Thursday, December 17, 2009

On Reputation and Daily Quests

Below is a list of all the reputations that I plan to get for the "40 Exalted Reputations" achievement. These reputations are all required to be at exalted
for other achievements:

Darkspear trolls
Silvermoon City
The Undercity
Timbermaw Hold
The Mag'har
The Argent Dawn
The Argent Crusade
Cenarion Circle
Cenarion Expedition
Zandalar Tribe
Hydraxian Waterlords
Brood of Nozdormu
Lower City
The Sha'tar
Keepers of Time
Sha'tari Skyguard
Shattered Sun Offensive
The Consortium
The Scryers
Ashrongue Deathsworn
The Scale of the Sands
The Violet Eye
The Wormrest Accord
The Horde Expedition
Knights of the Ebon Blade
The Kulu'ak
The Frenzyheart Tribe
The Oracles
The Kirin Tor
The Ashen Verdict
The Sunreavers (Argent Tournament)
Frostwolf Clan (PVP)
The Forsaken Defilers (PVP)
Warsong Outriders (PVP)

That's 41 *required* reputations for other achievements. What concerns me the
most is that some of the factions (Hydraxian Waterlords in particular) are
basically impossible to grind - you have to simply do a weekly resettable raid
dungeon every week for 26 weeks. This _seems_ easy enough, but I worry about
missing a few weeks here and there and simply not being able to complete
everything in time.

I'm not really worried about grindable reputations and reputations with a lot
of daily quests since I'm not really limited much in the number of times I can
do these quests. The Waterlords and the Brood of Nozdormu are probably the most
concerning and will take a prolonged, dedicated effort. By comparison, ZG is,
at least in theory, partially soloable.

Getting all these to exalted opens up a lot of pets and mounts that I need for
the other achievements as well as a large number of meta-achievements.

My plan is simple: focus on Sunreavers/Argent Crusade/5 Home Cities via the
Argent Tournament dailies until I hit exalted. Work on Outland and Northrend
dailies where possible, doing the hardest ones first. Use quests and grinding
for most of the others and look for dedicated groups for some of the Classic
raid reps (with targetted grinding where possible).

Getting most of these factions will unlock the most of the mounts needed for "A Mountain of Mounts" (Collect 100 mounts) The best guide I have seen for this achievement is here:

An excellent list of most daily quests in the game, along with the reputation gains is listed here:

My plan for this rep, coupled with other dailies:

Work on getting all of the Argent Tournament rep (5 Home factions plus Sunreavers and Argent Crusade) via doing as many of those dailies as I can. This will also unlock new dailies when Sunreavers hits exalted - dailies that I can use to get tokens to buy mounts with.

While doing this, it's probably a good idea to work on Oracles Rep until I hit exalted by doing the dailies regularly. The reason for this is that I need to do all 8 dailies for the achievement, hit exalted, then repeat with Frenzyheart which will reset my Oracles reputation back to honored in order to get all of the achievements needed.

Obviously, while doing the dailies, I'll be able to search for the missing NPC's for Frostbitten and probably do any regular quests that I find myself near.

The other dailies that I pretty much need to do every day are the two cooking and fishing dailies. These are my number 1 priority since I need completely random items with a very low (<1%) drop rate from these two quests for other achievements. (Especially Chocolate Birthday Cake). I'll get Kirin Tor rep from the cooking. I also want to do the battleground daily each day as it's a good way to get honor and break any monotony.

If I have time, I'll work on the Kalu'ak dailies for 500 reputation each in Borean Tundra, Dragonblight and Howling Fjord.

After all that, I'll go do Ogrila, Skyguard and Netherwing dailies if I have time.

Finally, I'll work on completing the regular quests that are NOT near any dailies that I am working on. I'll start with Borean Tundra. Doing all the quests is a great way to pick up rep.

I plan to work backwards in time, focusing on the current content and gradually moving to BC and then working on older content. This means I won't reach Timbermaw and other factions until later in the project and at that time, I'll post my strategy.

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