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The term account usually refers to the World of Warcraft subscription account of a player on

Prior to 2009, the World of Warcraft account was separate from a player's account, but since then they are merged, so the account is the now the central account for all Blizzard games. Although logging to the account can happen from the specific game program, all Blizzard games can be launched and logged in from the desktop app.

A account can have up to 8 World of Warcraft licenses at a time.[1]

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Generally, an account can have up to 10 characters on each realm, with a maximum of 50 characters per account.[2][3]

Special features based on registering with a Collector's Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition version, expansion upgrades (like upgrading an account for Burning Crusade) and promotional codes (like for a BlizzCon [Murloc Costume]), are associated with your account, and make those features available to all the characters under that account.

If one person logs into an account while someone else is playing a character on it, the one who was already playing will automatically get logged off from the game.[citation needed]

Inactive World of Warcraft account

An account can go inactive as soon as game time runs out, but a player can also request their account be made inactive by contacting support which will also suspend expectation of a subscription payment. Using support to make an account inactive will flag its account data be preserved with priority over involuntary inactivation account.[citation needed]

Character names of an account that has been inactive since December 7, 2010 will be released for re-use.

An inactive account may have trouble posting on the official forums.[4]

Re-activating an account

The normal method of re-activating an account would be to purchase more game time via a standard subscription or with a Gift Card (or Balance Card).

Returning players can use a [WoW Token] to re-activate an account with in-game gold[5] (somewhere around 30Kg needed depending on Auction House price on realm).

Until early 2014, active players could use a Scroll of Resurrection invitation to help a returning player re-activate their account for 7 days plus other benefits to both players.

In Legion

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In World of Warcraft: Legion Legion, Transmogrification looks are accessed via an Account-wide UI and the need for keeping items around purely for transmog purposes should no longer be needed.

In Warlords of Draenor

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

The Collection window for holding more Account-wide items was introduced with World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Warlords of Draenor initially only with a Toy Box tab for toys, but an Heirlooms tab was added in Patch 6.1.

In Mists of Pandaria

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

Starting with the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Mists of Pandaria expansion, items tagged with the Bind to Account attribute can be mailed among characters on different realms (even across factions!) using the the naming scheme charactername-realmname. Also such things as battle pets, Heirlooms, mounts and toys since then have been integrated into the UI so once they are use, they can be summoned Account-wide via UI elements such as the Mounts and Pets window (specifically the Pet Journal for battle pets).

In WoWWiki

However in WoWWiki, an account can mean your Wikia (WoWWiki) account or the identity you use to store your Wikia (WoWWiki) preferences and log into in order to make edits.

See also


  1. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Orlyia 2016-06-22. 5. Warcraft movie items. Official Support > Customer Support forum (US)A single can hold up to eight WoW licenses.
  2. ^ Characters F.A.Q. on the old official site (US). Archived from the original on 2010-11-24.
  3. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Drysc 2007-04-27. Regional FlagMax amt of characters for account?.
  4. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Daliniya 2009-04-14. "Your account is inactive.". Official World of Warcraft forum (EU). Archived from the original on 2009-04-14.
  5. ^ File:WoW_Token_inactive_gold_activate.jpg

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