In the new Cataclysm expansion for World of Warcraft, the Alliance is gaining the Worgen as a new playable race. This adds a more beastly type of race to the Alliance, and should be especially popular with werewolf fans. In this article you will find the essential information about the playable Worgen race, including available Classes and Racial Abilities.
Available Worgen Classes
Worgens can choose from a total of eight different classes. The choices include Death Knight, Druid, Hunter, Mage, Priest, Rogue, Warlock, and Warrior.
Worgens are unique because they do not have a mount, but instead have the Running Wild ability. This lets the Worgen drop to all fours and move at the same speed as mounted characters.
Worgen Racial Abilities
Aberration – This passive ability increases your resistance to both Nature and Shadow damage. This will be very helpful in boss fights that require these resistances, as you will not have to wear as much resistance gear as someone without this racial ability. You will be able to wear gear that has more combat stats instead of having to worry as much about your resistances.
Darkflight – This racial ability increases movement speed by 40% for 10 seconds, and has a 3 minute cooldown. 40% may not seem to be that much of a speed boost, but it could turn out to be the difference between living and dying when trying to escape. Currently it does not share a cooldown with the Rogue’s Sprint ability, or the Druid’s Dash ability.
Flayer – This passive ability lets Worgens start with their Skinning skill increased by 15, and also allows you to skin 0.5 seconds faster. This racial ability is pretty underwhelming, but I guess it would be good for a character that is focused on gathering materials.
Viciousness – This passive ability increases critical strike chance by 1%. This might not seem like much, but any flat percentage increase is good because of how the scaling of the combat rating system works.
Two Forms – This racial ability lets you transform between your Human and Worgen forms. This is a purely cosmetic ability, as there are no bonuses for being in one form or the other. This ability will not work in combat, as you will always be in Worgen form when in combat.
The Bottom Line
Despite the Worgen racial abilities being less useful than the Goblin racial abilities, I still think that the Worgen will be a very popular choice for players. Lots of people love werewolves (even more so now because of the Twilight series), and will be interested in playing as one.