World of Warcraft Starter Edition Limitations

Updated: 2 weeks ago
Article ID: 3226
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Starter Edition Limitations remain after purchasing an upgrade for World of Warcraft.

The World of Warcraft Starter Edition lets you access World of Warcraft for free -- all you need is a Blizzard account and a broadband internet connection!

Restrictions

With the Starter Edition you can:

  • Create new characters
  • Level any character up to 20
  • Earn up to 10 gold per character
  • Level any profession up to 100
  • Chat in /say and /party channels
  • Whisper your friends <- Character added only (Blizzard and RealID friends will not show and chat won't appear from them)

On the Starter Edition you will not have access to:

  • Expansion content (quests, zones, etc)
  • Characters above level 20
  • Pet Battles
  • Other chat channels and whispers to non-friends
  • All guild-related functions
  • Value added services (character transfers, faction changes, etc)
  • Party formation
  • Trade, mail, or the Auction House
  • Voice chat or Real ID

Starter Restrictions Remain After 72 Hours?

When you upgrade from the Starter Edition to a full version of World of Warcraft, it can take up to 72 hours for the Starter Edition restrictions to expire. If 72 hours have passed and you still have the above restrictions, reset your password. This will refresh your account's status with our servers and remove the restrictions.