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Hello! I am testing an iOS app using the Blizzard API and I’d love to have support for all regions, but I’m having some trouble with the Chinese region.

I’m able to retrieve a Chinese OAuth access token using curl -u <id>:<secret> -d grant_type=client_credentials '':

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:45:56 GMT
Server: Apache
X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN
Retry-After: 600
Pragma: no-cache
Cache-Control: no-store
Vary: Accept-Encoding
Content-Encoding: gzip
Keep-Alive: timeout=10, max=4000
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Type: application/json;charset=UTF-8
Connection: keep-alive


I am then able to retrieve data from the Wow Token endpoint using curl -H "Authorization: Bearer <token>" ''

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Battlenet-Schema-Revision: 2
Date: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:45:59 GMT
Server: Apache-Coyote/1.1
Last-Modified: Wed, 26 Aug 2020 11:29:02 GMT
Battlenet-Namespace: dynamic-cn
vary: accept-encoding
Cache-Control: public, max-age=300
Battlenet-Schema: token
content-type: application/json;charset=UTF-8
content-encoding: gzip
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
x-trace-traceid: af46d01d-f6cf-32d6-92ff-160971237f7b
x-trace-spanid: 162b02c1-d3f0-57d0-24e2-fa169a45094f
x-trace-parentspanid: 162b02c1-d3f0-57a0-24e2-fa169a45094f
x-frame-options: SAMEORIGIN
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
Connection: keep-alive


Every other Game Data API endpoint that I attempt to use in the Chinese region fails with a response like so:

HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden
content-length: 0
x-trace-traceid: 7a8cf016-d850-37bf-9119-b125dd9dc34b
x-trace-spanid: 162b02c0-0e3b-d870-c079-fa169ae27127
x-trace-parentspanid: 162b02c0-0e3b-d780-c079-fa169ae27127
x-frame-options: SAMEORIGIN
X-Content-Type-Options: nosniff
Connection: keep-alive

I’ve tried realmSearch, realmIndex, connectedRealmIndex, itemSearch. These endpoints return 200s for every region except China (us, eu, kr, tw). I’ve re-read the Regionality documentation a few times, but I don’t see anything that explains this behavior.

Is this expected for China or am I doing something wrong?

26-08-2020 17:50:44


Currently, the available APIs for the CN region are listed on the documentation reference individually from their “regional” counterparts. This list is currently limited to include only the WoW Token Index (CN) API.

We recognize this distinction is missing from guides and documentation pertaining to regionality and will look for ways to improve those docs in the future.


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