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Welcome to Warcraft Tavern’s Reputation Guide for the Explorers’ League in Wrath of the Lich King Classic! In this guide, we will go over all the ways you can gain reputation with this faction, and explain how it interacts with related WotLK factions. We’ll also give a brief explanation of the simplest way to reach Exalted with this faction.

As with most Alliance Vanguard sub-factions (Explorers’ League, The Frostborn, The Silver Covenant, Valiance Expedition), there are no Faction Rewards to be gained from the Explorers’ League. However, half of sub-faction reputation earned counts towards the Alliance Vanguard rep, so reaching Exalted in two of the four Alliance Vanguard sub-factions (or the equivalent rep gain spread out over all four sub-factions) is required for reaching Exalted with the Alliance Vanguard.

Trivia: Pre-WotLK it was possible to find NPCs tagged with <Explorer’s League>, but the game’s second expansion added the League as an actual faction that you could gain reputation with.

How to Reach Exalted With the Explorers’ League

This section serves as a TL;DR for the rest of the guide

Doing all of the non-repeatable quests listed below will earn you 7,525 rep with the Explorers’ League — excluding spillover rep from other quests and dungeons, you would need to do all the Explorers’ League quests, and then do the daily quest Steel Gate Patrol 137 times, in order to reach Exalted (or a bit less if you’re Human). Note that with spillover rep from the other Alliance Vanguard factions, you’ll end up needing to do significantly less work than this.

That would be pretty boring, however, so we recommend doing runs of either of the following pairs of heroics –without a tabard on — in addition to grinding the daily: (H)Utgarde Keep and (H)Utgarde Pinnacle, or (H)Azjol-Nerub and (H)Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom. These are both fairly quick clears, and each pair of instances has its entrances near one another. Optionally, you can avoid killing the bosses and then exit/re-enter the instances after killing the trash in order to earn even more rep each day.

If you get bored of these, you can run one of the other dungeons listed below.

Gaining Explorers’ League Reputation

Status
Additional Reputation
Required
Neutral
0
Friendly
3000
Honored
6000
Revered
12,000
Exalted
21,000

There are a number of quests in Howling Fjord and Stormpeaks that allow you to gain reputation with the Explorers’ League. Additionally, Argent Tournament Daily Quests will give Alliance Vanguard rep once you’ve maxed out your Silver Covenant rep. Heroic dungeons and normal level 80 instances will all give spillover reputation with all the Alliance Vanguard factions (assuming you don’t have a tabard equipped).

You can also earn Explorers’ League rep by gaining reputation with the other Alliance Vanguard sub-factions (Valiance Expedition, The Silver Covenant, and The Frostborn). You’ll receive Explorers’ League reputation at a rate of 25% of whatever rep you gain with those factions.

Explorers’ League Quests

Click a zone to see its complete list of Explorers’ League quests!

Doing every quest non-repeatable Explorers’ League quest in the Grizzly hills will net you 5,265 Reputation with the faction; the daily quest Steel Gate Patrol can earn you another 250 each day.

Quest
Explorers’ League Reputation Gain
Other Rewards
250
12,650 XP
250 reputation with Valiance Expedition
250
20,100 XP
4gold70silver
350
250
20,100 XP
4gold70silver (7gold10silver at level 80)
250
20,100 XP
2gold40silver if completed at level 80)
250 reputation with Valiance Expedition
250
Choice of:
Unsparing Band
Crackling Cloak
Worg-Fang Talisman
plus Super Healing Potion
20,100 XP
4gold70silver (7gold10silver at level 80)
10
2,000 XP
24silver if completed at level 80
10 reputation with Valiance Expedition
10
2,000 XP
24silver if completed at level 80
10 reputation with Valiance Expedition
10
2,000 XP
24silver if completed at level 80
10 reputation with Valiance Expedition
10
2,000 XP
24silver if completed at level 80
250
350
Choice of:
Shock-Resistant Hood
Crystalline Star
Banded Chain Gloves
Munificent Legguards
25,150 XP
14gold10silver (17gold13silver at level 80)s
350 reputation with Valiance Expedition
250
20,100 XP
4gold70silver (7gold10silver at level 80)
10
2,000 XP
24silver if completed at level 80
10
Choice of:
r1
r2
2,000 XP
24silver if completed at level 80
10 reputation with Valiance Expedition
25
5,050 XP
24silver if completed at level 80
25 reputation with Valiance Expedition
10
2,000 XP
24silver if completed at level 80
10 reputation with Valiance Expedition
10
2,000 XP
24silver if completed at level 80
250
20,100 XP
4gold70silver (7gold10silver at level 80)
250
Pot
20,100 XP
4gold70silver (7gold10silver at level 80)
250
20,100 XP
4gold70silver (7gold10silver at level 80)
350
Choice of:
Featherweight Claymore
Acid-Etched Knuckles
Fullered Coldsteel Dagger
Hair-Trigger Blunderbuss
25,150 XP
9gold40silver (12gold43silver at level 80)
350 reputation with Valiance Expedition
250
20,150 XP
2gold40silver if completed at level 80
250 reputation with Valiance Expedition
250
20,100 XP
4gold70silver (7gold10silver at level 80)
350
Choice of:
r1
r2
r3
r4
25,150 XP
9gold40silver (12gold43silver at level 80)
350 Reputation with Valiance Expedition
250
20,100 XP
2gold40silver if completed at level 80
250 Reputation with Valiance Expedition
250
20,100 XP
2gold40silver if completed at level 80
250 Reputation with Valiance Expedition
250
20,100 XP
2gold40silver if completed at level 80
250 Reputation with Valiance Expedition
10
2,000 XP
24silver if completed at level 80
250
20,300 XP
5gold (or 9gold86silver if completed at level 80)

Doing every Explorers’ League quest in Stormpeaks will net you 2,260 reputation with the faction.

Quest
Explorers’ League Reputation Gain
Other Rewards
250
Airy Pale Ale
Worg Tooth Oatmeal Stout
Snowfall Lager
Drakefire Chile Ale
21,600 XP
6gold80silver (or 19gold76silver if completed at level 80)
250
22,050 XP
7gold40silver (or 20gold63silver if completed at level 80)
250
250
22,050 XP
7gold40silver (or 20gold63silver if completed at level 80)
250
22,050 XP
7gold40silver (or 20gold63silver if completed at level 80)
500
Amberglow Signet
Iceforged Battle Ring
Jagged Ice Band
Ring of the Northern Winds
33,100 XP
22gold20silver (or 42gold6silver if completed at level 80)
500 Reputation with The Frostborn
10
2,200 XP
74silver (or 2gold6silver if completed at level 80)

Explorers’ League Dungeons

In addition to questing, you can earn Explorers’ League rep by killing mobs in dungeons. The following normal level 80 instances will grant you spillover rep with all the Alliance Vanguard factions (Explorers’ League, The Frostborn, The Silver Covenant, Valiance Expedition), and you can do 5 an hour:

  • Utgarde Pinnacle
  • The Culling of Stratholme
  • The Oculus
  • Halls of Lightning

Additionally, all Wrath heroic dungeons will grant rep with the Alliance Vanguard factions. You can choose to run these dungeons like normal, or you can kill the trash mobs and leave the bosses alive, and then exit and re-enter the instance to clear the mobs again.

  • Utgarde Keep
  • Utgarde Pinnacle
  • The Nexus
  • The Oculus
  • Halls of Stone
  • Halls of Lightning
  • Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom
  • Azjol-Nerub
  • Dark-Tharon Keep
  • Gundrak
  • The Violet Hold
  • Caverns of Time: Culling of Stratholme
  • Trial of the Champion
  • Forge of Souls
  • Pit of Saron
  • Halls of Reflection

Don’t forget: If you’re looking to gain rep for Explorers’ League while in dungeons, make sure you don’t have a tabard equipped!

Explorers’ League Reputation Rewards

As the Explorer’s League has no quartermaster, there are no item rewards for the Explorers’ League, regardless of reputation rank. Doing Explorers’ League quests does, as we’ve mentioned, also give you reputation with the Alliance Vanguard, who do have a quartermaster.

 

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DanielD

An avid reader of sci-fi, fantasy, and history. Believes disagreement should mean discourse, not flame wars. Still searching for that next game that grabs him the way (those mimics in) Dark Souls did.
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