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WOW Cataclysm Classic: How To Maximize Your Reputation Gain? - Questing & Dungeon Grinding

Posted: Apr 29, 2024

Unlocking reputation and rewards in WoW Cataclysm Classic may appear simple at first, but there's actually a lot to consider. To maximize efficiency, it’s essential for players to understand the most effective methods for gaining reputation. In this guide, we'll explore the pros and cons of questing and dungeon grinding, and discuss which reputations you should prioritize based on your character.

WOW Cataclysm Classic: How To Maximize Your Reputation Gain? - Questing & Dungeon Grinding

Complete Quests

Completing quests is the primary method for increasing reputation among certain factions. However, it's not essential to finish every quest in every zone. At Level 85, running Heroics can also greatly enhance your reputation. In zones with low reputation gains, prioritize by wearing the faction's tabard. Now, let's delve into these factions to ascertain the optimal approach.

Guardians Of Hyjal

Associated with Hyjal questing, this zone will be amazing for reputation gain per hour. Going through the entire zone should not take you more than 2 hours if you’re going at an efficient rate, bringing you all the way into Revered with the faction. This means you’ll be able to pick up 333 and 346 item level gear right at Level 85, while also having access to Intellect and great Head Enchants at the gate.

Earthen Ring

This is one of those reputations that I would not actively pursue through questing, as it grants a pitiful amount of reputation and is a terrible questing experience. You get enough reputation to be close enough to Honored through Deepholm, so I recommend focusing on this reputation through the tabard once you get to Friendly.


Questing in Uldum provides several thousand reputation points towards Honored status, which is decent but not exceptional. While it's efficient for leveling and gaining reputation simultaneously, it's not advisable to return solely for reputation grinding at Level 85. Uldum offers two daily quests for reputation, but it's not worth visiting just for the reputation gain.

Dragonmaw Clan (Horde) / Wildhammer Clan (Alliance)

In Twilight Highlands, you’ll have just over 20 quests, which will bring you into honored reputation and unlock 5 daily quests after getting to honored. You can focus on getting this reputation through the tabard, but if you no longer need Heroic gear and you’re done with your Valor Point cap for the week, then knocking out 1,350 reputation through 5 quick dailies is not a bad idea.


When it comes to the tabards, you can pick up the Guardians of Hyjal, Dragonmaw Clan, Ramkahen, and the Earthen Ring. You don’t need to do any questing in Vashj'ir to unlock it. Equipping a tabard will make you gain reputation towards that specific faction through running Heroic dungeons, but you’ll also gain reputation at a reduced rate from the normal versions of Lost City of the Tol’vir, Grim Batol, and Halls of Origination.

Run Heroic Dungeon

Each run of a Heroic dungeon will grant you around 1.5 to 2.5k reputation per run depending on the instance and how heavily you focus on Trash. However, getting as many boss kills per hour as possible will yield you the most amount of gear and Justice Points while still granting solid reputation. In addition, it is also a good idea to carry some WOW Cataclysm Classic Gold with you.

WOW Cataclysm Classic Tol Barad

Tol Barad

Tol Barad is the only zone that you cannot gain reputation from through a tabard. You’ll have to head to the island of Tol Barad, do dailies, and PvP battles to earn reputation and commendations to purchase gear and mounts. Every serious raider should aim to have this reputation at Exalted before the release of the first raid tier.

Therazane Faction

For the Therazane faction, you’ll have to finish up pretty much every single quest in Deepholm before you get access to the faction. Doing the quest will put you a decent chunk into Honored, which will allow you to pick up the lesser version of the Shoulder Enchant.

Going to Revered will give you a 346 item level ring, and going to be at Exalted will grant you the greater version of the Shoulder Enchant. This is the reputation that everyone should work towards completing before the release of the raid tier.


All in all, you can gain reputation by equipping a tabard while running Heroic dungeons. There will also be several dailies you can do to gain reputation, but just like with the Dragonmaw Clan, only do them if you no longer need Heroic gear and you’re already done with your Valor Point cap.


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