I had done all the quests in Pandaria, and as a Human, the only reputation I was Honored with was the Klaxxi (awesome story and faction, by the way). I looked up the location of where I could find the hubs, and it led me to the Alliance base, Shrine of the Seven Stars.
Talking to the NPC gave me a quest to hit Revered with the Golden Lotus before talking to them. I said to myself “Ok.. this shouldn’t be too hard. About a few days worth of dailies should do it, right?”
No. I have done Golden Lotus dailies 5 days in a row now, and I’m barely 80% of the way through Friendly. Each daily gives about 120 reputation with some giving about 240. There’s only about 8-10 dailies for people Friendly, and I have no idea how much we unlock at Honored, since I’m not there.
Frustrated last night because after my 10th heroic, I’ve only seen 1 piece of gear dropping, I complained that my vertical character progression is severely blocked by the reputation gating. I had no way to spend Justice Points – at which I was accumulating at ridiculous rates from all the heroics – with nothing to spend them on, and no gear was dropping for me. What was I supposed to do?
Well, Blizzard heard the call of many of us who feel the same way, and responded with a hotfix to remove the reputation requirement on Justice Points.
Here’s what they said straight from the forums:
We’ve just applied a hotfix that removes the faction requirements for Justice gear.
Shado-Pan and August Celestial factions will no longer require Golden Lotus faction to purchase this gear. This will allow players who have reached level 90 to have additional sources of item level (ilevel) 450 gear to progress into the Dungeon Finder Heroic dungeons more readily.
Players who are looking to purchase this gear should seek out the following vendors:
- Shadow-Pan – Rushin the Fox in Shado-Pan Garrison
- All – Commander Lo Ping in Niuzao Temple
Vale of Eternal Blossoms:
- August Celestials – Sage Lotusbloom or Sage Whiteheart in the Horde and Alliance Shrines
- Golden Lotus – Jaluu the Generous in front of Mogu’shan Palace
- Klaxxi – Ambersmith Zikk in Klaxxivess
Immediately after logging on I was able to purchase – much needed, if I might add – two pieces of gear to help me. If only they now would either up the reputation you get from each daily with Golden Lotus, or remove the gating. I probably won’t do dailies ever on any of my Alts, but that only hurts them for Valor / Justice points gear. Time to get the grinding hat on.