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The Importance of the Guild Hall In Guild Wars 2

Most players in an MMO band together to form guilds. Members of a guild can call upon one another for help, or to join in on a tough dungeon. I’ve made a lot of friends playing in guilds over the years, in several different MMOs. There’s one game that really made the guild experience feel important, and that was the original Guild Wars, which had a nice feature called the guild hall… a feature that Guild Wars 2 is sadly missing.

A lot of folks want a player housing experience. I can see how that can be fun, but think of that same experience on a much larger scale. Imagine a place where you can meet up with the rest of your guildies. On the walls hang trophies of some of the most feared creatures of Tyria, bested by you and your fellow guild mates. Medals and statues decorate the rooms, showing the amazing feats you’ve all accomplished. When you invite others outside of your guild to enter, they are in awe of all your guild has achieved.

I believe all of these things are possible, even though guild halls didn’t have nearly this much back in the original Guild Wars. The closest experience to what I described is actually the Hall of Monuments, which only showcased your accomplishments as an individual. It was, and still is pretty awesome, but the issue is that I accomplished all of those things with the help of my guild, as most people did. That’s why adding a guild hall instance is so much more important than just personal housing.

With the tech behind Guild Wars 2, it should be easy for the game to track what a guild has done together. If a guild is able to take out a tough boss, like Tequatal. The game could track this in the guild hall by having the dragon’s head mounted on the wall, which would look awesome. Perhaps it could even be done for all world bosses.

Trophies and medals are another cool way to show guilds’ achievements. Different medals can represent the guild challenges that are completed. Trophies, or some sort of relic can be used to show which fractals have been conquered. Similar things can be done for bringing home the gold during PvP and WvW tournaments. No matter how you play, the guild hall could show off what the guild has achieved.

The main idea is so that a guild can show off what they’ve accomplished. They could have a visual element to look at, and remember the fun times they had together. This is something that I feel is missing from GW2 right now. Yes, the addition of guild missions improved the overall experience, but it’s still lacking. Sometimes we don’t even know what challenges we’ve been through. This causes a disconnect between the guild members. It makes you wonder if you’re only in a guild to complete missions for the rare item rewards. Guilds need a way to show that they are more than just extensive friend lists.

Guild Halls can also be used as a tool for recruiting. Normally a guild hall can only be accessed by those in the guild. If a guild member were to bring in a non-member in a party, they could show off a little in hopes to recruit that player. This would benefit the larger guilds a lot more, but it can help a player actually see what a guild is all about, even if they are a smaller guild.

Right now guilds mainly act as a large friend list. My guild often forgets what we’ve accomplished with each other, or with pugs, even though we spend most of our time playing together. Guilds should be rewarded not just with loot, but with a way to look back and remember the experience, giving guilds a new goal to try and decorate their halls with amazing looking trophies. The guild hall is the only thing that could truly bring guilds together.

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Guild Wars 2 Fireheart Rise Wolf Farming

Fireheart Rise is this week’s destination so head on up to northern Tyria and visit Breaktooth’s Waypoint. Head north from there to meet up with some killer level 69 wolves. As you’ll be down-leveled to 71, you should have no problem rounding up a few wolves at a time. Don’t forget that wolves can summon another wolf to aid them which can quickly double their numbers overwhelming you. The main thing we are farming for are Large Claws and Large Fangs. You can expect around 30 of each every hour on top of several blue and green items with a rare or two thrown into the mix. If you tire of the wolves, head into the caverns to take out some separatists for their salvageable container bags. Expect to get around 1 gw2 gold an hour or at least save you some money on crafting should you need those crafting materials.

The wolves in Fireheart Rise are an amazing location for you to farm up Large Claws and Fangs as well as higher level items which you can salvage for Globs of Ectoplasm. If you haven’t killed too many wolves in GW2 before then you should know that their special effect is that they summon additional wolves while you’re fighting them. For that reason I am going to more or less call this area an AoE farming area. You can farm here without AoE, of course, but you will have to be very careful in how many you pull since however many you do pull will double half way through the fight.

In this wolf camp there are two mobs you need to watch out for. There is a Veteran Alpha Wolf to the eastern end of the camp who is a wolf with a bronze frame (has a lot more health and does a lot more damage than the normal wolves). Also further east behind even this would that can probably be solo’d is a Champion Wolf. This is a gold framed mob that will not be able to be solo’d by you and should be avoided at all costs. These two wolves are tucked away in a corner so as long as you avoid them they will avoid you.

To reach this farming location you will want to bring up your map and select Fireheart Rise’s Breaktooth Waypoint which is in the north eastern end of the zone. Once you port in at this location head northeast up to the wolf area and get to killing! If you’d like a picture of where the location is in relation to the Waypoint take a look at the screenshot I took below. The farming area is circled in blue.

Aside from the Large Fangs, Claws and salvaging items there is very little else you will find here worth some gold. Sometimes the wolves drop meat too but it is rarely ever worth anything on the Auction House. I always end up just right clicking it and depositing it as a collectible. Also the salvagable hides that they drop, Filthy Hides, salvage into leather scraps, very commonly Thick Leather Scraps which have almost no value at all on the AH (most of the time you lose money with your deposit putting them up).

For this reason I highly recommend you do not salvage these items but instead sell the hides on the Auction House. Trust me on this one, you’ll make a ton more money selling the hides than salvaging them! Below is a screenshot of all the loot I got here in 30 minutes while I was under the effects of an Omnomberry Bar. I got a ton more items to vendor, about 50s worth and the following items which I sold on the Auction House for about a gold for them all.

 

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