Northrend Reputation Guide for Paladins
Getting good gear in World of Warcraft has never been easier. Wrath of the Lich King introduced several new factions in the expansion, but also offered ways that grinding out the faction wasn't so tedious. Today, Jay Johnson takes a look at some of the Northrend reputation rewards for Paladins. Find out what's hot and what's not in Ten Ton Hammer's Northrend Reputation Guide for Paladins.
Reputation for specific rewards was a mechanic introduced for end-game raiders in the original WoW. Blizzard quickly realized that people would spend inordinate amounts of time completing daily quests and conquering dungeons in order to gain some better loot. What they've done in the latest expansion is make the reputation gathering less "grindy" and more accessible. Wrath of the Lich King brought about some great advancements as Blizzard learned from the previous iterations. There are currently eight non-faction specific (meaning both Horde and Alliance can earn reputation with them).
In general reputation is gained by completing specific quests or using the newly introduced "championing." Championing is when a player wears the tabard of the group they are gaining reputation with while completing level 80 dungeon instances. Each kill in a dungeon will yield reputation for the tabard being worn (i.e. each player in a group can champion for different reputation). The tabards are available from each Reputation vendor at a reputation level of "Friendly." We'll discuss gaining reputation a bit later. In this article we'll highlight some of the better reputation gear for Paladins and discuss the ways to gain reputation with those factions.
Enough talk, let's see the gear!
Since the Paladin is a hybrid class, he/she is always on the lookout for gear that can bolster healing, cause more damage or aid in protection. This is both a blessing and a curse because the reputation rewards are spread out over almost all of the factions. This guide is broken down by playstyle so you won't have to pick your way through to find those pieces of gear for your spec. This is not an exhaustive guide with every piece of reputation gear available, this is meant for those starting into Northrend to better understand what is available to them.
When looking at the gear, you'll notice the traditional statistics we're looking for as Paladins but you'll also notice the added requirement of reputation (such as "Requires Kirin Tor - Exalted"). Those lines dictate the level of reputation you'll need to purchase the gear and did we mention it isn't free? Don't worry though, at the levels you'll be picking these up it will feel like pocket change for the most part.
The healing plate in Northrend is quite good. Here are a few of the pieces, that will help you fill in your healing set:
- Bracers of Accorded Courtesy (Wyrmrest Accord - Honored)
- Helm of Purified Thoughts (Argent Crusade - Exalted)
- Girdle of the Warrior Magi (Kirin Tor - Revered)
- Standard Issue Legguards (Argent Crusade - Honored)
You'll notice that some of the rewards can be achieved prior to level 80. Those are the ones to aim for while you're leveling up. You can earn experience points and reputation while you gather up some nice loot.
Protection Based Gear
Next up, let's look at the plate designed for protection spec loaded up with defense.
- Ivory-Reinforced Chestguard (Kalu'ak - Honored)
- Toxin-Tempered Sabatons (Knights of the Ebon Blade - Honored)
- Ivory-Reinforced Chestguard (Kalu'ak - Honored)
- Breastplate of the Solemn Council (Wyrmrest Accord - Revered)
- Sabatons of Draconic Vigor (Wyrmrest Accord - Revered)
- Special Issue Legplates (Argent Crusade - Honored)
DPS or Damage Gear
Last but certainly not least is the damage dealer or retribution spec gear.
- Whalebone Carapace (Kalu'ak - Honored)
- Fang-Deflecting Faceguard (Argent Crusade - Revered)
- Spaulders of the Giant Lords (Sons of Hodir - Revered)
- Legplates of Bloody Reprisal (Wyrmrest Accord - Exalted)
- Death-Injured Sabatons (Knights of the Ebon Blade - Exalted)
So where do I go?
The reputation vendors reside in the hubs of the quests that will grant you reputation. Following is a quick tour of where you can start your adventures:
The Argent Crusade will first be met in the northern reaches of Dragonblight, but a vast contingency of outposts and daily quest also reside in Zul'Drak.
The Kalu'ak are some of the walrus-type humanoids added during Wrath. They tend to be near water and like to fish (makes sense eh?). You'll find them early in your Northrend tour as they are in both Borean Tundra and Howling Fjord. You'll notice that you can garner some pre-level 80 gear with them that is quite nice.
The Kirin Tor are focused on taking the fight to the Scourge, so most of their quests are completed in dungeons, but they also have daily cooking and jewelcrafting quests. You'll find them in the Violet Hold in Dalaran and they will provide you with plenty of ways to make the Scourge pay! While doling out some nice goodies to you along the way.
The Knights of the Ebon Blade are most known for cranking out Death Knights (who start out as neutral after completing the starter zone). The rest of us must work our way through Zul'Drak and Icecrown to gain reputation with these vanquishers of the Scourge.
The Sons of Hodir are an interesting crew. After a lengthy (24 parts seems lengthy to me) quest chain, players become Neutral. That is a long ways just have someone not hate you. It is all worth it though, as the quest chain is very engaging with a great story arch and different quest mechanics. I won't spoil it here, go see for yourself as the quest starts in a little tavern at K3 called "They took our men!" You'll want to get reputation with these guys no matter what spec you run, they have the best shoulder glyph in the game for all classes (unless you are an inscriber and can make the shoulder glyphs).
Wymrest Accord describes the uneasy truce between some of the dragon flights, their handlers and the rest of us. We're all in this together as you'll complete quests in Dragonblight (seems appropriate) based out of the tall structure of Wyrmrest right smack in the middle of the zone. These guys will give you the reigns to some dragons, so go make friends with them.
Other factions you'll meet along the way include the Murlocs on the eastern coast of Borean Tundra. The Winterfin Clan is not a clan you can garner real reputation with, but you can buy items from them using Winterfin Clams. For you starting out as Retribution Paladins, I highly recommend the time it will take to gather 50 clams and pick up Tidebreaker Trident.
So there is a brief introduction to the major reputation vendors in Northrend and what they can provide for you. As said earlier, this is by no means a complete list, but should give you enough information to get you started and see which reputation rewards will best suit your playstyle. Enjoy your run through Northrend and make some friends along the way (they dole out good loot).