Cataclysm: Factions to Grind

When it comes to prioritizing which reputations I focus on working up to Exalted status, my priorities are based upon: profession recipes they unlock, pets or mounts that are available, and otherwise hard to obtain entry-level 80 gear for that character. This is why few of my characters attempt to work through all of the reputations each new expansion brings. This guide aims to help you prioritize where to spend your Cataclysm reputation faction grinding time.

NOTE: Until I can see how the rare level items from crafting and heroics shake out, not including the purchasable rare items here. In prior expansions, most of the rare reputation blues were not typically worth grinding out rep for on their own merits.

Neutral Factions

Horde Factions

Alliance Factions

Guardians of Hyjal

Exalted rep will land you the ability to purchase an epic plate DPS belt, cloth spirit belt, melee DPS mail boots (Malorne gear not for druids? Oh the humanity!), or a tanking cloak. Spellcasters will want to grind at least to revered to grab the Arcanum of Hyjal helm enchant.

Ramkahen

These guys are on my epic faction grind list so I can obtain a tan riding camel or a brown riding camel. Other epic purchasable items include dps spellcaster cloth boots, a melee DPS necklace, plate tanking wrists, or a plate healing waist. Melee DPS will want to grind to revered for the Arcanum of the Ramkahen helm enchant.

The Earthen Ring

Epic gear purchasable at exalted includes mail spellcaster boots, cloth spellcaster gloves, a melee DPS ring, and plate healing gloves. Tanks will want to grind to revered to purchase the Arcanum of the Earthen Ring helm enchant.

Therazane

Therazane's big draw is shoulder enchants. Rare shoulder enhancements available at Honored: Lesser Inscription of Charged Lodestone, Lesser Inscription of Jagged Stone, Lesser Inscription of Shattered Crystal, and Lesser Inscription of Unbreakable Quartz. Epic shoulder enhancements available at Exalted: Greater Inscription of Unbreakable Quartz, Greater Inscription of Shattered Crystal, Greater Inscription of Jagged Stone, and Greater Inscription of Charged Lodestone.

Dragonmaw Clan (H)

 Melee DPS will want to grind out revered for the Arcanum of the Dragonmaw. Epic gear purchasable at exalted includes plate tanking boots, leather melee gloves, a spellcaster leather belt, and a spellcaster necklace.

Hellscream's Reach (H)

Clearly, I am going to be working on this rep, for a number of good reasons. Primarily: Hellscream's Reach Tabard (Use: Teleports the caster to Hellscream's Grasp  on Tol Barad) and the Rustberg Gull vanity pet, both available at Honored reputation. At Exalted reputation, they have trinkets for everyone: Impatience of Youth, Mandala of Stirring Patterns, Mirror of Broken Images, Stump of Time, and Unsolvable Riddle. And they also have two mounts available at Exalted reputation: the Reins of the Drake of the West Wind and the Reins of the Spectral Wolf.

Baradin's Wardens (A)

Alliance folks will br grinding this rep for Baradin's Wardens Tabard (Use: Teleports the caster to Baradin Base Camp on Tol Barad) and the Rustberg Gull vanity pet. Like Hellscream's Reach, they have mounts available at Exalted reputation: Reins of the Drake of the West Wind and Reins of the Spectral Steed. And At Exalted reputation, they have trinkets for everyone: Impatience of Youth, Mandala of Stirring Patterns, Mirror of Broken Images, Stump of Time, and Unsolvable Riddle.

Wildhammer Clan (A)

 Melee DPS will want to grind out revered for the Arcanum of the Wildhammer. Epic gear purchasable at exalted includes plate tanking boots, leather melee gloves, a spellcaster leather belt, and a spellcaster necklace.

7 thoughts on “Cataclysm: Factions to Grind”

  1. lol I ground out the rep to make that darn bag. I am crossing my fingers we don’t see a ton of last minute recipes added in to these reps before Cataclysm goes live.

  2. Er, I think the Earthen Ring has plate healing gloves, unless you have a very unusual place to wear your gauntlets. 😉
    Also might want to specify that only melee plate DPS would be interested in Arcanum of the Dragonmaw; likewise, the Ramkahen enchant is geared for agility DPS-ers.
    May I just add: SPECTRAL WOLF! YES!

  3. Thanks for pointing out the gauntlets error. And as noticed, I haven’t made any melee DPS gear/enchants commentary along the lines of whom would want which as I only play spellcasters. Thanks for the comments/extra flavor in that area!

  4. This is a really nice list, thanks a lot for compiling it!
    Personally I’m going for anything with a mount – I’ve been trying to get the 100 mounts achievement since I switched back to my Warlock as my main, but I’m having little luck in the rare drops – so I’m still short a few.. grrr.. So I guess I’ll have to try again in Cataclysm, even if it feels wrong to not have finished it before *sniff*
    Of course, I’ll also be getting the ones for the shoulder/head enchants. I’d consider going for the epic pieces – but if the grinds are similarly slow to Wrath maybe we’ll have equal/better gear from Heroics by the time we reach Exalted. It will be interesting to see how that pans out.

  5. Mounts and pets are my priorities as well. Despite my good looting of the Headless Horseman (all three Alliance 80s got a pony), overall I am so so very far away from the 100 mounts achievement…But at least I have 100 pets!
    I think that of theWotLK rep items I most used the lvl 76 Kalu’ak blue robe, and the ilvl 200 epic spellcaster ring (from Argent Crusade iir?) And the helm and shoulder enchants, of course. Will be interesting to see if they sneak some rep grind tailoring or JC or other patterns in there before launch.

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