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Species is a term used to split various unique creatures into separate groups. Numerous species populate Azeroth including "orcs, humans, gnomes, trolls, scorpids and murlocs, among many others".[citation needed] Generations of offspring from the interfertile parents of two different species can also exist.[citation needed] Many races can interbreed including humans, high elves,night elves, ogres, orcs, and draenei — producing races like half-elves, half-night elves, half-ogres, half-human half-ogres, and half-draenei. These offspring are often called half-breeds.

Satyr, dryads, keepers of the grove, centaur, magnataur, and nerubians may also be truly hybrid races.[citation needed]

Species is often used interchangeably with race, although this is not always the case (not all races are necessarily unique species).


In World of Warcraft, Blizzard interchanges the terms species and race, giving them roughly the same meaning.[1]

Unfortunately, Blizzard is not always consistent on how they use the terms. Sometimes they use the term '"race" when they mean the biological definition of "species". This has led to conflicts between sources, where one source says blood elves and high elves are the same "biological race" ("biological species" would have been a more proper use of words in that syntax), while most sources say they are separate races (culturally and biologically).

Humans are the dominant (as in “most obvious”) intelligent species on Azeroth, but they are by no means alone. Elves, dwarves, tauren, imports such as orcs, and so on all share the world with humanity. In some cases, such races have proven far more influential than humanity over the long term.[citation needed]

In the Warcraft universe, races like elves, dwarves, humans, orcs, draenei, ogres, goblins, tauren, etc are considered separate species[2] [citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] and separate races.

For example, "since the beginning of the First War, orcs have interbred with a number of species" that vary largely in appearance; mostly with humans, "but half-ogres and half-draenei are not unheard of".[citation needed]

Known lore "species"

This is a list of sapient "species" established in lore. Additionally, each grouping within the same group, such as various types of dwarves, elves, or trolls, are considered separate species/race or subspecies/subrace depending on the source.

  • Annihilan
  • Centaur[citation needed]
  • Draenei[citation needed]
  • Dragon[citation needed] [citation needed]
  • Dwarf[citation needed]
  • Elf[citation needed] [citation needed]
  • Ered'ruin
  • Eredar
  • Flametongue[citation needed] [citation needed]
  • Furbolg[citation needed]
  • Gnome[citation needed]
  • Gnoll[citation needed]
  • Gryphon
  • Harpy[citation needed] [citation needed]
  • Hippogryph
  • Human[citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed]
  • Kobold
  • Magnataur[citation needed]
  • Mo'arg
  • Murloc[citation needed]
  • Naga[citation needed]
  • Nerubian[citation needed]
  • Orc[citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed]
  • Ogre[citation needed] [citation needed]
  • Pandaren[citation needed]
  • Quilboar[citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed]
  • Sayaad
  • Scalebane[citation needed] [citation needed]
  • Shivarra
  • Tauren[citation needed] [citation needed]
  • Troll[citation needed]
  • Titan[citation needed]
  • Wyrmkin[citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed]
  • Wyvern[citation needed]


Subspecies (aka subrace)[citation needed] are generally considered lesser groups within a main race/species. However, even these subgroups are considered separate race or species themselves in some sources.

  • Draenei subspecies can include:[citation needed]
    • Eredar who broke from their demonic brethren, the Broken, and the Lost Ones.
  • Dwarf subspecies can include:[citation needed]
    • Wildhammer, Ironforge (Bronzebeard), or Dark Iron dwarves.
  • Elf subspecies can include:[citation needed]
    • Night elves, high elves, blood elves, and felblood elves. Although, some consider blood elves just a cultural sect of high elves.
  • Humans could be considered a subspecies of the Vrykul.[citation needed]
  • Orc subspecies include:[citation needed]
    • Mag'har, Durotar orcs, Blackrock clan, fel orcs, and tainted orcs.
  • Tauren subspecies can include:[citation needed]
    • Mulgore tauren, Taunka, and Yaungol.
  • The various types of trolls are usually considered separate subspecies, though occasionally separate species.[citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] [citation needed] The terms appear to be interchangeable to Blizzard.
  • Aesir and Vanir are considered two of the titan's various subspecies.[citation needed]


  1. High Elves and Blood Elves. World of Warcraft Encyclopedia > Mortal Races. Blizzard Entertainment.
  2. The Dark Portal and the Fall of Stormwind