World of Warcraft Night Elf
If you are looking for a different character to play in World of Warcraft night elf could be the one for you.
This mysterious race has its own starting zone removed from the humans, dwarves, and gnomes (though not far from the Draenei added in later content).
The first race to waken in Azeroth
They are nocturnal, mysterious, and at one with their natural environment. Since they start on the other side of the world, rolling a World of Warcraft night elf will allow you to play some different starting area quests and avoid the area of Westfall entirely.
World of Warcraft Night Elf Traits
There are some traits that are specific to the World of Warcraft Night Elf race, and can influence your game play accordingly.
- Shadowmeld – this racial trait allows the Night Elf to “stealth”, helping them to avoid enemies and removing them from combat. Any movement will break the Shadowmeld spell and it does have a cooldown, so it is not quite as effective as a rogue or a druid’s stealth, but can be handy in certain situations.
- Elusiveness – this is a trait given to Night Elf rogues and druids. It makes them harder to detect when they are in Shadowmeld or stealthed, giving them that extra ability to slip about unseen.
- Quickness – this racial trait makes it harder for the enemy to hit you, by reducing the chance of being hit by melee or ranged attacks by 2%. This can help the Night Elf greatly in hand-to-hand combat.
- Wisp Spirit – While other races just turn into ghosts, a Night Elf becomes a wisp when he or she dies. The wisp spirit allows them to travel 75% faster, allowing you to return to your corpse and life that much quicker. This can be useful in solo play, decreasing leveling time, as well as reducing the time needed to walk back if killed in group instance runs.
- Natural Resistance – like Quickness, this racial trait helps Night Elves to dodge attacks, by decreasing the chance that natural spells will hit them by 2%
World of Warcraft Night Elf Class Options
Rolling a World of Warcraft Night Elf allows for several class options – Druid, Hunter, Priest, Rogue, Warrior, and Death Knight. Choosing what character to play is up to you and your play style.
- Druids – Night Elves are the only Alliance race that offers druids, allowing players to see this unique style of play. Druids are natural shape-shifters, earning new animal shapes as the players progress. The bear and cat forms allow for various DPS and tanking abilities. The Aquatic form increase a druid’s swim speed when in the water, while the Travel form increases a druid’s running speed on land. Flight form becomes available at higher levels, allowing druids to fly without the aid of a mount. Then, depending on what talent specialization is chosen, druids also have the Moonkin form that increases spell power and spell DPS, and the Tree of Life form that increases a druid’s healing abilities. Druid players have the most variety in the game, being able to play as a caster, a healer, a rogue, and even a tank.
- Hunters – hunters make excellent soloing characters, since they quickly learn how to train an animal companion that can help them fly through mobs. If you learn skinning and/or leatherworking, you can also make use of this ability to quickly level a profession as well.
- Priest – Night Elves can also roll a priest. Primarily known as the healers of WoW, priests rely on spell casting for both offensive and healing spells. Since they wear cloth, they are not suited for hand-to-hand combat. Besides healing, priests can also choose a talent tree that focuses on offensive spells, allowing them to do massive DPS through spell casting.
- Rogue – with the ability to Shadowmeld and the racial trait Elusiveness, Night Elf rogues are masters at sneaking in and out of dangerous situations. Rogues are known for their ability to quickly and mercilessly kill their enemies, sneaking in and hitting them before their opponent is even aware of their existence. This makes them excellent for solo play and in PVP situations.
- Warrior – for those players who like the hand-to-hand combat but want to rely more on strength than stealth, night elves also have the option to roll the warrior class. Their Quickness and Natural Resistance can pay off in combat, making the night elf warrior harder to hit and take down. The main downside is the World of Warcraft Night Elf home city of Darnassus does not offer blacksmithing nor is mining training available there, so if you want to learn these professions to make yourself gear you will have to head to Ironforge or Stormwind.