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Races

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.

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.

Playable races

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

Alliance 32

IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Human IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Warlock IconSmall Paladin 20 20 20 20 21
IconSmall Dwarf MaleIconSmall Dwarf Female Dwarf IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Paladin 22 16 23 19 19
IconSmall NightElf MaleIconSmall NightElf Female Night elf IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Druid IconSmall Hunter 17 25 19 20 20
IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female Gnome IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Warlock 15 23 19 24 20
Horde

Horde 32

IconSmall Orc MaleIconSmall Orc Female Orc IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Warlock IconSmall Shaman 23 17 22 17 23
IconSmall Undead MaleIconSmall Undead Female Undead IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Warlock 19 18 21 18 25
IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female Tauren IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Druid IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Shaman 25 15 22 15 22
IconSmall Troll MaleIconSmall Troll Female Troll IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Shaman 21 22 21 16 21

Note that Humans receive a +5% racial bonus to Spirit and Gnomes receive a +5% racial bonus to Intellect. For simplicity, these bonuses are reflected in the table above, although they are not actually calculated until 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 Druid Hunter Warlock Shaman Paladin
Strength +1 +3 +1 +1 +2
Agility +3 +3
Stamina +1 +2 +1 +1 +1 +2
Intellect +2 +3 +2 +2 +1
Spirit +3 +2 +2 +1 +2 +2 +1

"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]

See also

References

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