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Not to be confused with daemon.

Demons are evil immortals who feed upon magic and life. They delight in inflicting suffering, spreading corruption, and, of course, destroying all that is good. Most demons were once mortal. Not all demons are sentient: various animals have been transformed into demons, for instance.[1]

There are many types (see below) and 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.


The Twisting Nether is home to an infinite number of malefic, demonic beings that seek only to destroy life and devour the energies of the living universe.[2] Some demons' souls (e.g. Archimonde) are anchored to the Twisting Nether, which transcends all realities.[3] The Twisting Nether is the only place where demons can truly die; the specifics are yet unknown.[4]

In order to become a demon, a creature must be infused with fel energy. 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 leaves little or nothing of that creature's original personality. Still, at least one demon has thus far maintained much of his original personality: Illidan Stormrage.[1][5]

No discussion of demons can be complete without mentioning Sargeras, the dark titan. Over the course of millennia, he twisted many creatures into demons so that they would join his Burning Legion and work toward his goal: the destruction of the universe, which he believed to be fundamentally flawed. Fulfilling his grim design, the Legion has ravaged innumerable worlds. All demons once feared Sargeras' vast might and fury. However, most demons in the Legion served him simply because they enjoy doing so. However, Sargeras was not the sole creator of demons, and there are demons that have no affiliation with the Legion. Again, Illidan is an example of both of these exceptions. It was these demons that led to Sargeras' transformation from the Titan champion into the Master of the Burning Legion.[1][5] Several demons are furthermore used as servants and companions by magicans, most notably by warlocks.

A demon's hunger for life and magic can never be sated for long. More to the point, 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.[1]

In World of Warcraft

Game mechanics
  • Are capable of speaking and understanding eredun; the demonic tongue.
  • According to Altruis, there are rumors that knowing the true name of a demon will grant a certain amount of power over that demon.[8]
  • Apparently, demons are somehow able to know the names of random individuals they encounter.[9] It is unknown if this is related to the power concerning their own names.
  • Can also be undead.[10]

Notable demonic races

  • 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 PitLord.gif Annihilan
    • Pit lords — Gigantic generals who lead the armies of the Legion, the pit lords are surpassed in power only by the demonic eredar.
  • IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Nathrezim (aka dreadlords) — Usually commanding a small troop of felguards, the dreadlords do not always engage in combat, and are more likely to meddle behind the scenes.
  • 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 Doomguard.gif Ered'ruin
    • IconSmall Doomguard.gif Doomguard — These ironfisted demons serve as the Burning Legion’s captains and generals.
    • IconSmall Doomlord.gif Doomlord — The most powerful Doomguard can turn important high comanders of the Legion troops.
  • 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 VoidTerror.gif Void terror[11][12] — Large, two-headed demons with vast magical powers.
  • IconSmall Infernal.gif Infernal — Great burning stone demons that are infamous for falling from the sky like burning meteors.
  • IconSmall Succubus.gif Sayaad
  • IconSmall Imp.gif Imp — Small, horned spellcaster demons, often seen accompanying warlocks.
  • 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 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 Abyssal.gif Abyssal — infernal-like creature made of jagged stone.
  • IconSmall Observer.gif Observer — Many-eyed demons of unknown origin.
  • IconSmall FelBeast.gif Fel beast — Two-headed hounds made of molten fel energies.

Demonically corrupted races


There is evidence that some 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.

Notable Demons

Name Role Condition Location Race Allegiance
IconSmall Archimonde.gif Archimonde Legion Field Commander Alive Hellfire Citadel Eredar Burning Legion
IconSmall Kil'jaeden.gif Kil'jaeden Supreme commander of the Burning Legion, Chief lieutenant of Sargeras Alive Sunwell Plateau Eredar Burning Legion, Eredar
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Tichondrius Nathrezim dreadlord, Leader of the dreadlords; Chief infiltration specialist, Legion intelligence Unknown Unknown Nathrezim Burning Legion, Scourge
IconSmall Terrorguard.gifHakkar the Houndmaster Master of the Felhounds Dead Unknown Unknown Burning Legion
IconSmall PitLord.gif Mannoroth King of the pit lords, General of the Burning Legion Undead Orgrimmar (Remains) Annihilan Burning Legion
IconSmall Doomlord.gif Kazzak Lord of the Doomguard demons, Doom Lord Alive Throne of Kil'jaeden, Hellfire Peninsula Ered'ruin Burning Legion
IconSmall Satyr.gif Xavius First of the Satyrs, Satyr Lord, Lord of the Satyrs Eternal Unknown Satyr Burning Legion, Queen Azshara
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Mal'Ganis Leader of the Scarlet Onslaught (while in the form of Barean Westwind) Alive Culling of Stratholme, Caverns of Time or Hidden Hollow, Icecrown Nathrezim Burning Legion, Scourge, Scarlet Crusade / Scarlet Onslaught

Demon or dae'mon?

There is some question as to the origin of the name "demon" in Azeroth. In Christie Golden's Rise of the Horde, it is insinuated that the word "demon" came from the Orcish word "dae'mon", meaning a soul that was evil, twisted, not right...much the same as the eredar word "man'ari". However, in the War of the Ancients Trilogy, the night elves refer to them as demons at the first coming of the Burning Legion — thousands of years before Rise of the Horde. Additionally, "daemon" without the apostrophe is a term used by both Horde and Alliance in varying sources, such as Warcraft I, Warcraft II and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, including documents predating the First War. No matter the origin of the word, the meaning is still the same.

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 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 Once 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 No No No No Yes Yes No
Felblood elf Yes No Yes No Yes Yes No
Satyr Yes No No Yes Yes Some No
Imp Yes No Some Some Yes Some 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.
  • Gul'dan saw Sargeras in the Tomb of Sargeras and had wings, however, he is shown without them in the artworks.
  • 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)
  • Impsy (in his current form), Gazakroth, Flamewaker Imps and Imp Lord Pinprik (external link) (TCG) are examples of imps with wings.

In the RPG

The RPG Icon 16x36.png This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG and is considered non-canon.

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.[13]

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.[14][13]

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.

Dungeons & Dragons

In Monster Manual there is a distinct breed of demons which use the "demonic" subtype.[14] 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.[15] Throughout the Manual fo Monsters the term "demon" refers to the minions of the Burning Legion,[14] but in the section of "demons" of the Appendix Three they refer to the demons of D&D.[15] However, the validity of the Appendix Three is disputed.