Core races
Allied races

Racial traits, commonly referred to as racials, are special abilities or powers granted to a player character based on race. These traits come in both active and passive forms. Each race has at least 3 traits (several passive and at least one active trait per race) known by all characters of that race at the time of creation.

Racials represent the main gameplay difference between races, and aside from faction choice, the main non-cosmetic basis to choose between races.


Racial Abilities
Alliance Alliance DraeneiDraenei Draenei [Gift of the Naaru] [Heroic Presence] [Gemcutting] [Shadow Resistance]
DwarfDwarf Dwarf [Explorer] [Frost Resistance] [Might of the Mountain] [Stoneform]
GnomeGnome Gnome [Arcane Resistance] [Engineering Specialization] [Escape Artist] [Expansive Mind] [Nimble Fingers]
HumanHuman Human [Every Man for Himself] [Diplomacy] [The Human Spirit]
Night elfNight elf Night elf [Elusiveness] [Nature Resistance] [Quickness] [Shadowmeld] [Touch of Elune] [Wisp Spirit]
WorgenWorgen Worgen [Darkflight] [Viciousness] [Aberration] [Two Forms] [Running Wild] [Flayer]
Void elfVoid elf Void elf [Chill of Night] [Entropic Embrace] [Ethereal Connection] [Preternatural Calm] [Spatial Rift]
Lightforged draeneiLightforged draenei Lightforged [Light's Judgment] [Forge of Light] [Demonbane] [Light's Reckoning] [Holy Resistance]
Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron [Dungeon Delver] [Fireblood] [Forged in Flames] [Mass Production] [Mole Machine]
Kul TiranKul Tiran Kul Tiran [Brush It Off] [Child of the Sea] [Haymaker] [Jack of All Trades] [Rime of the Ancient Mariner]
MechagnomeMechagnome Mechagnome [Combat Analysis] [Mastercraft] [Emergency Failsafe] [Skeleton Pinkie] [Hyper Organic Light Originator]
Neutral Neutral PandarenPandaren Pandaren [Epicurean] [Gourmand] [Inner Peace] [Bouncy] [Quaking Palm]
Horde Horde Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf [Arcane Affinity] [Arcane Acuity] [Arcane Resistance] [Arcane Torrent]
GoblinGoblin Goblin [Rocket Jump] [Rocket Barrage] [Time is Money] [Best Deals Anywhere] [Better Living Through Chemistry] [Pack Hobgoblin]
OrcOrc Orc [Blood Fury] [Command] [Hardiness]
TaurenTauren Tauren [Brawn] [Cultivation] [Endurance] [Nature Resistance] [War Stomp]
TrollTroll Troll [Beast Slaying] [Berserking] [Da Voodoo Shuffle] [Regeneration]
UndeadUndead Undead [Will of the Forsaken] [Cannibalize] [Touch of the Grave] [Shadow Resistance]
NightborneNightborne Nightborne [Ancient History] [Arcane Affinity] [Cantrips] [Arcane Pulse] [Magical Resistance]
Highmountain taurenHighmountain tauren Highmountain [Bull Rush] [Pride of Ironhorn] [Mountaineer] [Rugged Tenacity] [Waste Not, Want Not]
Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har [Ancestral Call] [Open Skies] [Savage Blood] [Sympathetic Vigor]
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari [City of Gold] [Embrace of the Loa] [Pterrordax Swoop] [Regeneratin']
VulperaVulpera Vulpera [Make Camp] [Return to Camp] [Fire Resistance] [Alpaca Saddlebags] [Bag of Tricks] [Rummage Your Bag] [Nose For Trouble]

Removed racial traits

Only available in test versions of the game:


  1. ^ Josh Horst & Ryan O'Donnell 2003-12-15. GameSpy: World of Warcraft Gen Con 2003 preview. GameSpy. Archived from the original on 2015-09-07.