What are the Exact Server Locations for World Of Warcraft?
The game was created in 2004 by Blizzard Entertainment, and the company manages it like its other titles. In other words, you can access it via Battle.net, and you receive the same server support from AT&T.
Like with all other games, it is very important to find the closest server possible to reduce WoW ping, lag and other potential issues. The company provides detailed data about all its realms, including server status, type, population, time zone, and locale. So, if you’re having any kind of an issue, just head out to World of Warcraft’s dedicated website.
In this article, we will go through server locations for WoW and why it is important to choose a specific realm. You can also check our guide on how to check ping in WoW.
Locations of WoW game servers
WoW servers can be split into three subcategories: World of Warcraft servers, World of Warcraft Classic servers, and Burning Crusade Classic servers. Each one of these can be further classified based on Region and Locale.
In terms of Regions, you have the following options:
- Americas & Oceania (United States, Oceanic, Brazil, and Latina America)
- Europe (German, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Italian)
- Korea (Korea)
- Taiwan (Taiwan)
As you can see, when you create a new character, you can access a large server list including Oceanic realms, Europe realms, US realms, and the rest of the locations.
Once you input desired parameters, the interface will retrieve massive lists with all the available WoW realms. Most people go with the realms with a medium to a high population so they would have the best possible experience. There is also a time zone for each server so that you can play with people from the same region. This is especially important for the US, given there are numerous zones in this country.
Why is server location important for WoW?
Server location affects your ping but also your WoW language preferences.
When it comes to ping, it is much better to play on a server that is close to your location. The farther it is from your position, the more ping, and thus lag, you will have. So, when choosing a realm, you can go with those that are within your time zone. This would ensure they’re at least relatively close to you. The location is also important if you wish to play with other players that is, with users on other servers.
Language preference can also tell you a bit about the server location and its proximity. For example, the German realms should be within Germany, and the French should be within France. It is worth noting that once you select a realm, you cannot change it unless you pay money for a character transfer.
So, before you start investing a lot of time in a character, I suggest that you check server ping. There are a few ways to show the ping in WoW, which should give you enough info on whether this is the right place for you.
How to change servers in WoW?
Changing server, or to be precise realm, in World of Warcraft is not as easy as in some other games (like Escape From Tarkov). Like with some other Blizzard games, you have to meet special conditions to transfer to other realms. In the case of WoW, you have to pay a fee. Here is how you can do it:
Buy the character transfer service
Go to Battle.net to purchase the character transfer service. At this moment, transferring 1 character costs $25, transferring 3 characters costs $50, and transferring 6 characters costs $80. Besides Battle.net, you can go to the in-game store to perform this action. Once you paid for the service, you can change the realm or license.
The next thing you need to do is choose one of the numerous realms from this list. The transfer takes a few minutes or even less so you can continue playing shortly after.
Start playing in a new realm
When the transfer is done, you can log into the game. Your character will now be placed in either Ogrimmar or Stormwind, depending on your faction.
Although some people think that charging server relocation is wrong, the company utilizes a similar process for most of their games.
WoW server providers
Like with other games, Blizzard utilizes AT&T’s support for all their server needs. They have full access to AT&T’s data centers. Furthermore, this company provides services of monitoring and management. The two companies have worked together for the last 9 years, and AT&T was crucial for the game’s popularization and development, doing magic behind the curtains.
Aside from WoW, the company also provides server services for Diablo, Starcraft and other Warcraft titles. Basically, the company has the same data servers for all its games. They are placed in the US (Texas, California, Massachusetts, and Washington), Europe (France, Germany, and Sweden), South Korea, Taiwan, and China. AT&T utilizes a massive network that includes 20,000 systems to support all of Blizzard’s needs.
We presume that the company will start using Microsoft’s servers in the future.
How to check server status for WoW?
If you wish to check the server status of a particular realm, you can simply go the WoW’s dedicated site. As previously mentioned, you can find all the information about the game here, including WoW realm status. If you’re struggling to find a particular realm, you can always type its name in the search bar, and the interface will return the result.
There are also a few websites where you can check the status of private WoW servers. We recommend DKPminus. Here, you can find a lot of information regarding realm style, population, language, rates, and so on.