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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.
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  1. Rennoc'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 ! "
    Yeah, because GW2 doesn't have any cutesy races or anything...

    coughAsuracough
  1. Shampro's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Moonky View Post
    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.
    Do you have reading issues? This guy states it pretty clear ,and even blizzard states clear if you would use just a bit of brain. >.>
  1. Vasilisa's Avatar
    So nothing new in 5.04 patch except new talents and Theramore scenario? Since I'm rerolling I guess I'll take my take and play Gw2 for a month only.
  1. Gurbz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by naimc View Post
    BC is now part of vanilla, they dont sell it seperate anymore since they merged it digitally and in stores. Technically there are now 3 expansions. Wotlk, Cata and MoP.

    They did this because they dont want to steer away new players who think they will have to buy 5 box sets to play.
    I wouldn't be at all surprised if they announce soon that Wrath will be included in the base game along with TBC, to keep he barrier to entry the same.
  1. Boogums'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 means if you don't own Catacylsm, you can still make a goblin and worgen.

    On September 25th, you can make a Pandaren even if you don't own Mists.
  1. rippk's Avatar
    So will we have an 11th slot on a server to actually make a panda?
  1. Aoyi's Avatar
    My only question about this is will the BC and Cataclysm starting zones be included with this unlock? They would have to for this to work, but it isn't specifically mentioned. Either way, excellent decision by Blizzard. This is paving the way for a new retail version of WoW to be released that contains Vanilla + Expansions that isn't an overpriced Battle Chest.
  1. Kalielle's Avatar
    This is a great idea and makes perfect sense. Most new players will buy the expansions one by one, so without this change they'd have an 85 main of another race by the time they'd be able to try a Pandaren - and who wants to switch mains at that point?
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gurbz View Post
    I wouldn't be at all surprised if they announce soon that Wrath will be included in the base game along with TBC, to keep he barrier to entry the same.
    Neither would I, especially since I opened up 3 additional accounts recently...1 week after I did it, they had the fire sale too. *Raises fist angrily at Blizzard*.
  1. raeloneq's Avatar
    I love how GW2 trolls still come to MMO champion to harass WoW players. Anyways, see ya in MOP after GW2 fails.
  1. nachoo's Avatar
    Meh. Doesnt really do anything for me. I would be some-what excited if they were allowing a race change into a panda before MoP hits, but im pretty sure that is not the case.
  1. Srg56's Avatar
    "See honey, you don't need 3 more expansions to play your panda! 100 $ is a bit much to drop on a single game, and then we have to pay 15$ a month as well!"

    "But MOOOOOOOOOOmmm i won't be able to play a kung fu class!"

    "Now now sweety, i will buy you the expansions later, don't argue with me."

    It just had to be said. It's an obvious ploy to lure in people who would be interested in pandas since it only needs vanilla wow to gain access to one. That said, i love pandas and stuff, and i will be playing MoP SO DON'T REPORT ME BROS.
  1. Verain's Avatar
    I think this is a non-news event. Anyone here at the glowy part of the venn diagram for THESE three circles?

    1> Does not have an account at Cata level
    2> Maintains an active subscription and plays WoW
    3> Wants to play a worgen or goblin


    I mean, if your account isn't upgraded, to me that says you don't really want to play the game. I'm sure someone somewhere has an excuse- like some kid whose mom won't buy them cata but really likes worgen- but I bet he's not reading this site right now.
  1. Doobz1's Avatar
    So we get pandas before mop?
  1. Rorcanna's Avatar
    On topic, it's an awesome change. There's no fun logging in and seeing the races you really feel drawn to be greyed out! This way people can choose the race they want, rather than wait or pick a race they do not want as much. Good call Blizz, as always!
  1. Lucofthewind'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 ! "
    Calling the new xpac "kung fu panda" how fresh and original, and completely supported by facts....

    Seriously, if you do not like the new xpac no one is forcing you to buy it, play it, watch videos of it, read sites that have news about it and so on. Since you where able to navigate to this site, I assume you are able to navigate to other sites of interest, maybe GW2?
  1. Verigorm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rippk View Post
    So will we have an 11th slot on a server to actually make a panda?
    Yes, all players will have 11 slots.
  1. Aoyi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Gurbz View Post
    I wouldn't be at all surprised if they announce soon that Wrath will be included in the base game along with TBC, to keep he barrier to entry the same.
    New talents, account wide mounts and pets, class and encounter rebalancing, Racial unlock for those not upgraded to expansion level accounts, glyph and other system changes, etc. Theramore may not be released on August 28th and might unlock 1-2 weeks later as pre-expansion events tend to have stages to them.
  1. gurv'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.
    Thanks for clarifying.
    Blizzard sure worded that poorly.
  1. Inora's Avatar
    This is a great idea and makes perfect sense. Most new players will buy the expansions one by one, so without this change they'd have an 85 main of another race by the time they'd be able to try a Pandaren - and who wants to switch mains at that point?
    aehm sorry but wow dont get a lot NEW players for a long time now and i dont think this change is made for them - for me it looks like mop dont sell as good as they want and with this change they hope the players with catacaclysm which plan to leave will trie it out and maby stay

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