Reputation Farming: Darnassus – Exalted At Level 31

08 Sep

I will have more details about leveling my new Mage, Belsynis, in a future post. For right now I want to focus on a specific aspect of what I have been doing with that character, which is farming reputation with Darnassus for the sake of getting their mount as opposed to the boring (in my opinion) Human horses.

Fueling My Fire
After rolling my Mage I made an announcement in Twitter, “Playing around with a Human mage on #Durotan with @Fynralyl, trying to get Exalted with NElfs asap for cat mount. Honored at level 14 so far”.

I got a few responses to that, including the following:

  • @WoWDawgs, “@psynister won’t happen by level 20.” and “@psynister not possible. Not enough rep quests to do it by 20.”
  • @LordKaladar, “@psynister GL with that.. its like Darkspear.. once you leave the starting area.. there are no more Elf quest hubs :(“
  • @Faulsey, “@psynister It’s hard to get exalted with a faction by -40- nevermind 20. (Did Darny when my Drae Hunter got his first mount, at 40.)”

All those responses really managed to do was get me even more focused and determined to get it done. While I was pretty sure level 20 wasn’t going to happen, I was hoping for some time shortly after so that I wouldn’t have to stick with the boring horses that the Humans get by default.

I got to work on grinding the reputation after I hit level 10, and though I was flying through quests and building up rep pretty fast, it didn’t take me long to see that it was not going to happen nearly as fast as I had hoped. So, I put that out there on Twitter as well, “#WoW My mage is level 16 and is about 1k Rep over half-way through Honored. No way I’m hitting Exalted by level 20 unless I turn of exp.”

I only got one reply to that one though, @WoWDawgs, “@psynister heh heh heh.”

As I’ve said before, telling me that I can’t do something, or that it’s not possible, is the best kind of motivation you can give me. It’s not a matter of trying to prove people wrong, it’s about overcoming the limits around me.

Fueling My Frost
So, after the guys on Twitter told me how hard it was going to be, I decided it was time to put all the knowledge that I had built up from leveling my previous Mage to 80 to good use and started hitting the grinding wheel pretty hard.

When it comes to building reputation with the Faction Races you don’t have a whole lot of options. Basically, you quest and you turn in cloth, and that’s about where it ends. But cloth can only be turned in once per cloth type until you get up to Runecloth, and you can’t do that until around level 50. You can turn in Wool Cloth once at level 10 for some rep, and Silk Cloth at level 30 for some more rep, but otherwise your only option is questing.

I looked up quests on to try to find where to get reputation with Darnassus, but what I found was that almost every quest mentioning Darnassus rep was wrong either in that it gave a different amount of rep than the website claimed, or that it gave the rep with another faction all together. After about the eighth time I was burned on that deal I gave up on referencing quests and instead focused on the NPC’s that gave the quests.

Advice: The most reliable method I found in finding quests in other zones was to accept quests that either came from, or were turned in to, a Night Elf NPC.

So I knew that I had to focus solely on questing, and that’s what I did. While a Fire build hits harder, and an Arcane build is apparently viable now for leveling, I stuck with what I know works and what I’m most familiar with: Frost

You can take a look at Belsynis on the Armory with the following link if you’d like:
Belsynis (Alliance Main)

Reputation: Honored
Somewhere in my mid-teens, I forgot to note exactly when it happened (/fail), I managed to hit Honored with Darnassus.

When Belsynis hit level 10 I left the Human starting zones and went straight to the starting zone for the Night Elves and quested there as though I were a level 1 Night Elf. I did every quest in the starting area of Shadowglen and then moved on to the town of Dolonaar and did every quest there as well. After finishing those I moved on over to Darnassus and did every quest they had to offer me as well.

When you want to build reputation with a faction, hit their starting areas first and then progress through the entire zone. I don’t mention specific quests here because I literally did every single quest that I was able to find in the entire zone. I ran a path around the entire map after I thought I had done them all just to see if I could find any quests in some random, out of the way location that I had missed before. My thoughts proved to be true as I found no other quests that I had left undone.

My wife is currently leveling a Draenei character, and as she heard me mention that I had finished with the quests in the Night Elf zones she mentioned that there were several quests in the Draenei starting area that offered the reputation as well. This is where I did the search for quests on (mentioned above) that came back with disappointing results. Luckily, I did find quite a few quests that gave the reputation, but a lot of them were very small amounts. In the end, it was certainly worth the time and effort to do them. As with the Night Elf zone I went through every area on the map for the Draenei and accepted every quest I could find that came from or was turned in to a Night Elf NPC.

Doing this did slow down my progression in leveling because I was already higher level than most of the mobs that I faced. I did gain experience from all of the quests that I turned in, but that experience was enough to continue pushing me over the level of the mobs that I faced in most of the areas.

So I left the Human starting zone of Elwyn Forest at level 10, the Night Elf zone of Teldrassil at level 14, and the Draenei zones (Azuremyst and Bloodmyst Isles) at level 16.

Reputation: Revered
From there it was time to head to the next stop in the Night Elf quest lines and head over to Auberdine. Most of the quests in this zone reward Darnassus reputation, but not all of them. Following the same guideline here as I had in previous areas I took every quest that came from a Night Elf NPC or was turned in to one and did every one I could find.

It didn’t take me long to get up to level 20, but since I knew I still had a long way to go before I got my Darnassus mounts that I went ahead and bought all of the human horses (including the black one from Wetlands) so that I could quest faster.

In the end I did every quest, or quest chain, in the entire zone except for the ones given by the Gnome upstairs in the Auberdine Inn. I did his first quest, found that it gave Gnomer rep, and then left it at that for him.

The good thing about Auberdine is that it’s a fairly small zone with a whole lot of quests. The bad thing is, a lot of these quests require you to do a lot of running around back and forth. There also happens to be a couple of quests that send you into areas that are also part of even higher level quests from other zones that send you back to Auberdine. So you can be running around in an area full of level 16 mobs and then find yourself facing a level 29 mob out of the blue. So a word of advice if you are doing this with a low level toon, be careful around towers.

I manged to reach Revered in Auberdine, but I did not get very far into it before I ran out of quests. As with Teldrassil, I ran a full circuit around the map after finishing all of the quests to make sure I did not miss any. This time around I actually found 2 that I had missed, so it certainly paid off this time.

Next stop, Ashenvale.

Reputation: Exalted…Almost
Most of the quests offered in Ashenvale provide you with Darnassus reputation; not all of them, but most. A couple of those quests include running through the BFD instance in Northwest Ashenvale, and since my wife had a freshly transferred level 80 Paladin on the realm I just had her run me through it, though I did find a group for it the following day as well.

Ashenvale has a lot of quests that span the entire map, and the locations of their quests are overall pretty good though not great. I generally liked doing the quests here, but there were a few of them that just really bugged me. Quests that require an item to drop that has a horribly low drop rate, kill quests that require certain numbers of several different mobs that are all spawned randomly so that you have to do a full clear of the area five times to get the ones you need, etc.

Ashenvale is where the level of the mobs finally started meshing well with my own level and where experience really started picking up.

I only had a few accidental run-ins with Horde NPCs, but none of them were fatal. I did stumble onto a couple of rare spawns that gave me lessons on how to die quickly though, and chief among them was Prince Raze, a rare spawn demon that hits extremely hard and is well known for agroing my characters while I’m in the middle of fighting other mobs or just as I sit down to eat/drink. That rare spawn alone is responsible for over 20 deaths across my various characters, and because of that I now make a special effort to go and kill him any time I take a high level character into Ashenvale, even if my destination is nowhere near his spawn point. He killed Belsynis once because I didn’t see him when I attacked a mob near him, and a second time when I came back specifically to claim my revenge. The third time he went down.

But, I’m getting off topic here. Back to questing.

I kept a very close eye on my reputation throughout this entire process, but especially during the anxious grinding from Revered to Exalted, and the closer I got the closer I kept my eye on it.

After finishing every quest I could find in Ashenvale, and having already turned in both Wool and Silk cloth for rep, I still had not reached Exalted, though I was close. I hit the internet again searching for quests in other zones and managed to find a few spread out in various places, but they just didn’t weren’t enough. I found a few quests that would give me what I needed, but they all high minimum level requirements of 38 or higher and I was only level 31.

Reputation: 121 Reputation short
I looked everywhere I could think of and just couldn’t find anything at all. I was so close, and yet I was stuck. There I was sitting just 121 reputation away from being Exalted with Darnassus, and I had no other resources that I could tap for it without gaining several more levels. I spent a couple more hours in the game running around in other zones trying to find another quest and still found nothing. It was about 4 a.m. then and I had said four hours earlier that I was going to stay awake until I reached my goal. But while my mind loves the game, my body couldn’t care less and it was done. So, I called it a night with 121 Reputation left to go.

The next “morning”, I got on and it hit me. I had run full around the entire map looking for quests in all of the previous zones but I hadn’t bothered doing so with Ashenvale. I knew though that I had completed every quests around there so I wasn’t very hopeful. I ran and I ran. Nothing, nothing, nothing. I let out a big, heavy sign of frustration and disappointment as I pulled up my map for a vain search for hope.

As a long time Horde player the first thing that always draws my eye when I look at the Ashenvale map is the flight path there on the coast at Zoram Strand. My eyes found it this time too, and suddenly memories came back to me. Memories of killing a stupid PvP flagged NPC Night Elf that sits beside a fire near the Horde flight path. A dinky little level 14 nobody that I killed every time I saw him simply because he was Alliance. I had avoided the area on Belsynis because I knew that the Horde camp was there, but I had always wondered what his purpose was as my Horde characters killed him.

So, I jumped on my black horse and went straight for him down the quickest path I knew. Sure enough, just as he came within range on my map I saw that he held a quest. I accepted, ran a little ways north to get the statue he wanted and then rushed right back to him. I handed him the statue that was just lying there on the beach with a single naga watching over it and my computer froze…


But it only froze for the half second that it takes for my MultiShot addon to take a screenshot when I get an achievement, Somebody Likes Me. The quest gave me 9 silver coins, 120 experience and 165 Reputation with Darnassus. I reached Exalted: Darnassus at level 31 and I went ahead and finished off that little Night Elf’s quest line just to return the favor.

The only thing left to do was to /cast Teleport: Darnassus and purchase all four of the mounts that were available to me. I keep the black horse on one of my action bars simply because he performed his duty well in helping me get all of those quests done, but the White Striped and Black Striped Frostsaber mounts are the only ones that I ride now.

The white one is my favorite:


Posted by on September 8, 2009 in Guide, Reputation


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44 responses to “Reputation Farming: Darnassus – Exalted At Level 31

  1. Cynwise

    September 8, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Yay! Exalted with someone other than your home faction at under 40 really is an achievement. Congrats!

    • Psynister

      September 8, 2009 at 1:48 PM

      Thanks, Cyn.

      I think I might try to do this with all of my toons from here on. Not necessarily Darnassus (though it will be the most common), but having another race’s mount early on is pretty cool. I’ve had a few high level people passing by that stopped and commented on it, so it’s not something you see too often.

  2. strumpet101

    September 8, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    This is truly impressive! I got Snazzie the gnome an elephant by 50 once, but this takes the cake!! Grats!

    • Psynister

      September 8, 2009 at 1:51 PM


      For some reason the only time I can stand the Elekk is when a gnome is riding it. I still hate the mount, but if I roll a gnome he’s definitely getting an elephant.

      Does the thing actually fit through doors when there’s just a gnome riding? I know my shaman can’t fit through doors when he’s mounted right now.

  3. TheAllianceGuy

    September 8, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Hey, gratz man! :) I don’t see the point getting exalted with the other factions as a Draenei cause we look stupid on any thing that isn’t an Elekk lol

    • Psynister

      September 8, 2009 at 1:13 PM


      The male draenei looks stupid on anything other than the Elekk, I’ll give you that. The females don’t look too bad from what I’ve seen, on any of the mounts.

      But, that’s easily my most hated of the Alliance mounts, even more so than the horses. I think Blizzard overused horses a bit too much.

  4. seejay

    September 8, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    i did exalted at level 30 on my draenei over a year ago, right before they lowered the mount requirement to 30. i was 31 when the mount change went through and i walked in and bought a cat mount right away. it wasn’t hard to do exalted darnassus in the least.

    • Psynister

      September 8, 2009 at 1:42 PM

      I gained almost 2.5 levels strictly from battle grounds and another 2 from running instances as well. Had I stuck strictly to questing the entire time I have no doubt I could have done it at a lower level.

      Considering I did it at 31 with a Human (+10% rep gains) I’ll have to see if I can do it sooner with another race and how soon it can be done.

      That’s around 3,000 extra rep I’ll have to get for not being a human. I’m not sure it can be done today unless I have a high level help me with the quests while also nerfing my experience. But, when I decide to roll yet another toon I’ll see what I can do and share the results here.

      Thanks for the reply, Seejay!

      • BlindseerJB

        September 8, 2009 at 1:58 PM

        To get the extra 3000 rep from being a non-human, you can look for quests that grant Alliance reputation as well. These quests grant rep with all of the Alliance factions.

      • Psynister

        September 8, 2009 at 2:02 PM

        The quests that grant it to all Alliance are mostly Holiday quests are they not?

      • BlindseerJB

        September 8, 2009 at 2:18 PM

        That is a possibility. I just noticed that there were times when I got rep from more than just the one faction.

      • Psynister

        September 8, 2009 at 2:40 PM

        I know a lot of the quests in the Draenei area in particular give rep for multiple factions, but the majority of those give a decent amount (125, 150, 250, etc) of rep for one faction, and then 10% of that to other factions.

        So depending on which faction it was you might be able to do something similar, but I don’t know that you could get 3k worth by any means other than doing the holiday quests throughout the year.

      • BlindseerJB

        September 10, 2009 at 12:30 PM

        Yeah, and I’m not sure there is a good way to look all of those up to determine if it is possible without having to do them all.

      • Psynister

        September 10, 2009 at 1:15 PM

        I would like to find a source more reliable than for that information as almost every listing it had was wrong in the rep that was rewarded in the Draenei areas. Either the numbers were wrong or it said it gave one type when in fact it gave another and so on.

        If anyone has a reliable source I’d love to see it.

  5. ironfeathers

    September 8, 2009 at 2:36 PM

    That’s great! Congratulations!

    • Psynister

      September 10, 2009 at 1:12 PM

      Thanks, IF. I’m enjoying riding my cats far too much.

  6. We Fly Spitfires

    September 8, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Very impressive :) Nice work! And thanks for sharing the tips!

    • Psynister

      September 10, 2009 at 1:13 PM

      Thanks, it’s my pleasure (and purpose) to share.

      I’ve got another character in mind for trying it out again to go for a lower level, again doing it all solo so that my experience isn’t nerfed and the task isn’t any easier.

  7. Aislynn

    September 10, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Congratulations! Your tips are great, thanks for sharing them. :)

    • Psynister

      September 11, 2009 at 8:24 AM

      Thank you, Aislynn.

      Sharing tips is what the blog is all about. ;)

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    • Psynister

      September 14, 2009 at 4:39 PM

      If you look at reply #7 up there you’ll see WoWphiles has a pingback to this post as they have asked that I allow them to use my feed for their blog, and I have given my consent for them to do so.

      If you look here at reply #9 from “WoW Gold” you’ll find someone who has decided to take my post, modify a few sentences here and there, delete a few paragraphs and remove a picture, and then otherwise call it their own.

      I certainly don’t mind people using my information, that’s the reason for putting it up on the web in the first place. But when you take my posts and put them on your own site with no mention of the fact that it came to me, I tend to get a little bit upset. There is a single link in their borrowed post that will link back to my site here (it’s the link to Prince Raze, the rare spawn), but the link is not in any way indicative that it will take you to the original post.

      For groups like WoWphiles who came to ask my permission and who have worked with me to do this, I have no problem at all and am eager to help out.

      For others like WoW Gold here, well that’s a whole different story. Let’s just say, I don’t much appreciate how it was handled.

  9. Sitara

    September 18, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    There are also a few quests in Stonetalon Peaks that give Darnassus rep(follow the night elf rule). If you have a higher lvl friend or can find a group, there is also an escort quest in Razorfen Kraul that will grant you 500 rep.

    • Psynister

      September 18, 2009 at 5:33 PM

      Very nice. Thanks for sharing that with us, Sitara. I think I actually did those quests as well, but there were only a couple if I remember right so I didn’t think to list them here.

      • Sitara

        September 20, 2009 at 12:15 AM

        I also found two profession quests that gave 250 rep each one for alchemy and one for leather working, both on the elf starter island by the trainers. I know these two don’t exactly go together but if your willing to put hours into grinding rep why not gather a few flowers and some leather along the way? Doing all these I was able to get my lvl 31 gnome her mount, so it is possible for non-humans :-)

    • Psynister

      September 20, 2009 at 12:21 PM

      The two professions I’m leveling (surprise, surprise) are tailoring and enchanting which both have very little in the way of quests.

      It does make sense that the Night Elves would appreciate herbs and skins though. Very nice find! Thanks again for the extra information!

  10. Chael

    October 19, 2009 at 6:19 PM


    I am wondering if you might recall some/all of the quests that you did in areas other than: Teldrasil, Darkshore, & Ashenvale. I’ve heard there are also quests in StoneTalon & Desolace that would be reachable by my level 31 Dranei Shaman.

    While I don’t mind horses too much (the black one is my favorite – there should be a black epic horse), I think there should be a one-time, in-game, holiday-type event in which all WoW players can pick up a quest to help hunt the Elekks to extintion. It could be kind of like a Buffalo Bill thing. Maybe it would be, Elekk Eric?

    So… I can’t stand riding the silly elephant. I want a cat. Please help if you can.


    • Psynister

      October 19, 2009 at 10:36 PM


      As far as Teldrasil, Darkshore, and Ashenvale go you basically want to do every one that’s offered there. Darkshore has a couple from gnomes that you can skip, but otherwise do everything. Go back to the Night Elf starting zone and start there, then just work your way up like you were a fresh NElf.

      For Stone Talon and Desolace you’re a bit more limited as there are only a few quests. But, they’re also pretty easy to find. The camp at the northwestern corner of Stone Talon is where the NElf quests are up there. If an elf gives you the quest you can pretty well rest assured that you’ll get kitty rep for it.

      Same thing goes for Desolace as well, the camp is in the north part of the map, off a bit to the east. Same rules apply there, get the quests from the elves. Desolace also has a couple of quests from some guys on the western shore. Make sure you avoid the Horde city there, of course, but the quests there I believe are either just north or just south of that camp. A night elf gives them to you, so that’s how you’ll know you’re in the right spot.

      If Elekk Eric becomes a reality I’ll certain join in the hunt. ;)

  11. mlitty

    November 20, 2009 at 9:21 AM

    Thank you! You give me hope. I’m a lvl31 dwarven hunter on feathermoon realm and started grinding rep with the Night Elves a week ago. I started just like you did, working every quest I could find int he Elven areas. I’m 1/2 way through Revered to Exalted and working the quests in Ashenvale. Still haven’t done the cloth quests yet and not too many out-of zone quests. Though rep-grinding has drastically slowed my leveling, I’m loving the elven areas and their quests.

    Plus I got to feel a bit like Santa-Clause, as I passed out 5+ gold to every player below lvl20 that I bumped into, just for fun. I’ll never forget the feeling I got when, at level 10, I had run out of money for training, and was standing around when some guy opened a Trade window (which I’d never seen before) and dropped 50g on me for no reason, then waved and disappeared. It opened up my game world. I’ve been working the AH ever since and passing out $g and the occasional bag here and there ever since. My personal quest. :-)

    Thanks for giving me hope. The cat(s) will be mine.

    • Psynister

      November 20, 2009 at 9:38 AM

      Mlitty, thanks for the reply.

      Hitting them all at 31 should help it fly by even easier for you than it did for me. If you end up getting stuck, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

      I’ve actually found a few more quests in my travels afterward that gave Darnassus Rep as well, though a bit higher level than 31, so even if you missed some of the ones that I mentioned here you should still be able to get it done with very little trouble.

      You are at a slight disadvantage to me since you’re a Dwarf rather than a Human, but there should be plenty of quests to still allow you to reach it before too long.

      Good luck!

  12. Psynister

    November 20, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    I will note that I have tried doing the same on a Night Elf Rogue, going for exalted with the Gnomes. As @lordkaladar mentioned in the tweet that I quoted, their rep quests are very few and far between. I’ve been sitting just over honored for quite a while now. I think with the possible exception of the Gnomes (and their Troll counterparts), every race should be able to get done within the first 30 levels.

  13. Kaladar

    March 12, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Wonder how long it would take to get Semmi a kitty :P I’m 29 right now. I should XP-lock and get one pre-30 out of spite :P
    But then I’d miss out on SiLi that much longer. 30 vs 31 a big enough gulf? Hmm.

    • Psynister

      March 12, 2010 at 11:19 AM

      There are definitely too many quests for you to do it before 31 if you don’t turn off the exp. As for how long it would take, probably about two average nights worth of questing.

  14. Pashion

    March 16, 2010 at 10:15 PM

    thanks alot you helped me get exaulted with darnassus with my level 38 priest with this it has helped alot.

  15. TT

    April 8, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    Did you ever try going to the Stonetalon Mountains? Didn’t see it in there…

    • Psynister

      April 9, 2010 at 8:08 AM

      Yes, I did end up going to Stonetalon and doing all of the quests there as well. There weren’t very many of them which is why I forgot when I initially wrote this guide. There’s some good rep to be found there for sure, even though there aren’t all that many quests. If you’re trying to get the mounts as soon as possible though, then you’ll want to grab those for sure.

  16. Sonek

    April 25, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    Your words give me hope that i can take white sabre on 30 level :)
    I understand that step of you farming was like this:

    1. Teldrasill + Darnassus
    2.Azuremyst + Exodar
    3. Darkshore
    4. Ashenvale + Blackfatoom Deeps
    5. Stonetalon Mountains

    is that right?

    Thanks for reply

    ps: sorry for my english

    • Psynister

      April 25, 2010 at 2:41 PM

      Yeah, that’s pretty good. There’s also a couple of quests in Desolace.

  17. Siomah (Argent Dawn EU)

    August 1, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    I got a Draenei shaman the Ambassador title at lvl 43 (Siozah on AD-EU… She’s in her 60s now though as I’ve levelled her some more).

    The thing to remember is that it’s not just the N’Elf quests that give Darnassus rep. Pretty much any quest for an Alliance faction will give *some* rep for the other factions. I think usually it’s around 25% of the primary faction giving the quest, but it all helps.

  18. Volfheim

    September 5, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Thank you for the detailed explanation. This blog post was integral in keeping tabs on what to do. As a 32 ( I ding’d as I got achieve) human, with heirloom gear, I ran right to Teldrassil and quested as though a dedicated Night Elf. Happy rider of a Spotted Frostsaber.

    • Psynister

      September 7, 2010 at 8:20 AM

      I’m glad you found it useful, Volfheim.

      The best way to get rep with any of the playable factions is to quest as though your character was a level 1 of that race, and from there it’s a simple matter of finding the follow up quests you need to cap it off.

      Enjoy the cats!


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