Wrath of the Lich King Reputation Guide for Mages
Gearing up at level 80 in World of Warcraft can be done in many different ways, but one of the most productive ways you can go about it is by earning reputation. The advantages to reputation items is that they can be earned completely solo if need be (though it's much faster by grouping). David Piner outlines for us some of the rewards mages can look forward to with the proper Northrend Reputation.
Ever since World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade there has been a heavy amount of focus and dedication to reputations. With the expansion WoW: Wrath of the Lich King it continues to be a big focus for players who are gearing up or are in need of some of the powerful loot or enchants a reputation offers.
There is a large variety of reputations in Northrend and the Mage can benefit greatly from many of them. In the gearing up section there is a lot of +hit gear that can be obtained from reputation vendors and a lot of shoulder/head enchants are available as well. Leveling up some reputations are even easier as a Mage. For instance, Mages start out friendly with the Kirin Tor.
Reputation – What is it?
We can talk highly of reputation all day long but that isn’t going to explain what it is. If you’re new to the game then relax. Reputations only start coming into play at 70 and even then you can play until 80 without worrying too much about them. Reputation as a word is used in a weird way. When we talk about “reputations” we talk more along the lines of your faction with the various groups and organizations that have a reputation stat attached to them.
For instance, in Outland you’ll find doing quests will increase your reputation with Thrallmar or Honor Hold (depending if you’re Horde or Alliance). You’ll get a nice little message saying that “Your reputation has increased by 150 points with Honor Hold”. These points act like experience to “level up” your reputation with that faction. There are many levels and each level determines what you can do.
There is a lot more to it, but we’re only focusing on the friendly reputations that have loot to sell us for the various levels. There are a total of 8 levels ranging from Hated to Exalted. You’ll start out Neutral with most of the factions talked about here. As you level up you can reach Friendly, Honored, Revered, and Exalted. Revered and Exalted are the points where you’ll get that factions best gear. You’ll need 3,000 points to go from Neutral to Friendly, 6,000 to go from Friendly to Honored, 12,000 for Honored to Revered, and 21,000 to go from Revered to Exalted.
Reputation is gained by doing quests for a faction or “championing” their cause. You can purchase tabards from some factions (we’ll tell you which ones, don’t worry) that will allow you to gain reputation for their faction in level 80 heroic instances.
Now that we know what it is, let’s start talking about what it can get us. Loot and Enchants.
As a Mage you’ll start out friendly with the Kirin Tor and end up Honored by the time you’re done questing through Dragonblight (most likely, anyway). They are a hard faction to level up with so that’s a big bonus! That’s especially good since they contain one of the best pre-raid weapons for a Mage. Not only that, but they have the best Arcanum that a Mage can get as well.
First let’s talk getting your reputation up with these wacky Mages flying around in their floating city. A good deal of reputation will come from doing quests in Borean Tundra, Dragonblight, Coldarra and within their city of Dalaran. Outside of their quests there are two dungeon dailies available outside of the Violet Hold. Archmage Lan’dalock gives the heroic daily which lands you with 75 Kirin Tor reputation and Archmage Timear gives a normal dungeon daily which hands out a token for 250 reputation with the Kirin Tor (if you choose). So running the regular and heroic dungeon daily will land you with 325 points a day. There is a Jewelcrafting and Cooking daily available as well that gives 75 and a 150 reputation respectively.
This is also a reputation you can champion for. Once you reach friendly you can obtain a tabard and champion their cause.
Now on to the good stuff. They have the following Mage-tastic items available:
of Dedicated Research (Cloak) [Honored]
28 Stamina, 29 Intellect, 38 haste rating, 46 spell power
- Arcanum of Burning Mysteries (Arcanum – Head
30 spell power, 20 critical strike rating
- Flameheart Spell Scalpel (Dagger) [Revered]
28 Stamina, 33 Intellect, 34 hit rating (big one), 25 critical strike, 355 spell power
One of, if not the best pre-raid one-handed Mage weapon.
- Robes of Crackling Flame (Chest/Robe) [Exalted]
66 Stamina, 73 Intellect, 42 haste rating, 104 spell power, 26MP5
More of a healer robe, but it is applicable to a Mage.
This is an easy reputation to gain. If you do any of the quests for the main storyline factions like the Explorer’s League or The Warsong Offensive then you’ll get a little bit of rep with these guys. If you don’t wear a tabard in a heroic instance then you’ll get reputation with these guys as well. So it’s not hard to get your rep up. Although, there isn’t a point in farming it since the loot isn’t all that great except when leveling up.
Let’s talk rewards:
- Charged Wand of the Cleft (Wand) (Horde) | Gnomish
Magician’s Quill (Alliance) [Revered]
18 Intellect, 17 Spirit, 20 spell power
Not anything special, more of a early healer wand, but does work for a Mage.
Darkspear Orb (Off-hand) (Horde) | Orb of the Eastern Kingdoms
44 Stamina, 31 haste rating, 34 spell power
There are three ways to get reputation with these crusaders for the light. The first is the large number of quests that you can do in Zul’drak and Icecrown. The second is the daily quests Pa’Troll which lands you 350 reputation (with an additional 500 if you’re done in 20 minutes) and Slaves to Saronite in Icecrown for another 250. The third is by championing their cause. Right, simple enough! Loot time.
- Purifying Torch (Wand) [Revered]
21 Stamina, 8MP5, 26 spell power
Another healer item that can be used by a Mage if there isn’t anything better at the time.
Signet of Hopeful Light (Ring) [Exalted]
42 Stamina, 50 Intellect, 26 haste rating, 58 spell power
Frenzyheart and the Oracles
I can’t honestly recommend any loot from these two cuddly factions. While there is a Wand that the Oracles have (and you don’t, until you’re good enough friends!) that is somewhat ok, there still is a 8 day wait to get it. If you want the Mage loot, the Oracles have a 31 stamina, 16 critical strike, 26 spell power wand if you plan on grinding up for the mysterious egg for the non-combat pets.
The loveable Tuskarr who have some odd daily quests have a ton of quests for their faction and 3 dailies clocking in at 500 reputation each. You can’t champion for them, but you can take some ok loot honored.
- Turtle-Minders Robe (Robe) [Honored]
55 Stamina, 56 Intellect, 38 hit rating, 66 spell power
The crafted Ebonweave Robe has the same stats, but way more of them. If you’re looking for an item like this consider this item as something to hold you off until then.
Knights of the Ebon Blade
Ah Death Knights, the Mage’s worst enemy (in theory anyway). You’ve got to help take the Shadow Vault before you can do their dailies (it’s a quest line in Icecrown) and each of their six daily quests give 250 reputation. You can also champion them. You might start out at Neutral but it’s not a hard reputation to get up.
- Dark Soldier Cape (Cloak) [Honored]
28 Stamina, 38 Intellect, 29 hit rating, 46 spell power
- Belt of Dark mending (Waist) [Exalted]
64 Stamina, 50 Intellect, 55 haste rating, 77 spell power
At Wrymrest Temple you can do quests, do three dailies, or get a tabard at friendly to champion their cause in level 80 heroic instances. A pretty easy reputation, even if the black dragonflight is aligned to it.
- Sash of the Wizened Wrym (Waist) [Honored]
37 Stamina, 51 Intellect, 40 hit rating, 60 spell power
Getting to honored isn’t hard at all and this is an amazing item.
of Crimson Fury (Feet) [Revered]
49 Stamina, 50 Intellect, 51 haste rating, 77 spell power, blue socket w/ 4 int bonus
Sons of Hodir
It takes over 10 days to get exalted with the Sons of Hodir but it’s worth it for the shoulder enchants. There is just one you want called the Greater Inscription of the Storm which adds 24 spell power and 15 critical strike to a shoulder item.
Oh, I got ahead of myself didn’t I! To get friendly with these angry dudes you’ll need to start the quest line with They Took Our Men! in K3 (Storm Peaks) which will bring you up to friendly with them. At which point you can do dailies to get your reputation up. As a small note, the blue (superior) shoulder enchants are as good as the superior shoulder enchants from The Burning Crusade.
Well that’s all of the factions and all of the great Mage loot available from them! If you’ve got anything to add be sure to come on over to our forums and chat about it!