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Every Race In 'World of Warcraft', Ranked Best To Worst

Updated July 23, 2020 1.3k votes 91 voters 1.3k views24 items

As one of the most popular MMORPGs of all time, World of Warcraft is still going strong nearly a decade after it was first released. With 12 different races and 24 playable characters to choose from, the game's customization and detailed class system continue to woo WoW users around the world. While each race belongs to a specific alliance (except for the Pandaren, which can switch between the two), there are also new allied races in Battle for Azeroth that first need to be recruited in order to unlock. This list covers every playable race in World of Warcraft, including all the allied ones. 

Perhaps not too surprising, Humans are the most popular WoW race, making up more than 14% of all players online. Alternatively, Kul Tiran is currently the least popular race, with only .07% of online players. Which race do you always have trouble going up against? And which is your go-to for smiting your enemies

Vote up all your favorite races in World of Warcraft so we can finally settle which group is the best.

  • Orcs (Horde)
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    Orcs (Horde)

    Unlike the other Horde races, orcs are not from Azeroth. Instead, they lived in clans on Draenor. Although they were once peaceful, they abandoned their ways when the demon lord of the Burning Legion corrupted them.

    Now the orcs are used to enact his vengeful plot against the Draenei. 

    Character Classes: Warrior, Rogue, Mage, Monk, Hunter, Shaman, Warlock, Death Knight

    Homeworld: Draenor (Outland)

    Language: Orcish

    One of the best?
  • Night Elves (Alliance)
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    Night Elves (Alliance)

    The Night Elves have always played a big role in the fate of the world. Even today they remember the War of the Ancients from over 10,000 years ago.

    Later when the Legion's remnants came together centuries after the way the night elves were there once again to fight back and vanquish the threat. 

    Available Classes: Warrior, Rogue, Mage, Druid, Death Knight, Hunter, Priest, Monk, Demon Hunter

    Homeworld: Azeroth

    Language: Darnassian

    One of the best?
  • Tauren (Horde)
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    Tauren (Horde)

    The Tauren are peaceful creatures that have long lived in Kalimdor. They strive to preserve the balance between nature in honor of the Earth Mother. Until recently they lived as nomads throughout the Barens.

    However, now they have been sucked into the wars of the other races. 

    Available Classes: Warrior, Hunter, Shaman, Druid, Paladin, Priest, Monk, Death Knight

    Homeworld: Azeroth

    Languages: Taur-ahe, Orcish, Common

    One of the best?
  • Dark Iron Dwarves (Alliance)
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    Dark Iron Dwarves (Alliance)

    These dwarves are known for their fiery tempers and strong wills. However, they have a rocky history with other dwarven clans and are often at odds with other dwarves.

    This Dark Iron clan once fought on the opposite side of the war as the rest of their kin. 

    Available Classes: Warrior, Paladin, Hunter, Rogue, Priest, Shaman, Mage, Worlock, Monk Death Knight

    Homeworld: Azeroth

    Languages: Dwarven, Common, Gnomish, Kalimag

    One of the best?