Tauren (playable)

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The peaceful tauren—known in their own tongue as the shu’halo—have long dwelled in Kalimdor, striving to preserve the balance of nature at the behest of their goddess, the Earth Mother. Until recently, the tauren lived as nomads scattered throughout the Barrens, hunting the great kodo beasts native to the arid region.
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This article is about the playable version of the Tauren. For the info on the race in general, see Tauren.

The tauren of Thunder Bluff is a faction of tauren that start in the Red Cloud Mesa, an area of rolling plains atop the high cliffs in southern Mulgore. They are the Horde tauren player race.

As of the Cataclysm expansion, Tauren are the only playable race that has every Tank and every Healer class availible to them. No other race, Horde or Alliance, can boast either.


For countless generations, the bestial tauren roamed the plains of the Barrens, hunted the mighty kodos, and sought the wisdom of their eternal goddess, the Earth Mother. Scattered across the land, the wandering tribes were united only by a common hatred for their sworn enemy, the marauding centaur. Seeking aid against the centaur, the chieftain, Cairne Bloodhoof befriended Thrall and the other orcs, who had recently journeyed to Kalimdor.

With the orcs’ help, Cairne and his Bloodhoof tribe were able to drive back the centaur and claim the grasslands of Mulgore for their own. For the first time in hundreds of years, the tauren had a land to call their own. Upon the windswept mesa of Thunder Bluff, Cairne built a refuge for his people, where tauren of every tribe is welcome. Over time, the scattered tauren tribes united under Cairne’s rule. There are a few tribes who disagree about the direction their new nation should take, but all agree that Cairne is the wisest and best suited to lead them towards the future.

Though the noble tauren are peaceful in nature, the rites of the Great Hunt are venerated as the heart of their spiritual culture. Every tauren, warrior or otherwise, seeks identity both as a hunter and as a child of the Earth Mother. Having reached the age of maturity, you must test your skills in the wild and prove yourself in the Great Hunt.[1] (WoWMan 183)

Starting info

Starting area intro voice-over

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Great tragedy has rocked the Tauren tribes and shaken their once stalwart devotion towards the Horde. A disagreement, between the new orc warchief Garrosh Hellscream and the beloved Tauren chieftain Cairne Bloodhoof, led to a duel that ended in Cairne's death. With his loss, the vile matriarch, Magatha Grimtotem, launched a murderous attack attempting to seize control of Thunder Bluff for herself. However Cairne's brave son, Baine Bloodhoof successfully repelled the attack and banished the surviving Grimtotem to the farthest reaches of the land.

Under Baine's hopeful leadership, the Tauren people now seek to heal their wounds and restore the balance between the various factions of the Horde. To this end, a new generation of tauren Sunwalkers has arisen, to lead their people into the light of the new dawn and the promise of rebirth. As a proud tribesman of Mulgore you must uphold the honor of your people and safeguard the lands of your ancestors.

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This is the pre-0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm intro.
Once a nomadic people, the Tauren roamed the endless plains of the Barrens hunting the mighty Kodo. Scattered across the land, the wandering tribes were united only by their common hatred for their sworn enemy, the marauding Centaur. Seeking aid against the Centaur, the great chieftan Cairne Bloodhoof befriended the savage Orcs who had recently journeyed to Kalimdor. With the Orcs' help, Cairne and his tribe were able to drive back the Centaur and claim the grassliands of Mulgore for their own. Upon the windswept mesa of Thunderbluff, Bloodhoof built a refuge for his people. Over time, the scattered tribes united under a single banner. Though the noble Tauren are peaceful in nature, the rights of the Great Hunt are venerated as the heart of their spiritual culture. As a tribesman of Mulgore, you must test your skills in the wild and prove yourself in the Great Hunt.
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Starting attributes

Base Druid Hunter Shaman Warrior Death Knight Paladin Priest Monk
Strength 25 26 25 26 28 113 27 25  ??
Agility 15 15 18 15 15 69 15 15  ??
Stamina 22 22 23 23 24 100 24 22  ??
Intellect 15 17 15 16 15 25 15 17  ??
Spirit 22 24 23 24 22 44 23 25  ??

Character size

The tauren character model is large. The beginning tauren character will not notice this; everything is tauren sized, and is scaled to the tauren point of view. Later, when the character interacts with other races, the difference is evident. Occasionally, tight quarters will hamper a tauren character's movement.

Racial traits

Ability warstomp [War Stomp] (2 min cooldown)
Stuns up to 5 enemies within 8 yards for 2 seconds.
Spell nature unyeildingstamina [Endurance] - (passive)
Base Health increased by 5%.
Inv misc flower 01 [Cultivation] - (passive)
Herbalism skill increased by 15 and you gather herbs faster than normal herbalists.
Spell nature spiritarmor [Nature Resistance] - (passive)
Increases your resistance to harmful Nature effects by 1. *Scales with level*

Reasons for racial traits

The tauren are some of the most physically imposing creatures to ever walk the earth.

  • Their natural body structure grants them not only great strength, but an incredible Endurance to damage.
  • Their immune system is compounded with a deep connection to the natural world, thus they have a passive Natural Resistance to everything from poisons and acids to the weather.
  • Being great huntsmen and natural wanderers with a certain natural affinity, the tauren developed a deep knowledge of the botanical life of Azeroth, using it in various shamanistic rituals, as well as for medical treatment. Because of this the tauren are natural herbalists.
  • Hunting the kodo and wandering the wilds has not been easy for the tauren, and facing the centaur has made it no easier. All tauren are born with the ability to communicate with the spirits in times of need, beseeching them to shake the earth and stun their enemies. This ability has been nicknamed the War Stomp by the tauren's enemies.
Tauren shaman

Female tauren healer



Cairne BloodHoof in Warcraft III

Tauren characters may play as druids, hunters, shamans, warriors, 0300Wrath-Logo-Small death knights, 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small paladins, and 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small priests.

They were the only Horde race that could play as a druid, though as of 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm, the troll race (together with the worgen for the Alliance) was allowed. They are the only Horde race that cannot have characters of the rogue class. The hypothetical tauren rogue is a common joke among Horde players.

For the tauren, the rogue profession is an alien concept and therefore rare (if not non-existent) among its peoples.[2] (WoWRPG 80) Renegade Grimtotems possess the rogue and sorcerer class.

Roleplaying a tauren

Tauren are a very tribal and ancestral people, so worship of spirits and ancestors would be part of the roleplaying. Also, their size usually makes them seem a bit more fearsome, though most tauren aren't going to attack a person without good reason. Tauren do not have much of an accent, so you can type out their speech as you would normally.


Because of their size, tauren used to have the most restricted selection of mounts of any race. Among the racial mount vendors, the tauren could only use the their own kodo and the orc's dire wolf. From the racial PvP mounts, they could also select the troll's raptor. Mounts beyond these must be hardier, because the ones available to the Horde can all bear a tauren. Oddly, the tauren had no restrictions on flying mounts.
These restrictions were lifted in patch 3.0.8.



Tauren In-Game Intro (World of Warcraft)01:11

Tauren In-Game Intro (World of Warcraft)

Tauren Intro Movie HD - World of Warcraft Cataclysm01:10

Tauren Intro Movie HD - World of Warcraft Cataclysm

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