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A World of Warcraft potion makes cross-faction chat possible

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Are you a night elf curious about what orcs chat about? Maybe you’re a tauren who’d love to hear some dwarven poetry. Good news, xenophiles! A recent World of Warcraft (opens in new tab) hotfix introduced a potion that lets you understand members of the opposing faction, hopefully showing us that we’re all really quite similar, so we should put down our giant axes and massive shoulder pads and give Sylvanas a timeout. 

The Elixir of Tongues can be purchased in Dalaran’s Underbelly from the Fizzi Liverzapper; indeed, it’s the only thing you can purchase from her. Maybe she should diversify if she’s going to make a living out of selling experimental potions. It’s just shy of 30 gold and will let you understand the common language of the opposing faction for one hour.

For most of World of Warcraft’s life, factions haven’t been able to easily communicate without add-ons, which might explain why they’re always at each other’s throats. If you’re a human listening to an orc, you won’t be able to understand a word—it’s all gibberish. The positive side of that is you can’t see the orc saying mean things about your mum. 

If you drink the potion, you won’t suddenly be able to speak in the language of the other faction, but you’ll be able to understand enemy players. If you want to hold a proper conversation, that other player will also need to quaff down an elixir, and then all the universe’s mysteries will suddenly be revealed. Or you can say hello. 

Putting it in Dalaran was a good idea, since it’s neutral ground where Horde and Alliance players already congregate, if not as much as they did in Wrath of the Lich King and Legion. Players have also been taking trips to Stormwind and Orgrimmar to look for conversations instead of fights. 

It turns out that the elixir has been waiting to be put to use for a very long time, too. World of Warcraft game designer Jeremy Feasel said that it’s been in the game since Classic as an unused alchemy recipe. It’s been waiting for over a decade. 

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You can gulp it down now by heading to the Underbelly. Here’s the full patch notes (opens in new tab) for the hotfix.  

Fraser is the UK online editor and has actually met The Internet in person. With over a decade of experience, he's been around the block a few times, serving as a freelancer, news editor and prolific reviewer. Strategy games have been a 30-year-long obsession, from tiny RTSs to sprawling political sims, and he never turns down the chance to rave about Total War or Crusader Kings. He's also been known to set up shop in the latest MMO and likes to wind down with an endlessly deep, systemic RPG. These days, when he's not editing, he can usually be found writing features that are 1,000 words too long or talking about his dog.