I know guide is a special position but I wonder if one has to become a ranker before he/she can be a guide?
Hwa Ryun, as a guide, can go any floor, right? (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)
Isn't that permission should be granted only to rankers?
But it seems to me that she is relatively too weak compare to other rankers. She lost many times even to a regular.
A guide is a guide from the beginning, but i think the most of them needs a team to go up.
Guides have a classification as rankers as well, they should be trained while climbing the tower along the family. After all, they need to know the depths and every nook of it to be guides.
Hwa Ryun must know the Tower's last floor.
SIU stated in the Naver Cafe that Guides "have low battle capabilities". That should answer your question about why she didn't stand out as a combatant.
Can't say anything about the Ranker stuff though. I don't think Guides are/have to be Rankers. Yu Han Sung said that they are "blessed by the Tower with the knowledge of all the paths within". That leaves a lot of room for interpretation, but I think you either have the Guide in you or not.
Wasnt the guide with yuki considered strong?
Or was he considered ranker level...cant remember....