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
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.
Location: Mount Hyjal - Nordrassil
Already an existing part of WoW, the Earthern Ring is
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
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.
Quartermaster: Provisioner Arok
- Shimmering Expanse - Silver Tide Hollow
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
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.
Location: Uldum - Ramkahen