Guides – Ravenholdt
What is Ravenholdt?
Ravenholdt is one of the more obscure classic factions within Warcraft. A guild of thieves and assassins, they are conventionally a rogue-only faction that only offer quests to members of the rogue class – in fact, it’s because of this that you’ll need access to, or assistance from, a rogue to actually get to gain exalted status.
Their base of operations is Ravenholdt Manor, which is located in Hillsbrad Foothills. Most achievement fanatics will have already visited there during the Valentine’s Day Seasonal Event – I’ve made a quick map here on wowhead if you’re still unsure, it shows the path you should take leading into the hills to get there.
Starting out at neutral with Ravenholdt, you should kill [Syndicate Members] for 5 reputation per kill until you cap out at 11999/12000 Honored. After that the only way forward is to complete the [Junkboxes Needed] quest until you reach exalted.
If you’re not a rogue, this unfortunately means you’ll need to either pay someone to pick pocket these for you, or roll one and do it yourself.
What you’ll need
- A Rogue to do the pick pocketing with – you’ll want it to be at least level 60, although ideally the higher the better as this will prevent you being detected while stealthing. This is particularly the case for the Blackrock Depths route as there are dogs that detect stealth that you’ll need to deal with. If you don’t want to level up a rogue, and don’t have access to one, then I’d recommend making a post on your realm forum advertising the fact you’re after junkboxes. Expect to have to offer anywhere from 5-10 gold per junkbox if you want timely returns though.
- A [Glyph of Pick Pocket] – Increases your pick pocket range by 5 yards and makes things a whole lot easier.
- A [Glyph of Pick Lock] – This decreases the cast time of pick lock by 75% which is a massive time saver if you intend on taking a peak inside each junkbox for epics or the fabled [Lasitor] before you turn them in.
- Also consider investing in any kind of minor speed increase enchant for your boots as well as the Camouflage Rank 3 talent as these will both greatly increase the speed you can move around while stealthed.
Neutral to Revered
You can go from Neutral all the way through to 11999/12000 Honored by killing [Syndicate Members] in Alterac Mountains, Arathi Highlands or Hillsbrad Foothills. As the mobs are all quite low in level they die in a hit or two and the rep gains come quite fast. It shouldnt take you more than about 5 hours to max out Honored. I personally did this part at Durnholde Keep in Hillsbrad Foothills and found that the respawns were fast enough that I never had down time.
Revered to Exalted
This is the hard part of the grind and what will end up taking you the most time. One of the rogues at Ravenholdt Manor, Fahrad, offers you the quest [Junkboxes Needed] which rewards you 75 reputation with Ravenholdt per 5 junkboxes turned in. This stage requires 1405 heavy junkboxes, or 1275 for a human with diplomacy.
The junkboxes come from pick pocketing any level 50-60 humanoid mobs and have a roughly 15% drop rate. This gives you a lot of places to choose from and, since you’ll be spending a lot of time on this, it doesnt hurt to try out a few different locations of your own. You want to aim for heavy concentrations of humanoid mobs that are in the 52-58 level range otherwise you’ll get a mix of [Sturdy Junkbox] and [Strong Junkbox] on your runs which are useless as far as the grind is concerned. Ideally you should aim for 1 junkbox per minute or better throughout your runs.
Here are the two routes I found to be the most efficient, along with a youtube video showing the routes I used:
First Route – Blackrock Depths
This was the route I used for the majority of my junkbox farming. Since I usually prefer to zone out (figuratively!) and watch movies on my other monitor having the large open spaces (ie no buildings) and lots of mobs close together it really worked for me. I emptied the rogue’s bags out so I could collect about 90 x [Heavy Junkbox] at a time before hearthing back to Dalaran and posting them to my main.
You can click here to see a map of the route on Wowhead.
Second Route – Tyr’s Hand
This is one of the more popular routes, largely because of its proximity to Lights Hope Chapel and the mailbox there. Absolutely no problem with spawn times here and you can pretty much run the route over and over until your bags are full. The only time you might run into trouble is if you’re doing the grind during prime time and there are other people around taking your spawns, which might mean its time to either take a break or instance it up and head to BRD.
Third Route – LBRS
This is a fantastic route to use with very minimal downtime involved. My brother, [Ketch], has farmed thousands of junkboxes while getting his own insane title and for sales to other aspiring insane folks that didnt want to level up a rogue.
The amazing [Skrie of Blackrock] has put together a video of the route he uses along with tips on how to do it.
Turning them all in!
I recommend turning in your junkboxes throughout the grind rather than all at once at the end as it can get quite boring. Having a [MOLL-E] really helps with these turnins, so in the case that you’re not an engineer having a friend that is can really shave some time off the grind. For every 5 junkboxes you hand in you’ll receive 75 reputation and a [Dusksteel Throwing Knife] in return.
The knives are unique and sell to a vendor for 1g32s each. They also disenchant quite well into a few [Lesser Eternal Essence] which sell pretty well in the Auction House. If you’re not an enchanter then you can either destroy the knives or sell them to the vendor in the Ravenholdt Manor basement. Having a friend that can summon [Scrapbots] or a [Traveler's Tundra Mammoth] would also be a big help at this stage.
Links and other resources
I’ve written this guide based on my own experiences with the Ravenholdt grind. Experiences differ from person to person, and as such before commencing any grind you should always supplement your knowledge by referring back to a number of different sources. This will help you gain a better grasp on what you need to do, and will give you the chance to figure out what you think will work best for you.
Some of the resources I used to help me were:
- WowJuju Reputation Calculator – This is a fantastic site to use if you lose track of how many more hand-ins you need to do. Since I handed the junkboxes in at the end of each farming session I quickly lost track of how many I had to go, this gives you specifics so is very handy!
- Ravenholdt on WowWiki – Some good general information on Ravenholdt and its history, along with specific numbers on reputation gains.
- Ravenholdt on WowHead – I often find the most fantastic source of information is the comment section on sites like Wowhead, if something changes due to a patch then you can bet it will be posted here. It’s quite common for people to post mini guides and additional advice as well.
- WoW Forums – Achievement Forum – This is another great source for guides, up to date information and accounts of other peoples experiences with various grinds.