Monday, December 20, 2010

Cataclysm Faction Rewards for Balance Druids

World of Warcraft Cataclysm introduced a number of new Factions that players can improve their standing with through questing and/or wearing special reputation tabards while running level 85 instances.  The other day I presented a list of all the Cataclysm Faction Rewards for Feral Druids.  Today I will be giving Balance Druids the same treatment.  Find out what faction gear every Moonkin will want to get their hands on after the bump.
Hellscream's Reach/Baradin's Wardens (Tol Barad)

Stump of Time (Trinket)
Insidious Staff (Staff)
Shimmering Morningstar (1H Mace)
Baradin Grunt's Talisman/Baradin Footman's Tags (Trinket)
Tol Barad Searchlight (Vanity Item)
Rustberg Gull (Pet)
Spectral Wolf/Spectral Stead (Ground Mount)
Drake of the West Wind (Flying Mount)
Hellscream's Reach/ Baradin's Wardens Tabard (Tabard)
Consumables to Use in Tol Barad and a Battle Standard

The Earthen Ring
Cloak of Ancient Wisdom (Back)
Leggings of Clutching Roots (Legs)
Pendant of Elemental Balance (Neck)

Lesser/Greater Inscription of Charged Lodestone (Shoulder Enchant)
Diamant's Ring of Temperance (Finger)

Guardians of Hyjal

Aessina-Blessed Gloves (Hands)
Cloak of the Dryads (Back)

Ammunae's Blessing (Finger)
Brown/Tan Riding Camel (Mount)

Dragonmaw Clan/Wildhammer Clan
Yellow Smoke Pendant/Lightning Flash Pendant (Neck)
Withered Dream Belt/Belt of the Untamed (Waist)
Band of Lamentation/Band of Singing Grass (Finger)
Spaulders of Endless Plains/Mantel of Wild Feathers (Shoulders)

The Game Plan

A quick glance at the above list should give you a pretty good idea where to devote your attention.  Tol Barad has some interesting vanity rewards as well as a couple trinkets and a weapon.  There is no reason not to take advantage of these battles and daily quests when you can, especially if your faction is in control of the zone as it is pitifully easy to defend.

As for which other faction to focus your attention and tabard slot on, Dragonmaw/Wildhammer reputation will give you the most bang for your buck.  Aside from the Tol Barad trinket, there are only two reputation based epic armor pieces available for Moonkins and both of them can be found in the care of the Dragonmaw and Wildhammer.  Hit them early and hit them hard.

After you unlock your reputation epics, you can either work towards your shoulder enchant with Therszane or pick up a couple decent blues from the Earthen Ring.  Really, it depends on what slots you need upgrades for.  The same goes for finishing out with Ramkahen and Guardians of Hyjal. 

In summary, as a starting point I would rank the Cataclysm Factions as follows for gearing up your Balance Druid:
1.  Dragonmaw Clan/Wildhammer Clan
2.  Hellscream's Reach/Baradin's Wardens (Tol Barad)
3.  Therazane
4.  The Earthen Ring
5.  Ramkahen
6.  Guardians of Hyjal

Do you like the fact that both Moonkin epics are to be found with one set of factions?  Do you find it odd that the Guardians of Hyjal have so little to offer caster Druids?  Which rewards will you be seeking first?  Let me know in the comments.  Also be sure to check out our guide for Feral Druids and keep your eyes open for our Restoration guide which will be coming soon.


  1. Thanks for this, it was really helpful! I knew I needed Wildhammer exalted, but I kept forgetting which other factions had gear for me and at what level. Now I'm going to have start doing the Tol Barad dailies!

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