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World of Warcraft Starter Edition is a digital download replacement for the 10-day Free Trial. The Starter Edition allows anyone to play for free up to level 20 without the time restrictions placed on trial accounts -- all you need is a account and moderately fast internet connection.

As of mid-July 2011, all existing trial accounts, including expired ones, have been reactivated.

Recruit-a-Friend program has been upgraded as a result of the changes introduced with the World of Warcraft Starter Edition.

The Starter Edition is based to develop your experience and basic knowledge about World of Warcraft. The Starter Edition will give a detailed insight of the beginning stages of the game, and will help you conclude whether to purchase the game.

New features

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New features over the old trial:

  • Players with the World of Warcraft Starter Edition can create draenei and blood elf characters, which were previously unavailable with trial accounts. As of Mists of Pandaria, the worgen, goblin and pandaren are available, as well as the monk class.
  • The two starting zones associated with draenei/blood elf races are also available to people wishing to try out the game.
  • The gold limit has been raised to 10g gold, allowing Starter Edition players to purchase mounts when they reach the appropriate level.


Most limitations are shown in the FAQ.[1]

  • At level 20 you will stop gaining experience until you activate a paid account, but you can play and explore or even start a new character.
  • Gold capped at 10g.
  • Primary Professions and Secondary Professions are capped at 100 skill level.[2] Racial traits however can increase them by 15 points. Prior to Patch 6.2, Secondary Professions were not explicitly capped, but gold cost and character level limited them. Secondary Professions with skill level above 100 (before Patch 6.2) will be lowered to 100 upon learning a new recipe.[citation needed]
  • Will be unable to trade via the Auction House, mailbox, or player-to-player.
  • In-game access to public chat channels is unavailable. Players are limited to communicating using only /say, /party, or /whisper. Also, anyone more than 10 levels above the player cannot hear the player's /say or see the player's /e emotes (example: a Level 31 character cannot hear a Level 20 Starter Account's /say). Other emotes other than /e or /me can be seen by higher levels.[3]
  • Characters will be unable to create or join guilds.
  • Characters are not able to send whispers to other characters unless they have been added to the characters' friends lists or have received a whisper from a character first.
  • Characters will not be able to invite other players into a party.
  • Characters will be unable to disable experience gains.*[4]
  • Characters who disable experience will not be able to participate in instanced PvP.[citation needed]
  • Characters will not be able to join parties with other characters above level 20.**
  • Voice chat disabled on Starter Edition accounts.
  • Realms experiencing login queues will prioritize players who have full, paid accounts.
  • Starter Edition accounts are not eligible for character transfers
  • Real ID features are disabled on all Starter Edition Accounts.
  • Pet Battles are unavailable.

Notes about upgrading to paid account

From the FAQ.[1]

  • Your account name and password will remain the same.
  • Your characters and items will remain on that account and will be available upon your return.
  • The Starter Edition limitations and restrictions will be removed.
  • When you upgrade to the full version of World of Warcraft, you will receive 30 days of access to the game for free.

Notes about returning players

As of Patch 6.1, players that try to log into lapsed accounts are given a special status for their Starter Edition account called "Veteran" internally by Blizzard.[5] The only extra ability is that characters Level 20 and under will be able to join a guild if any of their other characters are still in that guild.[5] As of Patch 6.2, lapsed accounts may use their BattleTag from their Friends List. They may whisper their BattleTag friends across games but will be unable to invite them into a group. However, lapsed accounts may be invited by their BattleTag friends who have an active subscription even across realms.[3]

Some pre-existing recipes not available for Starter accounts.

Lapsed accounts also have a slightly stricter professions restriction. Depending on the profession, lapsed accounts will be unable to create some mid to higher skill items from their professions without an active subscription. They may learn new recipes given the appropriate skill level but if these recipes are mid or higher level (about at 60 skill level) they may not create them.[3]


  • All titles and mounts tied to your account will still be accessible. For example, a person with the Bloodsail Admiral title on a full account will be able to use it on their Starter Edition account, and if they had a mount such as the Armored Bear, they'd still be able to use it.
  • With the introduction of the Starter Edition, all Guest Pass Keys are effectively worthless.


  1. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment Icon-blizzus-22x22.png. World of Warcraft Starter Edition Account FAQ. Blizzard Support (US) site. Retrieved on 2011-07-18.
       Blizzard Entertainment Icon-blizzeu-22x22.png. World of Warcraft: Starter Edition. Blizzard Support (EU) site. Retrieved on 2011-07-18.
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  3. ^ a b c Confirmed by WoWWikian on Starter account circa Jul 2015.
  4. ^ Via Alliance Behsten <Experience Eliminator> and presumably Horde Slahtz <Experience Eliminator>. This is not an official source. blade853 2015-07-26. Starter Accounts can now lock their character's level as of 6.2.. Wowhead Community. Retrieved on 2015-10-07.
  5. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment Bashiok 2015-01-15. #44 WoW going f2p w/ Veteran status?. Official World of Warcraft Community > General Discussion forum (US). Archived from the original on 2015-01-15.

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