Reins of the Azure Riding Crane
Type: Reputation / Vendor
Reputation: Golden Lotus
Zone: Vale of Eternal Blossoms
Sold By: Jaluu the Generous
Recommended Level: Level 95
Skill Level: 1/10
Time to Get: 4 hours+
This reputation grind can be completed within a few hours but it will be a consistent grind to get it completed.
You have a few options for gaining reputation with the Golden Lotus. Which is best will depend on your goals.
The fastest method is to farm Mogu enemies in the West of Vale of Eternal Blossoms. These will provide reputation per kill and also have a chance of dropping a Ancient Guo-Lai Cache Key. These keys can be used within the west section of Guo-Lai Halls to unlock chests. These chest can contain reputation tokens for the Golden Lotus.
The other benefit to this farm is that you can get SkyShards. Once you obtain 10 Sky Shards, you can combine them into a Sky Crystal. Sky Crystal is used to kill Alani and obtain the Thundering Ruby Cloud Serpent mount.
Zandalari Warscouts and Warbringers
The next method is to defeat the Zandalari Warbringers and Warscouts found across Pandaria. When killed they can drop Stolen Insignia which will award 1,000 reputation with either the Golden Lotus, August Celestials, Shado-pan or Klaxxi depending on which tokens drop. Not only that but the Zandalari Warbringers also have a chance of dropping the Amber, Jade or Slate Primordial Direhorn.
This method is still fairly quick if you don’t have much competition for these rare spawns and will progressively get you Exalted with multiple factions at once.
The Zandalari Warbringers have roughly a 30 to 60 minute respawn time and have one spawn location within Kun-Lai Summot, Jade Forest, Krasaranng Wilds, Dread Wastes and Townlong Steppes. They stay stationary once spawned.
The Zandalari Warscouts on the other hand can have two up at once in each of the mentioned zones. They typically spawn near to the Warbringers, they will however patrol around a far distance before beginning to return. Their respawn timer is around 45 minutes.
So you should be checking the mentioned zones for both the Warbringers and Warscouts and killing them whenever possible for the reputation tokens. These tokens are also Bind of Account, so you can check various realms if you have characters on them and are still able to send them to your main character.
There is an additional rare that will also drop these reputation tokens, War-God Dokah. He can be found on the top of the ship in the Isle of Giants and has roughly a 30 minute respawn timer but is a bit more awkward to reach due to the location of the Isle of Giants
The final method for gaining reputation is by far the worst but I wanted to quickly mention it. These is simply doing the dailies you can find in the Setting Sun Garrison within Vale of Eternal Blossoms. These provide around 300 reputation per hand in.
Regardless of the method you choose, it is vital that once you reach Revered, you head over to Jaluu the Generous and purchase Grand Commendation of the Golden Lotus. This will provide you with 100% more reputation which will aid you to reach Exalted faster.
Once you reach Exalted. Head over to Jaluu the Generous and purchase your mount!
Humans receive 10% extra reputation from all sources due to their racial buff. Additionally, countless reputation buffs can be utilized to speed up your reputation gains further, such as the WHEE! (DMF is around for one week every month), WOW Anniversary buff or other mini-holiday related buffs such as Grim Visage.
If the Mists of Pandaria Timewalking event is active then you can also make use of the 50% bonus reputation provided by Sign of Mists during this event or trade in Timewarped Badges for reputation tokens from Mistweave Xia on the Timeless Isle.
You may need to change back to the old version of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, before the N’zoth corruption. To do this simply head above the Mogu’shan Palace and speak with Zidormi.