Wrath of the Lich King Reputation for Warriors
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, Adam Stow takes a look at some of the Northrend reputation rewards for Warriors. Find out what's hot and what's not in Ten Ton Hammer's Northrend Reputation Guide for Warriors.
Reputation is a sneaky way of getting what you want. Just by doing dungeons and quests, suddenly you hit a landmark level and you have access to an array of high quality items. Sometimes you won't even notice the fact that you gained a reputation level until you hit exalted and then realize how far you've come. For those of you rising up in this era of World of Warcraft, however, you cannot afford to ignore reputation. We warriors have something to benefit from in every faction, even those sissy Kirin Tor mages have a pair of gloves with our name on them! However, you must prioritize as some offer an immediate benefit, while some offer next to nothing until maxed out. It all depends on what you're looking to do!
Priority 1 - The Wyrmrest Accord
The neutral residents of Dragonblight have two pieces that will last you well into your raiding career. The Cloak of Peaceful Resolutions is available before you hit 80, only requires Honored, and nearly unmatched by any other blue quality drop. At revered, we have the Sabatons of Draconic Vigor for another piece of solid defense and hit tanking gear, and lastly the Breastplate of the Solemn Council at revered as well. The breastplate is optional as many heroics will drop very similar pieces, such as the Halls of Stone giving a breastplate with similar stats and sockets, but if upon hitting 80 you have nothing better? By all means, go for it! If you're looking to break some skulls, with the coming Armor Penetration boosts of 3.1 you'll find that the legplates make exalted a worthwhile investment.
All of these pieces are bought from Cielstrasza on the top floor of the Wyrmrest Temple. Doing all of the quests from Coldarra and central Dragonblight will bring you nearly to Honored, and from there the daily quests consists of 2 in Coldarra (Drake Hunt, and Aces High!) and Defending Wyrmrest Temple from the middle level of the temple. You can champion this by purchasing a Tabard as well.
Priority 2 - Sons of Hodir
The giants of Storm Peaks will take a long time to finish, but the result is a very good tanking enchant for your shoulders. You should work on this faction whenever you can since it is entirely focused around daily quests and cannot be championed with a tabard. Be persistent and eventually your 20 defense and 15 dodge enchantment will be yours. Also note that the Stalactite Chopper could make for a solid main hand tanking weapon with its high stamina, should you manage to hit your defensive goals through your armor alone. From a damaging perspective, the Axe Enchants are stellar and just as required as the tanking version if that's what you're doing.
Lillehoff is your go to guy, er, giant for these. He also accepts 10 Relics of Ulduar for instant shots of 250 reputation. These are not soulbound and you can purchase them from other players should you get tired of running the daily quests, which all center around Dun Niffelem. They are quite crowded typically, and you might have to jockey for position and tagging of monsters before other players steal them. Be ready to charge!
Priority 3 - Argent Crusade (Tanking), Knights of the Ebon Blade (Offensive)
The big brothers of the Argent Dawn will give you a solid pair of legs that will last you until you get an epic pair like the legplates from Violet Hold, as well as a tanking enchantment for your helmet that you'll be hard pressed to find better. Some may argue that the Defense/Dodge enchantment from Burning Crusade would be better, but you can never go wrong with more stamina. Once you hit revered, you have access to a wide array of Arms and Fury equipment, with the Argent Skeleton Crusher being one of the better itemized weapons for us outside of heroic drops.
Visit Aloicha Segard in the Argent Vanguard of Icecrown to pick up your rewards for cleansing the land. You can champion this, and since the daily quests for this faction are somewhat lacking, I would recommend championing it the moment you get what you're looking for out of Wyrmrest. Troll Patrol is the main daily for it in Zul'Drak, but it's imperative you do it within the 20 minute timer. Make sure you're doing the alchemist part first, and if you fail it more than twice, I would recommend abandoning the whole thing and picking it back up again to get a fresh 20 minute start.
Priority 4 - Knights of the Ebon Blade (Tanking), Argent Crusade (Offensive)
The not-so-evil dark crusaders of the land are almost all about pulverizing people with fantastic offensive rewards. If you hit honored before you hit level 80, pick up the Toxin-Tempered Sabatons for a solid set of tanking boots until you get the pair from Wyrmrest. The Runeblade of Demonstrable Power is a purely offensive minded weapon that will be your primary offensive piece until you get an epic of similar power. The Arcanum of Torment enchantment is the head enchantment of choice as well for dicing people up even faster. Taking it all the way to exalted will net you the Death-Inured Sabatons which really have no equal until you get well into your raiding career.
The Duchess Mynx in Icecrown will provide you with all of these, but only after you complete a few of the chains leading up to the Ebon Blade taking over the Shadow Vault. This faction can be championed with a Tabard. All quests revolve around Icecrown for the most part, with a repeatable turn in for the Vrykul Bones giving slight reputation and some Icecrown-only buffs.
Priority 5 - Kirin Tor
The Wizards of Dalaran don't have much for us, but the one item they do is an almost perfectly itemized pair of tanking gauntlets. The only reason this faction isn't higher on the list is because you can get reputation for them from your daily dungeon quests, and once you hit exalted that bonus faction is wasted. It's a personal preference to leave these for last, but if you feel that your gloves are what are holding you back, go for it! Pay a visit to Archmage Alvareaux for a Tabard and champion it, and go nuts in those dungeons!
The lower factions - Kalu'ak, Oracles, Frenzyheart, Horde Expedition/Alliance Vanguard
Most of the gear that comes from these will be replaced in short order, and the exalted rewards being fairly specialized or just not quite good enough! The PvP enchantment from the Horde/Alliance group is worth your while if you want to do that, however things such as the Shield are just outdone by the blacksmithing Saronite versions, and are relatively cheap to boot. On your way up, the Kalu'ak provide decent tanking and damage chests, but nothing beyond that is notable. The Sholazar Basin groups trinkets aren't bad, but will get replaced quickly by trinkets from badges and heroics and make the reputation daily grind seem worthless unless you're going for the pets of the Oracles.
It seems overwhelming at first, but the reputation aspect of the game comes naturally to honored and to some, almost revered just by questing constantly on your way up. Monitor it closely, do the daily quests for the factions that you want to get maxed out ASAP, and make sure you're not wearing a tabard of an exalted faction! Many thousands of reputation points have been wasted by yours truly for not paying attention to that. Now go forth, and make a name for yourself amongst the vendors of Northrend! After all, reputation rewards are a lot cheaper than the equivalent off the auction house!