Blizzard Waives Character Transfer Fees for WoW

Thursday Blizzard said that it is now offering free character moves in World of Warcraft until December 22. The company said the free offer was the result of an influx of new and returning players due to the recent release of Cataclysm, the MMORPG's third expansion.

"By initiating one of these transfers you will be moving your character to a new realm and home," Blizzard said. "This is a one-time, one-way move. You will need to use the paid transfer service to move your character elsewhere."

The character move will be limited to 25 specific, highly populated "source" servers including Area 52, Stormrage, Khaz'goroth, Sargeras, Stormreaver and more. Character movement also locked to specific destinations, meaning those residing on Proudmoore can only move to Darrowmere, and those on Mannoroth can only move to Anub'arak or Anetheron.

"Please be aware that due to the unpredictable nature of free transfers we may close down any Free Character Moves at any time and without warning if the target realm becomes full," Blizzard said. "If you plan to move with friends or your guild, we suggest that you coordinate the effort to reduce the chance of any stragglers being left behind."

To see the full list, head here. To move your World of Warcraft character to another server, head here to begin the process.

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  • triculious
    a bit sensationalist on the news today?
    this happens regularly during the year for select realms to lessen server loads, it's not, as the title suggests, a once-in-a-lifetime offer for everyone
  • theholylancer
    it is usually unwise to get these free xfers if you are in the upper hand fraction (IE, more horde or ally than the other), since blizzard sees this more as a fraction balance tool than to help people.

    Sooo many stories of free xfer then paid to xfer back because the fraction on the target server is trash and you can't raid / pvp successfully at all.

    and yes, very bad title, I was thinking I could move my bladefist guy to proudmore or another one of those high progression servers for free (and getting many of my friends to do it too!), but alas, that is not to be.
  • zak_mckraken
    While it does happen from time to time, I wouldn't say it's a "regular" offer. However, after reading the title, I was under the impression that it was a "free for all" offer. I was hoping to move my mage that is stuck alone on Chromaggus.