World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth allied races guide

World of Warcraft's allied races will make you want to start a new character

The latest expansion to World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth is out now. The expansion has brought plenty of new content, both at launch and in the time since, including allied races.

Blizzard has opted to create multiple allied races to join the Horde and Alliance. Appearance-wise, the majority of these races are re-skins of existing races, but Blizzard has added new textures, voice lines, and other customization options to help them stand out.

Each allied race can also earn a set of unique heritage armor. The armor is a transmog set that works for every class. To earn it, players will have to level an eligible character from 20 to 110 without using a character boost. Here’s what you need to know about allied races, and how to obtain them.

Allied races you can earn right now

As of right now, there are eight confirmed Allied Races, though Blizzard has said it’s open to the idea of adding new allied races in future content patches or expansions. The Horde will have access to the Nightborne, Highmountain Tauren, Mag’har orcs, and Zandalari trolls. The Alliance will be able to recruit Lightforged Draenei, Void Elves, Dark Iron dwarves, and humans of Kul Tiras.

Currently, four of these races are available for players to unlock once they have purchased Battle for Azeroth. The Dark Iron dwarves and Mag’har orcs are expected to be unlocked upon the launch of Battle for Azeroth, with Kul Tiran humans and Zandalari trolls coming at a later date.

Nightborne

Formally known as the Shal’dorei, the Nightborne have spent the past 10,000 years of Azeroth’s history hiding under the domed city of Suramar. With the return of the Burning Legion, these formerly reclusive elves found themselves forced to take a more active role in the world, eventually allying themselves with the Horde.

Unlocking the Nightborne is a fairly straightforward process and, if you’ve been playing Legion, you’ve probably done most of the work. For starters, you’ll need to complete the main Nightborne storyline in Legion in order to unlock the “Insurrection” achievement. Completing these quests will go a long way toward earning you the Exalted reputation you’ll need. If you’re not quite there, then you’ll need to grind out Suramar world quests, though it shouldn’t take too long.

From there, you’ll simply need to recruit them using a short quest chain, which will explain why the Nightborne have chosen to join the Horde. This quest chain can be started in the Horde capital of Orgrimmar.

Playable classes:

  • Hunter
  • Mage
  • Monk
  • Priest
  • Rogue
  • Warlock
  • Warrior

Highmountain Tauren

Unsurprisingly, the Tauren of Highmountain have chosen to join their cousins in the Horde. In order to unlock the Highmountain Tauren, you need to complete the main Highmountain storyline, which, if you’ve leveled through Legion, is probably already finished. You’ll also need to earn Exalted with the Highmountain Tauren. The majority of this reputation will come from completing the main storyline, and the rest can be earned from doing world quests in Highmountain.

Once you’ve finished those two steps, it’s a simple matter of picking up the quest chain in Orgrimmar, which will see you recruiting the Highmountain into the Horde.

Playable classes:

  • Druid
  • Hunter
  • Monk
  • Shaman
  • Warrior

Void Elves

Probably the closest we’ll ever come to seeing playable High Elves, the Void Elves are former Blood Elves who were exiled from Silvermoon for studying the magic of the Void. Upon being discovered by Alleria Windrunner, they pledged their allegiance to the Alliance.

Unfortunately, unlocking the Void Elves can be a bit more time-consuming than their Horde counterparts. For starters, you’ll need to complete the Argus storylines, which will grant you the achievement “You Are Now Prepared.” By itself, that quest chain may only take an afternoon. Unfortunately, you’ll also need to earn Exalted status with the Argussian Reach, which can take quite some time. The problem with this grind is that it is time-gated. You can only earn a certain amount per day, meaning it may take a couple of weeks to become exalted.

Once you have finished those two requirements, you can pick up a quest in the Alliance capital of Stormwind, which will allow you to recruit the Void Elves.

Playable classes:

  • Hunter
  • Mage
  • Monk
  • Priest
  • Rogue
  • Warlock
  • Warrior

Lightforged Draenei

WoW players are likely very familiar with the Dranei that crashed to Azeroth during the Burning Crusade expansion. For years, we assumed that was the only sect of Eredar that had not joined the Burning Legion. However, Legion showed us a new group of Draenei known as the Lightforged. These holy warriors have spent the past 10,000 years battling the Burning Legion. Now, they’re taking the fight to the Horde.

Unlocking the Lightforged will require you to complete the aforementioned Argus storylines and earn the “You Are Now Prepared” achievement. In addition, you’ll have to earn Exalted status with the Army of Light. As with the Argussian Reach, this one could take a couple of weeks, as it is time-gated. However, the main story quests should help you at least reach Friendly status with the Army of Light.

Once those requirements are met, the quest to recruit the Lightforged will be available in the Alliance capital of Stormwind.

Playable classes:

  • Hunter
  • Mage
  • Paladin
  • Priest
  • Warrior

In addition to the four races detailed above, we also have four others which are confirmed to be coming with Battle for Azeroth. We don’t have the exact details on when these races will be available or how to unlock them so the following information is subject to change at Blizzard’s whims.

Mag’har Orcs

Hailing from the alternate universe of Draenor featured in the Warlords of Draenor expansion, the Mag’har orcs have chosen to repay their debt to the people of Azeroth by siding with the Horde in the upcoming war.

As of right now, the Mag’har will be unlocked via the Battle for Azeroth content. Horde players will need to earn exalted status with the Honorbound faction and complete the Horde’s war campaign. Theoretically, these requirements could change between now and the launch of Battle for Azeroth, but that is not very likely.

Once those requirements are met, players can begin the quest chain, which will see the Mag’har brought into the Horde.

Playable races:

  • Hunter
  • Mage
  • Monk
  • Priest
  • Rogue
  • Shaman
  • Warrior

Dark Iron Dwarves

While they often played the role of villains in Vanilla WoW, even going so far as to work alongside the elemental lord Ragnaros, the Dark Irons have recently undergone a bit of a redemption arc. The Dark Irons have reunited with their Bronzebeard and Wildhammer cousins. Currently, dwarves are governed by a council consisting of representatives from all three factions, known as the Council of Three Hammers.

In order to unlock the Dark Irons, players will need to complete the Alliance war campaign and earn Exalted status with the 7th Legion. Doing so will unlock a short quest chain that will see you recruit the Dark Irons.

Playable classes:

  • Hunter
  • Mage
  • Monk
  • Paladin
  • Priest
  • Rogue
  • Shaman
  • Warlock
  • Warrior

Kul Tiran Humans and Zandalari Trolls

Released as part of the patch 8.1.5, the Kul Tiran Humans and Zandalari Trolls are the newest additions. To unlock the former, you must reach level 120, reach Exalted status with Proudmoore Admiralty and earn the “A Nation United” and “Tides of Vengeance” achievements. For the latter, you much reach level 120, reach Exalted with the Zandalari Empire and earn the “Zandalar Forever!” and “Tides of Vengeance” achievements.

Kul Tiran playable classes:

  • Druid
  • Hunter
  • Mage
  • Monk
  • Priest
  • Rogue
  • Shaman
  • Warrior

Zandalari playable classes:

  • Druid
  • Hunter
  • Mage
  • Monk
  • Paladin
  • Priest
  • Rogue
  • Shaman
  • Warrior

We’ll update this guide as Blizzard provides more information on the remaining allied races. In the meantime, check out our guide to Battle for Azeroth in order to get up to speed on WoW’s latest expansion, and our thoughts on how the game feels so far.

Emerging Tech

U.S., U.K. embrace autonomous robot spy subs that can stay at sea for months

Unmanned, autonomous robot spy submarines that are able to stay at sea for months at a time may be coming to both the United States and its ally across the pond, the U.K. Here's what we know so far.
Gaming

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.
Movies & TV

The best movies on Netflix in March, from Buster Scruggs to Roma

Save yourself from hours wasted scrolling through Netflix's massive library by checking out our picks for the streamer's best movies available right now, whether you're into explosive action, witty humor, or anything else.
Gaming

If we get a Nintendo 64 Classic, it needs to have these games

The Nintendo 64 introduced a long list of top-tier games, but which were the iconic platform's best? From Mario Party to Ocarina of Time to NFL Blitz, check out our picks for the best N64 games.
Gaming

Here are the best games to play with your friends on the Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch's hybrid design adds convenience to your gaming time, allowing you to play Switch games both at home and on the go. The design also benefits multiplayer experiences, from co-op to competitive and online to offline.
Deals

Amazon sale knocks 20% off Nintendo Switch, Pro Controller, and games

A new wave of savings on gaming content is crashing down in celebration of Earth Day. Amazon is slashing prices up to 20% off for used Nintendo Switch consoles, games, and accessories like the Switch Pro Controller.
Gaming

Epic Games bans more than 1,000 cheaters in 1st week of Fortnite World Cup

Epic Games has already banned more than 1,000 cheaters in the Fortnite World Cup. The developer is taking cheating seriously, especially as players are competing for a $1 million prize pool in every week of the qualifiers.
Gaming

Get Nindie with it and check out these awesome indie games for the Switch

The Nintendo Switch's portability makes indies feel at home on the platform. Luckily, there are plenty of great titles to choose from. Here are our picks for the best Nintendo Switch indie games.
Gaming

Mortal Kombat 11 DLC characters reportedly leaked: Who’s next after Shang Tsung?

A datamine on Mortal Kombat 11 reportedly revealed all the DLC characters that will be added to the game's expansive roster. The leak corroborates the hint that the anti-hero Spawn is on his way to joining the fighting game.
Gaming

You're not a true fan without these Nintendo Switch exclusives

Who doesn't love a good Nintendo game? If you're looking for great first-party titles for your Nintendo Switch, take a look at our list of the very best exclusives available right now.
Gaming

The hottest Nintendo Switch games you can get right now

The Nintendo Switch's lineup started off small, but games have steadily released as the console continues through its second year. Here are the best Nintendo Switch games available now.
Gaming

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.
Gaming

Apex Legends update 1.1.1 failed in fixing hitbox issue of Caustic, Gibraltar

Respawn Entertainment tried to make Caustic and Gibraltar more playable with Apex Legends version 1.1.1. The Fortified passive ability is meant to reduce incoming damage by 10%, but it is not working properly.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robots that eat landmines and clean your floors

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!