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Classification Humanoid
Homeland(s) Northrend
Capital Icemist Village
Leader(s) Roanauk Icemist
Classes Warrior, Hunter, Shaman
Alignment Lawful good
Homeworld Azeroth
Language(s) Taur-ahe

Taunka are a subrace of tauren featured in the Warcraft series. They are bison-like humanoids who live in frozen or cold regions, primarily in Northrend. Taunka are aligned with the Horde.


Taunka are ancient relatives of the tauren, were thought to be lost until re-discovered by Garrosh Hellscream and his orc forces upon their arrival on Northrend. Like their ancestral relations the tauren, the taunka are a hardy people who have given their allegiance to the Horde. They, like their distant cousins the tauren, are involved with the spirits of the land, though after living for so long in such a harsh environment as Northrend they tend to bully the elements rather than ask them to keep their region inhabitable.


This tenacious, stoic race knows all too well the rigors of living in the harsh and often deadly wastes of Northrend. Over time, the taunka—whom many believe to be ancestral cousins of the tauren—have adapted, but only by forcing the land and the elements to yield to their will. The taunka's relationship with nature, unlike that of their tauren brethren, has been one of constant struggle and grim perseverance.

Although the taunka may seem dour or even cold to outsiders, those who come to know them will soon recognize an embattled race of survivors characterized by colossal hearts and unshakable resolve.

Taunka are clan-bound to be paired.


Taunka are the same height as tauren. They also have the same hair colors (ranginging from white to gray to brown) and horns. Unlike the tauren though, the taunka look like bison. Females don't resemble of bison, but look like tauren with lighter hair colors.


The taunka use black polar bear pelts in their religious rites, usually at the funerals of those who hunt black polar bears. They also collect the feathers of noble birds of prey to use in crude fortunetelling ceremonies.

Trivia & CultureEdit


  • Taunka don't have to live in frozen or cold regions, they choose to.
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