The Gilneas tabard

Today has been full of community news:

  • Pilgrim’s Bounty is coming up (Nov 20-27) and with it you will have a chance to level up cooking on all your alts from 1-400 for almost no cost. Furthermore you’ll be able to get a +10% reputation earned buff which will make any Insane in the Membrane grind that much easier.
  • The blues explain the Loremaster achievement changes in 4.0.3a – Basically, if you’re almost there, you’ll wanna finish NOW and not after the patch.
  • Two interview videos with WoW developers were unlocked on the Darkmoon Faire mini-site that Blizzard opened up the other day. The Alliance, being as it is the better, more sophisticated and generally more sexy faction in the game, were of course the first to unlock a video.
  • Basiok let us know that the following raid lockouts will be wiped so if you’re keeping a lockout in Ulduar to do Yogg+1 sometime soon for example, now is the time to do it. Here’s the complete list: Onyxia’s Lair, Naxxramas, Ulduar, Obsidian Sanctum, Eye of Eternity, Vault of Archavon, Trial of the Crusader.
  • You Yank it, You Tank it writes a checklist for you to go through to make sure you’re ready for the shattering. She recommends you to set your hearth to a more suitable location than Dalaran and I agree. However, you might not have to. There was a mini-patch applied to the PTR today whereย  the only noticeable change was that everyone’s hearth was reset to their hometown.

But neither of these things is what I wanna talk about today. I have something much more interesting in store and since you read the title you can probably guess what it is.

Dire Maul makes no one happy

So I went into Dire Maul to see if the Gordok Shackle key was still dropping and unfortunately I couldn’t get any to drop after five full runs. Now, I could just have been incredibly unlucky but on the live realms I usually get 1-3 keys per full run so to me it was pretty clear that the key and it’s quest had been removed.

While in Dire Maul I discovered something else interesting however. Remember the Gilneas tabard I mentioned the other day? Well, turns out it actually does work, in Dire Maul at least. I was earning 3 reputation per mob (same for bosses).

… and neither does Shattrath

I decided to try it again in a Wrath of the Lich King heroic and there I still wasn’t earning any reputation. Same thing for normal mode. After that I headed off to Outland to try out those dungeons.

So, just a reminder, there are no portals in Dalaran anymore. So first I fly from the middle of Northrend over to the shore, take a boat and then fly some more. Then I take a portal from Stormwind over to Blasted Lands and pass through the gates to Outland.

Once there I try the tabard out in a dungeon in heroic difficulty and normal difficulty without any repuation being rewarded, so that’s out as well. Now I have to head back to Azeroth, so naturally I go to Shattrath…

Shattrath - the least useful city in World of Warcraft, now with less usefulness.

…. where there were no portals anymore, Doh! How do I get out of Outland again? Ah yes, right. Back through the portal, fly from Blasted Lands… etc.

Tabard of reputation grinding joy

All of the new lvl 1-60 dungeons however, are working fine for earning Gilneas reputation. You get 3 reputation per mob regardless of the level (some non-elite mobs earn you 1 reputation) and bosses reward 60 reputation. So the bosses in Dire Maul must be bugged or something since they just reward 3 reputation each, like a normal mob.

So now, the question is: where is the best place to grind Gilneas from neutral to exalted?

  • Deadmines – Just under 700 reputation for a full clear, doesn’t take too long since all the mobs are oneshot at lvl 80 and it’s very easy to navigate due to it’s streamlined design. Once you exit you get ported out, just by the entrance so you can get back in quickly.
  • Stockades – 584 reputation for a full clear and it was done in just a few minutes, less than half of the Deadmines run. Once you’re done you can quickly pop out and back in again. Also, you don’t need to travel to get here, Stockades is already where home is; Stormwind! making this rep-grind very convenient.
  • Stratholme (Undead side) – About 660 reputation for a full clear on the undead side. This took quite a bit longer than the other two options since the mobs are higher level and thus take longer to kill. But there’s a big benefit for going Stratholme, you get a chance at the Deathcharger mount dropping off the last boss.

I haven’t tried any others than these yet. Well, except for Dire Maul that is and no, don’t go for Dire Maul. It’s big, slow, the mobs are all spread out and high level and you’re not even getting Steamwheedle reputation anymore. Stay away.

While Stockades is definitely the quickest, easiest and generally most convenient way to grind your reputation up… it’s also the least rewarding and you will very likely hit the “five instances per hour”-cap and spend some time afk. If you go for Stratholme on the other hand, you’ll be gaining reputation while earning gold (from all the runecloth and rare drops from the mobs) and if you’re very lucky… you’ll walk away with a mount.

Update (2010/11/25): This tabard now works in Northrend dungeons on heroic difficulty (and should work in normal difficulty, doesn’t on my realm though). In these dungeons you will gain 15 reputation per mob and 300 per boss, making it the best possible option for grinding Gilneas reputation.



About Gavendo

I write a World of Warcraft blog called "Rapid Fire" on the topics; hunters, pets and achievement hunting.
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12 Responses to The Gilneas tabard

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  2. Knaledge says:

    Dude, I know you don’t see a ton of comments but I have to encourage you to keep writing!

    I have a very thorough habit of reading up on news from all over the web as part of a morning routine, and then a select few based on purpose, etc. (in relation to what I am doing at the time). Yours is one of them!

    I’m looking forward to the Shattering. I completed my Scepter chain and I wish I could have gotten Uld and Naxx done. Ah well =/

    Keep up the fun posts! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Gavendo says:

      Thanks for the kind words, really appreciate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Big gratz on completing the Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest chain!
      It really is (err.. was) one of the best quest chains in the game in my opinion. Long, epic, humorous and it brought you to many remote unique locations. All good stuff.

      Oh and a kind reminder; Make absolutely sure that you did in fact complete the last quest in the chain that you need to obtain the feat of strength; “Treasure of the Timeless One“. I tell you this because I know I missed it myself and a friend of mine did too. The quest isn’t given by Anachronos, but by Jonathan the Revelator in Silithus and only after 10 hours has passed since you did the last quest given by Anachronos. Making this quest very easy to miss!


  3. Knaledge says:

    Yeah for sure! I am waiting on a guildmate to get the last of his Elementium Ingots (needs 5 more), then we’re going to go kill Maws, and then we’ll both turn out Treasure of the Timeless One quests in at the same time.


    We got Bane of the Fallen King tonight! ๐Ÿ˜€ So we’re all definitely happy about that. Cutting it in just under the wire! ;p

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  5. Adam says:

    Scarlet Monastery is the best imo. A full clear (all four instances) nets you 1500 rep and they all take about 5 minutes to solo each if you just run through pulling the whole instance at lvl 80

    • Gavendo says:

      In a twist, any random Northrend dungeon is now the best place to farm rep using the tabard (since they fixed it). You earn 15 rep per mob and 300 per boss!

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  7. Angie says:

    You were really helpful in letting us know where to earn rep for Gilneas! i’m about to try it out in stockades. I was tryign to get it in the normal northrend dungeons but I wasn’t getting rep at all! Whats up with that?! Does it have to be heroic or something?

    Either way, thanks for all the info ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Gavendo says:

      I haven’t actually tried it in a normal Northrend dungeon myself yet, only heroic (which should grant more reputation anyway).
      But the explanation could be simply that your server hasn’t had that hotfix applied yet. The hotfixes are being rolled out sort of randomly and sometimes there’s a need for a server restart etc.


  8. Gavendo says:

    I just went into a normal dungeon in Northrend myself to try it and it did indeed NOT work. So I’ll just take that off for now! ๐Ÿ™‚

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