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Faction

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.

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Faction map through Wrath-Logo-Small.png Wrath of the Lich King

Argent Dawn Neutral 15.png (related to Naxxramas, Stratholme & Scholomance)
Bloodsail Buccaneers Neutral 15.png (enemies of Booty Bay)
Brood of Nozdormu Neutral 15.png (related to Ahn'Qiraj)
Cenarion Circle Neutral 15.png (related to Ahn'Qiraj)
Darkmoon Faire Neutral 15.png
Gelkis clan Neutral 15.png (enemies of Magram clan)
Hydraxian Waterlords Neutral 15.png (related to Molten Core)
Magram clan Neutral 15.png (enemies of Gelkis clan)
Ravenholdt Neutral 15.png (related to Rogues)
Shen'dralar Neutral 15.png (related to Dire Maul)
Syndicate Neutral 15.png
Thorium Brotherhood Neutral 15.png (related to Molten Core)
Timbermaw Hold Neutral 15.png
Zandalar Tribe Neutral 15.png (related to Zul'Gurub)

Horde/Alliance

Horde Horde 15.png races

Senjin 15.png Darkspear Trolls (related to Trolls)
Orgrimmar 15.png Orgrimmar (related to Orcs)
Thunder Bluff 15.png Thunder Bluff (related to Tauren)
Undercity 15.png Undercity (related to Forsaken)
 
Silvermoon 15.png Silvermoon City Bc icon.gif (related to Blood elves)
Bilgewater Cartel 15.png Bilgewater Cartel Cataclysm-Logo-Small.png (related to Goblins)

Alliance Alliance 15.png races

Darnassus 15.png Darnassus (related to Night elves)
Gnomeregan 15.png Gnomeregan Exiles (related to Gnomes)
Ironforge 15.png Ironforge (related to Dwarves)
Stormwind 15.png Stormwind (related to Humans)
 
Wintersaber Trainers (related to night elves and Winterspring)
 
Exodar 15.png Exodar Bc icon.gif (related to Draenei)
Gilneas 15.png Gilneas Cataclysm-Logo-Small.png (related to Worgen)

Horde/Alliance Forces

Horde Forces Horde 15.png

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

Alliance Forces Alliance 15.png

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

Steamwheedle Cartel Neutral 15.png

Booty Bay
Everlook
Gadgetzan
Ratchet

Other

Syndicate (enemies of Ravenholdt)
Wintersaber Trainers Alliance 15.png (related to Winterspring)

Ashtongue Deathsworn Neutral 15.png (related to Black Temple)
Cenarion Expedition 15.png Cenarion Expedition Neutral 15.png (related to Coilfang Reservoir)
Consortium 15.png The Consortium Neutral 15.png (related to Auchindoun)
Honor Hold Alliance 15.png (related to Hellfire Citadel)
Keepers of Time 15.png Keepers of Time Neutral 15.png (related to Caverns of Time)
Netherwing 15.png Netherwing Neutral 15.png (related to Shadowmoon Valley)
Ogrila 15.png Ogri'la Neutral 15.png (related to Blade's Edge Mountains)
Scale of the Sands 15.png The Scale of the Sands Neutral 15.png (related to Battle of Mount Hyjal)
Sporeggar 15.png Sporeggar Neutral 15.png (related to Zangarmarsh)
Thrallmar Horde 15.png (related to Hellfire Citadel)
Tranquillien Horde 15.png Bc icon.gif (related to Ghostlands)
The Violet Eye Neutral 15.png (related to Karazhan)

Horde Horde 15.png races

Silvermoon City Bc icon.gif (related to Blood elves)

Alliance Alliance 15.png races

Exodar Bc icon.gif (related to Draenei)

Shattrath City Bc icon.gif

Aldor 15.png The Aldor Neutral 15.png (enemies of The Scryers)
Lower City 15.png Lower City Neutral 15.png (related to Auchindoun)
Scryers 15.png The Scryers Neutral 15.png (enemies of The Aldor)
Shatar 15.png The Sha'tar Neutral 15.png (related to Tempest Keep)
Shatari Skyguard 15.png Sha'tari Skyguard Neutral 15.png (related to Skettis)
Shattered Sun 15.png Shattered Sun Offensive Neutral 15.png (related to Magisters' Terrace & Sunwell Plateau)

Nagrand Bc icon.gif

Kurenai Alliance 15.png
The Mag'har Horde 15.png

Argent Crusade 15.png Argent Crusade Neutral 15.png
Ashen Verdict 15.png Ashen Verdict Neutral 15.png (related to Icecrown Citadel; added in Patch 3.3)
Kaluak 15.png The Kalu'ak Neutral 15.png
Kirin Tor 15.png Kirin Tor Neutral 15.png
Knights of the Ebon Blade 15.png Knights of the Ebon Blade Neutral 15.png
Sons of Hodir 15.png The Sons of Hodir Neutral 15.png
Wyrmrest Accord 15.png The Wyrmrest Accord Neutral 15.png

Horde Expedition/Alliance Vanguard Wrath-Logo-Small.png

Horde Expedition Horde 15.png

Hand of Vengeance 15.png The Hand of Vengeance
The Sunreavers
Taunka 15.png The Taunka
Warsong Offensive 15.png Warsong Offensive

Alliance Vanguard Alliance 15.png

Explorers League 15.png Explorers' League
Frostborn 15.png The Frostborn
The Silver Covenant
Valiance Expedition 15.png Valiance Expedition

Sholazar Basin Wrath-Logo-Small.png

Frenzyheart Tribe Neutral 15.png (enemies of The Oracles)
The Oracles Neutral 15.png (enemies of Frenzyheart Tribe)

Avengers of Hyjal Neutral 15.png (related to Mount Hyjal/Patch 4.2)
Guardians of Hyjal 15.png Guardians of Hyjal Neutral 15.png (related to Mount Hyjal)
Ramkahen 15.png Ramkahen Neutral 15.png (related to Uldum)
Earthen Ring 15.png The Earthen Ring Neutral 15.png (related to Vashj'ir)
Therazane 15.png Therazane Neutral 15.png (related to Deepholm)

Horde Horde 15.png races

Bilgewater Cartel 15.png Bilgewater Cartel Cataclysm-Logo-Small.png (related to Goblins)

Alliance Alliance 15.png races

Gilneas 15.png Gilneas Cataclysm-Logo-Small.png (related to Worgen)

Twilight Highlands Cataclysm-Logo-Small.png

Dragonmaw 15.png Dragonmaw Clan Horde 15.png (opposes Wildhammer Clan)
Wildhammer 15.png Wildhammer Clan Alliance 15.png (opposes Dragonmaw Clan)

Tol Barad Cataclysm-Logo-Small.png

Baradins Wardens 15.png Baradin's Wardens Alliance 15.png (opposes Hellscream's Reach)
Hellscreams Reach 15.png Hellscream's Reach Horde 15.png (opposes Baradin's Wardens)

In Mists of Pandaria

Patch 5.1

Patch 5.2

Patch 5.3

Patch 5.4

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

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

Patch 6.2

In Legion

Class-related factions?
Professions-related factions
Zone-related factions
Others
  • Neutral 15.png ? Gilnean Survivors - Bradensbrook faction removed in development?
  • Alliance 15.png ? Moon Guard - removed in development?
  • Neutral 15.png ? Moonguard - tracking faction for Artifact Weapon campaign? removed in development?
  • Neutral 15.png Talon's Vengeance - related to Falcosaur questlines added in Patch 7.1.5
Friend factions

In Battle for Azeroth

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

Removed factions

Horde 15.png Revantusk Tribe (added in WoW Icon 16x16.gif Patch 1.5, removed in WoW Icon 16x16.gif patch 1.11)
Alliance 15.png Silvermoon Remnant (added in WoW Icon 16x16.gif patch 1.6.0, removed in WoW Icon 16x16.gif patch 1.6.1; Silver Covenant of Dalaran may be return of this faction)
Alliance 15.png Theramore (added in WoW Icon 16x16.gif Patch 1.6.0, removed in WoW Icon 16x16.gif patch 1.6.1)
Alliance 15.png Wildhammer Clan (removed in Bc icon.gif patch 2.0.3, but added back for Cataclysm-Logo-Small.png Patch 4.0.1)
Horde 15.png Royal Apothecary Society (seen at BlizzCon 2007, removed before Wrath of the Lich King Beta)
Both 15.png Akama's Trust (primarily in Black Temple, Shadowmoon Valley, Outland; removed in Patch 5.3?)

See also

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