You should absolutely join a guild. As a guild member you can attack and defeat raid bosses, earn guild coins, and buy gear at the guild shop. You’ll also interact with actual human beings that you tell jokes to, complain about, and learn from. It’s a good time.
Recruit Guild Members on the Active Guilds page
This is a new feature at Guild Arcana. Don’t feel like using Global chat to find new members? Make a $3 donation and post your guild’s name and level here! Leave a comment on the Active Guilds page at any time to keep your guild information up to date.
Joining a Guild
Joining a guild is easy. If you’ve reached experience level 17 all you need to do is head to the left side of Grayhaven, approach the guard at the guild gate and give him a tap. Use the search tab to find a guild. Hit “join” and you’re in! If the guild status is closed you must submit a request to join. You might be accepted, you might not.
After you’ve joined a guild you will want to get down to business. This means participating in a raid. Head to the back of the guild area. If there is a bit of mist then a raid is not currently active. If you see a swirling vortex then the raid is on. Jump in and start swinging! Each player enters alone and deals damage. When the guild’s cumulative damage reaches 100% the boss is defeated. Anyone who’s done at least 3% damage gets paid. The top three damage-dealers are awarded additional coins.
Only the guild leader or an officer can call a raid. After the raid boss is defeated all members must wait for six hours before the next one starts. Efficient guilds have enough officers to keep raids rolling around the clock. Looser guilds do not. I prefer the former. Guild leaders have access to a handful of time tokens that can be used to start raids immediately. These must be used sparingly because once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Now that you’ve got a few coins you’ll want to spend them! Every guild has a shop. The only currency accepted at these shops are coins earned by participating in raids. You’ll find only gear at the guild shop, but it tends to be high quality stuff. Guilds level up by having successful raids. Higher level guilds can hold more members and will have better gear in their shops.
Let’s say that you have earned many coins defeating bosses but want to leave your guild. The officers are lazy, the members are greedy, the leader does nothing…no problem. You can take all of your guild coins with you.
Starting a Guild
If you can’t find a guild you like or can’t get into one you can always start your own. Any level 17 hero with enough gold can start their own guild. It’s rewarding. You should try it. It’s also tedious, frustrating, and will make you question the wisdom of interacting with your fellow human beings!
It costs 25,000 coins to start a guild but the true cost is in time and effort. If you want to fill your guild with active members you must be ready to work for it. The most common way to recruit members is to use global chat to let people know that you’re recruiting. Post the name of your guild, your guild level, and the minimum experience or power level you are willing to accept. Set your guild to “open” and wait.
You should also check global chat regularly. There are always players asking questions about the game. Help them. People appreciate it when you help them. They will probably be more likely to join your guild if you do.
This may seem obvious but your most likely recruitment candidates are those who are actively looking for a guild in global chat. They might not have the power level you are looking for but these players are clear opportunities. Respond in global or private chat. Tell them where to find your guild. If they are too strong or too weak, send them to your friend’s guilds. Your friends just might return the favor.
Maintaining Your Guild
Once you’ve filled your guild you can sit back and enjoy it, right? Wrong. It takes a while to fill a guild but it takes much longer to promote officers, weed out the inactive, uncommunicative, and selfish members and to maintain a range of power levels appropriate for your current raid level. Let’s talk about this last point.
There will always be members who level up more quickly than others. If you recruit ten members that are similar in power levels you can be sure that in two weeks time they are going to be all over the place. Some members will level very slowly because of inactivity or a poor grasp of how to level up. Other members know exactly how to level up and are willing to spend large amounts of diamonds on gear chests, rune chests, and boosters at the Grayhaven shop. The result is that some players will struggle while others will be bored.
The point is that if you don’t manage your power level spread you can lose members to other guilds. You have a few options, here. You can coach your weaker players (send them to this website!) so that they advance more quickly, you can trade players with other guilds, or you can do nothing and let members on the edges work it out for themselves.
There are probably competitive guilds where all members are encouraged to do as much damage as possible. It could work. The top three damage-dealers (or two, or one) would get bonuses and the weaker players would get nothing. Sound like fun? Not to me, but if you have a guild you can make your own rules.
This is how it works in my old: all members are required to limit their first three attacks to 20% total damage. After the first three attacks members must wait one hour and fifty minutes before they can attack again (Guild of Heroes rule, not mine). As long as everyone follows the rules most members will get a chance to cross the 3% damage threshold, ensuring that they will collect coins once the boss has been defeated. Once the cool down period has expired members are free to do as much damage as they like if the boss has not been defeated. This strikes a balance between giving everyone a chance and having a guild environment where ambitious players can still be competitive. It also helps to bring raids to a timely close so that a guild may complete more raids.
How to Hit Weak Bosses without Making them Cry
If you are too strong for the boss you have a few options. You can nuke the boss but that will get you kicked out of my guild in a heartbeat. A better option is to shed gear or equip off-class gear to make it interesting. If you’re a warrior, try fighting as a mage for a while! Or you can hit the boss a few times then run around in circles slaying minions until the time runs out. The cleanest way to participate in raids without doing too much damage, especially if you need raids to complete your daily quest, is to enter the vortex, hit the boss a few times, hit the pause button in the top right corner and simply return to town.
Cooperation Between Guilds
There are literally thousands of guilds. Some would say there are too many! Some are incredibly powerful, some have only a single member. Although guilds generally operate independently there are many opportunities for cooperation. I strongly recommend signing up for chat services like Line chat and joining any number of Guild of Heroes communities. This will make it far easier to make contacts with lots of experienced players and guild leaders. You will get to see faces, make friends, and make deals!
Powerful guilds can send players to weaker guilds to help them with raid bosses when they in over their heads. Weaker players can temporarily join stronger guilds to take advantage of the higher-quality gear at their shops. You can pop into a more powerful guild any time you like as long as its status has been set to “open”. Otherwise you’ll have to ask to join and wait for a response.
Guilds of all strengths can exchange members in an effort to narrow the range between their strongest and weakest players. Maintaining a reasonable range enables all members in a guild to fully participate in raids, be competitive, and earn coins.
Legendary Sets in the Guild Shop
Once guild members reach power level 95 and/or are in a level 16 or higher guild they will have access to three exclusive Legendary sets in the guild shop. These latest sets were included in the “Dark Citadel” 1.63.7 (9d6) update.
If you’re looking for a good level 9 guild try: Lazy Dragons!
Make a donation of $3 to add your guild name to the list.