I’m still suffering from this stupid concussion, and it’s put me off work for a week. I’m going to post more of my WoW 101 stuff here as guide and to get a post in. I will try to get back to Sloth tomorrow but hey, it kinda makes sense that Sloth isn’t singing to me I suppose. It can’t be bothered, hah!
In World of Warcraft, there are thirteen races that you can play over two factions. Those races are:
Horde: Orc, Tauren, Troll, Undead, Blood Elf, Goblin
Alliance: Human, Dwarf, Night Elf, Gnome, Draenai, Worgen
I will go over each race, give a bit of background, and explain what some of the perks of each race are. It doesn’t matter if you’re a male or a female of any particular race, you don’t get any extra bonuses. I will start with the races of the Horde.
Orcs are the ‘backbone’ race of the Horde. The Horde Capital city of Orgrimmar is located in Durotar, which is where the Orcs start off. They are generally green skinned, except for the Orcs who remained on Draenor when the original Horde invaded – those Orcs are brown. There are also Fel Orcs, who have red skin.
Orcs came to the world of Azeroth (the world that WoW is based in) to conquer it. They were led through the Dark Portal that was created by the Sorceror Medivh by Gul’dan, an Orc Warlock. They fought against the Alliance in several wars. Eventually the Orcs were imprisoned in internment camps, until they were freed by a young Orc named Thrall. Thrall became Warchief of the Orcs, and of the Horde, after he started to put together a new Horde. Eventually, Thrall left the Orcs and the Horde to learn more about his more shamanistic side and he became a member of the Earthen Ring. He turned the mantle of Warchief of the Horde, and Leader of the Orcs, over to Garrosh Hellscream.
Orcs are able to be Mages, Warlocks, Rogues, Monks, Shaman, Hunters, Warriors and Death Knights. When they have a pet, their pet gets bonus damage. The Orc racial mount is a wolf.
Tauren are the cow-like race from the plains of Mulgore. They are a shamanistic tribe, who worship the sun, the moon, and their ancestors. They place a lot of emphasis in living in harmony with nature. The Tauren joined the horde when Thrall helped the Tauren chief Cairne Bloodhoof with a quillboar problem. From then on Cairne pledged his Tauren to the Horde and the Orcs. Cairne was killed in a duel with the former Orcish warchief Garrosh Hellscream, thanks to betrayal by the High Shaman of his tribe, Magatha Grimtotem. Cairne’s son, Baine Bloodhoof, took over as leader of the Tauren.
Tauren are able to be Priests, Druids, Monks, Shamans, Hunters, Warriors, Paladins and Death Knights. They get a bonus to picking herbs with Herbalism, and they have a war stomp which stuns their enemies momentarily. The Tauren racial mount is a kodo.
The trolls that are a part of the Horde are known as jungle trolls. They are from the Darkspear clan, and they are led by a Shadowhunter named Vol’jin. They joined the Horde after Thrall and Cairne assisted them with some naga off the coast of the Echo Isles, their ancestral home. Vol’jin was instrumental in a rebellion against the former Orcish Warchief Garrosh Hellscream, and he is now the current Warchief of the Horde.
Trolls are able to be Mages, Warlocks, Priests, Druids, Monks, Rogues, Shaman, Hunters, Warriors, and Death Knights. They get a beserking buff which increases the amount of damage that they do. Trolls ride raptors as their racial mount.
Undead are former humans of the City State of Lordaeron who were raised from death by the Arthas, before he became the Lich King. They broke away from the Lich King’s service and now serve under the Undead Banshee Queen, Sylvanas Windrunner (who is a former High Elf). They call themselves the Forsaken.
Undead are able to be Mages, Warlocks, Priests, Rogues, Monks, Hunters, Warriors and Death Knights. Undead also get a racial talent called “Will of the Forsaken” which allows them to break charms. Undead have skeletal warhorses as their racial mount.
Blood Elves were the first extra race to be introduced to the World of Warcraft in the Burning Crusade Expansion Pack.
They are the former High Elves who survived after Arthas sacked Silvermoon City and polluted the Sunwell. Blood Elves used to receive their arcane power from the Sunwell, but once Arthas polluted it, they started to go into arcane magic withdrawls. The leader of the Blood Elves, Kael’thas Sunstrider, captured a Naaru (being of pure light) named M’uru that the Blood Elves used to satiate their addictions. Kael’thas, unfortunately became corrupted by the Burning Legion and captured M’uru again and forced him to ‘turn dark’ – which is how a Naaru dies. M’uru became a being named Entropius, and after Entropius was defeated, the remaining spark of M’uru was used to reignite the Sunwell by Velen, the leader of the Draenai. This helped the Blood Elves with their magic addiction. The current leader of the Blood Elves is a man named Lorth’emar Theron.
Blood Elves can be Mages, Warlocks, Priests, Rogues, Monks, Hunters, Warriors, Paladins and Death Knights. Blood Elves are able to silence their enemies by releasing an arcane torrent of magic, which also restores some mana, energy, focus or rage. They also get a bonus to the Enchanting Profession. The Blood Elf racial mount is a hawkstrider.
Goblins were introduced in the Cataclysm expansion pack. They are renowned in Azeroth for their ability to create and engineer, and for their alchemy skills. They are also known for being very greedy, and generally won’t do anything unless they benefit from it. They joined the Horde after having helped to rescue Thrall from the Alliance after Deathwing caused the great Cataclysm. (There are still neutral goblins out there, such as the Steamwheedle Cartel, who will do anything for anyone, for the right price.)
Goblins can be Mages, Warlocks, Priests, Rogues, Shaman, Hunters, Warriors and Death Knights. They get bonus reputation with anyone, getting the best deals anywhere! They also can summon their pack hobgoblin once every hour, and have an increased skill with Alchemy. Goblins drive trikes as their racial mount.