Allied race

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Void elf, Lightforged draenei, Nightborne, Highmountain tauren
Zandalari troll, Mag'har orc, Dark Iron dwarf, Kul Tiran human

Allied races are a type of playable race introduced with Battle for Azeroth that can only be unlocked and used after fulfilling certain in-game requirements.


Allied races are, from a design point of view, alternate versions of the main races. They mostly use the skeleton of an existing race, but altered and with a different model. They also have their own racial abilities. Allied races get a full character kit including their own emotes, flirts, funnies, exertions, and so on.[1]


For recruitment questlines, see Allied race recruitment quests.

Each race is associated with an achievement and reputation in order to unlock. These requirements are account wide, not character bound, so players can earn each requirement on different characters on different realms and still unlock the allied race. After a player meets the requirements for a given race, they must head to their faction's embassy - Alliance players can recruit them from the Stormwind Embassy, and Horde players from the Orgrimmar Embassy. They will be given a quest chain that, upon completion, will grant them the ability to create a new character for that allied race, which will start at level 20. Upon reaching level 110 without using a level boost or Recruit-A-Friend boost, they are rewarded with a heritage armor set.

Allied race recruitment quests can't currently be repeated, but there could be an option to repeat them in the future.[2]


The first four allied races were recruited as a direct result of the events of Legion, originating from the Broken Isles and Argus. Another four are part of the story in Battle for Azeroth. Allied races are not a Battle for Azeroth-exclusive feature however.[3]

Draenor orcs were first announced by Ion Hazzikostas on January 30 2018.[4] On March 15, they were confirmed to be named "Mag'har orcs".

The Kul Tiran humans were first announced by Ion Hazzikostas on March 15 2018.[5]

Mag'har orcs and Dark Iron dwarves are available after completing the Battle for Azeroth War Campaign. The Kul Tiran humans and Zandalari trolls were recruited later in the expansion, after they respectively join the Alliance and the Horde.[6]

Vulpera and Mechagnomes were announced as new Horde and Alliance allied races respectively in patch 8.3.[7]

List of allied races

8 unlockable allied races.
Alliance Alliance
Horde Horde


Class balance on factions is more linked to lore than equality.[8] It was also stated that there are no plans to give hero classes to allied races in Battle for Azeroth, but in the future the door is open to it.[9]

Death knight
Death knight
Demon hunter
Demon hunter
Alliance Alliance Void elfVoid elf Void elf X X X X X X X
Lightforged draeneiLightforged draenei Lightforged X X X X X
Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron X X X X X X X X X
Kul TiranKul Tiran Kul Tiran X X X X X X X X
MechagnomeMechagnome Mechagnome X X X X X X X
Horde Horde NightborneNightborne Nightborne X X X X X X X
Highmountain taurenHighmountain tauren Highmountain X X X X X
Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har X X X X X X X
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari X X X X X X X X X
VulperaVulpera Vulpera X X X X X X X X
Roles Tank Alert Tank X X X X X X
Healer Alert Heal X X X X X
Damage Dealer Alert DPS X X X X X X X X X X X X

Future allied races

  • There are no immediate plans for Wildhammer dwarves, but it is possible in the future.[10]
  • Murlocs[11] and blood trolls[12] are not planned as allied races.
  • High elves are not planned as an allied race. At BlizzCon 2017, when asked if they could be a future allied race, Ion Hazzikostas said that "blood elves are pretty much high elves, and void elves are pretty much another flavor of high elves". He also stated that there was no obvious population center for them to come from, as they had been assimilated in other cultures.[13] In a Developer Q&A, when asked why they had thus decided to give the Alliance void elves instead of high elves, Hazzikostas elaborated that the fantasy of the "fair-skinned, blonde-haired, majestic elf" kind was already fulfilled by blood elves. Giving that race to the Alliance would also have blurred the lines between factions. Void elves allowed them to give a unique and distinct "flavor of blood elves" to the Alliance.[14]


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
For other new race speculations, see the race ideas article.

Notes and trivia

  • An allied race character can be boosted with the Character Boost service but will not receive their heritage armor set. Using the Race Change service to turn a character into an allied race will prevent the obtention of the armor as well.
  • NPCs that call the player by their race originally referred to allied races using their full allied race name, such as "Highmountain tauren" or "Lightforged draenei". This was later changed so they use only the race name, such as "Tauren" or "Draenei".
  • Funnily enough, the term "allied race" was used in the patch 1.5 notes to refer to other faction reputations.[15]
  • In 7.3.5 the new allied races increased the character slots per realm up to 16[16] and 8.0 increased it to 18.[17] However, with 8.1.5, the character slot limit per realm was removed, with the account limit still remaining a total of 50 characters.
  • According to game director, Ion Hazzikostas, allied races will always come out in pairs to begin with, but in the long run they may not come out for both factions at the same time.[8]
  • In 2013, a MMO-Champion user known as "shoc" created a thread talking about Sub-Race Photoshop Mockups. In this thread, he showed various mockups, including several ideas that became playable as allied races (Mag'har orc, Dark Iron dwarf, humanoid mechagnomes). He also introduced the idea of slim humans based on the Forsaken rig and beefier humans, two concepts that were eventually realized with the nation of Kul Tiras.


Official art
Fan concepts

Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.5 (2019-03-12): Added Kul Tiran and Zandalari troll allied races.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Added Dark Iron dwarf and Mag'har orc allied races.
  • Legion Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Added Lightforged draenei, Void elf, Highmountain tauren, and Nightborne allied races. Pre-order of Battle for Azeroth required.