PvPing.
Below are five tips on how to get that guild XP bar moving:
- Do not discourage inviting low level alts to your guild. If someone is playing their alt then they are earning experience for the guild, no matter how little they contribute. That experience would have never existed if that alt was not allowed to join the guild.
- Encourage group daily questing in zones like Tol Barad.
- Encourage group dungeon runs, having just four guild members in a random dungeon queue means youll get additional experience (and reputation!) for something everyone was going to do anyway.
- Find ways to get the guild to do events together. Seasonal events often are a wealth of quests, faction gains, and more.
- Encourage raiding as a guild; even if it is a casual guild, you can still take those interested in casual raiding and band together to tackle 10-player content instead of everyone trying to PUG it. Plus, youll work towards guild achievements to unlock even more rewards.
Well thats pretty much everything there is to the Guild Advancement system in World of Warcraft. What do you think? Should Blizzard have made it easier for guilds to level up or is the current system just right. Come share your thoughts on the Ten Ton Hammer community forums.
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