I remember going into Game to pick up my pre-order copy of World of Warcraft way back on February 11th, 2005, when I was 16. I had no idea that more than 11 years later it would still be rocking out with millions of paid subscribers. Blizzard's MMORPG has had its ups and downs over the years, but things look on the up once more with the imminent arrival of its sixth expansion pack.

World of Warcraft: Legion raises the level cap up to 110, introduces the new Broken Isle area, adds the Demon Hunter hero class and introduces nine 5-man dungeons and two raids. It also comes with a bit of a graphical spit and polish, patching over the creaking cracks of this decade-old game. As such that trusty old GeForce 8800GT just won't cut it in any more, so you're going to need a more powerful rig if you want to keep raiding. Find out just what you'll need with the official World of Warcraft: Legion system requirements.

Right, sorry for the absolute wall of system requirements coming up, but it gives you a good idea of just what the leap in requirements are for the World of Warcraft: Legion expansion pack. 

World of Warcraft: Legion Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP 32-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 3.16 GHz or AMD Phenom II X3 720 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GT 440 or Radeon HD 5670
  • HDD: 45 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 11

Previous World of Warcraft Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP 32-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 3.16 GHz or AMD Phenom X3 8750 2.8 GHz
  • RAM: 1 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce 8800 GT or Radeon HD 4850
  • HDD: 35 GB Available Space
  • DX: DirectX 9

 

 

World of Warcraft: Legion Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 10 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0 GHz or AMD FX-6300 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 750 Ti or Radeon R7 260X

Previous World of Warcraft Recommended System Requirements

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 3.0 GHz or AMD FX-4100 3.5 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB System Memory
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 470 or Radeon HD 5870

World of Warcraft never was a really demanding game, and Blizzard's aim has always been to get it running on as wide a variety of systems as possible. Unfortunately every so often some hardware needs to get let behind, and that's the case here with WoW: Legion.

Laptop gamers are probably going to be hardest hit here as you can't just go out and a cheapy new graphics card or processor to give yourself a boost, and WoW's always been perfect laptop fodder. If you're running with an Intel integrated HD 5000 graphics or lower, your time, it seems, may be up. There's still every chance you continue doing solo and small group content with older hardware, but those 40-man raids could be of reach.

Despite all this, anyone who games primarily on PC is almost certainly going to have a rig on or around the recommended World of Warcraft: Legion system requirements. They're not particularly high, so it's only really going to be a problem if you've got a creaking PC that you've been gaming for five years+. 

Remember, you can always check out how well your PC can run the World of Warcraft: Legion System Requirements here, where you can check benchmarking and performance from other users. Compare your graphics card to the World of Warcraft: Legion benchmark chart.