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Wowhead – Fansite Profile

WoW players have access to an endless arsenal of community-made resources, including guides, utilities, and news sites—often mixing all of the above. We want to guide you to the tools that will help you enjoy World of Warcraft to the fullest, and to accomplish that lofty goal, periodically we’ll point you toward a site that offers the kind of content we think you’ll find valuable.

Wowhead is a database that has become an indispensable general resource for World of Warcraft players seeking information on a wide range of topics, from items, to talents and abilities, instances, quests, zones, the latest news, and more.

The Search is On

When you stop by Wowhead, you’ll be welcomed by the site title (with trademark rocket) and a search bar, much as though you were visiting a search engine. In fact, you can use Wowhead in much the same way. Want to learn more about that quest you’re having trouble with, or look up a specific item or NPC? Just type it in, and you’re on your way.

There’s an almost mind-boggling amount of information on the site, but you’ll find it all neatly organized. In addition to the search bar, there are several tabs listed below that you can click to view drop down menus that will lead to individual sections and utilities:

Database – This drop down leads to the extensive database that Wowhead encompasses. This is where you’ll find Wowhead’s new Class guides. The Instances database helps you discover the bosses and layouts of each dungeon and raid. If you’re hunting for your next upgrade, then the Item database is a tool with robust search features. If you need more information on a quest, you’ll find it here. There are also maps of each World of Warcraft zone available. There are even custom-made databases to help you find that perfect Transmogrification set and round out your Battle Pet roster.
Whichever database you visit, they’re all linked, and the ‘Related’ tabs can prove particularly helpful, allowing you to find out about related quests, NPCs, professions and more. The Comments beneath a particular entry often contain valuable information, and they’re marked by date and patch, to help you make sure the information in a given comment is up to date.

  • Tip: If you want to learn more about the upcoming expansion, you can find all the latest information at the Warlords of Draenor database.

News – The News section encompasses blogs and guides written by Wowhead staff, as well as a 'blue' tracker to help you stay up to date on what us Blizzard representativesBlue Trackers
Blue trackers compile what Blizzard developers and representatives are saying to help you stay up to date on the latest news. Don't forget to read the original thread for context!
have to say on the forums as well as Twitter. You’ll also find guides to each major patch, previous patch notes, and links to Wowhead’s social media accounts, where they’ll post updates on what’s happening with the site.

Tools – The Tools section gives you great options for customizing and tracking World of Warcraft characters, including the Profiler to track your completed quests (great for helping you complete that Loremaster achievement!), what mounts and profession recipes you've learned, and more. There are Talent Calculators (for both Mists of Pandaria as well as Warlords of Draenor), Pet Battle utilities, tools to help you find and compare items, as well as a client that enables you to help keep Wowhead's database up to date as you play.

The Wowhead Model Viewer is a fun utility that allows you to preview in-game models, as well as dress your character up to see exactly what that gear will look like before you head out to farm it up.

  • Tip: If you run a site of your own, there are also tools here that will let you enable mouse over tooltips on items, add a Wowhead search bar, and add a news feed to your site.

Guides – This section includes guides of every sort written by knowledgeable players as well as Wowhead staff. The guides are grouped according to category, then listed out by title, author, rating, views, comments, and which patch they pertain to. There are a stunning variety of guides available, written on subjects such as obtaining achievements, class guides, playing the auction house, and much more. There’s even a guide on writing guides if you’d like to contribute!

Community – The Community tab is what you’ll click to access the Wowhead forums. It’s also where you’ll go to learn about site Reputation and site Achievements you can earn for contributing to database entries, contests Wowhead is running. You can also access their social media pages from here.

Wherever you go on the site, every other section is a mere click away. The tabs at the top of the page will help you navigate to where you want to go.

We encourage you to visit Wowhead and explore all the tools the site has to offer. If you’re already a Wowhead user, what sections of the site do you visit most often and find the most helpful? You’re also welcome to share any additional resources you may use or tips and tricks for those looking to learn more about World of Warcraft.

We’ll be bringing you more fansite profiles in the future.