Players often find themselves forced to make rather challenging split-second decisions in every RPG (Role-Playing Game) in the gaming market. One such harsh instance is when you have to balance out every available option to create the best character possible. You either have the option to make your character almost like your counterpart, with a similar body build and facial likeness, or you can detach from your usual “self” and make up an elaborate character that’s entirely different. In stark contrast to how classes and races work in other games, it’s always been crucially important to pick the right class/race combo in WoW. As vital as this aspect of the game is, we’ve decided to lend you helping a hand in choosing the right WoW Classic race and character with this handy guide!
Why is it Important to Choose the Right Race?
Picking a suitable WoW Classic race and class for your character can positively impact your gameplay. This is especially true in end-game scenarios when even the tiniest bit of extra attack power or health points can make a difference.
That’s because each race comes with a few unique racial traits that range from getting 10% reputation gains to being able to resist stun effects by an additional 25%. In comparison, others include dealing 5% more damage against beasts or having 5% more Intelligence.
This makes certain classes more fitting for particular races than others. In essence, your best bet would be to pick a race that has abilities to complement your class’s role, whether it’s about tanking, healing, or DPS.
Races Available in WoW Classic
Powerful warriors and healers that tend to use their ability to speak as their primary weapon. Therefore, you get better rewards when you’re farming for different Reputations.
- Diplomacy: Reputation gains increased by 10%.
- The Human Spirit: Increases Spirit by 5%.
- Perception: Dramatically increases stealth detection for 20 seconds.
Due to their continuous mining, they often gain different attributes that aid them in enduring various threats. They also tend to bond with powerful animals that aid them in battle.
- Stoneform: While active, it grants immunity to Bleed, Poison, and Disease effects.
- Gun Specialization: Guns skills increased by 5.
- Frost Resistance: Frost Resistance increased by 10.
- Find Treasure: This allows the dwarf to sense nearby treasure, making it appear on the minimap.
Little geniuses that use their cunning to invent powerful trinkets through marvelous feats of engineering. Thanks to their agility, they find it easier to escape different traps from their opponents.
- Escape Artist: Escape the effects of any immobilization or movement speed reduction effect.
- Expansive Mind: Intelligence increased by 5%.
- Arcane Resistance: Arcane Resistance increased by 10.
- Engineering Specialist: Engineering skills increased by 15.
Due to their low exposure to the Sun Light, their skins have become darker compared to the higher elves. As a result, they have abilities that help them become practically invisible in the shadows.
- Shadowmeld: Activate to slip into the shadows, reducing the chance for enemies to detect your presence.
- Quickness: Dodge chance increased by 1%.
- Wisp Spirit: Transform into a wisp upon death, increasing speed by 50%.
- Nature Resistance: Nature Resistance increased by 10.
On the other hand, we have Races from the Horde that have different characteristics, such as:
More than often perceived as the dominant Race in all Azeroth. They seem to give their all in combat to defeat their opponents and conquer everything they desire. As a result, they usually turn “furious” to deal as much melee damage as possible.
- Blood Fury: Increases base melee attack power by 25% for 15 seconds and reduces healing effects on you by 50% for 25 seconds.
- Hardiness: The chance to resist Stun effects increased by 25%.
- Command: Damage done by Hunter and Warlock pets increased by 5%.
Due to their innate physical capabilities, they use their body parts to gain control in any encounter. They’ll stun their adversaries and sustain more damage. Due to their connection to Nature, they gain more knowledge of the surrounding ecosystem.
- War Stomp: Stuns up to 5 enemies within eight yards.
- Endurance: Total Health increased by 5%.
- Cultivation: Herbalism skills increased by 15.
- Nature Resistance: Nature Resistance increased by 10.
Thanks to their connection with the ancient spirits, they can gather knowledge about the past and foresee possible complications. Consequently, they become “blessed” with higher power and regenerating capabilities due to this secure connection.
- Berserking: Increases your casting and attack speed by 10% to 25%.
- Regeneration: Health regeneration rate increased by 10%.
- Beast Slaying: Damage dealt versus Beasts increased by 5%.
After they regained control over their minds with the departure of the Lich King, all of the undead creatures created a powerful bond. But since they are no longer “alive,” they can regain strength from corpses and have less need for breathing.
- Will of the Forsaken: Provides immunity to Charm, Fear, and Sleep while active.
- Cannibalize: When activated, regenerates 7% of total health every 2 seconds for 10 seconds.
- Underwater Breathing: Underwater breath lasts 300% longer than average.
- Shadow Resistance: Shadow Resistance increased by 10.
What Class and Race Combinations Are Best for Soloing, Healing, or Tanking?
Although the most optimal race/class combo for soloing is a bit more subjective than the other two, these are the top combinations nonetheless:
The best class and race combo for soloing in Classic WoW are the Dwarf Hunter for Alliance players or the Troll Hunter if you’re playing on the Horde's side.
Apart from holding the world record for solo leveling, Hunters’ ability to make tons of gold while soloing is only second to that of Mages. That’s because you can even solo many higher-level dungeons as a Hunter.
Dwarves and trolls make the best Hunters out there, thanks to their quite suitable racial traits:
- Dwarves – Gun Specialization (increases your skill in Guns by 5) and Stoneform (gives immunity to Bleed, Poison, and Disease effects while also increasing Armor by 10% when active)
- Trolls – Bow Specialization (increases your skill in Bows by 5), Berserking (increases your casting and attack speed by 10%-30%), Beast Slaying (increases your damage vs. Beasts by 5%)
In the end, though, if you fancy a particular class/race combo for soloing that’s not a Dwarf or Troll Hunter, just go for it! Don’t forget to enjoy yourself while leveling up alone or doing any PvE or PvP solo, even if it means not going for the most optimal choice!
The best class and race mix for a healer in Classic WoW is a Dwarf Priest, followed by Human and Troll Priests. Essentially, you’d want a race to complement the toolset of the best healing class in vanilla (Priests).
Thus, Dwarves are the most logical choice based on their particular racial traits unique to the Priest class. Here’s what makes them and the other two top races so good at healing:
- Dwarves – Fear Ward (protects a friendly target against Fear for the subsequent effect), Desperate Prayer (heals you instantly for a small amount), Stoneform (gives immunity to Bleed, Poison, and Disease effects while also increasing Armor by 10% when active)
- Humans – The Human Spirit (increases your Spirit by 5%)
- Trolls – Berserking (increases your casting and attack speed by 10%-30%)
Dwarves are tailor-made for the Priest class thanks to their two unique, Priest-specific abilities.
Human Warrior is hands down the top race and class combo in WoW Classic. The secret that makes Humans so good at tanking lies in their excellent weapon specialization:
- Sword Specialization – Increases your Swords skill by 5
- Mace Specialization – Increases your skill in Maces by 5
The real beauty of these two racial traits is that having a higher weapon skill (e.g., 305 instead of 300 at level 60) means you’re less likely to miss an attack. But also, your target will have a lower chance of parrying, blocking, or dodging your attacks.
This is crucial when tanking because your threat-generating abilities, like Bash and Sunder Armor, will land more often than not. As a bonus, more of your strikes will land, so you’ll also be doing more damage!
How Different Are the Classes in World of Warcraft?
Currently, three well-specified archetypes differentiate all the available Classes in WoW Classic. In a dungeon, a team usually tends to have a composition that includes a tank, a healer, and three DPS (Damage Per-Second) characters. To complete a specified function in a party, you have the following options:
For a Tank, you can either Pick:
For a Healer, you can either Pick:
For a DPS, you can either Pick:
The Alliance or Horde?
One of the main features since WoW became available to the public is focusing on the two dominant factions: Alliance and Horde. Besides the blue and red color that represents each of those groups, there are more thing to consider:
- Alliance – Often perceived as the faction of order and righteousness. All the races available from this group tend to look more appealing to the common eye. In WoW Classic, it is the only group that contains the Paladin Class. The higher ruler tends to be a human king that often tends to use Diplomacy as a tool to hold different groups under the same banner.
- Horde – This particular faction consists of all those endangered races that strive to survive in the harsh world of Azeroth. They tend to use brute force or elemental magic to keep fighting through the years. As a result, they have powerful Shamans that gain power from nature and invoke devastating spells upon their adversaries. Their leader, often called Warchief, usually proves to the rest of the tribe that they are the strongest warrior among them.
After you decide which faction to pick, the other group's participants automatically become your enemies. It is essential to clarify that either of the options has a neutral ground. In other words, both can sometimes be perceived as good or bad throughout the entire Lore.
The Best Classes for Each Race
Here’s a list of all the best classes for each race in the game, separated by faction:
Best Classes for Alliance Races
- Human – Warrior, Paladin, Priest, Rogue
- Dwarf – Hunter, Priest, Paladin, Rogue
- Gnome – Mage, Warrior, Rogue
- Night Elf – Druid
Best Classes for Horde Races
- Orc – Warrior, Warlock, Shaman, Rogue
- Troll – Hunter, Priest, Mage, Shaman, Warrior
- Undead – Warlock, Mage, Rogue, Priest
- Tauren – Druid, Shaman
Choosing the Right Class and Race for You
Choosing the suitable class and race combo for you is entirely subjective; it’s simply up to you. You have to figure out what role you want to fill when playing Classic World of Warcraft.
Do you intend to support other players by healing them? Do you prefer protecting others by being the main tank who takes the full brunt of oncoming damage? Or do you simply want to dish out tons of damage from afar? When you come up with an answer to those questions, you’ll be able to pick a fitting class and race. Eventually, it all boils down to your personal preferences and play style. That said, it’s probably better to pick your class first and then see which races are available.