History of Warcraft

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The History of Warcraft, also known as the Warcraft universe, is a comprehensive account of lore created by Blizzard as background information to the World of Warcraft universe, and is made up of the entirety of Blizzard's published record so far.[1] The full text is available on the official World of Warcraft site. Additionally, most of this material can be read within the game itself as in-game books.

Want to know more about the lore of World of Warcraft? Although the game doesn't require any prior knowledge of Warcraft lore to enjoy, you may appreciate the broader understanding of the setting and characters in the game that you will gain from learning about the lore. Here are some resources that are available:

History of Warcraft

Note: Certain parts of the History section are outdated and may therefore conflict with other pieces of lore or stories. They plan on updating this section someday to bring it up to date.[1]


Chapter I: Mythos

Chapter II: The New World

Chapter III: The Doom of Draenor

Chapter IV: Alliance And Horde

Chapter V: Return of the Burning Legion

Chapter VI: The New Age

  • Coming soon

Official Web Site

Samples of online official World of Warcraft lore for one's reading enjoyment.


Since the release of the first Warcraft game, the lore of the Warcraft universe has been evolving and expanding at an incredible rate. Today, Warcraft lore is spread across four games and three expansions as well as a number of novels, a pen-and-paper roleplaying game, and even a manga series. Now you can find all there is to know about Warcraft in one official source of all things Warcraft: The Warcraft Encyclopedia. In time we hope it will grow to be the ultimate resource for all your Warcraft story and lore needs.

Lack of recent update activity (as of early 2008) seems to indicate that Blizzard has either put this project on hold or temporarily removed resources committed to expanding it.

World of Warcraft

WoW Icon 16x16.png This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.

The Burning Crusade

TBC This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

Wrath of the Lich King

WotLK This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.


Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Leaders Short Stories

Mists of Pandaria

MoP This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

Destination: Pandaria

Faction Stories

Warlords of Draenor

WoD This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

Previous Warcraft games

The single-player Warcraft III campaigns and the accompanying game manuals provide a wealth of information about events in the world of Azeroth.






Another reading

See also


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

Warcraft Role-Playing Games provided a wealth of information about Warcraft information that is now declared non-canon.