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Guilds - The Basics

Basically, a guild is a collection of players united under a single collective name. The reasons behind joining a guild vary as widely as the reasons for playing WoW in the first place. The guild name itself will appear underneath a player's name.

Guild Name Location
Guild Name Location

Each guild has access to a guild chat channel as well as an officer specific channel. The guild leader can also design a guild tabard if they wish.

Guild Window
Guild Window

Guild Organization

Guild organization varies from guild to guild, but typically they each will have members, officers, and a leader. The actual composition and designation of the ranks is left purely up to the whim of the leader.

Guild Members

Guild members form up the bulk of the guild. Within "members" there may also be several ranks denoting different levels of the guild. For example, a guild may have "New Members" (or recruits), "Social Members", and "Raiding Members".

Guild Officers

Officers form the leadership of the guild. The actual permissions of officers are set by the Guild Leader. Responsibilities vary by each guild, but typically an officer can expect to handle the common day to day leadership tasks of the guild.

Guild Leader

The Guild Leader is responsible for the guild as a whole. Commonly the leader will be responsible for making guild-wide decisions, setting policies, and running the guild as a whole.

The Guild Window

The guild window shows basic information about the guild members. By default, it shows the guild stats of online members (the image to the right). Additionally, you can toggle it to show offline members as well as member status (which shows rank, public note, and last time online).

Guild Message of the Day

The Guild Message of the Day (or GMotD) is a short (128 characters maximum) message that appears on the guild window. It also appears in a member's chat frame each time they log in. In the example image, you see Cartel's current raiding schedule along with the fact that Felweed is welcome back to be deposited into the guild bank.

Guild Information

Guild Information
Guild Information
The guild information button at the bottom will pop out a secondary tab that can hold much more information than the GMotD. This can be used for whatever the leader or officers see fit, but is typically used for information that either won't fit in the MotD or will not change as much as the MotD may. In the example, Cartel has their website, raiding information, information on reaching 9k hitpoints, and the materials for the Night's End Cloak listed out.

The permissions for editing guild information are controlled by the guild leader.

Guild Control

Guild Control
Guild Control
This tab is only available to guild leaders. It is where the ranks are set up and the permissions are set for each rank. See Guild Leadership for more detailed information.

Forming a Guild

There are a few things to consider when forming a guild. What type of guild is it going to be (and what will be the primary focus)? How should the guild policies be laid out? Who is trustworthy enough to perform the role of officers?

The actual act of forming the guild is rather simple though, simply speak with the Guild Master in a major city to buy a Guild Charter. Find 10 people to sign the charter and then register it back at the Guild Master.

Types of Guilds

There are as many different types of guilds as there are people who make up guild membership.


A social guild's main goal is simply to exist for social reasons. They typically span the ranges of levels, classes, and member goals.


A leveling guild is much like a social guild, with the exception that there is commonly more emphasis placed on leveling and doing instances and quests as a group.


A raiding guild exists mainly to raid high end content. There are different styles of raid guilds, from the hardcore bleeding-edge progression guilds to the more laid back style of raiding guild. These types typically have higher standards for gear and character progression than either social or leveling guilds.


A PvP guild's primary interest is in the PvP aspect of WoW. They will typically focus on pre-made battlegrounds groups and arena teams.


There are also many guilds that do not fall into the above categories (or are combinations of).

See Guild Leadership for details on leading a guild.


  • All images taken from in-game screenshots by Cafeen (aka Dithers in game), font face is different than default through the use of an AddOn. Names other than that of the original author have been blurred.
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