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Vault of Ironforge interior 2

The Vault of Ironforge.

A bank is a building with several teller NPCs that allow a character to access a private storage area that is accessible from any bank branch. Branches appear in major cities and some towns, and allow a character to store items not currently in use. However, the term "bank" is usually used to refer to the storage space itself, rather than the physical structure.

All of the banks share the same vault; the neutral banks are equivalent to the faction banks. If you place items in one bank, you will be able to access them in another. (Canonically, this is accomplished through the use of Automated Teleportation Modules; ATM's for short.) However, players are not able to use the banks of opposing factions, because they cannot talk to the tellers.

Bank space[]

Bank window when first encountered

Initially a character's bank account (vault storage space) contains 28 item storage slots at no cost. An additional seven bag slots for more space are purchasable. These provide no additional item storage slots, but allow placement of a bag that has item storage capacity. The bags can be changed out and it is common practice to progressively place larger bags. The cost of the bag slots increases with each extra slot purchased starting at 10s, (then increasing to 1g, 10g, 25g, 25g, 25g, 25g, for a total of 111g 10s for all slots (not including the bags that go into them).

Players can craft using materials currently stored in the bank, from anywhere in the world, without needing to retrieve the items first.

Unlike a real bank, you cannot store currency within the bank, only items.

Reagent Bank[]

Main article: Reagent Bank

The Reagent Bank is a 98-slot bank tab which stores only crafting reagents. The Reagent Bank can be unlocked for 100g. The Reagent Bank is designed to be a convenient and generous way of storing reagents.

Bank alts[]

A bank alt (or bank mule) is a character that is usually level 1 and sits in a trade city near the bank and the Auction House. This character's primary use is for:

  1. Extra bank space
  2. Auctioning items
  3. Managing numerous amounts of resources

Where can I find bank branches?[]

Main article: List of bank locations

All of the Alliance and Horde capital cities have bank branches:

Horde bank branches[]

Alliance bank branches[]

Neutral bank branches[]

Some neutral cities and towns have them as well:

† - for Northrend Dalaran only.

Portable banks[]

Portable banks can be carried with players as items or abilities, giving access to the bank anywhere in the game. They reduce a player's need to travel to a bank, but, due to their long cooldowns (often an hour or more), they do not completely remove it.

Known portable banks:

Other uses of the term bank[]

Patch changes[]


  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
    • A Reagent Bank tab has been added to the Bank providing storage for raw materials.
    • Characters can now craft using the materials stored in both their Reagent Bank and Bank from anywhere.
    • Characters can visit the bank to unlock the new Reagent Bank tab providing additional storage space for profession materials.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): Players can now use items that are in the bank or Void Storage for transmogrification.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07): Players must now bind a bind-on-equip bag to put in into a purchased bank bag slot.


  • WoW Icon update Hotfix (2020-06-04): Players who are interacting with their mailbox or bank can no longer be interrupted by trade requests.