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Not to be confused with daemon.

Demons, or dae'mons (twisted souls),[1] are evil immortals who feed upon magic and life. They delight in inflicting suffering, spreading corruption, and destroying all that is good. Most demons were once mortal.[2][3] Not all demons are sentient: various animals have been transformed into demons, for instance.[2]

Originally, "Demon" is what the races born from the Twisting Nether (annihilan, sayaad, nathrezim...) are called, as opposed to the races of the Great Dark Beyond (humans, draenei...). A demon is a creature whose soul is bound to the Twisting Nether, and as such returns to that plane upon death. They can only be truly killed inside the Twisting Nether.

The vast majority of them joined the Fallen Titan Sargeras and his Burning Legion, with only one purpose: destroying all life in the universe.

Warlocks can bind demons to their will; these submitted infernal denizens defend their masters with their lives or rain death upon their enemies. At first, they command only the service of imps, but as a warlock's knowledge grows, seductive succubi and horrific felhunters join the dark sorcerer's ranks to wreak havoc on anyone who stands in their master's way.[4]


As the universe formed, the most chaotic energies formed into an astral dimension known as the Twisting Nether. Light and Void bled together in this realm, throwing it into turmoil, turning it into dimension of chaotic magics.[5][6] As a result of this clash between the two energies, the very first demons were born.[7] The Twisting Nether became home to an infinite number of malefic, demonic beings, who sought only to destroy life and devour the energies of the living universe.[5] Eventually demons found a way to travel to the phyisical universe, destryoing civilizations and worlds.[7]

To combat the demonic entities that made their way into the titans' worlds from the Twisting Nether, the Pantheon elected their greatest warrior, Sargeras, to act as their first line of defense. Sargeras, a noble giant of molten bronze, carried out his duties for countless millennia, seeking out and destroying the demons wherever he could find them.[8] Eventually, Sargeras came to believe that there was a fundamental flaw in the universe, a flaw that made his primary purpose an impossible goal. He decided that the other titans were deeply misguided in trying to establish order throughout creation. Under the circumstances, the struggle was futile. The universe had to be destroyed utterly and remade without the underlying defect. Only then could true order be achieved. Thus, Sargeras conceived of a sweeping campaign to bring about the end of all things: the Burning Crusade. To carry out his plan, he created the Burning Legion, whose ranks he bolstered with demons, whose hunger, power, and malice made them perfect killing machines.[9]


In order to become a demon, a creature must be infused with fel energy, which burns life to create magic.[10] As the existence of non-sentient demons suggests, a creature's wishes are irrelevant to the process. Willing or not, a creature can be changed into a demon. Such a transformation alters the affected creature on a fundamental level and typically alters greatly that creature's original personality.[2]

Demons' spirits are tethered to the Twisting Nether.[11] When demons are killed, their souls are sent to the Twisting Nether, where they await for some time to be reborn in new bodies, with all the knowledge of their previous lives.[12][13] Demons can only be destroyed in the Twisting Nether, in places where it bleeds into the world of mortals, or in places utterly saturated with the demonic energies of the Burning Legion.[13][11][14][15]

A demon's hunger for life and magic can never be sated for long. A demon's innate cruelty makes a moot point of whatever temporary satiation a demon can know. As a result, destruction tends to follow demons, whether or not they are part of the Legion.[2] Chaos, however, does not come easily to all demons - some struggle with the ways of the Burning Legion. Those that did often carried an enchanted orb that invoked the rage required of any good demon. It is not known how the orbs were made, or who made them.[16]

Demon races

There are many races of demons, most of whom typically serve either their own agenda or that of the Legion (they are often the same). For a description of the most important/famous demons visit the race pages or the Legion page.

  • IconSmall PitLord.gif Annihilan (or pit lords) — Gigantic generals who lead the armies of the Legion, the pit lords are surpassed in power only by the demonic eredar.
  • IconSmall Aranasi.gif Aranasi — Spider-like demons.
  • IconSmall Darkhound.gif Darkhound — These vile creatures are canines somehow twisted by demonic energy.
  • IconSmall Doomguard.gif Ered'ruin
    • IconSmall Doomguard.gif Doomguard — These iron-fisted demons serve as the Burning Legion's captains and generals.
    • IconSmall Doomlord.gif Doomlord — The most powerful Doomguard are important high commanders of the Legion troops.
  • IconSmall FelBat.gif Felbat — Gargoyle-like winged demons.
  • IconSmall FelBeast.gif Fel beast — Two-headed hounds made of molten fel energies.
  • IconSmall Felhunter.gif Felhound — The felhounds were originally creatures of conquered worlds who were changed by the evil of the eredar into a demonic form.
  • IconSmall Felstalker.gif Felstalker — Similar to felhounds, but pack hunters instead of magical leeches.
  • IconSmall Terrorguard.gif Fiend (Terrorguard, Fear Fiend, Terrorfiend) — Shock troops and supervisors of the Legion, found on the front lines of the Burning Crusade in areas like Outland.
  • IconSmall Imp.gif Imp — Small, horned spellcaster demons, often seen accompanying warlocks.
    • IconSmall FelImp.gif Fel imp — More powerful imps with wings and bigger horns.
    • IconSmall ImpMother.gif Imp mother — Large females of the imp species.
  • IconSmall Infernal.gif Infernal — Great burning stone amalgamations of matter and fel energy, created by more powerful and intelligent demons.[17] They are infamous for falling from the sky like burning meteors.
    • IconSmall Abyssal.gif Abyssal — Infernal-like creature made of jagged stone.
  • IconSmall Inquisitor.gif Inquisitor — Blind demons who see through magical floating eyes and specialize in dark pacts.
  • IconSmall Jailer.gif Jailer — Use their cages to capture both the soul and body of their enemy.
  • Man'ari eredarMan'ari eredar Man'ari eredar — Turned into demons by the dark titan Sargeras.
  • IconSmall Mo'arg.gif Mo'arg
    • IconSmall Gan'arg.gif Gan'arg — The main engineers of the Legion.
    • IconSmall Felguard.gif Felguard — The main infantry of the Legion. They are lethal and dangerous, but are often treated poorly by greater demons.
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Nathrezim (or IconSmall Dreadlord.gif dreadlords) — Usually serve as commander of Legion's troops, as supervisors, the dreadlords do not always engage in combat, and are more likely to meddle behind the scenes.
  • Nightmare
    • IconSmall Felsteed.gif [Felsteed] — Demonic steeds that can be summoned by experienced warlocks.
    • IconSmall Dreadsteed.gif [Dreadsteed] — Great demonic steeds from the dreadlord world of Xoroth. They only respond to the call of the most powerful warlocks in the land.
  • IconSmall Observer.gif Observer — Many-eyed demons of unknown origin.
  • IconSmall Overfiend.gif Overfiend — Unknown demons under the Burning Legion.
  • IconSmall Satyr.gif Satyr — Satyrs are night elves (and later, members of other races)[18] who have been corrupted either as a reward or as punishment by Sargeras's curse.
  • IconSmall Succubus.gif Sayaad
    • IconSmall Succubus.gif Succubus — Female demons that can be summoned by warlocks of some power.
    • Incubi — Have never been seen and the succubi have started several rumors about why that is.[19]
  • IconSmall Shivarra.gif Shivarra — The fanatical shivarra are the religious commanders of the legion. They are totally devoted to Sargeras as their god, and inspire the troops — as well as being front line commanders.
  • IconSmall Tothrezim.gif Tothrezim The RPG Icon 16x36.png — Distant cousin race of the nathrezim, laborers and researchers of the Burning Legion, responsible for the creation of the infernals.
  • IconSmall VoidTerror.gif Void terror[20][21] — Large, two-headed demons with vast magical powers.
  • IconSmall Wyrmtongue.gif Wyrmtongue - Used by the Legion for manual labor.

Demonic traits

"If I have wings, why am I always walking?" - Dreadlord in Warcraft III

"Wings, horns, hooves...what are we saying, is this Diablo?" - Illidan Stormrage in Warcraft III

Usually demons have one or more of a set of demonic physical traits.

Character(s) Horns Scales Bat Wings Hooves Fangs Red or Green Skin Flames
Man'ari eredar Yes Yes One (Kil'jaeden) Yes Yes Some Some
Nathrezim Yes No Yes Yes Yes Some No
Sargeras Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sayaad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Some No
Annihilan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Some
Ered'ruin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Some No
Illidan Stormrage Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Mo'arg No No No No No Some No
Felhunter Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Fel orc Some No No No Yes Some No
Felblood elf Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Satyr Yes No No Yes Yes Some No
Imp Yes No No Some Yes Yes Yes
Infernal No No No No No No Yes
Void terror Yes Yes No No Yes No No
Shivarra No No No No No Some Yes
  • Only one eredar, Kil'jaeden, has been seen with wings (it is unknown if this is part of his illusions or if he has become greatly mutated). Eredar also display a variety of skin tones, including but not limited to demonic red.
  • Not all pit lords have been observed to possess flames. Mannoroth is an example of one characterized by flames.
  • Illidan's flames are a result of his triggered immolation ability and not a result of anatomy, though his arcane tattoos have been known to smolder on occasion, as do his hoofprints (they also bubble when in or on water)
  • Fel imps have wings, while regular imps do not.

Notable demons

Name Race Role Affiliation Status Location
Neutral  Archimonde Eredar The Defiler, overlord of Legion forces during the Third War and the invasion of alternate Draenor Burning Legion Alive-Defeatable Hyjal Summit; Black Gate, Hellfire Citadel
Neutral   Hakkar Fel lord Master of felhounds, prominent Legion general during the War of the Ancients Burning Legion Alive Various Locations
Neutral  Illidan Stormrage Demon The Betrayer, Lord of the Illidari Illidari Active Various Locations
Neutral  Kazzak Ered'ruin Legion field commander on Azeroth, re-opener of the Dark Portal Burning Legion Alive-Defeatable Throne of Kil'jaeden, Tanaan Jungle
Neutral  Kil'jaeden Eredar The Deceiver, acting leader of the Burning Legion, corruptor of the orcs and creator of the Lich King Burning Legion Alive-Defeatable Twisting Nether
Neutral  Mal'Ganis Nathrezim Started Arthas Menethil on his path to become the Lich King, secret leader of the Scarlet Onslaught Burning Legion Alive Unknown
Neutral   Mannoroth Annihilan Demon King of the Pit Lords, creator of the Blood Curse Burning Legion Alive-Defeatable Twisting Nether
Neutral  Tichondrius Nathrezim Lord of the Nathrezim Burning Legion Alive Various Locations
Neutral   Xavius Satyr First of the Satyrs, ruler of the Emerald Nightmare Burning Legion Alive Various Locations


There is evidence that some demons that were not born demons can be redeemed from their demonic forms into who they originally were. While there has long been speculation on this topic—such as using the blessings of the Light to perform a painful exorcism—one recorded example of complete demonic redemption exists: the satyr Avrus Illwhisper. After assisting the player in curing a sick girl in Astranaar as a toll, Avrus was purged of his demonic shell by Elune's blessing and became Avrus the Redeemed. Based on Avrus' experience, it seems possible that someone who is truly repentant and is willing to earn a powerful enough blessing can regain mortality even after corruption.

Demons can also be purified, for example Lothraxion, a member of the Grand Army of the Light under High Exarch Turalyon and Lady Alleria, is a Light-infused nathrezim.

Warcraft I and II

In Warcraft I and II, demons were referred to as daemons, which is an alternate variation of the term demon.

Daemons of the First War

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Main article: Daemon (Warcraft I)

Human description

Denizens of the underworld, these creatures are the most powerful entities to ever exist in the lands of Azeroth. Their aptitude in the arts of deception and combat are only equaled by their sadistic nature, and the puissance they possess in the black arts of magic. They command the searing fires of Hell as if it were their plaything. They are the true lords of chaos, wreaking havoc at every step and destroying what they wish. There is rumored to be a gateway that appears every thirteenth full moon that bridges the gap between Azeroth and the underworld, and it is during these brief moments that the daemons can come to this place. Legend also states that some have the power to summon these creatures and control them, but if this is so, none are alive to tell the tale of how it is accomplished.[22]

Orc description

These hellspawn are evil incarnate. The ability to summon these dark minions of the underworld has long been lost, though the Warlocks seek to find those secrets once again. Breathing flame and wielding a blade forged in the fires of Hades, destruction and death are their greatest desire. These daemons possess cruelty beyond the imagining of even the sickest mind, and delight in the execution of their plans. If there is a way to send these monsters back into the pits that spawned them without the loss of many lives, it too is a secret locked away in time.[23]

Daemons of the Second War

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Daemons are the ancient and corrupt denizens of the lower planes. These winged creatures of fire are legendary for their fondness of destruction and brutal cruelty. Daemons harbor a lustful hatred for all mortals and hunger for any chance to bring pain and death upon them. It is rumored that Gul'dan has entered into a pact with a sect of Daemons loyal to the Daemonlord Sargeras who are willing to aid the Warlock in finding their master's tomb.[24]

World of Warcraft

Game mechanics
  • Cannot be skinned except for felhounds, darkhounds and their variants.
  • Medium level (24 upwards) demons can drop  [Silk Cloth].
  • Higher level demons in the 50-60 range can drop  [Felcloth].
  • Enchanters can enchant weapons with  [Enchant Weapon - Demonslaying] which gives the player bonus attack power against demons and also causes their weapon to become engulfed in flames.
  • Some can be banished or enslaved by warlocks.
  • Before being removed, they could be feared by paladins using [Turn Evil].


  • Voidwalkers and other Void creatures are considered demons for the purpose of gameplay, but are actually different.[25][26]
  • According to Altruis, there are rumors that knowing the true name of a demon will grant a certain amount of power over that demon.[27]
  • They can also be undead.[28]


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
  • Most demons were once mortal, which means that at least some demons were always immortal. However, demons aren't the source of fel magic[29] and in order to become a demon, a creature must be infused with fel energy.[2]
  • Demons could be considered demigods because they are immortal[2] just like gods and demigods. In addition, the term Daemon (a variation of the word demon) is the Latin version of the Greek word "δαίμων", meaning "godlike power fate, god"). However a lot of races in the world of Warcraft are immortal, which means they should all be considered demigods if that were to be the only criteria to be qualified as one.

In the RPG

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Demons are evil creatures that inspire dread and fear in mortals. Almost all demons are members of the Burning Legion, a group with phenomenal power, that roams the cosmos preying on worlds. All demons are evil.[30]

Most demons were once mortal creatures found on the worlds conquered by the Burning Legion, but have been transformed by their conversion into demonic beings. This change includes a powerful command of arcane energy. They define and control this arcane power with the force of their will, much as sorcerers and wizards do.[31][30]

The demonic usage of magic will deploy fel magic, which uses the blood of demons to create the most corrupt and ultimate type of arcane magic. This type of magic exists naturally in demonic blood. As a result, "fel" and "demonic" is often considered the same, and the trait of being affected by "fel" is one of the most distinctive attributes of the demonic. Fel magic used by other creatures (often acquired by drinking demon blood) will grant demonic powers and, if enough is applied, even transform them into demons.

In Monster Manual there is a distinct breed of demons which use the "demonic" subtype.[31] This kind of demons are described in Manual of Monsters Appendix Three and as told before the description doesn't match the demons described in the Warcraft Universe.[32] Throughout the Manual of Monsters the term "demon" refers to the minions of the Burning Legion,[31] but in the section of "demons" of the Appendix Three they refer to the demons of D&D.[32] However, the validity of the Appendix Three is disputed.


See also