Worgen are large, werewolf-like humanoids who inspire fear in the battlefield and tear apart victims using their dagger-like claws and uncanny strength.
It’s easy to dismiss the worgen as nothing more than remorseless savages. But those who look past their notoriety will find a human nation struggling to control the Worgen virus that has enslaved their once noble people with a violent killing urge.
The Curse and the Cure
Initially, the worgen came to Azeroth from another dimension with a sole mission to terrorize and spread havoc. But a human mage named Arugal crafted dark experiments that led to his creation of a human-worgen hybrid.
Arugal’s concocted worgen curse swept through Gilneas City and the rest of the Greymane nation, forcing its people to isolation. The Greymane Wall served its purpose of keeping invaders out and keeping the infected population from spreading.
But in the Cataclysm expansion, a worldwide disaster and the discovery of a partial cure that helps humans control their evil worgen side has emboldened the Greymane nation to open its walls and join the Alliance.
In actual gameplay, the worgen are a formidable force both in dungeons and in the battlegrounds due to their racial combat abilities:
• Darkflight quickens their movement speed by 70% for a short time, allowing them to hunt down fleeing mobs or Horde opponents.
• Aberration is a passive ability that reduces the duration of curses and diseases, making them tougher against dark arts users like warlocks. In terms of raiding, this innate resistance lessens the dispelling load of healers and increases the survivability of each worgen against bosses who fling powerful curses and diseases.
• Worgen rolling as one of the damage-dealing specs, from a balance druid to a fury warrior, will relish the Viciousness racial trait that awards a whole 1% bonus to all Worgen damage. It’s a great advantage that makes it faster for them to take down a boss or a duel opponent.
Aside from having the distinction of becoming a druid (the only other Alliance race outside the night elf), the worgen has access to seven other classes. Its full class list is as follows:
- Death Knight
Only the Paladin and the Shaman classes are unavailable to the worgen.
True to their unstable shapeshifting, the worgen turns into a human out of combat and adopts the imposing lupine avatar while in combat. Worgen are also about as tall as the Draenei race, lending the Alliance faction a larger, more intimidating visage—at least enough to offset those cute gnomes.
Now that you know more about the worgen race and what they’re bringing to the table, why not roll one when Cataclysm hits? You’ll have fun bashing foes with your giant claws and maybe leave them nursing a nasty bite should they dare cross your path!