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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.

The term faction is also used to refer specifically to the two playable factions in World of Warcraft: the Alliance and the Horde. Each playable race (except pandaren) is specifically aligned with one faction or the other, and all player characters of that race automatically belong to that faction. Pandaren characters are the exception, and must choose a faction to leave the Wandering Isle, at around level 10. Once chosen, a character's faction cannot be changed through in-game means. However, there is a paid Faction Change service available that can perform this function. For all races except pandaren, using this service requires also changing your character to a new race, one that is aligned with the character's new faction.

A character's faction has numerous consequences. Characters can only talk, group, and create guilds with players from their own faction. Certain zones and cities in the world are also friendly to one faction while hostile to the other. The majority of the levelling experience will be determined by the character's faction, with different quests, NPCs and areas for each faction. Faction also determines a substantial amount of play: characters will fight the opposite faction in battlegrounds and world PvP; work to raise their reputation and earn the praise of the heroes of their faction; complete quests to aid their faction's efforts, and frequently fight against the other faction's NPCs; and generally spend the majority of their time in their faction's cities and surrounded by other members of their faction. Although many choose to play characters of each faction, some players develop a strong sense of faction pride, often leading to varying degrees of sparring and rivalry between players who identify with each faction.

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Argent Dawn Neutral (formerly related to Naxxramas, Stratholme & Scholomance)
Bloodsail Buccaneers Neutral (enemies of Steamwheedle Cartel)
Brood of Nozdormu Neutral (related to Ahn'Qiraj)
Cenarion Circle Neutral (related to Ahn'Qiraj & druids)
Darkmoon Faire Neutral
Hydraxian Waterlords Neutral (related to Molten Core)
Ravenholdt Neutral (related to rogues)
Syndicate (enemies of Ravenholdt)
Thorium Brotherhood Neutral (related to Molten Core)
Timbermaw Hold Neutral
Wintersaber Trainers Alliance

Horde Horde

Darkspear Trolls (related to trolls)
Orgrimmar (related to orcs)
Thunder Bluff (related to tauren)
Undercity (related to undead)
Silvermoon City TBC (related to blood elves)
Bilgewater Cartel Cataclysm (related to goblins)
Huojin Pandaren MoP (related to Horde-aligned pandaren)

Alliance Alliance

Darnassus (related to night elves)
Gnomeregan (related to gnomes)
Ironforge (related to dwarves)
Stormwind (related to humans)
Exodar TBC (related to draenei)
Gilneas Cataclysm (related to worgen)
Tushui Pandaren MoP (related to Alliance-aligned pandaren)

Horde Forces Horde

Brawl'gar Arena MoP (the Horde Brawler's Guild)
The Defilers (related to Arathi Basin)
Frostwolf Clan (related to Alterac Valley)
Warsong Outriders (related to Warsong Gulch)

Alliance Forces Alliance

Bizmo's Brawlpub MoP (the Alliance Brawler's Guild)
The League of Arathor (related to Arathi Basin)
Silverwing Sentinels (related to Warsong Gulch)
Stormpike Guard (related to Alterac Valley)

Steamwheedle Cartel

Booty Bay Neutral (enemies of Bloodsail Buccaneers)
Everlook Neutral (enemies of Bloodsail Buccaneers)
Gadgetzan Neutral (enemies of Bloodsail Buccaneers)
Ratchet Neutral (enemies of Bloodsail Buccaneers)

The Burning Crusade TBC

Ashtongue Deathsworn Neutral (related to Black Temple)
Cenarion Expedition Neutral (related to Coilfang Reservoir)
The Consortium Neutral (related to Auchindoun)
Honor Hold Alliance (related to Hellfire Citadel)
Keepers of Time (related to Caverns of Time)
Kurenai Alliance
The Mag'har Horde
Netherwing Neutral
Ogri'la Neutral
The Scale of the Sands Neutral (related to Battle of Mount Hyjal)
Sporeggar Neutral (related to Coilfang Reservoir)
Thrallmar Horde (related to Hellfire Citadel)
Tranquillien Horde TBC
The Violet Eye Neutral (related to Karazhan)

Shattrath City TBC

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

Wrath of the Lich King WotLK

Argent Crusade Neutral
Ashen Verdict Neutral (related to Icecrown Citadel, formed by merging of Argent Crusade and Knights of the Ebon Blade)
The Kalu'ak Neutral
Kirin Tor Neutral {related to Dalaran)
Knights of the Ebon Blade Neutral (related to Death Knights)
The Sons of Hodir Neutral
The Wyrmrest Accord Neutral

Horde Expedition Horde

The Hand of Vengeance
The Sunreavers
The Taunka
Warsong Offensive

Alliance Vanguard Alliance

Explorers' League
The Frostborn
The Silver Covenant
Valiance Expedition

Sholazar Basin WotLK

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

Cataclysm Cataclysm

Avengers of Hyjal Neutral (related to Firelands, formed by merging of Cenarion Circle and Guardians of Hyjal)
Baradin's Wardens Alliance (related to Tol Barad)
Dragonmaw Clan Horde (Horde faction in Twilight Highlands)
Guardians of Hyjal Neutral
Hellscream's Reach Horde (related to Tol Barad)
Ramkahen Neutral
The Earthen Ring Neutral
Therazane Neutral
Wildhammer Clan Alliance (removed in patch 2.0.3, re-introduced in 4.0.3, Alliance faction in Twilight Highlands)

Mists of Pandaria MoP

MoP This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

The Anglers Neutral
The August Celestials Neutral
The Black Prince Neutral
Dominance Offensive Horde
Forest Hozen Horde
The Golden Lotus Neutral
Klaxxi Neutral
The Lorewalkers Neutral
Operation: Shieldwall Alliance
Order of the Cloud Serpent Neutral
Pearlfin Jinyu Alliance
Shado-Pan Neutral
Shang Xi's Academy Neutral
The Tillers Neutral

Individual NPCs

Removed factions

Gelkis Clan Centaur Neutral (enemies of Magram Clan Centaur, removed in patch 4.0.3, although still visible in reputation panel)
Magram Clan Centaur Neutral (enemies of Gelkis Clan Centaur, removed in patch 4.0.3, although still visible in reputation panel)
Revantusk Tribe Horde (added in patch 1.5, removed in patch 1.11)
Royal Apothecary Society Horde (seen at BlizzCon 2007, removed before Wrath of the Lich King Beta)
Shen'dralar Neutral (added in patch 1.3, removed in patch 4.0.3, although still visible in reputation panel)
Silvermoon Remnant Alliance (added in patch 1.6.0, removed in patch 1.6.1)
Theramore Alliance (added in Patch 1.6.0, removed in patch 1.6.1)
Zandalar Tribe Neutral (related to Zul'Gurub, removed in patch 4.0.3, although still visible in reputation panel)

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