Allied race

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Allied races (Void elf, Lighforged draenei, Nightborne, Highmountain tauren).

Allied races are a type of playable race introduced in Battle for Azeroth, which came with the first six allied races, with more to come.[1]

Allied races are, from a design point of view, alternate versions of the main races, akin to the long proposed fan concept of "sub-races". They 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: their own emotes, their own flirts, funnies, exertions, and so on.[2]

Future allied races (Zandalari troll, Mag'har orc, Dark Iron dwarf, Kul Tiran human).

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. As new allied races are added, more character slots will be added.[3]

Players must first bring the new ally into their faction before they become available. Once unlocked, they can create a character of this race, starting their adventure at level 20. Upon reaching level 110 (without a level boost or Recruit-a-Friend boost), heritage armor sets are awarded.

The first four allied races were recruited as a direct result of the events of Legion, originating from the Broken Isles or Argus. Another four will be part of the story in Battle for Azeroth.

List of allied races

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 ability to make a new character with an allied race. After a player meets the requirements for a given race, they must head to their faction's embassy, where they will be given a quest chain that, upon completion, will ultimately grant them the ability to create a new character for that allied race.

Alliance Alliance
Horde Horde

Available classes

Class balance on factions is more linked to lore than equality.[3] 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.[4]

Class Alliance Alliance Horde Horde Roles
Void elfVoid elf Lightforged draeneiLightforged draenei Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Kul Tiran humanKul Tiran human NightborneNightborne Highmountain taurenHighmountain tauren Mag'har orcMag'har orc Zandalari trollZandalari troll Tank Heal DPS
Druid Druid Battle for Azeroth Legion Battle for Azeroth X X X
Hunter Hunter Legion Legion Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth Legion Legion Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth X
Mage Mage Legion Legion Battle for Azeroth Legion Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth X
Paladin Paladin Legion Battle for Azeroth X X X
Priest Priest Legion Legion Battle for Azeroth Legion Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth X X
Rogue Rogue Legion Battle for Azeroth Legion Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth X
Shaman Shaman Battle for Azeroth Legion Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth X X
Warlock Warlock Legion Battle for Azeroth Legion Battle for Azeroth X
Warrior Warrior Legion Legion Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth Legion Legion Battle for Azeroth Battle for Azeroth X X
Death knight Death knight X X
Monk Monk Legion Battle for Azeroth Legion Legion Battle for Azeroth X X X
Demon hunter Demon hunter X X

Future allied races

Allied races are not a Battle for Azeroth-exclusive feature.[5]

The orcs from Draenor were first announced by Ion Hazzikostas on January 30 2018[6] and 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.[7]

Mag'har orcs and Dark Iron dwarves will be available after completing the Battle for Azeroth War Campaign. The Kul Tiran humans and Zandalari trolls will be unlocked later in the expansion, after they respectively join the Alliance and the Horde.[8]

Potential allied races

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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.
  • Vulpera have been speculated to be an allied race in the future, based on having a full suite of customization options (unusual among NPC races). Blizzard has stated that setting up certain races that way is advantageous for development and is not necessarily a sign that there are any plans to make them playable.[9] Vulpera also received a complete model update during Alpha, and notably received tails and tattoos. They also have faces rigged for animations, underwear (which is something that is normally unique to playable races), and their texture sheet is ordered like that of a playable race. For a race that only appears in a significant way in only one zone, Vol'dun, all of this might be seen as odd, especially compared to the other, main Vol'dun race, the Sethrak, who are much more prominent and important but barely get any customization and are purely NPC models.
    • The only known friendly Vulpera faction, the Voldunai, are Horde-aligned, so they would be a Horde race.
  • There are no immediate plans for Wildhammer dwarves, but it is possible in the future.[10]

Notes & trivia

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