WoW Classic Reputation Guides
Reputations are your ranking with the various factions, groups, or races in Azeroth. There are many different reputations in WoW Classic, but most players will only care about a handful of specific reputations tied to either raiding, dungeons, or PvP for the rewards that you can unlock access to, once you have a high enough reputation level.
Reputations in WoW Classic
While the Horde and Alliance are the larger, more predominate factions in WoW, there are many smaller factions that exist throughout Azeroth. These factions are either specific groups or races that you can earn reputation with, essentially helping them out by completing quests, killing specific enemies, or doing some sort of activity related to helping their group. While there are dozens of possible reputations to progress in the game, there are only a few that are offer significant enough benefits that you might want to consider leveling them.
There are eight possible ranks for reputations, but reputations will start you at "Neutral," which is actually the fourth level. The possible rankings are listed below.
- Exalted is the highest ranking. This is where the most prestigious rewards will generally come from within a reputation. Just reaching this is usually enough, but you can reach a full 999 points in this rank.
- Revered is the second highest. You will need to earn 21,000 reputation to go from Revered to Exalted.
- Honored is the third highest. Starting at this rank, you get a 10% discount from anything related to this reputation from vendors. You will need to earn 12,000 reputation to go from Honored to Revered.
- Friendly is the fourth highest. You will need to earn 6,000 reputation to go from Friendly to Honored.
- Neutral is the fifth highest, and also the starting point for most reputations when you first unlock them. This represents you knowing about a faction, but them having no opinion of you yet. You will need to earn 3,000 reputation to go from Neutral to Friendly.
- Unfriendly is the sixth highest, or third lowest ranking. Some reputations allow you to lose reputation with them, or in other words you can become disliked or Hated by them by either doing something they do not like or helping their enemies. This is also where you will stop being able to interact with most of the NPCs of the faction. You will need to earn 3,000 reputation to go from Unfriendly to Neutral.
- Hostile is the second lowest ranking. At this point, the faction will actively attack you if you come near them. You will need to earn 3,000 reputation to go from Hostile to Unfriendly.
- Hated is the lowest ranking. This would effectively be how the Horde would be to the Alliance and vice versa. While this is the lowest rank, you can get as low as 36,000 reputation into Hated, which would mean needing to gain it all back before moving up to Hostile.
While the vast majority of your reputations that you will engage with will be positive, either Neutral or higher, there are some that you could lower if you wanted. For any reputation that is red, meaning Unfriendly or lower, you can choose to be "At War" with them, meaning you can attack them, lowering your reputation with them even more.
Types of Reputations
There are several reputation types, but most are either specific races, towns, or groups within the game. While they generally all will function the same way, where you can gain reputation to rank up and get access to more rewards from their vendors, some reputations do have specific purposes. The major reputations that are worth knowing about are categorized and listed below.
- Zone or Dungeon reputations — there are factions of NPCs that exist in most of the higher level zones, with some being tied to specific end-game dungeons. These reputations are quite important early on, with some even having lasting rewards.
- Raid reputations — most of the raids in WoW Classic have a faction that you are helping within the raid, and a reputation associated with it. These could probably be considered the most important reputations, as they have the most to offer and are most integral to your end-game experience if you do PvE content.
- PvP reputations — the various battlegrounds have both Alliance and Horde factions associated with them, along with reputations that you can progress by competing in the respective battlegrounds.
Zone or Dungeons Reputations
The Argent Dawn has members all over Azeroth, but their main basecamps are found in the Eastern and Western Plaguelands. This is due to the overwhelming threat of the Scourge located there, which lead to them forging their order around the Light's Hope Chapel in the Eastern Plaguelands. They are a neutral faction and welcome both Alliance and Horde soldiers to their ranks, as long as they can put aside their faction conflict to come together and battle against the combined evil of the Burning Legion and the Scourge.
The most important item offered by the Argent Dawn is the Chromatic Mantle of the Dawn, which is the BiS shoulder enchant, up until you have access to the one available in Zul'Gurub.
The Shen'dralar, meaning "Those Who Remain Hidden" in Darnassian, is the name of a faction of Highborne Night Elves who reside in Eldre'Thalas, today most commonly known as the Dire Maul.
The importance of Shen'dralar in WoW Classic comes from the Fire Resistance trinkets that they offer (one trinket per class). They also reward 3 leg/head enchants: Arcanum of Focus, Arcanum of Protection, and Arcanum of Rapidity.
Timbermaw Hold is a faction of Furbolgs who have managed to survive the corruption of Felwood by residing in a series of caves connecting three zones: Felwood, Winterspring, and Moonglade. The caves share their name with the faction, which are also known as Timbermaw Hold.
The main reason you should gain reputation with these Furbolgs is to gain access to the unique crafting recipes they have for various professions, as well as a great shortcut for passing between the three zones their caves link.
The Thorium Brotherhood faction in WoW Classic is a Dark Iron Dwarf faction most closely associated with the Molten Core raid instance and Blackrock Depths dungeon.
The main reason for gaining reputation with the Brotherhood is to unlock the unique crafting recipes they have for each profession, especially the Fire Resistance gear needed against various raid bosses, as well as Blacksmithing plans at Exalted to craft epic weapons.
The Brotherhood's quartermaster is also the only one who can help you craft the Legendary Two-Handed Mace, Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros.
The Zandalar Tribe faction in WoW Classic is a troll faction most closely associated with the Zul'Gurub raid instance.
The main reason for gaining reputation with the tribe is the class-specific head and leg enchants that unlock at Friendly. There are also 3 types of powerful shoulder enchants for every class that unlock at Exalted.
Finally, there are 5-piece Zul'Gurub item sets that can be obtained by a combination of tokens and items found within the raid, to be turned in with the appropriate reputation level.
Brood of Nozdormu
Brood of Nozdormu is the faction of the Bronze Dragonflight, the dragons that guard time. In WoW Classic, this faction is mainly focused on the war with the Qiraji of Silithus and the forces of the Old God C'Thun.
They are important to the events of the game, because the opening of the gates of Ahn'Qiraj can only be achieved through them. Only once this has been done, can players enter AQ40 and AQ20 and get various the various item rewards (earning reputation in the process), including the Signet Ring of the Bronze Dragonflight and the Tier 2.5 class sets.
The Hydraxian Waterlords are led by Duke Hydraxis and comprised of Water Elementals that oppose Ragnaros, the Firelord. You can find the Duke and the other friendly elementals at (79, 73) in Azshara, on an island off the coast.
Unlike most reputations, the purpose of the Hydraxian Waterlords is straight-foward: unlocking the two final bosses of Molten Core, Majordomo Executus and Ragnaros. You can do this through the one-use Aqual Quintessence, which you can request off of Duke Hydraxis once you complete his full questline, or through the permanent Eternal Quintessence, once Revered.
League of Arathor
The League of Arathor are an A Alliance faction introduced in Phase 4 alongside the Arathi Basin battleground. You can increase this reputation by playing and completing Arathi Basin objectives and quests, and various gear is made available at each reputation tier.
The Defilers are a H Horde faction introduced in Phase 4, alongside the Arathi Basin battleground. You can increase this reputation by playing and completing Arathi Basin objectives and quests, and various gear is made available at each reputation tier.
- 07 Sep. 2020: Guide added.
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