WoW is a game lauded for its grand scale and nearly endless content. One of the more prestigious ways to mark your achievements and display bragging rights in this game is grinding out the available titles.
Today, we’ll be going over the top 10 titles you can (or probably can’t) get in World of Warcraft. These achievements take an extraordinary amount of time and patience (and sometimes luck!) to get, so in the interest of saving you time, we’ll jump right in.
Often referred to as the PVP counterparts to “Insane”, these two titles, both Alliance and Horde based respectively, represent a player who is exalted in Warsong Gulch, Arathi Basin, and Alterac Valley.
It might not be a mark of good mechanics, solid competitive mindset, or insane min-maxing play. But the title of Justicar and Conqueror stands as a solid right of experience that any PvP enthusiast, competitive or otherwise, can be proud to have stamped after their name
The titles were added in The Burning Crusade, and still stand as one of those achievements that’s better gained when you’re not paying attention, lest you lose your mind grinding out BGS. Our advice? Play PVP for fun and gain this one passively. Too much attention to your reputation will have you losing motivation quicker than you can progress. Trust us, the long game is where it’s at with this one.
9. The Insane
Speak of the devil! Hi, and welcome to PVE content, today we’ll be becoming exalted with six different factions, and honored with another. Enjoy the grind!
Admittedly, ‘Insane in the Membrane’ has become a much easier achievement to grind out, especially if you’re a veteran player who knows what they’re doing. That said, having The Insane title is still a worthwhile bragging right for those who enjoy a nice grind.
Get honored with the Bloodsail Buccaneers, exalted with Everlook, Gadgetzan, Everlook, Darkmoon Faire, and Ravenholdt, and there you go, you’re insane. Again, slightly (much) easier than it used to be, but still a difficult task all the same. Best of luck on obtaining this Cataclysm era Achievement.
A word to clear up some misconceptions: You don’t have to grind out the Buccaneers first. Some people think that because the Buccaneers grind will get you ‘hated’ with the SteamWheedle Cartel you have to grind them in a specific order. This is false!
An exalted reputation counts towards the achievement even if it falls back down, so don’t worry about doing these in any specific order unless you already have decent progress with one or two factions. And if you need some weapons to help you smack down these npc’s (you’ll be doing an ungodly amount of that), look no further than here.
8. Arena Master
Although legacy content, you can still find players rocking the WoTLK era Arena Master title throughout the servers of WoW. Back in the day, you had to get a rating of 2200 in 5v5, 3v3, and 2v2’s, while also obtaining the ‘last man standing’ achievement and knocking out a 10-win streak at level 80 arenas. And these were just the ‘harder’ requirements, among others.
If you DO want this title, and you’re a long-time player, you can still grab it if you have achieved a 2200 rating and last man standing in 5v5’s before that content was made legacy. Just grind out the other achievements. If you don’t have those two prerequisites, you’re outta luck!
The Arena masters, while not altogether extinct, are a dying breed. We salute you.
Think Justicar / Conqueror, but cubed.
The Battlemaster Title is achieved by completing all of the achievements belonging to the Arathi Basin, Warsong Gulch, Alterac Valley, and Eye of the Storm.
People have been coordinating methods and guides to get this achievement since all the way back in 2008, and its still content that’s achievable, so the fact that only 1% of all accounts ever created in-game have this title is a testament to its difficulty.
Some motivation for you BG enthusiasts thinking about getting this title: You’re really getting a two for one with this title, as Justicar / Conqueror are prerequisite rewards to this iconic title. Not bad, eh?
6. Conqueror of Ulduar
As legacy content added back in Wrath, CoU was a title obtained by defeating each boss in Ulduar on 25-player mode without allowing any raid member to die to that boss at any point during that raid lockout period.
It was difficult content that rewarded a rare title while taking on Yogg-Saron, one of the more famously well-designed fights in one of the more famously well-designed chapters in the game. These days, WoW has really upped the ante with heroic raid difficulty, and contemporary raiders would likely find the fight against Yogg to be a cake walk, even when limited to Wrath’s gear. But at the time? Less practiced players with less experience taking on a brand-new raid and coming out victorious was the name of the game. And every achievement mounted by the players was just as sweet.
Much like the aforementioned Arena Master, those with the Conqueror of Ulduar title are seasoned players with a rich history to their name. And only 1% of all accounts can claim it!
5. Death’s Demise
If Conqueror of Ulduar was difficult to obtain, Death’s Demise was nearly impossible back in the day. To achieve this title, one had to take part in a ‘server first’ 25-man kill of Yogg-Sarron WITHOUT the help of any keepers.
Need I point out that this is legacy content? Far less than 1% ownership in WoW’s history. Truely a feat to behold!
The only way this title can be re-earned is if WoTLK is released on its own classic server, which isn’t too far off of potential reality given Burning Crusade’s dedicated server being released this June. And, by the way, if you’re a classic player looking to expand their horizons for the coming launch of BC, we’ve got you covered.
4. The Celestial Defender
Following the theme of ‘server-firsts’, The Celestial Defender title was released in Wrath of The Lich King, and given to the first team to kill Algalon the Observer: an otherworldly being tasked with assessing the situation on Azeroth, and deciding whether or not a full extinction was necessary.
It’s worth noting that this was an optional boss, and it may have been tempting for teams to avoid this achievement altogether and make for Yogg-Sarron as fast as possible. This means that those with the Celestial Defender title were true completionists who weren’t ready to duck out of a fight early.
How interesting it would be to go back in time and figure out the strategies marked out by the forerunners of the raid as they decided that the boss was worth their time.
3. Hand of A’dal
Taking part in the end of the Third War is a pretty grand achievement, and to get to that point, you had to earn this title.
For those who don’t remember, Mount Hyjal was a quest in which the player went back in time to help Alliance and Horde forces defeat the Burning Legion. To get this title, a player had to complete the attunement quests for Mount Hyjal and Black Temple, which no longer has an attunement quest.
Needless to say, this content is legacy, and can no longer be obtained. All the more reason to love it!
2. Scarab lord
The Scarab Lord title represents everything we love about WoW. To achieve this title, which is probably the rarest title in the game, a player had to be the first to open the gates of Ahn’Qiraj.
During the Burning Crusade, the gate opening was a server-wide event that preceded the release of the raids associated with the chapter. Extraordinarily difficult quests that could only be done by the best guilds of the day along with a 10-hour long battle meant that the completion of the event on each server was historic in WoW’s history.
In addition to the player who opened the gate, any player who followed him or her within 10 hours also got the title. But the number of players who managed this could often be counted on one hand.
Not only is this title achievable because of the nature of being the ‘first’ to something, but Blizzard also threw in an update that made all new servers come online with the gates opened by default, meaning there’s no way anyone else can grab this title. It’s a true rarity that encapsulates the beauty of the guild community, and the prestige that comes with having such a talented community.
It’s the mark of a PvP extraordinaire, and someone with the teammates and time to make this achievement come to fruition.
To achieve the title of Gladiator today, a player must be victorious in 50 3v3 matches while in the rank of Elite (2400 and above). And while that’s impressive enough, the true coveted title is the “sinful” gladiator, which can be earned by finishing the season in the top .1% of players on the ladder.
The true beauty of this title is that it’s always been available to those with the skill to take it, yet still remains as one of the rarest titles in the game. A testament to the sheer difficulty of becoming one of the best in the highly competitive PvP scene.
If you spot someone with this title in-game, you aren’t witnessing luck, but sheer dedication and skill.
Ultimately, this list is structured in a way that ranks each title by contemporary prestige, but the true prestige comes from whatever the individual finds impressive. If a title calls to you and makes you proud to wear it, ignore this list and chase it for your own sake.
But if you spot a title you’ve seen on this list in the wild, be sure to remember its importance it holds in the world you play in. That importance and history, in the end, is what drives this game further into the future.