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This article lists the races that are able to become hunters, along with the lore behind each.

Those of the hunter class are in-touch with nature and spend much time in the wild, often possessing many of same skills and survival know-how of hunters-by-profession, and the one lends to the other well.

Alliance Alliance[]

Human sniper TCG

"Human hunters pack military discipline in their quivers."


See also: Human (playable)#Racial traits

Presumably during the reign of Arathor, it was believed that human tribesmen had to hunt to support themselves. After all, humans have long had domesticated beasts and archers. It was only a matter of time before they combined and evolved into proper hunters. During the First War, the archers of Stormwind used their skill in the crossbow to deal death from a distance. They were slightly more maneuverable than Footmen, but the cost is the lighter armor they must wear. The ability to launch their deadly rain of missiles from a distance makes them a force not to be discounted.[1] Sometime during the Second War, Nathanos Marris became the first ever human ranger lord.[2] Human hunters premiered prominently in Wrath of the Lich King in Amberpine Lodge acting as woodsmen and Trappers.

The humans of Kul Tiras also have hunters among their ranks. In the dark forests of Drustvar, House Waycrest has a long tradition of using falconry to train birds of prey.[3] Two inquisitors of the Order of Embers are hunters, Notley and Yorrick. On the mainland, hunting appears to be common amongst both the nobility and common folk of Boralus. Lord Aldrius Norwington invites all hunters to participate in hunting and equestrian competitions at the Norwington Estate. The Roughnecks are fierce mountaineers that tame gryphons and sell them to be used by the people of Kul Tiras. Finally, the Outriggers are skilled hunters who specialize in taking down the largest and deadliest of beasts that threaten Boralus.

Chaigon Steelsight TCG

Chaigon Steelsight, a dwarf hunter, and his warp stalker.


See also: Dwarf (playable)#Racial traits

As descendants of the Earthen, Dwarves have a special connection to the land. Commonly dwarven hunters are called mountaineers seen guarding their homeland of Khaz Modan. Many dwarf hunters also hunt to find titan artifacts and discover more about their ancient past. Dwarf hunters are also commonly seen armed with barrel guns. Brave dwarven Riflemen have faithfully protected their mountain kingdom of Khaz Modan for hundreds of years. Using the legendary single-shot Blunderbuss Long Rifles, riflemen are excellent marksmen and can shoot both land-based and airborne opponents.[4] Brann Bronzebeard, leader of the Explorer's League is a notable dwarven hunter.

The Dark Iron dwarves also have hunters among their ranks, typically with hunting dogs known as Bloodhounds. Houndmaster Grebmar is one such hunter.

Tracker Gallen TCG

Tracker Gallen, a night elf hunter.

Night elf[]

See also: Night elf (playable)#Racial traits

The night elves are natural experts at stealth and cunning and so they can very easily stalk and hunt their prey. Night elves are also very adept with the bow with many female members of the race becoming archers who ride atop hippogryph and nightsaber companions. The first rank of the Sentinel army is comprised of Archers. These brave warrior women are expert marksmen and use the concealing forests of Kalimdor to their advantage. Their lightning-quick ambushes are legendary - for few warriors can match the speed and cunning of the proud Archers.[5]

Elder Zeez TCG

Elder Zeez, a draenei hunter, and his wind serpent.


See also: Draenei (playable)#Racial traits

The draenei once hunted the beasts native to Draenor, now called Outland. Living in exile on Azeroth, they are discovering a new environment once again, filled with unfamiliar beasts and plants, slowly learning to become masters of the wild once more.

Draenei hunters would often hunt the mighty talbuks as a show of skill. As a hunter, you carry on this tradition in the new world of Azeroth.[6]

Huntsman Gorwal TCG

Huntsman Gorwal, a worgen hunter, and his mastiff.


See also: Worgen (playable)#Racial traits

Worgen hunters likely have a similar past to humans as hunters, alongside their mastiff companions they would also hunt in their kingdom of Gilneas. After becoming worgen, it would make sense for them to gain an even greater aptitude for the wilds.

Commander Hsieh

Commander Hsieh, a marksmanship hunter, protecting her home Binan Village against the Yaungol Invaders.


See also: Pandaren (playable)#Racial traits

The pandaren of the Wandering Isle became skilled hunters during their long isolation from their home continent of Pandaria. They became proficient at hunting beasts living on the island, for resources and food as well as learning to make traps in which to capture them with. Due to them living on Shen-zin Su, some have chosen to befriend the dragon turtles out of respect. Some pandaren chose to join the Alliance in their quest to explore and aid the Alliance in return for saving their island. These pandaren follow the Tushui philosophy.


See also: Gnome (playable)#Racial traits

Long at the forefront of cutting-edge technology in Azeroth, the inventive gnomes are finally ready to break out the big guns. Their propensity for things that go "bang" and knack for high-tech weapons like rocket launchers, high-powered rifles, and death rays make them perfect candidates for hunting down prey.

And with the events about to unfold on the Broken Shore, High Tinker Mekkatorque has commanded his people to get outfitted and ready for battle—any way they know how.[7]

Horde Horde[]

Rogg Dreadnock Full

Rogg Dreadnock, an orc hunter, and his serpent.


See also: Orc (playable)#Racial traits

Many Orcs were hunters back on Draenor. During the First War, Grunts were trained in the use of the spear. They are faster than their ax wielding brethren, but have lighter armor so that they may move about more freely. The ability to hurl their deadly missiles across a battlefield makes them a formidable unit to employ.[8] The basic spearmen evolved into wyvern riding Wind Riders who throw poisoned spears. Even the basic peon was able to hunker down in a Burrow and throw spears with accuracy during the Third War.[9]

Several clans on the alternate Draenor have also been observed being hunters. The Frostwolf Orcs typically tame, ride, and fight alongside frost wolves. The Warsong clan's raiders tame the brown wolves of Nagrand. Meanwhile, the majority of the Thunderlord Clan seem to be hunters. Their fiercest warriors can tame and ride clefthooves.[10] Their chieftain, the Iron Wolf, had a pet rylak named Chilltongue.[11] Some powerful Thunderlords, such as Hatock the Gronnmaster, were even able to find ways to break semi-intelligent giants to their will, such as gronn and gronnlings.[12]

Taz'dingo TCG

Taz'dingo, a troll hunter, and his raptor pet.

Jungle troll[]

See also: Troll (playable)#Racial traits

On the Darkspear Isles, the savage troll headhunters would stalk their prey in the dark of their forests armed with large spears. These cunning warriors are trained from birth to hunt, track and trap the most dangerous beasts in the wild. Shadow Hunters also exist in Darkspear culture, combining their hunting prowess with the dark voodoo magics of the loa. Vol'jin, for example, is a shadow hunter.

In times of war, however, Troll Headhunters turn their mighty spears upon the enemies of the Horde without hesitation. Capable of hurling their deadly spears at distant enemies, Troll Headhunters provide invaluable cover fire for the other warriors of the Horde.[13]

Kassandra Flameheart

Kassandra Flameheart, blood elf hunter, and her dragonhawk

Blood elf[]

See also: Blood elf (playable)#Racial traits

Still having the wonderous agility and affinity for nature that their night elf predecessors had, the blood elves continue to hunt the Scourge in their homeland of Quel'Thalas. A blood elf hunter is essentially a Farstrider having passed the techniques down for generations. The elven rangers are some of the most sophisticated archers in the world. While most of the blood elves prefer to be Blood Knights, many still choose the old ways of a Farstrider. Halduron Brightwing is a blood elven hunter.

Elder Huntsman Swiftshot TCG

Elder Huntsman Swiftshot, a tauren hunter.


See also: Tauren (playable)#Racial traits

Tauren are natural hunters, having hunted in the great plains of Mulgore and The Barrens for generations. The tauren venerate the Hunt as a passing rite for young tauren into adulthood. Their belief in the Earth Mother also makes tauren hold great respect for nature and all of its creatures.

Nikka Blastbor TCG

Nikka Blastbor, a goblin hunter.


See also: Goblin (playable)#Racial traits

Liza and Warpy, a goblin hunter and her pet were seen as early as The Burning Crusade.

This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

It is possible that the exotic yet harsh wilderness on the Lost Isles inspired the goblins to become hunters. They can also use their technological prowess to construct advanced firearms and explosive ammunition.

Landon Dunavin TCG

Landon Dunavin, a Forsaken hunter.


See also: Undead (playable)#Racial traits

As the forsaken were once humans, any proficiency they had in hunting most likely followed them in undeath. The Forsaken's Banshee Queen, Sylvanas Windrunner, was a hunter/ranger during her lifetime and after being raised into undeath by Arthas Menethil found herself out of touch with the wilds, which was replaced by necromancy, making her a dark ranger which would later be taken up by others in the Forsaken. Dark Rangers grew in numbers during the War against the Lich King and likely have instructed new forsaken trainees to expand their ranks after the Cataclysm.

Nathanos Blightcaller has recently been training a new generation of Forsaken rangers comprising of undead humans, making the undead racial composition of the order more diverse. These Forsaken hunters appear to favor the woodsman axe and the crossbow in contrast to the bow and arrow typically employed by their undead high elf counterparts. Like Nathanos, they sport a leather-looking outfit and optionally a hood and face mask.[14]

Zouchin Archer

Zouchin Archer,defending Zouchin Village against Zandalari invaders.


See also: Pandaren (playable)#Racial traits

The pandaren of the Wandering Isle became skilled hunters during their long isolation from their home continent of Pandaria. They learned how to be proficient at hunting beasts living on the island, for resources and food, as well as the creation of traps in which to capture them. Due to living on a massive turtle, many have chosen to befriend the dragon turtles as companions out of respect. Some pandaren chose to join the Horde in their quest to explore and aid the Horde in return for saving their island. These pandaren follow the Huojin philosophy.

Beastlord L'kala

Beastlord L'kala, leader of the Warbeast Kraal.

Zandalari trolls[]

The hunters of the Zandalari trolls are known as Predators, and the Zandalari Beast Ward is dedicated to raising powerful beasts in times of war.[15] The Zandalari seem to primarily focus on raising dinosaurs as their companions, such as ravasaurs and direhorns. While Zandalari prefer to respect their animal companions, in times of desperation, they can forcibly control them with magic fetishes and blood rituals.[16]


While they no longer possess the same, deep connection with nature as their night elf ancestors did, the shal'dorei are still capable hunters. They are typically seen keeping the manasabers and owls of Suramar as pets. Several of their hunters joined the Felborne, such as the Felborne Trappers and Nighthuntress Lexera, and used fel-corrupted wildlife to serve the Burning Legion.[17] Nighthuntress Syrenne joined the Unseen Path to oppose the Legion.

Female nightborne hunters are often referred to as nighthuntresses.

Starting attributes[]

Strength Agility Stamina Intellect Spirit Armor Health Starting Pet
Alliance Alliance DraeneiDraenei Draenei Bc icon 21 20 21 20 23 40 56 IconSmall Moth Moth
DwarfDwarf Dwarf WoW Icon update 25 19 22 19 20 38 66 IconSmall Bear Bear
GnomeGnome Gnome Legion N/A IconSmall RabbitMech Mechanical
HumanHuman Human Cataclysm 20 23 21 20 21 N/A 56 IconSmall Wolf Wolf
Night elfNight elf Night elf WoW Icon update 16 27 21 20 21 54 56 IconSmall Wintersaber Cat
WorgenWorgen Worgen Cataclysm 23 25 21 16 20 N/A 56 IconSmall Mastiff Hound
Void elfVoid elf Void elf Legion N/A IconSmall WarpStalker Warp stalker
Lightforged draeneiLightforged draenei Lightforged Legion N/A IconSmall Talbuk3 Stag
Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron Battle for Azeroth N/A IconSmall Darkhound Hound
Kul TiranKul Tiran Kul Tiran Battle for Azeroth N/A IconSmall Hawk2 Bird of prey
MechagnomeMechagnome Mechagnome Battle for Azeroth N/A IconSmall WolfMech Mechanical
Neutral Neutral PandarenPandaren Pandaren Mists of Pandaria 20 21 22 19 23 37 123 IconSmall DragonTurtle Turtle
Horde Horde Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf Bc icon 17 25 21 23 19 50 56 IconSmall Dragonhawk Dragonhawk
GoblinGoblin Goblin Cataclysm 17 25 21 23 19 49 56 IconSmall Crab Crab
OrcOrc Orc WoW Icon update 23 20 22 17 23 40 66 IconSmall Boar Boar
TaurenTauren Tauren WoW Icon update 25 19 22 16 23 38 67 IconSmall Tallstrider Tallstrider
TrollTroll Troll WoW Icon update 21 25 21 16 22 50 56 IconSmall Raptor Raptor
UndeadUndead Undead Cataclysm 19 21 22 18 26 N/A 66 IconSmall Spider Spider
NightborneNightborne Nightborne Legion N/A IconSmall ManaSaber Cat
Highmountain taurenHighmountain tauren Highmountain Legion N/A IconSmall Eagle Bird of prey
Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har Battle for Azeroth N/A IconSmall Garn Wolf
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari Battle for Azeroth N/A IconSmall Direhorn Direhorn
VulperaVulpera Vulpera Battle for Azeroth N/A IconSmall Kobra Snake

In the RPG[]

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Many orcs find the path of the hunt appealing due to their increasing closeness with the wilds, they have a particular affinity for wolves whom they treat as hunting partners.[18]


The mighty sons and daughters of Nath are natural hunters, having spent long years in the wilderness. They have a natural rapport with wild animals and even those who are not hunters often enter battle with loyal, trained companions at their sides. They seek to discover the essence of combat through observing and mimicking wild beasts. Most half-ogre also become melee hunters; those who don't use massive composite longbows - something to which they can apply their great strength. The iconic half-ogre hunter emerges from the woods or desert on the eve of battle, silently taking their place next to their allies in the Horde. A great bear, lion or wolf remains by their side, looking docile enough, but growling when others get close. The hunter hefts their axes and looks to the horizon. They breathe deep, savoring the smell of the land and preparing themselves for the conflict to come.[19]

Forest troll[]

Forest trolls on Lordaeron were hunters. They taught the orcs to hunt.[20]