A racial class, also known as racial level, is an optional special class found in the RPG representing a specific playable race. A character from a race can choose to take up levels in the class when playing that race. Racial classes represent abilities based on that races culture or ethnicity. This ability represents members of these races becoming more in tune with their natural spirits, developing their inner potentials, focusing on their traditions and attaining the ancestral powers of their cultures and societies. Not all members of such a race take up their racial class, but many do.[1] Other races are not allowed to learn another race's racial class. Even a character polymorphed into a member of another race cannot take the class of a "new" race; racial classes represent millennia of history, culture and legacy that infuse a new member of the race at birth and reverberate within her consciousness forever.[1]

Humans and orcs did not initially have a racial class. This was partially to make orcs similar to humans, as these two races are the most important in the Warcraft world.[2] Orcs were given a racial class in Horde Player's Guide. Races that are considered half-human, such as half-elves or half-orcs, are not given racial classes either.

More bestial, monster, or feral player races may have a creature class instead, which more or less functions in the same manner. Racial iconic classes are similar, they also represent characters who draw upon their races’ traditions, values, and techniques — though in these cases, the traditions, values, and techniques are those specific to a class.[3]

Some racial class rules may be identical to another racial class, the only difference is the name. A racial class should not be confused with racial traits. A race may have racial traits regardless of having the racial class or not.

Racial classes

  • Wyrmkin (Wyrmkin given as example. Identical to blue wyrmkin class, but can be used for wyrmkin of other aspects.[7])


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