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A '''realm''' is an instance of the ''[[World of Warcraft]]'' ({{wow-inline}}) game world. Realms are hosted on physical devices called '''servers''' (for this reason, the terms "realm" and "server" are often used interchangeably).
 
A '''realm''' is an instance of the ''[[World of Warcraft]]'' ({{wow-inline}}) game world. Realms are hosted on physical devices called '''servers''' (for this reason, the terms "realm" and "server" are often used interchangeably).
   
To play {{wow-inline}}, you must first choose a server (realm) to play on. You then connect to this realm over the {{wplink|Internet}}. Blizzard has servers in the US, Europe, China, Brazil and Korea (see [[Localization]]).
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To play {{wow-inline}}, you must first choose a server (realm) to play on. You then connect to this realm over the {{wplink|Internet}}. Blizzard has servers in the US, Australia, Europe, China, Brazil and Korea (see [[Localization]]).
   
 
See the [[realms list]] for a list of realms kept up-to-date by [[WoWWikians]].
 
See the [[realms list]] for a list of realms kept up-to-date by [[WoWWikians]].
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:* [[RP realm|RP]] - Roleplaying version of a PvE realm. Additional behavior and naming rules apply.
 
:* [[RP realm|RP]] - Roleplaying version of a PvE realm. Additional behavior and naming rules apply.
 
:* [[RP-PvP realm|RP-PvP]] - Roleplaying version of a PvP realm. Additional behavior and naming rules apply.
 
:* [[RP-PvP realm|RP-PvP]] - Roleplaying version of a PvP realm. Additional behavior and naming rules apply.
:* [[Virtual Realms|Virtual]] ([[NYR]]) - Introduced with [[Patch 5.4]]. ''More details coming.''
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:* [[Coalesced Realms|Coalesced]] - Not a real type, but limited interaction provided by [[Cross realm]] technology.
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:* [[Connected Realms|Connected]] - Introduced with [[Patch 5.4]]. Like a advanced version of [[Cross-realm]] where players from 2 or more realms can interact as if they were on the same realm.
   
 
For the adventurous, there is also a [[Test Realm]] that is periodically available in which players can try experimental features in development before they get released as general [[patches]]. Test realms often exist in both PvE and PvP varieties.
 
For the adventurous, there is also a [[Test Realm]] that is periodically available in which players can try experimental features in development before they get released as general [[patches]]. Test realms often exist in both PvE and PvP varieties.
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For Europe, there are 109 English speaking realms, 87 German, 37 French, 11 Spanish, and 19 Russian, for a total of 263 realms. This breaks down into 99 Normal (PvE), 129 PvP, 20 RP, and 15 RPPvP servers.
 
For Europe, there are 109 English speaking realms, 87 German, 37 French, 11 Spanish, and 19 Russian, for a total of 263 realms. This breaks down into 99 Normal (PvE), 129 PvP, 20 RP, and 15 RPPvP servers.
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== Regions ==
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Realms are divided up into major regions (known as "Locales" on [[Realm Status]]; possibly based on geographical locations of major data centers).
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Regions:
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* US locales
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** United States
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** Latin America
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** Brazil
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** Oceanic
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* EU
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** Spanish
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** German
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** French
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** English
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** Russian
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** Italian
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=== Australian realms ===
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These were announced on to be coming online in late October or early November 2014 at the Sydney, Australia {{warlords-inline}} Warlords of Draenor expansion pre-launch event and Twitter<ref>{{ref web|work=Twitter.com|url=https://twitter.com/Blizzard_ANZ/status/525230963454791681|title=We are super excited to officially announce local Australian servers for World of Warcraft! http://t.co/0WsvopZMJE|date=23 Oct 2014 11:23 AM}}</ref> on October 23, 2014. It is not yet clear whether these new servers will appear as part of the Oceanic locale or will become their own separate locale.
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=== Portuguese realms ===
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So far, the EU region has one Portuguese (Português) realm ([[Server:Aggra Europe|Aggra EU]]) that appears under the English locale.
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== References ==
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{{reflist}}
   
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
* [[Beta]]
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* [[Beta test realm]]
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* [[Coalesced Realms]]
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* [[Connected Realms]]
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* [[Cross-realm zones]]
 
* [[Test realm]]
 
* [[Test realm]]
* [[Virtual Realms]] ([[NYR]])
 
 
* For a WoWWiki list of realms by region, language, timezone, and type, see the [[realms list]].
 
* For a WoWWiki list of realms by region, language, timezone, and type, see the [[realms list]].
 
* For a list of articles about realms, see [[:Category:Servers]].
 
* For a list of articles about realms, see [[:Category:Servers]].
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{{elink|prefix=&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; {{wwicon|brazil}}&nbsp;In Brazilian-Portuguese|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/pt/status|desc=Realm Status}}
 
{{elink|prefix=&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; {{wwicon|brazil}}&nbsp;In Brazilian-Portuguese|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/pt/status|desc=Realm Status}}
 
{{elink|prefix=&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; {{wwicon|mexico}}&nbsp;In Spanish|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/es/status|desc=Realm Status}}
 
{{elink|prefix=&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; {{wwicon|mexico}}&nbsp;In Spanish|type=bnetwowus|link=http://us.battle.net/wow/es/status|desc=Realm Status}}
{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/status|desc=Realm Status|bydate=(includes English, French, German, Russian, and Spanish)}}
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{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/status|desc=Realm Status|bydate=(includes English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish)}}
 
{{elink|prefix=&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; {{wwicon|france}}&nbsp;In French|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/fr/status|desc=Realm Status}}
 
{{elink|prefix=&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; {{wwicon|france}}&nbsp;In French|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/fr/status|desc=Realm Status}}
 
{{elink|prefix=&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; {{wwicon|germany}}&nbsp;In German|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/de/status|desc=Realm Status}}
 
{{elink|prefix=&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; {{wwicon|germany}}&nbsp;In German|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/de/status|desc=Realm Status}}
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{{elink|prefix=&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; {{wwicon|italy}}&nbsp;In Italian|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/it/status|desc=Realm Status}}
 
{{elink|prefix=&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; {{wwicon|portugal}}&nbsp;In Portuguese|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/pt/status|desc=Realm Status}}
 
{{elink|prefix=&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; {{wwicon|portugal}}&nbsp;In Portuguese|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/pt/status|desc=Realm Status}}
 
{{elink|prefix=&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; {{wwicon|russia}}&nbsp;In Russian|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/ru/status|desc=Realm Status}}
 
{{elink|prefix=&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; {{wwicon|russia}}&nbsp;In Russian|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/ru/status|desc=Realm Status}}
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{{elink|prefix={{wwicon|korea}}&nbsp;In Korean|icon=bnetwow|site=월드 오브 워크래프트 &gt; 게임 가이드
 
{{elink|prefix={{wwicon|korea}}&nbsp;In Korean|icon=bnetwow|site=월드 오브 워크래프트 &gt; 게임 가이드
 
|link=http://kr.battle.net/wow/ko/status|desc=Realm Status (서버 현황)}}
 
|link=http://kr.battle.net/wow/ko/status|desc=Realm Status (서버 현황)}}
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{{elink|prefix={{wwicon|taiwan}}&nbsp;In Taiwanese (Mandarin)|icon=bnetwow|site=《魔獸世界》官方網站|link=http://tw.battle.net/wow/zh/status|desc=Realm Status (伺服器狀態)}}
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{{elink|prefix={{wwicon|china}}&nbsp;In Chinese (Mandarin)|icon=bnetwow|site=《魔兽世界》官方网站|link=http://www.battlenet.com.cn/wow/zh/status|desc=Realm Status (服务器状态)}}
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;RP realms
 
;RP realms
 
{{elink|type=bnetus|site=Battle.net Support (US)|link=http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/roleplaying-policy|desc=Role-playing Realms Policy|bydate=by [[Blizzard Entertainment]], Updated: Mar 6, 2012, Article ID: 300463}}
 
{{elink|type=bnetus|site=Battle.net Support (US)|link=http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/roleplaying-policy|desc=Role-playing Realms Policy|bydate=by [[Blizzard Entertainment]], Updated: Mar 6, 2012, Article ID: 300463}}
 
{{elink|type=bneteu|site=Battle.net Support (EU)|link=http://eu.battle.net/support/en/article/role-play-realm-policy|desc=Role-Play Realm Policy|bydate=by [[Blizzard Entertainment]], Updated: 22-Feb-2012, Article ID: 300463}}
 
{{elink|type=bneteu|site=Battle.net Support (EU)|link=http://eu.battle.net/support/en/article/role-play-realm-policy|desc=Role-Play Realm Policy|bydate=by [[Blizzard Entertainment]], Updated: 22-Feb-2012, Article ID: 300463}}
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=== News ===
 
=== News ===
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{{elink|type=wowinsider|link=http://wow.joystiq.com/2014/01/29/pvp-toggle-for-pve-realms-coming-in-warlords-of-draenor/|desc=PvP toggle for PvE realms coming in Warlords of Draenor|bydate=by {{wowinsider|Matthew Rossi}} Jan 29th 2014 6:00PM}}
 
{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/5729726/Italian_Language_Pack_and_Italian_Realms_Now_Available-29_08_2012|desc=Italian Language Pack and Italian Realms Now Available!|bydate=by {{blizz}} [[Zhydaris]], 29 Aug 2012 13:12 BST}}
 
{{elink|type=bnetwoweu|link=http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/5729726/Italian_Language_Pack_and_Italian_Realms_Now_Available-29_08_2012|desc=Italian Language Pack and Italian Realms Now Available!|bydate=by {{blizz}} [[Zhydaris]], 29 Aug 2012 13:12 BST}}
 
{{elink|type=wowinsider|link=http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/04/21/roleplay-realms-and-the-struggle-of-non-roleplayers/|desc=Roleplay realms and the struggle of non-roleplayers|bydate=by {{wowinsider|Anne Stickney}} Apr 21st 2012 at 4:00PM}}
 
{{elink|type=wowinsider|link=http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/04/21/roleplay-realms-and-the-struggle-of-non-roleplayers/|desc=Roleplay realms and the struggle of non-roleplayers|bydate=by {{wowinsider|Anne Stickney}} Apr 21st 2012 at 4:00PM}}

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Realm selection

A realm is an instance of the World of Warcraft (WoW Icon 16x16) game world. Realms are hosted on physical devices called servers (for this reason, the terms "realm" and "server" are often used interchangeably).

To play WoW Icon 16x16, you must first choose a server (realm) to play on. You then connect to this realm over the Internet. Blizzard has servers in the US, Australia, Europe, China, Brazil and Korea (see Localization).

See the realms list for a list of realms kept up-to-date by WoWWikians.

Why have realms? Edit

The WoW Icon 16x16 game world is duplicated (mirrored) across multiple realms to prevent any one realm from becoming too crowded (and thus overwhelming the server), to provide for better connection times (by having players connect to local servers), to allow for localized communities based on language (for example, French speakers on realms in France), and to appeal to different play-styles for different users.

Types Edit

To allow for different play-styles, realms come in four types:

  • PvE (a.k.a. Normal) - Player vs. Environment.
  • PvP - Player vs. Player. Automatic PvP flagging while in contested zones with 5 min. expiration timer when leaving those zones.
  • RP - Roleplaying version of a PvE realm. Additional behavior and naming rules apply.
  • RP-PvP - Roleplaying version of a PvP realm. Additional behavior and naming rules apply.
  • Coalesced - Not a real type, but limited interaction provided by Cross realm technology.
  • Connected - Introduced with Patch 5.4. Like a advanced version of Cross-realm where players from 2 or more realms can interact as if they were on the same realm.

For the adventurous, there is also a Test Realm that is periodically available in which players can try experimental features in development before they get released as general patches. Test realms often exist in both PvE and PvP varieties.

Also, usually before an expansion is released there are Beta realms which function similarly to test realms.

Stats Edit

According to the North American realm status page, there are 241 total NA realms. Of these 113 are Normal (PvE) servers, 105 are PvP, 17 are RP, and 6 are RPPvP.

For Europe, there are 109 English speaking realms, 87 German, 37 French, 11 Spanish, and 19 Russian, for a total of 263 realms. This breaks down into 99 Normal (PvE), 129 PvP, 20 RP, and 15 RPPvP servers.

Regions Edit

Realms are divided up into major regions (known as "Locales" on Realm Status; possibly based on geographical locations of major data centers).

Regions:

  • US locales
    • United States
    • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Oceanic
  • EU
    • Spanish
    • German
    • French
    • English
    • Russian
    • Italian

Australian realms Edit

These were announced on to be coming online in late October or early November 2014 at the Sydney, Australia Warlords-Logo-Small Warlords of Draenor expansion pre-launch event and Twitter[1] on October 23, 2014. It is not yet clear whether these new servers will appear as part of the Oceanic locale or will become their own separate locale.

Portuguese realms Edit

So far, the EU region has one Portuguese (Português) realm (Aggra EU) that appears under the English locale.

References Edit

See also Edit

External links Edit

Status Edit

RP realms

News Edit

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