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Historically, wizards have been male, and there was considerable resistance even in Dalaran to women taking up the profession in spite of the city's tradition of training sorceresses and female archmages. No Kirin Tor sanctioned female wizards appeared to have existed prior to 800 years ago, when Aegwynn became Guardian. Even in the recent past, it has been difficult for women to become wizards — Jaina Proudmoore faced considerable obstacles in her ambition to be more than a mere sorceress. Fortunately for her, she was able to convince Antonidas to care more for her magical talent than her gender, and she became a fully qualified wizard in record time.
Though most contemporary human and high elven mages bow to the sovereignty of Dalaran and the Kirin Tor, there are a great many who choose to delve into the secrets of magic by themselves. Considered to be non-sanctioned renegades by the Kirin Tor, these rogue mages strive to expand their knowledge of magic and spellcraft beyond the constraints of what most other wizards believe to be safe or morally acceptable.
- Dalaran Wizard - Hillsbrad Foothills, Silverpine Forest
- Syndicate Wizard - Alterac Mountains
- Defias Wizard - Deadmines
- Defias Rogue Wizard - Elwynn Forest
- Scarlet Wizard - Scarlet Monastery
- Alliance Wizard - Lost Isles
In the RPG
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who have undertaken intensive study of magic in places such as the Violet Citadel of Dalaran or the Academies of Silvermoon in Quel'Thalas. They do not channel arcane power, but instead use their vast knowledge of otherworldly forces to harness the energies to their will.
Wizards come from any races. A night elf who takes this class is stripped of her racial heritage and effectively and physically transforms into a high elf over time. When it starts it is a painful and irreversible process that only takes a week. Orcs and tauren are unlikely to take this class, since they lack wizards available to train anyone and have a bias against arcane spellcasting to begin with.
- Alphus Wordwill
- Ansirem Runeweaver
- Beve Perenolde
- Ello Ebonlocke
- Forthisal D'Neve
- Garrick (apprentice wizard)
- Kazzak the Supreme
- Kael'thas Sunstrider
- Arellas Fireleaf
- Leanine Starborn
- Memses Lodestaff
- Pai Stormbringer
- Queen Azshara
- Ul'haik Hadanot
- Valenia Silvermoon
- Warden Belamoore
- Zerx Hydromon
- Zifban (a fictional wizard)
- Crandor (a fake wizard)
- The wizard core class was not updated for the World of Warcraft RPG and was eliminated for use in the game.
- Khadgar was originally described as an "Arch-Wizard", before to later be referred to as an archmage. However, Beyond the Dark Portal refers to him as both, a wizard and an archmage.
- Every wizard studied the legends of the demon horde, what some called the Burning Legion.
- ^ DeCandido, Keith R.A.. Cycle of Hatred, 35. ISBN 978-0-7434-7136-7.
- ^ Blizzard Entertainment. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, 85.
- ^ The Cult of the Damned (WC3 Human)
- ^ Arthaus. Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 57. ISBN 9781588460714.
- ^ Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal missions#Introduction
- ^ Day of the Dragon, chapter 10, pg. 83 ("e-book")