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WoW Rookie: Introduction to Reputation


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As a social game, it's fun to make friends in an MMORPG environment. In World of Warcraft, you must also make friends (and sometimes enemies) with members of various faction groups. Reputation (rep) is gained through killing a faction's enemies and completing quests to assist a particular group. Obviously, killing member's of a particular faction reduces rep. For example, killing Bloodsail Pirates increases rep with Booty Bay (Steamwheedle Cartel), while decreasing rep with the Bloodsail Buccaneers.

There are many reasons why we may increase or decrease reputations. You may be asked to do so to as a quest objective or to gain particular rewards. By gaining exalted reputation with the major cities you have access to purchase their racial mounts (provided your they may be scaled to your racial model) and their guild tabards. Higher levels of rep also allow discounts on goods and repair services from vendors, and higher prices for selling useless items. For the next couple of weeks, we'll be taking a look at the ins and outs of reputation on WoW Rookie.

Your starting reputation varies from faction to faction. For example, when you first venture into Shatrath you are neutral with Lower City, Aldor and Scryers. You can venture into any part of the city. You are forced to pick a side between Aldor and Scryers and eventually rep up with one and rep down with the other (after completing a painfully long and boring follow quest that teaches you a little bit about Shattrath Lore). If you pick sides with Aldor, you will be attacked on sight if you venture into the Scryer's area. You only rep up with Lower City.


You can look at your reputations by using pressing "U" on your keyboard if you're using default keybindings or by opening your character window and clicking on the "Reputation" tab at the bottom. You can select a reputation bar to display above your experience bar. You may check factions with which you consider yourself to be "at war." When this option is toggled your area of effect spells will target NPCs of this faction even if you are not hated or hostile with them. You may also set a faction as "inactive" to move it to the bottom of the pane, thus clearing clutter to help you manage your reputations better.

The levels of reputation are as follows:

  • Hated- You will be attacked on sight by NPCs that hate you. You must watch your aggro radius around aggressive hated mobs.
  • Hostile- It takes 36,000 reputation points to move from hated to hostile. You will still be attacked on sight by hostile mobs.
  • Unfriendly- To go from hostile to unfriendly you must accumulate 3,000 reputation points. Unfriendly NPCs will not attack unless you attack them first, but you cannot buy or sell to them either.
  • Neutral- An additional 3,000 reputation after unfriendly to get to neutral. You start at neutral with many factions. You can buy and sell from neutral vendors and can often get quests from their NPCs.
  • Friendly- This level of reputation requires 3,000 reputations form a neutral starting point. You get a 5% discount on goods and services, and may have access to faction based rewards.
  • Honored- It takes another 6,000 honored to move from friendly to honored with a faction. Being honored grants you a 10% discount at vendors and additional faction rewards. This level also allows you access to Heroic dungeon keys with Outland factions as well as a fabulous PvP gear set.
  • Revered- By grinding out an additional 12,000 rep points with a faction, you move from honored to revered. You are rewarded with a 15% discount from vendors at this level and certain factions offer special rewards for those they revere.
  • Exalted- Once you are a faction's hero, you get the privileges associated with exalted. Vendors offer a whopping 20% discount on goods and services. You may purchase class mounts (within limits) at this level.

Leveling up reputation is sometimes referred to as grinding. It is not entirely different from grinding out experience points. Reputation points are granted at even when turned in at high levels that grant little or no experience points. Many people spend an unbelievable amount of effort leveling up their reputations with their preferred factions.

You will, at some point, become exceptionally bored with repping up. Don't worry this is completely normal. In some cases you can speed up the process buy purchasing goods on the auction house to turn in for repeatable quests. This can be expensive, but it's good for the economy, and makes the rep grind as painless as possible.

Next week we will take a look together at some common rep grinds in Azeroth, prior to crossing through the Dark Portal. Many of these reputations have become obsolete since the Burning Crusade, but you may find that there are some rewards that will help round out your character. Before you begin a rep grind, you might want to take a good look at faction rewards to be sure that the endeavor will be beneficial to you.

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