I'm planning to buy World of Warcraft but i just wanted to be clear regarding the entire process.

I've made a BattleNet account and it shows the current offer for all the expansions upto MoP for $59.99.

  • Does this include in game time ?
  • After i purchase the expansions, how do i get the actual game ? Do i have to download the entire game ? If yes, then how big is the download ?

Are there any ways i can get the game and the subscription without having to download the entire game (since my bandwidth is quite limited) i.e Discs


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If you purchase the game digitally, then you must download the game. Regardless of which expansions you purchase, the entire game client will be downloaded (your account type will restrict which areas you can visit, what level you can reach etc).

The entire game weighs in at around 25GB (as indicated by a Blizzard Support Forum Agent here: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/8197179898)

If you don't want to download the entire game, you can buy it physically from retail stores (online or high street), and install from the discs. However, due to the nature of the game, you will need to download patches which will still be in excess of a couple of gigabytes of data.

As far as I know, each WoW game comes with free trial periods of game time, but you will need to set up a subscription in order to keep playing.

And finally, not to put too fine a point on it, but if you are aware that a question has already been asked, you shouldn't ask it again. If none of the answers in the existing question are helpful to you, you can comment on them and request more information.

  • Since i just made this account i cant comment on anything just yet. But thanks for the answer. One more thing i wanted to ask, Do i have to buy the discs for each expansion individually or do they come in a package set for MoP ?
    – Traxex1909
    Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 11:33
  • Also, Battle chest include Wrath of the Lich king expansion ?
    – Traxex1909
    Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 11:44
  • @Traxex1909 Yes to your second question. Again, it is not possible to install WoW from discs alone. No matter what, you're going to need to download a lot of content through their patching service. Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 12:00
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    @Traxex1909 The WoW Starter Edition is free to play and requires no activation (though it's capped to level 20, among some other things). If you want to maximize your game time, download that first, play to level 20, and only then bother to actually buy the game. ;) Commented Aug 21, 2013 at 13:08
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    The streaming downloader works pretty well. You can start playing with quite a small amount of data downloaded (I think less than 1GB). The tradeoff is that you will get extra-long loading screens when you change zones, if you haven't already downloaded the zone data for a zone you enter. You'll see two progress bars on the loading screen when this happens. Commented Aug 22, 2013 at 1:29

Buying the WoW Battlechest (base game plus first two expansions) comes with one month of gametime. Past that initial 30 days, you'll need to purchase game time cards, or set up a subscription.

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