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

Updated July 23, 2020 502 votes 41 voters24 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.

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    Night Elves (Alliance)

    Night Elves (Alliance)
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    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

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    Blood Elves (Horde)

    Blood Elves (Horde)
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    Blood Elves were once High Elves. However, in the Third War they were scoured from Azeroth by the Death Knight Arthas. Almost ninety percent of their population was slaughtered and resurrected by a necromancer.

    Those who were resurrected are known as the Blood Elves. 

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

    Homeworld: Azeroth

    Language: Thalassian

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    Trolls (Horde)

    Trolls (Horde)
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    Trolls are known throughout Azeroth for their cruelty and dark mysticism. They seem to hate all other races because of their history of subservience and exile. The Trolls were on the brink of extinction when Horde forces were driven to their home island.

    When they arrived they were helped back from the brink in exchange for their loyalty in the wars to come.

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

    Homeworld: Azeroth

    Languages: Zandali

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    Orcs (Horde)

    Orcs (Horde)
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    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

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