Guild banners are heraldic flags that may be placed anywhere there are twelve or more members of a guild. All members of the guild may take a portal in the guild hall directly to the banner. In addition, some banners offer additional benefits to those near them. Permission to plant, remove, and change banners is set using the Guild Management tool. Banners were first introduced to EverQuest with The Buried Sea expansion.
|“||Guilds can create a unique Guild Banner from a large selection of symbols and colors. The banner becomes the mark of the guild and when enough guild members are in the same zone (two groups), the guild leaders or officers can plant the banner in the ground.
While a guild banner is planted, members can use the Guild Hall portal to teleport directly to the banner. This allows players to easily catch up with guild mates.
The guild banner can also be upgraded to provide different effects, like regeneration. Upgraded Guild Banners are expendable, but provide an effect to everyone in the guild who is in range of the banner while it is planted.
Guilds can only have one standard up at a time. You can access Guild Banner information through a tab in the Guild Window and banners will be sold in the Plane of Knowledge.
Permission to plant, remove, and change banners is set using the Guild Management tool.
|“||Placing a banner requires 12 guildmates to be in the same zone within 150 distance units from the player planting the banner. If they're too far away, they will not be able to place the banner.||”|
— Maddoc, Assistant Lead Designer
Once a Standard of Honor banner is planted, it will last indefinitely if there is at least one guild member in the zone. Otherwise it will disappear one hour after all guild members leave the zone. The banner can also be removed via a button control in the guild management window if you have the proper permission.
All other banners last 60 minutes.
The "Standard of Honor" banner is always available and confers no benefits other than appearance and granting the ability for guild members to take the guild portal to it. It requires no materials to use.
|“||The "Banner Material Kit" and "Banner Dye Kit" are the items that are used to create a banner and place it in the world.
When you open the guild window and go to the "Banners" Tab, you should see a list box with a single entry that says "Standard of Honor". Just beneath that list box, you'll see a checkbox that says "Show All", select it.
This will populate the list box with a bunch of banners that are going to be greyed out (which means you don't have the components to create them). Just beneath the checkbox you checked is the description window, which will give you a brief description of the banner's effect, as well as the items needed to create that banner, which you may then purchase those items from the two guild banner vendors in Plane of Knowledge.
The "Banner Exchange Insignia" are used to edit the settings (looks) if your banner. The more you change the looks of your banner, the more it's going to cost you by requiring a higher tier of exchange insignia.
— Maddoc, Assistant Lead Designer
- Standard of Honor - This is always available and confers no benefits other than appearance and granting the ability for guild members to take the guild portal to it. It requires no materials to place.
- Spell Focus
- Spell Focus banners have different levels (it is unknown if other banners also have these limits).
- Simple - Up to level 20
- Fine - Up to level 40
- Fancy - Up to level 60
- Ornate - Up to level 65
- Intricate - Up to level 70
- Elaborate - Up to level 75
- Elegant - Up to level 80
- Extravagant - Up to level 85
- Anger - Increased spell damage
- Recovery - Increased spell healing
- Conservation - Reduced mana use
- Benefit Conservation - Reduced mana use for beneficial spells
- Alacrity - Spell haste
- Benefit Alacrity - Beneficial spell haste
- Extension - Increased spell duration
- Benefit Extension - Increased beneficial spell duration
- Melee Focus
- Melee Focus banners have different levels, but no description on which level is better. It is assumed they follow the same standard as Spell Focus. It is unknown if they are level restricted.