Do other Classic players who took a long break also have this issue?

Hello, I am wondering if I am alone on this matter or if there are a lot more in the community that have this problem and feel wronged for it. Without giving a giant long background story I will try to sum it up as short and sweet as I can.

Wow Player since vanilla on and off since 2005 and played pretty much every expansion. Like most, Vanilla was my favorite and naturally i played during the 2019 classic launch. I stopped playing classic right around when BC dropped and had no ambitions to play BC and knowing vanilla classic would be dead basically took a long break.

In more recent months with DF I got the itch to play again and would see people talk about vanilla classic again and how it was booming. I naturally was excited to hop on my characters from Vanilla Classic and play them again, yet i could not. I then learned that in 2021 Blizz created a cloning service to transfer your characters to classic, otherwise they were moving to WoTLK. To me that seems backwards because it might as well just be retail 2.0 at that point. It would have made more sense that you would need to clone your vanilla character to WoTLK if you wanted to not have to start over on the Wrath version of the game. Yet it is what it is.

This service is no longer available to “clone your character back” yet. I am wondering if I am alone in this situation or if many of you are in the same boat as me and came back from years of not being on classic with classic era characters who never participated in BC or WoTLK but are unable to play those characters because they were moved without our knowledge, and were unaware of this cloning period since they were away from it all during that time frame.

Not sure if this post will go anywhere but the intent is. If, I am not alone and there are many more like me out there that maybe blizzard will consider reopening the cloning service for us who have vanilla characters stuck on WoTLK servers. Thanks for reading this and thanks for your time.


I was never informed of the cloning service. Seems unfair to players that wanted to only experience classic.


I dont see why blizzard can’t just move your characters back at anytime. They started in classic they should remain in classic.


I am also in the same boat came back after years to find all my characters gone. Very sad


There is a megathread for this. People have been asking for it to reopen since it closed. However, if they reopened it now, it would cause more harm than good due to the server’s population primarily growing due to 3/5 of the server being levelers.


Yes, I took a long break and lost my Level 60 Enchanter (who was maxed out at 300). She’s in Wrath Classic, though and is missed on Vanilla.

RIP Paige :sob:

Your sisters Piper (Mage and Alch) and Prue (and BS who fed you your Ench Rods!) miss you!


i could not find anything else about this so that is why i had made one, hence asking if I was alone cause i didn’t see anything in searches.


This is about as subjective of an opinion as possible, and yet you didn’t word it that way. Pretty goofy.


Yeah, I agree with this.

I never thought that clones made any sense tbh; I thought they should just either have completely separate, new servers for expansions, or allow you to “upgrade” your character to a newer expansions if/when you want, but not clone it.

When I originally played WoW way back in the day, I felt the same way you did (but of course clones didn’t exist). It felt like I was not only ripped off, but in order to play my characters, I more or less had to buy the new expansions, because there was no “just play the old content.”

Anyway, that sucks, and I wish there was a better solution for you.


Yeah sucks., I lost all my horde characters to this and while it sucks the Good news is that the world is very populated and full of players at every level.

My new Pala (rerolled alliance) is now 54, come join us. The guild I joined seems really fun.


I took a break right after AQ40 dropped, recently returned. No, I have no issue with them cloning my acct to access WoTLK. I am quite enjoying it, and it is not even close to retail.

The WoW Tokens say otherwise.


They already cloned the characters to WoTLK, whether you wanted to or not. The Issue is getting those characters who are 60 and never did anything outside of vanilla classic back to the vanilla classic era servers that they came from.

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Same. I lost 2 60s on a PvP server - Tragic!

It does annoy me that there’s typically a group of posters who act like if you took a break you somehow deserved to have your characters moved as if that was ever a reasonable assumption of something that would happen one day. It should have been necessary to opt into TBC, not the other way around. And it doesn’t make sense that characters who never played in the new zones can’t be retrieved.

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Still trompin’ around in those clown shoes I see.

:clown_face: :clown_face: :clown_face: :clown_face:

Data is deleted…ain’t comin’ back.

:dracthyr_cry_animated: :dracthyr_cry_animated: :dracthyr_cry_animated: :dracthyr_cry_animated:


I lost a 60 druid and 60 warrior to this. Managed to xfer my SOM priest though, got lucky.

What he said isn’t an opinion. It’s a fact. Levelers are great for the game and we’re extremely bottom heavy with levelers, even 4-5 months later. You’d know this was a fact if you actually played on era servers.

People running around with bis geared toons is fun for those people for like a week, but they just get bored and quit. More people without bis geared characters is better for the game. More people to level and gear and contribute to the economy.


I also lost a nearly full naxx bis hunter and an aq40 geared rogue. So I feel the people who didn’t backup their characters and lost their vanilla copies.

Unlike retail wow in the day, wow classic was never advertised as “an ever changing world” but a faithful recreation of the game as how it was in 2006. I think it was pretty safe to assume that, if you started playing vanilla classic in 2019 that your characters should have remained in this same world permanently.


And they absolutely would have, if you had just selected the character copy option. If you didn’t care enough about those characters to copy them within a year and a half of the service being made available, you probably didn’t really care that much about them at all. I had two I cared about, and I copied them the DAY the service became available. Because I cared about what you’re saying.

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