Logging In to a Different WoW Region

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.

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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.

We hope this guide will prove helpful!

~ by Noelani on June 7, 2012.

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9 Responses to “Logging In to a Different WoW Region”

  1. Gian Kyle says:

    Upgrade it please, doesnt works.

  2. Bernardo says:

    Thanks deathApril changing GB to US works fine!!!

  3. deathApril says:

    looks like for me (in patch 5.0.5b) it was enought to edit \\World of Warcraft\WTF\Config.wtf – to change line from:

    SET locale “enGB”

    to:

    SET locale “enUS”

    it looks like it works because it asked me to pay for subscription, but i switched back go EU starter edition account, so i’m not 100% sure it really works :)

  4. Mark says:

    These instructions are not up-to-date anymore. The various options do not appear, and/or are labeled differently, and/or do not respond as advertised.

    Can someone please update this info?

  5. Calmcacil says:

    Changing the set region “enGB” to “enUS” actually is enough to switch region now. if only people would write a launcher that let you select it on launch ;)

  6. Enigma says:

    Quick question: if I had a slave and master drive would it be possible to download an EU client onto the slave and just keep my US client on my master drive? It’s currently what I’m doing with the MoP beta and the way I see it if someone could like with having a second version of WoW on their PC then they wouldn’t have to edit their realm list files each time.

    • Noelani says:

      That should be perfectly feasible, and from what I understand, Elvine uses two clients for WoW Factor events to save on the editing.

    • Endlave says:

      You can even just install them on the same drive in different directories. There is no reason to have them separated by primary and secondary aside from not having space. Just in case that was a concern, it is not an issue.

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