Silithus Field Duty are repeatable quests to earn badges, which you turn in for gear or rep. In vanilla WoW they were a predecessor to the modern daily quest. It is part of the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj content in Phase 5. Though they won’t be available until after the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj have been opened on your server.
You can turn in badges for gear at several reputation levels. But it is the revered or exalted levels that interest most players.
Among the revered rewards are Rockfury Bracers. Considered BiS for mages and warlocks through Phase 6 (better than Naxx gear, not counting set bonus).
And for the exalted rewards, Earthstrike is the most sought after item. A strong on use attack power trinket, used by melee DPS and hunters. On par or better than Jom Gabbar for some classes.
While these rewards are outside of the Ahn’Qiraj raids they often require a small group. You’ll need to occasionally team up with a partner or small group to complete tasks. Luckily you won’t be the only one working toward these prizes.
Stalwart’s Battlegear is the awarding quest at the revered level of Cenarion Circle reputation and the Field Duty badges. Champion’s Battlegear is the exalted reward quest. They both need Cenarion rep and badges to complete. Though their exact requirements are a bit different.
Stalwart’s Battlegear & Rockfury Bracers
- Cenarion Combat Badge (15)
- Cenarion Logistics Badge (20)
- Cenarion Tactical Badge (17)
- Mark of Remulos
- Cenarion Circle (Revered)
Champion’s Battlegear & Earthstrike
- Cenarion Combat Badge (15)
- Cenarion Logistics Badge (20)
- Cenarion Tactical Badge (20)
- Mark of Cenarius
- Cenarion Circle (Exalted)
The badges come from various (and randomly assigned) quests you receive from the Field Duty quest givers in Silithus (more info below). Cenarion Circle rep has been in the game since launch. And was farmable (though painfully) in Phase 4 via the cultists and elementals in Silithus. Luckily in Phase 5 reputation is much easier to come by.
Starting Field Duty
After the Gates of Ahn’Qiraj have been opened you can start collecting Field Duty quests.
- Go to Windcaller Kaldon in Cenarion Hold.
- Pick up the Field Duty quest and right-click on the Unsigned Field Duty Papers.
- Alliance: Go to Captain Blackanvil, in the Alliance camp outside of Cenarion Hold. Horde: See Krug Skullsplit, in the Horde camp opposite of the Alliance camp.
- Help defeat the elite bug that attacks the camp. Blackanvil/Skullsplit must stay alive (maybe, was changed in 1.12 to where they respawn).
- Get your papers signed, then return to Windcaller Kaldon.
- Choose between a Combat, Logistics, or Tactical assignment. These rewards a corresponding badge. And in some cases a follow-up assignment.
You will need to repeat Field Duty each time you want a new assignment. You can have as many unique assignments as you have quest log and bag space for. You can save duplicates by keeping them in their container.
Field Duty Assignments
There are three types of assignments, which go along with the three types of badges you’ll need.
- Kill 30 of some variant of Silithid bug.
- These are issued in dossier form, where you get four assignments for the same hive.
- The bugs are all elite, so best to do this with a partner or group.
- Collect the listed items to turn in. Most are crafted from professions and should be available at the auction house.
- Prices will vary by server, but these will likely be the cheaper options if you are willing to farm for these quests:
- Logistics Task Briefing V: Large Brilliant Shard, Large Radiant Shard, Huge Emerald
- Logistics Task Briefing VII – Heavy Armor Kit (8), Rugged Armor Kit (8)
- Logistics Task Briefing X: Heavy Runecloth Bandages (30), Heavy Silk Bandages (30), Heavy Mageweave Bandages (30)
- Kill a specifically summoned templar (1 in 4 random unless you have a Crest of Beckoning), a group of Twilight cultists, or scout deep inside a hive.
- Many are doable alone, though the scouting mission will depend on others farming the bugs. Going with a partner or group will speed things along.
- As a rogue, I only went for the scouting missions. If lots of people are farming bugs a non-stealth class should also do fine.
- Tactical Task Briefing VI
- Tactical Task Briefing VII
- Tactical Task Briefing VIII – Comes in follow up envelops only
Mark of Remulos and Cenarius
The revered and exalted rewards each reward a special and different mark. These are rewarded from specific Field Duty assignments in Silithus. You’ll need to farm for the needed quest.
Mark of Remulos (Rockfury Bracers)
- Logistics Quest XI rewards Mark of Remulos
- It is only available as a follow-up assignment, awarded when you complete any other Logistical assignment
- Collect the following:
Mark of Cenarius (Earthstrike)
- Tactical Quest V rewards Mark of Cenarius
- It is only available as a follow-up assignment, awarded when you complete any other Tactical assignment
- Kill each of the summonable Dukes from Twilight cultist camps (need a small group)
- Summoning materials (per summons):
- Twilight Cultist Cowl
- Twilight Cultist Mantle
- Twilight Cultist Robe (4)
- Twilight Cultist Medallion of Station
- Twilight Cultist outfit to summon and kill templars (3) -> Abyssal Crest (3)
- Large Brilliant Shard
The Signets of Beckoning are not required. But without them, you’ll get a random Duke each summons. It may be more cost-effective (and certainly faster) to use a Signets of Beckoning.
Cenarion Circle Rep
If you did the Phase 4 grind and got your Cenarion Circle rep up to the needed level then congratulations. You put in a lot more effort than I did (I only got to be honored before Phase 5).
For the rest of us, you’ll be happy to hear Phase 5 brought new and improved means for gaining Cenarion Circle rep.
- Get up to Friendly by completing quests from Cenarion Hold.
- After that the most efficient rep grind is running AQ20, earning ~2000 per full clear.
- Completing Field Duty quests will also earn a rep.
- You can also continue the pre-Phase 5 grind. Farming Twilight Cultist camps and turning in Encrypted Twilight Texts.