Insane in the Membrane Guide

Updated Mon, Jan 09, 2012 by Mem

As Cataclysm winds down, and it is indeed winding down as guilds everywhere are taking down Deathwing the final mega boss of this expansion. You may be finding yourself burdened with that overwhelming boredom that comes at the end of every World of Warcraft expansion. If you are looking for a productive way to fill the void until Mists of Pandaria releases you may be considering taking on some of the more challenging achievements in the game. Insane in the Membrane is one of those achievements and as the name suggests you almost have to be totally nuts to take it on. Almost slated for removal in Cataclysm, this achievement has managed to live on and is just waiting for the next victim to take on the challenge.

Insane in the Membrane Achievement Requirements

The WoW Insane in the Membrane achievement is certainly not for the faint of heart. In order to complete this achievement you must grind out and destroy reputation for some of the most obscure factions found on Azeroth. Insane in the Membrane requires the player to obtain the following:

  • Honored with Bloodsail Buccaneers
  • Exalted with Everlook 
  • Exalted with Ratchet 
  • Exalted with Booty Bay 
  • Exalted with Gadgetzan 
  • Exalted with Ravenholdt

Pretty intimidating isn’t it? If you can believe it this WoW achievement has been cropped for Cataclysm and previously required another obscure exalted reputation for completion, so consider yourself lucky. If the requirements for this Insane in the Membrane haven’t sent you running and screaming for cover like a scared little girl then continue reading on for a brief explanation on how to get insane.

Insane in the Membrane Achievement Reputation Gain

Bloodsail Buccaneers

To start off this mind-bending journey to the Insane in the Membrane achievement you will want to take the first plunge into insanity by working your Bloodsail Buccaneers reputation to Honored. To do this, you need to kill a lot (and I mean A LOT) of Booty Bay Bruisers. Yep, its as easy as that. Walk into Booty Bay like you own the place and kill every guard in sight…over and over and over again. Booty Bay Bruisers now grant reputation all the way the to Exalted, however, feel free to stop the suffering at Honored. It is estimated that you will need roughly 2520 kills (this is a rough estimate not including Human Diplomacy, guild bonuses, or holiday buffs) to hit Honored with this faction.

The bad news here (of course there is bad news) is that while earning Bloodsail Buccaneer reputation you will ultimately cause your reputation with Booty Bay, Ratchet, Gadgetzan, and Everlook, otherwise known as Steamwheedle Cartel, to completely tank. This leads us to our next reputation grind for this WoW achievement; the Steamwheedle Cartel.

Steamwheedle Cartel (Booty Bay/Ratchet/Everlook/Gadgetzan)

Thankfully you do not have to maintain your Bloodsail Buccaneers reputation to gain the Insane in the Membrane WoW achievement leaving you with a few options to earn back favor with these factions:

For those willing to spend some cold hard cash instead of lots of time (and not worried about maintaining their Bloodsail Buccaneers reputation) players may choose to hand in cloth to repair their reputation. Using this method players can go from Hated to Neutral in a relatively short time. To do this you will need roughly:

For: Mending Old Wounds 

  • 3360 Linen Cloth
  • 336 Empty Vials
Starts and Ends: Mupsi Shacklefridd in Ratchet

For Traitor to the Bloodsail

  • 1680 Linen Cloth
  • 168 Red Dye
Starts and Ends: Bloodsail Traitor in the Cape of Stranglethorn

For: War at Sea

  • 840 Mageweave
  • 84 Strong Flux
Starts and Ends: Rumsen Fizzlebrack in Gadgetzan

For: Making Amends

  • 420 Runecloth
  • 42 Coal
Starts and Ends: Bronn Fitzwrench in Everlook

Remember that by completing the above quests for this WoW achievement you will not only lose standing with the Bloodsail Buccaneers but will also only manage to go from Hated to Neutral. Of course this is quite a feat, however, there is more work to be done for you to become fully insane.

The second method for gaining reputation with these factions is to kill pirates. Now I firmly believe that killing pirates should be illegal, but when it comes to going insane one must do what one must do to achieve it. Pirates that earn reputation can be found in the Cape of Stranglethron. Once again you are going to need to kill A LOT of pirates to earn this part of the achievement. . You may start using this method at any reputation level and can and will use it to propel yourself forward to Exalted with all the Steamwheedle Cartel factions to get you one step closer to earning the Insane in the Membrane achievement. Now we head onward to the final two reputations that will send you fully plunging down the rabbit hole starting with Ravenholdt. 


You will need to gain Exalted reputation with Ravenholdt for this WoW achievement and it is no less hard and mind numbing than the others. There are currently only two ways to gain reputation with Ravenholdt and both may make you want to gouge your eyes out with spoons by the end.

The first is the systematic killing of the Syndicate NPCs found in Stormgarde Keep in Arathi Highlands. These mobs will give you reputation up until you reach Revered. Once Revered is reached you will need to move on to the second (and much more difficult) method; turning in lockboxes for the quest Junkboxes Needed found in Hillsbrad Foothills. Lockboxes must come from level 50-60 mobs and you will need to collect roughly 1405 of these little beauties. You cannot buy or sell these items on the Auction House so you must turn to good old fashioned farming. Lower Blackrock Spire and Blackrock Depths are both popular places to successfully farm these boxes. Collect and turn in enough

If you haven’t been thrown in the loony bin yet, its time to move on to the final chapter of the Insane in the Membrane WoW achievement. So hold onto your sanity for alittle while longer as we dive into Darkmoon Faire reputation.

Darkmoon Faire

There is only one real way to earn reputation with the Darkmoon Faire turning in Darkmoon or Inscription Decks. The most popular deck tends to be the Rogues Desk which is made with Inscription. This deck rewards around 25 reputation and the best part is that you can turn it in virtually anywhere. Once you have created the deck you will be able to summon an NPC to turn the quest into. This NPC will stick around for 2 minutes and you can turn in as many decks as you wish during that time. At 25 reputation per turn in it will take you roughly 1680 turn ins to go from Neutral to Exalted. That’s a heck of a lot of low level herbs and gold to make or buy cards but it can be done!

Insane in the Membrane Achievement Rewards

Upon completion of the Insane in the Membrane WoW achievement players will be rewarded for their efforts with the well deserved title . As an extra bonus those that do complete this achievement may be visited by floating pink elephants and may eventually be hauled off by men in while coats to a safe padded room. However, as one of the few titles in game with any real work behind them anymore, earning this title is well worth it.

Do you have any tips or tricks for the Insane in the Membrane WoW achievement that you would like to share with the community? Please share them with us in the comments section below. Your input is truly invaluable!

not to dampen your spirit but i have sent several tickets in and gotten pretty much the same answer: you have to have all the reps at the same time.

losing honored with bloodsail pirates and you will not get the achievement.

Do not listen to the above comment, you absolutely do NOT have to maintain Bloodsail rep to gain this achievement. Like all other multi-part achievements, once you have met the criteria for that part of it, you keep that "checkmark" if you will for it. So again, once you have met the Bloodsail requirement, you can go hog wild to gain all the Steamwheedle Rep without worry.

Indeed, as the Bloodsail and Steamwheedle Factions are mutually exclusive, it is not even possible to be Exalted with the Cartel and Honored with the Buccaneers. Please stop trying to Troll, whoever you are, 'Anonymous'. This is not an appropriate venue for that.

I already rep with the Cartel, so do I push it to Exalted and then go for Bloodsail or stop right now and start with Bloodsail first.

Current standing:
Booty Bay 3414/21000 Revered
Everlook 9198/12000 Honored
Gadgetzan 8791/12000 Honored
Ratchet 8760/12000 Honored

If you go Cartel first they will all be hated when you reach honored with Bloodsail. You will lose, for example, the use of the ships as transportation with these factions. If you wanna go Loremaster later on, you will have a problem too. I went Bloodsail rep first because at the end I prefer 1 hated, Bloodsail, over 4 hated factions, Cartel. The real (insane) hero's go Bloodsail first and rep themselves up again with just killing pirates, and stay that way honored with Bloodsail and become revered with the Cartel.
Good luck

Exalted Cartel I mean.

Kinda difficult when that now all the guards are lvl 85s .. gonna be interesting!!

Kinda difficult when that now all the guards are lvl 85s .. gonna be interesting!!

By killing pirates i mean those on f.e. Lost Rigger Cove and Shouthbreak Shore. Low lv and low rep, it will cost a lot of time.
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Until you're revered with Ratchet and Gadgetzan, this is the fastest way to improve your Steamwheedle reputations without damaging your Bloodsail Buccaneers reputation, Slaughter the Southsea Freebooters.
There are two locations where these Southsea Freebooter mobs can be found. The first is just south of Ratchet. The mobs here are around level 15, and give Ratchet rep (plus spillover). The second is Lost Rigger Cove, southeast of Gadgetzan. The mobs here are around level 40, and give give Gadgetzan rep (plus spillover).

These pirates offer only 5 rep each (25 for named mobs), but are easy for a level 80 to slaughter en masse. These pirates also drop cloth, so you can gather this for the relevant Turn-in Quests, if you don't mind that those quests reduce Bloodsail Buccaneers reputaton.

Actually you can do a questchain that phases Booty Bay. The guards will be lvl 35 and you will not have a problem anymore! :D

ahh well thats nice to know but where does the quest start?

This Guide needs updating as there are now Dailies and Monthly Quests that can be run for reputation gains with the Darkmoon Faire.

And how exactly does one do that? As far as I know, it's impossible.

You definitely do not have to have both reps at the same time. For those of us too lazy to read all of this I found this youtube video to be very helpful. Creator added lots of little shortcuts too which saved me days of farming/grinding.


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