Warrior is the only playable class of Classic Wow that all races aim to master.
If you are an average player for your warrior, you will probably choose the race whose appearance you like the most, but if you are going hardcore in the gameplay there are some things that you might want to know before clicking that Accept (Create Character) button.
Different races provides different active and passive abilities that sometimes can be a big deal when it came to the survival.
Be aware that this list is not all set in stone.
Speaking of which race is better over another for warrior class is a slippery slope and can be seen from different point of view, especially when it comes to the different ways of playing like PvE vs. PvP.
Anyway, here is the list of top 10 warrior races of Classic WoW.
The list is made considering racial abilities and even size of the character when it came to the tauren and gnomes.
At the first glance gnomes don’t look like a promising race for the warrior class and that might not only be because their small appearance.
Only one of their racial skills, called Escape Artist, can be considered as decent ability while playing as a warrior.
When activated it will remove the effects of any immobilization or movement speed reduction effect after 0.5 seconds.
But still, even with its short cooldown of 1 minute this ability is not much of the lifesaver since some classes like rogues and mages can apply such annoying effects continuously.
However, due to their small size, gnomes can be hard to track so they are very popular as warriors in PvP.
7. Night Elves
As a night elf warrior you will not have any aggressive racial bonuses but if your plan is to have role as a tank this race will provide you with two decent passive abilities.
First one is Nature Resistance that will increase your resistance to natural spells by 10, the most useful resistance in the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj.
Second one is Quickness, which will increase your chance to dodge by 1 %.
The active ability called Shadowmeld which you can use on rare occasion to surprice your opponent with charge is also worth of mentioning.
6. Undead Forsaken
If you hate wondering around without control under the fear effect forsaken warrior is true deal for you.
Their racial active ability Will of the Forsaken provides immunity to Charm, Fear and Sleep when activated and also may be used while already afflicted by Charm, Fear or Sleep.
It lasts 5 seconds and have cooldown of 2 minutes.
Add this to the ability called Berserker Rage that you will have anyway as a warrior and you are pretty much free from such effects as fear. However, with only 30 seconds of cooldown, Berserker Rage is pretty much enough for most fights, so you might want to cover some other weak spot with racial and not buffing yourself on already covered one.
Next we have Cannibalize, another active ability that regenerates 7% of total health every 2 seconds for 10 seconds while activated near humanoid corpse.
Especially nice one to have during the leveling period and later in the battlegrounds.
For tanking and PvP there is also passive ability called Shadow Resistance that will increase your resistance against shadow spell by 10.
Playing as a dwarf warrior is definitely decent decision.
Their active ability called Stoneform will provide you with immunity to Bleed, Poison, and Disease effects, in additional your armor will be also increased by 10% for 8 seconds.
Good for both PvP and PvE, this one is probably one of the best racial abilities of Classic WoW.
Also, as a dwarf warrior you will have passive ability that increases frost resistance by 10, which is very nice skill to have for the end game while raiding Naxxramas.
Appearance of the tauren might be scary due to their body size but also due to their three racial abilities that are good in combination with warrior class.
First we have two passive abilities, Endurance that increase health by 5% and it is effected by the gear, and Nature Resistance the same one that the night elves have.
Third ability is the active one, called War Stomp, wich stuns up to 5 enemies within 8 yards for 2 seconds.
This one can cause some serious problems to the opponents, especially in PvP.
Next we will speak about something that is considered to be just legends but belive it or not it is true.
While every other race have melee attack range of 5 yards, due to their size tauren have 2 yards more.
On the other hand melee opponents can reach tauren from 7 yards too, but against casters this can be very nice skill to have.
Trolls are probably the most interesting race to play as a warrior.
For racial abilities they have Beast Slaying, which will provide 5% bonus damage against the beasts.
This is more useful while leveling and clearing trash in dungeons, since there are few bosses on Classic which are considered to be beasts.
Then there is Berserking.
When activated for 10 seconds it will increase attack speed by 10% to 30% depending on the current state of the health, less health will produce bigger increase in attack speed, pushing towards that maximum of 30%.
Another nice skill that you will have as a troll warrior is the passive one, called Regeneration, which increase health regeneration rate by 10%, and sometimes this effect may continue during the combat at the same rate.
Due to their passive abilities Mace Specialization that increases skill with maces and two-handed maces by 5 and Sword Specialization that does the same for the swords, humans are one of the top races that Classic wow have to offer for players that preferred melee classes.
Let me explain why weapons skills are of such importantce in this version of WoW.
There is something called Glancing Blows, which is just normal attacks that do less damage.
In short, the higher your weapon skill is in comparison to its target’s defense the more damage you will do trough these glancing blows.
This alone is good enough but it will also slightly increase your chance to score critical hit, decrease your chance to miss and decrease your opponent’s chance to block, parry and dodge.
Effectively, you can consider weapon skill to be inverse of the defense skill.
As a human warrior you will also have ability called Perception that dramatically increases stealth detection, so it is very useful against those sneaky rogues and feral/cat druids.
If you are fan of the lore, the orcs will probably be the first race to think of when someone mention the might of the warriors.
Three out of four orc’s racial abilities are simply too good or someone would even say “overpowered” in combination with this class.
First we have Axe Specialization that increases skill with axes and two handed axes by 5.
How important this is we will not describe, since it has already been covered before in the part about human warriors.
Second ability is Blood Fury that increases base melee attack power by 25% for 15 seconds while reducing healing effect 50% for 10 seconds longer.
First you need to pay attention that “base” means that melee attack power given by this ability will not be affected by the gear, it is just percentage of your primary attack power.
Also you might think twice before activating this since it can be very dangerous to use while tanking for example.
Third and the last one is passive ability called Hardiness. This ability increases chance to resist stun effects by an additional 25%.
This speaks for itself and I will just say that there are many people who have chills just by looking at an orc warrior thanks to this ability.