Aldor vs Scryer

I got another great question from Channa today that I thought I’d share with all of you. You may have heard by now that the main city in the Outlands (Shattrath City) is neutral, but houses two conflicting factions. Players must choose a faction to affiliate with and gain access to banking facilities, etc. Once you become friends with one group – you will be an enemy of the other. These two groups are the Aldor and the Scryers. According to the WowWiki, the Aldor are an ancient order of Draenei priests and the Scryers are a group of Blood Elves who broke away from Prince Kael’thas. Both groups now compete to win favor with the Naaru who control Shattrath City.

It might seem obvious that the Aldor are Alliance-oriented and the Scryers are Horde. One of the beauties of this system is that players can opt to “cross party lines” and make friends with the opposing group. One of the main benefits of choosing a faction is to gain access to new recipes and gear. For the professions that make armor, the Scryers’ recipes allow you to make gear with arcane resist. The recipes from the Aldor will allow you to craft fire resist gear, predominantly. There are some other items they sell as well, but minimally represented. Alchemists will probably want to go Scryer since the Aldor don’t have any Alchie recipes.

Other than gaining access to specific types of resist gear, the choice is completely personal. There’s no reason not to go with whichever group sells items or recipes you want to have for your character. Or specific items you believe will be strong sellers in general. Keep in mind that the Scryers will probably less popular with Alliance players, so if you go Scryer you may end up with recipes that have higher demand (or less competition with other crafters).

I’d recommend that you closely review the recipes and gear available from each quartermaster (located in the appropriate bank) and choose carefully before doing any quests in Shattrath City. Somehow I ended up with friendly Aldor faction and Hostile Scryer faction on Korlyn and Kaliope both without even officially choosing either side. I had done a few quests from the Lower City and apparently raised my Aldor faction without noticing it. So try to make a choice before you do any quests there or the choice may get made for you. Supposedly there’s a way to win favor with the hostile group, but I assume it involves a lot of mindless grinding that most of us would rather not do.

Here’s a nice page on the WowWiki that might help you review your options:

Comparison of Aldor and Scryer Rewards


8 Responses to “Aldor vs Scryer”

  1. Vince Says:

    is there a way to change faction, i click on the aldor and pledge my alliange to them but realized too late what i had done, i’m an alchy that want to go with the scryer.

  2. kaliope Says:

    I’ve read that there is but from the various beta forum threads I never saw anyone talk about how they had done it. I made the same mistake with both my toons. The best piece of advice I can give you is don’t do ANY quests from Shattrath City until you figure out who to turn in the drops to. I believe that’s how I messed up my faction, I never actually chose a side but did some of the other quests and ended up Friendly with Aldor anyway. So be careful doing anything there until you figure it out.

  3. Celine Says:

    Im a druid and chose aldor (seems Im just friendly with them),but without getting any info. I wish I could change it but cant find what to do and how to be able to change it :(

  4. kaliope Says:

    I should also say that there are several turn-ins for each group. These are mob drops similar to argent dawn tokens, etc. The main problem I had is determining who to give them to, there is no publishing information on this so far. In the meantime it can’t hurt to save the tokens and wait for someone to figure out who will take them. I know one is the dampscale basilisk eyes for Scryer, there are basilisk in Terokkar Forest.

  5. kaliope Says:

    Ok, for all those who don’t know how to do this I found a thread on the WoW forums. I have not confirmed this info, but it’s the only thread I’ve seen that even talks about it. Worth a shot if nothing else:

    Leave a comment if you try this out and it works so others will know what to do!

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  7. Gwindor Says:

    There is a way to change faction. You must be lvl 62 to attain the quest. In the lower city of Shattrah there will be 1 sole Blood elf or Draeni depending on which side you chose. (They are by the Bird men)

    From that they will ask you to go farm basalisk eyes. You get 250 rep for every turn in of 8 eyes. So this is the only way i found to change my main undead warrior from Aldor to Scryer. Hope this helps.

  8. kaliope Says:

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