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Distribution of World of Warcraft characters in U.S. and EU realms as of November 2014, by class

The statistic shows the share of the various classes in the online computer game World of Warcraft as of November 27, 2014. Approximately nine percent of the created characters in U.S. realms were warriors.

Additional info: Distribution of World of Warcraft characters by class

Both among European and American players, the hunter is the most popular class. Its popularity might result from the fact that hunters excel in using ranged weapons, such as bows and cross bows and can take part in battles from a distance, thus reducing the possibility of getting hurt or even killed. Hunters also come with the advantage of being able to tame animals and keep pets.

This class is almost equally popular among Horde and Alliance characters. Among U.S. based players, 12.2 percent of Alliance and 11.9 percent of Horde members were hunters. In Europe, the shares amount to 11.4 and 11 percent respectively.

The least popular class, on the other hand, is the monk which is chosen by approximately five percent of players. The disinclination to become a World of Warcraft monk may be caused by the fact that the class has very limited weapon-handling skills and results in a need to rely on a martial-arts based fighting style against opponents who have swords and bows.

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 EU realmsU.S. realms
Hunter 11% 11.6%
Paladin 9.6% 9.9%
Death Knight 10.1% 10.6%
Druid 10.2% 9.9%
Mage 8.7% 8.7%
Warrior 9.8% 9.2%
Priest 8.9% 8.7%
Rogue 8.1% 8.3%
Warlock 8.3% 8.2%
Shaman 8.4% 7.8%
Monk 7% 7%
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