WoW Classic Races

Welcome to our World of Warcraft Classic Race Guide, Below we rank the best races for PVP, PVE and even for each Class Spec. We also detail all the Racial Traits that are unique to each race and what they do, this will help you better understand why we rank them so highly or poorly overall.

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World of Warcraft Classic What Are Racial Traits?
Racial Traits are Passive Stat Bonuses and Activatable Spells/Abilities that are unique to that specific Race, some of these can be useful in PVP or within PVE content such as Dungeons and Raids. Others are can be fairly useless like 15 extra herbalism profession levels.

List of all World of Warcraft Classic Racial Traits

RaceTraits

Orc
(Horde)
Blood Fury: Increases attack power by 25% for 15 sec and reduces healing effects on you by 50% for 25 sec. 2 min cooldown.

Hardiness: Chance to Resist Stun effects Increased by 25%.

Command: Damage done by Hunter and Warlock pets increased by 5%.

Axe Specialization: Skill with Axes and Two-Handed Axes increased by 5.


Tauren
(Horde)
War Stomp: AOE Stuns up to 5 enemies within 8 yards for 2 sec. 2 min cooldown.

Endurance: Total Health increased by 5%.

Cultivation: Herbalism skill increased by 15.

Nature Resistance: Nature Resistance increased by 10.


Troll
(Horde)
Berserking: Increases your casting and attack speed by 10% to 25%. At full health, the speed increase is 10% with the effect being greater to 25% if you are low health when you activate Berserking. Lasts 10 sec. 3 min cooldown.

Regeneration: Health regeneration rate increased by 10%. 10% of total Health regeneration may continue during combat.

Beast Slaying: Damage dealt versus Beasts increased by 5%.

Throwing/Bow Specialization: Skill with Throwing/Bow Weapons increased by 5.


Undead
(Horde)
Will of the Forsaken: Grants immunity to Charm, Fear and Sleep while active. May also be used while already afflicted by Charm, Fear or Sleep to break such effects. Lasts 5 sec. 2 min cooldown.

Cannibalize: When activated, regenerates 7% of total health every 2 sec for 10 sec. Only works on Humanoid or Undead corpses. Any movement, action, or damage taken while Cannibalizing will cancel the effect.

Underwater Breathing: Underwater breath lasts 300% longer than normal.

Shadow Resistance: Shadow Resistance increased by 10.


Dwarf
(Alliance)
Stoneform: Removes all poison, disease, curse, magic, and bleed effects and reduces all physical damage taken by 10% for 8 sec. 3 min cooldown.

Gun Specialization: Guns skill increased by 5.

Frost Resistance: Frost Resistance increased by 10.

Find Treasure: Allows the dwarf to sense nearby treasure, making it appear on the minimap.


Gnome
(Alliance)
Escape Artist: Removes any Snare/Root or movement speed reduction effects. 1 sec cast. 1 min cooldown.

Expansive Mind: Intellect increased by 5%.

Arcane Resistance: Arcane Resistance increased by 10.

Engineering Specialist: Engineering skill increased by 15.


Human
(Alliance)
Diplomacy: Reputation gains increased by 10%.

The Human Spirit: Increases spirit by 5%.

Mace Specialization: Skill with Maces and Two-Handed Maces increased by 5.

Sword Specialization: Skill with Swords and Two-Handed Swords increased by 5

Perception: Increases stealth detection for the next 20 seconds. 3 min cooldown.


Night Elf
(Alliance)
Shadowmeld: Activate to slip into the shadows (Stealth), reducing the chance for enemies to detect your presence.  Night Elf Rogues and Druids with Shadowmeld are more difficult to detect while stealthed.

Quickness: Dodge chance is Increased by 1%.

Wisp Spirit: Transform into a wisp upon death, increasing movement speed by 50%.

Nature Resistance: Nature Resistance increased by 10.

World of Warcraft Classic Best Race

Best Race For PVP Battlegrounds and Duels

Depending on the class you choose one of two of the Best Races are most likely going to be the best fit for you, Dwarfs are strong PVP Melee Classes, while Gnomes are great as any Caster Class such as Priest, Mages and Warlocks. Orcs are good for Hunters and Warriors, while Undead make amazing Priest and Mages.

  • Best  –   Orc,  Dwarves,  Gnome,  Undead
  • Average  –  Night Elf,  Tauren,  Humans,  Troll
  • Weak  –

Best Race For PVE Dungeons and Raids

This list is based on useful each race’s Racial Trait is within PVE, for example, Humans get bonus spirit and as a healer this is helpful and their ability to gain 10% Reputation is also a really big plus for PVE content in Classic WoW. Taurens are even bigger tanks thanks to their bonus health trait and Orc with the Stun Resistance helps as well.

  • Best  –   Orc,  Undead,  Tauren,  Troll,  Humans
  • Average  –  Gnome,  Dwarves
  • Below Average  –  Night Elf

Best Race Based on Class

These are the best races based on what class you deiced to play, we recommend these based on the synergy of the Racial Traits with the character Class Spec. For example, Gnomes get 5% bonus Intellect and the ability to remove Snares/Roots, which are both useful for most Caster Classes in WoW.

  • Rogue –   Orc,  Dwarves,  Night Elf,  Undead
  • Priest  Troll,  Humans,  Gnome,  Undead
  • Hunter –  Orc,  Dwarves,  Troll
  • Druid –   Tauren,  Night Elf
  • Shaman  Orc,  Troll
  • Paladin –  Dwarves,  Humans
  • Mage –   Troll,  Gnome,  Undead
  • Warlock  Orc,  Gnome
  • Warrior –  Orc,  Dwarves,  Undead

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