Tuesday night, I decided to bite the big one and move my Blood Elf Paladin to the Alliance. It was in preparation for something I’ll be telling you about in a future post, possibly to be posted later today. Some of you already know what it is.
The first thing I did was log in and make sure I had all of the items I wanted to take with me to the other side. I cleaned out the mail, emptied the bags of useless stuff. Made sure I had some gold from my banker alt. That type of thing.
I then screenshotted everything I could think of which may change during the process so I had some point of reference. I took pictures of my bank and bags. I looked at Reputation and Honor. I looked at Talents and skills. I forgot to look at my quest log and my achievements, which was rather silly of me. I looked at pets, but not mounts. I checked my character pane and even the currency tab.
I then logged out, while in a neutral place (just in case) and went about my Faction change. Once I got the confirmation which took about 20 minutes, I logged back in chose my new race(Dorf) and made him look silly. I kept the same name, because some people said it sounded Dorfish. I then logged in, found myself in Ironforge, and got a new achievement. Hmm… I toured the Fjord! Cool. I wish I had checked the Horde Achievements first to compare them. Dummy. I know I had already gotten that one.
I then made my way to Stormwind, got on a boat, rode to Northrend, and then flew to Dalaran. Once there I got to the bank and took a string of screenshots to compare. The only glaring differences were what you’d expect. Horde Reputations moved over to Alliance ones in just the way explained on the Faction transfer FAQ. I lost all my quests and Quest items. Mounts changed from the Horde version to the Alliance version, just the way they’re explained in the FAQ. That was pretty much it. Everything that wasn’t faction specific didn’t change. I did notice once I got to Valiance Keep, there were a ton of quests available. I’m betting that they offer Faction specific rep or rewards, and the FAQ does mention that certain factions will be reset, along with all of the quests leading up to them.
If I notice anything else funky, I’ll be sure to add it in here. Keep an eye out on my twitter @maerdred, where I’ll post any updates to this post.