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Nothing is more annoying in a raid or
5-man instance than when a player goes AFK. Especially when they seem
to happen at a most inconvenient time. However, despite an AFK's
tendency to cause annoyance in other players, they can also be the
source of great amusement.

You see, you just never know what the
reason will be for the AFK, but you can bet that you will come across
some doozies along the way. Cat on fire, wife won't get me a beer,
and the classic; have to poop, are just a few laughter inducing AFK
excuses. Below you will find five more of our favorite AFK excuses
that we have ever seen in World of Warcraft. Enjoy!


This AFK may not seem very entertaining
at first, but let me set the scene for you. Imagine you are back in
classic WoW, ready to pull Garr and his Firesworn. You have the
healers set, the tanks assigned targets and you make the precarious
pull. Just as the boss and his servants are running towards you, a
message comes across the screen...AFK SHOWERING!. In your head you
are thinking that this can't be serious, but the person goes AFK and
stays AFK for the rest of the boss fight plus some trash pulls
afterward. Not much is said about it, but you are left to wonder why
the shower was so important. Can anyone be THAT stinky?

AFK...Crazy Cat Antics

Cats are crazy creatures and they tend
to get up to some pretty spectacular stunts, especially while you are
trying to raid or run an instance. Over the years I have seen many
AFK messages centering around cats and thus cat antics has earned
it's own category here. Some of my favorite cat AFK messages include
a cat peeing on the keyboard, another cat that knocked over his
owner's monitor while trying to chase the mouse, and finally at one
point in time one player had the misfortune to have his cat kick the
bucket during a raid. All in all, cats can cause mass amounts of AFKs
in the most amusing ways.

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While I try not to make fun of the kids
who play World of Warcraft that still are under the control of their
parents, sometimes it just can't be helped. There is just something
about that whiny kid voice coming over vent and saying “AFK guys,
Mom is making me clean my room” that makes other players giggle at
the youngsters misfortune. Sure it might be mean, but you try to keep
your cool next time someone tells you they need to go afk so they can
beg their mom for more internet time. If you are anything like me,
you will likely be unable to avoid finding the humor in it.

AFK...Wife Aggro

After playing WoW for years and having
experienced more wife aggro AFKs than I can count, I have never been
more glad that my wife is also a gamer. From wife is naked and
staring at me to wife has a baseball bat and is giving me evil looks,
I have heard just about everything when it comes to wife aggro. My
all time guilty favorite was when a fellow raider afked due to wife
aggro and accidentally left his mic queued and his wife's wrath was
projected through vent. The experience was one I (and the rest of
the raid) will never forget.


You would think that fire would be a
rather rare occurrence. However, it seems in my experience things
around World of Warcraft players tend to spontaneously combust at an
alarming rate. Things that you would never imagine could catch fire
do when it comes to excuses for being AFK. Fish bowls, tables, and
even pets are just a few of the things I have seen players claim have
been in flames. While I know that most of these are less than
serious, the creativity behind them never fails to give me a chuckle.

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That concludes my top five AFK excuses
ever seen in World of Warcraft. What are some of the best AFK excuses
you have seen in game? Share them with us in the comment section

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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016

About The Author

Amunet, also fondly known as Memtron, is an organic life form best known for its ongoing obsession with Blizzard Entertainment's numerous properties. To that end, Amu has authored hundreds (thousands?) of the most popular World of Warcraft guides, editorials, and Top 10 lists on the planet. When not gaming and writing, Amu is busy chasing after her three children in a perpetual loop of ongoing disaster.