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All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
With the release of patch 5.0.4, we’re making all the races of Azeroth playable by anyone, no matter which version or expansion of World of Warcraft they own. This includes the enigmatic pandaren, who will become available for play when Mists of Pandaria is released on Tuesday, September 25. We want the entire World of Warcraft community to be able to embrace their inner goblin, blood elf, worgen, draenei, or pandaren from the moment they step foot into the world of Azeroth.

Now, the only hard part will be choosing a name. Who will you be next?

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
I've seen some confusion about when pandaren character creation will be accessible.

Just to be clear on the announcement, we're making it possible for people to create a character of any race, regardless of what expansions you've purchased. So if you only have the original game (which now has The Burning Crusade included), when patch 5.0.4 hits you'll be able to create goblin and worgen characters as well. And, once Mists of Pandaria is released, you'll be able to create pandaren characters, regardless of whether or not you own Mists of Pandaria.

So it says all races, what about though all classes? Just because Pandaren become available for play regardless if you have MoP or not, does this include the new monk class?
No, you'll need to upgrade your World of Warcraft license to Mists of Pandaria in order to unlock the monk class. The same is true for leveling from 85-90 and gaining access to the continent of Pandaria.
This article was originally published in forum thread: All Races Available in Patch 5.0.4 started by chaud View original post
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  1. Devorawn's Avatar
    Nice one Blizz! Really good move here.

    People will still have to buy the xpacs to level, but you're not forcing them to roll a "Lame" (For lack of a better term, they simply may not like anything bar worgen or Blood Elf!) race.

    Urge to kill... fading...
  1. Hanto's Avatar
    It's about time, lol. :3 Shoulda done this years ago, but kudos to finally doing it. Probably a better marketing plan as well, as new players probably would more easily become attached if they can play a race they'd prefer on the trial, instead of buying all of the expansions first.
  1. lagmoose's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DemoBytom View Post
    in before all the "THEY LIED TO US" when people won't be able to choose Pandaren the moment 5.0.4 goes live...
    You know it will happen. It'll be the Beta invites from AP all over again. ._.
  1. Elvinator's Avatar
    This is a very smart move by Blizzard. I introduced a friend to the game a while back. We both made Taurens and levelled them to 20. He didn't feel like continuing. I'd like to think that introducing him via the Worgen/Hoblin zone could have changed that.
  1. flaps's Avatar
    Both Pandaren and the monk will NOT be available to play UNTILL september 25th, regardless of expansion.
    Pandaren will be available to play regardless of expansion, and the monk will be released for players WITH MoP following September 25th
  1. ProfessorTjc's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tru View Post
    another marketing ploy hidden subtext " please don't leave our kung fu kiddy game for guild wars 2 please we has pandas ! "
    You know you can play both....
  1. Holyshnikies's Avatar
    Niceeeeeeee
  1. Henkdejager's Avatar
    so i can play a panda on auust 28 ? or just on 25 september like normaly..?
  1. Razirm's Avatar
    All I have to say.. Nice
  1. tru's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Snoffa View Post
    So it I get this right, U can play a tauren rogue (for exempel) ?
    no you dont get that right it has nothing to do with race/class combo

    It clearly says "All Races Available" try reading the blue post
  1. sweatshopkids's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Snoffa View Post
    So it I get this right, U can play a tauren rogue (for exempel) ?
    No. It says "races" not "classes."
  1. Masterpd85's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by schwarzkopf View Post
    Races playable at a given point in time will now be playable by anyone irrespective of the expansions they own.

    This doesn't mean that Pandas come on 28th of August.
    It also doesn't mean that level 90 characters are available to WoW only players.

    shhhh... you'll spoil everyone's excitement.



    ...and my fun of laughing at players on the forums.
  1. potaco's Avatar
    It's not that hard to understand...

    Currently, you have to buy Cata to make a Worgen or Goblin. After the patch, anyone will be able to make a Worgen or Goblin, even if they don't have Cata.

    Pandaren will also be available for everyone, but only after MoP has launched in September.

    This isn't adding new race/class combinations and isn't saying that you can create non-Monk Pandaren before MoP.
  1. Grevie's Avatar
    I think some game is taking an arrow in the knee? And it's not wow or skyrim.
  1. ElmoMcBeastly's Avatar
    No new race/class combos.
    No panderan before MoP release.
  1. Sam the Wiser's Avatar
    I don't really like this change.
  1. Gurbz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by I Change My Name View Post
    Anyone else think that it is now making BC a tad redundant now? All it is a skipping stone for people going from 60-70. Without the added perk of the 2 new races what else is there for them.
    BC was given for free to anyone who did not already have it right around the time Cata came out. Anyone that buys WoW now also gets BC automatically. So really all they are doing is giving everyone free access to Goblin, Worgen, and Pandaren.
  1. flaps's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Winterstrife View Post
    Sweet! I already reserved my Panda's name, now all I got to do is wait for 28th August ^^
    September 25th
  1. Gum's Avatar
    /facepalm. You wont be able to play pandaran before MOP releases. You will not be able to play Gnome hunter.. You will be able to play Bloodelf Worgen ect. With only a classic account. That is all. About time really.
  1. Moonky's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flaps View Post
    Both Pandaren and the monk will NOT be available to play UNTILL september 25th, regardless of expansion.
    Pandaren will be available to play regardless of expansion, and the monk will be released for players WITH MoP following September 25th
    Pretty much this, guys you need to read it again.

    It basically means every race (Goblin and Worgen) but NOT the Pandaren or Monk class.

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