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WoW Insider's Guide to Worgen

Unveiled at BlizzCon 2009, the worgen are the newest playable race for the Alliance, featured in the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion pack: Cataclysm.

Who are the worgen?

The worgen are the formerly human residents of the kingdom of Gilneas. Locked away from the troubles of the Alliance and Azeroth for ten years behind the Greymane Wall, the nation went about its own business under the command of the gruff King Genn Greymane. Even the seemingly impenetrable Wall, however, couldn't fully keep the outside world out forever. After a time, the worgen curse that had taken its toll on the humans of the neighboring Silverpine Forest found its way past the wall and into Gilneas, transforming its citizens into brutal, feral monsters by moonlight. Through a combination of alchemy and force of will, the Gilneans managed to develop a partial cure that allows them to keep their human minds when transformed, but they live in eternal fear of the beast within. While the partial cure is a small victory, the kingdom is torn between those who would embrace the curse and those who would fight it -- and a civil war is brewing that threatens to destroy what remains of Gilneas.

With Deathwing's great cataclysm having shattered the Greymane Wall, however, Gilneas finds itself under siege by another group of former humans -- the Forsaken, stretching their bony grip towards the last bastion of human power on the Lordaeron subcontinent. Seeing no other option, the Gilneans join the Alliance once again.

Who leads the worgen and where do they reside in-game?

King Genn Greymane rules the Gilnean people, whether wolves or men. Gilneas will be featured in-game as a PVP Battleground, the Battle for Gilneas, so the refugees of the kingdom will reside in Darnassus in a new section of the city.

What do worgen look like?

The worgen are tall, wolf-like bipedal humanoids. Their heads and faces are unmistakeably lupine, while their torsos are much closer to humans than wolves. Their arms and hands end in sharp claws, while their reverse-jointed legs end in broad padfeet. The males are muscular and feral-looking, while the females look slightly less menacing.

What classes can I make my worgen?

Currently, the following classes can be played as a Worgen:

Rogue • Warrior • Mage • Warlock • Priest • Hunter • Druid • Death Knight
 

What racial abilities do the Worgen possess?

Worgen have the following racial abilities, subject to change:

Two Forms, instant, 1.5 sec cooldown, turns into your currently inactive form.
Darkflight, instant, 3 min cooldown, activates your true form increasing movement speed by 70% for 8 sec.
Viciousness, passive, increases critical strike chance by 1%.
Flayer, passive, skinning skill increased by 15 and allows you to skin faster.

Your human form is purely cosmetic and offers no bonuses. Upon entering combat, you will return to your worgen form.

What are the Worgen starting zones?

Worgen begin in the kingdom of Gilneas in a series of phased quests similar to the Death Knight starting zone of Acherus. The quests will show what's happened inside the Greymane Wall for the past ten years and bring you all the way through to present day. Gilneas is expected to last you until around level 12.

Where can I find out more?

• We covered the worgen in a series of Know Your Lore articles: one for the worgen and one for their kingdom of Gilneas.
We played through some of the worgen starting quests at BlizzCon 2009.
• You can check up on more news about this upcoming race by checking our worgen category.
• Interested in role-playing a worgen character? Our role-playing column, All the World's a Stage, has you covered.
• You can read more about the history of Gilneas and its people at WoWWiki.
 

 

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