Every WoW Classic server: How to pick the realm for you

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Want to find the best WoW Classic server to play on? Perhaps you’ve decided to jump into Burning Crusade Classic to get a feel for how World of Warcraft used to play, in preparation for Wrath of the Lich King Classic. There are certainly plenty of servers to choose from, but you may be wondering how to narrow down your choice.

Basically, it all depends on how you like to play. PvE servers are far less stressful while leveling, and require you to manually toggle PvP on if you want to fight the opposing faction. If you’re playing with a group or really enjoy the extra challenge and fun that PvP can bring, that could be the way to go, as you’ll always be a target for enemies in contested areas. The lore-lovers aren’t left out either—there are specific servers for RP if that’s more to your taste.

These lists include all servers for both WoW Classic and Burning Crusade Classic. In most cases, the same server name will exist in both versions of the game, though the servers themselves are separate. Seasonal servers are for WoW Classic only. 

Here’s every TBC and WoW Classic server in Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania.

What about Wrath of the Lich King Classic servers? 

We don’t currently know how many WotLK Classic servers will be available, though if Blizzard repeats what it did when The Burning Crusade Classic launched, current servers will be copied over.

Wrath Classic is getting “fresh start” servers too. Fresh start servers aim to let people create a new character from scratch and build a new community with like-minded players. These new servers will come with some restrictions: 

  • For at least 90 days, you will not be allowed to boost a character on Fresh Start realms.
  • For at least 90 days, Fresh Start realms will not be available destinations for character transfers.
  • Death Knights cannot be created on these realms without a level 55 character on that same realm.

I’ll update this guide as soon as the list of new servers is released. 


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PvE servers: WoW Classic and TBC

If you plan to play on a PvE server, you have to manually flag yourself for PvP to fight other players. Choose one of these if you don’t want to get ganked while you’re going about your business.

Name Version Time Zone
Ashkandi Both Eastern
Atiesh Both Pacific
Azuresong Both Pacific
Mankrik Both Eastern
Myzrael Both Pacific
Old Blanchy Both Pacific
Pagle Both Eastern
Westfall Both Eastern
Windseeker Both Eastern
Obsidian Edge Seasonal Pacific
Shadowstrike Seasonal Eastern

Name Version Language
Mirage Raceway Both English
Nethergarde Keep Both English
Pyrewood Village Both English
Auberdine Both French
Everlook Both German
Razorfen Both German
Lakeshire Both German
Хроми (Chromie) Both Russian
Kingsfall Seasonal English
Quel’Serrar Seasonal English

Name Version Time Zone
Remulos Both Australian Eastern Time
Lionheart Seasonal Australian Eastern Time

Name Version Timezone
Shimmering Flats Both Korean Standard Time
Maraudon Both China Standard Time
Brightwater Lake Seasonal Korean Standard Time


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PvP servers: WoW Classic and TBC

In PvP servers, you’re automatically flagged for PvP anytime you enter contested or enemy territory, where you’ll spend most of your time after early levels. Pick these servers if you want to fight other players often or like the omnipresent threat of PvP combat.

Name Version Time Zone
Anathema Both Pacific
Bigglesworth Both Pacific
Benediction Both Eastern
Blaumeux Both Pacific
Faerlina Both Eastern
Fairbanks Both Pacific
Herod Both Eastern
Incendius Both Eastern
Kirtonos Both Eastern
Heartseeker Both Eastern
Kromcrush Both Eastern
Kurinnaxx Both Eastern
Loatheb Both Mexico
Netherwind Both Eastern
Rattlegore Both Pacific
Skeram Both Eastern
Smolderweb Both Pacific
Stalagg Both Eastern
Sulfuras Both Eastern
Thalnos Both Eastern
Thunderfury Both Pacific
Whitemane Both Pacific
Arcanite Reaper Both Pacific
Earthfury Both Eastern
Barman Shanker Seasonal Eastern
Jom Gabbar Seasonal Eastern
Mutanus Seasonal Pacific
Nightfall Seasonal Pacific

Name Version Language
Ashbringer Both English
Bloodfang Both English
Dreadmist Both English
Firemaw Both English
Flamelash Both English
Gandling Both English
Gehennas Both English
Golemagg Both English
Judgement Both English
Mograine Both English
Noggenfogger Both English
Razorgore Both English
Shazzrah Both English
Skullflame Both English
Stonespine Both English
Ten Storms Both English
Amnennar Both French
Sulfuron Both French
Finkle Both French
Lucifron Both German
Venoxis Both German
Patchwerk Both German
Dragon’s Call Both German
Transcendence Both German
Harbinger of Doom Both Russian
Пламегор (Flamegor) Both Russian
Змейталак (Wyrmthalak) Both Russian
Рок-Делар (Rhok’delar) Both Russian
Dragonfang Both English
Heartstriker Both German
Mandokir Both Spanish
Bonescythe Seasonal English
Dreadnaught Seasonal English
Ironfoe Seasonal English

Name Version Time Zone
Arugal Both Australian Eastern Time
Felstriker Both Australian Eastern Time
Yojamba Both Australian Eastern Time
Swamp of Sorrows Seasonal Australian Eastern Time

Name Version Timezone
Hillsbrad Both Korean Standard Time
Iceblood Both Korean Standard Time
Lokholar Both Korean Standard Time
Ragnaros Both Korean Standard Time
Ivus Both China Standard Time
Sulfuras Seasonal Korean Standard Time
Jasperlode Mine Seasonal China Standard Time


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Roleplaying servers: WoW Classic and TBC

Join a roleplaying server if you love to play in-character. Immerse yourself in the fantasy. These RP servers can also be PvE or PvP focused.

Name Version Time Zone
Bloodsail Buccaneers Both Eastern
Deviate Delight (PvP) Both Eastern
Grobbulus (PvP) Both Pacific

Name Version Language
Hydraxian Waterlords Both English
Zandalar Tribe (PvP) Both English
Celebas Both German

How to choose

Which WoW Classic server should you choose?

That’s the million dollar question, ain’t it? Choosing a good server is critical to your long-term enjoyment of WoW Classic, as the only way to change servers is to either start a new character or pay for a character transfer. Before you decide on a type of server, though, it’s also crucial that you pick a server with the lowest population—especially at launch. While playing on a sparsely populated server sucks, WoW Classic’s limited server pool means that many servers are bustling. But if possible refrain from picking any server that are listed at “high” or “full” capacity. There’s nothing worse than sitting in a queue for 25 minutes before you can actually play.

Normal servers are best if you just want to have a good time leveling up and doing PvE content. While playing on these servers, PvP is entirely optional. That means you won’t get unexpectedly ganked by high-level players, but this also diminishes the social interaction of WoW. But if you just want to have a good, predictable time, Normal servers are the way to go.

PvP servers are for players that want the true World of Warcraft experience, where danger can lurk around any corner as other players can kill you in most zones without penalty. What’s great about PvP servers is that if you ever tire of questing or grinding, there’s often groups you can join to raid enemy cities or take over bustling crossroads. Opportunities to make friends and have dynamic social interactions abound, so if you’re okay with potentially having to give up questing in a zone because a group of level 60s are camping your body, PvP servers are the way to go.

Roleplaying servers come in both Normal (PvE) and PvP versions. The difference is that, here, players are encouraged to interact as characters in the world. While it might be a bit awkward getting into the groove of roleplaying, RP servers are legendary for their vibrant and tight-knit communities. If social interaction is what you want (this is an MMO, after all), you should give RP servers a chance. Players frequently create their own fun outside of questing and PvP, like hosting parties, mock trials, and all sorts of other fun in-game events.

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