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"And then I will be off again immediately. That is the curse of people such as we. But also our joy.
Adventures never really end."
Brink Spannercrank[2]

Adventurer is the lore name for player characters.[3][4][5] They are also referred to as champions, heroes and some of them are also referred to as commanders and later generals. Although unnamed and numerous, it is thanks to these brave individuals that Azeroth, Outland and Draenor have been saved on numerous occasions in recent and past times. As of Legion, one of each class has been promoted to class leader or order leader.

Races and classes

The adventurers mostly come from either of the two larger factions on Azeroth, being the Horde and Alliance. Death knights are considered part of the Knights of the Ebon Blade and demon hunters the Illidari, though some of them retain their allegiance to their former faction. As such, most of them are of the seven larger races of each faction, namely blood elves, darkspear trolls, draenei, dwarves, forsaken, gnomes, goblins, humans, night elves, orcs, pandaren, tauren and worgen.


Adventurers are mostly loyal to their faction, Horde, Alliance, or the Ebon Blade and the Illidari, and are willing to work for other neutral organizations such as the Argent Dawn or Steamwheedle Cartel for either gold or faction rewards.

As the skirmishes between the Horde and the Alliance continue to push the two factions to all out war, the adventurers of the world are always on the forefront of many battlefields. While the old hatreds burn bright in the hearts of many of them, they have been willing to fight alongside one another against greater foes, as seen at the Dark Portal.

Adventurers are very loyal to their home factions, however, and will quickly respond when they hear the call to war.


Where a regiment of orc grunts or human footmen fail, the adventurers succeed. Many are one-person armies, being able to defeat a large number of enemies and become even stronger in the process. Their strength comes from slaying foes and performing tasks as well as from the magic coming from their armor, weapons and magical items. Yet when the time comes, adventurers work together, unlocking incredible power to defeat powerful monsters.

Although each adventurer has a different sort of gear, nearly all have a  [Hearthstone]. This magic stone, through some sort of strange, arcane ritual performed by an innkeeper, allows the wielder to return to a specific location where the stone is bound to.

Known actions

Though uncertain why or how, the adventurers saved the day numerous times in recent years, from fighting off (or for) the Orcish Horde during the First and Second Wars, to assisting Prince Arthas Menethil in purging Stratholme and battling the Burning Legion atop Mount Hyjal.

Adventurers standing before the gates of Ahn'Qiraj.

Four years after the third war, the adventurers found themselves overwhelmed with work. From stopping Orgrimmar's corruption from Ragefire Chasm and stopping the prisoners escaping The Stockades, to ending the Defias Brotherhood's criminal empire by killing its leader in the Deadmines. Adventurers have also been able to slay Zalazane and liberate Gnomeregan.

Adventurers have aided the druids of Naralex to free him in the Wailing Caverns, and destroyed the Scarlet Crusade's presence in the Scarlet Monastery. They have been attributed to ending the Scourge experiments in Scholomance and slaying the scourge in Stratholme, including Baron Rivendare and Balnazzar.

They also aided in the chaotic Blackrock Mountain, defeating Nefarian in his lair and halting his plans. On the other side of the world, they gained favor with the Brood of Nozdormu in Silithus, and were responsible for the re-opening of the Gates of Ahn'Qiraj, one of them becoming known as the Scarab Lord in the process.[6] In the Plaguelands they joined the Argent Dawn in fighting off the Scourge during its invasions and sparking the invasion of Naxxramas. Despite the common word, some adventurers claim it was they, not Varian Wrynn, who have slain Onyxia. Some even claim they have slain her not once, not twice, but three times.

The war in Outland

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A year later, by the request of either the hunted Draenei or the betrayed Blood Elves, they journeyed into Outland, holding off the Illidari and Burning Legion activities. They assisted the Keepers of Time in restoring the timeline in the Caverns of Time. With their aid, Lady Vashj, Kael'Thas Sunstrider, and Illidan Stormrage, powerful aggressors who resided in Outland, were also slain. Some heroes were blessed by A'dal himself and granted rank as Hand of A'dal.[6] They also prevented another large-scale invasion of Azeroth by the Burning Legion when they fought alongside the Shattered Sun Offensive to defeat Kil'jaeden and restore the Sunwell.

The war against the Scourge

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Another year later, The Knights of the Ebon Blade, having revolted against their master, joined alongside the adventurers to fight against the evils of the Undead Scourge in Northrend, end the Nexus War, and drive back the Old God Yogg-Saron with the help of Brann Bronzebeard and the Kirin Tor. They braved the Argent Tournament, even going as far as assaulting Icecrown Citadel and defeating the Lich King alongside Tirion Fordring and the Ashen Verdict. They also made great strides ingratiating the mortal races to the Dragonflights, helping prevent the remains of their ancestor Galakrond from Scourge corruption, stopping the creation of twilight dragons in the Obsidian Sanctum, and expelling the cruel Black dragonflight (and their commander, Halion) from the Ruby Sanctum.

The Shattering

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Just when the battle-hardened adventurers of Azeroth had triumphed against the Scourge, they returned home, only to find another major threat was on the rise — the Twilight's Hammer cult. With reports of earthquakes, wayward elementals and doomsday cultists preaching the end was nigh, adventurers once again heeded the hero's call. The chaos brought about by sudden changes in leadership, the rising tensions between factions, and mass panic due to the cataclysm placed a great burden on the adventurers. They were not without help, however, as the Goblins of Kezan, forced from their homes in the Great Sea, bolstered the forces (and technology) of the Horde. The secluded Gilneans, transformed into savage Worgen, rejoined the Alliance for assistance in the face the Forsaken invasion. The re-emergence of Deathwing and his forces brought Azeroth in a war against Deathwing and the raging elements.

Ragnaros, after being banished in the Molten Core, was resummoned to Azeroth by Deathwing in order to destroy the World Tree Nordrassil. Ysera had adventurers reawaken other Ancient guardians to aid in the battle and finally pushed the Twilight's Hammer out of Mount Hyjal. To prevent the world from breaking apart, adventurers joined forces with Thrall and the Earthen Ring to repair the World Pillar, battling the Twilight's Hammer in Deepholm to recover the broken pieces, while renewing trust between Therazane and the mortal races. The naga, allied with Deathwing and the Twilight's Hammer, began waging a war against Neptulon, in an effort to take control of the seas themselves. The Naga invaded the Abyssal Maw and forced Neptulon into hiding with the help the kraken of Ozumat. Inside the Abyssal Maw, heroes helped Neptulon as he cleansed the waters, defeating the kraken who fled the battle. Al'Akir's domain, the Skywall, was brought down into the hidden providence of Uldum. After having allied with those who refused his gift, against those who accepted it, adventurers managed to bring the fight into the elemental lord's lair and slew him. In the Twilight Highlands, the dire Twilight Citadel, entrance to the Bastion of Twilight was besieged by adventurers, who then made it to Cho'gall, killing him and afterwards Sinestra (who was hidden under the great spire).

In the midst of this crises, the Zandalari, with their homeland destroyed by the cataclysm, united many of the trolls, seeking to create another Troll Empire. Thanks to the warning of Vol'jin and the Darkspear tribe, the adventurers managed to stop them and launched invasions of Zul'Aman and Zul'Gurub. Once the surface of Mount Hyjal had been cleared, Malfurion Stormrage, Hamuul Runetotem and Cenarius lead a charge against Ragnaros in Sulfuron Spire, driving him back to the Firelands. Just when the situation across the seemed to be coming under control, Ragnaros reinvigorated the invasion of Hyjal and gained a foothold. Adventurers rushed to its aid once again and established a permanent outpost in the Molten Front. After the loss of many warriors and the recruiting of many allies, the Avengers of Hyjal plunged into the depths of the Firelands and assaulted the Firelord himself on his throne, killing him once and for all. Meanwhile Kalecgos of the Blue Dragonflight, with the help of an adventurer, exposed Arygos betrayal, and was chosen as the new aspect of magic.

In a final push to end Deathwing's plaguing of Azeroth, the Dragon Aspects, now joined by Thrall and some adventurers, decided to retrieve the Deathwing's own creation — the Demon Soul. As they traveled across different timelines, they retrieved the artifact and prepared for the final battle. Deathwing, aware of their intentions, launched a massive assault on Wyrmrest Temple, attempting to stop Thrall from reaching the Aspects. Using a powerful Alliance gunship to get on the back of the mighty aspect, heroes of the Alliance and Horde dismantled his armor, allowing Thrall to blast a hole through his chest with the Dragon Soul. As Deathwing fell into the Maelstrom without his armor, his molten form began to mutate, granting him a form far more terrifying than before. With the assistance of Thrall and the Aspects, the mighty dragon met his demise, thus concluding the Elemental war.

Mists of Pandaria

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Immediately after the fall of Deathwing and his servants, the adventurers' respective leaders dedicated their factions completely to war. They later accidentally rediscovered the mythical and long-forgotten lands of Pandaria, a continent far to the south that had until now been shrouded in magical mists and touched by the ancient malevolence known only as the Sha.

With both factions landing on Pandaria, adventurers rediscover the ancient Pandaren, whose wisdom will help guide them to new destinies: the Pandaren Empire's ancient enemy, the Mantid; and their legendary oppressors, the enigmatic Mogu.

As conflicts heated up between the Alliance and Horde, the land changed over time, with subsequent events escalating the conflict between Alliance leader Varian Wrynn and the increasingly unbalanced Horde Warchief Garrosh Hellscream, eventually leading to a schism within the Horde itself.

As civil war wracked the Horde, the Alliance and those in the Horde opposed to Hellscream's violent uprising joined forces to take the battle directly to the enemy, leading to direct confrontation with Hellscream and his Sha-touched allies in a concluding showdown deep within the bowels of Orgrimmar itself.

Warlords of Draenor

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Iron Invasion

Months after Garrosh Hellscream's mysterious escape from his trial, the Dark Portal suddenly turned red and a seemingly endless and technologically advanced army of orcs calling itself the Iron Horde poured through it into the Blasted Lands. The combined forces of the Alliance and Horde were able to push the invasion back to the portal and break through to the other side along with Thrall, Khadgar and a number of other heroes of Azeroth. On the other side of the portal they recognized Draenor, not the broken world of Outland but a living, breathing world free of fel corruption — and an even more massive army than they imagined. Securing the immediate area, it was discovered that Gul'dan, Teron'gor and Cho'gall were imprisoned beneath and their fel magic was actually powering the portal to Azeroth. In a decision that would later have dire consequences, the champions chose to release the warlocks, disabling the portal.

As the Iron Horde fell upon them in insurmountable numbers, the champions fled through the Tanaan Jungle. The leaders of this Iron Horde brought their forces to bear against the intruders in pursuit. Chieftains Kilrogg Deadeye of the Bleeding Hollow, Kargath Bladefist of the Shattered Hand, Ner'zhul of the Shadowmoon, Blackhand of the Blackrock and the Warchief above all of them Grommash Hellscream of the Warsong all attacked the champions with their armies. In spite of the Iron Horde's defenses, the champions were able to destroy the Dark Portal on the Draenor side, buying time for leaders back in Azeroth to develop a plan to defeat the new enemies.

New Allies

Surrounded by the Iron Horde, the champions fled to other parts of Draenor to find allies on the savage world — the Alliance champions to the draenei of Shadowmoon Valley and the Horde champions to the orcs of Frostfire Ridge that they learned had not joined the Iron Horde. Adventurers established garrisons in the respective areas and as they did so it became clear that the Iron Horde may have invaded Azeroth prematurely — they had not fully secured Draenor yet. Alliance champions broke through the siege of Karabor while Horde champions cut off the Iron Horde's advance in Thunder Pass. The defeat of the Shadowmoon clan in the Defense of Karabor provided the opportunity for adventurers of both factions to push further into the Anguish Fortress into the Shadowmoon Burial Grounds, where they defeated the first of the mighty Warlords Ner'zhul.

With their new allies, both factions' champions pushed north to Gorgrond in the hopes of bringing the fight to the Iron Horde's facilities in the region. The champions discovered powerful Titan artifacts and used them to break the Iron Horde's defenses at the Iron Docks and eventually took the facility and the nearby Grimrail Depot. The champions also destroyed the Kirin Tor camp in the Everbloom which had been infested by the native Primals — hostile to both sides.

Talador and the arakkoa

The champions continued to augment their forces with heroes from Draenor and Azeroth and expanded their garrisons to formidable fortresses for the battle ahead. Both then pushed into the heart of the continent —Talador, where they liberated Shattrath City from the Iron Horde's forces under the command of Orgrim Doomhammer and Blackhand. During the battle, Blackhand killed Doomhammer for insubordination, but even as his fleet lay broken he escaped back to Gorgrond. The champions then pushed south to break the siege of Auchindoun by Gul'dan, Teron'gor and their allies who had intended to use the souls in repose there for their own ends.

The champions then traveled even further south to the Spires of Arak to assist the Arakkoa Outcasts in their insurgency against the Adherents of Rukhmar. The Adherents' leader, High Sage Viryx was defeated in Skyreach and the Outcasts summoned the spirit of Terokk to help the champions repel the advance of the Shattered Hand into the region. Kargath Bladefist, however, was able to defeat Terokk even as his forces were forced to retreat.

Nagrand and the Blackrock Foundry

The champions then advanced west to the rolling plains of Nagrand, where they found the Warsong clan led by the fugitive Garrosh from their own world who had forged an alliance with the Gorian Empire capital of Highmaul. The champions pushed into the Warsong capital of Grommashar but were subdued by Garrosh. Thrall rescued the defeated champions and killed Garrosh in mak'gora. The champions then turned their attention to Oshu'gun and the Pale under the leadership of Cho'gall. The champions defeated the Pale but Cho'gall managed to escape. The defeat of the Warsong left the Iron Horde in disarray in the area, opening an opportunity for the champions to invade Highmaul. Kargath Bladefist made a last-ditch attempt to defeat the champions, an attempt which cost him his life and became the second Warlord to fall. The defeat of Highmaul's leader Imperator Mar'gok brought an end to Highmaul's support for the Iron Horde as well as an end to the ogre threat. In fury, Cho'gall also attacked the champions but was brought down by the same champions who defeated Mar'gok.

With Nagrand secured, the champions returned to Gorgrond to lay siege to the Blackrock Foundry. Deep in the bowels of the Foundry, the champions defeated Blackhand, the third Warlord to fall.

Tanaan Jungle

With the Iron Horde defeated in most outlying areas, Gul'dan was able to seize control of its remaining army, now calling itself the Fel Horde. The champions then invaded the Tanaan Jungle to attack Hellfire Citadel. Here they slew the last member of the original Warlords, Kilrogg Deadeye, and destroyed the mutated abomination Teron'gor had become in the aftermath of the events in Auchindoun. Further on, they defeated the newly "cured" Shadow-Sage Iskar, rescued Grommash from the grip of the Burning Legion, struck down the revived Mannoroth and ultimately stopped Archimonde's attempt to destroy the world.


Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

With the advent of a massive Legion invasion, a select few adventurers of Azeroth have stepped forward. Those strong enough to brave this fractured world have resurrected long forgotten orders and become champions of the old. Wielding powerful legendary weapons, these adventurers have been chosen to marshal a resistance to the Legion. Of these few, eleven veteran commanders of Draenor and an Illidari Demon Hunter, from both the Alliance and Horde, have stepped forward to end the Legion's destruction of Azeroth, and have brought together many notable heroes to serve alongside them. These dozen are:

Known canon adventurers

  • Kingslayer Orkus was a warrior with powerful, enchanted armor and a frost wyrm.
  • Zinnin Smythe was there when Deathwing was unmade.
  • Shinfel Blightsworn fought Cho'gall in the Twilight's Highlands, had her blood corrupted by him and her mind nearly shattered.
  • Ritssyn Flamescowl participated in the defeat of Ragnaros the Firelord.
  • Kanrethad Ebonlocke was present was Illidan was killed at the Black Temple.
  • Zelifrax Wobblepox was partnered with Zinnin Smythe to retrieve the powers left behind by Ragnaros after his defeat.
  • Jubeka Shadowbreaker was partnered with Kanrethad Ebonlocke to uncover the secrets of the demons of the Legion and Illidan's demonic transformation.
  • Leeroy Jenkins, a valiant paladin who perished during an assault on Blackrock Spire. He was then resurrected and he joined the Azerothian forces during the war against the Iron Horde on alternate Draenor.
  • The powerful adventurers that rushed into Ahn'qiraj and defeated C'thun before his swarm of Aqir invaded the entirety of Kalimdor. Kalahad was presumably their Scarab Lord.
  • The powerful adventurers that helped Maiev and Akama defeat Illidan.
  • The powerful adventurers that raided original Naxxramas.
  • The adventurer who wielded Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker. They participated in the battle for the Broken Shore and found their death in a cavern around the Tomb of Sargeras. The sword would eventually be retrieved by the Farseer of the Earthen Ring, who were then an adventurer themselves.
  • Hunters adventurers and order hall members stable their pets in the Magical Menagerie of Dalaran. The Overlord of Dreadscar Rift, a warlock member of the Council of the Black Harvest, killed a stag there with their dark magic in order to take a sample of the animal's blood.
  • An unwary adventurer, dead in the Hall of Shadows.
  • Benjari Edune.


  • The trailer of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria may be voiced from the point of view of an adventurer.[7]
  • Despite long being able to obtain a variety of in-game titles, it was not until Warlords of Draenor that the adventurers were given titles directly in the lore, those of commander and later general, with all other titles being mechanic-oriented and never referenced in quests or dialogue. Ironically, the player is never actually given an actual associated title of Commander or General, likely due to the two titles already being obtainable through PvP: Alliance [Commander] and Horde [General].


  1. ^ World of Warcraft
  2. ^ Dark Riders
  3. ^ Adventure Board
  4. ^ Hero's Call Board
  5. ^ Warchief's Command Board
  6. ^ a b Highlord Leoric Von Zeldig
  7. ^ "We were there, when a world of limitless adventure opened up before us. We rose defiantly, against all those that threatened the peace of our kingdoms. We ventured to a new alien world, and cast the lords of shadow and flame back into the abyss. It was we who held the line as death itself rose like a tide to swallow everything we held dear. We have endured the breaking of the world, and must now face the Destroyer and end his cycle of destruction. But soon we will face a new chapter. An adventure unlike any we have known thus far. A mystery shrouded by superstition, a land of forgotten power and ancient magics, and a people that may well change the fate of us all. For all the challenges we have faced and all the places we have been, Azeroth's limits have yet to be revealed." - Mists of Pandaria announcement trailer