Class guide for Classic WoW

WowIsClassic is the place to be for getting better at Classic WoW. Find here the best guides for all classes of Vanilla / Classic WoW.

Do you want to enjoy your leveling session? Read all or our class leveling guides 1-60 for Classic WoW. This will help you reaching lvl 60 in no time.

In these guides, we advise which race to choose according to its class, the best spec, the best gear as well as the drop locations, the macros specific to each class and new tips.

Read also PVE and PVP guides of the mages, warrior, thief, hunter, warlock, shaman, paladin, priest and druid.

We will do our best to bring the most content for each class in WoW Classic, as well as tips of all kinds to optimize your character.

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Class Differences between BFA and Classic

The class system has undergone many revisions between BFA and Classic. Here are some of the top changes:

There are 9 classes, down from 12.
  • Death Knights, Monks, and Demon Hunters were not available in Classic WoW.
  • Paladins were limited to the Alliance, while Shaman were limited to the Horde.
  • You cannot change your race, so picking the race/class combo you prefer is very important, as some are strong for DPS.
  • Priests had unique racials based on their race.
  • Druids had three talent trees, not four. Feral Combat was used for Guardian and Feral Druids.
  • Rogues had the Combat specialization, not Outlaw.
  • Hunters had an elaborate Pet Loyalty system, and Survival was a ranged DPS spec.
Talents and specializations were vastly different:
  • Instead of picking a specialization within a class, and learning a set of unique abilities, you pick a class and the spec-flavored abilities come from talent points.
  • The talent system was vastly more complex, with 51 points that can be placed into three trees, with abilities farther down the tree providing more powerful benefits.
  • The option to dual-spec and save multiple talent builds was not present.
  • Classic had the concept of Hybrids--roles that offered weaker DPS but had more utility and the capability to perform other roles in a pinch.
  • Spells had ranks, and more unlocked at higher levels. You had to return to Class Trainers in capital cities to train these higher ranks.
  • Many stats present in Classic are removed in BFA. Some of these stats were crucial to talent builds, such as abilities that increased Weapon Skill.