Faction

Reputation rewards

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A faction is a group of allies, either racial or ideological. Most in-game factions are described in Warcraft lore, but some were specifically introduced in World of Warcraft. The concept of a faction exists primarily in World of Warcraft. The use of factions in other Warcraft games is more for general grouping purposes and not quantitatively tracked like World of Warcraft.

Most factions are tracked in World of Warcraft by the reputation that a player character has with each faction. Some groups that are not tracked as factions appear in the organization list.

The term faction is also used to refer specifically to the two playable factions in World of Warcraft: the Alliance and the Horde. Each playable race is specifically aligned with one faction or the other, and all player characters of that race automatically belong to that faction. Pandaren characters are the exception and must choose a faction to leave the Wandering Isle, at around level 10. Once chosen, a character's faction cannot be changed through in-game means. However, there is a paid Faction Change service available that can perform this function. For all races except pandaren, using this service requires also changing your character to a new race, one that is aligned with the character's new faction.

A character's faction has numerous consequences. Characters can only talk, group, and create guilds with players from their own faction. Certain zones and cities in the world are also friendly to one faction while hostile to the other. The majority of the leveling experience will be determined by the character's faction, with different quests, NPCs and areas for each faction. Faction also determines a substantial amount of play: characters will fight the opposite faction in battlegrounds and world PvP; work to raise their reputation and earn the praise of the heroes of their faction; complete quests to aid their faction's efforts, and frequently fight against the other faction's NPCs; and generally spend the majority of their time in their faction's cities and surrounded by other members of their faction. Although many choose to play characters of each faction, some players develop a strong sense of faction pride, often leading to varying degrees of sparring and rivalry between players who identify with each faction.

Any organization or NPC not aligning to either playable faction are sometimes described as Neutral 15.pngNeutral between the two.

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Faction-Organigram

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Argent Dawn Neutral 15.png (Formerly related to Naxxramas, Stratholme & Scholomance)
Bloodsail Buccaneers Neutral 15.png (Enemies of Steamwheedle Cartel)
Brood of Nozdormu Neutral 15.png (Related to Ahn'Qiraj)
Cenarion Circle Neutral 15.png (Related to Ahn'Qiraj & Druids)
Darkmoon Faire Neutral 15.png (Related to Darkmoon Island)
Gelkis Clan Centaur Neutral 15.png (Enemies of Magram Clan Centaur, removed in patch 4.0.3, and returned in patch 8.0.1)
Hydraxian Waterlords Neutral 15.png (Related to Molten Core)
Magram Clan Centaur Neutral 15.png (Enemies of Gelkis Clan Centaur, removed in patch 4.0.3, and returned in patch 8.0.1)
Ravenholdt Neutral 15.png (Related to Rogues)
Syndicate (Enemies of Ravenholdt)
Thorium Brotherhood Neutral 15.png (Related to Molten Core)
Timbermaw Hold Neutral 15.png
Wintersaber Trainers Alliance 15.png (Related to Winterspring)

Horde Horde 15.png

Darkspear Trolls (Related to Trolls)
Orgrimmar (Related to Orcs)
Thunder Bluff (Related to Tauren)
Undercity (Related to Undead)
Silvermoon City Bc icon.gif (Related to Blood elves)
Bilgewater Cartel Cata-Logo-Small.png (Related to Goblins)
Huojin Pandaren Mists-Logo-Small.png (Related to Horde-aligned Pandaren)

Alliance Alliance 15.png

Darnassus (Related to Night elves)
Gnomeregan (Related to Gnomes)
Ironforge (Related to Dwarves)
Stormwind (Related to Humans)
Exodar Bc icon.gif (Related to Draenei)
Gilneas Cata-Logo-Small.png (Related to Worgen)
Tushui Pandaren Mists-Logo-Small.png (Related to Alliance-aligned Pandaren)

Horde Forces Horde 15.png

Brawl'gar Arena Mists-Logo-Small.png (The Horde Brawler's Guild)
The Defilers (Related to Arathi Basin)
Frostwolf Clan (Related to Alterac Valley)
Warsong Outriders (Related to Warsong Gulch)

Alliance Forces Alliance 15.png

Bizmo's Brawlpub Mists-Logo-Small.png (The Alliance Brawler's Guild)
The League of Arathor (Related to Arathi Basin)
Silverwing Sentinels (Related to Warsong Gulch)
Stormpike Guard (Related to Alterac Valley)

Steamwheedle Cartel

Booty Bay Neutral 15.png (Enemies of Bloodsail Buccaneers)
Everlook Neutral 15.png (Enemies of Bloodsail Buccaneers)
Gadgetzan Neutral 15.png (Enemies of Bloodsail Buccaneers)
Ratchet Neutral 15.png (Enemies of Bloodsail Buccaneers)

Ashtongue Deathsworn Neutral 15.png (Related to Black Temple)
Cenarion Expedition Neutral 15.png (Related to Coilfang Reservoir)
The Consortium Neutral 15.png (Related to Auchindoun)
Honor Hold Alliance 15.png (Related to Hellfire Citadel)
Keepers of Time (Related to Caverns of Time)
Kurenai Alliance 15.png (Related to Nagrand)
The Mag'har Horde 15.png (Related to Nagrand)
Netherwing Neutral 15.png (Related to Shadowmoon Valley)
Ogri'la Neutral 15.png (Related to Blade's Edge Mountains)
The Scale of the Sands Neutral 15.png (Related to Battle of Mount Hyjal)
Sporeggar Neutral 15.png (Related to Coilfang Reservoir and Zangarmarsh)
Thrallmar Horde 15.png (Related to Hellfire Citadel)
Tranquillien Horde 15.png Bc icon.gif (Related to Ghostlands)
The Violet Eye Neutral 15.png (Related to Karazhan)

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The Aldor Aldor 15.png (Enemies of The Scryers)
Lower City Neutral 15.png (Related to Auchindoun)
The Scryers Scryers 15.png (Enemies of The Aldor)
The Sha'tar Neutral 15.png (Related to Tempest Keep)
Sha'tari Skyguard Neutral 15.png (Related to Skettis)
Shattered Sun Offensive Neutral 15.png (Related to Magisters' Terrace & Sunwell Plateau)

Argent Crusade Neutral 15.png
Ashen Verdict Neutral 15.png (Related to Icecrown Citadel, formed by merging of Argent Crusade and Knights of the Ebon Blade)
The Kalu'ak Neutral 15.png
Kirin Tor Neutral 15.png (Related to Dalaran)
Knights of the Ebon Blade Neutral 15.png (Related to Death Knights)
The Sons of Hodir Neutral 15.png (Related to The Storm Peaks)
The Wyrmrest Accord Neutral 15.png

Horde Expedition Horde 15.png

The Hand of Vengeance
The Sunreavers (Related to Argent Tournament)
The Taunka
Warsong Offensive

Alliance Vanguard Alliance 15.png

Explorers' League
The Frostborn (Related to The Storm Peaks)
The Silver Covenant (Related to Argent Tournament)
Valiance Expedition

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Frenzyheart Tribe Neutral 15.png (Enemies of The Oracles)
The Oracles Neutral 15.png (Enemies of Frenzyheart Tribe)

Avengers of Hyjal Neutral 15.png (Related to Firelands, formed by merging of Cenarion Circle and Guardians of Hyjal)
Baradin's Wardens Alliance 15.png (Related to Tol Barad)
Dragonmaw Clan Horde 15.png (Horde faction in Twilight Highlands)
Guardians of Hyjal Neutral 15.png (Related to Mount Hyjal and Molten Front)
Hellscream's Reach Horde 15.png (Related to Tol Barad)
Ramkahen Neutral 15.png (Related to Uldum)
The Earthen Ring Neutral 15.png
Therazane Neutral 15.png (Related to Deepholm)
Wildhammer Clan Alliance 15.png (Removed in patch 2.0.3, re-introduced in 4.0.3, Alliance faction in Twilight Highlands)

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The Anglers Neutral 15.png
The August Celestials Neutral 15.png
The Black Prince Neutral 15.png
Dominance Offensive Horde 15.png (Related to Krasarang Wilds)
Emperor Shaohao Neutral 15.png (Related to Timeless Isle)
Forest Hozen Horde 15.png (Related to The Jade Forest)
The Golden Lotus Neutral 15.png (Related to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms)
Kirin Tor Offensive Alliance 15.png (Related to Isle of Thunder)
Klaxxi Neutral 15.png (Related to the Dread Wastes)
The Lorewalkers Neutral 15.png
Operation: Shieldwall Alliance 15.png (Related to Krasarang Wilds)
Order of the Cloud Serpent Neutral 15.png (Related to The Jade Forest)
Pearlfin Jinyu Alliance 15.png (Related to The Jade Forest)
Shado-Pan Neutral 15.png
Shado-Pan Assault Neutral 15.png (Related to the Throne of Thunder)
Shang Xi's Academy Neutral 15.png (Related to the Wandering Isle)
Sunreaver Onslaught Horde 15.png (Related to Isle of Thunder)
The Tillers Neutral 15.png

Individual NPCs

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Arakkoa Outcasts Neutral 15.png (Related to Spires of Arak)
Council of Exarchs Alliance 15.png (Related to Shadowmoon Valley)
Frostwolf Orcs Horde 15.png (Related to Frostfire Ridge)
Hand of the Prophet Alliance 15.png (Related to Tanaan Jungle)
Laughing Skull Orcs Horde 15.png (Related to Gorgrond)
Order of the Awakened Neutral 15.png (Related to Tanaan Jungle)
The Saberstalkers Neutral 15.png (Related to Tanaan Jungle)
Sha'tari Defense Alliance 15.png (Related to Talador)
Steamwheedle Preservation Society Neutral 15.png (Related to Nagrand)
Vol'jin's Headhunters Horde 15.png (Related to Tanaan Jungle)
Vol'jin's Spear Horde 15.png (Related to Ashran)
Wrynn's Vanguard Alliance 15.png (Related to Ashran)

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Argussian Reach Neutral 15.png (Related to Krokuun and Mac'Aree)
Armies of Legionfall Neutral 15.png (Related to Broken Shore)
Army of the Light Neutral 15.png (Related to Antoran Wastes and Krokuun)
Court of Farondis Neutral 15.png (Related to Azsuna)
Dreamweavers Neutral 15.png (Related to Val'sharah)
Highmountain Tribe Neutral 15.png (Related to Highmountain)
The Nightfallen Neutral 15.png (Related to Suramar)
Talon's Vengeance Neutral 15.png (Related to a special PvP system)
The Wardens Neutral 15.png (Related to rare mobs)
Valarjar Neutral 15.png (Related to Stormheim)

Individual NPCs

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Champions of Azeroth Neutral 15.png
Honeyback Hive Alliance 15.png (Related to Stormsong Valley)
Honorbound Horde 15.png
Order of Embers Alliance 15.png (Related to Drustvar)
Proudmoore Admiralty Alliance 15.png (Related to Tiragarde Sound)
Rajani Neutral 15.png (Related to Vale of Eternal Blossoms)
Rustbolt Resistance Neutral 15.png (Related to Mechagon)
Storm's Wake Alliance 15.png (Related to Stormsong Valley)
Talanji's Expedition Horde 15.png (Related to Nazmir)
Tortollan Seekers Neutral 15.png
Uldum Accord Neutral 15.png (Related to Uldum)
The Unshackled Horde 15.png (Related to Nazjatar)
Voldunai Horde 15.png (Related to Vol'dun)
Waveblade Ankoan Alliance 15.png (Related to Nazjatar)
Zandalari Empire Horde 15.png (Related to Zuldazar)
7th Legion Alliance 15.png

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This section concerns content related to Shadowlands.
The Ascended Neutral 15.png (Related to Bastion)
The Avowed Neutral 15.png
Court of Harvesters Neutral 15.png (Related to Revendreth)
The Undying Army Neutral 15.png (Related to Maldraxxus)
The Wild Hunt Neutral 15.png (Related to Ardenweald)

Individual NPCs

Removed factions

Revantusk Tribe Horde 15.png (Added in patch 1.5, removed in patch 1.11)
Royal Apothecary Society Horde 15.png (Seen at BlizzCon 2007, removed before Wrath of the Lich King Beta)
Shen'dralar Neutral 15.png (Added in patch 1.3, removed in patch 4.0.3, although still visible in reputation panel)
Silvermoon Remnant Alliance 15.png (Added in patch 1.6.0, removed in patch 1.6.1)
Theramore Alliance 15.png (Added in Patch 1.6.0, removed in patch 1.6.1)
Zandalar Tribe Neutral 15.png (Related to Zul'Gurub, removed in patch 4.0.3, although still visible in reputation panel)
Moro'gai Neutral 15.png (Faction of Lost Ones removed during the World of Warcraft beta)

See also

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