What is WoW Turtle? How to play, platforms, more

Amitesh Dhar
Turtle WoW character

WoW Turtle is a custom mod of the game which is hosted on a private server, and is focused on expanding on the vanilla side of World of Warcraft in terms of the storyline. So here’s everything that you need to know about it.

Over the years, World of Warcraft has evolved quite a lot and has introduced many expansions as well. However, there are a lot of players who still want to enjoy and continue to explore what the vanilla campaign has to offer.

The WoW Turtle mod did exactly that. Titled the Mysteries of Azeroth, this mod explores what the game could have been had the developers not introduced the invasion of the Burning Legion in World of Warcraft.

So, how do you install and play Turtle WoW on PC and Mac?

WoW Turtle explained

WoW Turtle is a standalone game that’s based on the lore established by World of Warcraft and Warcraft 3. Although it isn’t officially made by Blizzard, the lore of the game continues from what was seen in the original WoW and branches off in a different direction without going into the Burning Crusade expansion.

This game also features two new classes, giving you the freedom to explore new playstyles while exploring a totally different storyline.

How to install and play WoW Turtle on Windows

Here’s what you need to do to play WoW Turtle:


  1. Head over to the Turtle WoW website and make an account for yourself.
  2. From the website, download the files for the game.
  3. Wait for the download to finish and then extract the game files at a location of your choice.
  4. Head into the game files, and launch the WoW.exe.
  5. On the screen that opens, enter your account credentials and head into the game.

How to install and play WoW Turtle on Mac

Mac (M1/M2)

For M1 or M2 Macs, you can play this game by setting up a Windows Virtual Machine through Parallels. Once you’ve set up the VM, follow the instructions for Windows as mentioned above.

Mac (Intel)

If you have a Mac with Intel chipsets, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Download and install Porting Kit.
  2. Once you’ve finished doing that, open Porting Kit and click on “Add Application.”
  3. Select the Turtle WoW executable.
  4. At the “Advanced Settings” screen, set the Engine Version to WS11WineCX64Bit19.0.2.
  5. Run Turtle WoW through Porting Kit after the installation is complete.

Is Turtle WoW free-to-play?

Yes, Turtle WoW is completely free to play, and you do not need to make any purchases to enjoy the game on your PC.

However, you can always purchase different skins and cosmetics from the in-game store. These purchases do not offer any gameplay advantages, and are purely cosmetic in nature.

That sums up everything that you need to know about Turtle WoW. For more about World of Warcraft, be sure to check out how to get Frosty Soul and Sparks of Ingenuity.

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About The Author

Amitesh started writing about video games in 2020. He previously worked at Sportskeeda, Gfinity, and Attack of the Fanboy before joining CharlieIntel in 2024. He's an avid fan of Destiny 2 and Diablo 4 and an expert on all things Fortnite. You can get in touch with him at [email protected].