Updated Fri, Oct 26, 2012 by Mem
With their clunky and yawn inducing feel, it is no surprise to learn that the factions that will be introduced in the new World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion will be a bit different than anything we have seen in the past. Sure we will still have to work for their favor, however, according to Blizzard factions in Mists of Pandaria will be a whole new ballgame. The powers that be have promised that not only will reputation building be rewarding but it will also focus less on grinding (hallelujah!) and could even potentially be… /gasp…fun.
How this idea will actually pan out in game is anyone’s guess and even those with beta access are left mostly guessing. With few players at level 90 and only certain zones and instances open, the Mists of Pandaria beta has kept these factions relating to reputation in the dark. This can be frustrating for those reputation junkies (like myself) that are dying to know what is in store for them in the next WoW expansion. To sate some of that desire we have compiled a list of the known factions that will be found in Mists of Pandaria as well as the little information that we currently know about them. Read onward to find out more about reputation factions in Mists of Pandaria.
The Shado-pan are an elite group of warrior Pandaren that make it their business to know everything there is to know about the Sha, the mortal enemy of the Pandaren. Found in the Kun-Lai Summit this faction is mysterious with a dark nature that is very unlike the other factions found in Mists of Pandaria. These guys are the real Kung Fu warriors of Pandaria. To earn reputation with this WoW faction, players will need to join them and slowly work their way up through the ranks. To help earn some reputation with the elusive Shado-pan players may complete the following quests:
|Born Free||Free 6 Wild Cloudrunners from their chains.||250
|Bronze Claws||Collect 20 Bronze Claws.||250
|Dark Arts||Collect 8 Shan'ze Tablets.||250|
|Egg Rescue!||Collect 8 Cloudrunner Eggs.||250|
|Grave Consequences||Kill 24 Shan'ze Ancestors.||250|
|Illusions of the Past||Kill 3 Shan'ze Illusionists.||250|
|In Spite of Everything||Kill the Darkwoods Faerie.||250|
|Little Hatchlings||Free 20 Cloudrunner Hatchlings||250|
|Riding the Storm||Use the Bronze Claws to mount 8 Shan'ze Cloudrunners. Attack them to free them from corruption.||250|
|Spiteful Sprites||Kill 30 Darkwoods Pixies or Darkwoods Charmers.||250|
|The Mogu Menace||Kill 12 Shan'ze Serpentbinders or Shan'ze Beastmasters.||250|
|When the Dead Speak||Kill the Shan'ze Deathspeaker||250|
|Where it Counts||Throw 8 Kunzen Ritual Candles, kick 4 Blazing Embers, and slay 1 Kunzen Ritualist.|
You can find a guide with more details about earning reputation with this faction here: Shado-pan Reputation Guide.
Selected by the August Celestials (see below), the Golden Lotus are a secret society of guardians with the sole task of protecting and maintaining the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Continuously facing attacks from the hated Mogu and Mantid, the Vale is never safe. You will be enlisted to help them defend the Vale. At first tasks will be small, however, as you gain reputation with the faction and their trust, you will be sent onto the front lines and given access to their precious vaults filled with historical artifacts and writings. There are currently over 50 daily quests in place for this faction. Check out the quests below to see a sampling of what is in store for you when earning reputation with the Golden Lotus:
|Meating Expectations||Retrieve 10 slabs of Fairlands Gazelle Meat.||250|
|Enemy at the Gates||Use a Shado-Pan Sky Serpent to kill 60 Krik'thik attackers, 3 Krik'thik War Wagons, and 3 Krik'thik Catapults.||350|
|Mantis Under Fire||Use a Shado-Pan Hot Oil Bucket to kill 80 mantid near the Gate of the Setting Sun.||250|
You can find a guide with more details about earning reputation with this faction here: Golden Lotus Reputation Guide.
The August Celestials are four powerful and ancient Pandaren spirits. Responsible for choosing those considered worthy enough to be part of the Golden Lotus, the August Celestials are a driving force in Pandaren society. While the August Celestials are focused on defending Pandaria as a whole, their primary focus is the sacred temples. Players will be called to action at their temples to earn favor with this faction. Below is a sampling of the quests that will be available to earn reputation with this faction:
|A Blade is a Blade||Obtain 10 Sra'thik Weapons.||250|
|Fallen Sentinels||Heal 8 Wounded Niuzao Sentinels above 50% health.||250|
|In Battle's Shadow||Throw 10 Loose Stones up to Niuzao Stonemasons.||250|
|Niuzao's Price||Kill the mantid of Sra'thik Incursion so that Tai Ho can search their bodies for pieces of Niuzao's statuette.||250|
|Paying Tribute||Obtain 6 stores of good for Niuzao.||250|
|The Big Guns||Destroy 3 Sra'thik War Wagons.||250|
|The Overwhelming Swarm||Defeat 4 Sra'thik Kunchong.||250|
|The Siege Swells||Defeat 25 Sra'thik attackers at Niuzao Temple.||350|
|The Unending Siege||Defeat 12 Sra'thik attackers at Niuzao Temple.||350|