World of Warcraft Starter Edition

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The World of Warcraft Starter Edition allows players to access World of Warcraft for free – all you need is a Battle.net account and a broadband Internet connection.

Note: Each Battle.net account is limited to one World of Warcraft Starter Edition at a time.

Players on Starter Edition game licences have the following restrictions:

  • Characters cannot exceed level 20, 10 gold, and 100 trade skill ranks.
  • Characters cannot participate in Pet Battles.
  • Chat communication is limited to say and party.
  • Cannot send whispers unless the Starter Edition character is on the recipient’s friends list or the Starter Edition character is replying to a whisper.
  • Cannot trade, create or join guilds, invite players into a party, create calendar invites, or disable experience gains.
  • Cannot use the mailbox or Auction House.
  • Voice chat, Battletag and Real ID features are disabled.
  • If there are login queues, the system will prioritise players who have full licences.
  • Starter Edition licences are not eligible for value added services (character transfers, faction changes, etc.).

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get the World of Warcraft Starter Edition?

You can:

How do I download the World of Warcraft Starter Edition?

Navigate to your Game Downloads page in Battle.net Account Management and click the icon for your operating system under World of Warcraft.

How long will a World of Warcraft Starter Edition stay on my Battle.net account?

Your Starter Edition will remain active on your Battle.net account indefinitely, even if you decide to stop playing the Starter Edition.

How do I upgrade from Starter Edition to the full version of World of Warcraft?

You can upgrade to the full version of the game at any time using a digital copy or a boxed copy. You will be asked to set up a subscription but will not be charged until after the 30 days of free access.

Digital Copy

Upgrade to the full version of World of Warcraft online through Battle.net Account Management. You can purchase the Mists of Pandaria expansion separately.

To upgrade:

  1. Log in to Battle.net Account Management.
  2. Select the World of Warcraft Starter Edition licence you would like to upgrade.
  3. Click Upgrade Online Now! and follow the prompts to complete your upgrade. You can also Enter a CD Key from this page.

Note: Most World of Warcraft Starter Edition restrictions will remain in place until payment verification is fully complete. This may take up to 72 hours. See the Direct Online Upgrade article for more information.

Boxed Copy

Upgrade to the full version of World of Warcraft with an authentication key included in a box copy of the game. You can purchase a box copy at a local retailer.

To upgrade:

  1. Purchase a boxed copy of World of Warcraft.
  2. Log in to Battle.net Account Management.
  3. Select the World of Warcraft Starter Edition you would like to upgrade.
  4. Click Enter a CD Key from a retail copy that you’ve already purchased.
  5. Use the authentication key to upgrade to the full version of the game.
  6. Install from the Battle.net Account Management download page.

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