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Lots of races, all in one! (This abomination certainly does not exist. Thank Elune!)

The Warcraft universe is inhabited by many races of sentient and sapient beings. These races speak many different languages, have different homelands and racial traits, and can pursue different classes.

Though most races are native to the world of Azeroth, some have arrived from other worlds, such as Draenor. The armies of the Burning Legion are culled from many worlds throughout the Twisting Nether.

Currently, each playable race in World of Warcraft belong to one of the game's two main factions: the Alliance or the Horde. The playable pandaren are the only exception, starting the game as neutral before later joining one of the two factions. For playable characters, choice of race is therefore restricted by faction.

In Warcraft lore, race often has the same definition as species.[1] Occasionally, within a race/species are groups called subspecies/subraces[2][3][4] Note that use of race may not always denote seperate species however (and may refer to ethnicities/subraces/subspecies within species)[citation needed].

Playable races and classes

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Base Stats
Faction Race Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Druid Hunter Warlock Shaman Paladin Death knight Monk Str Agi Sta Int Spi
 Alliance 

Alliance Crest

HumanHuman Human WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WotLK MoP 20 20 20 20 20
DwarfDwarf Dwarf WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif WoW Icon 16x16.png Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif WoW Icon 16x16.png WotLK MoP 22 16 23 19 19
Night elfNight elf Night elf WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WotLK MoP 17 25 19 20 20
GnomeGnome Gnome Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WotLK MoP 15 23 19 23 20
DraeneiDraenei Draenei TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC TBC WotLK MoP 21 17 19 21 22
WorgenWorgen Worgen Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif 23 22 20 16 19
Neutral Neutral PandarenPandaren Pandaren MoP MoP MoP MoP MoP MoP MoP 20 18 21 19 22
Horde

Horde Crest

OrcOrc Orc WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WotLK MoP 23 17 22 17 23
UndeadUndead Undead WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif WoW Icon 16x16.png WotLK MoP 19 18 21 18 25
TaurenTauren Tauren Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif WotLK MoP 25 15 22 15 22
TrollTroll Troll WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png WoW Icon 16x16.png Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif WoW Icon 16x16.png Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif WoW Icon 16x16.png WotLK MoP 21 22 21 16 21
Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf TBC TBC Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif TBC TBC TBC TBC WotLK MoP 17 22 18 24 19
GoblinGoblin Goblin Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif Icon Cataclysm 18x18.gif 17 22 20 23 18

The Horde currently has 58 possible race/class combinations, and the Alliance has 57.

Base stats do not include the bonus scores from classes. The class bonuses are:

Attribute Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Druid Hunter Warlock Shaman Paladin Death Knight* Monk
Strength +1 +3 +1 +1 +2 +88 +1
Agility +3 +3 +53 +1
Stamina +1 +2 +1 +1 +1 +2 +79 +1
Intellect +2 +3 +2 +2 +1 +9 +2
Spirit +3 +2 +2 +1 +2 +2 +1 +22

*Death knight bonus stats represent a level 55 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 informed that patch 5.0.4 would remove the expansion requirement on all races so far requiring one. This gives all players, regardless of what version of World of Warcraft they have, the ability to create characters of all races.

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All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4 | 2012-08-16 10:00 | Blizzard Entertainment
With the release of patch 5.0.4, we’re making all the races of Azeroth playable by anyone, no matter which version or expansion of World of Warcraft they own. This includes the enigmatic pandaren, who will become available for play when Mists of Pandaria is released on Tuesday, September 25. We want the entire World of Warcraft community to be able to embrace their inner goblin, blood elf, worgen, draenei, or pandaren from the moment they step foot into the world of Azeroth.

Now, the only hard part will be choosing a name. Who will you be next?

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Posts by Zarhym, on a player-created thread regarding this announcement, later clarified some details:

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All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4 | 2012-08-16 11:00 | Zarhym
(Thread created by Pandorä, 8/16/2012 10:52 AM PDT)
I've seen some confusion about when pandaren character creation will be accessible.

Just to be clear on the announcement, we're making it possible for people to create a character of any race, regardless of what expansions you've purchased. So if you only have the original game (which now has The Burning Crusade included), when patch 5.0.4 hits you'll be able to create goblin and worgen characters as well. And, once Mists of Pandaria is released, you'll be able to create pandaren characters, regardless of whether or not you own Mists of Pandaria.

Q u o t e:

So it says all races, what about though all classes? Just because Pandaren become available for play regardless if you have MoP or not, does this include the new monk class?
(Posted by Novagosa, 08/16/2012 10:54 AM PDT)

No, you'll need to upgrade your World of Warcraft license to Mists of Pandaria in order to unlock the monk class. The same is true for leveling from 85-90 and gaining access to the continent of Pandaria.

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All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4 | 2012-08-16 11:25 | Zarhym

Q u o t e:

This is great but how will starting areas be handled?
(Posted by Essayl, 08/16/2012 11:07 AM PDT)

The starting areas will be accessible as well. For example, you'll be able to adventure on the Wandering Isle as a pandaren when Mists of Pandaria is released, but you won't be able to visit Pandaria. They're separate locations.

Q u o t e:

You're specifically talking about character creation. How will this affect paid race changes? Will I be able to race change to Pandaren on my existing shaman on August 28th or do I have to wait until September 25th?
(Posted by Rehvin, 08/16/2012 11:11 AM PDT)

Pandaren characters will be locked until Mists of Pandaria is released. You won't be able to create one. You won't be able to change an existing character into one.

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The thread with these comments contained some additional comments by Zarhym which are not included on this article.

"Subraces"

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Subraces (aka subspecies)[3] are generally considered lesser groups within a main race/species. However, even these subgroups can be considered separate races or species themselves in some cases.

  • Dwarf sub-races can include Wildhammer, Ironforge, or Dark Iron dwarves.[5]
  • The various types of trolls are usually considered separate subraces, though occasionally separate races.[6][7][8][5] The terms appear to be interchangeable to Blizzard.
  • Aesir and vanir are considered two of the Giant's various subraces.[9]

See also

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