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A faction is a group of allies, either racial or ideological. Most in-game factions are described in Warcraft lore, but some were specifically introduced in World of Warcraft. The concept of a faction exists primarily in World of Warcraft. The use of factions in other Warcraft games is more for general grouping purposes and not quantitatively tracked like World of Warcraft.

Most factions are tracked in World of Warcraft by the reputation that a player character has with each faction. Some groups that are not tracked as factions appear in the organization list.

Faction map through World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Wrath of the Lich King

World of Warcraft (Classic)

World of Warcraft This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.

Argent Dawn Neutral (related to Naxxramas, Stratholme & Scholomance)
Bloodsail Buccaneers Neutral (enemies of Booty Bay)
Brood of Nozdormu Neutral (related to Ahn'Qiraj)
Cenarion Circle Neutral (related to Ahn'Qiraj)
Darkmoon Faire Neutral
Gelkis clan Neutral (enemies of Magram clan)
Hydraxian Waterlords Neutral (related to Molten Core)
Magram clan Neutral (enemies of Gelkis clan)
Ravenholdt Neutral (related to Rogues)
Shen'dralar Neutral (related to Dire Maul)
Syndicate Neutral
Thorium Brotherhood Neutral (related to Molten Core)
Timbermaw Hold Neutral
Zandalar Tribe Neutral (related to Zul'Gurub)

Horde/Alliance

Horde Horde races

Darkspear Trolls Darkspear Trolls (related to Trolls)
Orgrimmar Orgrimmar (related to Orcs)
Thunder Bluff Thunder Bluff (related to Tauren)
Undercity Undercity (related to Forsaken)
 
Silvermoon City Silvermoon City World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (related to Blood elves)
Bilgewater Cartel Bilgewater Cartel World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (related to Goblins)

Alliance Alliance races

Darnassus Darnassus (related to Night elves)
Gnomeregan Exiles Gnomeregan Exiles (related to Gnomes)
Ironforge Ironforge (related to Dwarves)
Stormwind Stormwind (related to Humans)
 
Wintersaber Trainers (related to night elves and Winterspring)
 
Exodar Exodar World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (related to Draenei)
Gilneas Gilneas World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (related to Worgen)

Horde/Alliance Forces

Horde Forces Horde

The Defilers (related to Arathi Basin)
Frostwolf Clan (related to Alterac Valley)
Warsong Outriders (related to Warsong Gulch)

Alliance Forces Alliance

The League of Arathor (related to Arathi Basin)
Silverwing Sentinels (related to Warsong Gulch)
Stormpike Guard (related to Alterac Valley)

Steamwheedle Cartel Neutral

Booty Bay
Everlook
Gadgetzan
Ratchet

Other

Syndicate (enemies of Ravenholdt)
Wintersaber Trainers Alliance (related to Winterspring)

In The Burning Crusade

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

Ashtongue Deathsworn Neutral (related to Black Temple)
Cenarion Expedition Cenarion Expedition Neutral (related to Coilfang Reservoir)
Consortium The Consortium Neutral (related to Auchindoun)
Honor Hold Alliance (related to Hellfire Citadel)
Keepers of Time Keepers of Time Neutral (related to Caverns of Time)
Netherwing Netherwing Neutral (related to Shadowmoon Valley)
Ogri'la Ogri'la Neutral (related to Blade's Edge Mountains)
Scale of the Sands The Scale of the Sands Neutral (related to Battle of Mount Hyjal)
Sporeggar Sporeggar Neutral (related to Zangarmarsh)
Thrallmar Horde (related to Hellfire Citadel)
Tranquillien Horde World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (related to Ghostlands)
The Violet Eye Neutral (related to Karazhan)

Horde Horde races

Silvermoon City World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (related to Blood elves)

Alliance Alliance races

Exodar World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (related to Draenei)

Shattrath City World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

Aldor The Aldor Neutral (enemies of The Scryers)
Lower City Lower City Neutral (related to Auchindoun)
Scryers The Scryers Neutral (enemies of The Aldor)
Sha'tar The Sha'tar Neutral (related to Tempest Keep)
Sha'tari Skyguard Sha'tari Skyguard Neutral (related to Skettis)
Shattered Sun Offensive Shattered Sun Offensive Neutral (related to Magisters' Terrace & Sunwell Plateau)

Nagrand World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade

Kurenai Alliance
The Mag'har Horde

In Wrath of the Lich King

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

Argent Crusade Argent Crusade Neutral
Ashen Verdict Ashen Verdict Neutral (related to Icecrown Citadel; added in Patch 3.3)
Kalu'ak The Kalu'ak Neutral
Kirin Tor Kirin Tor Neutral
Knights of the Ebon Blade Knights of the Ebon Blade Neutral
Sons of Hodir The Sons of Hodir Neutral
Wyrmrest Accord The Wyrmrest Accord Neutral

Horde Expedition/Alliance Vanguard World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Horde Expedition Horde

Hand of Vengeance The Hand of Vengeance
The Sunreavers
Taunka The Taunka
Warsong Offensive Warsong Offensive

Alliance Vanguard Alliance

Explorers' League Explorers' League
Frostborn The Frostborn
The Silver Covenant
Valiance Expedition Valiance Expedition

Sholazar Basin World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King

Frenzyheart Tribe Neutral (enemies of The Oracles)
The Oracles Neutral (enemies of Frenzyheart Tribe)

In Cataclysm

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Avengers of Hyjal Neutral (related to Mount Hyjal/Patch 4.2)
Guardians of Hyjal Guardians of Hyjal Neutral (related to Mount Hyjal)
Ramkahen Ramkahen Neutral (related to Uldum)
Earthen Ring The Earthen Ring Neutral (related to Vashj'ir)
Therazane Therazane Neutral (related to Deepholm)

Horde Horde races

Bilgewater Cartel Bilgewater Cartel World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (related to Goblins)

Alliance Alliance races

Gilneas Gilneas World of Warcraft: Cataclysm (related to Worgen)

Twilight Highlands World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Dragonmaw Dragonmaw Clan Horde (opposes Wildhammer Clan)
Wildhammer Wildhammer Clan Alliance (opposes Dragonmaw Clan)

Tol Barad World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Baradin's Wardens Baradin's Wardens Alliance (opposes Hellscream's Reach)
Hellscream's Reach Hellscream's Reach Horde (opposes Baradin's Wardens)

In Mists of Pandaria

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Patch 5.1

Patch 5.2

Patch 5.3

Patch 5.4

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Unlikely

  • The Brewmasters? - appeared in Beta as more of a plan than a faction with no related rewards and very few related quests; never really materialized

In Warlords of Draenor

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It's not clear if this faction is really a reputation faction, but quests are attached to it.

Patch 6.1

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Patch 6.2

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In Legion

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Class-related factions?
Professions-related factions
Zone-related factions
Others
  • Neutral? Gilnean Survivors - Bradensbrook faction removed in development?
  • Alliance? Moon Guard - removed in development?
  • Neutral? Moonguard - tracking faction for Artifact Weapon campaign? removed in development?
  • Neutral Talon's Vengeance - related to Falcosaur questlines added in Patch 7.1.5
Friend factions
  • Conjurer Margoss - Fishing Fishing-related

In Battle for Azeroth

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 Neutral
 Alliance
 Horde
  • Dino Training - Pterrodax
  • The Honorbound
  • Talanji's Expedition
  • Tortollan Seekers
  • Voldunai
  • Zandalari Dinosaurs
  • Zandalari Empire

Removed factions

Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft.

Horde Revantusk Tribe (added in World of Warcraft Patch 1.5, removed in World of Warcraft patch 1.11)
Alliance Silvermoon Remnant (added in World of Warcraft patch 1.6.0, removed in World of Warcraft patch 1.6.1; Silver Covenant of Dalaran may be return of this faction)
Alliance Theramore (added in World of Warcraft Patch 1.6.0, removed in World of Warcraft patch 1.6.1)
Alliance Wildhammer Clan (removed in World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade patch 2.0.3, but added back for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1)
Horde Royal Apothecary Society (seen at BlizzCon 2007, removed before Wrath of the Lich King Beta)[citation needed]
Both (Alliance and Horde) Akama's Trust (primarily in Black Temple, Shadowmoon Valley, Outland; removed in Patch 5.3?)

See also

External links

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