All Reasons for Which You Can Get Banned from WoW

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World of Warcraft is not only the most popular MMOs out there, but it’s also one of the most popular games for some developers to create cheats and bots for, as the “safest” ones to use are constantly at a high demand.

Although everybody has their own opinion about botting in WoW, this is, ultimately, the most popular reason for which you can get banned from WoW, and it basically splits in two categories, namely:

  • “Harmless botting”, where some players only use third party software to level up an alt, fish for an achievement or a pet, do their emissary quest or just farm a reputation in order to get a tabard – labeled as the type of botting that doesn’t provide that much of an unfair advantage per se, although still against WoW’s Terms of Use;
  • “Harmful third party software or botting”, where some players try to farm dungeons or battlegrounds, and thus putting their group at a huge disadvantage; hardcore farming herbs/mines and flooding the Auction House; using rotations bots to obliterate their arena opponents, or simply using other tools to fly, speedhack, become invisible, as well as LUA unlockers to snipe the Auction House before any legitimate player could;

Reasons for Which You Can Get Banned from WoW

Regardless of which of the above-mentioned two types of botting players took part in, Blizzard has treated them equally when it came to WoW ban waves, slamming them with the same 6 months of suspension for their prior offense, followed by 18 months for repeat offenders, as well as a permanent ban for the 3rd time around. Naturally, there were some exceptions to the rule as well, where some players got permanently banned straight up from their very first time using a bot.

That being said, ever since one of the most popular WoW third party software, Honorbuddy bot, has been shut down, there was quite a drought of WoW ban waves, and overall, very few people that were lately getting banned from WoW.

Usually, when something shuts down, especially online, others emerge, but due to the circumstances in which Honorboddy has been closed, following a lawsuit from Blizzard, it’s understandable why other developers are reluctant in getting into that spotlight.

Now, getting back on our subject, let’s see the most popular reasons for which you can get banned from WoW, and why and when do WoW bans come in waves!

Why do WoW Bans come in Waves?

As per Blizzard’s policy, which lately is being applied by many other gaming companies, they try to gather as much information about how a particular cheat and bot works, without banning the very first players they see engaging in its usage. If they were to ban the players the moment they’d spot them using a bot, the botting software would get updated by its developers really fast after the fact, and they’d have to rewrite their detection algorithm form scratch once again, and so on.

Because of the wave banning, they not only gather all the info they can about the bot’s engine, patterns and routines in various circumstances or encounters, but they also manage to catch as many players as possible who are using it. Since popular bots have their very own forums, their users report the bans really fast, and thus, would help others to stop using it for the time being, and so potentially dodge a ban.

More so, banning in waves also has a much more efficient impact on the community as well, for both its users and the regular players. It’s one thing to find out that “some guy” who was always online on your server got banned from WoW, and a whole different one to learn that 3 whole guilds on your realm got banned, or that the ban wave hit thousands of WoW players.

On top of that, the larger a WoW ban wave is and the more players get banned from WoW, the more attention it gets, reaching communities and news sites that would otherwise never hear about it had the number of banned players be smaller. Also, the numbers alone make some players think twice before considering to use a bot, even for something as little as order hall missions or fishing, since in the Warden’s (WoW’s cheat detection software) eyes, it’s just as bad as any other type of third party usage.

Having this said, let’s move on to the next question about getting banned from WoW!

When do WoW Bans come in Waves?

Apart from the obvious one, which we mentioned above, namely third party usage and bots, here are the type of WoW bans that can be sent out in waves:

  • Exploits – such as the Felslate mining one, or the artifact power world quest that could be completed over and over, with no cap;
  • Some clever use of game mechanics – bugging out raid bosses (Gara’jal the Spiritbinder in Mogu’shan Vaults, Atramedes in Blackwing Descent, Helya in Trial of Valor, etc.);
  • Duping items or gold – via the now retired mobile Auction House app, or such as the Jeweled Onyx Panther or TCG items;
  • Win trading;
  • Account sharing or getting boosted;
  • Buying gold or other items for real currency;
  • Advertising WoW carries in LFG, for both gold or real money.

Reasons for Which You Can Get Banned from WoW

As far as the WoW bans that don’t really come in waves, these are mostly triggered by player reports as opposed to other detection methods, but among them, you can find:

  • Spamming or advertising real world transactions for gold or boosts and so on;
  • Racism;
  • Harassment or threatening other players;
  • Griefing other players;
  • Impersonating a GM;
  • Exploiting mechanics such as leveling to be the realm first player;
  • Scamming other players, and even ninja looting in some situations (we can’t help with this);
  • Refunding transactions made to Blizzard (a big no! – we can’t help with this);
  • Selling or buying WoW accounts, gold or items or sharing accounts – these can also be flagged right after it happens, so such WoW bans can happen in waves or outside of them too;
  • VPN usage, although somewhat rarely;
  • Generally any offense that is gamebreaking to the degree of affecting other players or the game itself, as well as anything that can get you mass reported, as those get investigated way faster and banned almost right away.

Did we forget any? Oh yes, false positives! Although many players believe this is a myth, it is, in fact, real, and it’s a very possible reason for which you can get banned from WoW. Whether you’ve been at the wrong place at the wrong time, or whether you’ve traded something to someone who was flagged.

Over the years, we’ve encountered multiple players who got banned from WoW due to false positives, and we’re proud to say that we were able to help them, thanks to our WoW unban service! Here’s how the unban confirmation looks like!

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So this is it, all the reasons for which you can get banned from WoW, or at least the most popular ones, as the ever clever players are constantly on the look for how to bypass certain things, whether out of curiosity, exploration or just to get an unfair advantage!

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  1. I just finished reading this i wanted to share my false ban This was back in 2011. I was on a family vacation. A road trip from south Texas to New York City. The authenticator were new then I believe and I remember having one on my account at the time via mobile phone. When we arrived at our friend’s house in Ronkonkoma New York, I was allowed to use the PC and noticed they had WoW installed. During the 3 day stay at their house i did play some wow. And the next day we drove back home. took a few days to get home because we didn’t keep on driving, we took our time. Well we get home and I wanted to play some WoW that night. Turns out i had been banned for suspicious activity. So i called them up and asked what is the deal. They said they noticed my accounted had been logged into 2 different lcoations. I told them ya that was me, I just got back home from a family road trip. After i confirmed the locations all was fine. I told them there was no way for anyone else to log in without my authenticator they also agreed and well like I said all was fine. So bottom line if you’re on vacation, MAKE SURE you have an authenticator so as to get back access to your account. Some don’t see a point and think its too much paranoia but if you get hacked and lose your account then well nuff said.

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