Guild Wars Wiki:Formatting/Items

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Formatting guideline

This page is an accepted formatting guideline on the Guild Wars Wiki.

It has wide acceptance among editors and is considered a standard that all contributors should follow. Before editing this page, it is suggested to gather consensus on the talk page first.

This article forms a basic guideline on how to create and format articles about items. Some sections in the article structure should only be there if they are appropriate for that item.

Syntax and example[edit]

{{item-stub}} <!-- Stub until enough information has been added.-->
{{item infobox
| name = optional; Defaults to the page name.
| image = optional; Defaults to [[Image:{{PAGENAME}}.jpg|128px]].
| rarity =
| type = optional; Specify the type of the item.
| value = optional; Specify the value, value range or "Can't be sold". Omit if a bundle.
| campaign = Specify the campaign the item can be found in. Defaults to [[Core]].
| alclevel = optional; Use for [[Alcohol]]
| commonsalvage = optional; List all common materials.
| raresalvage = optional; List all rare materials.
| questitem = optional; List the quest(s) the item is involved in.
| collector = optional; List all collectors that trade this item.
| render = optional; Specify the render image if available.
}}
<!--Provide a short description of the item here. -->

== Acquisition ==

<!--For items other than crafting materials, -->
<!--list all places or monsters where the item can be obtained. -->
* [[Campaign]]
** [[Region]]
*** [[Monster]]

<!-- if the source and salvage data for the item is still being researched, add: -->
{{ongoing drop research}}

=== Farming ===

<!--Make a heading for each good area to farm for this item.-->
==== [[<Area>]] ====
<!--Write a description of the area or route to follow for farming the item.-->
<!--You should generally include a map of any size, but it should be limited to a display size of 100px-200px-->
<!--Follow this naming for consistency among all image files: <code>Trophy name Farming (location)</code>.-->

<!--For common crafting materials. -->

* Purchased from [[material trader]]s.
* [[Salvage Kit|Salvaged]] from:
** [[Item 1]]
** [[Item 2]]
** Armor crafted using <material> (see below).
** See [[:Category:Contains <material>]] for other items.
* For known creatures that drop <material> see [[:Category:Drops <material>]].

<!--For rare crafting materials. -->

* Purchased from [[rare material trader]]s.
* [[Campaign]] [[artisan]]s will craft one [[<material>]] for <crafting details>.
* [[Expert Salvage Kit|Expert salvaged]] from:
** [[Item 1]]
** [[Item 2]]
** Armor crafted with <material>.
** See [[:Category:Contains <material>]] for other items.
* For known creatures that drop [[<material>]] see [[:Category:Drops <material>]].

==Quests ==
<!--List quests involved in, omit if not a quest item.-->
* [[Campaign]]
** [[Quest 1]]
** [[Quest 2]]

== Collectors ==
<!--List collectors of the item (including the items they offer), omit if not a trophy.-->

{{:Collector 1/Collector}}
{{:Collector 2/Collector}}
{{:Nicholas the Traveler/Collector|<date collecting>|<location>|<# of items> [[<item name>]]}}

== Crafting ==
<!--List the armor, weapons and rare materials the material is used for.-->
<!--Omit this section if the item is not a crafting material.-->
* Armor
** [[Armor 1]]
** [[Armor 2]]

* Weaponsmiths
** [[Weaponsmith 1]]
** [[Weaponsmith 2]]

* Rare Materials
** [[Rare Material 1]]
** [[Rare Material 2]]

== Notes ==
<!--Mention any bugs or other notes about the item..-->

== Trivia ==
<!--Mention any factual trivia about the item.-->

<!--Categories below this line.-->

Basic outline[edit]

Article header[edit]

The following should always be placed at the beginning of the article.

If the item article is a stub, use the {{item-stub}} template to add the page to Category:Item_stubs.

Item infobox template[edit]

Use the Template:Item infobox to create the info box. This info box does not auto-link, so please be sure to wikify appropriate contents. See the template page for detailed instructions. Example usage:

{{Item infobox
| name = Spider Web
| image = [[Image:Spider Web.jpg|128px]]
| type = [[Salvage item]]
| value = 5 {{gold}}
| campaign = [[Nightfall]]
| commonsalvage = [[Pile of Glittering Dust|Piles of Glittering Dust]]
| raresalvage = [[Bolt of Silk|Bolts of Silk]]
}}
name 
The name of the item. This may be omitted as it will default to the page name.
image 
The inventory icon of the item. The image should be .jpg format. This may be omitted as it will default to ({{PAGENAME}}.png).
type 
The type of the item. This may be omitted in some cases as the field will attempt to auto-type (see the template page for details).
value 
The Merchant value of the item. Specify as 'Can't be sold' in the case of quest items.
campaign 
The campaign this item is available in. Defaults to Core.
commonsalvage
The common crafting materials this item can be salvaged into. Omit if the item cannot be salvaged, or the materials are not known.
raresalvage
The rare crafting materials this item can be salvaged into. Omit if the item cannot be salvaged, or the materials are not known.

The item info box contains many other parameters for use with different types of items, see the {{item infobox}} for details.

Acquisition[edit]

List all places or monsters where the item can be obtained. Drop information lists should generally follow this format:

* [[Campaign]]
** [[Region]]
*** [[Monster]]

{{ongoing drop research}}

Include the following on the talk page of the item (N for Normal Mode, H for Hard Mode; second table for weapons/items with multiple skins; third table for materials

On either a seperate subpage of the article entitled "<item name>/Research" or on the talk page of the item:

== Drop research ==
Observed drops for {{SUBST:PAGENAME}}
{| {{STDT}}
! Mode || Dropped by || Location || Signature
|-
| N || [[MONSTER]] || [[LOCATION]] || ~~~~
|-
| H || [[MONSTER]] || [[LOCATION]] || ~~~~
|}

<!-- Include one of the following tables on the item's talk page. -->
<!-- The first table is for trophies and stackable salvage items. -->
<!-- The second table is for non-stackable salvage items. -->

== Expert salvage research ==
<!-- trophies or stackable salvage items, such as Lustrous Stones -->
Expert salvage research for {{SUBST:PAGENAME}}
{| {{STDT}}
! Material || Amount || Frequency || Signature
|-
| [[MATERIAL]] || Amount || Frequency || ~~~~
|}

or
<!-- non-stackable salvage items, such as Plagueborn armor -->
Expert salvage research for {{SUBST:PAGENAME}}
{| {{STDT}}
! Material || Amount || Rarity || AR || Value || Signature
|-
| [[MATERIAL]] || Amount || Rarity || AR || Value || ~~~~
|}

Farming[edit]

=== Farming ===
==== [[Area]] ====
  • Include starting location and area section (North, South, East or West).
  • Mention whether solo or with team.
  • Provide landmarks or detailed directions if the pathing is twisted as a maze.
  • You should generally include a map of any size, but it should be limited to a display size of 100px-200px (anything bigger makes the page look bad). Follow this naming for consistency among all image files: Trophy name Farming (location).


If the item is a common crafting material, the following format should be used:

* Purchased from [[material trader]]s.
* [[Salvage Kit|Salvaged]] from:
** [[Item 1]]
** [[Item 2]]
** Armor crafted using <material> (see below).
** See [[:Category:Contains <material>]] for other items.
* For known creatures that drop <material> see [[:Category:Drops <material>]].

If the item is a rare crafting material, the following format should be used:

* Purchased from [[rare material trader]]s.
* [[Campaign]] [[artisan]]s will craft one [[<material>]] for <crafting details>.
* [[Expert Salvage Kit|Expert salvaged]] from:
** [[Item 1]]
** [[Item 2]]
** Armor crafted using <material>.
** See [[:Category:Contains <material>]] for other items.
* For known creatures that drop [[<material>]] see [[:Category:Drops <material>]].

Quests[edit]

List the quests the item is involved in. Use the following format:

* [[Campaign]]
** [[Quest 1]]
** [[Quest 2]]

Omit this section if the item is not a quest item. Add Category:Quest items to the category section.

Collectors[edit]

Include the collector sub-pages of collectors that collect this item. Using the following format will ensure that collector details are included:

{{:Collector 1/Collector}}
{{:Collector 2/Collector}}

Omit this section if the item is not a trophy. Add Category:Trophies to the category section.

Crafting[edit]

List the armor, weapons and rare materials the item is used in. Use the following format:

* Armor
** [[Armor 1]]
** [[Armor 2]]

* Weaponsmiths
** [[Weaponsmith 1]]
** [[Weaponsmith 2]]

* Rare materials
** [[Rare Material 1]]
** [[Rare Material 2]]

Omit this section if the item is not a common or rare crafting material. Add Category:Common crafting materials or Category:Rare crafting materials to the category section.

Notes[edit]

Mention any bugs or other notes about the item. Omit the section if it has no content.

Trivia[edit]

Mention any factual trivia about the item. Omit the section if it has no content.

Article footer[edit]

The following should always be placed at the end of the article.

Categories[edit]

See Guild Wars Wiki:Formatting/Categories. For items, most of the relevant categories to consider can be found as descendent subcategories of Category:Items. Add the appropriate [[:Category:Contains <material>]] entries.

{{item infobox}} template automatically does some of the categorization.