Reputation Compendium

Overview

In the World of Warcraft, Reputation is the mark of how respected you are by a particular political or social group (a "faction"). Reputation ranges from Hated (considered Kill On Sight by members of that faction) through Exalted (extremely highly regarded). To move from one level to the next requires a certain number of reputation points for the faction.

Reputation Point Range Effect
Hated -42,000 to -6,000 Kill On Sight, permanently At War
Hostile -6,000 to -3,000 Kill On Sight
Unfriendly -3,000 to 0 No interaction, but no longer Kill On Sight
Neutral 0 to 3,000 Some interaction possible, default starting level with NPCs
Also starting level (500/3000) between Undercity and the rest of the Horde
Friendly 3,000 to 9,000 NPC guards will defend against attacks on player, full interaction possible, default starting level with your team
Honored 9,000 to 21,000 Gain 10% discount from vendors of the faction
Revered 21,000 to 42,000
Exalted 42,000+ Gain access to mounts of that faction

The Reputation tab on your character panel will show you the amount of reputation you have accumulated for each faction in your current level and the amount required to advance. A chat message may be displayed when you gain reputation; by default, this message appears in your combat window and is blue. The default UI displays only the primary reputation gain or loss, it does not display reputation "rippling" (also called "spillover").

Reputation rippling is the effect that gaining reputation has on other members of the same team. For instance, completing a quest may give a primary faction gain for Stormwind and a lesser gain for the other members of the Alliance team. Typically, for Alliance or Horde teams, gaining reputation from quests for one faction yields 25% reputation spillover to the rest of the team. Reputation spillover continues through the middle of Exalted.

Reputation is gained by completing quests for the faction or (in some cases) by killing mobs which are in conflict with the faction. Reputation is usually lost by killing agents of the faction or (in some cases) by completing quests for an opposing faction. Humans gain a 10% bonus to accrued reputation due to their strength in Diplomacy. Reputation and PvP Honor are separate systems and do not affect each other.

Reputation gains from quests drop off when the quest level is more than 5 levels below the character's level, generally losing 20% per level, with a minimum of 10%. For example, for a level 48 quest with a base reward of 150 reputation points:

Char LevelReputation Gain
Up to 53 (Quest + 5)150 points (100%)
54 (Quest + 6)120 points (80%)
55 (Quest + 7)90 points (60%)
56 (Quest + 8)60 points (40%)
57 (Quest + 9)30 points (20%)
58-60 (Quest + >9)15 points (10%)
Some quests may have different minimums (RRQs seem to vary somewhat from this formula).

When killing mobs, the reputation gain remains constant as long as the kill earns xp. Once the mob goes grey, the reputation gain drops off, usually at the same rate of 20% per level with 20% minimum. Normally, reputation gains for mob kills are capped at reaching Revered (the end of the Honored bracket); this varies from faction to faction. You must be on the mob's "hate list" at the time of its demise to gain reputation, either by dealing damage to it or by healing a combatant.

While the default UI has adopted some of its functions, the venerable Reputation addon originally written by Egris and Karmond is still recommended because it displays spillover rep and has other useful features.

Major Factions

The following is a list of factions which have active ways of gaining/losing reputation.

  • The Alliance - comprised of Humans, Dwarfs, Night Elves, Gnomes, and Draenei
  • The Horde - comprised of Orcs, Trolls, Tauren, Forsaken, and Blood Elves
  • Battleground Factions - Horde and Alliance forces that inhabit the Battlegrounds:
    • Arathi Basin - League of Arathor (Alliance) and The Defilers (Horde)
    • Warsong Gulch - Silverwing Sentinels (Alliance) and Warsong Outriders (Horde)
    • Alterac Valley - Stormpike Guard (Alliance) and Frostwolf Clan (Horde)
  • Argent Dawn - anti-Scourge group based in the Plaguelands
  • Bloodsail Buccaneers - Pirate group based in Stranglethorn Vale, opposed to Booty Bay
  • Brood of Nozdormu - dragon faction opposed (like everyone else) to the Qiraji
  • Cenarion Circle - druidically aligned faction centered at Cenarion Hold in Silithus and Moonglade
  • Darkmoon Faire - Silas Darkmoon's traveling carnival of the strange and wondrous
  • Gelkis and Magram Centaurs - opposing centaur tribes in Desolace
  • Hydraxian Waterlords - Azsharan faction under Duke Hydraxis, opposed to the Firelords of the Molten Core
  • Shen'dralar - elven faction centered around Dire Maul
  • Steamwheedle Cartel - the gobin trade federation: Booty Bay, Everlook, Gadgetzan, Ratchet
  • The Thorium Brotherhood - A mining/blacksmithing organization tied to Blackrock Depths and Thorium Point
  • Timbermaw Hold - furbolg guardians of the path from Felwood to Moonglade and Winterspring
  • Tranquillien - Horde faction in the Ghostlands
  • Wildhammer Clan - independent dwarf tribe in the Hinterlands and Shadowmoon Valley (Alliance only)
  • Wintersaber Trainers - trainers of the beautiful purple Wintersaber mount in Winterspring (Alliance only)
  • Zandalar Tribe - independent troll tribe in northwest Stranglethorn Vale, tied to Zul'Gurub quests

  • Cenarion Expedition - the Circle's agents in the Outlands
  • Kurenai - hunters and animal tamers from Telaar in Nagrand (Alliance-only)
  • Mag'har - hunters and animal tamers from Garadar in Nagrand (Horde-only)
  • Shattrath City factions:
  • Sporeggar - Cenarion swamp protectors of the Zangarmarsh

Mounts

Kamio and Grimshade on epic cross-faction mounts
Runecloth. Lots of Runecloth.
Kamio, Forsaken priest, and Grimshade, Orc rogue,
ride their epic cross-faction mounts through Orgrimmar
The main benefit of becoming Exalted with the main team factions is to gain access to cross-faction mounts. The other factions tend to give a variety of different vendor items at various reputation levels. There is no additional benefit to having a cross-faction mount other than the (substantial) bragging rights.

The benefit of riding a mount varies; standard mounts require L40 and give 60% faster movement than base walking speed at a base cost of 100g (90g for Apprentice Riding skill, 10g for the mount itself), epic mounts (sometimes called "swiftmounts") require L60 and give 100% faster movement at a base cost of 1000g (900g for Journeyman Riding skill, 100g for the mount). Honored/PvP discounts apply, potentially reducing the cost to 80g or 800g.

In order to ride a mount, you must acquire the Riding skill. Riding skill trainers are located in or near each capital city. You may only train with the trainer of your own faction or one with whom you have an Exalted reputation. There are currently two levels of riding skill:

  • Apprentice Riding (skill level 75) - base cost 90g, requires L40, allows riding standard (superior quality) mounts, including the racial L40 mounts, Paladin's Warhorse, Warlock's Felsteed, the PvP Black War Steeds, the Winterspring Frostsaber, and the colored Ahn'Qiraj bug mounts
  • Journeyman Riding (skill level 150) - base cost 900g, requires L60, allows riding epic (rare quality) mounts, including the racial L60 mounts, Talbuk stags, Paladin's Charger, Warlock's Dreadsteed, the Alterac Valley mounts, and rare dropped mounts (Deathcharger, Swift Zulian Tiger, Swift Razzashi Raptor, and the Black Qiraji bug mount)

Paladins and Warlocks gain the appropriate level of Riding at no additional cost after completing their mount quests (Apprentice when gaining Summon Felsteed/Warhorse, Journeyman upon learning Summon Dreadsteed/Charger).

You need an Exalted reputation to earn the right to purchase a different faction's mount; you are always able to purchase the mount of your own faction. It is not possible for Alliance members to gain reputation with the Horde or vice versa. This means that you cannot get a cross-faction mount from the opposing team.

For pictures and further discussion, see the official website.

So - which factions have mounts?


Alliance
Trainers Randal Hunter, Eastvale Logging Camp, Elwynn Forest; Jartsam, Cenarion Enclave, Darnassus; Ultham Ironhorn, Amberstill Ranch, Dun Morogh; Binjy Featherwhistle, Steelgrill's Outpost, Dun Morogh
Night Elves (Darnassus)Sabertooth Tigers
Sold by Lelanai, Cenarion Enclave, Darnassus. Varieties: Spotted Frostsaber, Striped Frostsaber, Striped Nightsaber. Elite varieties: Swift Frostsaber, Swift Mistsaber, Swift Stormsaber
Draenei (Exodar)Elekk
Sold by Torallius the Pack Handler, The Exodar. Varieties: Brown, Gray, Purple. Elite varieties: Great Blue, Great Green, Great Purple
Gnomes (Gnomeregan Exiles)Mechanostriders
Sold by Milli Featherwhistle, Steelgrill's Outpost, Dun Morogh. Note that only Dwarves and Gnomes may ride Mechanostriders. Varieties: Blue, Green, Red, Unpainted Mechanostriders. Elite varieties: Swift Green, Swift White, and Swift Yellow.
Dwarves (Ironforge)Riding Rams
Sold by Veron Amberstill, Amberstill Ranch, Dun Morogh. Varieties: Black, Brown, Gray, White. Elite varieties: Swift Brown, Swift Gray, Swift White
Humans (Stormwind)Horses
Sold by: Katie Hunter, Eastvale Logging Camp, Elwynn Forest; Unger Statforth, Menethil Harbor, Wetlands; Gregor MacVince, Theramore City, Dustwallow Marsh; Merideth Carlson, Southshore, Hillsbrad Foothills
Varieties: Black Stallion (Menethil), Pinto, Chestnut Mare, Brown Horse. Elite varieties: Swift Brown Steed, Swift White Steed, Swift Palomino (Menethil does not sell elite mounts).
Wintersaber TrainersWinterspring Frostsaber (100g)
Sold by Rivern Frostwind at Frostsaber Rock, Winterspring. These are elite-speed mounts and require L60 and Apprentice Riding to ride.
Stormpike GuardStormpike Battle Charger (10g)
Sold by Stormpike Supply Officer, requires Exalted with the Stormpike Guard of Alterac Valley. This is an elite ram mount and requires L60 and Journeyman Riding to ride.
KurenaiTalbuk
Sold by Trader Narasu, Telaar. Varieties: Cobalt, Dark, Silver, Tan, White
Requires Exalted with the Kurenai. These are elite stag mounts and require L60 and Journeyman riding.
Horde
Trainers Kildar, Valley of Honor, Orgrimmar; Xar'Ti, Sen'jin Village, Durotar; Kar Stormsinger, Bloodhoof Village, Mulgore; Velman Warnam, Brill, Tirisfal Glades
Orcs (Orgrimmar)Wolves
Sold by Ogunaro Wolfrunner, Valley of Honor, Orgrimmar. Varieties: Timber, Dire, Brown. Elite varieties: Swift Brown, Swift Gray, Swift Timber.
Trolls (Darkspear Tribe)Raptors
Sold by Zjolnir, Sen'jin Village. Varieties: Emerald, Turquoise, Violet. Elite varieties: Swift Blue, Swift Olive, Swift Orange
Blood Elves (Silvermoon)Hawkstriders
Sold by Winaestra, Eversong Woods. Varieties: Black, Blue, Purple, Red. Elite varieties: Swift Green, Swift Pink, Swift Purple
Tauren (Thunder Bluff)Kodo
Sold by Harb Clawhoof, Bloodhoof Village. Varieties: Gray, Brown. Elite varieties: Great Brown, Great Gray, Great White. Note that Tauren can only ride Kodo or Wolves (or the rare dropped mounts).
Forsaken (Undercity)Skeletal Horses/Skeletal Warhorses
Sold by Zachariah Post, Brill. Varieties: Brown, Blue, Red. Elite varieties: Green, Purple.
Frostwolf TribeFrostwolf Howler (10g)
Sold by Frostwolf Supply Officers, requires Exalted with the Frostwolf Tribe of Alterac Valley. This is an elite wolf mount and requires L60 and Journeyman Riding to ride.
Mag'harTalbuk
Sold by Provisioner Nasela, Garadar. Varieties: Cobalt, Dark, Silver, Tan, White
Requires Exalted with the Mag'har. These are elite stag mounts and require L60 and Journeyman riding.
Note that all prices in this table are base prices and can be discounted with Honored standing with the faction.

You may save your Honor Points from PvP activity to purchase a Black War mount. These are cool-looking swift-speed mounts. These mounts only require L40 and Apprentice Riding skill. Note that someone of this rank can purchase and ride any of the Black War mounts of their team without gaining Exalted with the other factions (racial limitations still apply for tauren and mechanostriders).

There are also dropped mounts (generally swift speed, requiring L60 to ride and Journeyman Riding skill). Some examples are: Deathcharger (Baron Rivendare's skeletal warhorse), the Swift Razzashi Raptor and Swift Zulian Tiger from Zul'Gurub, and the Silithid Tanks (the tanks may only be used as mounts in AQ40 - The Temple of Ahn'Qiraj - as a result, they only require Apprentice Riding to master, except for the rare Black Qiraji mount which requires Journeyman). This is the only current way for Horde to get a tiger mount or Alliance to get a raptor or skeletal horse mount.

There is also a Turtle mount from the very rare variant of the Saltwater Snapjaw card for the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game. This mount has no speed bonus (it travels at normal run speed), but has no level or skill requirements (so even a L1 could use this).

Some more mount information: There are trinkets, enchants, and items that improve mount speed. These include:

Carrot on a StickQuest: [50d] Gahr'zilla
Mithril Spurs235 Blacksmithing
Enchant Gloves - Riding Skill250 Enchanting
Riding Crop350 Leatherworking
The first three benefits (at least) all stack. The net effect has been hotly debated on the forums, but is at least a 9% speed increase over your mount's base movement. The riding crop is a trinket which yields a 10% mounted speed boost. Note that as of Patch 1.9, Paladins have a talent that increases their foot and mounted speed by up to 8%, however this talent does not stack with the effect of trinkets.

Professions and Reputation

Many high-end recipes are not available as drops - they may only be purchased from vendors of other factions. In most cases, it is necessary to gain reputation with the other factions in order to purchase these because they are Bind on Pickup and won't show up at the AH. The following is a chart of which factions should be targeted for each profession.

Friendly Honored Revered Exalted
Azeroth Factions
Tradeskill Argent Dawn Cenarion Circle Thorium Brotherhood Timbermaw Hold Zandalar Tribe
Alchemy (275) Transmute: Air to Fire (300) Transmute Elemental Fire (275) Transmute Earth to Water (275) Greater Dreamless Sleep
(290) Major Troll's Blood Potion
(275) Mageblood Potion
(285) Living Action Potion
Blacksmithing (290) Girdle of the Dawn
(300) Gloves of the Dawn
(300) Icebane Bracers
(300) Icebane Gauntlets
(300) Icebane Breastplate
(300) Heavy Obsidian Belt
(300) Ironvine Belt
(300) Ironvine Gloves
(300) Light Obsidian Belt
(300) Ironvine Breastplate
(300) Jagged Obsidian Shield
(300) Obsidian Mail Tunic
(295 Armor) Dark Iron Bracers
(295 Armor) Fiery Chain Girdle
(300 Armor) Dark Iron Helm
(300 Axe) Dark Iron Destroyer
(300 Sword) Dark Iron Reaver
(300 Armor) Dark Iron Gauntlets
(300 Armor) Dark Iron Leggings
(300 Armor) Fiery Chain Shoulders
(300 Weapon) Black Amnesty
(300 Weapon) Blackfury
(300 Armor) Dark Iron Boots
(300 Axe) Nightfall
(300 Hammer) Ebon hand
(300 Sword) Blackguard
(290) Heavy Timbermaw Belt
(300) Heavy Timbermaw Boots
(300) Bloodsoul Gauntlets
(300) Darksoul Shoulders
(300) Bloodsoul Shoulders
(300) Darksoul Leggings
(300) Bloodsoul Breastplate
(300) Darksoul Breastplate
Enchanting (290) Enchant Bracer - Mana Regeneration
(300) Enchant Bracer - Healing Power
(300) Enchant Cloak - Greater Fire Resistance
(300) Enchant Cloak - Greater Nature Resistance
(290) Enchant Weapon - Strength
(300) Enchant Weapon - Mighty Spirit
(300) Enchant Weapon - Mighty Intellect
(290) Enchant 2H Weapon - Agility
(290) Enchant Weapon - Agility
(300) Brilliant Mana Oil
(300) Brilliant Wizard Oil
Engineering (300) Bloodvine Lens
(300) Bloodvine Goggles
Leatherworking (290) Dawn Treaders
(300) Golden Mantle of the Dawn
(300) Polar Bracers
(300) Polar Gloves
(300) Icy Scale Bracers
(300) Icy Scale Gauntlets
(300) Polar Tunic
(300) Icy Scale Breastplate
(300) Bramblewood Belt
(300) Spitfire Bracers
(300) Sandstalker Bracers
(300) Bramblewood Boots
(300) Spitfire Gauntlets
(300) Sandstalker Gauntlets
(300) Bramblewood Helm
(300) Spitfire Breastplate
(300) Sandstalker Breastplate
(300 Dragonscale) Dreamscale Breastplate
(295 Tribal) Corehound Boots
(300 Elemental) Molten Helm
(300) Lava Belt
(300 Dragonscale) Black Dragonscale Boots
(300 Dragonscale) Chromatic Gauntlets
(300 Elemental) Molten Belt
(300 Tribal) Corehound Belt
(275 Tribal) Warbear Harness
(285 Tribal) Warbear Woolies
(290) Might of the Timbermaw
(300) Timbermaw Brawlers
(300) Primal Batskin Bracers
(300) Blood Tiger Shoulders
(300) Primal Batskin Gloves
(300) Blood Tiger Breastplate
(300) Primal Batskin Jerkin
Tailoring (290) Argent Boots
(300) Argent Shoulders
(300) Glacial Wrists
(300) Glacial Gloves
(300) Glacial Vest
(300) Glacial Cloak
(275) Cenarion Herb Bag
(300) Sylvan Shoulders
(300) Sylvan Crown
(300) Gaea's Embrace
(300) Satchel of Cenarius
(300) Sylvan Vest
(300) Flarecore Gloves
(300) Flarecore Mantle
(300) Flarecore Robe
(300) Flarecore Leggings
(290) Wisdom of the Timbermaw
(300) Mantle of the Timbermaw
(300) Bloodvine Boots
(300) Bloodvine Leggings
(300) Bloodvine Vest
First Aid (300) Powerful Anti-Venom
Outland Factions
Tradeskill Honor Hold
Thrallmar
Aldor Cenarion Exp The Consortium Kurenai
Mag'har
The Scryers The Sha'tar Sporregar
Alchemy (330) Elixir of Major Agility
(350) Transmute: Skyfire Diamond
(350) Transmute Primal Water to Air
(360) Major Nature Protection Potion
(350) Transmute Primal Fire to Earth (345) Elixir of Major Firepower (350) Alchemist's Stone
(350) Transmute Primal Air to Fire
(350) Transmute Primal Earth to Water
(335) Shrouding Potion
Blacksmithing (360) Felsteel Shield Spike (350) Adamantite Sharpening Stone
(350) Adamantite Weightstone
(355) Shadowbane Bracers
(360) Shadowbane Gloves
(365) Shadowbane Breastplate
(355) Shadowbane Helm
(355) Enchanted Adamantite Belt
(355) Enchanted Adamantite Boots
(360) Enchanted Adamantite Breastplate
(365) Enchanted Adamantite Leggings
Enchanting (325) Enchant Bracer - Superior Healing
(345) Enchant Chest - Exceptional Stats
(350) Enchant Gloves - Major Healing
(350) Enchant Weapon - Major Healing
(370) Enchant Ring - Healing Power
Engineering (335) Green Smoke Flare
Jewelcrafting (305) Gleaming Golden Draenite
(305) Royal Shadow Draenite
(360) Pendant of Shadow's End
(370) Nightseye Panther (315) Runed Blood Garnet
(325) Dazzling Deep Peridot
(360) Pendant of Withering
Leatherworking (350) Felstalker Belt
(360) Felstalker Bracers
(360) Felstalker Breastplate
(350) Shadowguard Belt
(350) Shadowscale Belt
(325) Vindicator's Armor Kit
(350) Shadowguard Boots
(350) Shadowscale Boots
(350) Shadowguard Pants
(350) Shadowscale Leggings
(355) Heavy Clefthoof Boots
(355) Heavy Clefthoof Leggings
(360) Heavy Clefthoof Vest
(340) Fel Leather Gloves
(350) Fel Leather Boots
(350) Fel Leather Leggings
(340) Netherfury Belt
(325) Reinforced Mining Bag
(340) Netherfury Leggings
(350) Netherfury Boots
(350) Enchanted Clefthoof Boots (350) Enchanted Felscale Gloves
(325) Magister's Armor Kit
(350) Enchanted Clefthoof Gloves
(350) Enchanted Felscale Boots
(350) Enchanted Clefthoof Leggings
(350) Enchanted Felscale Leggings
(365) Drums of Battle
Tailoring (335) Mystic Spellthread
(375) Runic Spellthread
(325) Heavy Netherweave Net (340) Bag of Jewels (335) Silver Spellthread
(375) Golden Spellthread
Cooking (300) Clam Bar
(325) Sporeling Snack