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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.

As of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Cataclysm, there are two playable factions in World of Warcraft, the Alliance and the Horde, and each is comprised of six very different races who can play a variety of different classes.

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 separate species however (and may refer to ethnicities/subraces/subspecies within species, i.e. blood elves vs. high elves).

Playable races

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

Alliance

HumanHuman Human Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Hunter Warlock Paladin Monk Death Knight 20 20 20 20 20
DwarfDwarf Dwarf Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Hunter Warlock Shaman Paladin Monk Death Knight 25 16 21 19 19
Night elfNight elf Night elf Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Druid Hunter Monk Death Knight 16 24 20 20 20
GnomeGnome Gnome Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Hunter Warlock Monk Death Knight 15 22 20 23 20
DraeneiDraenei Draenei World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Priest Warrior Mage Hunter Shaman Paladin Monk Death Knight 21 17 20 20 22
WorgenWorgen Worgen World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Druid Hunter Warlock Death Knight 23 22 20 16 19
Both Both (Alliance and Horde) PandarenPandaren Pandaren World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Hunter Shaman Monk 20 18 21 19 22
Horde

Horde

OrcOrc Orc Rogue Warrior Mage Hunter Warlock Shaman Monk Death Knight 23 17 21 17 22
UndeadUndead Undead Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Hunter Warlock Monk Death Knight 19 18 20 18 25
TaurenTauren Tauren Priest Warrior Druid Hunter Shaman Paladin Monk Death Knight 25 16 21 16 22
TrollTroll Troll Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Druid Hunter Warlock Shaman Monk Death Knight 21 22 20 16 21
Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Hunter Warlock Paladin Monk Death Knight 17 22 20 23 18
GoblinGoblin Goblin World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Hunter Warlock Shaman Death Knight 17 22 20 23 18

Note that Humans receive a +5% racial bonus to Spirit and Gnomes receive a +5% racial bonus to Intellect. These bonuses are not reflected in the table above, and they are actually calculated after the class and level bonuses are added.

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

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


* Death knight bonus stats represent a level 55 character.

Burning Crusade races

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Cataclysm races

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Mists of Pandaria race

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Allied races

Main article: Allied races

A new feature in Battle for Azeroth is the ability for players to unlock allied races. After completing certain requirements, the player will then be tasked with completing a short scenario and officially unlocking them. Allied races start at level 20 and, if the player chooses to level them to max, they will unlock a race-specific set of Heritage Armor.

"Subraces"

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.

  • Elf sub-races can include Blood elves and High elves. Night elves may be distinct enough to be a truly separate race or species.
  • Dwarf sub-races can include Wildhammer, Ironforge, or Dark Iron dwarves.
  • The various types of trolls are usually considered separate subraces, though occasionally separate races.[5][6][7] The terms appear to be interchangeable to Blizzard.
  • Aesir and vanir are considered two of the titan's various subraces.[8]

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