Distribution of World of Warcraft characters in U.S. and EU realms as of June 2017, by class

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Death Knight9.9%9.7%
Deamon Hunter3.4%3.4%

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The statistic shows the share of the various classes in the online computer game World of Warcraft (WoW) as of June 14, 2017. Approximately 9.5 percent of the created characters in U.S. realms were warriors. In terms of race, despite such possibilities as Night Elf, Orc, or Goblin, most players chose to be human in the game. All in all, World of Warcraft's popularity as such is reflected in the game being one of the bestselling PC games worldwide.

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, 11.8 percent of Alliance and 11.4 percent of Horde members were hunters. In Europe, the shares amount to 11.1 and 10.7 percent respectively.

The least popular class, on the other hand, is the monk which is chosen by approximately six percent of all players. The disinclination to become a WoW 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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Release date
June 2017
Europe, United States
Survey time period
June 14, 2017
Special properties
characters level 0-110
Supplementary notes
For this analysis, 39.4 million characters on US realms and 36.8 million characters on EU realms were recorded. The data were collected by using Blizzard's Battle.net API.

Realm Pop: "To get the list of characters for a realm, first we record all the characters who posted to the auction house. Then we fetch and record their guild rosters. This should cover the majority of characters on a realm".

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