Alternatively, writing about game content, this week, I will be converging on one of the most extensive parts of the game, Guilds.
Guild /ɡild/ – noun
- Union of people for joint aid or the pursuit of a mutual goal
- Group of species that have comparable requirements and play a similar role within a community
There are various Guilds across multiple Realms and Servers; however, finding the most suitable one for your gameplay style is essential. Whether you are a high roller Whale that likes to burn everyone or simply play for events, knowing where you stand, finding your place and home to call yours.
There are various Guild guides for games across genres, and they are all structured to a point. This guide aims to break that barrier. To speak about the things that many feel but don’t talk about. It is vital that players feel that they are heard, not alone and that these feelings are not uncommon.
In this guide, we will be featuring 5FingerLift and LIFT as they tell us their wisdom from maintaining a Guild—the rawness, mistakes, challenges, and the sacrifices over the years.
In this guide, we will also cover basics such as:
- How to create or join a Guild
- What to look for when joining a Guild
- The benefits of being in a Guild
How to create or join a Guild
There are some things to consider when running or joining a Guild. What is your endgame? Do you want to be with high rollers and burn down Realms? Are you looking for more of a social group? A balance between the two?
Do you look for specific rules or core values? Do you want Allies or NAPS?
It is vital to find a place where YOU will feel at home.
Creating a Guild
To create your Guild, you must be a minimum of Citadel five. Also, you will need to acquire a Guild Name, a Guild Tag, and an Emblem.
The next step is to develop a Guild description; what do you want players to know about your Guild? This will set the tone and what applicants will likely see before applying. Many will review it to see if you have any Allies, Rules, etc.
Steps to create a guild description:
- Guild (bottom row)
- Edit Guild Description
There are two options, Open Guild Recruitment and Closed Guild Recruitment.
Open Guild Recruitment allows anyone to join without applying automatically.
Closed Guild Recruitment forces players to apply before entry. This is typically the recommended option, as R5 and R4s like to vet applicants before joining to get a feel if they fit what the Guild stands for.
Ranks determine the structure of your Guild. Various Guilds have different purposes for determining status, whether it be based on activity, power, etc.
Ultimately R5’s are the leader and have access to all the permissions.
R4’s are what most would consider a leadership or management team that the R5 can fall back on when needed. R4 also has permissions, such as promoting, demoting, allowing members in, etc.
R3’s typically are your active members, but as mentioned above, leaders tend to rank 1 to 3 differently across games, so whatever reasonings you feel suit your guild the best.
Joining a Guild
If you feel being R5 doesn’t suit your needs, then joining a guild is best. When looking for one, it is crucial that you find one that suits your gameplay and needs regardless of it being a war game.
How to join a Guild
To join a Guild, simply select the Guild’s public profile and select Apply.
If you are not in the same Realm where the Guild subsides in, you may have to click Apply more than once.
What to look for when joining a Guild
Here are some pointers from LIFT when looking for a Guild to join:
KobyLion: “It’s best to go to realm chat and get to know a few people. Pick from there one that suits you from the personalities that favor your own. Also, I went from one to another a few times before I also finally felt home. It may not be a first or second guild, but you always learn along the way. A great leader will always, always determine a great Guild. Mistakes are always made more fun when it’s with those who are like family.”
Memnoch: “My advice is don’t settle for a guild that’s less than home.”
Cowboy69: “Agree with Mem, don’t be afraid to reach out to other guilds when looking for a home. Talk to them during RvR and Neutral Realm events and see who fits your play and personality style.”
The benefits of being in a Guild
There are multiple benefits of joining a Guild, such as performing some Hourly events, Guild Store, Rallies, etc.
Guild Research (in the Guild tab NOT University) consists of various researches you can complete together as a Guild.
You can work together to donate items to complete the research, and your R4 or R5 can start them once the qualifications are met.
If you leave and join another, then that corresponding guild research benefit will apply.
To learn more about Guild Research and its benefits, check out the Guild Research guide at the bottom of this article!
Rallies and Reinforcements
When attacking or defending your Empire, sometimes you will need to depend on your teammates.
Suppose your solo attacks almost burn an enemy but not entirely. In that case, you can create a Rally allowing your guildmates to provide their Troops, Astrals, Monster Champions to give you some edge to defeat your opponents.
Alternatively, when defending your Empire, Vaults, or Forts, your members can also provide reinforcements.
Guild Helps and Events
Another perk to joining a Guild in Guild Helps! Building or researching can get rather expensive, depending on where you are with your server’s releases. Guild Helps can shave off your timer to save speedups which can be a total lifesaver, especially in an active guild!
Guild events are similar to your ordinary events except that when you and your guild perform the tasks, the points collectively contribute to the tier goal. While some events may look nearly impossible to complete, remember it counts for all guild members.
Guild Adventure Halls
The Guild Adventure Hall, where your team can come together to kill Monsters for some loot!
For more in-depth information about the Guild Adventure Halls, be sure to check out the guides at the bottom of this article!
PvE Monsters and Realm Bosses can be essential to most players’ growth, whether you are a spender or F2P player patiently waiting for the content to become more available. You must be in a guild to hit any Monsters, PvE Monsters, or Realm Bosses.
Want to make the most of your MP?
Check out Tylianna’s MP guide at the bottom of this article!
Being in a Guild can get you all kinds of Gifts.
Platinum Gifts from when players purchase packs, some of the newest content will drop the specific content as a Guild Gift!
Guild Gift Mode
If you have Guild Gift Mode unlocked, you can give your guildmates various content, similar to the Guild Store items.
There are two ways to gift player items from the Guild Gift section.
The first method is to select the player you’d like to gift. Click on the Guild button under their avatar, which will lead you to the gift section.
An alternative way to do it is through the Guild tab at the bottom.
Then select members, and choose the member you’d like to give.
When sending and receiving gifts from Guild Gift mode, you will be notified in your inbox.
Interview with 5FingerLift leader of LIFT
What is essential to keep in mind when being R5?
5FingerLift: “When leading a guild as an R5, there is a responsibility that’s better to see as an opportunity to create an environment that makes people feel happy and motivated. Every member needs to understand and truly feel like their leader will always have open ears and do what’s best for the guild. I have always lived by guild first before everything, including myself. I am just another member of a big family. When there are any problems within a guild, a leader has to be ready to take quick action that is the best thing for the overall guild regardless of personal opinions or feelings they may have at that time.
Keep it fun, active, and also full of friendship in a judgment-free zone. That being said, you should also guide and motivate to open new doors for players that may not feel comfortable or confident on the battlefield (attacks, rallies, crystal, events from RvR to all neutral realm varietals). Once the guild or for us, “the fam” starts to work together, and everyone is included, a chain reaction happens that results in a great experience that perpetuates itself with time and persistence.
Balance is always important. It’s okay if some members enjoy certain events and aren’t all fighters; they are just as valuable and essential to the overall guild as every other member. ACTIVITY, RESPECT, TEAMWORK, and COMMUNICATION can always keep a guild alive for some time as far as members. The friendships, bonds, and love created within the guild make it possible to strive and prosper together over long periods.
Set a competitive, fun tone with a family-like environment and make the game’s science and mechanics an art to learn and enjoy rather than stats to jot down. AND KEEP IT DRAMA FREE (take players to pm anytime there is a conflict and keep the negative vibes out of guild chat)!
What was your biggest lesson when running the several Guilds you had?
5FingerLift: “The biggest lesson I’ve learned as an R5 is always to make sure every member feels comfortable asking any question at any time, and if you don’t know the answer, you find it together and share it with everyone. Communication is everything from rally setups to argument resolutions. The only rule I’ve ever had is never to disrespect another member and be active. Almost everything else can flow from that foundation. KEEP IT FUN AND BE HELPFUL. Go from there.”
What were some of the best and worst experiences you had?
5FingerLift: “Some of the best experiences I’ve had have definitely been working together to build blueprints of a quick and effective rally attack. From empires to forts to the crystal, it’s so much fun when everyone can get involved and contribute if they want to. Watching people grow, learn, and take pride in their progress and achievements is my favorite thing next to the relationships I’ve formed over the years. Pushing with purpose and passion but never with judgment and force. Also, I once left the game for a few months in Fractured Landscape, but before I did, two guilds took in all members, so I didn’t leave anyone without a home because that was genuinely amazing of them to do.
The worst experiences I’ve had range from Hall drama to losing close friends over misunderstandings. Having to walk away from a guild-like family because the leader wasn’t willing to hear new ideas or suggestions, but I’m sure I was also to blame for some of it. Either way, it leads to LIFT, and the guild was quickly reunited with a new home. Also, losing my closest friend over fabricated drama really hurt. Played together since day one and then a complete 180 over miscommunications and disrespect to other members with a negative atmospheric result; guild first always!”
What was the hardest decision or sacrifice you had to make?
5FingerLift: “The biggest sacrifice I’ve made in LIFT is time. You have to be willing to accept that a guild is a commitment to many people, and it will cross over into your personal life, and then along the way, you realize it is very much a part of your personal life. Then with trusted members and time, a balance is born, and I don’t consider it a sacrifice at all anymore, but it takes a lot of amazing members and support to get there.”
What do you believe is the glue that holds it all together?
5FingerLift: “The glue that holds us together is the love for each other and the game. We have a guild full of active players from different parts of the world that come together and form a family where we can enjoy our time logged in as we all grow individually and as a group.”
What was your biggest accomplishment running LIFT?
5FingerLift: “The biggest accomplishment I’ve had is everyone else’s accomplishments in the guild. I love the game and the science of it all (ever-changing as it may be), but I am just a reflection in the next member’s mirror, and everyone looks out for each other regardless of the situation. Bringing people together in a place they get to burn, learn and form lifelong memories and friendships is everything. I love our guild, and I know the rest of LIFT feels the same about it too, so that is the best thing that I have had some part in creating and maintaining along with others strong by my side.”
Interview with LIFT Guild guildmates
What are some critical components when helping your R5 lead LIFT?
5FingerLift: “Keeping the guild informed of important events and opportunities that help everyone prosper. Answer questions when any member asks in Guild Chat and find answers if we don’t know it. Keep Guild Chat a respectable and fun place always, and LIFT will make sure no others feel left out, uncomfortable, or disrespected by another member. All these beautiful peeps here know how to get to the root and quickly solve.”
EyRALLYupSET: “Probably the most serious components of helping my R5. It might not be game-related. As many know Five is my love. We chat about EVERYTHING and anything or nothing, so you could say I’m sometimes a “soundboard,” But other than the personal side, when Five is not available, I try to fill in the gaps. I’ll never be able to take his place for sure. Not with all his colorful chatter. Regardless of whether he is around or not. I try to keep the guild informed about events, and if there are any questions or problems with anything, I try to find a solution. If It’s important for the guild, I shoot Five a PM to let him know when he is on. We all as r4s have our separate personalities, but for me, many guild actions, like allowing a visit or kicking a visitor or silencing a member, it’s helpful to know how your r5 would want it handled. And handle it that way as a solidified guild leadership.”
BacknBlack: “We always communicate and make sure everyone understands and agrees with each other. We test a lot of different marches and share with each other.”
AngelofMercy: “Being R5 doesn’t mean you always know the correct answer or the correct decision. This is where we work together to figure them out.”
BacknBlack “When 5 is not around, all R4s stand in and lead as a whole. No dictator and definitely not the military.”
AngelofMercy: “Helping our R5 is something we do as a family. It is not looked at as a task. We all have lives out of the game, and lives sometimes take presidents. That being said, other steps up to the plate to help in questions, directions on what to do, fighting, accepting new players. I am not an R4 but know we have a vote with them for things. So if R5 isn’t present and decisions have to be made, I believe there is still a voting process.”
Kobylion: “Critical components in helping R5 always communicate and know our best interest is in his thoughts.”
AngelofMercy: “Being R5, you hold things together, but you depend on everyone in your guild to do the same. Especially when you can not be there, this is how the guild stays strong.”
N3RCO: “After three-plus years playing and meeting 100’s of people in the game, I’ve always upheld the same principles in helping lead my groups. We are all here to share equally in the experience. That is making this a good experience for everyone is all that matters, not power standings or stats, respect for each other and balance is what makes Lift Strong.”
AngelofMercy: “Leadership is all about everyone entrusting you to make the right decision, but you don’t have to do it alone. Here everyone has a voice and is allowed to give their opinion.”
What were some mistakes you made that you had to learn the hard way?
Kobylion: “Mistakes I have made by letting drama take part too long before kicking the player or players with drama type background.”
BacknBlack: “Drama is a huge mistake and egos also. We also makeup or talk out our differences. I have watched a lot of big guilds fall apart over egos.”
XxWendyxX: “Yes, and big lack of communication.”
AngelofMercy: “Some mistakes I have made in the past Is not talking much in the guild chat, not asking questions. Through opening up and asking, there are a huge amount of people willing to help. There are so many things they learn in the game, and it’s ever-changing, and sometimes one person finds out and can help guild you in the right direction.”
BacknBlack: “One of the biggest mistakes I have personally made was joining a big guild only to be ruled over and treated less than. Everyone in our guild matters. Family stays together. Militaries fall.”
EllaBells: “I made the mistake of staying in guilds in the past where I was not appreciated, and I was not happy. I should have left sooner. Lift is a family, and I am happy and appreciated here.”
N3RCO: “Biggest mistake was not reaching out and being more social at the start first six months, only two contacts, a very solo or selfish outlook, probably took a year to really understand where I fit in. For new players, reach out and make friends, the best way to roll.”
EyRALLYupSET: “Well, I’ve made many mistakes along the way, from not joining an active guild early to being embarrassed to tell my guildmates I’ve been zeroed. Players should never forget their guildmates can help them and make them stronger for it, instead of muddling through the game like your steps are in quicksand. But probably my worst mistakes have been when I was a new R4 in my third guild, and I was watching the dissolution of a guild that I had come to love.
I was privy to information regarding some things that another R4 was saying that just wasn’t true. And I felt like the actual r5 who hadn’t been in the game much (Five was acting leader) should have handled this situation differently, but I didn’t speak up because I didn’t feel like what I had to say would be believed or important enough so to speak. I wonder to this day what would have been.
After we split into Lift, the same type of situation occurred with an R4. And again, I was hesitant to say anything, this time mostly because I knew it would hurt my R5, but being an R4 and my love for Lift won that argument. If you are an r4 in Lift, you are there for a reason. To see alternate viewpoints and opinions is very important in a guild with players of many nationalities and personalities. When we speak up, it’s honestly a gift, even if it differs from everyone else.”
Are there any tips or lessons you’d like to share with the community about Guilds overall?
Kobylion: “Follow leaders for best results in attacks or growth. We all do our best to help each other.”
BackinBlack: “1 thing that keeps our guild family strong is that we enjoy ourselves. Minimal rules, other than respect everyone. If someone is having a real-life problem, we help each other and support one another. We don’t discriminate against anyone for anything, and we don’t make demands on our guildmates. We laugh more than most. We play ffxv to get away from real-life problems, and that is exactly what we do.”
AngelofMercy: “Overall, being in a guild is not just joining a team of people. It’s becoming one. We become a family within the game outside of our own personal life one. We are here for each other when people are not in the greatest position in their life to have someone to talk to. We are here to have fun together. We help each other grow stronger. We are stronger together as one.”
Green Envy: “I feel that it’s very important to realize that the members of the guild are people with trials and tribulations in-game and in real life. People are drawn to these types of games for an escape. But over the last four years, I’ve seen real-life take some player’s time which means less game time. Breaks are needed, and it’s important for a guild not to kick or demote members based on their playtime or participation, especially due to them taking time to handle their real life.”
AngelofMercy: “A guild is a work in progress, always working together for the greater good of everyone.”
N3RCO: “Every day out in the real world we deal with jobs, taxes, laws, rules, responsibly we are here to disengage let loose laugh have fun “ESCAPE” that’s our goal every day here. Love, family, respect top to bottom, and it’s the only rule to be a Lift Member.”
Memnoch: “In a game and guild like this, you are going to have strong personalities to balance. Handle what you can but know what you need to pass up to the R5. It’s easy to let the strong personalities roll over you and then get caught flat-footed later on. It’s important to know what to address and what to let slide.”
“I’ve been across a few servers and over 35+realms. I have searched and looked high and low for a core group of gamers who share a passion and love for the game like we do here at LIFT. A friend once said to me, “do you know what final fantasy stands for?” It’s about family, friends, community, sharing, and fun, so I look around my guild. I see them individually, but as a whole, each voice is heard, not just one way or my way.
We’ve all had some pretty hard times, or even good ones like a baby or a new player decided to join and want to know what to do. Where to start or how to get caught up currently. Of course, we jump in with our areas of expertise and or knowledge. Each member is uplifting and helpful in any way possible. It’s not the size of the fight in the dog, but the heart and spirit the dog has for it. I believe that’s what’s kept my guild strong and passionate about the game. How much we all love it. Our community of friends/family and how we interact, get along and help one another grow into the future of ffxv. My brother five named the guild LIFT for a genuine and spirited reason; you’ve been lifted, warms my heart, knowing that it’s accurate and has real meaning behind it. Why I consider it, and it will always be home no matter how far, or what’s happened or why. It’s home; love you, fam.”
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When soloing, just won’t cut it, and you want to leave a more considerable impact on your enemies; rallies are the way to go! Check out the guide and obtain all the stats to make your Rallies’ most utmost!
Guild Adventure Halls
Make the most of your Physical Damage in the Guild Adventure Halls or be your Guild’s healer when they’re running out of Health.
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