If you want to lead a large group of people in WvW, it would help to become a Commander. To become a squad commander you need to purchase and activate a Commander’s Compendium. Once enabled, your character can become a squad commander at any time. You can find these vendors in Divinity’s Reach and WvW just visit Commander Rupple or the Master Strategist to pick it up. There are many benefits that come with being a commander, and they are all very useful for running a WvW group.
Commanders were implemented to solve a specific problem in Guild Wars 2. Originally, there was just one chat in which everyone could speak unless you were in a small group. This lead to a dysfunctional chat since most of it was just clutter unless you were playing alone. ArenaNet fixed this problem by implementing squads into the game. A Squad is run by one commander who can speak to the rest of the group in the dedicated channel. Normal members of the squad can not type in the chat which solves the clutter problem.
Squad commanders can invite new players to a squad by selecting their characters. Players can also join an existing squad on their own by selecting the squad icon above the heads of characters in the squad. This is a big bonus of becoming a commander, and it makes running a squad a lot easier since you don’t need to send out a special invite to 50 people. Players will just come and go as they please. But when they join, it’s unlikely they will want to leave a large group in WvW.
The commander also gets a special set of map markers they can use to guide the group. These include an attack, a defend, a rally and a bring supply marker. This makes it much easier to point out locations where players should be focusing on.
You are probably wondering how much it will cost to become a commander. It’s not as simple as clicking a button and leading a Guild Wars 2 event. Purchasing a manual costs a substantial sum of gold, 100 gold to be exact, seemingly a lifetime away if you have just started your character. It’s OK because that’s the point. This is actually a good thing since it is intended to bring some reputability to the leaders who choose this route and prestige to the title you worked so hard for. If you can afford 100 gold to become a commander, assuming you didn’t just buy gems and sell them, you should have extensive knowledge of the game as well as play time so people will feel comfortable following you into battle. Don’t be surprised if that price goes up or if maybe Arenanet added Badges of Honor to the purchase price for just that reason which would be a great idea. Badges of Honor are acquired in WvW 3 ways: the chest at the end of the WvW Dungeon awards 15, looting a bag of loot randomly dropped by killing enemy players, or the Miswrought Chest at the end of the Jumping Puzzle awards 5.
If you know any other perks of being a Commander leave a comment below.