Racial trait

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Playable races in World of Warcraft
Human · Night elf · Dwarf · Gnome · The Burning Crusade Draenei · Cataclysm Worgen
Battle for Azeroth Dark Iron dwarf · Battle for Azeroth Lightforged draenei · Battle for Azeroth Void elf
Mists of Pandaria Pandaren
Orc · Undead · Tauren · Troll · The Burning Crusade Blood elf · Cataclysm Goblin
Battle for Azeroth Highmountain tauren · Battle for Azeroth Nightborne · Battle for Azeroth Zandalari troll

Racial traits, commonly referred to as racials, are special abilities or powers granted to a player character based on race. These traits come in both active and passive forms. Each race has at least 3 traits (several passive and at least one active trait per race) known by all characters of that race at the time of creation.

Racials represent the main gameplay difference between races, and aside from faction choice, the main non-cosmetic basis to choose between races.


Race Faction Racial Abilities
Dwarf AllianceAlliance [Explorer], [Frost Resistance], [Might of the Mountain], [Stoneform]
Gnome AllianceAlliance [Arcane Resistance], [Engineering Specialist], [Escape Artist], [Expansive Mind], [Nimble Fingers]
Human AllianceAlliance [Every Man for Himself], [Diplomacy], [The Human Spirit]
Night elf AllianceAlliance [Elusiveness], [Nature Resistance], [Quickness], [Shadowmeld], [Touch of Elune], [Wisp Spirit]
Draenei AllianceAlliance [Gift of the Naaru], [Heroic Presence], [Gemcutting], [Shadow Resistance]
Worgen AllianceAlliance [Darkflight], [Viciousness], [Aberration], [Two Forms], [Running Wild], [Flayer]
Pandaren Both 64.pngNeutral [Epicurean], [Gourmand], [Inner Peace], [Bouncy], [Quaking Palm]
Orc HordeHorde [Blood Fury], [Command], [Hardiness]
Tauren HordeHorde [Brawn], [Cultivation], [Endurance], [Nature Resistance], [War Stomp]
Troll HordeHorde [Beast Slaying], [Berserking], [Da Voodoo Shuffle], [Regeneration]
Forsaken HordeHorde [Will of the Forsaken], [Cannibalize], [Touch of the Grave], [Shadow Resistance]
Blood elf HordeHorde [Arcane Affinity], [Arcane Acuity], [Arcane Resistance], [Arcane Torrent]
Goblin HordeHorde [Rocket Jump], [Rocket Barrage], [Time is Money], [Best Deals Anywhere], [Pack Hobgoblin], [Better Living Through Chemistry]

Removed racial traits