Chat is the primary form of text-based communications in World of Warcraft. It is usually initiated by pressing Enter or pressing "/" to get to a command line. Voice Chat was released in Patch 2.2 along with the Chat Channels pane in the Socials window.
Specifying chat channels uses slash commands. See below for basic chat channel info.
- Additional notes
- Player characters from opposing factions can only use /s, /y, or /em (say, yell, or emote) channels to communicate and all messages will be seen by the opposing faction will appear in the faction language of the speaking character, except through emotes.
- In most chat channels except the /# channels (the /2 Trade channel supports this now), you can shift-click an item to insert its name into the chat message in a clickable form that will show the item's description and stats. You can also shift-click an item name in brackets (), like World Enlarger, from your bags, character window, or another chat channel into your current chat channel.
- You can also shift-click a quest from your Quest Log to insert its name into the chat message in a clickable form. Or you can Apple Key and click on the quest and it will insert the objectives of the quest into the chat. This second feature appears to work only for the Mac.
- A profanity filter is on by default.
Basic chat commands[edit | edit source]
|How to use||Description|
|/1 <message>||General chat channel. Seen by all people in macro zone.|
|/2 <message>||Trade channel. Seen by all people in macro zone. Usually only available in cities.|
|/3 <message>||Local Defense channel. Seen by all people in macro zone.|
|/4 <message>||Looking for group (party) channel. Seen by all people in macro zone.|
|Say channel. Seen by everyone 25 yards or closer to you.|
|Yell channel. Seen by everyone 300 yards or closer to you.|
|Party channel. Seen by only party members.|
|Guild channel. Seen only by guild members.|
|Officer channel. Seen only by guild officers. Guild permissions determine who qualifies as an "officer".|
|Raid channel. Seen only by raid members.|
As of patch 1.11, the Raid leader and his/her assistants are able to use this chat command which puts the message in the middle of the screen for instant commanding of all members of the raid.
|/w <player_name> <message>
/whisper <player_name> <message>
|Whisper channel. Seen only by <player_name>.|
|/t <player_name> <message>
/tell <player_name> <message>
|Tell channel. Same as Whisper channel.|
|/r <message>||Reply to last player to send you a Whisper or Tell. Seen only by player listed in reply. You can also press the "R" key out of the blue to initiate the reply box.|
|/ignore <player_name>||Ignore specified player. Their messages will no longer show in chat window.|
|/unignore <player_name>||Unignore specified player (assuming they are ignored already). Their messages will show again in chat window.|
|Brief summary of some chat commands.|
Basic chat with audible sounds[edit | edit source]
- Main article: List of emotes
|How to use||Description|
|/oom||Out of mana, low on mana.|
|/follow <target>||Follow follow the targeted player.|
|/healme||You call out for healing!|
|/rasp||Sticking your tongue out sound.|
|/silly||Your character tells a joke. They're different depending on race and gender.|
|/flirt <target>||Your character flirts with <target>. They're also different depending on race and gender.|
|/no <target>||Your character tells <target> that he should not do whatever he is doing at the time of shouting this word.|
GM chat[edit | edit source]
When a GM wishes to speak with you the Help Request minibar button will glow.
|US blue post description|
|EU blue post description|
Guild Specific Chat[edit | edit source]
|How to use||Description|
|/ginfo||Gives basic information about your guild.|
|Sends a chat message to all members of your guild.|
|Sends a chat message to all officers of your guild.|
|/gmotd <message>||Sets the guild's message of the day|
Also see Guild Commands under the List of Slash Commands for non-chat commands.
Advanced chat channel usage[edit | edit source]
|How to use||Description|
/c <channel> <message>
/csay <channel> <message>
|Send a message to a specific channel|
(<#> would be 1,2,3, etc., <channel> would be 1,2,3, etc.).
|List channels or channel members.|
Symbols next to player names have the following meaning:
* channel owner, @ channel moderator, # muted/unvoiced.
|Toggles chat logging; the file for the chat log is Logs\WoWChatLog.txt|
Toggles combat logging; the file for the combat log is Logs\WoWCombatLog.txt
|Join a channel.|
|Leave a channel (or all channels).|
|Toggle join/leave announcements on a channel, assuming you are channel creator or moderator.|
|/cinvite <channel> <player_name>
/chatinvite <channel> <player_name>
|Invite a player to a channel, assuming you are channel creator or moderator.|
|/ckick <channel> <player_name>||Kick a player off a channel, assuming you are channel creator or moderator.|
|/ban <channel> <player_name>
/unban <channel> <player_name>
|Ban/unban a player from a channel, assuming you are channel creator or moderator.|
|/mute <channel> <player_name>
/squelch <channel> <player_name>
/unvoice <channel> <player_name>
/unmute <channel> <player_name>
|Change a player's voice permission, assuming you are channel creator or moderator. Moderators can always chat, even when muted.|
|/mod <channel> <player_name>
/moderator <channel> <player_name>
/unmod <channel> <player_name>
|Change a player's moderator status, assuming you are channel creator. Moderators can remove moderator from themselves (/unmod)|
|/password <channel> <password>
/pass <channel> <password>
|Change channel's password assuming you are channel creator or moderator.|
|/owner <channel> <player_name>||Change the channel owner, assuming you are the current channel owner.|
Advanced Chat Terminology/Details[edit | edit source]
- Ten Channel Limit
- You can only be in ten chat channels at any given time. This does not include other chat types such as say, yell, party, raid, guild, officer, or whisper which are not considered channels.
- Chat Channel Order
- The order in a chat channel is determined by the age of the characters within the channel (based on the character's creation date, not total time played). In custom channels, when a current channel owner leaves, automatic ownership/moderation will be transferred to the character with the next highest 'seniority,' which will be the first person in the channel user listing.
- 'Server Mask Channel' or 'server channel' or 'mask'
- One of the default channels that is different for each zone. It changes when you move between zones and is represented without its zone suffix. The normal Mask channels are 'General', 'Trade', 'LookingForGroup' or 'LocalDefense'. 'WorldDefense' is also a server channel, but not a mask because it is not identified with any zone, and does not change accordingly.
- 'Chat Type'
- the various methods of chat communication in WoW as seen in the ChatTypeInfo table. Some common types are SAY, YELL, EMOTE, PARTY, RAID, GUILD, OFFICER, WHISPER, CHANNEL, SYSTEM.
- 'Sticky (Chat Type)'
- remembered chat types between messages.
- Ex: It's what party chat does by default as opposed to channel chat. If you send a msg to a party or use the /p command the chat becomes party the next time you open the chat box. That's because PARTY chat is sticky as opposed to channel chat where if you type in a channel the next time you open the edit box with enter or / it will be on the last sticky type you were using before you chatted in a channel.
- Default Sticky Chat Types - SAY, PARTY, RAID, GUILD
- To set the stickiness of a chat type set
- (1 is sticky, 0 is non-sticky)
- Capital Cities
- Alliance - "Stormwind City", "Ironforge", "Darnassus", "The Exodar"
- Horde - "Orgrimmar", "Undercity", "Thunder Bluff", "Silvermoon City"
- Neutral - "Shattrath City", "Dalaran"
NOTE: "The Exodar", "Silvermoon City" and "Shattrath City" were added upon release of the first expansion, a.k.a. The Burning Crusade, and are only available to characters / accounts who have installed this expansion. NOTE2: "Dalaran" was added upon release of the second expansion, a.k.a. Wrath of the Lich King, and are only available to characters / accounts who have installed this expansion.
- Trade Channel Exception
- The server "Trade" channel is only usable within capital city walls. Outside of these cities the channel is still included in the 10 channel limit but the client no longer sends CHAT_MSG_CHANNEL events for the trade channel. You can still leave a hidden trade channel using LeaveChannelByName("Trade") but you can only join it again inside capital city walls. It also only appears in GetChannelList() when you are in a capital city.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- As of August 23–24, 2012, a subscription is no longer required to access the remote Guild Chat feature via the World of Warcraft Mobile Armory.
References[edit | edit source]
- Blizzard Entertainment 2010-08-07. Slash Commands. Archived from the original on 2010-08-07.
- Syndri 2009-01-20. GM Chat Window Change - Please Read. Archived from the original on 2009-01-20.
- Xaldavan 2009-01-21. 13/02 GM Chat Window Change (3.0.8). Archived from the original on 2009-01-21.
- Patch 3.0.9 User Interface section
- Blizzard Entertainment 2012-08-24. Mobile Armory Guild Chat and Auction House Features Now Free. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).
Blizzard Entertainment 2012-08-24. Mobile Armory Guild Chat and Auction House Features Now Free. Official World of Warcraft Community site (EU).