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Five Dragon Aspects were created by the Titans to stand guard over Azeroth and prevent the Old Gods from breaking free of their prisons and continuing the corruption of the planet. They created their own broods of lesser dragons and were content to sleep for thousands of years as their offspring kept watch over Azeroth and its many inhabitants. However, the seeping influence of the Old Gods eventually drove them into conflict with each other and with the Alliance and Horde. They are now weakened and must rely on mortals to assist them.

Most full dragons have the ability to shapeshift and often assume the guises of humans, elves, and other races when dealing with mortals. There are several draconic subraces, including Dragonspawn and Drakonids. These generally display less intelligence than their stronger brethren and act as servants and guardians of their places of power.

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    General Tropes 
  • A Form You Are Comfortable With: Most, if not all, dragons have humanoid form as their disguise, either it's human, elven, or even gnome like Chronormu. Few others don't even mind to disguise as human or elven child like the siblings Andormu or Nozari (well, bronze dragons are wardens of timestream, after all).
  • Brought Down to Normal: Using the Dragon Soul to defeat Deathwing for good stripped the aspects of their incredible power and infinite lifespan... though as mentioned just below, it went even farther by rendering all of them, not just the aspects, sterile.
  • Dying Race: After the events of Cataclysm, all dragons on Azeroth have lost the ability to lay eggs...for some reason.
  • I Have Many Names: All the (former) Aspects have this. Deathwing's in particular are more often than not also an example of Names to Run Away from Really Fast. In particular:
    • Neltharion/Deathwing: Aspect of Death, The Betrayer, The Black, The Black Scourge, Blackwing Greatfather, Blood's Shadow, The Cataclysm, The Dark One, Daval Prestor, Death Incarnate, The Destroyer, The Earth-Warder, The Great One, Shuul'wa, The Unmaker of Worlds, The Warder of the land, The Worldbreaker, Xaxas.
    • Alexstrasza: Dragon Queen, Life-Binder, Life-Giver, Former Aspect of Life, Former Queen of Life, She Who Is Life, Life of the Flame, Former Red Aspect.
    • Malygos: Spellweaver, Lord of Magic, Steward of Magic, Guardian of Magic, Hand of Magic, Magic Incarnate, Blue Aspect.
    • Kalecgos: Former Aspect of Magic, Steward of Magic, Former Spellweaver.
    • Ysera: The Awakened, Former Aspect of Dreams, She of the Dreaming, Former Dreamer, Mistress of Dreams, Lady of Dreams, Queen of Dreams, Former Green Aspect.
    • Nozdormu: The Timeless One, Former Aspect of Time, Lord of Time, Lord of the Centuries, Master of Time, Dragon of the Ages, Guardian of Time, Former Bronze Aspect, The Lord of the Infinite (as Murozond, his insane future self).
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The Red dragonflight and especially Alexstrasza tends to have a bigger role in various storylines than the others. Probably Justified given the fact that they're the only group that give a damn about mortals and actively trying to help them, while the Black dragonflights are filled with corrupted homicidal maniacs, the Blue dragonflights are dwindling in numbers and the other two are too busy with their specific duty (Green with the Emerald Realm and Bronze with Azeroth timeline).

The Black Dragonflight


Neltharion the Earthwarder/ Deathwing the Destroyer
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"Pain... agony... my hatred burns through the cavernous deeps... The world heaves with my torment! Its wretched kingdoms quake beneath my rage! But at last, the whole of Azeroth will break. And all will burn beneath the shadow of my wings!"

Black Dragon Aspect of the Earth. Neltharion was tempted by the whispers of the Old Gods as he slept beneath the surface of Azeroth. He tricked the other Aspects into donating their powers to create the Dragon Soul, which was really intended to place them all under his control. The resulting wars devastated the Dragonflights. It was not until the Demon Soul (as it was later called) was destroyed that he was finally defeated. Now known as Deathwing the Destroyer, his shattered body rested in Deepholm for years until he reemerged, changing the face of Azeroth forever.

Notable offspring of Neltharion include: Nefarian, master of Blackwing Lair, who launched a plan to steal blood from the Dragonflights to create a race of hybrid draconic warriors; Onyxia, Nefarian's sister, who attempted to corrupt the King of Stormwind; Sabellian, Deathwing's younger son and lieutenant who remained in Outland after the Dark Portal closed, Neltharaku, broodfather of the abandoned Netherwing Dragonflight, and Wrathion, purified by a Titan device and thus the first non-Always Chaotic Evil black dragon in over ten thousand years.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: Every single black dragon. With the possibly exceptions of Sabellian (A black dragon Quest Giver) and Wrathion (the uncorrupted dragon egg in Cataclysm/young black dragon in Mists of Pandaria).
  • Ascended Extra: Originally just a hero unit in Warcraft II, the books starting expanding his role to make one of the big villains in the setting.
  • Ax-Crazy: To the point of being an Omnicidal Maniac.
  • Blessed with Suck: Khaz'goroth's gift gives him great strength, some control over the earth, and an awareness of every nook and cranny on Azeroth—and also feels like carrying a planet on your back. On top of that, many Old Gods were imprisoned in the deepest parts of Azeroth...
  • Blood Knight: In Dawn of the Aspects, it's an understatement to say Neltharion enjoys combat.
  • Book Ends: The opening cinematic for Cataclysm shows Deathwing's Elementium plates being welded to his body. The semi-final boss encounter with him involves tearing these same plates off of his body.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: This seems to be very popular with black dragons, but Deathwing doesn't just want any old weak black, he wants his sisters, Ysera and Alexstrasza, who are the Green and Red Aspects, respectively. He outright states in one of the novels that his main goal in life is to mate with his sisters. He passed this trait on to his children, who tend to mate amongst themselves rather than with non-related dragons.
  • Cain and Abel: The evil one of the Aspects, and Alexstrasza's primary enemy. Then again, he has stated that he no longer considers his fellow aspects siblings.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: One of the novels reveals that after the War of the Ancients, Deathwing tried mating with his consorts; his deformed, fiery body was so hot, he burned three of them to death and horrifically scarred the fourth. For reference, black dragons are immune to fire and regularly take bathes in molten lava.
  • The Chessmaster: While Ax-Crazy, he's a clever schemer.
  • Combat Tentacles: In the Spine of Deathwing Battle, and in the Madness of Deathwing battle. In the latter, they range from massive limb tentacles that are your primary targets in the first phase to smaller ones that attack your group as adds.
  • Cognizant Limbs: In both battles against him. Even his blood turns into adds.
  • Death by Sex: See Can't Have Sex, Ever, he inflicts this on anyone he attempts to mate with. Notably part of his evil plan is (or was at one time) to force Alexstraza and Ysera to become his consorts, knowing full well that this or horrible disfigurement was the likely result.
  • Do a Barrel Roll: One of his attacks in the Spine of Deathwing Encounter is this, throwing off any adds or players who are not attached to his back (i.e., the Corruption tentacles or players with the Grasping Tendrils debuff).
  • The Dragon: No pun intended, but Deathwing takes this role to N'zoth in Cataclysm. Prior to that expansion pack, the Old Gods didn't really take an active role in controlling him.
  • Full Potential Upgrade: He originally needed metal plates welded to his body so he could survive the strain the Demon Soul put on it. Later, it becomes a Power Limiter so that his body can handle his own power.
  • Genre Savvy: Refuses to even consider the possibility of Thrall being dead unless he sees a body. Turns out he's right to feel that way, since Thrall survived.
  • Giant Flyer: Dragons in Warcraft get to be pretty massive, though special mention goes to Deathwing, who's been described as "airliner-big." According to the artists for the Cataclysm cinematic, his wingspan is 1,200 feet from wingtip to wingtip.
  • Large and in Charge: Standard for the all the aspects, he's enormous even for a dragon, and is one of the few bosses in Wo W whose size in gameplay can be considered accurate.
  • Large Ham
    Deathwing: I am Deathwing. The Destroyer. The end of all things. Inevitable. Indomitable. I. AM. THE CATACLYSM.
  • Mighty Glacier: While by far the most powerful hero in WC 2, Deathwing, like all dragon units at the time, reacts slowly to commands.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Most black dragons have it in various forms, but in his case, it's also a very good suggestion: Deathwing will sometimes show up in various zones, nuke everything beneath him, then leave. There's even and achievement for it call "Stood in the Fire." This nuking is so powerful that it instantly kills anyone in range. You won't even see damage being applied to you, the game will simply announce that you're dead.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: His Barrel Roll is a good way to get rid of unwanted Hideous Amalgamations, although you have to trick him into doing it by stacking on one side.
  • Nigh Invulnerable: Very few things can actually hurt him. The other four dragon aspects, who still wielded immense power in their weakened states beyond the rest of the dragons, couldn't even wound him before the rest of their strength was returned, and a punch from Grull that shock the whole area didn't even phase him. Alexstrazsa outright states from personal experience that no physical assault will be enough to kill Deathwing—normally, he would have died in their duel, but he has been saturated so thoroughly with Old God energy that no flesh wounds can kill him. The solution? Use the modified Dragon Soul's unfathomable power to blast his matter out of existence entirely.
  • One-Winged Angel: In the Madness of Deathwing Encounter, after losing his armor, he rises out of the Maelstrom and attacks players with tentacles from where his limbs used to be.
    Deathing: You have done NOTHING. I will TEAR THIS WORLD APART!
  • Power Limiter: He has gigantic metal plates welded onto his body in order to prevent himself from being blown up by his own power. The first half of his boss fight involves having to break off the plates, to the point where he explosively hemorrhages during the Madness encounter.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: When he and Thrall meet in Charge of the Aspects, he reveals that he serves the Old Gods because he hates the task the titans charged him with and the Old Gods promised to free him from his burden.
  • Sequential Boss: Three phases, split between two encounters.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Deathwing was driven insane by the Old Gods as part of their plan to dismantle the Dragonflights. Due to his insanity, YMMV on how "unwitting" he is.
  • Unstoppable Rage: One of the things that drives him is pure, psychotic fury.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Literally. During the last phase of the final battle, his draconic form breaks down and he becomes a molten, shapeless entity of pure fire, rage and insanity.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Courtesy of the Old Gods.
  • Would You Like to Hear How They Died?: Shortly before the Ultraxion encounter in Dragon Soul, he flies in and taunts Alexstraza about how he turned many of her brood into mindless twilight drakes, and how painful a process it was. She, with forced stoicism, says that they are no longer of her clutch, and allows the raid to kill them.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Ysera has a vision of Deathwing dying alongside the rest of the Dragon Aspects at the hands of the Twilight Dragonflight, implying that his Old God master will discard him once his usefulness has come to an end. More specifically, the Old Gods cannot rule Azeroth until all the Aspects are dead. They proceed to impale him upon Wyrmrest Temple.


Nefarian/Victor Nefarius
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Voiced by: Chris Metzen

Eldest son of Deathwing, Nefarian is a powerful black dragon who leads the black dragonflight on Azeroth. In his human guise, he is known as Lord Victor Nefarius, Lord of Blackrock. Holding the Blackrock clan and various clans of ogres under his dominion, Nefarian rules from his lair at the top of Blackrock Spire.
  • Back from the Dead: Raised from the dead in Cataclysm after having died in classic.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Is heavily implied to be Onyxia's mate.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Already showed hints of this in the original game, comes into his own in Cataclysm.
  • Draco Lich: In Cataclysm, though he behaves exactly as when he was still alive.
  • Dual Boss: With Onyxia in Blackwing Descent.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Subverted; after Onyxia is defeated after being raised in Blackwing Descent, he is upset that players have destroyed one of his "possessions", and he also sees his ability to raise her as his finest work.
  • Evil Overlord: Like father like son.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Nefarian and his forces were constantly butting heads with Ragnaros the Firelord and his forces in Blackrock Mountain.
  • Flaw Exploitation: He does this in his encounter, using abilities specifically tailored for certain classes, such as inflicting Shapeshifter Mode Lock on shapeshifting Druids.
  • Genre Savvy: "Foolsss... Kill the one in the dress!" In a rather interesting twist, presumably knowing that players typically have to attack dragons from the side, in Cataclysm he has Onyxia shoot electricity from her sides every time she breathes.
  • Have a Nice Death: "Worthless wretch! Your friends will join you soon enough!"
  • Killed Off for Real: Put to death for real in Cataclysm.
  • Large Ham: He is voiced by Chris Metzen by the way.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Many of his comments seem to be directed at the players directly.
  • Mad Scientist: Nefarian seems to be a big believer in the power of science, using gene-splicing to create hybrid monsters like Chromaggus, Chimaeron, and the chromatic dragonflight. And in Blackwing Descent, Onyxia appears to have been resurrected Frankenstein-style rather than strictly through necromancy.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He falls short of becoming like his father. He said "THIS CANNOT BE!" twice to begin with.
  • Mind Control: In the Heroic Version of Blackwing Descent.
  • Necromancer: Has shown the ability to raise his fallen minions as skeletons. He later does the same with his sister Onyxia in Blackwing Descent.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: In Blackwing Descent, on Heroic mode, he uses an attack forcing players to walk toward a portal that will kill them if they reach it. They must regain control of themselves before they do.
  • Shock and Awe: Employs this in Cataclysm, severely damaging the raid every time his health passes a 10% milestone, and also uses Onyxia to electrocute the raid from her sides, eventually exploding if the players take too long to kill her and/or do too much damage to Nefarian in Phase 1.
  • Shout-Out / Ascended Meme: "Death Knights, GET OVER HERE!" added when Death Knights are available.
  • Troll: On a more meta level, with his trolling directed at players. See Leaning on the Fourth Wall above.
  • Villainous Breakdown: So many many times, "Inconceivable!" "THIS CANNOT BE!! Rend, deal with these insects!", "Impossible!" and of course "This cannot be! I am the Master here! You mortals are nothing to my kind! DO YOU HEAR? NOTHING!" He seems to have mellowed out a little when you beat him in Blackwing Descent: "Defeat has never tasted so bitter..."


Onyxia/Katrana Prestor
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Daughter of Deathwing, she posed as Lady Katrana Prestor to keep Highlord Bolvar Fordragon and ultimately the human nation of Stormwind under her control. She even tried to duplicate King Varian to make one of his physical splits a personal puppet.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: With Nefarian. Yes, her own brother is responsible for the hundreds of eggs and whelps in and around Onyxia's Lair.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Her human form, the standard appearance of members of the Black Dragonflight when they assume humanoid forms.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: As Katrana Prestor she acted as one to obstruct any attempt to solve certain problems within the kingdom of Stormwind.
  • Off with Her Head!: Varian cuts off her head and brings it back to Stormwind as a trophy. Deathwing later retrieves it during his rampage and Nefarian raises her as an undead dragon though.
  • The Vamp: Especially towards Highlord Bolvar Fordragon and King Varian Wrynn.



One of Deathwing's sons, as well as a quest giver in Blade's Edge Mountains under the guise of Baron Sablemane. Despite being a black dragon, he's actually a fairly decent guy: He doesn't possess his father's hatred of all mortals, and in fact actually forms genuine friendships with them. Despite this, he is still kind of evil, though only openly hostile to Gruul and the other Gronn.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Never mentioned after Burning Crusade, not even in Cataclysm where the Black Dragonflight was the big bad. He's not even mentioned during the rogue legendary dagger questline, where Wrathion has the player hunt down surviving black dragons and assassinate them, though it was later confirmed that Sabellian is alive and well in Outland, with Wrathion unaware of his existence.



Deathwing's prime consort, and the mother of Nefarian and Onyxia. She prefers to be known by Sinestra, as she despises Deathwing and her children. She created the Twilight Dragonflight, and while she was thought to have been killed when Dargonax was destroyed, she returned to life and provides Deathwing with eggs to make into twilight dragons.
  • Bonus Boss: After defeating all the bosses in Heroic Bastion of Twilight.
  • Death by Sex: Out of Deathwing's four consorts, she's the only one to avert this, though very narrowly. See Scars Are Forever.
  • Pivotal Boss: Has the same animation set as Kil'Jaeden and is set in a pool of lava.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has scars from Deathwing mating with her.
  • Unwitting Pawn: She thought she was rebelling against Deathwing, but she was actually doing his bidding.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Begins the battle weakened from her past battles, and thus having less health and attack power, but in Phase 3, is no longer constrained this way, a case in which a boss Turns Red by having a handicap removed.



The black dragon that was born from the egg that Rheastrasza purified and died to protect, he is free of the Old Gods' corruption, but does not trust the Red Dragonflight, seeing them as trying to control him, and thus takes charge of the Ravenholdt rogues. He is heavily involved in the quest for the legendary Rogue item, Fangs of the Father, which has adventurers hunt down the remaining black dragons, including Deathwing himself.

In Mists of Pandaria, he reappears in a tavern at the Veiled Stair, a small zone leading to Kun-lai Summit. Wrathion once again sends players off on quests to get their Legendary weapons, but this time he is urging everyone to unite, for he is certain the Burning Legion will return to Azeroth and they can't stand against it divided. After the Siege of Orgrimmar defeat, Wrathion is furious that the Alliance did not absorb the Horde and declares that he will leave nothing to chance "next time."

Wrathion is the mastermind behind the plot of Warlords of Draenor, working with the bronze dragon Kairozdormu to free Garrosh and send him back in time.
  • Creepy Child: He's conniving, cunning, orchestrates the fall of the corrupt Black Dragonflight, and disguises himself as a goateed human male. And he's only a baby dragon...
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Shaping up to be this. He's very shady, uses very sinister methods of acquiring new power (including blood magic, mogu magic, and EATING THE HEART OF THE THUNDER KING) has very brutal retaliation practices against those he feels have wronged him, but for now, seems his intentions are towards a noble goal, even if his methods are questionable. Legion will show that he is indeed a good guy at the end of the main questline chain in one of the Broken Isles zones.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Played with. In War Crimes he is revealed to be behind the creation of the Iron Horde, but he is doing so to prepare Azeroth for much bigger problems down the road.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's a pretty benevolent patron and employer until things don't go his way.
    • He goes completely nuts when the player reports that Varian decided to not assimilate the Horde (noting that there would be huge casualties and months of bloody battle), and angrily vows to make absolutely sure that things go his way "next time".
  • Glowing Eyes
  • Hypocrite: See that note in Jerk With A Heart Of Gold about mook killing? Yeah, you're heavily encouraged, to the point it's nigh impossible to complete, to kill mooks en masse in the quest that you completed right before Wrathion stated he didn't want any mooks dead.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Wrathion is very willing to break a person's legs to get a point across, but when sending out players to hunt down the last Black Dragons, he doesn't want their minions killed as they are being manipulated.
  • Last of His Kind: Believes himself to be the last black dragon at the end of the legendary daggers quest chain. However Word of God confirms there are still some in Outland that are still alive that he doesn't know about. Legion will avert this; Wrathion will find and use a Titan time portal to bring uncorrupted black dragon eggs from the past before Neltharion was corrupted to raise in the present, making him sort of the new father of his kind.
  • Meaningful Name: His name continues the Black Dragonflight tradition of being formed from sinister English words merged with one of the dragonflight's name suffixes (e.g. nefarious —> Nefarian). Notably, though, wrath can be considered the deadly sin most likely to arise from good intentions; Dante (the Italian poet, not the Devil May Cry character) even described it as "love of justice perverted to revenge and spite". Thus, it can be seen as a reflection of Wrathion's Well-Intentioned Extremist nature.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: He’s largely self-centered and can be cruel, but he isn’t corrupted by the Old Gods and wishes to help the mortal races.
  • Not So Different: In his questline the daggers he empowers become more and more corrupt as HE empowers them, sure you got the ingredients for him from some pretty nasty things but HE wanted them and somehow knew the magic to make them.
  • Only Sane Man: His role in Mists Of Pandaria, where he shares a drink with the players who have reached level 90, and discusses the future of the world. He realizes before anyone else that having the factions fighting each other will make them weaker for when the next threat rises, spoiler: from his vague words, it seems like he's going to manipulate both factions until they're on the same side again.
  • Playing Both Sides: In Mists of Pandaria, he pledges his allegiance to the player's faction, be it Alliance or Horde, and in Landfall, gives players PvP objectives as part of the legendary quest line. He isn't trying to destroy both of them, but he believes a greater threat is coming, and needs the Alliance-Horde war to end, preferably with one defeating the other. He eventually sides with the Alliance when Garrosh Hellscream starts alienating the other Horde leaders, sparking a civil war, making the Horde easy pray for King Varian and the Alliance to assimilate or crush whatever is left.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Makes it very clear he is his own dragon, and will not be held accountable for what Deathwing did. He explicitly refers to the "sins of my father".
  • Suicide Mission: The battle against Deathwing is thought to be this. Whether it is depends on the rogue and the group.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gets this from a waiter, of all people, which Wrathion himself lampshades. Granted, this waiter is a Pandaren.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Committing an act of genocide against his own kind to save Azeroth along with releasing Garrosh into Draenor to prepare both sides to fight the Legion probably solidified him as this.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Seems to be on his way there with Prince Anduin in 5.2 and the War Crime novel.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Especially in Warlords of Draenor.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Dragons are conscious even in the egg, so Wrathion was hatching his own plans once he hatched. In addition, dragons are mentioned to mature a lot faster than humans. However, according to Word of God, his level of maturity is unusual even for dragons and actually due to the experiments that were performed on his egg.
    • Though Yu'lon's dialogue with him implies that he has yet to learn true wisdom.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Fahrad suggests he do this to the player, but he decides against it. Ironic, he ultimately does this to Fahrad. He was using Fahrad to help eliminate the other dragons and, once he no longer needed his help with that, has the legendary rogue kill him off. It did help that Fahrad was trying to control him, and when he was found out he tried to kill Wrathion.
  • Younger Than They Look: His true form is only a whelp, as pointed out above. In Pandaria, an argument between Anduin and Wrathion reveals he's only two years old. In Legion he's grown older and is now a drake in his dragon form.

The Red Dragonflight


Alexstrasza the Lifebinder
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"The champions who fought at our side assured the survival of our world. But now, we must see it...with mortal eyes. We Dragon Aspects have fulfilled our great purpose, and our ancient power is expended. But though our day draws to an end life endures, and new generations will be born. Today's victory belongs to all who stood against the Shadow. You are Azeroth's true guardians, and the future of this world is in your hands. For the dawning of the Age of Mortals... has begun."

Red Dragon Aspect of Life. Alexstrasza has been the leader of the resistance to Azeroth's corruption throughout her existence. Her Dragonflight was held in thrall to the Horde by their possession of the Dragon Soul, but once the artifact was destroyed, she aided in the destruction of Neltharion/Deathwing. She has remained friendly to mortals ever since, and has come to lead the Wyrmrest Accord in Northrend in opposition to the onslaught of Malygos.

Notable offspring include: Vaelaestrasz, who fought against and was ultimately corrupted by Nefarian in Blackwing Lair, and Caelestrasz, who, until recently, was held prisoner by the Old God C'thun in Ahn'qiraj since the War of the Shifting Sands and later sacrificed himself during the battle against Sinestra in the Bastion of Twilight.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is sure the nicest of the 5 dragon aspects, but also the second strongest one. Woe to anyone who tries pushing her too far, just as Nekros Skullcrusher and Malygos learned... the hard way.
  • Big Good: The primary leader of resistance against Deathwing and his minions during Cataclysm.
  • Brought Down to Normal: All of the Aspects lose their powers after Deathwing's death and having prevented the Hour of Twilight.
  • Characterization Marches On: Warcraft II had her offspring as green and without much in the way of intellect. The Horde's Dragons didn't become Red until Day of the Dragon.
  • The Dog Bites Back: She made a number of attempts on Nekros during her captivity, which were enough to keep him on his toes but still met no success. When he lost the Demon Soul, however...
  • Friend to All Living Things: Even back when she was a proto-dragon, in Dawn of the Aspects, Malygos notes that she seems to regret hunting living prey. She was even willing to pardon the orcs as a whole for their treatment of her flight during the Second War, loving them just as much as she loves everything else. Except for Nekros. She ate him.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Flaming even. The flames went away at the end of Cataclysm.
  • Heartbroken Badass: After her BSOD she pulls herself together and helps the other Aspects and Thrall defeat Chromatus, after she learns that Koiralstrasz's sacrifice prevented a catastrophe.
  • Heroic Blue Screen of Death: During Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects
  • I Did What I Had to Do: After she deals the fatal blow to Malygos, she tells him "I did what I had to, brother."
  • Mama Bear: Or rather, a big momma dragon. " had them ssslay my children! MY CHILDREN!!"
  • Mind Rape: Or something similar. An attack she used on Deathwing that caused him to feel all the pain she endured in her captivity.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In her humanoid (elven) form. See Stripperiffic below.
  • Petting Zoo People: In elven form, she still has her horns and the same coloured eyes as her dragon form.
  • Polyamory: Not at the moment, but she did have several husband-equivalents at once in the past.
  • Stripperiffic: What better way to promote the creation of Life?


"I am your servant. Now and forever, my love."

Alexstrasza's prime consort after the death of Tyranastraz. Known as Krasus in his mortal disguise (Which switches between a high elf or a muscular human depending on what he's appearing in), Korialstrasz is Alexstrasza's prime mate. As Krasus, he was a member of the ruling council of Dalaran, but it's unclear if that's still the case during World of Warcraft.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the War of the Ancients, Krasus and Korialstraz come across the Burning Legion attacking Night Elves trying to flee the capital. Despite being weakened by both of them existing in the same timeline, Korialstraz furiously attacks the demons, and manages to temporarily halt the advance of the Burning Legion, only turning away when Krasus points out the refugees have escaped.
  • The Chessmaster: In Day of the Dragon. He gets better about it, though.
  • Handicapped Badass: Spends most of his time during the War of the Ancients and Night of the Dragon severely weakened, yet is still able to cast powerful spells
  • Heroic Sacrifice: During Thrall: Twilight Of The Aspects. Unfortunately, most of the dragons, even Alexstrasza to an extent, think he betrayed them, not knowing that the eggs he destroyed were corrupted.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Rhonin as of the War of the Ancients trilogy.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Has resorted to using somewhat....questionable methods in the past that sometimes resulted in the people he manipulated dying. Despite having somewhat of an "ends justify the means" philosophy, he's not terriby happy about some of the things he's done, and when Rhonin essentially calls him a bad guy in day of the dragon he admits that Rhonin isn't entirely wrong.
  • Only One Me Allowed Right Now: In War of the Ancients, being in the same time as his past self caused both of them to get weaker the farther apart they were.
  • The Obi-Wan: To Malfurion, again in War of the Ancients.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Receives one from Kalec for constantly butting in, and for giving Anveena the illusion of life despite knowing exactly how things would end (considering that Kalec got his heart broken in the process this isn't that hard to believe).



An ancient red dragon, who takes the form of a Night Elf, of Alexstraza's sons. Was imprisoned during the War of the Shifting Sands alongside Arygos and Merithra, but gets freed by the Adventurers. He later starts the quest line for the Vermillion Redoubt, and helps Alexstraza fight Deathwing. He is killed by Sintharia later in the Bastion of Twilight while helping the adventurers defeat her.
  • Badass: Flew into the middle of the Slithid army alongside two other dragons to help win the War of the Shifting Sands. In Cataclysm he single-handedly distracts Deathwing so Alexstraza and the adventurers and a drake can escape, and survives.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Arrives to help the adventurers fighting Sintharia.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Was willing to do this to by time for the Night Elves to seal of Ahn'Qiraj, and also stated he would do this if necessary to destroy C'thun. He ends up doing it when Sintharia kills him while he helps the adventurers try and defeat her]].
  • Killed Off for Real: By Sintharia.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Trapped in Ahn'Qiraj as C'thun's prisoner after the War of the Shifting Sands.
  • Take Up My Sword: Gifts the adventurers fighting Sintharia with the last of his power, boosting their speed in-game.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Pulls this off against Deathwing.

The Blue Dragonflight


Malygos the Spellweaver
"What could you hope to accomplish? To storm brazenly into my domain... to employ magic... against ME?"

Blue Dragon Aspect of Magic. Malygos was driven insane and his brood nearly wiped out after the disaster of the Dragon Soul. Many years later, he emerged from hiding only to become disillusioned by the rampant use of magic among the inhabitants of Azeroth, and embarked on a plan to gather all of its energies into the Nexus for Blue Dragonflight use only; however, doing so would leave Azeroth in a terrible state due to the Arcane emanating cracks in the earth causing mass deaths and Arcane madness (as seen by what happened in Winterfin Village, Lothalor Woodlands and Indu'le Village) not to mention the Nexus being blown up by a rift into the Twisting Nether unleashing thousands of Mana Serpents upon the Blue Dragonflight killing every single last one of them. Alexstrasza led the fight against him in his sanctum in the Eye of Eternity, where he was killed. Despite Malygos' insanity and later sanity, many members of the Blue Dragonflight have assisted mortals throughout Azeroth's history.

Notable offspring of Malygos include: Arygos, who until recently was held prisoner by the Old God C'thun in Ahn'qiraj since the War of the Shifting Sands and may have had his mind corrupted by C'thun as well; and Kirygosa, a friend of Kalecgos who was taken prisoner by the Twilight's Hammer and whose eggs were used to create Chromatic dragons.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Invoked. Alexstraza knows she had no choice but to stop him, but mourns his death.
  • An Ice Person: Oddly, Malygos himself uses Arcane magic, but his Dragonflight in general uses mostly Frost.
  • Badass Boast: His introduction speech in World of Warcraft.
  • Difficulty Spike: Compared to Naxxramas and Obsidian Sanctum, the Malygos encounter is much much harder, requiring great coordination and good gear to beat his short enrage timer.


Click here to see his half-elf form 
"Brothers, sisters. Arygos speaks of our troubled past. Indeed, we have suffered greatly... But I would contend that we're at least partly to blame for the scars we bear... Let us turn from our old ways... Let us not seek to extinguish magic from the world... But to use responsibly for the benefit of Azeroth and all its inhabitants... It is true that our choice here today will affect the destiny of our flight, and likely, the destiny of the world... May the Titans guide us. May we be inspired to choose with wisdom."

One of the few surviving blue dragons, Kalecgos is a servant of the great Aspect Malygos. He disguises himself as a half-elf, calling himself Kalec. Due to the blues being most in tune with magic of all the aspects, Kalec has the powers of a sorcerer and the strength of a warrior. In Cataclysm, after Malygos' death, he becomes Aspect of Magic.

However, that doesn't last long. After the defeat of Deathwing, the blue dragonflight begins spreading apart and growing fewer in number until Kalecgos officially disbands their organization. Free to choose his own path in life, Kalecgos has joined Dalaran as a member of the Kirin Tor.
  • Neutral No Longer: The Ultimate Visual Guide confirms that Kalec has joined the Alliance now that he is a member of the Kirin Tor.
  • Only Sane Man: One of the only few blue dragons not to agree with Malygos' plans. Further proved when he personally showed up in Wyrmrest Temple during Quel'Delar events.
  • You Are in Command Now: After Malygos' defeat.
    • Became the new Aspect of Magic because Azuregos refused and his only competition, Arygos, was outed as a traitor.
    • However, in Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War Kalec disbands the blue dragonflight. What few blue dragons remain have scattered across the world and he no longer leads them.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: He has a rather unique appearance in game for both dragon and humanoid form. This leads to some Fridge Logic, as the dragon's humanoid form is supposed to be a disguise for subterfuge, while a half-elf (which are currently uncommon) with blue hair (which is not a natural hair colour for humans or high elves) would stand out like a sore thumb in most places.



One of the oldest living blue dragons, he was tasked with guarding part of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands, but grew bored and tired of the constant attacks on him.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Read the conversation here. In Cataclysm, you talk to him again and learn about his love life.
  • Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: In Cataclysm, he's dating a Spirit Healer. He lampshades this.
    Azuregos: I know. I KNOW. We could never be, right? Dragon and Spirit Healer... two different worlds! Not to mention the physiological problems.
  • Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge: His job, as given to him by Malygos. He really hates the job and the fact that the player races are constantly trying to attack him for the knowledge and artifacts he's supposed to be guarding, which is why he usually just hides it somewhere and, as of Cataclysm, has quit entirely.
  • Medium Awareness: He seems to realize that he functions as a boss and is not at all pleased about it.



The former consort of Malygos, she was flung to Northrend after Neltharion's genocide of the blue dragons, and died of her wounds and exhaustion trying to get to the Dragonblight to die in peace. After years had passed, the Lich King resurrected her as the guardian of Icecrown Citadel, her final thoughts of hatred towards the world turning into uncontrollable rage.
  • An Ice Person: Freezing breath, the ability to freeze people solid, and even an aura of cold that persistently damages the raid.
  • Dying as Yourself: Her last words are "Free... at last..."
  • Harmless Freezing: Averted. Being frozen in her Ice Tombs does no damage at first, but victims who are not broken out quickly take damage and suffocate.
  • Large Ham: Like Malygos, she's no slouch in this department. Her emphasis on "betrays" in "SUFFER, MORTALS, AS YOUR PATHETIC MAGIC BETRAAAAAAYS YOU!" is legendary.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: As she was dying in Northrend, her sanity began to deteriorate, and she slowly began blaming the Burning Leigon, Deathwing, mortal beings and even Malygos for her suffering. When she was reanimated, her final whispers of vengence were one of the most upfront things in her mind.
  • Undeath Always Ends: She sighs with relief upon it happening as well.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: One of the blue dragons murdered by Deathwing, she wasn't only enraged by his betrayal, but she assumed ALL Dragons (including her mate) had betrayed her when they wouldn't answer her cries for help returning to Dragonblight. She died very emotionally damaged. Mix in some Scourge corruption when the Lich King resurrected her to be his, umm... Dragon and she's angry enough to help extinguish all life on Azeroth.

The Green Dragonflight


Ysera the Dreamer/the Awakened
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"To the night elves, who have lost their hopes, I give forth the ability to Dream again. To Dream, to Imagine, for in that is the best hope of rebuilding, of recovering, of growing... And to those who follow the path of one held special by me - and mine - I grant him and the other druids to come the path into the Emerald Dream, where, even in their deepest sleep, they may cross the world, learn from it, and draw upon its own strength... the better to guide Kalimdor's health and safety throughout the future."

Green Dragon Aspect of Dreams. Ysera is the guardian of the Emerald Dream, a coexistent dimension to Azeroth where all things remain in their pristine, untouched state, and where the Druids are required to slumber for many centuries at a time in exchange for their powers. All beings touch on the Dream in their sleep. Recently, the Dream has been invaded by a corruption called the Emerald Nightmare, the source of which is the Old God N'zoth, which has corrupted many members of the Green Dragonflight and for some time held Ysera captive. In Cataclysm, she's finally freed and leaves the Emerald Dream, becoming Ysera the Awakened. She guides the player on Mount Hyjal to push back Ragnaros' forces and free/revive several guardians including Cenarius.

Her current consort is Eranikus. Notable offpsring of Ysera include: Ysondre, Lethon, Emeriss, and Taerar, guardians of the four portals into the Emerald Dream, and Merithra, who until recently was a prisoner of the Old God C'thun since the War of the Shifting Sands.
  • Badass Boast: Normally pretty laid back, but has an awesome one when summoned in Hearthstone.
    Ysera: I dream... And the world trembles.
  • Brought Down to Normal: All of the Aspects lose their powers after Deathwing's death and having prevented the Hour of Twilight.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Becomes this after her awakening. Mostly from trying to make sense of the countless prophetic visions she's experiencing.
  • Eyes Always Shut: The entire green dragonflight. Ysera only opens hers during significant events. In Cataclysm she has her eyes open full-time.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: In Dawn of the Aspects the young proto-dragon Ysera is described as small and obviously in need of food. Alexstrasza takes care of her, offering some of her prey, though Ysera rejects the sympathy.
  • Meaningful Rename: Her title changes from "The Dreamer" to "The Awakened".
  • The Not-Love Interest: Serves as this towards Thrall, moreso in Charge of the Aspects, but some in Twilight of the Aspects. Her feelings for him border on romantic, but never actually cross that line.
  • Stripperific: I dunno, maybe she and Alextrasza think it's cute for sisters to dress the same way.
  • Your Worst Nightmare: Not just The Nightmare, but she can do this to her enemies, sometimes making them turn against each other.


"Will the nightmare ever end?! I cannot force myself awake!"

Eranikus was a green wyrm of the green dragonflight, consort to Ysera and was among the greatest of the green dragons. Ysera gave him the task of guarding the Temple of Atal'Hakkar in the Swamp of Sorrows. However, Eranikus went insane not long after he entered the temple. Some time ago, a small statue called the Idol of Remulos was crafted in Eranikus's image and entrusted to the night elf druid Broll Bearmantle to use in battle. But when Eranikus became corrupted by the Emerald Nightmare, the Idol was as well. The Nightmare-corrupted Eranikus would be battled but not freed by players later on.

Some time later, Eranikus was purified of the Nightmare's corruption by Tyrande Whisperwind and gave players the green shard of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands. However, the Nightmare still called out to him and he hid from the Emerald Dream and everything else in Ashenvale for many years. When Broll and Tyrande found him by complete accident looking for a way into the Emerald Dream, Eranikus aided them in order to find and save his beloved Ysera from the Nightmare. Eranikus died battling Lethon, a fellow corrupted green dragon.
  • Badass Boast: While corrupted:
    Eranikus: Pitful predictable mortals... You know not what you have done! The master's will fulfilled. The Moonglade shall be destroyed and Malfurion along with it!
  • Sealed Evil in a Can / Sealed Good in a Can: The Chained Essence of Eranikus which drops from his boss fight in the Sunken Temple. However, the questline related to it ended abruptly before it was ultimately removed and no further appearances from Eranikus have made mention of it.



The green dragon in charge transporting Fandral Staghelm, due to the possibility of the Twlight's Hammer cult trying to free him. She turned out to be the one freeing him for Ragnaros, who the Twlight's Hammer was aligned with. As a reward she gets turned into the firehawk Alysrazor, who is later killed in the Firelands by adventurers.
  • Baleful Polymorph / Body Horror: Gets turned into a firehawk. As green dragons are built like European dragons (with four legs and wings) drastic changes to her body would have had to happen to make it bird-like.
  • Evil All Along / The Mole: Aligned with Ragnaros.

The Bronze Dragonflight


Nozdormu the Timeless One
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"I know what you hide from her, from usss. It is my fate and curssse to know such things and be unable myssself to prevent them. Know that I now asssk for forgiveness for the wrongs I will caussse you in the future, but I mussst be what I am destined to be... as Malygos is."

Bronze Dragon Aspect of Time. Nozdormu is charged with maintaining the proper flow of Azeroth's history. His Dragonflight was also the chief opponent of the Old God C'thun and its invasion of Silithus. Recently, the Timeways have been invaded by a hostile force known as the Infinite Dragonflight that seeks to alter key moments of Azeroth's history. Worse, Nozdormu has gone missing, forcing his Brood to recruit mortals to help stop the Infinite Dragonflight's mischief. It has been recently confirmed that an alternate future version of him is the leader of the Infinite Dragonflight, created through Old God corruption.

Notable offspring of Nozdormu include: Anachronos, who led the struggle against C'thun and the Silithids.
  • Auto-Revive: Late in the Ultraxion battle, he gives players a buff that can enable them to survive fatal attacks..
  • Badass Beard: In humanoid form.
  • Brought Down to Normal: All of the Aspects lose their powers after Deathwing's death and having prevented the Hour of Twilight.
  • Foreseeing My Death: He knows exactly when and how he will meet his demise.
  • Future Me Scares Me:
    • Averted. He is relatively stoic about the prospect of eventually turning evil and being killed, and considers Azeroth's survival more important.
    • Then played straight in Charge of the Aspects when his future self, Murozond kills a member of the bronze dragonflight.
  • Glowing Eyes: The Cyan glow is the color of the sun according to the books which judging from Duskwood, Tirisfal Glades, Teldrassil, Ashenvale and Moonglade isn't off the mark.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Azeroth's more-or-less literal version of this is in his care. When he abandons his post (for whatever reason), all sorts of screwed up stuff happens.
    Nozdormu: Time is a tangled web. Try not to dwell on all the loose ends.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: In his humanoid form.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Since he knows his own future, he's locked into a Stable Time Loop wherein he orders the PC to kill the future version of himself driven mad by knowledge of his own death and turned into a tool of the Old Gods. It's implied that the reason he becomes Murozond is because it would break the timeline otherwise. He seems to be okay with it, though.



The heir of Nozdormu and future leader of the Bronze Flight. One thousand years before '"World of Warcraft'', he lead the defense of Kalimdor against the forces of the Qiraji in the War of the Shifting Sands and guided adventurers during the opening of Ahn'Qiraj. Today he resides in the Caverns of Time.
  • Bug War: Led the defence against the insectoid Qiraji.
  • Hold the Line: He and other dragons helped hold the Qiraji back until the druids could erect a barrier.
  • It Is Not Your Time: Would say this to attacking players who managed to get him down to a certain level before despawning.
  • MacGuffin: Entrusted the pieces of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands to a member of each Dragonflight after it was broken. One thousand years later, he sends heroes to seek them out and reassemble the scepter.
  • Meaningful Name: His name is a reference to something that is not in its proper time. Since he's part of the Bronze Flight, there's no telling if when his proper time actually is, if he has one.
  • My New Gift Is Lame: The reaction he got from Fandral Staghelm when Anachronos presented the Scepter of the Shifting Sands, saying that he no longer cares what happens now that his son is dead.
  • Put on a Bus: Hasn't done much since Ahn'Qiraj was opened, but plays a role as a questgiver in the Dragonwrath questline.
  • Summoning Artifact: Created the Scepter of the Shifting Sands to bring down the barrier when it was time to deal with the Qiraji once and for all.
  • This Means War!: Initially refused to get involved in the War of the Shifting Sands until the Qiraji attacked the Caverns of Time.
  • You Are in Command Now: As Nozdormu's heir, he will eventually take command of the Bronze Flight and become the Aspect of Time when Nozdormr meets his inevitable demise.



A member of the bronze flight, Chromie seems to be charged with maintaining the timelines in Nozdormu's absence. She gives players a number of tasks that deal with preventing the disruption of the current timeline.

Her preferred guise is of a female gnome.
  • Wayback Trip: Many of the quests she gives you involve this.


"What if it were possible to shape and mold time as you would a ball of clay? What possibilities await? What new worlds could we create?"

Voiced by: Michael Bell

Kairozdormu, also called Kairoz, is found on the Timeless Isle helping the Timewalkers investigate its strange placement in history. However, he is also investigating something darker: a supposed traitor in the Bronze Dragonflight. With the help of the player, Kairoz investigates visions of the future to discover the traitor's identity. The final vision received is of Nozdormu's mate Soridormi dying and Kairoz walking away from her corpse.

In Warlords of Draenor, it is Kairoz who allows Garrosh to travel back in time thirty-five years to the planet Draenor so he can form the Iron Horde. Upon arriving in Draenor, Garrosh stabs Kairoz in the back and creates the Iron Horde on his own.

His preferred guise is a high elf, but he also appears as an orc on Draenor.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Like all dragons, Kairoz's powers were greatly lessened after the defeat of Deathwing. However, a special hourglass called the Vision of Time that players helped him create on the Timeless Isle boosts his power. It is the Vision of Time which allows Kairoz to create the Alternate Timeline for Warlords of Draenor.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: According to author Christie Golden, Kairoz was actually created by her for the novel War Crimes. He was put onto the Timeless Isle later in development.
  • Face–Heel Turn: He works with Wrathion to free Garrosh and send him back in time.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Broke Garrosh out of jail and brought him to an alternate timeline, intended to use Garrosh and the Vision of Time Shard, to create an infinite number of Orcish Hordes under his command to conquer infinite worlds (with a particular emphasis on the word "Infinite"). Killed by the very orc he intended to use as his pawn, with the very shard he intended to use as his tool.
  • In the Back: Stabbed with a shard of the Vision of Time by Garrosh in the short story "Hellscream". His corpse can be found in the Time-Lost Glade in Nagrand in-game.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: Was right in the middle of his evil monologue when Garrosh stabbed him in the back with the Shard of the Vision of Time. It's clear Garrosh DOES NOT believe that Talking Is a Free Action.
  • Meaningful Name: Kairos is a god of time in Greek mythology. He is the incarnation of opportune moment, a moment where an event can take a different direction.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong / Make Wrong What Once Went Right: A growing faction of discontent, of which Kairoz is a member, in the Bronze Dragonflight wants to alter history for a better future now that their powers have been lessened. Kairoz sees it as the former, while Chromie sees it as the latter, saying that they don't know what a better future even is with their power to see timelines gone.
  • Start of Darkness: When he discusses the possibilities of the Timeless Isle with Wrathion.
  • Too Dumb to Live: His death is almost criminally stupid. Sure thing Kairoz: let's give the deranged megalomaniac who is infamous for his outbursts, and whom you just busted out of jail, a very sharp jagged shard that can easily be used as a shiv, just after you insulted him, and called him "your pawn", THEN turn your back to him while you engage in Evil Gloating and monologue about enslaving his people across multiple worlds to make your army. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Made even more stupid because after being Brought Down to Normal after Cataclysm, that shard was one out of very few artifacts that still allowed him to control time in some form.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed by Garrosh before Warlords of Draenor can really even begin in the short story Hellscream.