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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.

Factions
Faction map through Wrath-Logo-Small Wrath of the Lich King

World of Warcraft (Classic)

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

Horde/Alliance

Horde Official horde mini-icon races

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

Alliance Official alliance mini-icon races

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

Horde/Alliance Forces

Horde Forces Official horde mini-icon

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

Alliance Forces Official alliance mini-icon

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

Steamwheedle Cartel Neutral 15

Booty Bay
Everlook
Gadgetzan
Ratchet

Other

Syndicate (enemies of Ravenholdt)
Wintersaber Trainers Official alliance mini-icon (related to Winterspring)

In The Burning Crusade

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

Horde Official horde mini-icon races

Silvermoon City Bc icon (related to Blood elves)

Alliance Official alliance mini-icon races

Exodar Bc icon (related to Draenei)

Shattrath City Bc icon

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

Nagrand Bc icon

Kurenai Official alliance mini-icon
The Mag'har Official horde mini-icon

In Wrath of the Lich King

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

Horde Expedition/Alliance Vanguard Wrath-Logo-Small

Horde Expedition Official horde mini-icon

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

Alliance Vanguard Official alliance mini-icon

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

Sholazar Basin Wrath-Logo-Small

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

In Cataclysm

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

Horde Official horde mini-icon races

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

Alliance Official alliance mini-icon races

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

Twilight Highlands Cataclysm-Logo-Small

Dragonmaw 15 Dragonmaw Clan Official horde mini-icon (opposes Wildhammer Clan)
Wildhammer 15 Wildhammer Clan Official alliance mini-icon (opposes Dragonmaw Clan)

Tol Barad Cataclysm-Logo-Small

Baradins Wardens 15 Baradin's Wardens Official alliance mini-icon (opposes Hellscream's Reach)
Hellscreams Reach 15 Hellscream's Reach Official horde mini-icon (opposes Baradin's Wardens)

In Mists of Pandaria

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Patch 5.1

Patch 5.2

Patch 5.3

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Removed factions

Official horde mini-icon Revantusk Tribe (added in WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.5, removed in WoW Icon 16x16 patch 1.11)
Official alliance mini-icon Silvermoon Remnant (added in WoW Icon 16x16 patch 1.6.0, removed in WoW Icon 16x16 patch 1.6.1; Silver Covenant of Dalaran may be return of this faction)
Official alliance mini-icon Theramore (added in WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.6.0, removed in WoW Icon 16x16 patch 1.6.1)
Official alliance mini-icon Wildhammer Clan (removed in Bc icon patch 2.0.3, but added back for Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1)
Official horde mini-icon Royal Apothecary Society (seen at BlizzCon 2007, removed before Wrath of the Lich King Beta)[citation needed]

See also

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