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The Worgen's Racial Abilities: All About Cataclysm's New Alliance Race

by: Amy Carson ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/18/2012 • Leave a comment

Forget all the old pre-release speculation. Here's the real deal, the facts on all six worgen racial abilities. Learn what racials like Darkflight, Aberration, Running Wild, and more mean to you.

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    With World of Warcraft's Cataclysm expansion came a new Alliance race: the worgen, werewolf-like, formerly human beings. Before Cataclysm's release, the Internet was rife with speculation and debate about the new racial abilities, and to this day errors and inconsistencies persist — it's nigh on impossible to find correct information on worgen racial abilities anywhere other than in-game.

    Here, then, is the definitive list of the worgen's new racial abilities, how they work, and how they came to be.

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    Aberration (Passive)

    aberration Text:

    Increases your resistance to harmful Nature and Shadow effects by X.

    The gist:

    Just another racial resistance.

    The long version:

    Most, if not all, races get some kind of reduction to a given damage type, such as holy, frost, or arcane. With Aberration, worgen get resistance to two damage types, Nature and Shadow, but the effect is lesser than for each. The "X" above is a number that increases and scales with your level. For instance, for a level 17 worgen, the Aberration value is 13.

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    Darkflight (Instant) (3 minute cooldown)

    darkflight Text:

    Activates your true form, increasing movement speed by 40% for 10 seconds.

    The gist:

    "Was controversial. Got nerfed."

    The long version:

    Darkflight originally was designed to increase speed by 70%, but that got downgraded to 40% by Cataclysm's release. Still, at +40% you still get to move faster than just about anyone else unmounted for short bursts of time. Great for escaping mobs you don't feel like fighting or for PVP.

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    Flayer (Passive)

    flayer Text:

    Skinning skill increased by 15 and allows you to skin faster.

    The Gist:

    Skin faster and better. You're still going to need a knife, though.

    The long version:

    Like many other races, worgen in WoW get a tradeskill bonus, and a nice roleplay-ey one it is. Originally, the Flayer skill also made it so worgen didn't need a skinning knife to skin. It's removal is the biggest injustice in the history of humanity.

    Okay, it's not that big an injustice. I mean, gnomes don't get the bonus of not needing an engineering knife, right?

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    Running Wild (1.5 second casting time) (Available at level 20)

    runningwild Text:

    Drop to all fours to run as fast as a wild animal.

    The Gist:

    You want a mount? Here's your mount. It's you.

    The long version:

    Instead of a horsey, you turn into a mount all by your worgen self. Running Wild has the same cast time as summoning a mount, and simply puts you on all fours to run at mount speed through the world.

    And no, it's not like plainstriding at all. Remember that. I'll repeat, Running Wild has a summon/cast time, just like a mount. Worgen cannot fight while Running Wild is active. Just don't look too closely at the worgen running animation — I'll say it's strange and leave it at that.

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    Two Forms (Instant) (1.5 second cooldown)

    twoforms Text:

    Turn into your currently inactive form.

    The Gist:

    Be a human. Be a wolf. I don't care.

    The long version:

    Except when you're in combat, when you're automatically going to be a wolf. Two Forms is simply your toggle between your old Gilnean human form and your werewolfy worgen form. So if you want to walk around all growly, you can, and if you want to pass as human you can.

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    Viciousness (Passive)

    viciousness Text:

    Increases critical strike chance by 1%.

    The Gist:

    Hey, a 1% increased chance of ripping out someone's intestines can't be all bad.

    The long version:

    But you can keep mooning over the pre-release Viciousness stat, which was 1% damage increase. The Powers That Be at World of Warcraft realized that was a tad overpowered somewhere around July 2010 and changed it to +1% critical strike chance. But you know, you're a vicious wolf, so that's okay too.

    And there you have it — the definitive list of worgen racial abilities. I hope you had as much fun as I did. Now go out and make a worgen, and watch out for bites — I know they're minor, and seem like they will go away in time, but they sure sting a little.

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