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This article is about the playable worgen and the Gilneas faction. For general history of the race, see worgen.

The worgen are a race of feral wolf-beasts whose very name inspires fear.

Records indicate that the worgen existed for a time in Kalimdor. In fact, more recent evidence suggested that their true origin might have a connection to the night elves and a secretive druidic order from Kalimdor's distant past. This proved to be correct as the curse originated from a druidic sect who followed Goldrinn, known as Druids of the Scythe. They shapeshifted into the feral Worgen and eventually lost their minds to its violent nature. The other Druids agreed that they must be locked away, and thus put them into eternal slumber deep beneath a tree... until the day Arugal and Velinde Starsong tampered with the Scythe of Elune. It was the night elves, after all, who created the curse in the first place. Obliged to help their newfound allies, they re-introduce them to the Alliance.[1]

The worgen's first verified appearance in the Eastern Kingdoms has been traced back to the Third War, when the archmage Arugal utilized the wolf-beasts as a weapon against the Scourge. Arugal's weapons soon turned against him, however, as the curse of the worgen rapidly spread among the human population, transforming ordinary men and women into ravenous, feral creatures.

Arugal adopted many of the worgen as his own and retreated to the former mansion of Baron Silverlaine, the estate now known as Shadowfang Keep. The curse, however, was not contained. It persisted in the lands of Silverpine and extended even into the fabled walled nation of Gilneas, where the curse rapidly reached pandemic levels.

The citizens of Gilneas found themselves trapped, with no hope of escape. They retreated deeper within the isolated domain, and there they survived, fearful of the savage presence that lurked just outside the barricades.

Tensions among the displaced citizens escalated over time, resulting in a civil war that now threatens to destabilize the embattled nation even more.

There are those among the Gilneans, however, who cling to hope. Many believe that a cure for the worgen curse may exist, although others have nearly given up, fearful that if the barricades should fall, their humanity will be lost forever.[2]

Induction to the Alliance

Cataclysm Worgen

Worgen are the new playable Alliance race introduced in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm and will be able to choose a class from death knight, druid, warrior, hunter, mage, priest, rogue, or warlock. Outside of combat, worgen can appear in either their human form or their worgen form. They immediately turn into their worgen form when entering combat or activating their Darkflight racial ability.

Recently the Greymane Wall was shattered by the Cataclysm. Setting their sights on the now-vulnerable country of Gilneas, the vile Forsaken have started an invasion of the kingdom. In their hour of greatest need, the Worgen of Gilneas called out for their old allies' aid. The Gilneans are now back in the Alliance, and with their new allies by their side they aren't giving up their home without a fight.

Starting attributes

Base[3] IconSmall Mage Mage IconSmall Priest Priest IconSmall Rogue Rogue IconSmall Warlock Warlock IconSmall Warrior Warrior IconSmall Druid Druid IconSmall Hunter Hunter IconSmall Deathknight Death Knight
Strength 23 23 23 23 23 26 24 23 111
Agility 22 22 22 25 22 22 22 25 75
Stamina 20 20 20 21 21 22 20 21 99
Intellect 16 19 18 16 18 16 18 16 25
Spirit 19 21 22 19 21 19 21 20 41

Racial traits

Ability druid dash Darkflight (3 min cooldown)
Activates your true form, increasing movement speed by 70% for 6 sec.
Ability hunter pet wolf  Viciousness (passive)
Increases all damage done by 1%.
Spell shadow antishadow  Aberration (passive)
Reduces the duration of all Curses and Diseases used against you by 15%.
Ability druid rake  Flayer (passive)
Skinning skill increased by 15, removes the requirement of having a skinning knife and increases skinning speed.
Ability mount whitedirewolf Two Forms (1.5 sec cooldown)
Turn into your currently inactive form.





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  2. ^ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm - Features - Worgen. Retrieved on 2009-09-30.
  3. ^ Added base stats to worgen obtained via gameplay video from Blizzcon showing stats of Mage at level 6 with arcane intellect, then subtracting back to level 1.
  4. ^ Maticus 2009-08-25. WoW Director J Allen Brack Interview. Retrieved on 2009-09-30.

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