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. Occasionally, within a race/species are groups called subspecies/subraces Note that use of race may not always denote seperate species however (and may refer to ethnicities/subraces/subspecies within species).
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Race/Class combos marked with a C are due to be added upon the release of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
Base stats do not include the bonus scores from classes. The class bonuses are:
*Death knight bonus stats represent a level 55 character.
World of Warcraft's next expansion pack, Cataclysm, will introduce worgen for the alliance and goblins for the horde.
Subraces (aka subspecies) are generally considered lesser groups within a main race/species. However, even these subgroups are considered separate race or species themselves in some sources.
- Dwarf subraces can include Wildhammer, Ironforge, or Dark Iron dwarves.
- The various types of trolls are usually considered separate subraces, though occasionally separate races. The terms appear to be interchangeable to Blizzard.
- Aesir and vanir are considered two of the titan's various subraces.
- Blood elves and high elves can themselves be considered a subrace of night elves, whom are their (distant) ancestors.
- ↑ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 38
- ↑ Alliance & Horde Compendium, 22
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 50
- ↑ Horde Player's Guide, 10
- ↑ Day of the Dragon, 254: "As with elves, dwarves, and especially humans, there had existed different types of trolls"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Alliance Player's Guide, 82, 86
- ↑ The Last Guardian, ??
- ↑ Manual of Monsters, ??
- ↑ Horde Player's Guide, 143
- ↑ Shadows & Light, 107