Updated Thu, May 19, 2011 by DarkFact
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Badges of Justice are a type of currency that's becoming more and more popular between players. You may only obtain these Badges by defeating difficult bosses in Heroic Instances or Raid Instances. Depending on how many you are able to collect, the more you do, the better your reward. With this guide, we will go over where the current vendors are, where to get your Badges of Justice, and the how difficult it could be to obtain them depending on your instance choice.
Badges of Justice were introduced back when the Burning Crusade hit World of Warcraft. Before, it would take a monumental amount of effort to obtain them, as you first needed Revered with any Outland faction that overlooked an instance in order to obtain the Heroic Key, and then find enough people also Revered in order to bring a group and hope to clear the instance, or at least some of it, in order to procure 2-3 Badges of Justice (Heroic Tokens).
Blizzard, wanting to reward those who would take the 5-man instances and their harder versions seriously, put in the first Heroic Badge Vendor, G'eras, in the center of Shattrath. Here, players exchanged their Badges of Justice, usually ranging from 20 to 30, or 50 at the most, in order to obtain a new piece of gear to help them along and be able to progress further into harder content.
Recently, however, Blizzard tweaked their Heroic Dungeons, removed some of the difficulty within them, and allowed players only Honored with the Factions to be able to zone into these heroic instances. Not only that, they added Badges of Justice to every single level 70 raid available, ranging from Karazhan to the Sunwell Plateau.
With this in mind, they added even more Heroic Badge Vendors, having even better loot in order to aid players not being lucky enough with their drops in instances or those who have enough free time to scrounge up some badges to upgrade their gear. Nowadays, there exists 4 places where a player may turn in their Badges of Justice and obtain powerful items in return. In this guide, we will cover them, where they're located, as well as where you can get your Badges of Justice, along with a difficulty meter for each endeavor.
Badges of Justice may be procured from any Heroic Instance available, as well as any raid level 70's can attend to. Each boss will drop 1 Badge, if a 5-man, or 2 Badges, if it's a 10 or 25-man. Some bosses in raids may drop only 1 as well depending on their difficulty, or even up to 3 if they're final bosses.
In addition, you may be able to obtain a Badge of Justice, somewhat unreliably, by completing Shattered Sun Offensive quests that reward you with a Shattered Sun Supplies Bag. The bags have a very low percentage of yielding a Badge of Justice in addition to your item within them.
Finally, there's also the possibility of obtaining them through a Quest - the only quests available that yield Badges of Justice are as follows:
Any Heroic Daily Quest (Wind Trader Zhareem in Shattrath City) - 24g60s and 2 Badges of Justice should you slay the final boss of the Heroic Daily Quest and loot its item
Hex Lord? Hah! (Budd Nedreck in Hatchet Hills) - 13g20s and 5 Badges of Justice should you kill Hex Lord Malacrass in Zul'Aman
Undercover Sister (Budd Nedreck in Hatchet Hills) - Reward for killing Zul'jin and looting his Blood - 10 Badges of Justice
Stasis Chambers of the Mana-Tombs (Commander Ameer in Bash'ir Landing, must be Exalted with Consortium) - 5 Badges of Justice
This is what a Badge of Justice looks like
There are 4 Vendors you may purchase items from, depending from your amount of badges and free time you have to collect from them - below are their descriptions:
G'eras (Shattrath City's Center) - G'eras was the first badge vendor to ever make exist, and he still sells decent gear for those wanting to upgrade their equipment quickly. As of patch 2.3, he received new loot to offer to those who wanted to ease into Zul'aman as well as Karazhan for a larger Badge of Justice amount. If you don't mind slightly outdated gear, visit G'eras, as he may yet have a ring, necklace, trinket or offhand you could use.
Kayri (Sunwell Island) - Kayri is atop the tower near the exotic item vendors, she will be selling you Veteran's PvP gear for Badges of Justice. Veteran's, is, as you know, season 2 gear that got replaced out by the season 3 gear currently available at Honor vendors. If you have lots of Badges and want some starter PvP gear, visit Kayri for a few upgrades.
Smith Hauthaa (Sunwell Island) - The blacksmith Hauthaa fashions Black Temple level gear, anywhere from weapons to chestpieces and leggings, if you can afford her high prices in Badge amounts, then you should definitely visit her as she's the best vendor at the moment with gear the level only hardcore raiders may aspire to obtain. Make sure to bring 100 Badges of Justice or more if you want armor or weapons from her, however.
Shaani (Sunwell Island) - Once the Alchemy Lab has been completed, Shaani will offer you all 6 types of Uncut Epic Gemstones only people with Hyjal access used to have, for a big Badge of Justice price.
So, you're ready to tackle on some instances and get yourself some badges to start saving up for your gear. Below you will find the amount of possible badges you may obtain from any instance you pick, and the relative difficulty of your endeavor.
Auchindoun: Auchenai Crypts - 2 Badges. Easy, if you have a good setup.
Auchindoun: Mana-Tombs - 3 Badges, 4 if you can summon the Exalted-Only Consortium Boss. Hard, first and last bosses are very challenging to groups.
Auchindoun: Sethekk Halls - 2 Badges, 3 if you can summon Anzu, the Druid Epic Flying Boss. Moderate, hard pulls and the final boss is a challenge to keep aggro on.
Auchindoun: Shadow Labyrinth - 5 Badges. Hard, the instance itself doesn't vary much from it's normal counterpart except for Murmur, however, it's a very long instance and Murmur is an actual challenge.
Caverns of Time: Old Hillsbrad Foothills - 3 Badges. Moderate, second boss may pose problems as could Thrall rushing into heroic-type monsters.
Caverns of Time: The Black Morass - 3 Badges. Hard, bring a good group to control dragon spawns and kill fast. Bosses hit very hard, so many avoid this one.
Caverns of Time: Hyjal Summit - 10 Badges. Raid group required, coordination needed, hard.
Coilfang Reservoir: The Slave Pens - 3 Badges. Moderate, last boss may pose problems.
Coilfang Reservoir: The Underbog - 5 Badges. Moderate, long instance.
Coilfang Reservoir: The Steamvault - 3 Badges. Easy, as long as you have decent superior and epic gear.
Coilfang Reservoir: Serpentshrine Cavern - 12 Badges. Raid group required, coordination needed, hard.
Hellfire Citadel: Hellfire Ramparts - 3 Badges. Easy, good tank required for final boss.
Hellfire Citadel: Blood Furnace - 3 Badges. Easy.
Hellfire Citadel: The Shattered Halls - 5 Badges (if event goes well) - Hard. Bring a good group with people who can Crowd Control or you will be here a long time.
Hellfire Citadel: Magtheridon's Lair - 3 Badges - Raid group required, coordination needed, hard.
Isle of Quel'Danas: Magisters' Terrace - 4 Badges - Hard, lots of Crowd Control and skilled play needed.
Isle of Quel'Danas: Sunwell Plateau - 12 Badges - Raid group required, coordination needed, hard.
Tempest Keep: The Arcatraz - 4 Badges - Hard. Final pulls will be quite the challenge to overcome.
Tempest Keep: The Botanica - 5 Badges. Easy, but time consuming.
Tempest Keep: The Mechanar - 4 Badges. Easy and fast to run.
Tempest Keep: The Eye - 8 Badges. Raid group required, coordination needed, hard.
Karazhan - 22 Badges. Raid group required, coordination needed, easy.
Zul'Aman - 13 Badges. Raid group required, coordination needed, moderate.
Gruul's Lair - 5 Badges. Raid group required, coordination needed, hard.
Black Temple - 18 Badges. Raid group required, coordination needed, hard.
As you may see, Karazhan is the best source for Badges, as every week you may get up to 22 Badges for a full clear!
Best of luck saving your Badges of Justice, and getting that gear everyone covets!