- The game doesn’t really have a good guild browser, you’re going to have to find someone in the guild to get information about this one.
- See (1).
- There’s a button within the guild UI, under “admin”. There’s no fee/penalty/waiting period.
- Yes, my guild (and maybe more) don’t like it and prefer to communicate via other means.
There are a lot of different “kinds” of guilds and they all have their own goals. Some are focused primarily on reaching the top of the GW charts. Others are more casual and are just about “let’s get bonuses together”. So there’s no one-size-fits-all guide. But there are some mechanics that are the same no matter what. In general, the more “let’s top the GW charts” a guild is the more likely they have requirements like “minimum donations” and such.
The first thing to think about is guild tasks. These are gigantic money sinks but pay off with various rewards like “a buttload of gems” or “a buttload of gold keys”, etc. Very high-end guilds want to fill all these tasks ASAP, which is why they have requirements like, “500k gold donated by end of day monday”. These tasks also help level up the “statues” for the guild, which confer mana surge rate bonuses and maybe some other things, I’m not 100% clear on them.
Next there are “seals”. You get them for doing random things like “winning a ranked battle” or “getting a perfect 8-0 in arena”. You are capped at 1,500 per week, and they are used exclusively to open “guild chests”. The more seals the guild has collected in a week, the better the chests get. The chests are also rigged: 50% of troop pulls will be the “Guardians” like Humility and Loyalty. Once you’ve ascended all of the guardians to Mythic, the guild chest stops using that rate. All in all, a relatively active guild tends to quickly make their chest “better than gold chests” and a decent guild will usually be “better than glory chests”, especially after you ascend your guardians.
Then there are “trophies”. You get these for winning ranked PVP battles, arena prizes, and maybe some other things. I’m not sure what all they do, but it seems like “number of trophies” confers some bonuses to the entire clan. I see it mentioned in my daily login bonuses. I’m not even sure how many I get per week, but I think you only tend to get 1-3 per ranked PVP battle so it’s the one most closely tied to “how much you play”.
Many guilds have minimum weekly gold/seal/trophy requirements. Be aware of that going in. It’s hard to know if you can meet them at the start, but once you’re in a guild you can see your weekly totals. So you might want to join a casual one, get a feel for your average totals, then start shopping around if you want a more competitive one.
Then there’s Guild Wars. This is guild-focused PvP. Every day but Monday, you can face off against 5 opponents of (usually) increasing difficulty from another competing guild. I find the gold/etc. rewards for these are better than PvP. You get “guild wars points” even if you lose. Those points determine if your guild “wins” the day, which confers prizes and bonuses to the entire guild. They also determine if your guild advances in the Guild Wars brackets. The higher you are in the brackets, the more weekly prizes the entire guild gets. You can use gold and some other in-game currencies to buy bonuses that apply to your entire guild for a particular week’s GW.
Obviously the most competitive guilds mandate that you participate in GW. Any member that ISN’T participating technically costs them points. Even losing 0-5 generates points for a guild, so most casual guilds are happy with “please attempt all 5 battles”.
There’s also some mechanism by which you get an XP bonus from guilds, but I’m not 100% sure if it comes from Guild Wars or something else.
I say look around for a guild that says it’s casual first. Mine’s super casual. We have weekly “goals”, but the only rule in the guild is “if you’re going to miss entire weeks due to vacation or something, let us know”. I haven’t seen anyone get kicked out for non-participation yet, but I imagine if someone’s all-zeroes for a couple of weeks I’ll see it. The only way to really be “dead weight” in a guild is “don’t play”.
You want to be in a guild. The rewards from even being in a half-committed guild are huge.