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WoW Classic Hardcore
World of Warcraft: Classic Hardcore
Developer(s) Blizzard Entertainment
  Portion of Team 2
Publisher(s) Blizzard Entertainment
Platforms Microsoft Windows, macOS
  • WW: August 24/25, 2023
Latest release 1.14.4
Genre(s) Season
Season chronology

Season of Mastery

World of Warcraft: Classic Hardcore is the first-ever launch of hardcore realms for World of Warcraft: Classic. It was released on 24 August 2023.[1]


Classic Hardcore key art

Key art by Caio Monteiro.

Death is permanent. Can't run to the corpse to respawn or have a friend or player resurrect you. However, characters that have died can still be logged into for communication and deal with certain matters such as handing over the guild leader title to another member of a guild.

However, dead characters can be moved to a non-Hardcore Classic Era realm by using a free Character Move service.

There are some other changes:[2]

  • PvP is not the focus of the Hardcore game mode.
    • Players will no longer be automatically flagged for PvP upon attacking another player. Additionally, attacking a flagged enemy player won't be possible unless you flag yourself for PvP. However, attacking an enemy NPC from the other faction will still flag the player as PvP.
    • Battlegrounds are completely disabled, including battlemasters. War Games are still possible but there are no honor rewards and death is still permanent.
    • Quests that flag the player for PvP, such as A [31] The Attack! and A [38] The Missing Diplomat, will no longer do so.
    • Most escort quests will no longer allow the NPC be attacked from the opposing faction.
  • Quests that require the death of a player will be designed differently without requiring the player to die or be dead to complete them.
  • Most creatures will leash and reset when leaving the area or zone they were engaged in. E.g. Teremus the Devourer is no longer possible to be kited to Stormwind.
  • All dungeons have at least a 24-hour lockout timer for players below level 60 and it is no longer possible for level 60 players to do low-level dungeons with players below level 60.
  • The group experience restrictions from Season of Mastery is also applied. This prevents power leveling.
  • The 32 buff and 16 debuff limits are removed.
  • Paladins cannot use their Inv misc rune 01 [Hearthstone] while under the effects of Spell holy sealofprotection [Blessing of Protection], Spell holy divineprotection [Divine Protection], or Spell holy divineshield [Divine Shield], preventing the Bubble Hearth trick.
  • Shaman's Spell shaman improvedreincarnation [Reincarnation] is removed.
  • Duel to the Death feature.
  • No phases, everything from the Molten Core to Naxxramas is available at the start.
  • Players in a guild will be notified in the chat ([<Player>] has died at level <player level> while in <zone>.) and at the center of a screen (<Player> has died!) when a fellow guild member has died.