Comparison of Aldor and Scryer rewards

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This article is meant to be a side-by-side comparison of Aldor Tabard.jpgAldor and Scryers Tabard.jpgScryer rewards, two factions located in Shattrath City. The article aims to make it easier for players to decide which faction they want to side and gain reputation with.

Note that while gaining reputation for either faction, you will also gain reputation with the Sha'tar Tabard.jpgSha'tar until honored.

Overview

When you first reach Shattrath City and are level 60 or higher, you are given a choice between two factions: The Aldor and the Scryers. Which you choose will have various impacts on you, not only on which faction rewards you can purchase, but also in which quests you might pursue. And while you can revert from one to another, it is best to avoid making a haphazard choice.

This page provides some a quick side-by-side comparison for how each faction may benefit a character. What this page does not do is tell you which faction you need to choose specifically. You are strongly encouraged to look at all the items before you make your choice.

Rep Item Availability

One potential factor to take into consideration is the availability of the items used to raise your reputation with either faction. For the Scryers, the two primary items are Sunfury Signets and Arcane Tomes, while the Aldor use Marks of Sargeras and Fel Armaments instead.

According to the Game Statistics posted on the WoW homepage, players (on the week from July 16 to July 22, 2008) looted Sunfury Signets twice as often as Marks of Sargeras and Arcane Tomes 84% more often than Fel Armament. Similarly, 28% more Sunfury Signets were sold on the Auction House than Marks of Sargeras, and 56% more Arcane Tomes were sold than Fel Armaments. While this does not reveal data for prices, how often they are encountered clearly will affect Auction House prices.

Thus, obtaining rep items for Scryers appears to be easier and/or cheaper than obtaining Aldor rep items. Naturally, one could deliberately farm either faction's items and would likely encounter decent drop rates if farming the appropriate areas, but common player activities (especially daily quests on the Isle of Quel'Danas) seem to encourage the acquisition of Scryer items over Aldor ones.

Inn/Tier Position

The Scryers Hearth location on their tier is closer to the ground than the Aldor tier is, meaning that characters can run off it without taking the elevator (death is assured when jumping from the Aldor Tier to the main city ring without protection). The Scryers are also slightly closer to the flight master. Impatient players hence may want to consider the Scryers for these reasons. If you are a keen chef, both inns have fires (or braziers) that can be used for cooking directly outside the entrances. -- As a note, you could theoretically bind at the Scryer inn and then become an Aldor, however, the arcane guardians on the Scryer Tier are actively hostile to Aldor players, just like the Vindicators on Aldor Rise are actively hostile to Scryers.

The Aldor Hearth location on their tier is connected via a tunnel directly to Nagrand making it rather convenient at the 64 - 66 range to get to Nagrand (though there is also the flight path). Hunters and those interested in Kurenai/Mag'har faction could find the ease of access convenient - this exit can also be reached by Scryers but you must use the main elevator (not the one between Scryer and Aldor rise) and be careful to not get too close to any Vindicators.

Reputation Weapon Rewards

Aldor Scryer

Reputation Equipment Rewards

Aldor Scryer

Inscriptions

Main article: Augments#Inscriptions

Inscriptions are shoulder-slot enchants that can be applied by anybody to their own armor. Both factions' greater inscriptions carry the same stat types, but give higher values to one stat. Aldor items tend towards damage, healing, attack power and dodge. Scryer items tend towards Crit rates, MP5 and defense.

Crafting Recipes and Trainers

Main article: Comparison of Aldor and Scryer rewards/Crafting Recipes

Both factions offer various crafting patterns and plans that are Bind on Pickup which become available to you as your reputation level increases. The items you craft, however, are Bind On Equip, allowing you to make them for characters other than your own. However, only the Scryers currently offer an Alchemist recipe.

Originally, the only Shattrath jewelcrafting trainer was located on the Aldor Rise. Kirembri Silvermane and a bookcase in the Seer's Library were added later to the Scryer's Tier to provide jewelcrafting training there. However, Shattrath City Peacekeepers and even Scryer Arcane Guardians still only direct players to the Aldor Rise for jewelcrafting training.

The Scryers' Tier is home to a master enchanting trainer. Enchanting was once only trainable to 300 by going into Uldaman or talking to the Master Enchanter on the Scryers' tier, but it is now possible to train to 300 from any Enchanting trainer in a major city.

The tailoring patterns for  [Imbued Netherweave Tunic] and  [Imbued Netherweave Robe] are only sold in Sanctum of the Stars, a Scryers town in Shadowmoon Valley. You can buy the patterns when you are neutral to the Scryers. Tailors who plan to make the tunic or the robe should purchase the patterns before choosing Aldor. Otherwise, they will need to find a Scryers / neutral player to purchase it for them. (The patterns are not BoP.)

Quest rewards

Main article: Comparison of Aldor and Scryer rewards/Quest Rewards

In addition to faction purchases, Aldor and Scryers also offer different quest lines with different rewards. For example, the quest Shutting Down Manaforge Ara is available for both factions, but offers vastly different rewards:

Aldor Scryer

Each faction has its own quest chains in Shadowmoon Valley and Netherstorm. In some cases, the item rewards for equivalent quests are the same for both factions. In other cases, there are different rewards.

Shattered Sun Pendant

Among the Shattered Sun Offensive rewards added in patch 2.4, there are four epic neck that have proc effects that provide different benefit depending on whether you are exalted with Aldor or Scryer: [Shattered Sun Pendant of Acumen], [Shattered Sun Pendant of Restoration], [Shattered Sun Pendant of Resolve], [Shattered Sun Pendant of Might]. Note that you need to be exalted with Shattered Sun Offensive to purchase these and exalted with Aldor or Scryer to have the proc effects.

Analysis

Healers

You may be in for some tough choices. While Aldor gives more Spirit overall, and more Intellect and spell power when combined with the robe and staff, Scryers have more crit. The trinket might also be good. The shoulder enchantments are the reverse, Aldor providing substantial Intellect or Spell Power and Scryers providing more Spirit.

Casters

The Scryers appear superior in some ways. They provide a very good spell hit trinket, shoulder enchants with stats more in favor of crits and an epic caster ring. In contrast, the Aldor provides a spell power staff that has hit, as well as a robe that is most attractive to priests.

Rogues, Druids and Monks

[Socrethar's Girdle] is reward from Turning Point, the final quest of a long Scryer chain (and not available from the Aldor). With 23 agi, 21 stam, 20 hit rating and 48 attack power, it is significantly better than anything outside of heroic Black Morass or Karazhan for sword and mace Rogues. Take this into consideration, because the Assassination Armor set does not include a belt. However, Sword rogues should notice the [Vindicator's Brand], which is comparable to [Blinkstrike], but can only be bought at Exalted with Aldor for 200g.

Other factors

Another key factor to consider is your trade. If you are training enchanting or tailoring, you should probably choose Scryer, since you can access all enchanting training on the Scryer's tier, and also more easily purchase the BoE patterns.

In the end, most of the rare and probably epic rewards from the two factions are likely to get replaced by other better raid loots or PvP rewards. Therefore, eventually most people will find that the only differences are the shoulder inscriptions and different proc for the Shattered Sun Pendants.

Armory trends

Data from Okoloth's blog. Visit the site for much more class-specific trend data automatically parsed from the armory.

Class Spec Aldor Scryer Undecided
DruidDruid Balance 47.23% 50.81% 1.97%
Feral 45.03% 52.49% 2.48%
Restoration 47.03% 51.78% 1.19%
HunterHunter
Beast Mastery 67.16% 29.55% 3.29%
Marksmanship 68.24% 29.95% 1.81%
Survival 67.05% 31.82% 1.14%
MageMage
Arcane 46.75% 52.09% 1.16%
Fire 41.44% 57.48% 1.08%
Frost 41.99% 55.15% 2.86%
Class Spec Aldor Scryer Undecided
PaladinPaladin
Holy 61.64% 37.52% 0.85%
Protection 60.00% 39.40% 0.60%
Retribution 57.40% 40.77% 1.82%
PriestPriest
Discipline 55.80% 42.60% 1.60%
Holy 58.89% 40.17% 0.94%
Shadow 53.72% 45.00% 1.28%
RogueRogue
Assassination 41.65% 57.06% 1.30%
Combat 59.17% 40.03% 0.80%
Subtlety 54.48% 44.16% 1.35%
Class Spec Aldor Scryer Undecided
ShamanShaman
Elemental 44.27% 54.66% 1.07%
Enhancement 47.47% 50.35% 2.18%
Restoration 47.56% 51.56% 0.88%
WarlockWarlock
Affliction 41.40% 57.45% 1.15%
Demonology 38.58% 60.10% 1.31%
Destruction 41.30% 57.89% 0.81%
WarriorWarrior
Arms 68.47% 29.65% 1.89%
Fury 71.72% 26.35% 1.94%
Protection 70.16% 29.00% 0.84%

Summary

This summarizes the classes listed as best for the reputation rewards shown on this page only; it does not include the quest rewards or the crafter recipes.

Aldor Scryer
Balance druids x2 Balance druids x2
Feral druids Feral druids (Cat)
Restoration druids Restoration druids x2
Hunters x2 Hunters
Mages x2 Mages x2
Tanking paladins Tanking paladins
Holy paladins Holy paladins
Retribution paladins
Holy priests Holy priests
Discipline priests x2 Discipline priests x2
Shadow priests x2 Shadow priests
Rogues Rogues
Sword rogues Rogue off-hand
Elemental shamans Elemental shamans x2
Enhancement shamans
Restoration shamans Restoration shamans
Warlocks x2 Warlocks x2
Dual-wield warrior Dual-wield warrior
Tanking warriors Tanking warriors (slight DPS bias)
DPS warriors

See also

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