There are a large number of races you can choose to play as in World Of Warcraft and each come with their own special perks, benefits, and abilities that can make them fierce heroes in the quest to save Azeroth.
With the recent Battle For Azeroth expansion the metas have been shaken up a little and some races have proven to be incredibly strong and others have suffered. Whether you’re starting out or a returning veteran here are the five strongest and five weakest races in the game.
10 Best: Troll
Trolls have some helpful abilities for players both in PVE and PVP situations. They start off with Regeneration which increases health regeneration by 10% and ensures that at least 10% of health regeneration will occur in combat.
Beast Slaying increases experience gain from beast kills which is handy for power leveling. Berserking and Da Voodoo Shuffle also improve movement speed and reduce how long penalties to movement speed affect them, making it easier to kite enemies. All in all they are some of the best Warlocks in the game.
9 Worst: Nightborne
These Night Elves have been locked away for some time and it hasn’t been good for their combat prowess. Arcane Pulse is genuinely useful granting an aura of 200% arcane damage that pulses every two seconds and causes 50% snare for 20 seconds.
The other traits grant a boost to magic damage and protect them from magic attacks, but aside from the Arcane Pulse they just don’t have enough punch. Their magical ability fizzles compared to other arcane races and they certainly can’t compete in a physical based fight. They’re meant to be Mages or Warlock, but there are better races for this.
8 Best: Zandalari Troll
Another entry for the horde and the only Allied Race to appear on the best list are the Zandalari Trolls. They have the powerful Regeneratin’ ability which can recover full health in six seconds that can be interrupted through an attack. City of Gold increases the amount of coin that drops off enemies.
But what really causes this race to shine is the Embrace of Loa passive, players can choose which spirit animal to worship which enables them to pick the passive best suited for their needs. Krag’wa can give you a boost to health and armor when taking damage and Bwonsamdi can heal you when you deal damage.
7 Worst: Kul Tiran
These humans from across the seas may be master seafarers, but they’re a bit wobbly on land. Their passive Rime of the Ancient Mariner make them resistant to Frost and Nature damage and Brush it Off is a nice regenerative ability that repairs 2% of damage taken over four seconds, but it’s paltry compared to the regeneration of Trolls and Zandalari Trolls.
Their active trait Haymaker is a one-time punch that deals decent damage that stuns and knocks back a single enemy. But that’s it, strangely they’re suited to be Monks, but their mediocre traits and not that special stats make them inferior to the Monks of other races.
6 Best: Human
Considering Humans are the most prevalent race across the servers it’s no wonder Blizzard North has kept them a strong and versatile race for players. They have solid stats across the board when compared to any other race in the game, meaning they can be tailored for any purpose.
The Human Spirit is a handy trait for Shaman/Druid/Priests, Diplomancy allows Human players to quickly gain favor with different factions, and Every Man For Himself will grant an additional trinket slot in PVP. Whatever you plan on doing in this game, picking a Human is a great choice.
5 Worst: Lightforged Draenei
A quick look at the leaderboards shows that Lighforged Draenei aren’t doing so well and that’s not surprising. Light’s Judgement is their best trait that summons a column of holy energy to deal AOE damage and their Demonbane grants increased experience gain from Demons.
Light’s Reckoning causes AOE damage and heals the group, when you die, which isn’t a great tactic to rely on. All in all if you’re pursuing blacksmithing or want to roleplay a Paladin fighting demons go for it, but any other activity you’re better suited choosing another race.
4 Best: Night Elf
Night Elves have been a popular race since the early days of WoW and for good reason. They have strong Agility and lots of helpful racial traits. Shadowmeld allows them to hide in shadows, Quickness makes them harder to hit, Nature Resistance makes it harder to hit them with Nature Spells, and Wisp Spirit is nice for quickly recovering from death.
They make excellent Druids with Elusiveness granting a better chance of remaining hidden when using Shadowmeld or stealth. They can also hold their own as Demon Hunters and Hunters.
3 Worst: Pandaren
Fans have had a love/hate relationship with the Pandaren as they represented a dramatic shift in tone for the game and many thought Blizzard was appealing to kids who weren’t playing yet rather than their loyal fanbase.
Their racial traits are just bizarre and seem geared towards a life of passivity and eating with Gourmand to boost cooking, Inner Peace to boost resting, and Epicurean which boosts the stat gain from Well Fed. Quaking Palm is a decent attack ability, but you’ll spend most of your time cooking and eating rather than actually being a fighting Monk.
2 Best: Blood Elf
Dominating the leader boards in both PVE and PVP are Blood Elves. With a good range of stats, access to some of the strongest classes in the game and some great racial abilities it’s not hard to see why.
Arcane Torrent can silence groups and instantly regenerate 6% of mana and Magic Resistance is a powerful passive ability that causes spells to have an additional 2% chance of missing the player. This race makes for powerful Demon Hunters and Paladins, which are considered two of the strongest classes in the game.
1 Worst: High Mountain Tauren
The worst race in the game is considered to be the High Mountain Tauren. Bull Rush is a nice trait for knocking down enemies, Mountaineer gives a helpful boost to Versatility, and Rugged Tenacity is great for reducing incoming damage based on character level.
But they seem largely pigeonholed into being standard Warriors without any flashy perks or abilities for fulfilling that role. They’re great at tanking damage, but not so great at dealing it out. High Mountain Tauren will certainly fulfill the tanking role in Raids, but on their own or in PVP they struggle a lot.