|This article or section is likely to dramatically change once the Mists of Pandaria begins.|
|Exalted||999||20%||Access to racial and faction mounts and tabards|
|Honored||12,000||10%||Heroic mode keys for Outland dungeons|
|Friendly||6,000||5%||Championing tabards for Northrend factions|
|Unfriendly||3,000||Cannot buy, sell or interact.|
|Hostile||3,000||You will always be attacked on sight|
You can gain or lose favor, otherwise known as reputation, with many of the several different factions in Azeroth by completing certain quests or killing certain creatures (mostly bosses and mobs). Doing so will usually unlock special rewards or new quests to accomplish.
You can also increase your reputation by doing repeatable reputation quests.
Reputation levels and points
Reputation is very similar to experience. Reputation is divided into a number of different levels for which players must earn reputation points to progress through. Higher reputation levels generally require more points than the previous level to progress. The exception is hated, which spans a very large number of reputation points. Reputation points, just like experience points, are gained through quests and killing various mobs. Unlike experience, it is possible to lose reputation points with some factions, either by killing members of the faction or by assisting rival factions. For rival factions, gaining reputation with one will normally decrease reputation with the other, but at a greater rate. For instance, if you kill a magram centaur, you will gain 20 points of reputation from the gelkis, but will lose 100 points from the magram. Currently there are 5 of these rival-faction pairs: Aldor (Draenei) vs. Scryers (Blood Elves), Gelkis vs. Magram (both Centaur), Steamwheedle Cartel (Goblins) vs. Bloodsail Buccaneers (pirates), Ravenholdt (rogues) vs. Syndicate (Thugs), and The Oracles (Gorlocs) vs. Frenzyheart Tribe (Wolvar).
Various quests and faction-specific rewards are available across the levels, but the player must be able to interact with the faction NPCs to gain access to these rewards. This usually requires Neutral or better standing.
- NOTE: All NPCs with whom you have Friendly or higher reputation will appear green in game. The level colors above are only used in WoWWiki and in the Armory.
You can check your reputation with all factions by pressing the "u" hotkey or by going to the Character window ("c" hotkey) and clicking on the Reputation tab along the bottom. You can also enable or disable various options:
- Show as experience bar: Allows you to display one reputation bar as a experience bar on your main display.
- At War: If checked, you can initiate combat with NPCs of that faction, and your AoE spells will affect the mobs of that faction. It's always checked if you are Hated or Hostile; it can't be checked for other races within the Alliance/Horde.
- Inactive: Moves the selected faction to the bottom of the reputation pane.
Gaining and losing reputation
Completing non-repeatable quests will usually increase your reputation with the quest giver's faction(s) by a fixed number of points. Most of the factions also have special repeatable quests that give reputation when completed, or special mobs that give reputation when killed.
Full reputation is still gained by questing at a higher level. For example, completing low level quests with a level 80 character now gives full reputation. This makes it easier to get to exalted and buy another faction's mount.
Grey mobs used to give 20% of the normal reputation until the release of Patch 3.0.8. Now any mob will give full reputation. See the mob difficulty colors chart for when mobs transition from green to grey.
Mobs and quests sometimes both increase your reputation with a faction but decrease it with another. For example, killing Gelkis centaurs will increase your reputation with the Magram, but it will also decrease your reputation with the Gelkis. Thus there is no way to be Friendly with the Gelkis and the Magram at the same time.
For higher-end factions, a general strategy exists to make a reputation grind as painless as possible. Take the Argent Dawn for example. There are several ways in which to earn reputation for them: doing standard quests, killing mobs in and around Scholomance and Stratholme, killing bosses, and doing repeatable quests. The problem is that each of these methods will only work to a certain extent. Killing standard mobs will usually only get you to Revered or so. After that, only quests and bosses will give reputation and these are of course harder to do. Therefore, it is in a player's best interest to go as far as possible on mob kills alone and then use repeatable quests and standard quests to get through revered. Example: for Argent Dawn reputation, run Scholomance and Stratholme to get reputation from kills until you reach Revered status. At this point, reputation gained from killing mobs will stop, but you should have built up quite a collection of Scourgestones and such to turn in in rapid succession to further boost your reputation. Similar tactics can be applied to other factions, simply varying the instances you run.
There are several passive spells that increase the rate at which one gains reputation. Human characters have a racial passive spell called Diplomacy which increases all reputation gains by 10%. There are two Guild Perks called Mr. Popularity, a rank 1 spell which is given to all members of a guild that has attained guild level 5, which increases reputation gains by 5%; and a rank 2 spell which increases reputation gains by 10%, which is available at guild level 11. Reputation modifiers are added together, not multiplied. So a human member of a level 6 guild gains reputation 15% (not 1.05*1.10=1.155=15.5%) faster than a guildless Night Elf e.g.
Gaining reputation with the Horde or Alliance factions
Every playable race has a home faction, for example Darnassus for night elves, Orgrimmar for orcs, etc.
Gaining reputation with your home faction provides access to discounted prices at their vendors, and certain Wrath of the Lich King reputation achievements. However, gaining reputation with other factions may provide additional benefits, such as specific items, patterns, spells etc which can be purchased from vendors of that faction at certain reputation levels. In addition, if you want a mount of a faction that is not your own, you must be Exalted with them. For example, if you are a troll and you want to buy a wolf mount, you must be Exalted with Orgrimmar.
Most quests for an Alliance or Horde faction will give full reputation gain for that faction, and one quarter of that reputation gain for the other factions on that side. For example, a quest completed for a Stormwind NPC will give 250 Stormwind reputation and 62.5 reputation for the other Alliance factions.
At level 77 and above, characters can gain reputation with their faction's races by completing quests for the Argent Tournament. Each Valiant quest rewards 250 reputation points for the appropriate race, and 62.5 for each of the other races in the faction. (e.g. Completing a daily quest as a Valiant of the Undercity gives 250 Undercity reputation, 62.5 Orgrimmar, 62.5 Thunder Bluff, etc.) In addition, the Champion daily quests can optionally award a Champion's Writ, which can be exchanged for 250 reputation with any of the home cities.
There is no way to increase or even view your reputation with factions of the opposite team (ex: You cannot increase your Undercity reputation while playing an Alliance character).
List of factions and rewards
For a list of recipes available grouped by tradeskill, see these pages:
Most factions listed below have itemized lists of reputation rewards at their respective entries.
|Alliance||Completing non-repeatable quests. Completing the many repeatable quests in Alterac Valley (see section on the Repeatable reputation quest). Completing Valiant quests at the Argent Tournament, or completing Champion quests in exchange for a Champion's Writ.|| Racial mounts at exalted.|
|Horde||Completing non-repeatable quests. Completing the many repeatable quests in Alterac Valley (see section on the Repeatable reputation quest). Completing Valiant quests at the Argent Tournament, or completing Champion quests in exchange for a Champion's Writ.|| Racial mounts at exalted.|
|Alliance PvP||Fighting in the battlegrounds; completing non-repeatable quests. Repeatable quests in Alterac Valley for Stormpike Guard.||<Justicar> title when exalted with all three.|
|Horde PvP||Fighting in the battlegrounds; completing non-repeatable quests. Repeatable quests in Alterac Valley for Frostwolf Clan.||<Conqueror> title when exalted with all three.|
|Steamwheedle Cartel||Can be increased completing non-repeatable quests or killing certain mobs. Every time you gain or lose a certain amount of reputation with one of these factions, you will gain or lose 50% of that amount with all the others. Almost all quests for Booty Bay will lower your reputation with the Bloodsail Buccaneers. Repeatable turn-in quests offered when below neutral standing. Repeatable quests from the goblin vendor by the boat to Feathermoon in Feralas give rep with the entire Cartel simultaneously as will the repeatable quest inside of Dire Maul.||Discounts according to level of reputation. (Patch 2.3) If you are at war with these factions you cannot use the neutral auctions or some ships without being attacked on sight by guards. The zeppelins are still usable as a recent patch aligned the zeppelin masters and their guards with Orgrimmar.|
|Outland||Cenarion Expedition||Doing quests at Evergrove or Cenarion Refuge, and running any of the Coilfang Reservoir instances and turning in Unidentified Plant Parts to honored.||Several rewards including Cenarion War Hippogryph mount.|
|Honor Hold||Doing quests at Honor Hold, and running any of the Hellfire Citadel instances.|
|Kurenai||Doing quests at Telaar and Orebor Harborage, killing ogres and orcs around Nagrand.||Several rewards including epic ground Mounts.|
|Mag'har||Doing quests at Garadar and Mag'har Post, killing ogres and orcs around Nagrand.||Several rewards including epic ground Mounts.|
|Ogri'la||Doing quests at Ogri'la.||Items, armor and weapons.|
|Netherwing||Doing quests at Netherwing Ledge.||Several rewards including Nether drake mount.|
|Sporeggar||Doing quests at the Spawning Glen and Sporeggar, running the Underbog (for items).|
|The Consortium||Doing quests around all of Outland, running Mana-Tombs.|
|Thrallmar||Doing quests at Thrallmar, running any of the Hellfire Citadel instances.|
|Shattrath City||Lower City||Doing their quests around Terokkar Forest, running Auchenai Crypts, Sethekk Halls, or Shadow Labyrinth.|
|Sha'tari Skyguard||Doing quests at Skettis and Ogri'la, killing mobs at Skettis.||Several rewards including Nether Ray mount.|
|Shattered Sun Offensive||Doing quests in Shattrath. Doing quests and instances and on Isle of Quel'Danas.||Several rewards. See Shattered Sun Offensive|
|The Aldor||Mark of Kil'jaeden, Mark of Sargeras and Fel Armament turnins. The Aldor and The Scryers are at odds; you cannot gain faction for both simultaneously. To switch from Scryers to Aldor turn in at the Lower City quest giver.||Several rewards including Fire Resist recipes.|
|The Scryers||Firewing Signet, Sunfury Signet, and Arcane Tome turnins. The Aldor and The Scryers are at odds; you cannot gain faction for both simultaneously. To switch from Aldor to Scryers turn in at the Lower City quest giver.||Several rewards including Arcane Resist recipes.|
|The Sha'tar||Running any Tempest Keep instance, doing their quests. Additional hidden gain from turning in The Aldor and The Scryers reputation items.||Several rewards, include epic healing mace and epic defense shield.|
|Northrend||Alliance Vanguard||Consists of the following factions Explorers' League, The Frostborn, The Silver Covenant and Valiance Expedition.||Several rewards.|
|Argent Crusade||Doing quests at Zul'Drak and Icecrown||Several rewards.|
|Explorers' League||Doing quests at Howling Fjord.||No known rewards.|
|Frenzyheart Tribe||Doing quests at Sholazar Basin.||Several rewards.|
|The Frostborn||Doing quests at Storm Peaks.||No known rewards.|
|The Hand of Vengeance||Doing quests at Howling Fjord and Dragonblight.||No known rewards.|
|Horde Expedition||Consists of the following factions The Hand of Vengeance, The Taunka, Warsong Offensive and Sunreavers.||Several rewards.|
|The Kalu'ak||Doing quests at Borean Tundra, Howling Fjord, and Dragonblight.||Several rewards including a fishing pole that allows underwater breathing.|
|Knights of the Ebon Blade||Completing non-repeatable and daily quests in Icecrown. Non-repeatable Death Knight starting zone quests also available.||Several rewards.|
|The Oracles||Doing quests at Sholazar Basin.||Several rewards.|
|The Sons of Hodir||Doing quests at Storm Peaks.||Several rewards including shoulder enchants and epic ground Mounts.|
|The Taunka||Doing quests at Borean Tundra, Grizzly Hills, Howling Fjord, and Dragonblight.||No known rewards.|
|Valiance Expedition||Doing quests at Borean Tundra, Grizzly Hills, Howling Fjord, and Dragonblight.||No known rewards.|
|Warsong Offensive||Doing quests at Borean Tundra, Grizzly Hills, and Dragonblight.||No known rewards.|
|The Wyrmrest Accord||Doing quests at Dragonblight and at the Transitus Shield in Coldarra.||Several rewards.|
|Dalaran||Kirin Tor||Doing quests at Dalaran, completing jewelcrafting daily quests. Completing daily cooking and fishing quests.||Several rewards. Most notably, head-slot item enhancements.|
|The Silver Covenant||Doing quests for the Argent Tournament.||when exalted with The Silver Covenant and a champion of at least one racial faction. This achievement unlocks additional Argent Tournament daily quests.|
|The Sunreavers||Doing quests for the Argent Tournament.||when exalted with The Sunreavers and a champion of at least one racial faction. This achievement unlocks additional Argent Tournament daily quests.|
|Mount Hyjal||Avengers of Hyjal||Killing bosses and trash in Firelands.||Purchasable rewards from Avengers of Hyjal Quartermaster, Naresir Stormfury.|
|Guardians of Hyjal||Doing quests in Mount Hyjal.||Purchasable rewards from Guardians of Hyjal Quartermaster, Provisioner Whitecloud.|
|Deepholm||The Earthen Ring||Doing quests in Deepholm, Mount Hyjal (as of Patch 4.2), and Vashj'ir.||Purchasable rewards from The Earthen Ring Quartermaster, Provisioner Arok.|
|Therazane||Doing quests for Therazane's agents and killing members of Twilight's Hammer.||Shoulder enchants, ilvl 346 rings. Purchasable rewards from Therazane Quartermaster, D'lom the Collector.|
|Tol Barad||Baradin's Wardens||Doing quests in Tol Barad.||Purchasable rewards from Baradin's Wardens Quartermaster, Quartermaster Brazie.|
|Hellscream's Reach||Doing quests in Tol Barad.||Purchasable rewards from Hellscream's Reach Quartermaster, Pogg.|
|Twilight Highlands||Dragonmaw Clan||Doing quests in Twilight Highlands.||Purchasable rewards from Dragonmaw Clan Quartermaster, Grot Deathblow.|
|Wildhammer Clan||Doing quests in Twilight Highlands.||Purchasable rewards from Wildhammer Clan Quartermaster, Craw MacGraw.|
|Pandaria||Pearlfin Jinyu||Doing quests at and around Pearlfin Village in the Jade Forest.|
|Forest Hozen||Doing quests at and around Grookin Hill? in the Jade Forest.|
|Order of the Cloud Serpent|
|Shang Xi's Academy||Doing quests on Wandering Isle.|
|Ashen Verdict||Doing quests and killing mobs in Icecrown Citadel.||Title at exalted, upgradeable ring available at friendly, crafting patterns.|
|Ashtongue Deathsworn||Quests and killing mobs in the Black Temple.||Several crafting rewards and class trinkets.|
|Brood of Nozdormu||Killing mobs during the Ahn'Qiraj gates opening event, and killing mobs in the Ruins and Temple of Ahn'Qiraj. Also via the repeatable quest .||Rewards include a special ring and epic class sets with token drops from AQ40.|
|Cenarion Circle||Killing Twilight mobs in Silithus and turning in items dropped by them; completing non-repeatable druid quests; completing Lunar Festival quests; killing mobs in AQ20 and AQ40.||Several rewards including class items from AQ20 token drops.|
|Hydraxian Waterlords||Killing elementals in Silithus or mobs in Molten Core.||Before Patch 3.0.8, Items to summon Majordomo Executus in Molten Core.|
|Scale of the Sands||Killing mobs in the Battle for Mount Hyjal.||Rings and gem cuts.|
|Zandalar Tribe||Killing mobs in Zul'Gurub, doing the quests given at Yojamba Isle, and turning in coin sets or destroying Hakkari Bijoux, as well as turning in Shen'dralar Arcanums.||Several rewards including class items from ZG token drops.|
|Other||Argent Dawn||Killing undead or turning in Scourgestones dropped by undead; completing non-repeatable quests. Also offered reputation for quests and killing some mobs during the Scourge Invasion.||There are several rewards.|
|Bloodsail Buccaneers||Killing Booty Bay guards. It will decrease your reputation with Booty Bay, Everlook, Gadgetzan, and Ratchet. Also by completing non-repeatable quests only offered after attaining high enough reputation.||You can get a special quest chain at friendly, leading to .|
|Darkmoon Faire||Various item turn-ins, rare repeatable quests offered as fortunes, and two non-repeatable quests.||Discounted sale of various foods.|
|Gelkis Clan Centaur||Killing Magram centaurs. Lowers your reputation with the Magram Clan Centaur.||Various non-repeatable quest rewards.|
|Keepers of Time||Killing mobs in Old Hillsbrad and Black Morass instances.||There are several rewards.|
|Magram Clan Centaur||Killing Gelkis centaurs. Lowers your reputation with the Gelkis Clan Centaur.||Various non-repeatable quest rewards.|
|Ramkahen||Doing quests in Uldum.||Purchasable rewards from Ramkahen Quartermaster, Blacksmith Abasi.|
|Ravenholdt||Turning in junkboxes pickpocket mobs by Rogues (lowers Syndicate reputation), or by turning in emblems pickpocketed from Syndicate mobs and some non-repeatable quests (both Rogue only). Repeatable. Killing Syndicate mobs in Hillsbrad Foothills and Alterac Mountains (up to revered).||Offer a few quest rewards.|
|Shen'dralar||Turning in Dire Maul books and librams.||formerly needed for <the Insane> title; requirement removed|
|Syndicate||Killing Ravenholdt mobs. Lowers your reputation with Ravenholdt.||No known rewards.|
|Thorium Brotherhood||Various item turnins .||Several rewards including Fire Resist crafting recipes.|
|Timbermaw Hold||Killing other Furbolgs in Winterspring and Felwood, and turning in items dropped by them.||Several rewards.|
|Tranquillien||Completing quests in the Ghostlands and turning in items dropped by the Scourge.||Several low-level rewards.|
|The Violet Eye||The Master's Key quest chain, killing mobs in Karazhan.||Quest and reputation rewards.|
|Wintersaber Trainers||Completing time-consuming repeatable quests.||Unique mount.|
|Removed||Revantusk Tribe||Doing quests at Revantusk Village. This faction was removed as of patch 1.11.||No known rewards.|
|Wildhammer Clan||Turning in items dropped by trolls in The Hinterlands. This faction was removed as of patch 2.0.3 but was added again in patch 4.0.3.||No known rewards.|
|Silvermoon Remnant||Unknown Mentioned in Patch 1.6.||No known rewards.|
|Theramore||Unknown Mentioned in Patch 1.6.||No known rewards.|
In Wrath of the Lich KingThis section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
For the most part, the reputations from Classic WoW and from Burning Crusade are not re-used in the Wrath of the Lich King. In the same way that Cenarion Circle of Azeroth turned into Cenarion Expedition in Outland, several old factions have new reputations. For example, the Argent Dawn made its way to Northrend, but since it has allied with the Knights of the Silver Hand, they are called The Argent Crusade.
However, for achievements, many old reputations received new attention. Nearly all factions have an achievement tied to them (excluding the not-in-use factions such as Ravenholdt and Shen'dralar), and there are even additional achievements for pairs or groups of factions. For instance, acquiring exalted with both Cenarion Circle and the Cenarion Expedition will get you the title of <Guardian of Cenarius>. See Achievements for more details.
- / Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010):
Method of gaining reputation with your faction by donating Wool, Silk, Mageweave and Runecloth removed.
- Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): Reputation gain has been sped up approximately 30% for a number of factions: Argent Crusade, Alliance Vanguard, Horde Expedition, Kirin Tor, Knights of the Ebon Blade, Sons of Hodir, Wyrmrest Accord
- Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Reputation rewarded for killing mobs will no longer automatically decrease. This means trivial mobs will continue to give out their full amounts of reputation on kill for the majority of cases in the game (level 70 [sic] creatures in Stratholme, for example, will continue to award the full amount of rep to level 80 players seeking to boost their Argent Dawn faction).
- Patch 2.4.0 (25-Mar-2008): A bug was fixed in which discounts were not given with flightmasters and repairs.
- Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): Vendor Discounts: All vendors, flightmasters, and repairs with an associate faction now give discounts at all levels above neutral: (Friendly: 5%, Honored: 10%, Revered: 15%, Exalted: 20%).
Previously there was a flat 10% discount starting at honored.
- Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): The requirement for Heroic Keys has been lowered to honored.
Previously required revered.
- Patch 1.7.0 (13-Sep-2005): Reputation gains given to a player on the Alliance, Horde, or Steamwheedle Cartel factions directly will now cascade down to member factions through the middle of the Exalted reputation level.
- Patch 1.3.0 (07-Mar-2005): Players under Mind Control pass reputation changes due to kills to the controlling player, and do not receive the reputation changes themselves.