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Playable races

Official lore heights

The following represents the lore height of playable races in World of Warcraft.

These values come from either Blizzard's own internal height chart or from official novels, making them the most canonical data available and thus take priority over other sources.

Race Gender Feet & Inches Inches Centimeters
Orc Male
Female
7'[1]
6' - 6'6"[1]
84"
72" - 78"
213.36 cm
182.88 cm - 198.12 cm
Tauren Male
Female
10'[1]
9'[1]
120"
108"
304.8 cm
274.32 cm
  • Zandalari at large in Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde are described to stand "at least a head taller" than a male jungle troll.[2] And some are even taller than that.[3]
    • Male Zandalari considered short for a Zandalari troll are still taller than male jungle trolls.[4]
    • Female Zandalari stand taller than most non-Zandalari trolls.[5]
    • A female Zandalari standing "at least a head taller" than a male jungle troll would make them roughly 9'6" tall, making male Zandalari roughly 10' tall.

Internal height chart

On Twitter, Sean Copeland had in the past mentioned the internal height chart and also said that Blizzard was working on making said chart publicly available, however, the only sources we actually have archived of the internal height chart are for orcs and tauren, all other mentions of the internal height chart have been part of tweets that have been removed since and weren't archived in time, which sadly leaves no reliable source to be used.

"Blizzard is working to make their internal height values publicly available.[6] Sean Copeland suspects the game models being shorter is due to a game limitation.[7]"

Player model heights

The following represents the latest player model height of playable races in World of Warcraft, used as substitutes for lore height due to most races having no official values mentioned by Blizzard regarding their height in lore or the internal height chart.

The accuracy of these values may or may not be correct for every race. However, they are likely not far off, as it is important that a race's in-game appearance—including height—matches what it would be in lore. An example we have are orcs; their internal chart height matches the player model closely, giving credence to the below values being more or less correct. With exceptions being made for the tallest races (e.g. tauren and Zandalari) to prevent them from getting stuck in doorways not made with tall races in mind.

Height chart containing most playable races.
Note: Male gnome and tauren heights are outdated, up-to-date values can be found in the table.
Race(s) Gender Feet & Inches Inches Centimeters
Blood elf / Void elf Male
Female
6'2.5672" (~6'3")
5'9.2327" (~5'9")
74.5672" (~75")
69.2327" (~69")
189.4005 cm (~189 cm)
175.8510 cm (~176 cm)
Draenei / Lightforged draenei Male
Female
7'5.1083" (~7'5")
7'0.6558" (~7'1")
89.1083" (~89")
84.6558" (~85")
226.3350 cm (~226 cm)
215.0257 cm (~215 cm)
Dwarf / Dark Iron dwarf Male
Female
4'8.0952" (~4'8")
4'6.1926" (~4'6")
56.0952" (~56")
54.1926" (~54")
142.4818 cm (~142 cm)
137.6492 cm (~138 cm)
Undead Male
Female
6'2.3116" (~6'2")
5'8.1178" (~5'8")
74.3116" (~74")
68.1178" (~68")
188.7513 cm (~189 cm)
173.0191 cm (~173 cm)
Gnome / Mechagnome Male
Female
3'5.5886" (~3'6")
3'3.829" (~3'4")
41.5886" (~42")
39.829" (~40")
105.6351 cm (~106 cm)
101.1655 cm (~101 cm)
Goblin Male
Female
3'10.849" (~3'11")
4'1.1573" (~4'1")
46.849" (~47")
49.1573" (~49")
118.9963 cm (~119 cm)
124.8594 cm (~125 cm)
Human Male
Female
6'0.8435" (~6'1")
5'8.4839" (~5'8")
72.8435" (~73")
68.4839" (~68")
185.0224 cm (~185 cm)
173.9490 cm (~174 cm)
Kul Tiran Male
Female
7'9.4333" (~7'9")
7'2.9638" (~7'3")
93.4333" (~93")
86.9638" (~87")
237.3206 cm (~237 cm)
220.8879 cm (~221 cm)
Night elf / Nightborne Male
Female
7'3.1258" (~7'3")
6'9.4266" (~6'9")
87.1258" (~87")
81.4266" (~81")
221.2994 cm (~221 cm)
206.8235 cm (~207 cm)
Orc / Mag'har orc Male
Female
6'10.8338" (~6'11")
6'0.6422" (~6'1")
82.8338" (~83")
72.6422" (~73")
210.3979 cm (~210 cm)
184.5112 cm (~185 cm)
Pandaren Male
Female
7'1.2386" (~7'1")
6'6.5156" (~6'7")
85.2386" (~85")
78.5156" (~79")
216.5061 cm (~217 cm)
199.4297 cm (~199 cm)
Tauren / Highmountain tauren Male
Female
9'0.9979" (~9'1")
8'02921" (~8')
108.9979" (~109")
96.2921" (~96")
276.8547 cm (~277 cm)
244.5818 cm (~245 cm)
Troll Male
Female
8'4.5476" (~8'5")
7'1.891" (~7'2")
100.5476" (~101")
85.891" (~86")
255.3910 cm (~255 cm)
218.1630 cm (~218 cm)
Vulpera Male
Female
3'10.7032" (~3'11")
3'10.6031" (~3'11")
46.7032" (~47")
46.6031" (~47")
118.6260‬ cm (~119 cm)
118.3718‬ cm (~118 cm)
Worgen Male
Female
7'8.7615" (~7'9")
6'11.4005" (~6'11")
92.7615" (~93")
83.4005" (~83")
235.6143 cm (~236 cm)
211.8372 cm (~212 cm)
Zandalari troll Male
Female
8'4.1455" (~8'4")
8'2.7714" (~8'3")
100.1455" (~100")
98.7714" (~99")
254.3696 cm (~254 cm)
250.8793 cm (~251 cm)
Notes and trivia
  • Goblins are the only playable race with females taller than males.
  • The measuring unit within World of Warcraft is "yards", as can be seen on the tooltips of spells and abilities. Knowing that, creature models can then be imported into Blender to have the height of the model's highest vertex measured.
    • The base unit in Blender is the same as in World of Warcraft, and for a male human specifically, the topmost vertex on a male human's head in T-pose is 2.02343 yards tall, which can easily be converted into more recognizable numbers:
      • Inches: 2.02343 (yards) × 3 (feet) × 12 (inches) = 72.84348" / 6'0.8435"
      • Centimeters: 2.02343 (yards) × 91.44 = 185.0224392 cm

Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.2.5 (2019-09-24): Goblin and worgen models updated.
[Show changes]
Goblin female
4'1.2512" (~4'1") → 4'1.1573" (~4'1")
49.2512 → 49.1573 = 0.0939" shorter
125.0981496‬ → 124.8594912 = 0.2386584 cm shorter
Goblin male
3'10.9058" (~3'11") → 3'10.849" (~3'11")
46.9058 → 46.849 = 0.0568" shorter
119.1408336‬ → 118.9963584 = 0.1444752 cm shorter
Worgen female
6'10.0832" (~6'10") → 6'11.4005" (~6'11")
82.0832 → 83.4005 = 1.3173" taller
208.4914296‬ → 211.8372192 = 3.3457896 cm taller
Worgen male
7'8.624" (~7'9") → 7'8.7615" (~7'9")
92.624 → 92.7615 = 0.1375" taller
235.2650616 → 235.6143624 = 0.3493008 cm taller
[Show changes]
Gnome male
3'5.589" (~3'6") → 3'5.5886" (~3'6")
41.589 → 41.5886 = 0.0004" shorter
105.63606 → 105.6351456 = 0.0009144 cm shorter
Tauren male
9'0.9976" (~9'1") → 9'0.9979" (~9'1")
108.9976 → 108.9979 = 0.00036" taller
276.8538024 → 276.8547168 = 0.0009144 cm taller

Non-playable races

The following represents the lore height of non-playable races in World of Warcraft.

These values come from official novels, making them the most canonical data available and thus take priority over other sources.

Race Child Adolescent Female Male
Dryad - 5'3"[np 1] - -
Gnoll - 5'4"[np 2] 5'7"[np 3] 5'10"[np 4]
Mogu - - - 9'4"[np 5]
Murloc - - 3'2"[np 6][np 7] 3'[np 6]
Ogre 5'4"[np 8] - 7'[np 8] - 10'[np 9] 6'[np 10] - 12'[np 10][np 8]

Trivia

  • Female murlocs tend to be slightly larger than males.[np 7]

Unconfirmed

  • According to concept art where a female vrykul is being compared to a female night elf, vrykul women are roughly 10'4" tall.
    • Male vrykul height, if the above is correct, would likely be around 11' give or take.

References

BradyGames

This section represents the height of playable races taken from works published by BradyGames such as the World of Warcraft: Beginner's Guide and World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Signature Series Guide.

The legitimacy of these values should be taken with a grain of salt as BradyGames' guides have been found to contain wrong and inconsistent information on multiple occasions.
The two height tables below have inconsistencies and are not recommended for use.

  • These values come from the guides' race-specific pages.
Race Height
Blood elf Blood Elves are 5-6 feet tall.[bg 1][wg 1]
Draenei Draenei are 7-8 feet tall.[bg 2][wg 2]
Dwarf Dwarves are 4-5 feet tall.[bg 3][wg 3]
Undead Forsaken are 5-6 feet tall.[bg 4][wg 4]
Gnome Gnomes are approximately 3 feet tall.[bg 5][wg 5]
Goblin No height mentioned.[bg 6][wg 6]
Human Humans are 5-6 feet tall.[bg 7][wg 7]
Night elf Night Elves are approximately 7 feet tall.[bg 8][wg 8]
Orc Orcs are approximately 6 feet tall.[bg 9][wg 9]
Pandaren Pandaren are generally between 5 and 6 feet tall.[bg 10][wg 10]
Tauren Tauren are 7-8 feet tall.[bg 11]
Tauren are 6-7 feet tall.[wg 11]
Troll They are 7-8 feet tall, the tallest race in Azeroth.[bg 12][wg 12]
Worgen No height mentioned.[bg 13][wg 13]
  • These values are approximations based on the height chart of player models included in the guides.
Race Female height Male height
Blood elf ~7' ~7'6"
Draenei ~7' ~8'
Dwarf ~4' ~4'6"
Undead ~6' ~6'
Gnome ~3' ~3'
Goblin ~4' ~4'
Human ~6' ~6'
Night elf ~7' ~7'6"
Orc ~6'6" ~6'6"
Pandaren ~6' ~6'
Tauren ~7' ~8'
Troll ~7'6" ~7'
Worgen ~7' ~7'

References

  • Published in 2011.
  • Published in 2014.

In the RPG

Icon-RPG.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

This section represents the range of height taken from the vital statistics for various races given in the RPG. These more or less represent the most healthy members of the race, the ones that may become heroes. The base height represents the lowest possible height for a healthy adult individual in the race.

Core Icon-RPG.png races

Race Base Height Male Female Average
Forsaken human* ?? 4'10" - 6'6" 4'5" - 6'1" -
Forsaken high elf* ?? 5'1" - 6'1" 4'9" - 5'9" -
Goblin ?? 2'9" - 3'3" 2'7" - 3'1" 3 feet[1]
Gnome ?? 3'2" - 3'8" 3' - 3'6" -
High elf ?? 5'3" - 6'1" 4'11" - 5'9" Little over 6 feet[2]
Human ?? 5' - 6'6" 4'7" - 6'1" 6 feet[3]
Ironforge dwarf ?? 3'11" - 4'5" 3'9" - 4'3" 4-5 feet[4]
Jungle troll ?? 6'3" - 7'1" 5'11" - 6'9" 7 feet[5]
Night elf ?? 6'8" - 7'6" 6'4" - 7'2" 7 feet (males)[6]
Orc ?? 6'8" - 8' 6" 6'2" - 8' 6-7 feet[7]
Tauren ?? 7'2" - 9' 6'10" - 8'8" 7 1/2 feet[8]
1 Goblins are slight and wiry, averaging 3 feet in height.[8] ...average goblin is 3 feet...[9]
2 A high elf is usually a little over 6 feet in height.[10]
3 Humans average 6 feet in height.[11]
4 The average dwarf stands between 4 feet and 5 feet in height.[12]
5 Jungle trolls are lean and wiry, averaging 7 feet tall.[13]
6 Males are on average 7 feet tall.[14]
7 Orcs average between 6 to 7 feet in height.[15]
8 Males average 7 1/2 feet tall.[16]

* Forsaken tend to have heights closer to human or high elf.

All height ranges above from page 174 of World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game unless otherwise noted.[17]

Other Icon-RPG.png races

Race Base Height Male Female Average
Wildhammer dwarf[1] 3'9" - 4'5" 3'7" - 4'3" [2]
Furbolg[1] ?? 7' - 8'4" 6'8" - 8' 7 to 10 feet[3]
Half-elf[1] ?? 4'7" - 5'11" 4'5" - 5'9" -
Dryad ?? - 5' - 6'6"[4] -
Keeper of the Grove ?? 6'10" - 8'[4] - -
Half-ogre ?? 7'4" - 9'4" 7'1" - 9"1" [5]
Half-orc[5] ?? 5'8" - 7'8" 5'1" - 7'1" 6-1/2 feet[6]
Forest troll[5] ?? 6'1" - 7'1" 5'9" - 6'9" [7]
Centaur ?? 6'8" - 8' 6'5" - 7'9" [8]
Ogre and Ogre magi ?? 6'5" - 7'5" 6'2" - 7'2" [9]
Dragon whelps[10] 4' - 4'2" ?? ?? ??
Flamewaker[10] 6'8" - 6'10" ?? ?? ??
Nerubian[10] 2'10" - 3' ?? ?? ??
Sea giant[10] 7' ?? ?? ??
1 Table 1-6[18]
2 Slightly taller and leaner than Ironforge dwarves.[19]
3 Furbolgs average 7 to 10 feet in height and 3 feet in width. Many furbolgs continue to grow even after they reach maturity, adding layers of muscle.[20]
4 Table 2-6[21]
5 [22]
6 Half-orcs are a bit taller than humans, standing around 6-1/2 feet in height. Males are noticeably taller than females.[23]
7 Forest trolls resemble their jungle troll cousins, but are taller and more muscled.[24]
8 [25]
9 At adulthood, but continue to grow.[25] A fully grown ogre would be between 8 feet and 25 feet[25], the average for the larger ogres is 15 feet. Though some ogres are small barely larger than 6 or 7 feet.[26]
10 Table 2-8[27]

Undefined genders

Race Base Height Height Average
Abomination ?? ??[1] -
Mountain giant ?? 7'2" - 8'4"[2] -
Ancient Protector ?? 7'2" - 8'4"[2] -
1 At construction, but continue to grow.[25]
2 At adulthood, but continue to grow.[28]

Gallery

See also

References

 
  1. ^ a b c d Archive lore tweets from loreology
  2. ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, pg. 110
    "Then he [Vol'jin] laughed. He was too tall for pandaren armor but too short for Zandalari. He'd dealt with them before. They stood at least a head taller than he did, and twice that if one measured arrogance."
  3. ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, pg. 118
    "He [Vol'jin] faced a Zandalari even taller than most and decidedly wider."
  4. ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, pg. 235
    "On the hour, two Zandalari warriors started to the north post. One, the smaller of the two — which still made him taller than Vol'jin — kicked Vol'jin's hip."
  5. ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, pg. 83
    "One needed to look no further than physiology to prove it: she [Khal'ak] stood taller than any other troll she'd met who was not pureblood Zandalari."
  6. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-04-25)
  7. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-05-24)
  8. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 42
  9. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 116
  10. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 36
  11. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 43
  12. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 34
  13. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 49
  14. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 38
  15. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 45
  16. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 47
  17. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 174
  18. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 13
  19. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 6
  20. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 10
  21. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 33
  22. ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg. 11
  23. ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg. 9
  24. ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg. 10
  25. ^ a b c d Horde Player's Guide, pg. 29
  26. ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg. 214
  27. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 49
  28. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 33