**Edited to reflect that Justice Point gear had its reputation requirement removed in a hotfix after launch**
This post is based on what I know as of a week before launch. I’ll update it if I learn more or if things change.
As you level, you’ll earn reputation with many of the available factions through the questing that you do. Once you reach the level cap there will be a large number of repeatable quests with most factions to grind out rep. Interestingly, none of the factions require you to reach Exalted to buy their armor. You get the rare (blue quality) items at Honored, and then the epic (purple) items at Revered. The reason to get to Exalted is for vanity gear like mounts.
Also keep in mind that you no longer earn reputation by wearing a tabard in dungeon runs. In MoP, its all questing and dailies.
Here’s a rundown on what you’ll look for.
This faction is found in the Dread Wastes. It provides a blue quality wrist item that you can get
at Honored – Cruel Mercy Bracers , a blue quality one-handed mace at Revered – Amber Sledge of Klaxi’vass -and a purple neck item at Revered – the Choker of the Klaxxi’va as well as a purple waist slot item, the Klaxxi Lash of the Borrower and a purple leg slot, the Dreadsworn Slayer Legs. It also has a lot of blacksmithing plans and a scorpion mount at exalted. Oddly, there is also a blue quality dagger at Exalted – the Amber Slicer of Klaxxi’vess.
Located in the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. From this group you can get a blue quality neck item
at Honored – Amulet of Swirling Mists and a blue quality hand slot at Honored – Surehand Grips. There is a mastery trinket at Honored also with an interesting ability (PvP?) – Mogu Rune of Paralysis. They have a lot of leatherworking and tailoring patterns at Honored as well. At Revered you can get an epic ring – Anji’s Keepsake, epic boots – Softfoot Silentwrap - and an epic shoulder – Imperion Spaulders.
You need to get to Revered with Golden Lotus to start dailies with the August Celestials and Shado-Pan.
The August Celestials
This group has a lot of stuff. You’ll find their quest hub in the Krasarang Wilds, but you unlock them by getting to a certain rep with the Golden Lotus.
At Honored you can get a blue cloak (Bladesong Cloak) and a blue quality chest (Refurbished Zandalari Vestment). At Revered you will find the purple Fingers of the Loneliest Monk for your hand slot, Tukka Tuk’s Hairy Boots for your feet, and Quillpaw Family Bracers for your wrist. There are three enchanting recipes at Revered, and two mounts plus a tailoring recipe (28 slot bag!) at Exalted.
This faction – found in the Townlong Steppes and another follow-up after the Golden Lotus – has a few good rogue items.
At Honored you can buy the blue quality Mark of the Dancing Crane for your finger slot or the Tough Mushanhide Leggings for your legs. Once you hit revered you have access to the epic Blackguard Cape, Red Smoke Bandana for your head, and Hawkmaster’s Talon trinket (look at all that agility!). Plus they have some enchanting recipes and mounts.
Here are the reputation items available for the various slots:
- Head – (epic) Red Smoke Bandana - Shado-Pan Revered
- Neck – (rare) Amulet of Swirling Mists - Golden Lotus
Honored, (epic) the Choker of the Klaxxi’va - Klaxxi Revered
- Shoulder – (epic) Imperion Spaulders - Golden Lotus Revered
- Back – (rare) Bladesong Cloak - August Celestials
Honored, (epic) Blackguard Cape - Shado-Pan Revered
- Chest – (rare) Refurbished Zandalari Vestment - August Celestials
- Wrist – (rare) Cruel Mercy Bracers - Klaxxi
Honored, (epic) Quillpaw Family Bracers - August Celestials Revered
- Hands – (rare) Surehand Grips - Golden Lotus
Honored, (epic) Fingers of the Loneliest Monk - August Celestials Revered
- Waist – (epic) Klaxxi Lash of the Borrower - Klaxxi Revered
- Legs – (rare) Tough Mushanhide Leggings - Shado-Pan
Honored, (epic) Dreadsworn Slayer Legs - Klaxxi Revered
- Feet – (epic) Softfoot Silentwrap - Golden Lotus Revered, (epic) Tukka Tuk’s Hairy Boots - August Celestials Revered
- Ring – (rare) Mark of the Dancing Crane - Shado-Pan
Honored, (epic) Anji’s Keepsake - Golden Lotus Revered
- Ring – (epic) Fingers of the Loneliest Monk - August Celestials Revered
- Trinket – (rare) Mogu Rune of Paralysis - Golden Lotus
Honored, (epic) Hawkmaster’s Talon - Shado-Pan Revered
- Melee Weapon – (rare) Amber Sledge of Klaxi’vass - Klaxxi Revered, (rare) Amber Slicer of Klaxxi’vess - Klaxxi Exalted
Note the general lack of daggers and swords. Other than quest rewards, you’ll have to run instances to find those, or watch the auction house and be prepared to pay big-time gold for the few BoE weapons around.
There are an absolute ton of daily quests for these factions that open up at level 90. Blizzard has removed the cap on the number of daily quests you can do each day, so be prepared to get to work.