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Northrend Reputation Guide for Shamans

Updated Tue, Mar 31, 2009 by Bluto



“A man's reputation is what other people think of him; his character is what he really is.”

“Faction grinding.” Two words that usher a host of gruesome thoughts for any MMO player.  It seems to have become a necessary evil of MMOs. WoW is no exception to this blight.  But it’s not all doom and gloom. Reputation rewards are one of the few things in WoW that a player has control over.  They may not be easy to obtain, but at least you know what you will receive.  No questions asked, obtain the correct faction and get item. It’s that simple. There is no waiting for a chance of an item drop.  Hell even when an item drops you may still need to roll against a competing player. AND if that’s not bad enough, a player may be forced to deal with one of the most horrific of all WoW enemies. The Loot Ninja, the scourge of raiding for gear.

Obtaining these reputations is pretty standard.  Locate the corresponding quest, accept quests, complete and turn in quests.  Wash, Rinse, Repeat until Exalted.  In addition to questing players can wear a tabard of the faction they are attempting to gain favor with, while running level 80 instances.  Tabards can only be purchased up gaining friendly status with the faction.  It’s a fantastic improvement over the previous run the same set of instances over and over again. An industrious player can gain exalted status with any reputation in mere days.   I myself could not, but I am far from industrious.

Fret not, by the time I hit 80 as a Horde Shaman my WotLK reputation looked like this.

  • Argent Crusade – Friendly
  • Kirin Tor – Friendly
  • Knights of the Ebon Blade – Neutral (of course I just hit Icecrown, so this is a little low)
  • The Kalu’ak – Revered
  • The Sons of Hodir – Friendly
  • The Wyrmrest Accord – Honored
  • Horde Expedition – Revered
  • Frenzyheart Tribe – Hated
  • The Oracles - Honored

Gearing the shaman all depends on what kind of shaman you’ve decided to build for yourself.  It can make deciding where to focus.  Since just about every faction has something for your shaman. Here’s a quick little easy chart for you folks to follow. This is not a complete list of items, but a guide.  Slot enhancements and patterns have been omitted.  Sorry to break it to Blizzard, but we aren’t all Jewel Crafters. Which seems to be the disproportionate amount of faction based recipes.  If you are a Jewel Crafter, become exalted with every faction in the game, or maybe it just seems that way. Where’s the Alchemy love Blizzard?

Argent Crusade

There are a number of daily quests players can select from.  Choose four a day at 250 reputation apiece.

Item

Reputation

Build

Battle Mender’s Helm

Revered

Elemental/Restoration

Polished Regimental Hauberk

Exalted

Enhancement

Signet of Hopeful Light

Exalted

Elemental/Restoration

 
Kirin Tor

The only daily quest to yield Kirin Tor faction is the daily cook quest in Dalaran. So wearing that tabard and hitting instances is the way to go.

Item

Reputation

Build

Shroud of Dedicated Research

Honored

Elemental/Restoration

Spaulders of Grounded Lightning

Honored

Enhancement

Flameheart Scalpel

Revered

Elemental/Restoration

Boots of Twinkling Stars

Exalted

Enhancement

 
Knights of the Ebon Blade

Daily quests for 250 reputation apiece.

Item

Reputation

Build

Dark Soldier Cape

Honored

Elemental/Restoration

Unholy Persuader

Honored

Enhancement

Spaulders of the Black Arrow

Honored

Enhancement

Kilt of Dark Mercy

Exalted

Elemental/Restoration

 
The Kalu’ak

By the time you are level 80, you should be close to revered or revered with these guys. If you are just short, hit a few of the daily quests. Go ahead and do the creepy and sometimes inappropriate feeling “Planning for the Future” quest.  It just feels so wrong.  Once Revered head over and collect your blue items.

Item

Reputation

Build

Cuttlefish Scale Breastplate

Honored

 

Cuttlefish Tooth Ringmail

Honored

Elemental/Restoration

Totemic Purification Rod

Revered

Elemental/Restoration

Traditional Flensing Knife

Revered

 

The Sons of Hodir

There are many great enhancements here as well as mounts. Not worth the investment of time at the beginning.  Daily quests as well as turning in Relics of Ulduar, and you thought they were just for booze? For shame people, for shame.

Item

Reputation

Build

Stalactite Chopper

Revered

Enhancement

 
The Wyrmrest Accord

Daily quests, 250 reputation for each quest.

Item

Reputation

Build

Gavel of the Brewing Storm

Revered

Elemental/Restoration

Grips of Fierce Pronouncements

Exalted

Elemental/Restoration

 
Horde Expedition

The Horde Expedition is made up of the following four subsets. Each contributes to the Horde Expedition Reputation.

  • The Hand of Vengeance
  • The Sunreavers
  • The Taunka
  • Warsong Offensive

Item

Reputation

Build

Warsong Stormshield

Revered

Elemental/Restoration

Warsong Shanker

Revered

Enhancement

 
The Alliance Vanguard

The Alliance Vanguard is made up of the following four subsets. Each contributes to the Alliance Vanguard Reputation.

  • Explorers’ League
  • The Frostborn
  • The Silver Covenant
  • Valiance Expedition

Item

Reputation

Build

Lordaeron’s Resolve

Revered

Elemental/Restoration

Shield of the Lion-Hearted

Revered

Enhancement

 
Sholazar Basin Factions

Factions in Sholazar Basin can be switched by battling Artruis the Heartless.  He’s the lich with the Frenzyheart and Oracle enslaved mob.  Just kill the one you don’t want to be loyal to anymore.  Both sides have a random selection of daily quests.  Completing each of these quests will grant players an achievement, if that’s your thing.

Frenzyheart Tribe

Item

Reputation

Build

Scavenged Feathery Leggings

Revered

Elemental/Restoration

Frenzyheart Insignia of Fury

Exalted

Enhancement

 

The Oracles

Item

Reputation

Build

Sharkjaw Cap

Revered

Elemental/Restoration

Toothslice Helm

Revered

Enhancement

Oracle Talisman of Ablution

Exalted

All Builds

 
Now get to questing and get those factions up there. Your free (well at least at nominal fee) items are waiting for you.


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