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Highmountain Tauren allied race
Explore Azeroth as one of six new playable Allied Races, including four you've encountered in your campaign against the Legion. Embark on a quest to earn their favor and unlock each race, adding their strength to your faction. Create a new character and complete the full leveling experience to earn a distinctive Heritage Armor set.[1]
Faction Allied race
Alliance 15
Available pre-expansion
via Battle-B-logo pre-order
Lightforged draenei
Void elves
Horde 15
Available pre-expansion
via Battle-B-logo pre-order
Highmountain tauren
Alliance 15
Available on
Battle-B-logo expansion release
Dark Iron dwarves
Alliance 15
Available with future
Battle-B-logo expansion patch
Kul Tiran humans
Horde 15
Available on
Battle-B-logo expansion release
Mag'har orcs
Horde 15
Available with future
Battle-B-logo expansion patch
Zandalari trolls

Allied races are a new concept introduced with Battle-Logo-Small Battle for Azeroth, sometimes called "sub races", that allow players to play new races that are mechanically very similar to their parent races, but have additional separate lore and have an initial lore and quest campaign to complete before they are fully unlocked.

Allied races start at level 20; once unlocked, the race is unlocked across the player's entire account. Though players may elect to race change to an allied race and/or level boost (only after unlocking the race), playing from 20 to max level will unlock a set of race-specific cosmetic gear (Heritage Armor). This gear is not able to be transmogrified outside the allied race it belongs to, but can be transmogged between armor types.

Each race comes with unique racial abilities, mounts, emotes, and customization options.

Though there were six allied races announced before the launch of Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard stated at BlizzCon 2017 they do intend to add more. As of Patch 7.3.5, the unlock experience for four of the allied races (two for each faction) was made available for those player who pre-oreded the expansion. Closer to expansion launch, two more allied races (Kul Tiran humans and Mag'har orcs) were announced.


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  • Have purchased Battle-Logo-Small Battle for Azeroth[2] (or preorder).
  • A level 110 character is required to unlock initial allied races (Highmountain tauren, Nightborne, Void elves, and Zandalari trolls); however, a player may create an allied race character on any server once unlocked.
  • Complete a special scenario for the specific allied race[2]. This scenario must be completed on the same faction as the desired allied race.

Achievement and reputation

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Note that these can be unlocked on any character, not necessarily one of the same faction as those below.

Alliance races

Horde races



Battle for Azeroth



Patch changes


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