You’re likely to build up reputation with the various Cataclysm factions as you level from 80 to 85. Just as with previous expansions, each new level of reputation will unlock new purchasable ‘rewards’ from that faction’s vendor. The various Cata rep rewards usually take the form of equipment and armor, which can really give you an initial boost when gearing up your newly-minted level 85 toon.
There are even reputation rewards which will be of use to end-game raiders. The Avengers of Hyjal, the new faction for the Patch 4.2 Firelands daily quests, provide epic items at i-Level 378 and above.
The best rewards will depend on your class and role, but will inevitably be spread among several faction vendors. Here’s our breakdown guide.
Reputation rewards for tanks
Head enchant – you’ll want the Arcanum of the Earthen Ring. See our complete guide to enchanting your helm.
Feet – Boots of Sullen Rock requires Exalted reputation with the Dragonmaw Clan. The Alliance equivalent are the Gryphon Rider’s Boots, required Exalted reputation with the Wildhammer Clan.
Back – Exalted reputation with the Guardians of Hyjal gives access to the Wrap of the Great Turtle. Once you’re Friendly with the Avengers of Hyjal, you can replace that with a Durable Flamewrath Greatcloak.
Wrist – Sandguard Bracers, available when Exalted with Ramkahen.
Shoulder enchant – The Greater Inscription of Unbreakable Quartz. Take a glance at our guide to shoulder enchants in Cata.
Waist – You’ll need to be Honored with the Avengers of Hyjal to purchase a Girdle of the Indomitable Flame.
Trinket – Revered rep with the Avengers of Hyjal gives you Stay of Execution.
Finger – The Adamantine Signet of the Avengers is very nice indeed. Unfortunately it requires Exalted reputation with the Avengers of Hyjal to purchase, so don’t expect to be seeing it without a monstrous grind.
Reputation rewards for healers and casters
Head enchant – The Arcanum of Hyjal is the obvious choice. For a more detailed discussion of head enchants, see our guide.
Neck – Exalted reputation with the Dragonmaw or Wildhammer clans gives the Yellow Smoke Pendant/Lightning Flash Pendant.
Waist – Clothies will need Exalted rep with the Guardians of Hyjal to get the Cord of the Raven Queen. For leather wearers, it’s Dragonmaw/Wildhammer once again. The Horde item is called Withered Dream Belt, whereas the Alliance equivalent is Belt of the Untamed. Once you hit Honored with the Avengers of Hyjal, you can upgrade to the Embereye Belt or the Firescar Sash.
Feet – The Desert Walker Sandals from Ramhaken.
Hands – Exalted reputation with the Earthen Ring will provide Flamebloom Gloves.
Shoulder enchant – use the Greater Inscription of Charged Lodestone. See our complete guide.
Back – You’ll need to be Friendly with the Avengers of Hyjal to get either the Flowing Flamewrath Cape or the Rippling Flamewrath Drape.
Trinket – Fiery Quintessence and the Rune of Zeth are both available from the Avengers of Hyjal upon hitting Honored reputation.
Finger – Your reward for hitting Exalted rep with the Avengers of Hyjal is an awesome ring – either the Infernal Signet of the Avengers or the Quicksilver Signet of the Avengers.
Reputation rewards for DPS classes
Head enchant – Depending on whether you favor Strength or Agility, you’ll want the Arcanum of the Dragonmaw/Arcanum of the Wildhammer or the Arcanum of the Ramkahen. Check out our complete guide to helm enchants if you’re not sure which to choose.
Hands – Exalted rep with the Dragonmaw/Wildhammer clans will give you access to Liar’s Handwraps, or the Alliance equivalent Stormbolt Gloves. Alternatively, try the World Keeper’s Gauntlets from the Earthen Ring quartermaster.
Waist – If you’re a plate DPS class, work on your Guardians of Hyjal reputation to get access to the excellent Belt of The Ferocious Wold. For Paladins, choose the Sun King’s Girdle from Ramkahen instead. That will probably last you until you reach Honored with the Avengers of Hyjal, at which point you’ll upgrade to either the Firearrow Belt, Firemend Cinch, Flamebinding Girdle, Girdle of the Indomitable Flame, Girdle of the Indomitable Flame, Belt of the Seven Seals or Cinch of the Flaming Ember.
Feet – Mail-wearers will want either the Treads of Malorne from the Guardians of Hyjal or the Earthmender’s Boots from the Earthen Ring.
Neck – For Strength-based classes, the Gift of Nadun from Ramkahen is a good upgrade.
Finger – With Exalted reputation with the Earthen Ring, you’ll be able to purchase the Signet of the Elder Council.
Shoulder enchant – Read our complete guide to shoulder enchants to find the best enchant for your shoulders. You’ll want either the Greater Inscription of Jagged Stone or the Greater Inscription of Shattered Crystal.
Back – After a few Molten Front dailies, you’ll be Friendly with the Avengers of Hyjal and be able to buy either the Bladed Flamewrath Cover or the Sleek Flamewrath Cloak.
Trinket – You’ll need to become Revered with the Avengers of Hyjal, at which point you’ll have either an Ancient Petrified Seed or an Essence of the Eternal Flame.
Finger – The DPS rewards for Exalted reputation with the Avengers of Hyjal are either the Obsidian Signet of the Avengers or the Viridian Signet of the Avengers.
The Secret Camels of Ramkahen
Grinding your reputation with Ramkahen all the way to Exalted has another, hidden bonus. You’ll be able to purchase your very own ridable camel. Strangely, whilst most reputation rewards can be seen in the vendor’s inventory but can’t be purchased until the correct reputation has been achieved, the Ramkahen camel mounts do not appear in Blacksmith Abasi‘s inventory until you’re Exalted with Ramkahen. Once you hit Exalted, though, they’ll be there and ready for purchase. There are two camels available – the Brown Riding Camel and the Tan Riding Camel.Read more →