Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Rep: Steamwheedle Cartel Reputations

I debated long and hard about which factions I should cover next as I am trying to go in the order in which individuals begin to encounter and NOTICE they have these funny things called "reputation bars". For the Alliance things stay pretty quiet until you hit the level 30's on the reputation front but for the Horde, around level 20 they will first begin to interact with the Goblin factions at the seaport town of Ratchet.

Ratchet is just one of four members of the Steamwheedle Cartel, located just on the coast in the Eastern Barrens. It has the added benefit of running a regular boat transport across to Booty Bay, which is located in Stranglethorn Vale. Gadgetzan in Tanaris and Everlook in Winterspring make up the final two factions. While each of these towns has individual reps you can grind there is also an additional town called Mudsprocket in Dustwallow Marsh, added in Patch 2.3.0 its quests give rep for all four of the other factions. There are also a smattering of other quests scattered through out the world that do that same.

Of the four factions only Everlook does NOT have any type of mob that can be ground to help you gain rep so they are the most difficult of the four to get to exalted but it can be done.

If you want to grind all four reps at the same TIME it CAN be done via a few REPEATABLE quests.
In Feralas on the coast just next to the dock leading to Feathermoon Stronghold you will find Zorbin Fandazzle. Once you have completed the initial quests Fuel for Zapping and Zapped Giants you will then be able to do two repeatable ones Refuel for the Zapping and Again with the Zapped Giants. However these quests will only give you 25 rep per turn in.

The other set is located not far away in Dire Maul North. About half way in you will find Knot Thimblejack chained up. He has two quests you can do, both repeatable. The first is The Gordok Ogre Suit, (those who remember doing Tribute Runs in Dire Maul are familiar with this one). This quest will give 75 rep per turn in for each of the factions. The Second quest he has is Free Knot. Now this one is a drop quest. First you have to get a Gordok Shackle key (the problem is you can only have one on you at a time.) Then talk to him telling him you FOUND the key, this will open up the quest. Be careful to do the Ogre suit quest FIRST before you turn in Free Knot because once you do Thimblejack runs off. This quest gives the greatest rep reward of 350 rep for each completion. Also be sure to check out his Cache as it will easily keep you stocked up on Leather for the Ogre suit quest and occasionally with have another vial of Ogre Tannin for it as well.

Now if like me you happen to be working on the Insane in the Membrane achievement this means that you will be rebuilding all these reps from Hated due to farming your Bloodsail Buccaneer Rep. Depending on what you wish to do you CAN get your reputations up through friendly very easily by farming Wastewander and Southsea mobs. I chose this method and then went back to farming Dire Maul because it allowed me to use all the Goblin Ports and Flight paths. The reason I chose these over the other mobs is that they can be easily accessed via the portal to the Caverns of Time from Dalaran.
Now another mob that you may prefer to farm is the Venture Co. Evacuee in Grizzly Hills. These are located on the Middle Boat in Venture Bay. The nice thing is because they are higher level they do drop Northrend items but there are only about 10 of them so if anyone else is in the area it can make farming slow.

So there you have it. I have to say that I personally get a rather fiendish pleasure out of having exalted rep with the Goblins since we all KNOW how much they love their money and forcing them to have to give me discounts just makes me smile. Happy Hunting!

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