Faction Change Basics, Eligibility, and Limitations

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The Faction Change service allows you to change a character to the opposite faction. Each Faction Change costs $30.00 USD per character plus tax in applicable areas. Select a topic from the dropdown menu below to learn more.

Basics

Each Faction Change applies to a single character and includes a race change to the opposite faction, an appearance change, and an optional name change. The race you choose must support your character’s class. To begin the Faction Change process:

  1. Log in to Battle.net Account Management.
  2. Select the World of Warcraft license that has the character whose faction you want to change.
  3. Click Characters & Guild Services on the bottom ribbon.
  4. Click Faction Change.
  5. Select your character from the list on the right.
  6. Confirm the faction change and complete payment for the service.

Once the Faction Change completes, you'll see a new button to the left of your character's name when you log into the game. Click this button to change your character’s race, appearance, and name if you wish. You can click the button at a later time if you do n't want to change the character's faction immediately.

After you complete the faction change, your character will take:

  • All their items. If any of your character’s items are faction-specific, they will be exchanged for their cross-faction equivalent.
  • Completed achievements and any associated titles (exchanged for cross-faction equivalents).
  • Currency, such as gold or points, will stay with the character. Conquest point caps may be reset.
  • Your character will be assigned new raid IDs for bosses you have already defeated for the week.
  • Certain rare faction-specific mounts will accompany your character. Racial mounts will not transfer and must be purchased on your new faction.

The reputation level associated with the character's previous race will become the reputation level of their new race. All other racial reputations will be converted as follows:

Orc (Orgrimmar) <---> Human (Stormwind)
Tauren (Thunder Bluff) <---> Gnome (Gnomeregan Exiles)
Undead (The Undercity) <---> Night Elf (Darnassus)
Troll (Sen'jin) <---> Dwarf (Ironforge)
Blood Elf (Silvermoon) <---> Draenei (The Exodar)
Goblin (Bilgewater Cartel) <---> Worgen (Gilneas)
Huojin Pandaren <---> Tushui Pandaren

Other faction-specific reputations will be converted into their cross-faction equivalents (if one exists–if one does not, the reputation is lost). Neutral reputations will not be affected. Sunreavers and Silver Covenant reputation levels will be reset to Neutral.

Note: Faction-specific quest lines may need to be completed to unlock an area.

Eligibility

Before you can change a character’s faction, all of the following must be true:

  • The character is at least level 10. If it is a Death Knights, it is at least level 60.
  • The character has not performed a faction change in the last 72 hours (3 days).
  • The World of Warcraft account is not a Starter Edition account.
  • The character may not have active auctions or mail in their mailbox.
  • The characters is not a Guild leader. Before you can faction change a Guild leader, you must transfer leadership to another member or disband your guild. See our Guild Services article for information on Faction Changing the entire guild.
  • The character meets the following gold limits (characters above these limits cannot undergo a Faction Change):
    Level Max. Gold
    10 - 30 300g
    31 - 50 1,000g
    51 - 70 5,000g
    71 - 80 20,000g
    81+ 50,000g

Limitations

  • Flight points will be reset and your character will receive a new list of level- and faction-appropriate flight points.
  • Character friends and ignore lists will be reset.
  • Guild pages and heralds will be lost.
  • An increased Conquest point cap may be lost.
  • Active quests will be cleared and all quest items will be destroyed, including those associated with completed quests.
  • Faction-specific, completed quests will be lost, and will no longer count toward any completed quests counters.
  • All PvP and Argent Tournament achievement progress will be reset. 
  • If you change your character's name during the Faction Change, your old name will be locked from use on the realm for 90 days.
  • A completed Faction Change cannot be reversed. If you want to change your character’s faction again, you may complete another Faction Change after the three day cooldown.

Note: The Item Restoration service cannot restore items a character deleted, vendored, or disenchanted prior to performing a transfer.  Be sure to complete item recovery before transferring.

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