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This will show you how to play World of Warcraft without paying!!! There are servers that instantly give you level 80, free items, etc. There are also just regular servers if you want to play for real. Note: you may need to pay for the actual game, but not the monthly fee Blizzard charges. (But there might be free downloads of the game out there.)
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Step 1: Install WoW

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Make sure you have World of Warcraft installed, including all the expansions and patches.

Step 2: Choose your server

Search in google: WoW private servers and click the top link. Look through the list on this page until you find a server that looks good to you. For explanation purposes I will choose the #1 ranked server which is Rightwow.
Click on the link to it. Register a new account on the server site you wish to play on. (This will be your World of Warcraft login) After making an account, find "Connecting to server" or instructions on how to connect. To play on a private server, they should give you a IP address, or website. This will be typed in one of your World of Warcraft files. OK here is where it gets a little harder. Go to your World of Warcraft folder. (Default: C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft) and locate "" open this with notepad, or another text editor. It should say set realmlist, delete that so it says set realmlist "your server". For our case "set realmlist" save the file and exit.

Step 3: Play!

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Run World of Warcraft and log in with the account you made from the private server you signed up for. Connect to a server and pwn some noobs!

FYI: I no longer play World of Warcraft. WOTLK was too scary for me. :[
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avgjoe694 months ago

agonywow instant pvp action with a chance to win 20$ a month. has pve realm also

N1CK4ND0 (author) 6 months ago

I can't believe how many views this has gotten over the years. I've taken quite a long hiatus from Instructables but I'm thinking I should definitely be coming back with all of the crazy things I've done over the years! Currently working on some fun mechanical projects. (2 Cars, motorcycle and boat....) So we'll see how the free time goes. Thanks to all who made this 'ible stay alive.

Feorly1 year ago
I tried and it's byfar the best Wotlk server I've played! even the Cata realm is amazing! Thanks so much to the people that requested it! You saved me a huge headache trying to find the right server! Check it out if you don't beleive me!
I tried Eternal-Wow private server, SUCH an awesome server to play on! If you like cata or wotlk you should defo check this server out!
brunetux1 year ago
my favourite server is 2.4.3 version, is best private server , never disconect, never lag and friendly staff , players, enjoy!
brunetux1 year ago
my favorite server is !! is best private server with taxi, 100% online
never lag ! and friendly players
ljenkins41 year ago
My favorite server is this is the best cataclysm on 4.3.4 patch!
There is this private server out there is SO awesome man, I have played on it for years now. 4 realmson Wotl, blizz-like, straight PVP, and funservers. And have a cata realm! It's great! Check it out
_Scratch_3 years ago
Its hard to find a good private server nowadays
 wont you get banned for playing on private servers
N1CK4ND0 (author)  boblordofmonkeys4 years ago
 No, Blizz has no rules against it, and even if; they would have no clue if you did. They have no control over the private servers being run.
o cool what is the advantage of private servers
N1CK4ND0 (author)  boblordofmonkeys4 years ago
 The advantage?! You don't have to pay for anything!
it says in the tos that they are illegal

ps blizzard has won court cases against the creators of servers 
N1CK4ND0 (author)  boblordofmonkeys4 years ago

Yeah, well that is very rare, and the users never got accused of anything. Only the people who created the server. P.S. This is a very rare occurance and has only occured with HUGE private servers. The servers change so rapdily, blizz does not have a chance to try to shut any certain one down.

 ok thanks does this only work for wow or can i use bc and lk
N1CK4ND0 (author)  boblordofmonkeys4 years ago
You can use any version of WoW. There are private servers for every version. :] Just specify which version you want to play when searching for the server.
 ok thanks
can i use addons
N1CK4ND0 (author)  boblordofmonkeys4 years ago
Yes you can!
 can i get caught for using illegal ones
N1CK4ND0 (author)  boblordofmonkeys4 years ago
No; you personally can't get caught for using one. If you try to run your own you could. But no, you won't get in trouble.
 what do you mean run your own
N1CK4ND0 (author)  boblordofmonkeys4 years ago
If you have a server or host; or you can run one from your own router if you have a good enough server. If you didn't know about this already, don't try it. Lawlz.
 ok so if i play on my own i am good right
N1CK4ND0 (author)  boblordofmonkeys4 years ago
Yes; you are all set.

ps sorry about asking all these questions
N1CK4ND0 (author)  boblordofmonkeys4 years ago
 No prob, glad to help!
 wow this has be nested 19 times. rhats alot of commentys
N1CK4ND0 (author)  Stuffses4 years ago
Haha yeah; he had a lot of questions!
 ya i did
N1CK4ND0 (author)  boblordofmonkeys4 years ago
Deffinently not a bad thing!
 thanks for your help
now it's even further to the right.

spacetinker4 years ago
hey I was wondering if you could do this without all the expanstions?? but also if I got them later could I install them with no problems?? THANKS!!
N1CK4ND0 (author)  spacetinker4 years ago
Yes, you can do this with regular WoW or either of the expansions. There is basically unlimited possibilities with private servers. Also, yes, you can upgrade at any time you want without any problems.
 Thanks you!
jumajuce4 years ago
i was just wondering is it safe to use this site i haven't played wow for a while cuz you have to pay but if this sites safe i might star again
N1CK4ND0 (author)  jumajuce4 years ago
Yeah, just google WoW private servers, the first link should be a page of the "Top 100 Private Servers" or something like that. Any of those sites are safe.
thank you for the reply now i can go and try this no more spending for me lol
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