World of Warcraft Classic is a game where the community is highly valuable; no player can make it alone, and communication is key. That’s why it’s so weird that the game never really explains how all the different chat channels work besides the basics.
There are a whopping 14 different chat channels, each accessed by using the / key and command of some sort in the chat window. Here’s a quick list of them.
World of Warcraft Classic: Chat Channels and their uses
/1: The General channel, seen by everyone in the current world Zone you’re in (Ex. Durotar, Stormwind, Loch Modan).
/2: The Trade channel. Seen by everyone in a zone, similar to General, but is usually only available in cities and is used exclusively for trades.
/3: The Local Defense channel. Typically used for alerts in a specific area. Will send automatic alerts if a player from an opposing faction is invading your current area (if they’ve killed an NPC guard usually). Can be used by players to give similar warnings.
/4: The Looking for Group (party) channel. Seen by everyone in the world Zone you’re in, with the same parameters as the General channel.
/s: The Say channel. Only heard by people very close by (25 yards or less). Can also be used with /say.
/y: The Yell channel. Heard by everyone within 300 yards of you. It colors the text a bright red for easier visibility. Great for hawking wares in market squares, or shouting at the opposing faction. /yell also works.
/g: The Guild channel, only transmits the message to Guild members. /guild likewise works.
/o: The Officer channel. like /g, but specifically only seen by Guild Officers. /officer is the full command.
/ra: The raid channel. Seen by people in the current Raid. /raid likewise works for this.
/rw: Puts a message front and center during a Raid for easy communication of very important commands and directions.
/w: The Whisper channel. private messages. /w, /whisper, /t, and /tell are all the same channel, and a player’s name must follow all and then the message to work properly. Eg. /w BarleyBoy “Want to buy some ale?”
/r: Replies to Whispers sent by other players. Also works if you type r (no /) outside of the chatbox.
Almost all of these will be used by players regularly for various uses, with /ra and /rw being somewhat by default the rarest (but no less important). Sticking to the proper chats increases the chances your messages will be noticed and replied to, so is especially important for Trade chat in a lot of cases.