Choosing a clan is probably one of the most important decisions that you'll ever have to make in this game. By joining a clan, you can take advantage of clan-specific abilities, make new friends, and gain access to quality weapons or items among other things. However, different people are interested in different types of clans, and you may have a painful experience with clans if you end up joining the clan that isn't for you. Hundreds of clans may exist in this game, but which one is right for you?
Before you even consider joining a clan, you should make sure that your character is at least at Level 6 and have 1,000 marks and a quest to spare. If you're a Peasant, it's highly recommended that you purchase a Castle Permit for 800 marks at the in-game shop for the purpose of avoiding the first Castle Guard.
As soon as you have access to the Castle Area, click on the guild tower that says "Clan Hall" underneath the icon. Type in the name of the clan that you wish to join, and after doing so, specific information about that clan (number of members, power, and abilities) will be displayed. Send a Petition to Join the clan and you'll be set. If you're a Peasant, remember to purchase additional Castle Permits so that you can pick up your Grant to Join (if you get one) at the Post Office in at least two days after you send your petition.
Although you're allowed to send petitions to multiple clans, you can only be a member of one clan. If you're already in a clan and use a Grant to Join for another clan, it'll blow up and inflict damage on you. It may also Blind you and you could lose some stats.
Choosing the Right Clan
Clans aren't a one-size-fits-all type of thing. Although clans vary distinctly from the number of members and power that each has, it's easy for people to get the impression that all clans are the same by looking at the ads that are posted on the Clan Hall. After all, many clans provide the things that almost every other clan claims to provide - assistance for new players, upgrades for equipment, and so on. Although it's true that many of the ads that you see are just a repetition of what other clans offer, what makes clans different from others are the type of members that they attract. For this reason, it's highly recommended that you visit the clan's forum and get to know some of the people there before joining.
If you're a person who's in dire need of getting your hands on better weapons or items, it's more than likely that you're going to join the clan that can give you the best offer. However, joining a clan for this purpose is rarely the best idea. Even though a lot of clans seem to stress the importance of giving handouts in their clan ads, thinking that this is what attracts members to their clan, it really shouldn't be your sole reason for joining a clan. You should join a clan for its members and community instead of the promises of riches that just about any well-developed clan can offer to you.
If you're a person who often has questions about the game, you're probably going to want to join the clan that has members who can give you the best advice. Then again, you can easily save yourself the trouble of having to do that by simply taking the time to browse through this help site! :)
Some people join clans for the purpose of gaining specific abilities that they can benefit from, but since weapons can now come with clan-specific attributes, it's no longer necessary to join a clan for this purpose.
All in all, it's the members of the clan that you should take into the greatest consideration. Having access to weapons, items, clan-specific abilities, and receiving advice are just icings on the cake.
The Best Clan
A lot of clans like to label themselves as the "Best Clan" in Dragon Court, but there's rarely a single definition of "Best Clan" that people can agree on. If "Best Clan" is determined by the number of Members and Power that a clan has, then Titan's the only clan in the game that should be allowed to give themselves that label. But of course, the clans that enjoy boasting about their perceived greatness aren't Titan. People try to come up with all sorts of different reasons to give themselves the false idea that their clan is superior to others.
Since all clans are decidely different from others, there are obviously skills and attributes that one clan can have that another doesn't. For instance, one clan can have the best traders in the game and another can have the best writers or most knowledgeable players. Some clans are able to consistently send their members to the Top 24 listings while others are maintained by only a few people (the "best" multiplaying clan). In other words, all clans have advantages and disadvantages over other clans in certain categories.
There's also no such thing as a "perfect clan" because if there was a clan that could serve to accommodate the wants and needs of each and every single player, we'd only have one clan in this game. Clearly, this isn't the case because the "perfect clan" is relative to a person's interests.
Perhaps you decide that clans just aren't for you and you decide not to join one. This is perfectly acceptable, for those who decide not to join a clan can still continue to enjoy playing this game with solitude.
The Old Days
Back then, characters still had to be at least at Level 6 in order to enter the Castle Area, but Castle Permits costed 5,000 marks and were permanent.