Monday, November 17, 2008

Guide to Wrath Mage Rep Rewards and Selective Questing

One of the quirks to this being my second trip through Northrend is that I already know where the quests are, and which quests award which faction. As such, I've been careful to steer myself towards reputations that award leveling gear and away from reputations that have no item rewards in game (e.g. the Explorer's League) or ones where I'm not going to have any trouble obtaining all the rep I need (Valiance Expedition - for some reason, that rep has way more quests than it takes to hit exalted).

For my mage, this has meant working on the Kalu'ak, who have some nice robes waiting for me at level 76, and getting a headstart now on the Kirin Tor (a 78 cape and a bunch of nice goodies for level 80) and Wyrmrest Accord (78 boots and level 80 goodies). Moreover, though, I wanted a full list of all the rep rewards that my mage would have available as I level, so that I can choose quest rewards accordingly. As I noted before, you can't swap quest rewards later, so it's good to know what you're definitely going to replace in a few levels.

The result is this little miniguide to Wrath rep rewards for mages with Tailoring. Priests may also find it useful, except that the maces are missing, and I'm pretending that this isn't useful to Warlocks, even though they equip all the same items, because I haven't forgiven them for all the times they killed my poor mage in PVP. I would have done this anyway - I don't know if that's a commentary on the state of incentives, or the state of myself, though I suppose the fact that I have an MMORPG incentive blog answers that one - but I figured I might as well pretty it up enough to post for general consumption. Those of you reading this in RSS land might find it helpful to view it on my actual blog with javascript turned on so you'll get the item tooltips. And without further ado:

Rep rewards for the Wrath Mage-Tailor (Sorted by Faction)

Alliance Vanguard (I'm presuming this is actually the Valiance Expedition)
[Orb of the Eastern Kingdoms] (Haste, Spell Power) - Revered (78 blue Offhand)
[Gnomish Magician's Quill] (Spirit, Spell Power, Frost damage) - Revered (78 blue wand)
[Arcanum of the Savage Gladiator] - Exalted (Stamina/Resilience head enchant)

Argent Crusade
[Purifying Torch] (mana regen, fire damage) - Revered (78 blue wand)
[Arcanum of the Stalwart Protector] - Revered (Tanking Head Enchant)
[Pattern: Brilliant Spellthread] (50 dmg, 20 spi) - Exalted (Tailoring Recipe)
[Signet of Hopeful Light] (Haste/Spell Power) - Exalted (80 epic robes)

Kirin Tor
[Shroud of Dedicated Research] (Haste, Spell Power) - Honored (78 blue cape)
[Arcanum of Burning Mysteries] (Spell Power, Crit) - Revered (Head Enchant)
[Flameheart Spell Scalpel] (Hit, Crit, Spell Power) - Revered (80 blue dagger)
[Pattern: Sapphire Spellthread] (50 dmg, 30 sta) - Exalted (Tailoring Recipe)
[Robes of Crackling Flame] (Haste, Spell Power, Mana Regen) - Exalted (80 epic Robes)

Knights of the Ebon Blade
[Dark Soldier Cape] (Hit, Spell Power) - Honored (78 blue Cape)
[Arcanum of Torment] - Revered (attack power, crit head enchant)
[Sterile Flesh-Handling Gloves] (Spell Power) - Revered (80 blue gloves)
[Pattern: Abyssal Bag] (Shard bag) - Revered (Tailoring recipe)
[Belt of Dark Mending] (Haste, Spell Power) - Exalted (80 epic belt)

The Wyrmrest Accord
[Sash of the Wizened Wyrm] (Hit, Spell Power) - Honored (78 blue belt)
[Arcanum of Blissful Mending] - Revered (Spell Power, Mana Regen head enchant)
[Ancestral Sinew Wristguards] (Spell Power, Blue Socket) - Revered (80 blue)
[Pattern: Mysterious Bag] (Enchanting Bag) - Revered (tailoring recipe)
[Reins of the Red Drake] - Exalted (mount)
[Sandals of Crimson Fury] (Haste, Spell Power, Blue Socket) - Exalted (80 epic boots)

[Pigment-Stained Robes] (Spell Power, Spirit) - Honored (76 blue robes)
[Turtle-Minders Robe] (Spell Hit, Spell Power) - Honored (76 blue robes)
[Mastercraft Kalu'ak Fishing Pole] - Exalted (70 epic fishing pole)
[Nurtured Penguin Egg] - Exalted (minipet)

Frenzyheart Tribe (Enemies of the Oracles)
[Disgusting Jar] - Revered (purpose unknown, presumed cosmetic)
[Muddied Crimson Gloves] (spell power) - Revered (78 blue gloves)
[Frenzyheart Insignia of Fury] (Haste, damage proc on kill) - Exalted (80 epic trinket)

The Oracles (Enemies of the Frenzyheart)
[Shinygem Rod] (Crit, Spell Power, nature damage) - Revered (78 blue wand)
[Fishy Cinch] (Spell Power) - Revered (78 blue belt)
[Mysterious Egg] - Revered (various minipets)
[Oracle Talisman of Ablation] (Crit, proc for mana regen on kill) - Exalted (80 epic trinket)

Sons of Hodir
Endgame faction, various mounts, shoulder enchants, and [Pattern: Glacial Bag], but no Mage gear.

Head Resist Enchants (All are +25 of X resist, and +30 Sta, all require Honored Rep)
Arcane R - Wyrmrest
Fire R - Kirin Tor
Frost R - Sons of Hodir
Nature R - Ebon Blade
Shadow R - Argent Crusade


  1. Very nice! And man, do tailors get screwed or what? They've got at least three factions to grind exalted with to get some of their perks. Leatherworking has exactly one revered recipe. Craziness.

  2. The one revered recipe for LW's is on the Kalu'ak, who offer approximately double the rate of rep gain of any of the other factions in the expansion, so really it's like having nothing above honored.

    Then again, it's a bit of a matter of perspective. You guys have a recipe vendor in Dalaran to deal with, which may or may not be a good thing. You can easily cherry pick off the best recipes (or all of them for enough cash), but that also means that none of the recipes will be truly rare.

  3. "Alliance Vanguard (I'm presuming this is actually the Valiance Expedition)"

    I've read that the Valiance Expedition is actually just one part of the Alliance Vanguard, so you'll have to raise your rep with a number of factions to get AV stuff.

  4. Yeah, it does look like the AV fills up slowly with spillover rep from its member factions. I wonder if it will continue to get credit from Valiance Expedition rep after you hit max exalted with them (a relatively easy task)?

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