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In the latest WoW expansion, Cataclysm, Blizzard introduces the newest way to progress, the Guild Perks system. Guild Perks encourages you to progress as a guild by unlocking passive guild-wide perks through a leveling system. It is much like leveling your character and unlocking new abilities.
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What Are Guild Perks?
Guild Perks are rewards your entire guild gets as your guild gains levels. With each guild level you gain, a new perk is available to your guild. The perks benefit everyone that belongs to the guild whether they just join or are long-time members. The max guild level is twenty-five, therefore you get 24 perks because you do not have a perk for being a level one guild. Each level from two, up gives you a perks.
View your current guild perks by logging in to your WoW account on the Battle.net community site and viewing the “Perks" tab under “Guild" on your armory page. You can also view your perks and current guild level in-game by opening your guild window; it shows your latest perk, next perk and leveling bar as soon as it is opened.
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What Does Each Perk Do?
Each perk gives an unique ability to your guild. It can be as simple as extra experience while leveling or as big as raid wide mass resurrection.
- Fast Track Experience gained from killing monsters and completing quests increased by 5%.
- Mount Up Increases speed while mounted by 10%. Not active in Battlegrounds or Arenas.
- Mr. Popularity Reputation gained from killing monsters and completing quests increased by 5%.
- Cash Flow Each time you loot money from an enemy, an extra 5% is generated and deposited directly into your guild bank.
- Fast Track: Rank 2 Experience gained from killing monsters and completing quests increased by 10%.
- Reinforce Items take 10% less durability loss when you die.
- Hasty Hearth Reduces the cooldown of your Hearthstone by 15 minutes.
- Reinforce: Rank 2 Items take 20% less durability loss when you die.
- Chug-A-Lug The duration of buffs from all guild cauldrons is increased by 50%.
- Mobile Banking Summons a Guild Chest that allows access to your guild bank for 5 minutes. Only guild members with guild faction of friendly and above are allowed to use a Guild Chest.
- Mr. Popularity: Rank 2 Reputation gained from killing monsters and completing quests increased by 10%.
- Honorable Mention Increases Honor points gained by 5%.
- Working Overtime Increases the chance to gain a skill increase on tradeskills by 10%.
- The Quick and the Dead Increases health gained when resurrected by a guild member by 50% and increases movement speed while dead by 100%. Does not function while in combat or while in a Battleground or Arena.
- Cash Flow: Rank 2 Each time you loot money from an enemy, an extra 10% is generated and deposited directly into your guild bank.
- G-Mail In-game mail sent between guild members now arrives instantly.
- For Great Justice Increases Justice points gained by 10%.
- Honorable Mention: Rank 2 Increases Honor points gained by 10%.
- Happy Hour Increases the number of flasks gained from using a flask cauldron by 50%.
- 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.
- Chug-A-Lug: Rank 2 The duration of buffs from all guild cauldrons is increased by 100%.
- Bountiful Bags Increases the quantity of materials gained from Mining, Skinning, Herbalism and Disenchanting.
- Bartering Reduces the price of items from all vendors by 10%.
- 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.
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How Do I Get Them?
As said, you get guild perks by leveling your guild. The guild leveling bar appears in your in-game guild tab. On the experience bar, you can see two small bars within the bar. This indicates where your daily experience caps. If you hover over the blue bar, you can see the exact amount of experience needed to level and the amount you need until you reach the daily cap.
Guild experience is gained by doing quests, which can be done alone, doing rated battlegrounds, running raids, running dungeons or getting achievements with your guild. Almost anything in the game can get you guild experience as long as it is done with your guild.
Adding Guild Perks and progression to WoW is just one of the ways that Blizzard is attempting to make guild play relevant and important again. People will want to join guilds, be more social and do more within their guild to take advantage of the perks. This will strengthen the WoW community as a whole; it will help people be more social and friendly to those within their guild and outside of their guild.