Here’s how to reserve your WoW Classic name

WoW Classic has opened up name registration ahead of launch, so you can claim your characters... if you're quick.

WoW Classic is due to launch later this month, on August 27, and it’s certain to be popular. That means competition for the coolest fantasy hero names, like Gandalf, Thunderpants, and EdgeLord69. But how to reserve your WoW Classic character name?

Two weeks ahead of launch, the first real piece of World of Warcraft Classic releases today – and it’s arguably the most important, because it includes name registration. If you’re quick, you can grab your favourite character name before anyone else does.

As we revealed at the weekend, as of right now players can login to and claim up to three character names for WoW Classic – which will all be available to attach a character to once the game launches properly in a couple of weeks’ time.

You’ll need to have an active World of Warcraft subscription, or at least have game time on your account, in order to make use of the name reservation. After that, do the following:

  1. Head to your account and select World of Warcraft in the drop-down menu
  2. Select World of Warcraft Classic from the version menu (there will also be an Account drop down if you have two or more accounts)
  3. Hit the Install button (always important) to install the game if you haven’t already
  4. Once it’s installed, click the Play button and create a new character

Easy as that! Now your brooding, harbinger of doom nick is yours forever.

Right now, apart from picking a name, you’ll be able to fully customise up to three characters – as well as choose faction, class, and race. If you change your mind and delete them, remember that the name goes too – so be sure if you really want to do that, as it might get nabbed by someone else.

Blizzard notes that anyone choosing to play on a PvP realm will only be able to create characters within the same faction – you pick the Horde, you stay with the Horde. The developer also adds that, when WoW Classic goes live, players will be able to create up to ten characters in any given realm – and up to 50 across all WoW Classic realms. For now, though, you just get the three. Choose wisely.