How to Design a World of Warcraft Guild Tabard

Updated on July 5, 2015
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Dreamhowl has played World of Warcraft since Burning Crusade and owns the expansions up to Legion. She loves pets and mounts.

When equipped, a guild tabard is displayed over your character's armor and shows your guild's chosen color and icon design.
When equipped, a guild tabard is displayed over your character's armor and shows your guild's chosen color and icon design. | Source

In World of Warcraft, a guild tabard is a piece of cloth worn over a character’s equipped armor that represents their current guild. Only the guild leader (sometimes called the guild master) has the ability to update and alter the tabard with new designs, borders and colors. Designing a tabard for your guild in World of Warcraft can visually define what the guild stands for, as well as attract attention from onlookers. Whether it’s a bright red flame on a black background or a purple murloc on a pink background, your guild tabard speaks for your guild.

How to Start Your own Guild

The Guild Master is located in the Visitor's Center of all major cities in Azeroth.
The Guild Master is located in the Visitor's Center of all major cities in Azeroth. | Source

You can’t design a guild tabard without having a guild! Guilds are groups of World of Warcraft players that play the game together, earn achievements together and oftentimes just enjoy each other’s company. Some guilds revolve around raiding, while others focus on running dungeons or on player-vs-player combat. In any case, forming a guild requires speaking to the Guild Master in the Visitor Center in any major Horde or Alliance city.

This NPC will sell you a guild charter for only 1 silver. However, this charter needs to be signed by four other World of Warcraft players from separate Battle.net accounts. If a player that signs you guild charter signs another before you hand yours in, their signature will disappear and you will lose their support. Once four signatures are acquired, you can turn in your charter to the Guild Master; after this task is completed, you can name your guild and design the guild tabard.

Visitor Centers are the only buildings with guild vendors.
Visitor Centers are the only buildings with guild vendors. | Source

Where to Design Your Guild Tabard

Asking city guards where to find the Guild Master or vendors will mark the location of the Visitor Center on your map.
Asking city guards where to find the Guild Master or vendors will mark the location of the Visitor Center on your map. | Source

Guild tabards can be designed in the major cities of Azeroth on both the Horde and Alliance side. In the Alliance, this includes Stormwind, Ironforge, Darnassus and the Exodar; for the Horde, these cities are Orgrimmar, Thunder Bluff, Undercity and Silvermoon. Tabard vendors can also be found in the two neutral cities of Dalaran and Shattrath.

In all cities, the guild vendors can be found in a building called the Visitor Center. Here, not only can guild tabards be designed, but purchased from the tabard vendor; the Visitor’s Center also has a guild vendor, who sells guild rewards. A guild tabard costs only 1 gold, or 90 silver if purchased in a city by a character with Exalted reputation.

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Alliance and Horde Tabard Vendors

Tabard Vendors
Major City
Faction
Rebecca Laughlin
Stormwind
Alliance
Lyesa Steelbrow
Ironforge
Alliance
Shalumon
Darnassus
Alliance
Issca
Exodar
Alliance
Garyl
Orgrimmar
Horde
Thrumm
Thunder Bluff
Horde
Merill Pleasance
Undercity
Horde
Kredis
Silvermoon
Horde

How to Design Your Guild Tabard

An NPC titled the Tabard Designer exists specifically to help you redesign your guild tabard.
An NPC titled the Tabard Designer exists specifically to help you redesign your guild tabard. | Source

Talking to either a Guild Master, Tabard Vendor or Tabard Designer will give the guild leader the option to redesign the guild tabard. Designers are able to change the icon, icon color, border, border color and background of the guild tabard; Icons range from flames and potion bottles to rainbows and books, with plenty of options in between.

The colors for the icons, borders and background cover all colors and shades and allow for full customization; your tabard could be dark or bright, with a border that meshes or clashes with the background. As long as you are guild leader, the decision is yours.

What Your Guild Tabard Means

The tabard design interface allows you to customize the icon, icon color, border, border color and background color.
The tabard design interface allows you to customize the icon, icon color, border, border color and background color. | Source

Do you wear your guild tabard?

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If you are hanging around in your favorite city and a player in a bright pink guild tabard with a purple rainbow icon passes by, what would you think of them? They’d probably look a little younger and less mature than members of a guild with a book on their tabard and dark, earthy tones. The same way that you choose what clothes to wear before you leave the house, guild tabards make an impression, as much as guild names do.

More professional guilds with older members tend to have less childish names and a tabard with matching or less flashy colors. If you run a guild that is open exclusively to adults, this might be more suited for you. Take this into account when designing your guild tabard!

Perks to Wearing Your Guild Tabard

When you wear your guild tabard, you can earn reputation with your guild and gain access to guild vendor items. If your guild has the proper achievements, becoming friendly, honored, revered and exalted with your guild allows you to purchase special items only available from the guild vendor. For example, if you gain the guild reputation of exalted and your guild is level 25, you can purchase Reins of the Golden King, an Alliance mount, or Reins of the Kor’kron Annihilator, a Horde mount, for 1500 gold. Certain pets, like the Armadillo Pup, can only be purchased from a guild vendor.

Guild reputation is earned by wearing your tabard while turning in quests, making honorable kills in the battlegrounds, making guild group kills on dungeon and raid bosses and guild group arena or battleground victories. Furthermore, as you rise in guild reputation, your guild title changes, from “Recruit” of your guild up until “Champion” of your guild. Your guild tabard is more than just a decoration! Next time you play World of Warcraft, try your guild tabard on for size.

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      • Dreamhowl profile imageAUTHOR

        Jessica Marello 

        5 years ago from United States

        Thank you! I have been on a WoW break as well but still had the subscription to pop in and look around. I'm tempted too. I appreciate the comment!

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        Kawika Chann 

        5 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

        Dreamhowl you're gonna get me in trouble with my wife if I take on any more games than what I have going on... lol. Nicely done. Great pics and very informative. I haven't played WoW for awhile, and your article makes me want to plug in again. Voted you up and awesome. Peace. Kawi.

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