I Don't Want To Grind For This Little Fox Person But I Will

It’s been over 12 years since I seriously worked on raising my reputation with one of World of Warcraft’s in-game factions. Those many years ago, I spent days performing repetitive tasks just to earn a special mount, and after that, I swore off grinding reputation for rewards. Then Blizzard announced the Vulpera, a new playable allied race available in the next major game update for players who’ve reached the highest reputation level with Battle for Azeroth’s Voldunai faction. They look like little foxes and they hang out with alpaca. Here I go again.

The last time I harvested good graces with World of Warcraft’s virtual races was in 2007. I decided I needed a riding talbuk, a weird goat horse creature native to The Burning Crusade expansion’s Nagrand region. To get it, I had to reach exalted reputation (the highest level) with the Kurenai, a tribe of Draenei dwelling in the region. I spent days killing cult members and ogres, turning in special beads that incrementally increased my standing with the tribe, until finally the talbuk was mine.

Though I enjoyed the reward, I hated everything else about the faction grind. There are better ways to spend my time than scraping together faction points in order to earn some virtual prize. So, after that, I stopped. I never put in the effort to earn another faction mount. When Blizzard introduced quests to unlock flying in new expansions, which involve earning a certain level of reputation with an assortment of factions, I passed on it. I still can’t fly in zones from the previous expansion, Legion, and the chances of me flying in Battle for Azeroth are slim.

But dammit, there’s just something about these stupid little foxes. I need to be one. They are adorable. They are ridiculous. They are so… me. And so I’ve found myself logging into World of Warcraft every single day since the announcement. The timing of my decision has also been both guilt-inducing and incredibly awkward, considering that the day after the announcement of this new playable race, Blizzard suspended competitive Hearthstone player Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai for supporting Hong Kong during a stream, causing a cascade of ill will towards the developer.

As Cecilia D’Anastasio pointed out, it’s a tense time to be playing and writing about Blizzard games, to the point where I’ve been hesitant to say anything about my current obsession.

But I am obsessing, and pretty hard. I never knew I had the option to show faction progress as an experience bar on the bottom of my screen. Now I log in every day to scour the Vol’Dun region for special world quests that offer extra points towards the Voldunai reputation. I send my followers off on missions for Voldunai rewards. I obtained a special item that grants me 10 points of Voldunai reputation every time I complete any faction’s world quests.

I am currently at 5,310 points of the 21,000 required to reach exalted. I’m lucky if I manage to accrue 1,000 points a day. That means I’m still about 15 days away from reaching my goal. Here I am, planning out more than two weeks of gameplay during the busy fall season in a game from a developer lots of people are unhappy with right now, and for what?

Oh yeah. Be right back. Questing.


Comments

    What this article tells me is that you barely play WoW *. Rep is ridiculously easy to 'grind'. The emissary quest (Voldunai is on currently) gives 1500 rep as a reward for doing four world quests in the zone. Each of those WQ gives rep as well. On a reasonably geared character it's possible to knock out four WQs in less than 10 minutes. Which will probably net you just over 2000 rep for ten minutes effort. If you smash out every WQ in the zone and use a contract (see below) you'll probably be looking at close to 3k rep on a day where the emissary lines up.

    There are also boosts to rep using an inscription item called a contract. It's not a lot but you can pick a faction (Voldunai obviously) and every WQ you complete will give you 10 rep regardless of whether it a Voldunai quest or not. And of course there are the missions from your war table that grant between 75 and several hundred rep on a regular basis.

    Of course all that's barely necessary. If you've done all the quests in each zone you're going to be pretty close to revered, if not already over (all that's required for flight) anyway. So the 'grind' is mostly done.

    * If you only play an hour or two of WOW a week then fair enough. But lets be honest, that's not how most people play it :)

      Sorry, in case it wasn't clear from my first post. It's probably more efficient NOT to grind every day for the rep. Just pick days when the emissary quests are in the right zone. That'll be the equivalent of doing three normal days grinding.

      If you're the type of person who is happy to use addons then I'd recommend getting World Quest Tracker it's not going to make WQs magically better but it does help. I'd also look at Quest Completist - you can use it to see if you've missed any quests in a zone. Something that's quite useful since some of the quests only pop if you get near them so they're easy to miss.

      Just an FYI, since the Voldunai emissary was up I just knocked it out on my DH.

      No rep reward WQs in the zone for me sadly, so it was just the base rep of 75 per quest. Combined with the 1500 for the emissary that was 1800 rep in less than ten minutes. I actually knocked out the other three quests available to me so my total rep (again in less than ten minutes) was 2025.

      There were two pet battle WQs in the zone today which I refuse to do. I assume they'd have contributed another 150 rep between them. And I didn't use a contract. If I had the grand total would have been 2265 rep. Where the biggest time sink would have been the pet battles and the travel time.

      I was gonna post something similar, although not nearly as detailed.
      If you play the game at max level every day for like 2 weeks, logging on just once a day and doing Vol'Dun quests and the emissary where possible, you'll be exalted in no time.

      Unlocking allied races is a bitch for very casual players and returning players, but for anyone who has spent even a marginal amount of time at the end game, it's not hard to get. I haven't played in months but I'm ready to go.

      I can't be bothered posting a seperate comment so I'll add it here, but who else doesn't really get the sentiment of "it’s a tense time to be playing and writing about Blizzard games". I don't really like Blizzard at the moment (or, in recent years for that matter) as much as the next guy over all this China business, but I'd still play the games if any of them were fun or good.
      Hell, I'll resub for the allied races but I can't imagine I'd be subbed for long.

        The problem is have with boycotting Blizzard (aside from the obvious that I enjoy their games) is that once you start down that path there will be a LOT of companies you'll have to boycott. And frankly while I'm not happy with what Blizzard did, they did wind up rolling back some of the punishment. And I agree with the principle of not politicizing their game, just not the hamfisted way they acted. If they start banning players for what they say *outside* of a broadcast game tournament then I'd see it a lot more negatively.

        On the China thing, I think right now, we don't know how things will land. However, the fact their Authentication servers went down with the number of people trying to delete their accounts is kind of amazing to me. Like, in terms of authentication systems, I have never heard of them going down like that due to sheer numbers of people trying to use it.

        However, I think the REAL test will be Blizzcon and how that all shakes out.

    I was going to do this.

    Then Blizzard pulled their fucking Chinese-government-appeasing horse shit and even looking at the launcher icon on my desktop was filling me with such disgust that I cancelled my sub and uninstalled it all.

    Who knows... maybe they'll pull their heads out of their asses and I'll have a hell of a lot of catching up to do. Maybe they won't and I'll just have to write this goal off as yet another entry on the ever-growing list of things that will never happen for me in my lifetime.

      Same here.

      Im not touching Wow or Classic untill blizzard does something other than give China a blowie.

      I cancelled my sub on Tuesday. Unfortunately for me, I paid for 6 months straight up when Classic launched so I still have game time until the end of Feb.

      They've made me lose all interest in further products, such as Warcraft 3 Reforged.

        Yeah. Tragically, I'd just redeemed a product code my partner had bought for me for the anniversary edition.

        I felt like I should play it at least a little... she spent quite a lot on that gift, knowing it was something I loved. But damn, this unapologetic, unashamed kowtowing to the CCP and telling Western fans that their views don't matter is so grotesque, so foul that I just couldn't summon the enthusiasm.

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