As you level, you’ll earn reputation with most of the available factions through the questing that you do. There will probably be repeatable quests with most factions to grind out rep. You’ll also have an opportunity to wear a faction tabard as you run level 85 instances to accelerate the rep gaining process. Here’s a rundown on what you’ll look for.
Note: current as of December 5th… this list may be incomplete… as more is learned I will update it
This faction has a cloak that you can get at Revered – Softwind Cape. It also gives the Signet of the Elder Council when you reach Exalted. They don’t have any mounts or arcanum that we would want either.
This is the Uldum faction. They do have a couple of camel mounts for mount collectors. For rogues, there is a waist slot item – Quicksand Belt – available at Revered. More importantly, this faction has the Arcanum that we’ll want to enchant our head slot – the Arcanum of the Ramkahen that adds 60 agility and 35 haste. That’s also available at Revered, and is Bind On Account.
Guardians of Hyjal
This is a good faction for rogue leveling gear. At Honored we can get the Sly Fox Jerkin for our chest slot. Then at Revered they have either the Nightrend Choker or the Acorn of the Daughter Tree for our neck (it makes no sense for them to have both of these, but its not clear right now which one they have). There’s nothing at Exalted for rogues.
Dragonmaw Clan or Wildhammer Clan
Thess are the Horde and Alliance Twlight Highlands factions, so you won’t get here until around level 84. At Honored they have a nice leg item, the Leggings of the Impenitent (Horde) or Swiftflight Leggings (Alliance). Exalted will get the very nice Liar’s Handwraps (Horde) or Stormbolt Gloves (Alliance).
This faction in Deepholm is the one that gives the shoulder enchants (like Sons of Hodir in WotLK). In addition to the Lesser Inscription of the Shattered Crystal, available at Honored, they also have a nice ring – Terrath’s Signet of Balance – available at Revered. Of course, the better version of the shoulder enchant is available at Exalted.
Hellscream’s Reach / Baradin’s Wardens
These are the horde and alliance factions at Tol Barad, which is an outdoor PvP zone much like Wintergrasp. A lot of PvE-only players ignored the Wintergrasp rewards and all other PvP rewards because they tended to have a lot of resilience. In Tol Barad, even though its a PvP zone, their reputation rewards tend to have a lot of Mastery rating rather than resilience. At Revered you can get Sky Piercer for your ranged slot as a stat stick if you never use Fan of Knives. There is also a slow dagger – Dagger of Restless Nights. At Exalted there is the Unsolvable Riddle – a trinket loaded with Mastery rating.
- Get rep with Ramkahen for your head arcanum
- Get rep with Therazine for your shoulder enchant
Here are the reputation items available for the various slots:
- Head – none
- Neck – Nightrend Choker / Acorn of the Daughter Tree – Guardians of Hyjal Revered
- Shoulder – none
- Chest – Sly Fox Jerkin – Guardians of Hyjal Honored
- Wrist – none
- Hands – Liar’s Handwraps / Stormbolt Gloves – Dragonmaw / Wildhammer Exalted
- Waist – Quicksand Belt – Ramkahen Revered
- Legs – Leggings of the Impenitent / Swiftflight Leggings – Dragonmaw / Wildhammer Honored
- Feet – none
- Ring – Signet of the Elder Council – Earthen Ring Exalted
- Ring – Terrath’s Signet of Balance – Therazine Revered
- Trinket – Unsolvable Riddle – Tol Barad faction Exalted
- Melee Weapon – Dagger of Restless Nights – Tol Barad faction Revered
- Ranged Weapon – Sky Piercer (crossbow) – Tol Barad faction Revered
It seems odd that there are no head or feet slot items available with reputation, so I’m assuming that the information is incomplete or that I am missing something. If I find out more I’ll add to the list.