The Recruit-A-Friend, often referred to as RaF, program is a referral system, through which players can recruit friends or family members into World of Warcraft. When a player chooses to recruit someone, the recruit is emailed an activation key for a 10-day trial account. Accounts created through this referral become "linked" with the recruiter's account for 90 days. If the trial account is upgraded to a paid subscription, both the recruiter and the recruit gain benefits when they play World of Warcraft together. RaF used to last only until level 60, but after Cataclysm, this was changed to 80 (with grantable level maximum increased from 30 to 40).
How to recruit a friend
Log into Account Management and click on the "Recruit-A-Friend" button. This loads the referral page where a player can enter a friend's name and email address and a custom message.
Lasts for 90 days after the recruitment
- Both the recruit and the recruiter can summon each other while partied. This "Summon Friend" ability has a 30-minute cooldown. The summoned character must be level 80 or below.
- Both the recruit and the recruiter gain triple experience points (up to level 80) while partied and within 100 yards of each other. Unlike rested EXP, this applies to experience from quests and kills.
- This does not stack with rested XP, however killing mobs and farming nodes does not consume rested XP, either.
- This does stack with the 5-10% XP bonus from heirloom items, and said items can be passed between WoW accounts if they're tied to the same Battle.net account.
- If both characters are not within 3 levels of each other, only the lower-level character will gain extra experience.
- Recruit characters gain one "grantable" level for every two levels earned (up to 40 levels per character). Recruit characters may then grant these levels to the veteran's lower-level characters. When the characters are grouped, the recruit may target and right-click on the veteran character's nameplate and an option "Grant a Level" should appear in the context menu.
- The character receiving the levels must be lower than the granter's level, and below level 80. In other words, a level 65 recruit can grant levels to get the veteran up to level 65, but no higher. A level 82 recruit can grant levels to get the veteran up to level 80.
- The character receiving the levels may decline the grant when prompted and then nothing happens.
- Any levels not already granted when the account link is broken are lost. However, unlike the early version of RaF, the recruit does not lose the ability to grant levels simply because he/she has reached level 80. Those levels can still be granted any time during the 90-day period.
- The level grants grant a complete level. The XP bar remains the same in the new level, so a final strategy is to work the recruit to level 79 with only 5% left to level 80 and then grant the last level. The recruit's character will then be 95% of the way to level 81.
- Recruits can grant levels to any character on the veteran's account, and one veteran may accept granted levels from multiple recruits. The veteran can start a level 1 character and receive free levels from multiple recruits up to the RaF cap, as seen here.
- Levels are granted one at a time, and may be distributed among veteran characters; the recruit may grant 25 levels to Veteran Character A and 15 levels to Veteran Character B, or any combination desired.
- The 40 grantable level limit applies to each character on the recruited account. If the recruit levels multiple characters to 80, each character can grant 40 levels, to the same player or different players (within the above limits, of course).
- Granted levels are earned regardless of whether the recruit and veteran were adventuring together when the levels were earned.
- The 90 days starts from the day the R-A-F invitation is accepted, not when the account is upgraded, so be certain when the link ends. This can be done from the recruitment status page under Account Management.
- The recruiter receives a 30-day game credit for each recruit who upgrades to a paid subscription.
- The recruiter receives a special mount after the recruit pays for at least 60 days of game time. Currently this mount is the , one of three two-seat flying mounts (one being the previous RaF reward, the , the other ; before April 27, 2010, the recruiter received a instead.
Related Blizzard posts
Original news announcement
- Earn an Exclusive Zhevra Mount with the New Recruit-a-Friend!
Posted by: Frost | 8-05-08
- With the new Recruit-A-Friend program, you can earn an exclusive Zhevra mount, receive a FREE month of game time, and gain access to other exciting in-game benefits. From the moment your friend creates a character and starts playing, you'll both earn triple the experience when grouped together and have the ability to summon one another from anywhere in the world. Also, for every two levels of experience your friend earns, they can grant one level of experience to one of your lower-level characters.
- To start recruiting your friends, click here.
- For more details on the new Recruit-A-Friend program, please click here.
- ^ http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/news/rss-08-2008.xml (News archive from September 2008)