Guild experience – Cataclysm: how to earn it and how to level your guild fast in Cata

MMO players have long been used to the idea of earning experience to advance their own characters, but with the addition of Guild experience, Cataclysm has given us a whole new way of advancing. If you’re in a small guild struggling to boost your levels, or if you’re a guildmaster looking to optimize the efforts of your guildies, this short guide will help you get the most of WoW’s new guild experience mechanic.

Your guild, rather like your character, now has a level. A new guild starts at level 1, and the maximum level attainable is currently level 25. The higher the level, the more perks your guild members will have access to. These perks range from the purely cosmetic, such as new vanity pets and mounts, to the pragmatically useful – for example, guilds which hit a certain level gain the ability to mass resurrect entire raids, or have their repair bills automatically slashed or their hearthstone cooldown times reduced. There are plenty of reasons to try to level your guild, and even the lower levels give immediately useful benefits.

Your character even has a reputation with your guild, just as she has a reputation with the many factions in-game. The best guild rewards are only available to players whose guild reputation is Exalted. Earning guild experience will automatically raise your personal guild reputation, as well as contributing towards the earned experience of your guild as a whole (and bringing you all a bit closer to the next guild level).

As one might expect, leveling a guild is a cooperative task which will require all your guildies to work together. Each guild member earns guild experience, and there’s a cap of 6,246k xp on the amount of guild experience a guild can gain in one day.

How to gain experience for your guild

Many of the day-to-day tasks which you’re probably already performing in WoW will award guild experience as well as any other rewards.

  • Completing quests will reward guild experience (in additional to any standard experience which would be awarded). If your character is level 85 and therefore no longer earns standard experience from questing, completing quests will still reward guild experience. The amount of guild experience awarded is 25% of the amount of standard XP awarded.
  • Completing daily quests also awards guild experience. At maximum level, this is one of the best ways to earn guild experience. Again, the guild XP awarded is based on the standard XP.
  • Successfully killing a boss in a dungeon will reward guild experience, but only if the majority of the party is from the same guild – pugging a random dungeon or raid on your own gets you nowhere. Killing a boss in a 5-man group will grant 18600 guild XP (per player) if two other party members are from your guild. With three fellow guildies, the amount increases to 37200 XP per player, and if all five members of the party are from the same guild the amount earned per boss kill is 46500.
  • Killing a raid boss awards 78700 guild XP per person, if sufficient guild members are present. For a 10-man raid, you’ll need at least 8 guildies. For a 25-man raid, at least 20 raiders need to be guilded.
  • A winning arena team will earn experience for their guild, but only if all members of the team are from the same guild. The amount of XP earned in this case is 138,800 XP per player.
  • A rated Battleground win will also award guild experience. Each Honor Point gained will also award 10 guild experience. In addition, a rated battleground win will also award guild experience, but only if at least 8 members of the team are from the same guild. There’s still some debate as to exactly how much XP is awarded in this case.

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How quickly can we advance?

The daily experience cap puts an effective limit on the speed at which your guild will be able to advance. Getting from level 1 to level 2 requires just over 16,500k xp. With the daily cap at just over 6000k xp, it’ll take you three days to gain your first guild level even if you earn the maximum amount of experience you possibly can. Don’t despair, though – guild experience is comparatively easy to come by, so even a leisurely-paced guild should find themselves naturally climbing up the rankings.

Take a look at this fantastic series of forum posts by Bregdark, which break down the specific numbers in excruciating detail.

The most efficient way to advance

If you want to hit Guild level 25 as soon as possible, you’re going to want to hit the guild experience cap every day. The most efficient way to do that partially depends on your playstyle and the size of your guild, but in most cases raids and dungeons are the best way to go.

As a rough guideline, if your guild can kill a raid boss in the amount of time it would take to kill two dungeon bosses, raiding will be the most efficient thing to do. If not, split the raid into five groups of 5 (or two groups of 5 for a 10-man raid) and run heroic dungeons instead. Of course, each raid boss can only be killed once per week, so you have to resort to dungeon boss kills eventually anyway. If you can complete Lost City Of The Tolvir in less time that it would take you to down any two raid bosses, you’ll be better off running dungeons. Remember to take raid trash into account when estimating your timing!

Be sure to keep an eye on the guild experience cap. Any activity after you hit the cap is wasted. It’s important to note, though, that the guild experience cap is removed once you hit guild level 20, so once you’ve reached 20 you can happily grind until your fingers fall off.

Guild leveling! Huh! Good God, y’all – what is it good for?

Absolutely everything.

The benefits of guild advancement are numerous. Each additional guild level provides a new “perk”, which will automatically apply to all your guild members. These perks include:

  • An increase to amount of experience or reputation gained from killing monsters and completing quests.
  • Items taking less durability loss when you die (giving all your guildies lower repair bills).
  • An extra bit of cash being automatically deposited in your guild bank every time a guild member loots cash from a mob.
  • Hearthstone cooldowns being reduced for every guild member.
  • Mail sent between guild members arriving instantly.

… and much more besides. Wowwiki has an excellent detailed list of guild perks available at each level.

Additional guild perks

As well as allowing guilds to advance by earning experience, Cataclysm also brought with it the ability for guilds to earn Achievements in just same way as players. These guild achievements usually require the cooperation of several (if not all) guild members. In addition to the benefits gained each time the guild advances a level, there are a variety of other perks and items to which you’ll have access, depending on your personal guild reputation and whether or not you’ve accomplished some of these guild achievements.

The additional rewards available from guild achievements include Heirloom items, vanity pets and mounts. If your guild manages to hit the maximum Guild Level of 25, for example, you’ll be able to purchase the undeniably awesome Reins of the Kor’kron Annihilator if you’re a Horde guild, or the almost-as-awesome-but-not-quite Reins of the Golden King for Alliance guilds.

No matter how you like to play the game, whether you’re a loner quietly grinding quests and professions, or a dedicated raider never far from your guildies’ sides, you’ll be able to earn guild experience whilst carrying on with your favorite guild activities. Since guild experience benefits everyone, there’s no reason not to start building it up right now.

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PvE Rogues: Giving Away A Pet From The Blizzard Store

So the Blizzard store has pets in it. You know, the non-combat variety who stand next to you and gurgle adorably while you mash something’s face in. Or have yours mashed in, the non-combat pets aren’t picky. Either way, they’re really cute. Some of them have been known to have grown men go “awwwwww”, although they’d deny it. But why the big fuss about the pets in the Blizzard store, we all know about them – right?

Right. We all know they’re there. Which is why it’s great that Garona over at PvE Rogues has a competition running in which you can win one of five pets from the Blizzard store. Which pets? She lists them in her post.

Yup, you heard me. A competition where someone else will buy you a pet from the Blizzard store if you win. What’s the catch?

Well, not much really. Garona’s made it really simple to enter. You don’t have to be a rogue to enter. You have a whole week to enter, from today to Cataclysm launch day. And all you have to do in two simple steps…

  1. Follow PvERogues on twitter
  2. Tweet a particular phrase with a # before it AND which pet you’d want if you win. Garona has the phrase you need, and an example tweet, over in her post.

Why’s she doing this? It’s a double celebration – Cataclysm’s coming out and it’s his blog’s one year blogaversary. The winner will be chosen at random but if you don’t enter you’ve no chance of winning, right? Seriously, if you don’t have a twitter account – go sign up. It’s quick and simple and you don’t have to do anything with it after you’ve tweeted your entry to @PvErogues (though you do need to stay a follower of PvE rogues on twitter until December 7th).

Right, I’m off to tweet @PvERogues – remember you’ve only got a week to do this folks, so get a’tweeting. If you need any clarifcation over how this works just ask Garona over on her post (or check my twitter feed for an example). Meanwhile, congrats to PvE rogues for the 1 year milestone – let us know how many entries you got come the 7th!

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Fresh Brew: Addons That De-Stickynote Your Walls, Organise Your Raid Invites And Size Up Your Enemies

There are an enormous number of WoW addons that pop up every single day, and of them, only a few make it to everyone’s attention. And that means a whole load of potentially useful addons that just don’t make it to the bigtime. Sounds like a job for MMO Melting Pot…

You can tell that things are starting to get all shook up when WoW Interface’s list of new addons are full of updates and fixes for the impending 4.0.1 patch and various forms of the expansion. At least we can’t say our addon developers Are Not Prepared.

But amongst all of the “4.0 fix!” there are some gems that are useable now, and might be right up your cobblestoned alley…

  • Blacksen’s Raid Invite Organiser – There are a couple of similar addons out there already but this one has some touches that make it extra useful. I particularly like the idea of a “codeword” list which you can specify and, if someone whispers you one of those words, they automatically get an invite. It’s also really lightweight and doesn’t eat memory. Blacksen’s got a seperate post introducing it, which includes a video tutorial.
  • Tinypad – a notepad in game. Great for those of us who have desks or walls covered in sticky notes trying to track quests or our group’s ability to not stand in the fire. On the face of it the notepad looks simple, and it is – but it also has some intuitive additions like a search bar, font changes, an ability to run notes as scripts… and easy access between notes. Which auto save. I’ve just started using this – it’s a really nice addition to my UI and is customizeable to fit however I need it to.
  • Hunters and mages – must be your birthdays, as there’s a treat for each of you:
    • For hunters there’s a lil’ addon called Whistle which makes your call pets ability into one keybinding, removing the choice between having multiple keybindings or calling your pet from the sceneic route of flyout menus.
    • Mages, for you there’s Spell Stealer. It gives you an extra window on your screen telling you what buffs your target has that you can steal. I bet this addon is full of surprises we didn’t know about monsters, and sounds like fun finding out what buffs we’ve missed stealing. Wising I had a high level mage to play with this.
  • Linkbank – very simply: allows you to keep a list of favourite links in game. Think of it as a bookmark list. Tired of always having to copy/paste links to your raid group? Or recently been given a link to a helpful site by a friend and lost it? Keep everything at your fingertips in this list.
  • EnemyScanner – helps you keep track of hostile players nearby, and arm yourself with info on them. Rather than the usual situation of trying to inspect their gear while they’re burying a disturbingly large axe in your head. This one’s particularly useful if you’re on a PvP server, though it also has battleground settings. It also discounts information for low level characters, which is a nice touch for fairness’ sake.

Well, that’s the lot for today. Do any of these grab your fancy, or are you looking for something else to spruce up your gameplay?

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