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As you claw and fight your way across Northrend, you will soon realize
that you’ll need better gear if you want to hit all the cool
instances and survive. What’s a good way to do that, you ask?
Well, sit down and prepare yourself, fellow rogue, you’ll
have to do something totally alien to our
nature…….you’ll have to earn it. Hey,
hey! Put that blade back in its sheath. There’s no need to
resort to violence. I’m here to help. What I have to say is
sad, but you’ll have to…..shudder….work
hard to get some nice gear. How so? Well, my friend, the answer is
factions.



In Northrend, there are 10 factions that you can gain reputation with
and, through that reputation, purchase some nifty equipment.
We’ll examine each faction, show what useful (to rogues)
items they provide, how to gain reputation with the factions, and
roughly how long it’ll take to achieve higher levels of
reputation.



To begin with, each faction provides items based upon your reputation
with that specific faction. The higher your rep, the better the items
are. Below is a handy-dandy (look at my fancy wizard talk!) chart
showing the levels of reputation.


style="font-weight: bold;">Reputation
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style="font-weight: bold;">Reputation Level style="font-weight: bold;">Reputation Points needed for next
level Neutral 3000 Friendly 6000 Honored 12000 Revered 21000

To
gain reputation with each faction, you can do any of the following
three things: do normal quests that pertain to that faction as you
level, do daily quests for that specific faction, and wear a tabard (if
that faction has a tabard available) whilst doing level 80 dungeons.
Listed below are the Northrend factions.

style="font-weight: bold;">Northrend Factions

cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2">
style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Faction Name style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Tabard style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Notes Alliance
Vanguard style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> Alliance
Only Horde
Expedition Horde
Only Argent
Crusade style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Yes Frenzyheart
Tribe Sholozar
Basin Kalu'ak Kirn
Tor style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Yes Knights
of the Ebon Blade style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Yes Oracles Sholozar
Basin Sons
of Hodir Wyrmrest
Accord style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Yes


How long does it take to
raise your reputation, you ask? Basically, daily quests can give you
from 750 to 1500 reputation per day. For some factions, such as the
Sons of Hodir, you can gain access to a few more daily quests when your
reputation hits a certain level with them (normally Honored). A heroic
instance normally averages out to about 2000 reputation total, given to
whatever faction tabard you’re wearing at the time. If
you’re not wearing a tabard, then your reputation will go to
either Alliance Vanguard or Horde Expedition, based upon whichever side
you’re on.



Therefore, on the average, you’re looking at about 4 days
from Neutral to Friendly (even though you should start out with a
Friendly rep just by having completed the quests needed to get to level
80), another 4-7 days to get from Friendly to Honored, 8 days to get
from Honored to Revered, and then 13+ days to go from Revered to
Exalted. Naturally, doing level 80 dungeons whilst wearing a tabard can
speed the process along.



So which faction gives you awesome goodies and which ones give you
crap? Let’s take a quick look at what’s available
for rogues. By the time you hit 80, you should be right at Revered
status for either Alliance Vanguard or Horde Expedition and Honored
with one or two of the other factions just by the questing to level 80.


style="font-weight: bold;">Alliance Vanguard
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style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Reward style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Type style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Faction Needed Vanguard
Soldier’s Dagger style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Dagger Revered Sawed-Off
Hand Cannon style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Ranged Revered Arcanum
of the Savage Gladiator style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Enchantment Exalted


style="font-weight: bold;">Horde Expedition

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style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Reward style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Type style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Faction Needed Warsong
Shanker style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Dagger Revered Sin'dorei
Recurve Bow style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Ranged Revered Arcanum
of the Savage Gladiator style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Enchantment Exalted



Argent Crusade

cellpadding="2" cellspacing="2">
style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Reward style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Type style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Faction Needed Arcanum
of the Fleeting Shadow style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Enchantment Honored Cloak
of the Holy Extermination style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Back Honored Zombie
Sweeper Shotgun style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Ranged Revered Arcanum
of the Stalwart Protector style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Enchantment Revered Boots
of the Neverending Path style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Feet Exalted



Frenzyheart Tribe

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style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Reward style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Type style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Faction Needed Azure
Strappy Pants style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Legs Revered Stolen
Vrykul Harpoon style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Ranged Revered Frenzyheart
Insignia of Fury style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Trinket Exalted



Kalu'ak

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style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Reward style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Type style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Faction Needed Pattern:
Dragonscale Ammo Pouch style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Leatherworking Honored Whale-Skin
Breastplate style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Chest Honored Pattern:
Trapper's Taveling Pack style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Leatherworking Revered Traditional
Flensing Knife style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Dagger Revered



Kirin Tor

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style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Reward style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Type style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Faction Needed Arcanum
of the Flame's Soul style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Enchantment Honored Lightblade
Rivener style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Dagger Honored Mind-Expanding
Leggings style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Legs Revered



Knights of the Ebon Blade

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style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Reward style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Type style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Faction Needed Arcanum
of Toxic Warding style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Enchantment Honored Pattern:
Nerubian Reinforced Quiver style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Leatherworking Honored Unholy
Persuader style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Fist
Weapon Honored Arcanum
of Torment style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Enchantment Revered Reaper
of Dark Souls style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Sword Revered Darkheart
Chestguard style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Chest Exalted



Oracles

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style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Reward style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Type style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Faction Needed Glitterscale
Wrap style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Waist Revered Oracle
Talisman of Ablution style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Trinket Exalted



Sons of Hodir

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style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Reward style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Type style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Faction Needed Lesser
Inscription of the Pinnacle style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Enchantment Honored Arcanum
of the Frosty Soul style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Enchantment Honored Lesser
Inscription of the Axe style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Enchantment Honored Pattern:
Mammoth Mining Bag style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Leatherworking Honored Spaulders
of Frozen Knives style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Shoulders Honored Greater
Inscription of the Axe style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Enchantement Exalted



Wyrmrest Accord

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style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Reward style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Type style="background-color: rgb(235, 235, 79); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;"> style="font-weight: bold;">Faction Needed Arcanum
of the Eclipsed Moon style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Enchantment Honored Fang
of Truth style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Sword Honored Cloak
of Peaceful Resolution style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Back Honored Dragonfiend
Bracers style="background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); text-align: center; vertical-align: middle;">Wrist Exalted


If you’re using
daggers, then definitely pick up the daggers from either Alliance
Vanguard or Horde Expedition. If you’re using a sword build,
then grab the Fang of Truth from the Wyrmrest Accord. Ignore the
Oracles faction totally. The trinket is only useful for PvP, whilst the
waist item is comparable to the one dropped in Utgarde Keep. Grab
whichever Arcanum most thrills you or pick up the Arcanum of Triumph in
Wintergrasp. While the faction Arcanums add Stamina, the Triumph one
adds attack power, which rogues always need. After you grab the basic
rewards available, I would suggest going for the Whale-Skin Breastplate
from the Kalu’ak, followed by the Spaulders of the Frozen
Knives from the Sons of Hodir or the Cloak of the Holy Extermination
from the Argent Crusade. After that, it totally depends upon which epic
item you want the most. If you’re doing a sword build, then
grind out the Knights of the Ebon Blade. You’ll get a nice
sword at Revered, and an awesome epic chest piece at Exalted.
Don’t be afraid to switch gears if you get a great drop in a
dungeon. If you’re grinding towards some boots and a sweet
pair of them drop for you, but they’re not quite as good as
the epic you’re going for, then switch to a different faction
to grind. You can always come back later to go for the epic, and
you’ll get a bigger return on your time investment by
upgrading a different piece of gear that needs it more. As much as I
hate to say it, get to work!

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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