How to Maintain a Successful Guild Bank in World of Warcraft

Updated on June 21, 2016
Only a couple of us were on when I took this picture but I plan to get a larger picture with many more people.
Only a couple of us were on when I took this picture but I plan to get a larger picture with many more people. | Source

When you start a guild in World of Warcraft, one of the most used privileges is the Guild Bank.

The Guild Bank is a place where members of the guild can place items that they have no use for, so that other members can take it out and use it. Just remember that proper use of the Guild Bank could help keep members in your guild and activity high.

You'll also notice that when I do post my bank pictures, that the bank is pretty empty. This is because I usually do a "Spring Cleaning" before new expansions.

I show you where you can edit the Icon and Name of your guild tab.
I show you where you can edit the Icon and Name of your guild tab.

Setting up the Guild Bank…

To purchase new Guild Bank tabs, you can use the Guild Management tab or physically visit any cities Guild Bank. Ask any guard in a city if you are unsure where the Guild Banks are located at, though I assume you already know! Once you arrive in the bank and click on the guild bank, you will first be presented with the option to purchase your first bank tab. After you spend the money you will have your first 98 slot bank tab.

You can purchase more with gold alone, but some of the last tabs require guild achievements to unlock.

Once you’ve purchased the bank tab, you have the option to name it, and pick an icon to represent the tab. To change the name and icon, you’ll notice at the right that there is already a default picture and name for the tab. You’ll right click on that icon and a pop up window will appear. This is where you edit the name, and pick from a huge amount of picture to represent the tab. I always have a lot of fun with this step.

Not a whole lot in here because I took things out in preparation for MoP. But it kinda illustrates how I like to keep things organized.
Not a whole lot in here because I took things out in preparation for MoP. But it kinda illustrates how I like to keep things organized. | Source

Do you like keeping your guild bank clean?

See results

Keeping it clean…

One of the biggest pet peeves that I have with guild banks is having a lot of clutter and being unorganized. For example, if I log onto an alliance character and join a guild, I like to take a look at the guild bank to see what types of things they offer their guild members. If I see a bunch of useless stuff and no organization, I am immediately turned off. However, even though I am like that, it doesn’t mean that everyone else is either.

Bottom line, though, is that you should keep your guild bank neat and clean. If you are first starting out, you might allow just about anything to be deposited into your guild bank, just to get some sort of activity flowing. Once you start getting a larger amount of active users, I recommend keeping an eye out on the type of stuff that people are putting into the guild bank.

I normally do a scan of my bank once a week and look for useless stuff. I will remove any grey items, stuff you can buy from vendors such as food and water, or old items that are still in the game, but have no useful purpose anymore. I will also remove a couple items if someone has deposited a huge abundance of it, and I know that it will just sit in there for a while.

If you look at any pictures I post of my guild bank in this hub, you’ll notice it looks kind of empty. This is because I cleaned out A LOT of things that weren’t being used and making room for useful stuff that will come from the new expansion, Mists of Pandaria, which will release in about a month.

You can see here how easy it is to edit who can do what in the guild bank.
You can see here how easy it is to edit who can do what in the guild bank. | Source

Setting up withdrawal/deposit allowances…

You’ll want to limit the amount that players can withdraw and deposit into the guild bank. You want to limit usage on the guild bank because contrary to popular belief, people DO get hacked, and often. You can prevent your guild bank from being wiped out by a hack, simply by limiting usage. Also, you just can’t trust everyone right off the bat. I’ve experienced this for myself. I would have people join and they were extremely nice, however once they got promoted they would take advantage of their new permissions by taking out whatever they could, and they would sell it. I don’t put things into my bank so that people can take it out and sell it for gold. They are there to improve your character.

So, in order to edit the allowances, you go into your Guild Control tab, and then click “Bank Tab Permissions” from the drop down option at the top. Once you get to that screen, you’ll see another drop down menu for each individual rank, and then a list downwards for each bank tab. This is where you can limit the amount of items that can be taken out, if they can withdraw, and even if they can see the tab at all.

In my guild, all ranks can view every tab. However, they can only withdraw from certain tabs without a promotion. When you have it set up like this, new members can see what is inside every tab, but they have to contact a higher ranking member to pull something out of a locked tab. I only have officers and myself that can withdraw from the “Officer Tab” and I only promote people to officer that I trust.

I don't suggest hiding very many tabs from low ranking members. As long as you don't have withdraw privileges set for their rank, they can't do anything anyways.

This is the usage log tab
This is the usage log tab | Source

Monitor Usage…

If you want to run a successful guild bank you need to monitor player’s usage to your bank. You do so by going to each individual tab and then clicking the “Logs” tab at the bottom of the screen.

If you notice that a particular player is taking out quite a bit every day, or is taking stuff out that you are certain that they cannot use (Example: A warrior taking out mage glyphs or mana potions) then you may want to contact that player about their usage.

I normally will contact the player via in-game mail with a short message saying basically “I’ve noticed you’ve been taking a lot out of the guild bank recently. If you can provide proof that you have used these items to benefit your character, and NOT to sell or use outside of the guild, we can forget about this and move on. However if you are using these to sell for profit, I may decide to demote you until I feel that you deserve your rank back.”

It really depends on what exactly it is the player takes out, and how often they do it. If they take out low level stuff, I’ll let it slide for a while unless I see them doing it every single day for weeks. Or if they take out very valuable things that I know their character can’t use, such as epic mage gear being taken out by a rogue.

Of course, in the end, the way that a guild leader handles this is completely up to them. I give the way I handle it as an example. No one should feel obligated to follow the way I do it, unless they want to.

Guild Perks…

In the past, guilds used to have ranks and you would earn perks after certain levels. However, now guilds no longer have these levels. Some of the perks were removed and some became baseline.

All the perks are listed under the Guild tab under "Perks" - it's pretty straight forward!

I wish you luck in the creation of your guild and as always... don't hesitate to ask questions if you have them!

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      • SimilarSam profile image

        Sam 

        4 years ago from Australia

        I also had lots of fun organising the guild bank back in the day.

      • Dreamhowl profile image

        Jessica Marello 

        5 years ago from United States

        When I used to play, I loved having a clean and organized Guild bank. The Guild leader had it sorted pretty well and limited by rank. Thanks for sharing and voted up.

      • missa72542 profile imageAUTHOR

        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        As far as I am aware, no there is not. As long as you have it set up so that they can't withdraw money from the bank, you shouldn't have issues.

        But if you wish to hide it because you don't want members asking for some of the gold, i'm sorry but I don't think that's possible.

        If it is because members are asking for money: Ask them why they need it and how much. If it's an unreasonable excuse, explain to them that the money is there mainly for gold repairs and emergencies, and since this isn't an emergency, they need to make the money on their own.

        I get members occasionally asking for gold so they can pay for artisan flying, but I don't let them have it. Because if I let one member have it, others will want it, and before I know it all the money would be gone. So, I just leave the money strictly to guild repairs. Just tell people that if you don't want them using the money for anything else.

        I'm also sorry if that is more info that you wanted :P

      • profile image

        Paul 

        6 years ago

        Is there a way to hide the gold in the guild bank so certain ranks can't see the balance?

      • missa72542 profile imageAUTHOR

        Melissa White 

        6 years ago from Arkansas

        Fixed the picture issue, was able to log onto WoW a little bit ago and posted the new pics.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, levelskip.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://levelskip.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)