WoW Cataclysm: Reputations Overview

Updated Tue, Apr 26, 2011 by Mem

With Cataclysm fast approaching, WoW players everywhere are preparing to start the (thankfully short) journey to level 85. As you plow your way through post-Cataclysm Azeroth it is inevitable that you will soon be faced with the six new factions available, their rewards, and the usually mind numbing grinds that go along with them. Guides to help with the reputation grind for each faction are in the works,, but that doesn’t mean you need to head into Cataclysm totally clueless in the meantime.

Below are the six new factions available and some basic information about each that will allow you, the reader,  to move confidently into the flow of the factions and reputations of Cataclysm. For those in a hurry quick references to the factions most notable rewards can be found in the sidebar.

*Please note that much of the information in this guide reflect the current state of reputations at the end beta, and as such could be subject to change shortly after the launch of Cataclysm.

The Guardians of Hyjal

A druidic faction, the Guardians of Hyjal as their name implies, are

Notable Faction Rewards:

charged with protecting Mount Hyjal and Nordassil. Resembling the Cenarian Circle of the old world this faction wishes to repopulate the region with animal and plant life.

To start your relationship with the Guardians, first pick up the Mount Hyjal related quest (available at level 80) from an announcement board that can be found in one of your faction's major cities. From there you will be sent first to Moonglade, then be taken via green dragon to Mount Hyjal. Here you will discover some very grim news, and get your first introduction to the Guardians of Hyjal. Almost all quests in this zone provide reputation for this faction.

Faction Quartermaster: Provisioner Whitecloud
Quartermaster Location: Mount Hyjal - Nordrassil

Item Name Type/Slot Reputation Spec
Tabard Friendly All
Neck/Neck Honored Tanking
Finger/Finger Honored Melee DPS
Back/Back Honored Healing
Mail/Legs Revered Spell DPS/Healing
Plate/Feet Revered Melee DPS
Leather/Chest Revered Physical DPS
Leather/Hands Revered Spell DPS/Healing
Neck/Neck Revered Physical DPS
Enchant/Head Revered Spell DPS
Back/Back Exalted Tanking
Mail/Feet Exalted Physical DPS
Cloth/Waist Exalted Spell DPS/Healing
Plate/Waist Exalted Spell DPS/Healing

The Earthen Ring

Notable Faction Rewards:

Already an existing part of WoW, the Earthern Ring is dedicated to bringing harmony between the elemental forces of Azeroth, and is the most influential shamanistic organization currently in the world.  The Earthern Ring has become a major player in the world since the rebirth of Deathwing which has forced the elements into utter chaos.

At level 82 players will be able to pick up a quest from their local announcement board relating to the underwater city of Vashj’ir or taking them into the Maelstrom to Deepholm. Once a quest is chosen the player will begin their journey to either of these fantastic new zones and begin their reputation gains with the Earthen Ring. Both these zones provide reputation gaining quests for the faction, however reputation rewards can only be found in Vashj'ir.

Faction Quartermaster: Provisioner Arok
Quartermaster Location: Vashj’ir - Shimmering Expanse - Silver Tide Hollow

Item Name Type/Slot Reputation Spec
Tabard Friendly All
Plate/Legs Honored Tanking
Mail/Shoulder Honored Physical DPS
Neck/Neck Honored Healing
Cloth/Head Honored Spell DPS
Back/Back Revered Melee DPS
Plate/Chest Revered Healing
Leather/Legs Revered Spell DPS
Back/Back Revered Spell DPS
Enchant/Head Revered Tanking
Plate/Hands Exalted Healing
Finger/Finger Exalted Physical DPS
Cloth/Hands Exalted Spell DPS
Mail/Feet Exalted Spell DPS


Notable Faction Rewards:

Once part of the Tol’vir race which was created to safeguard the secrets of the Titans, the Ramkahen are direct descendents of those Tol’vir that succumbed to the Curse of Flesh. While they no longer have the stone bodies of the original Tol‘vir, the Ramkahen are still dedicated to protecting the secrets that are a part of their heritage. Resembling cats, the Ramkahen race flows nicely with the overall Egyptian feel of Uldum.

Your relationship with the Ramkahen will begin around level 83 as a breadcrumb type quest  becomes available that can be picked up at your nearest Archaeology trainer, or announcement board. Once obtained, the quest will send you to Thistleshrub Valley in southern Tanaris to meet up with a caravan just outside the Gate of Unending Cycles. After a rather long (but totally worth watching) cutscene in which you help escort the caravan into Uldum, you will meet your first member of the Ramkahen, Prince Nadun who is currently a captive.

Faction Quartermaster: Blacksmith Abasi
Quartermaster Location: Uldum - Ramkahen

Item Name Type/Slot Reputation Spec
Tabard/Tabard Friendly All
Mail/Waist Honored Physical DPS
Plate/Feet Honored Healing
Cloth/Back Honored Melee DPS
Finger/Finger Honored Healing
Enchant/Head Revered Phyiscal DPS
Cloth/Chest Revered Spell DPS
Finger/Finger Revered Melee DPS
Leather/Belt Revered Physical DPS
Mail/Waist Revered Healing
Cloth/Feet Exalted Spell DPS
Plate/Wrist Exalated Tanking
Plate/Waist Exalted Healing
Neck/Neck Exalted Melee DPS

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