Wowpedia
Advertisement
Core races
Allied races

New players have access to core races, where allied races need to be unlocked to get them.

Core races[1] are a type of playable race in World of Warcraft. These races speak a number of languages, have different racial traits, and can pursue different classes.

Playable races in World of Warcraft belong to one of the game's two main factions: the Alliance or the Horde. The playable pandaren and the yet to be released dracthyr are the only exception being able to join either faction. For playable characters, choice of race is therefore restricted by faction.

Allied races are another type of playable race that need to be unlocked before being able to play them.

List of core races

Alliance core races.

Horde core races.

Alliance Alliance
Horde Horde
Both 32.png Both

Classes

Class
Druid
Druid
Hunter
Hunter
Mage
Mage
Paladin
Paladin
Priest
Priest
Rogue
Rogue
Shaman
Shaman
Warlock
Warlock
Warrior
Warrior
Death knight
Death knight
Monk
Monk
Demon hunter
Demon hunter
Evoker
Evoker
Alliance Alliance DraeneiDraenei Draenei Bc icon.gif Bc icon.gif Bc icon.gif Bc icon.gif Dragonflight Bc icon.gif Bc icon.gif Wrath of the Lich King Mists of Pandaria
DwarfDwarf Dwarf WoW Icon update.png Cataclysm WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png Cataclysm Cataclysm WoW Icon update.png Wrath of the Lich King Mists of Pandaria
GnomeGnome Gnome Legion WoW Icon update.png Cataclysm WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png Wrath of the Lich King Mists of Pandaria
HumanHuman Human Cataclysm WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png Wrath of the Lich King Mists of Pandaria
Night elfNight elf Night elf WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png Cataclysm WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png X Wrath of the Lich King Mists of Pandaria Legion
WorgenWorgen Worgen Cataclysm Cataclysm Cataclysm Cataclysm Cataclysm Cataclysm Cataclysm Cataclysm
Neutral Neutral PandarenPandaren Pandaren Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria Shadowlands Mists of Pandaria
DracthyrDracthyr Dracthyr Dragonflight
Horde Horde Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf Bc icon.gif Bc icon.gif Bc icon.gif Bc icon.gif Bc icon.gif Bc icon.gif Cataclysm Wrath of the Lich King Mists of Pandaria Legion
GoblinGoblin Goblin Cataclysm Cataclysm Cataclysm Cataclysm Cataclysm Cataclysm Cataclysm Cataclysm
OrcOrc Orc WoW Icon update.png Cataclysm Dragonflight WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png Wrath of the Lich King Mists of Pandaria
TaurenTauren Tauren WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png Dragonflight Cataclysm Cataclysm Dragonflight WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png Wrath of the Lich King Mists of Pandaria
TrollTroll Troll Cataclysm WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png Cataclysm WoW Icon update.png Wrath of the Lich King Mists of Pandaria
UndeadUndead Undead Cataclysm WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png WoW Icon update.png Wrath of the Lich King Mists of Pandaria

A blood elf vs. a dwarf.

Base stats vary depending on the class. The race's stat modifiers are applied on top of the class' base stats:

Attribute Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Druid Hunter Warlock Shaman Paladin Death Knight Monk Demon Hunter
Strength 10 14 11 8 7 10 6 7 14 ?? 7 ??
Agility 12 8 10 10 8 8 12 15 5 ?? 11 ??
Intellect 16 8 8 16 16 10 20 20 7 ?? 16 ??
Stamina 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 ?? 11 ??
  • † Original death knight bonus stats represent a level 55 character.
  • ‡ Demon hunter bonus stats represent a level 98 character.

Expansion races

World of Warcraft's first expansion, The Burning Crusade, brought Blood Elves for the Horde, and Draenei for the Alliance into the game as playable races. The third expansion, Cataclysm, introduced Worgen for the Alliance and Goblins for the Horde. It also added a number of new race/class combinations. The fourth expansion, Mists of Pandaria, introduced Pandaren as the game's first Neutral race. Pandaren characters would choose between the Alliance and Horde after completing their starting zone at level 10.

Removal of expansion requirement

In August 2012, Blizzard Entertainment announced that patch 5.0.4 would remove the expansion requirement on all previous races requiring one. This gave all players, regardless of what version of World of Warcraft they had, the ability to create characters of all races except the then-new pandaren, which would still require the Mists of Pandaria expansion (Patch 6.0.2 subsequently removed this requirement).

Currently, the only race that requires an expansion pack is the dracthyr, which was introduced in (and requires) the Dragonflight expansion.

Notes

Gallery

Fan art

Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added Pandaren core race.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added Worgen and Goblin core races.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Added Draenei and Blood elf core races.

See also

References

Advertisement