A quick guide to every step required to unlock the Mag’har Orcs allied race in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands
If you are looking to unlock the Mag’har Orc allied race in Shadowlands, you have come to the right place! Mag’har Orcs were introduced in the Battle for Azeroth expansion and require you to complete older content to unlock them. Unfortunately, this is a pain if you are a new or returning player without any BFA playtime. In this guide, I will walk you through travel directions and the quests you need to complete to unlock the Mag’har Orcs.
At a high level, there are two things you need to do to unlock the Mag’har Orc allied race in Shadowlands.
- Earn the Ready for War achievement by finishing the 1st part of the war campaign.
- Complete a series of recruitment quests (requires level 50+ Horde character).
You need to complete the 1st part of the war campaign before you can start the recruitment. To get started, you will need to be level 35 and travel to Zandalar.
How to get to Zandalar in Shadowlands 
If you have never been there, you can get to Zandalar by talking to Sylvanas in Orgrimmar (Grommash Hold) to pick up Battle for Azeroth: Mission Statement. This will take you on a short quest chain through Stormwind and eventually to Zandalar. If you have been to Zandalar before, you can take the portal in the Orgrimmar portal room (58.5, 91.3).
The War Campaign
Footholds – Level 35+
You can begin the war campaign after reaching Zandalar and at least level 35 on a Horde character. To be clear, you can start the campaign at level 35, but some of the later chapters are gated behind a level 50 requirement. You will have to decide if you want to start the campaign earlier or knock it all out after reaching level 50.
Either way, you can begin the campaign on the boat in the Port of Zandalar at coordinates (51, 100).
The first 3 chapters of the campaign will take you to the alliance continent of Kul Tiras to set up footholds. You can set up the first 2 at level 35 and the last one after level 40. All war campaign quests will place an orange exclamation point on your world map that makes them easy to find.
Campaign Storylines – Level 50+
Once you have footholds, you will need to reach level 50 to continue the storyline. The next quest you are looking for is offered by Nathanos Blightcaller on the same boat and is called Breaking Kul Tiran Will.
If you have reached level 50 and Nathanos isn’t offering the Breaking Kul Tiran Will quest, you will need to obtain The Heart of Azeroth (a legendary necklace). You can do this by completing the A Dying World quest chain, which should pop up once you reach level 50 and visit Dazar’alor.
Alternatively, you can grab it from the Earthen Guardian outside the Great Seal in Dazar’alor.
With Breaking Kul Tiran Will in hand, you can start working your way through The First Assault storyline. As soon as you finish that series of quests, the game should auto accept the next quest in the campaign.
I put together a little graphic that shows all of the requirements of the first part of the war campaign. Once you finish these, you will receive the Ready for War achievement and be ready to start the recruitment questline.
Do the recruitment quests
With the first part of the war campaign out of the way, it is time to recruit the Mag’har Orcs into the mighty Horde (and onto your character creation screen).
You can begin the recruitment questlines by visiting the Orgrimmar embassy to pick up a quest called Vision of Time. This requires you to have a level 50+ Horde character, which shouldn’t be a problem if you have completed the war campaign.
There are 10 quests in the recruitment chain that will take about 30 minutes to complete (although most of this is travel time). Once you finish those quests, you can now create your very own Mag’har Orc complete with Mag’har Direwolf mount.
I have included a few frequently asked questions below. If you are working on unlocking other allied races, here is my quick allied race unlock overview and links to detailed guides for every race.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you have BFA flying unlocked, it will take around 3 – 4 hours to unlock Mag’har Orcs. Without BFA flying or a level 50 Horde character, it could easily take you anywhere from 6 – 8 hours or longer.
The Mag’har Orcs allied race can play as 8 different classes in World of Warcraft. They cannot play as demon hunters, druids, paladins, or warlocks. The classes they can play include:
Mag’har Orcs have 1 active racial ability and 3 racial passives.
Their active ability is called Ancestral Call. When used, it increases a random secondary stat for 12 seconds.
Their racial passives include:
· Open Skies – Mount speed higher by 10%.
· Savage Blood – Poison, disease, and curse duration 10% lower.
· Sympathetic Vigor– Pets have 10% more HP.
Once you have unlocked Mag’har Orcs, you can begin working on acquiring their heritage armor. To do this, you need to earn the Heritage of the Mag’har achievement. This requires you to reach level 50 on a new Mag’har Orc.
As an important side note, you will not earn the achievement if you reach level 50 by using a level boosts, race change, or recruit a friend levels to unlock the armor.
The process of unlocking Mag’har Orcs has 2 major requirements — completion of the first part of the Horde War Campaign and a short recruitment quest chain. Beginning the war campaign requires you to have a level 35+ horde character; however, later chapters are gated behind a level 50 requirement. Because of this, you can choose to start working on the campaign while leveling or wait until level 50.