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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.

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 Crest

HumanHuman Human Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Warlock Paladin 20 20 20 20 21
DwarfDwarf Dwarf Priest Rogue Warrior Hunter Paladin 22 16 23 19 19
Night elfNight elf Night elf Priest Rogue Warrior Druid Hunter 17 25 19 20 20
GnomeGnome Gnome Rogue Warrior Mage Warlock 15 23 19 24 20

Horde Crest

OrcOrc Orc Rogue Warrior Hunter Warlock Shaman 23 17 22 17 23
UndeadUndead Undead Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Warlock 19 18 21 18 25
TaurenTauren Tauren Warrior Druid Hunter Shaman 25 15 22 15 22
TrollTroll Troll Priest Rogue Warrior Mage Hunter 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 (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

  • Race and class tool showing base stats differences, racial trait synergies etc. for a quick side-by-side comparison of any combination.
  • Lists
  • Background and analysis
    • Lore
    • Origin of the Races


  1. Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 38
  2. Alliance & Horde Compendium, 22
  3. 3.0 3.1 World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 50
  4. Horde Player's Guide, 10
  5. The Last Guardian, ??
  6. Manual of Monsters, ??
  7. Horde Player's Guide, 143
  8. Shadows & Light, 107