While World of Warcraft is making tons of alt-friendly changes in The War Within, one feature won’t be what some players think right away.


Warbands in World of Warcraft: The War Within will make reputation account-wide for new factions, but not immediately for older factions.

The goal is to eventually make all reputation in World of Warcraft account-wide.

While some fans are disappointed about the delay in including legacy factions, overall, the addition of Warbands is seen as a positive step towards implementing player-requested quality-of-life changes.

Warbands in World of Warcraft: The World Within make reputation account-wide, but not every faction will be included in it right away. While World of Warcraft might eventually make all reputation shared across every character, The War Within will only be adding this particular feature for the expansion’s new factions to begin with.

Though The War Within adds tons of new stuff to World of Warcraft, one of the most highly-anticipated features is Warbands. More a group of smaller features under a single banner rather than an individual one, Warbands seek to make almost everything in World of Warcraft shared account-wide, including achievement progress, currencies, and reputation.

However, Warbands' reputation change won’t be what many players expect right away. All new factions in The War Within and beyond will share their reputation levels across all characters on a single account. That said, WoW content creator MrGM clarified that older factions will not be included in this feature immediately. While World of Warcraft hopes to make legacy reputations account-wide eventually, they will still be character-specific as of the World of Warcraft: The War Within’s pre-patch and launch.

Only New Factions Have Shared Rep in The War Within

There are numerous roadblocks in the way to making old reputation levels account-wide in World of Warcraft. Many players have different reputation levels on multiple characters spread across several worlds. What’s more, some factions are diametrically opposed to one another, such as Booty Bay and the Bloodsail Buccaneers from Vanilla and the Aldor and Scryers from The Burning Crusade, which would make account-wide reputation complicated. Even so, World of Warcraft seems to want to make this change happen, so fans can expect most reputations to become account-wide eventually, likely starting with the Dragonflight Renown factions.

Some fans are disappointed that old factions won't be included in this Warbands update. While many players are glad World of Warcraft is adding these alt-friendly features, they think reputation should have become account-wide years ago. They have spent almost 20 years grinding rep across multiple characters and were disappointed to hear they have to wait even longer for legacy factions to be shared across their account.

Even so, World of Warcraft starting to make these changes now is better than never. Even if some of them take time to fully implement, most agree knowing these features are coming is a huge step in the right direction. Warbands sets a fantastic precedent for World of Warcraft’s future and shows the developers are adding quality-of-life changes World of Warcraft players have been requesting for years.

World of Warcraft: Dragonflight was developed by Blizzard Entertainment and is the ninth expansion pack for the iconic massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft.Dragonflight features an overhauled user interface, raises the level cap to 70, and introduces a new race and class. 

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