World of Warcraft Beginner’s Guide Part 1

Jumping into World of Warcraft, or any MMO for that matter for the first time can be a bit intimidating. That’s why I decided to present you with a beginner’s guide. Today we will talk about the absolute basics of the game, and what you need to start playing.

Expansions and Subscription to World of Warcraft

First of all, you need a account, which you can create for free here. Next, head over to Blizzard’s official website and buy the latest expansion and a monthly subscription. The usual price for the expansion is $35. In addition to the latest expansion, you need to set up a monthly subscription ($15 per month). World of Warcraft currently has 7 expansion packs:

  • Classic (Vanilla)
  • The Burning Crusade
  • Wrath of the Lich King
  • Cataclysm
  • Mists of Pandaria
  • Warlords of Draenor
  • Legion
  • Battle For Azeroth

Luckily, you don’t need to buy each expansion to play the current game, only the latest (Battle For Azeroth).

Logging in for the First Time

When you start up World of Warcraft for the first time, you will be presented with an empty character selection screen. When you select the “create new character” option, a screen with 2 factions (Horde and Alliance). Each faction has 6 races:


  • Orc
  • Undead
  • Tauren
  • Troll
  • Blood Elf
  • Goblin


  • Human
  • Dwarf
  • Night Elf
  • Gnome
  • Draenei
  • Worgen

And for both factions, the neutral Pandaren.

So, make your choice, but choose wisely. Alliance and Horde are enemies, so if your friends play for example Horde, you should go for it too.

World of Warcraft Character Creation Screen
World of Warcraft Character Creation Screen

Now that you’ve selected your faction and race, the next choice you have to make is which class you want to play. There are currently 12 playable classes in World of Warcraft:

  • Warrior
  • Paladin
  • Hunter
  • Rogue
  • Priest
  • Death Knight
  • Shaman
  • Mage
  • Warlock
  • Monk
  • Druid
  • Demon Hunter

Each race has class restrictions. For example, Humans can’t be Shamans, and Orcs can’t be Paladins, and vice-versa. So it might be wise to first make up your mind on which class you want to play, and then the race.

Now, you have decided the race/class combination you want to go for. Next step is customizing your character’s appearance. You can edit your Skin Color, Face, Hair Style, and Hair Color. Now, each race also has a sort of “custom” appearance trait. For example, on female Humans, you can edit the Earings, and on male Humans, you can change the Beard, and so on.

Continuation in Part 2

This is the end of part 1 of Beginner’s guide to World of Warcraft. In the next part, we will talk about your first steps inside the game, questing and basics of your character’s abilities.

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