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Recruit A Friend UI Dragonflight

Recruit A Friend UI as of patch 10.0.7.

The Recruit A Friend, often referred to as RaF, program is a referral system, through which players can recruit friends or family members into World of Warcraft. A player can generate a link (that can only recruit 4 friends every 30 days) that can be sent to a player they want to recruit and the recruitee can choose an already existing account that hadn't had a subscription for a year or create a new free trial account which would be linked to the recruiter. Players can also recruit themselves by linking a new free trial account on the same account. Each recruit can provide 12 months toward the rewards.

With patch 7.3.5, the XP boost was reduced from 200% to 50% and heirlooms no longer stacked with the boost.[1] The Recruit-A-Friend program was closed on 11 June 2019[2] until patch 8.2.5 with a redesigned system and new Explorers' League-themed rewards. On 12 December 2022, accounts can be recruited after having no game time for a year instead of two.[3] Patch 10.0.7 once again introduced new rewards but kept the Explorers' League-themed rewards available for "Legacy recruits".[4]


Recruiter Rewards[]

Patch 10.0

Goblin-themed rewards

Patch 10.0.7 introduced goblin-themed rewards. New recruits since the patch will count toward the rewards below.

X Months Reward
1 Inv goblinsapperpet [Volatile Self-Driving Toolbox]
2 Inv hand 1h goblinshredder d 01 [Shredderizing Glove]
3 Inv cape special goblinsapper d 01 [Sappy Buddy]
4 Wow token02 [Game Time]
5 Inv helm armor weldingmask d 01 [S.C.A.N.N.E.R. Mk3]
6 Inv goblinshredderrocketmount [Rocket Shredder 9001]
Every three months
(9, 12, etc.)
Wow token02 [Game Time]

Legacy Rewards[]

Explorers' League Recruit A Friend rewards

Explorers' League-themed rewards.

Those that were recruited prior to the release of patch 10.0.7 are considered "Legacy recruits" and will only provide criteria toward the Explorers' League-themed rewards. Any new recruits will count toward the Recruiter rewards above.

X Months Reward
1 Inv marmosetpet [Rikki's Pith Helmet]
2 Wow token02 [Game Time]
3 Inv camelmount2 [Reins of the Explorer's Dunetrekker]
4 Title: Renowned Explorer
5 Wow token02 [Game Time]
6 Inv misc enchantedscroll [Illusion: Stinging Sands]
7 Inv tabard armor explorer d 01 [Renowned Explorer's Tabard]
8 Wow token02 [Game Time]
9 Inv explorergyrocopter [Keys to the Explorer's Jungle Hopper]
10 Inv cape armor explorer d 01 backpack [Renowned Explorer's Rucksack]
11 Wow token02 [Game Time]
12 Inv chest armor explorer d 01 [Ensemble: Renowned Explorer's Attire]
Every three months
(15, 18, etc.)
Wow token02 [Game Time]

Original system[]

The original system, referred to as Recruit-A-Friend, closed on 11 June 2019[2] before the revamp that was introduced with patch 8.2.5.

When a player chooses to recruit someone, the recruit is emailed an activation link for a free trial account. Accounts created through this referral system become "linked" with the recruiter's account. If the trial account is upgraded to a paid subscription, both the recruiter and the recruit gain benefits when they play World of Warcraft together.

How to recruit a friend[]


Friends List

Log into a character in-game. Open the "Social" tab. Click the "Recruit A Friend" button ( Raf-icon ). Enter your friend's email address, and a custom message if desired. Now, your friend must open the email sent by Blizzard, and follow the link to create an account. Once the account is created, they need to verify it with Blizzard, through a follow-up email. Then they can follow the link in the invitation email again, and they will be prompted to choose which account to RAF link. Typically, this is WoW1. After this point, the accounts should be linked.

Original benefits[]

Benefits for the original system lasted for 90 days after the recruitment.

  • Both the recruit and the recruiter can summon each other while partied. This "Summon Friend" ability has a 30-minute cooldown. The summoned character must be level 89 or below and on the same realm as the summoner.
  • Both the recruit and the recruiter gain triple experience points (up to level 90) while partied and within 100 yards of each other. Unlike rested EXP, this applies to experience from quests and kills.
    • This does not stack with rested XP, however killing mobs and farming nodes does not consume rested XP, either.
    • This does stack with the 5-10% XP bonus from heirloom items, and said items can be shared between WoW accounts if they're tied to the same account.
    • If both characters are not within 4 levels of each other, only the lower-level character will gain extra experience.
    • If a mob or quest is trivial (grey) to either character, neither will receive triple experience.
  • Recruit characters gain one "grantable" level for every two levels earned (up to 44 levels per character). Recruit characters may then grant these levels to the veteran's lower-level characters. When the characters are grouped, the recruit may target and right-click on the veteran character's nameplate and an option "Grant a Level" should appear in the context menu.
    • The character receiving the levels must be lower than the granter's level, and below level 90. In other words, a level 65 recruit can grant levels to get the veteran up to level 65, but no higher. A level 92 recruit can grant levels to get the veteran up to level 90.
    • The character receiving the levels may decline the grant when prompted and then nothing happens.
    • Any levels not already granted when the account link is broken are lost. However, unlike the early version of RaF, the recruit does not lose the ability to grant levels simply because he/she has reached level 90. Those levels can still be granted any time during the 90-day period.
    • The level grants grant a complete level. The XP bar remains the same in the new level, so a good strategy is to gain experience on the veteran character until they are at 99%. The character will then be 99% of the way to whatever level he reaches after the granted levels. Eg: A level 2 who is 99% of the way to level 3 will then be 99% of the way to level 91 when granted 88 levels.
    • Recruits can grant levels to any character on the veteran's account, and one veteran may accept granted levels from multiple recruits. The veteran can start a level 1 character and receive free levels from multiple recruits up to the RaF cap, as seen here.
    • Levels are granted one at a time, and may be distributed among veteran characters; the recruit may grant 26 levels to Veteran Character A and 18 levels to Veteran Character B, or any combination desired.
    • The 44 grantable level limit applies to each character on the recruited account. If the recruit levels multiple characters to 90, each character can grant 44 levels, to the same player or different players (within the above limits, of course).
    • Granted levels are earned regardless of whether the recruit and veteran were adventuring together when the levels were earned.
  • The 90 days starts from the day the R-A-F invitation is accepted, not when the account is upgraded, so be certain when the link ends. This can be done from the recruitment status page under Account Management.

Time-independent rewards[]

Recruit-A-Friend rewards

The rewards that were available as of patch 6.2.0.

Related Blizzard posts[]

Recruit A Friend Program Offers New Rewards | 2013-11-12 19:00 | Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment

The Recruit A Friend program is back and better than ever! Now you can choose from 8 different mount and pet rewards—including the brand-new Emerald Hippogryph—and enjoy leveling benefits all the way to level 85.

The upgraded Recruit A Friend allows you to email friends and family members Starter Edition activation keys for World of Warcraft from directly within the game. To get started, simply open up your in-game Friends List and click the new Recruit A Friend button.

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Refer-A-Friend Rocket Mount Update | 2010-04-26 13:18 | Blizzard Entertainment Zarhym

Time is running out for those who wish to claim their Zhevra, as the launch of the X-53 Touring Rocket is now scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, April 27! If you’ve fulfilled all of the Recruit-A-Friend requirements necessary to claim a mount now but choose not to claim the Zhevra, you will be able to claim the X-53 Touring Rocket instead once it launches. Sounds like they’re firing it up for a final test run now....

You can find the original announcement here:

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New Recruit-A-Friend Mount Coming Soon | 2010-04-06 09:00 | Blizzard Entertainment Bashiok

Beginning in just a few days, players who participate in the Recruit-A-Friend program will receive a whole new reward for showing a friend the ropes in Azeroth: the X-53 Touring Rocket, a two-seater flying mount that automatically increases its speed as your mount skill improves (up to 310% speed if you already have a 310% mount). The X-53 will be replacing the current Zhevra mount reward, which is retiring from the Recruit-A-Friend business after a good run. If you've already claimed a Zhevra (or claim one prior to the change), you’ll be able to hang on to it, of course. We’ll have more details on the new Recruit-A-Friend mount once it becomes available.

Current Recruit-A-Friend FAQ -

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Original news announcement[]

Earn an Exclusive Zhevra Mount with the New Recruit-a-Friend! | 2008-08-05 00:00 | Blizzard Entertainment Frost

With the new Recruit-A-Friend program, you can earn an exclusive Zhevra mount, receive a FREE month of game time, and gain access to other exciting in-game benefits. From the moment your friend creates a character and starts playing, you'll both earn triple the experience when grouped together and have the ability to summon one another from anywhere in the world. Also, for every two levels of experience your friend earns, they can grant one level of experience to one of your lower-level characters.

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  • Originally used to last only until level 60. However, with the release of Mists of Pandaria, this was changed to 85 (with grantable level maximum increased from 30 to 42) and again changed to 90 with Warlords of Draenor (with grantable level maximum increased from 42 to 44). This would continue to increase with each new expansion release, being changed to the previous expansion's level cap, e.g. Legion increased it to the Warlords of Draenor level cap of 100.


See also[]


  1. ^ Changes to Recruit-A-Friend – Now Live. Blizzard Entertainment (2018-01-22). Retrieved on 2018-01-22.
  2. ^ a b Recruit-A-Friend Is Going on Hiatus. Blizzard Entertainment (2019-05-10). Retrieved on 2019-05-13.
  3. ^ Recruit A Friend Has Been Updated. Blizzard Entertainment (2022-12-12).
  4. ^ Recruit A Friend: Fetch Your Friends for Fresh Rewards. Blizzard Entertainment (2023-03-23).

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