Searching for characters, guilds, and more
One of players' favorite things to do with the Armory is looking up characters, guilds, and arena teams.
To look up a character or other group, punch in the name of the character or other entity you want to see. The site will return results including:
- blog articles
- forum results
- arena teams
Battle.net will pull up a small sample of results for each category. If you don't see your desired result right away, don't worry. Click on the category title to drill down for more results. As someone who searches for characters on the Blizzard's site all the time, I assure you that it almost never gets it right the first time out.Full character profile
You can now see just about everything you see in the game through Battle.net as well. In fact, you can do things through the website that you cannot do in game -- but we'll get to that.
As soon as you pull up your character, you'll instantly see a screen that shows your character in a dramatic pose, along with the icons for the gear you're currently wearing. This screen shows your character's status at the time you last logged out. As a general rule, people wear their best stuff when logging out so that they can have as sweet-looking a profile as possible.
Here are some fun things you can do right from this screen:
What you can't do in game
- Hover your mouse pointer over a piece of gear; you'll instantly see its stats, including where it comes from and how much a vendor will give you for it.
- Click on a piece of gear see a stand-alone picture of it and get links to Wowhead and Wowpedia.
- Browse a character's talents, glyphs, and even achievements.
There are two things you can do from the Battle.net site that you can't do in game, and both of these things are particularly awesome. If you hover your mouse over the lower left-hand corner, you'll see links to FigurePrints
By following these links to the respective sites, you'll be taken straight to the necessary order page to buy a poster or statue of your character. Going straight from Battle.net is a great way make sure you choose the right character for these services. While this functionality is a subtle bonus, this integration is pretty convenient.Guild stuff
What can you see while you're looking at guild information?
- what gear your guild members have recently received and how they got that gear
- guild level and most recently earned perks
- guild members who've contributed the most guild XP this week
- guild achievements and roster
- scheduled guild events
This guild information is a convenient way to check in with what your guild's been up to while you've been offline for a while (although it doesn't offer you the ability to actually communicate with your guildmates).Progression check
I saved the progression check for last, because it is perhaps the most important part of the online tools. A common question for players -- newbies or veteran players alike -- is whether a character is "ready" for certain raids.
When you look up a specific character, a bar at the bottom shows you which raids are "optimal" and which are "trivial." This guide is a good way to gauge your character's ability to progress through content.
Of course, these suggestions aren't the end all, be all of whether your character belongs in a raid group. After all, a single character is just one out of 10 or 25 raid members, and skill does count for quite a lot. Nonetheless, given that this progression bar comes directly from Blizzard, I would recommend you take it as a meaningful gauge of where to put your effort in progressing through content.
Visit the WoW Rookie Guide for links to everything you need to get started as a new player, from how to control your character and camera angles when you're just starting out, to learning how to tank, getting up to speed for heroics and even how to win Tol Barad.