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Racial iconic classes are similar to racial classes, they also represent characters who draw upon their races’ traditions, values and techniques — though in these cases, the traditions, values and techniques are those specific to a class.[1] They are also variant classes, but these classes represent certain racial icons. The troll barbarian, for instance, is an icon on Azeroth. They represent particular archetypes in the Warcraft world, such as an orc warrior or a tauren shaman.[2]

The high elf mage. The gnome tinker. The Wildhammer barbarian. The orc warrior. The tauren shaman. The Forsaken apothecary. These are all iconic images — a type of individual that is recognizable both to characters in the Warcraft world and to players of the WoW RPG game. Any race can be any base class, but some races are more likely to be members of a certain class. Some races have traditions of specific classes in their societies and cultures. A race’s favored class represents that race’s natural predilection to a certain degree; racial iconic classes are another method.

A racial iconic class demonstrates a particular race’s natural ability with a certain class. It might also represent the fact that a class has social or traditional connotations within a race’s culture. Night elves possess a natural tendency to become scouts, for instance; therefore, night elves’ favored class is scout. Similarly, night elf society has long favored divine magic and granted status and recognition to great druids. The night elf druid is a racial icon; the racial iconic class “night elf druid” represents it.[3] Jungle trolls possess a natural tendency to become barbarians, for instance; therefore, jungle trolls’ favored class is barbarian. Similarly, jungle troll society has long favored voodoo magic and granted status and recognition to great witch doctors. The troll witch doctor is a racial icon; the racial iconic class “jungle troll witch doctor” represents it.[1]

Like other variant classes, a racial iconic class uses an existing class as its base but alters it slightly to depict its racial icon. Obviously, a character must be of the appropriate race to take a racial iconic class.[3]

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