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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 Cataclysm-Logo-Small 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 32

IconSmall Human Male IconSmall Human Female  Human IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Warlock IconSmall Paladin IconSmall Monk IconSmall Deathknight 20 20 20 20 20
IconSmall Dwarf Male IconSmall Dwarf Female  Dwarf IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Warlock IconSmall Shaman IconSmall Paladin IconSmall Monk IconSmall Deathknight 19 16 19 20 20
IconSmall NightElf Male IconSmall NightElf Female  Night elf IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Druid IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Monk IconSmall Deathknight 21 24 21 20 22
IconSmall Gnome Male IconSmall Gnome Female  Gnome IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Warlock IconSmall Monk IconSmall Deathknight 15 22 16 23 20
IconSmall Draenei Male IconSmall Draenei Female  Draenei Bc icon IconSmall Priest IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Shaman IconSmall Paladin IconSmall Monk IconSmall Deathknight 22 17 22 20 22
IconSmall Worgen2 Male IconSmall Worgen2 Female  Worgen Cataclysm-Logo-Small IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Druid IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Warlock IconSmall Deathknight 23 23 22 16 19
Both Both 15 IconSmall Pandaren Male IconSmall Pandaren Female  Pandaren Mists-Logo-Small IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Shaman IconSmall Monk 21 18 21 19 22
Horde

Horde 32

IconSmall Orc Male IconSmall Orc Female  Orc IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Warlock IconSmall Shaman IconSmall Monk IconSmall Deathknight 23 17 23 19 22
IconSmall Undead Male IconSmall Undead Female  Undead IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Warlock IconSmall Monk IconSmall Deathknight 19 18 20 18 25
IconSmall Tauren Male IconSmall Tauren Female  Tauren IconSmall Priest IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Druid IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Shaman IconSmall Paladin IconSmall Monk IconSmall Deathknight 25 16 25 17 22
IconSmall Troll Male IconSmall Troll Female  Troll IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Druid IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Warlock IconSmall Shaman IconSmall Monk IconSmall Deathknight 22 22 22 18 21
IconSmall BloodElf2 Male IconSmall BloodElf2 Female  Blood elf Bc icon IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Warlock IconSmall Paladin IconSmall Monk IconSmall Deathknight 19 22 18 23 21
IconSmall Goblin2 Male IconSmall Goblin2 Female  Goblin Cataclysm-Logo-Small IconSmall Priest IconSmall Rogue IconSmall Warrior IconSmall Mage IconSmall Hunter IconSmall Warlock IconSmall Shaman IconSmall Deathknight 17 23 17 23 22

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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"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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