A guild perk is one of several passive bonuses and active abilities granted by being a member of a guild. All are "quality of life" improvements that do not affect combat or the capacity to progress through game content. Therefore, players are encouraged to join a guild without being massively punished for abstaining from that part of the game. Several perks focus on play with other guild members, but solo and non-guilded group play benefit as well. Perks were first added as part of an extensive guild advancement system in which each of 25 guild levels granted a perk (or a second level of one), but ultimately the system was simplified to just grant a small fixed set for any member of any guild with no advancement required.
Guild perks can be viewed on the "Perks" tab in the guild window, as well as in the spellbook's general tab. The active abilities can be dragged to action bars or used directly from either location, as well as used in macros like any other ability.
While access to guild rewards is certainly a benefit of joining a guild, they are not considered "guild perks".
List of perks
The following four passive bonuses become active upon joining a guild.
- : Faster mounted movement.
- : More frequent availability.
- : Faster recovery after dying.
- : Instantaneous mail within the guild.
These following is available to all members of a guild.
- : Summon remote access to the guild bank.
The list of guild perks has seen a severe reduction since their introduction in the Cataclysm expansion. Warlords of Draenor in particular saw the dissolution of the guild advancement leveling system, and with it most perks.
This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
The developers chose not to continue with cauldron-based raid consumables after Cataclysm, so related perks were removed:
Additionally and controversially, it was felt that the ability for one person to summon an entire raid to an instance discouraged exploration and involvement in the wider world, leading to its removal:
This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.
The dismantling of the guild advancement system was part of a paradigm shift in the developers' thinking of how guild benefits should work. In most cases, it had become the norm for the majority of players to be in maximum-level guilds, and developers were designing systems with those bonuses in mind, making them mostly pointless. The tuning of numbers (experience, reputation, honor, trade skill, justice, and harvesting gains, durability losses, flight path speed, and vendor prices) was therefore changed to simply use a "baseline" as if the perk was in effect, and the perks themselves were removed:
This post by Blizzard's Lead Encounter Designer, Ion Hazzikostas, explains the changes in detail.
Our current plan for Warlords is to effectively remove guild leveling (you could also think of it as "all guilds are automatically level 25"). We originally came up with two dozen perks in order to offer something at every guild level, but without the continued need for that granularity, we can streamline the system a bit. Many perks can just be rolled into default behaviors, since a majority of players already had them and the world was designed and tuned around their existence: Flight path taxis can just inherently move 25% faster instead of requiring "Ride Like the Wind"; Honor rewards and item costs can be balanced as if you had "Honorable Mention"; and so forth. For most players, who are in max-level guilds, nothing should perceptibly change.
We still want to incentivize guild membership, aside from the social benefits, so we're keeping conveniences like faster mount speed, instant guild mail, Mass Resurrection, etc., as exclusive benefits to all guilded players. The guild achievement system, and unlocked items and other benefits through completion of guild achievements, will remain as-is. We'd like to emphasize that system a bit more as a yardstick for collective accomplishment, rather than guild level which primarily just reflects individual effort.
The Cash Flow perk is obviously popular, though in most guilds it actually contributes less gold to the guild bank than something like Guild Challenges, since it only applies to looted coins. However, it also fuels some degenerate player behavior: if you've made an alt lately, you've probably noticed that you can't go more than a minute or two without receiving a guild invite - typically from "leaders" who are looking to recruit armies of often-unwitting players to both level guilds for later sale, and to increase the amount of Cash Flow gold that is siphoned into coffers to which only they have access. It can be a meaningful amount of gold for one player's pockets, but for something like a raiding guild, Cash Flow gold barely makes a dent in something like total repair costs. We're removing the Cash Flow perk in Warlords.We do recognize that it's essential for guilds to have ways of financing their costs, and we will offer alternative, and more lucrative, options for doing so in Warlords (for example, bringing back some Bind on Equip epic drops in raids).
This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
- : Recover quickly from wipes for groups or raids.