Allied race

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Void elf, Lighforged 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.

Description

Allied races are, from a design point of view, alternate versions of the main 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 including their own emotes, flirts, funnies, exertions, and so on.[1]

Each new allied race adds a new character slot. 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.[2]

Recruitment

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.

History

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 will be unlocked later in the expansion, after they respectively join the Alliance and the Horde.[6]

List of allied races

Alliance Alliance
Horde Horde

Classes

Class balance on factions is more linked to lore than equality.[2] 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.[7]

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


Future allied races

  • There are no immediate plans for Wildhammer dwarves, but it is possible in the future.[8]
  • Murlocs[9] and blood trolls[10] 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.[11] 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.[12]

Speculation

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For other new race speculations, see the race ideas article.
  • 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.[13] 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, which would suggest a Horde race.
  • The inclusion of Horde-friendly San'layn during the War Campaign may lead to playable San'layn.

Notes

  • 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.
  • Funnily enough, the term "allied race" was used in the patch 1.5 notes to refer to other faction reputations.[14]

Gallery

Official art
Fan concept

References