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How to Unlock Vulpera Fast in Shadowlands [2021]

A quick guide to each step required to unlock the Vulpera allied race in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands

The requirements to unlock allied races have changed over time. Unfortunately, many guides have not been updated to reflect this. The ones that are updated are written for players familiar with the old content. Unfortunately, if you are new or returning to the game, these guides can be hard to follow. In this guide, I want to dive into every detail you need to know to unlock the vulpera allied race.

You can unlock the vulpera allied race in Shadowlands by completing 2 steps:

  1. Finish the main Vul’dun zone storyline, which awards theSecrets in the Sands achievement.
  2. Complete the recruitment quest chain starting at the Orgrimmar Embassy.

At a high level, that is all you need to do. Unfortunately, as many players have discovered, figuring out how to begin the Vol’dun questline can be challenging in Shadowlands.

Without further ado, let’s jump into the details and some common problems players run into during this process.

How to get to Vol’dun in Shadowlands

Screenshot of Vol'dun

For Horde players, you can get to Vol’dun by taking the portal to Zuldazar in the Orgrimmar Portal room. From there, you can take a flight path to Vol’dun if available (if you have been there before).

One of the most confusing parts of this whole unlock process is the requirements to get to Vol’dun and begin the storyline. To start the Vol’dun storyline and unlock vulpera, you need to have a character at or above level 35.

Horde: Level 35+

If your character is level 35+, you can check the scouting map up the west stairs in the chamber where you appear inside the Great Seal. This should give you the option to select Vol’dun as your questing zone and unlock a flight path for you.

Horde: Under Level 35

For new characters below level 35, your only option on the scouting map will be the Zuldazar storyline. This leaves you with 2 options:

  1. Level in another expansion and come back after level 35.
  2. Level through the Battle for Azeroth (BFA) zones.

If you are new to WoW, you will be forced into leveling through BFA. This isn’t the worst thing because you will need to earn the Zandalar Forever! achievement to unlock other allied races like Zandalari Trolls anyway. Hence, if you are trying to unlock all the allied races, I would recommend you level through Zuldazar, Nazmir, and then Vol’dun.

Also, if you are starting the Vul’dun storyline from scratch, I would recommend you do it on a Horde character. This is because the recruitment quests require a level 50 Horde character anyway.

If you need to level a Horde toon, you can level through the Battle for Azeroth expansion and complete Secrets in the Sands while leveling.

Alliance: Level 35+

If you choose to complete the storyline on an alliance toon, you will need to progress in the war campaign and establish a foothold on Zandalar. War campaign quests to unlock footholds can be started on the boat in Boralus Harbor at coordinates (70, 27) once you reach level 35.

Alliance: Under Level 35

You can level through Kul Tiras for new Alliance characters and then begin the Vol’dun foothold process at level 35. However, if you are leveling a toon for this unlock, I think it should be a Horde toon for the reasons I listed above (requirements to begin recruitment quest). I would hate to see you level Alliance, just to turn around and repeat the process for Horde.

Complete the Vol’dun storyline

Once you have reached Vol’dun, it is time to start/finish the main questlines.

Overall, there are 7 chapters in the main story. You can begin the storyline by accepting the quest Vol’dun from the scouting map in The Great Seal. This will take you on a short adventure around Zuldazar and then into Vol’dun.

If you are interested, here are the chapters required for the Secrets in the Sands achievement:

These chapters require you to complete about 70 quests and will take you 2-4 hours depending on how fast you quest and if you have BFA flying.

Do the recruitment quests

With the main storyline completed and Secrets in the Sands earned, it is time to begin the recruitment quests. There are about 25 short quests in this chain that shouldn’t take you more than an hour to complete.

To begin the quest chain, you need to have a level 50 Horde character. You can then visit Ji Firepaw in the Orgrimmar Embassy and accept the quest Guests at Grommash Hold.

Screenshot of orgrimmar embassy on map.

I am not going to list out each quest because there are 25, and the game walks you through the process of completing them.

Once you have completed the quest chain, you can log in and play your new fuzzy vulpera!

If you are looking to unlock other allied races, please check out my other guides in the table below. I plan on writing one for each race but still have one more to write. The ones I have done have links attached and are blue.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why can’t I start the Vol’dun storyline?

You need to be level 35+ to begin the Vol’dun storyline. Once you reach level 35, you can start the Vol’dun storyline from the scouting map in the Great Seal (H) or from the ship in Boralus Harbor (A).

Q. How long does it take to unlock Vulpera?

If you have a Horde character over level 50 and BFA flying, unlocking vulpera will take you anywhere from 3 -6 hours from scratch. If you need to level a Horde character or don’t have flying, it might take you more like 12 – 20 hours (depending on your leveling speed).   

Q. What racial traits do Vulpera have?

Vulpera have 2 primary active racial abilities.

Bag of Tricks
The first is an ability called Bag of Tricks. It is a 1.5-minute cooldown spell that you can use to heal allies or damage enemies.
You can only have one “trick” active at any given time. This means you can’t use the ability to deal damage and then use it to heal 1.5 minutes later without first changing the trick.

To change your trick, you need to use the supporting ability called Rummage Your Bag. This allows you to switch between damage and healing spells every 5 minutes. Using Rummage Your Bag will also let you change the type of damage or healing trick you want to use as well.
By default, vulpera have one damaging trick called Corrosive Vial. If you want to unlock additional ones, you will need to obtain them as drops from bosses. Similarly, vulpera start with one healing trick called Healing Vial and can get additional ones. I will talk about where to find each new trick in the next question.

The second active ability available to vulpera is the Make Camp/Return to Camp. This is basically an additional 1-hour cooldown hearthstone which allows you to set a location as your camp and return to it when you want.
Your camp gives you the ability to cook and obtain rest for 5 minutes but is saved as a spot for you to return to in the future by using Return to Camp.
If you have read any other articles on my site, you know by now that I am an addon junkie. I write a lot about addons and how to use them. So, of course, I needed to check for addons to help with vulpera. What I found was a great addon called Caravana. This simple addon shows the location of your camp on the Return to Camp ability tooltip and an icon on your map.

Vulpera passive racial abilities
In addition to their two primary abilities, vulpera have 3 passive racial skills, including:
Alpaca Saddlebags – Backpack size increased by 8 slots
Fire Resistance — Takes 1% less fire damage
Nose For Trouble – Reduces first hit from an enemy by 5% of your max health
Between the ability to use camps and the slightly larger backpack, vulpera are an excellent race for farming materials and old content.

Q. Where do I get more tricks for my vulpera?

You can obtain more tricks from old raids. The default Corrosive Vial ability deals with nature damage, but you can get 2 tricks that use fire and shadow damage. To get the fire one, called Flames of Fury, you will need to obtain it from Ragnaros in the Firelands raid. The shadow damage trick, Sinister Shadows, is dropped by Cho’gall in the Bastion of Twilight raid.

On the healing side, your default Healing Vial is a nature spell. You can unlock a holy version, Holy Relic, by obtaining it from Entropius in the Sunwell Plateau raid.
These additional tricks are not guaranteed to drop from the bosses and are not account bound. Unfortunately, you may have to run the raid a few times to obtain them, and you cannot share them between vulpera on your account. Luckily, getting additional tricks is primarily cosmetic as they all deal the same damage (ignoring slight differences in resistances).

Q. How do I get the Vulpera heritage armor in Shadowlands?

Once you have unlocked vulpera, you can begin working on acquiring their heritage armor. To do this, you need to earn the Heritage of the Vulpera achievement, which requires you to reach level 50 on a new vulpera character.

As an important side note, you will not earn the achievement if you reach level 50 by using a level boosts, race change, or recruit a friend levels to unlock the armor.   

Final Thoughts

Unlocking the vulpera allied race in Shadowlands requires the Secrets in the Sands achievement. You earn this by completing the Vol’dun storyline after reaching level 35 on your character. After acquiring the achievement, you can recruit the vulpera with the quest that starts in the Orgrimmar Embassy on a level 50+ Horde toon.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy exploring Azeroth on your brand new Caravan Hyena!


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Introduced in World of Warcraft 8.3 — the Vulpera Allied Race questline is probably the longest among the other Allied Races with 25 quests. The Vulpera is also the only allied race to date that has been rejected initially by a Warchief or Alliance leader.

Well, also the only Allied Race that made a formal request to join the Horde. Previous Allied Races were approached by the Horde with an invitation.

After Baine Bloodhoof took interim Warchief responsibilities, he was approached by Kiro to request joining the Horde as an Allied Race. Baine made the choice to reject the proposal, but allowing the Vulpera as visitors to Orgrimmar.

Kiro didn’t take no for an answer, as he and his Vulpera friends went behind Baine’s knowledge to help some of the Horde’s allies with their current problems — proving that the Vulpera can be reliable and an asset to the Horde.


  • Exalted with the Voldunai.
  • Achievement: Secrets in the Sands — Complete the Vol’dun Storylines.

Note: Most Allied Races requirements will be gone in the Shadowlands expansion.

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Vulpera Allied Race Guide — How To Unlock, Classes, Armor, Racials, Mount

The following guide contains comprehensive information about the Vulpera Allied Race, including unlock requirements, playable classes, racials, Heritage Armor, dance animations, and the intro cutscene.

In order to unlock Vulpera in Visions of N'Zoth, you must earn Exalted with The Voldunai and complete the Vol'dun story (Secrets in the Sands IconSecrets in the Sands).

Once you meet both requirements, you can start the unlock quest line which takes place in Suramar by visiting your faction's embassy in Orgrimmar or Stormwind.

You will receive the Allied Races: Vulpera IconAllied Races: Vulpera achievement after unlocking the Horde Allied Race.

Vulpera can play the following classes:

  • Death Knights (with Shadowlands pre-order);
  • Hunters;
  • Mages;
  • Monks;
  • Priests;
  • Rogues;
  • Shamans;
  • Warlocks;
  • Warriors.

Vulpera can roll Shamans, and their totems resemble Anubis. From the left, we see Fire, Earth, Water, and Air totems.

Vulpera Shaman Totems

Vulpera have access to the following racials:

The Vulpera can create a camp and return to it (Return to Camp IconReturn to Camp) on a one-hour cooldown. The camp is visible for five minutes before it disappears.

Vulpera Make Camp Racial

The camp comes with a tent, fire, and a bag, where their racial mount's canopy can be stored.


Bag of Tricks Racial

You can use Bag of Tricks IconBag of Tricks to spawn a bag on the ground that you can interact with and pick one helpful or harmful effect.

Vulpera Bag of Tricks

A fresh Vulpera character starts with one helpful (Healing Vial IconHealing Vial) and one harmful (Corrosive Vial IconCorrosive Vial) effect. More effects can be discovered in the open world similar to Mole Machine IconMole Machine.

Caravan Hyena IconCaravan Hyena is the racial mount of the Vulpera.

The canopy atop this dune-wanderer can be stored at your campsite, should you desire to feel the wind in your fur.
Caravan Hyena
Caravan Hyena with Canopy

Earn level 110 on a newly created Vulpera character to be eligible for Heritage Armor (Heritage of the Vulpera IconHeritage of the Vulpera), comprised of the following pieces of equipment:

Vulpera Heritage Armor

Vulpera Heritage Rucksack IconVulpera Heritage Rucksack occupies the Cloak slot, but in reality, it is a backpack.

Vulpera Rucksack

You can find all Vulpera customization options here.

The Vulpera dance is inspired by Ylvis' The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?) song.

Vulpera Male Dance
Vulpera Female Dance

The Vulpera intro cutscene is narrated by Kiro, and you can watch it in the video below.

  • 15 Jan. 2020: Guide added.
Champion of the Vulpera WoW Achievement

How to unlock Vulpera in patch 8.3

So you want to be a fox? Well we have just the help for you!

Unlocking Vulpera is pretty easy to complete, and it’s something you can get started on now to be ready when patch 8.3 does come out. Whether you’ve been playing throughout the expansion and just want to check what you need, or if you’re debating leveling a Horde character just to try out the newest furry little race, we have everything you need to know about unlocking Vulpera.

There are three things you need:

  • Secrets in the Sands achievement from completing all the major storylines in Vol’dun
  • Exalted with Voldunai
  • Complete the quest chain to recruit the Vulpera

Completing Vol’dun’s story

First up, you need the Vol’dun meta achievement Secrets in the Sands. This is also a requirement for Battle for Azeroth Pathfinder, Part One, so if you have flying already then you’re all set with this step.

There are seven parts to complete the main story. If you leveled through Vol’dun, this should be pretty easy — even going partway through Vol’dun before hitting 120 would get you a good majority of it done. For anyone starting a brand new Horde character, these are the storylines you need to complete.

Getting rep with the Voldunai

If you have been playing most of this expansion, you very likely already have Exalted status with the Voldunai. If you’re leveling a new character through Vol’dun, you’ll probably hit Honored by the end of the zone. You need to be Exalted to unlock Vulpera, but there are a variety of ways to farm reputation.

The easiest way to gain reputation is to complete all the world quests in Vol’dun and utilize a Voldunai Contract for extra rep. This also helps if you’re clearing the board and doing other world quests as well. When the Voldunai emissary is up, you get 1500 rep from turning it in. If a Faction Assault is going on in Vol’dun, you’ll get an extra 500 rep from completing it as well.

Some missions on your mission table will offer Voldunai commendations as rewards for more rep. If you do Island Expeditions, sometimes you can get a Shimmering Shell to drop, which will give you 250 rep for turning it in. You can also purchase these for 100 Seafarer’s Dubloons.

There are also a couple world events to maximize your reputation gains.

The Darkmoon Faire is up this week and at the beginning of every month. The World Quest event will be up at the beginning of November and over Christmas in December.

Welcoming the Vulpera to the Horde

Once you’ve completed the story and gotten Exalted with the Voldunai, all you have left to do is wait for patch 8.3 to recruit the Vulpera as an Allied Race through a special quest chain. This grants you the Allied Races: Vulpera achievement and the Vulpera racial mount, Caravan Hyena. After that you can make a brand new Vulpera character. Leveling your new character to 110 gets you the fancy new Vulpera Heritage Armor.

If you’re curious what your new Vulpera could look like, check out our galleries of all the male Vulpera and female Vulpera customization options.

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