This is a guide for US players wanting to access European realms and EU players wanting to access US realms, via a trial account.
– Important Update (03 Sept ’12): As of Patch 5.0.4, the method outlined in Part II of this guide no longer works. At present, it appears that the only solution is to install a seperate WoW client for the region you wish to visit, which can be downloaded from your Blizzard account once you’ve completed Part I of the guide. We will update the article should any alternative methods arise. –
So far, WoW Factor events have only been hosted on US realms. Now that we have expanded to Europe, we thought it might be appropriate to write a small guide on how to change region, should you wish to attend the WoW Factor or any other Warcraft events on foreign soil without buying a second game account.
Before we begin, there are a couple of important points to raise:
• Follow these steps at your own risk, we won’t be held responsible if you experience any problems.
We’ve never had issues following this procedure ourselves, it involves only minimal changes being
made to game files, but there’s no guarantee that everybody will have such a smooth ride.
• This method will only give you limited access in the alternate region. Check the Starter Edition FAQ
for full details on what you can and can’t do.
Part I: Create a Trial Account
For the first step, we’ll need a trial account for the region you intend to visit. You only need to follow this procedure once. We’ve also included an image gallery below, to guide you through the process.
1• Login to your account via the Blizzard website and select the green “Add a Game” button on the
account summary page.
2• Select the blue “View Available Games” button, under the “Purchase a Digital Game” heading.
3• Look for “Game Region: xxx [Change]” on the right-hand side. Click on Change and select the
region you wish to visit.
4• There should now be an option to “Play for Free” beneath the WoW Battle Chest icon. Click it to
add a starter account to your available games.
5• You may now change your game region back to your home, via the “Buy Digital Games” page.
Part II: Editing Your Realmlist
The following steps outline the means to change between regions using a single WoW client, so that you may access the trial account added in Part I. This process will need to be repeated every time you switch back and forth between regions.
Make sure WoW is closed before you begin.
1• Navigate your way to to the “realmlist.wtf” file in your WoW installation. The address should be
something along the lines of: “\\World of Warcraft\Data\enUS” (The last four letters represent your
language/region, enUS for North American, enGB for English European, deDE for German etc.).
2• Save a backup of the realmlist file elsewhere, then open the initial version with Notepad.exe.
3• Edit the realmlist according to the following:
For a US region player going to an EU starter account…
set realmlist eu.logon.worldofwarcraft.com
set patchlist enGB.patch.battle.net:1119/patch
set realmlistbn ""
set portal eu
For an EU region player going to an US starter account…
set realmlist us.logon.worldofwarcraft.com
set patchlist enUS.patch.battle.net:1119/patch
set realmlistbn ""
set portal us
The EU region data will grant access to all European realms, not just those which are English-language based.
4• Save & close the realmlist file and open WoW. The launcher will probably download a few MB of
data and then you will be able to log in to find the realmlist for your target region.
5• To undo the process, simply close WoW, open the realmlist.wtf again and save it with the original
text, as kept in your backup file.
Important note: This process may get mixed up on patch days, as by switching region you may update your client before your own home region has updated to that version of WoW. If you are unable to log in for this reason, try running the WoW “Repair” tool – it should revert your game version to be in line with the region defined in the realmlist file.
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