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Public Test Realm

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World of Warcraft: Public Test Realm
Developer(s) Blizzard Entertainment
Team 2
Publisher(s) Blizzard Entertainment
Platforms Microsoft Windows, macOS
Latest release See Public client builds
Genre(s) Test realm
The logo used during The Burning Crusade.

A Public Test Realm (or PTR, test server, and test realm) is a special server where upcoming features are tested for the next upcoming patch. There are separate PTR servers for each flavor, and each has one or more realms.

You can make a character on the test realm from a copy of one of your characters on a normal realm or from a premade. Whether there will be premade or not will be clearly announced. Players on test realms should not be surprised by character wipes, item wipes, or frequent downtime to make changes or apply patches, so don't get too attached to your character on these servers.

For a guide to getting on the test realm, see Getting on the Test Realm.


Blizzard uses the PTR for most of their games but it is used more frequently for World of Warcraft:

The following games use it on occasion:

The following games no longer use it as development has stopped or just no longer use it:


  • In Heroes of the Storm, any purchases made were still accessible but the level and other progress are separate and may be reset periodically.
  • For Overwatch, it was called the Public Test Region.[1]
  • There was also a Tournament Test Realm (TTR) to prepare for the Arena Competition.


See also


  1. ^ Overwatch Public Test Region Now Available. Blizzard Entertainment (2016-06-21). Archived from the original on 2022-12-25.

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