Mists of Pandaria - Factions Overview

Wondering what is in store for you in the faction department of Mists of Pandaria? Learn more about the factions you will be earning favor with in the upcoming expansion in this brief overview.

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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.

WoW: Mists of Pandaria
Reputation Factions

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Shado-pan

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:

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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.

The Golden Lotus

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:

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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.

August
Celestials

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:

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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

Klaxxi

Unlike most of the Mantids
found throughout Pandaria, the Klaxxi have managed to remain
uncorrupted. Keepers of the Mantid culture, this group would typically
be enemies of the Pandaren. However, they have come to recognize that
in order to save their race they must take action, even
if it means
wiping out their beloved queen who has been touched with the corruption
that torments the race. Based on reports, players may earn the trust of
this faction, and form an uneasy alliance with them that may allow
access to their unique weapons and armor. Check out the listing of
quests below to see an example of what you will be required to do to
earn reputation with this faction:

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Bloody Delight Collect
Volatile Blood from Dread Remoras. 250 Culling
the Swarm Kill
40 Shek'zeer Mantid in the Clutches of Shek'zeer. 250 The
Klaxxi Council Travel
to Klaxxi'vess at the center of the Dread Wastes. 250 The
Dread Clutches Slay
6 Shek'zeer Clutch-Keepers in the Clutches of Shek'zeer. 250 Living
Amber Collect
8 Living Amber, then feed them to Korven the Prime. 250 Kypari
Zar Activate
the Sonic Tower, then defend Korven the Prime as he examines the tree. 250

You can find a guide with more details about earning reputation with the Klaxxi here: Klaxxi Reputation Guide.

Order of the Cloud Serpent

One of the more interesting
factions, at least when it comes to faction based rewards, the Order of
the Cloud Serpent are an ancient order of warriors trained on the art
of flying. Of course, Pandaren cannot fly on their own, so they must
employ the services of the mighty Cloud Serpent. Players can work to
gain reputation with this faction and eventually gain access to a Cloud
Serpent of their very own. The Cloud Serpent puts this faction at the
top of my reputation grinding lists without a doubt. Below you will
find a sampling of the quests available to earn reputation with this
faction all of which seem to be based around training and growing your
Cloud Serpent:

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the Bouncy Ball to throw it. Then, catch and return the ball to your
hatchling 8 times. 450 Disarming
the Enemy Collect
5 Slitherscale Harpoons. 450 Feeding
Time Collect
6 Saltback Meat and feed them to your hatchling. 450 Full
Speed Ahead Follow
Instructor Windblade. 500 Just
a Flesh Wound Use
Windwool Bandages or Heavy Windwool Bandages to heal 8 injured
Hatchlings. 125

You can find a guide with more details about earning reputation with this faction here: Order of the Cloud Serpent Reputation Guide.

The
Lorewalkers
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Tillers faction will allow players to own their own plot of land which
they can farm for useful items.

As the name implies, the
Lorewalkers are the WoW faction responsible for documenting and
archiving the lore of Pandaria. It is rumored that this faction will be
connected with Archaeology and may even grant skill ups for the
profession. Players will be able to bring artifacts and other objects
from throughout the world to gain favor with them. In return the
Lorewalkers will share their vast knowledge with the player, and
perhaps even allow them to build their own personal historical
library. Below you will find a selection of quests available from this
faction:

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a Saurok and a Hard Place Bring
Between a Saurok and a Hard Place to Lorewalker Cho. 2,850 Fish
Tails Bring
Fish Tails to Lorewalker Cho. 2,850 What
is Worth Fighting For Bring
What is Worth Fighting For to Lorewalker Cho. 2,850

Artisans

The Artisans are a combination
of three factions that make up the workforce of Pandaren society. These
factions include:

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Brewmasters



Remember Chen Stormstout from
your early WoW days? He was part of this
wander-lust filled faction. Devoted to traveling the world the
Brewmasters do not have a permanent home in
Pandaria. Instead players will find members of this faction scattered
throughout the world, searching for new and rare ingredients in their
brews. When found, the Brewmaster will unlock one of the brand spanking
new multi-player scenarios. Completing the scenario will then earn the
player reputation with this drink loving faction. 

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If you thought Pokemon and
Plants vs. Zombies were the only mini-games you would see coming to WoW
you would find yourself proven wrong with the introduction of this
faction. Making their home in the Valley of the Four Winds, the
Tillers, represent the farmers of Pandaria. Offering a variety of daily
quests to earn reputation, the Tillers will eventually allow the player
to own their own plot of land. That’s right ladies and
gentlemen, Farmville has come to World of Warcraft. On these plots of
land players can plant and harvest useful items such as cooking
ingredients, herbs, and even reportedly a companion pet. Based on the
beta, it seems that you may be able to work with and gain reputation
with various members of the Tillers to gain special rewards. 

The individual NPCs that you
can gain reputation with inside this faction are: Ella, Chee Chee,
Fish, Famer Fung, Gina, Jogu the Drunk, Haohan, Old Hillpawn, Tina, and
Sho. Besides these individuals, players may also complete other quests
that grant reputation for the entire Tiller faction such as:

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Water Everywhere Speak
with Wing Nga to borrow a kite, then throw water onto 35 Dusty Spots in
the Heartland. 250 Chasing
the Chicken Pick
up Hillpaw's Chickens until you find his Prize-Winning Chicken. 250 Stealing
is Bad...Re-Stealing is OK Re-steal
16 Stolen Vegetables. 500 Stalling
the Ravage Slay
12 Kunzen Hozen. 500 Simian
Sabotage Use
the Barrel of Fireworks near the Pile of Stolen Weapons, the Pile of
Stolen Tools, the Pile of Stolen Beer, and the Pile of Stolen Grain. 500 Weed
War II Speak
to Gai Lan, then pick 100 Weeds on his farm. 250

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Little is yet known about this
faction, however, from their name alone we can deduce that this is
probably a collection of fishermen. Found in the Valley of the Four
Winds alongside the Tillers we can speculate that players will also
complete daily quests to earn reputation with this faction. Perhaps
also this faction will directly correspond with the fishing skill and
provide skill ups and other benefits.

What are your thoughts on these
new factions set to make an appearance in the upcoming World of
Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion? Are they fitting considering the
nature of the Pandaren, or are they just downright silly and can
earning reputation for these factions actually be fun? Share your
thoughts with us in the comments section below!


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