Kayn Sunfury

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NeutralKayn Sunfury
Image of Kayn Sunfury
Title <Illidari>
Gender Male
Race Blood elf (Humanoid)
Character class Demon hunter
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Illidari
Occupation Second-in-command and Champion of the Illidari (dependent)
Location Various Locations
Status Alive

Kayn Sunfury is a blood elf demon hunter. He is a loyal soldier and one of Illidan Stormrage's most trusted lieutenants. Honorable and demanding, as well as a fearless leader and a master strategist, he believes that cooperation and sacrifice are necessary to defeat the Burning Legion. Kayn follows Illidan's ideals to get the job done, no matter the cost.

Kayn is one of two characters player demon hunters can choose to be their second-in-command, the other being Altruis the Sufferer, whose ideals and plans for the Illidari are incompatible with Kayn's own. If the player chooses Kayn as their second-in-command, they later go on to recruit the Shade of Akama. If the player chooses Altruis, they instead recruit Akama.


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Kayn first appears as a quest giver located at Despair Ridge on Mardum.

Kayn feels greatly betrayed by Altruis the Sufferer, a renegade demon hunter who left Illidan's cause, plotted to usurp him, and orchestrated the deaths of many Illidari. For this, he is unwilling to forgive him when they are reunited in the Vault of the Wardens.

Kayn participated in the Battle for the Exodar battling against High General Rakeesh.


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Mardum 99 795,010
Mardum 99 954,012
N Demon hunter [99] The Keystone 99 397,505
Vault of the Wardens 100 978,540
N Demon hunter [100] Between Us and Freedom 100 1,174,248
Dalaran  ?? 1,351,047,040
Quest:Unbridled Power  ?? 388,871,582
Fel Hammer  ?? 1,351,047,040
Azsuna 100 - 110 600,883,380
Niskara 110 10,392,670



Kayn Sunfury

Vault of the Wardens


Class Campaign

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  • Lord Illidan knows the way.
  • Azeroth must not fall.
  • I have sacrificed everything. What have you given?
  • My life is dedicated to destroying the Burning Legion.
  • We are all that stands between the Legion and annihilation.
  • Did you just touch me?
  • I wouldn't if I were you.
  • Normally I hunt demons but for you I'll make an exception.
  • Do it again and your skull will be my whetstone.
  • You're no demon, but I will put you in the ground just the same.
  • I will feast on your soul!
  • Remember, nothing is more important than the Legion's destruction.
  • If we do not meet again... die well.
  • Do not give in to the power of the Legion.
  • Trust in Lord Illidan's plan.
  • Death to the Legion.

We must eliminate the Legion threat on this ridge so that you can bring the rest of our forces in from the Black Temple.

Gossip Kayn, tell me what you know about Mardum.
Eons ago, Sargeras created Mardum to imprison demons. He also created the  [Sargerite Keystone] to lock them away.
But when the Titan decided to burn all of creation, he shattered Mardum, sending its fragments hurtling throughout the Twisting Nether. Thus was born the Burning Legion.
Sargeras safeguarded his keystone on this particular fragment. It's a 'skeleton key', allowing access to any Legion world. It's also the key to Lord Illidan's plan for the Legion's destruction.
Gossip Anything else?
Illidari Foothold

<Name>, we must take the fight to the Legion here in the volcano. They must be destroyed before we fly up to the Brood Queen's command ship, the Fel Hammer.

Then we'll kill her, take the Sargerite Keystone, and return to the Black Temple to slay the invaders.

No small feat, but I think we'll manage.

The Fel Hammer
  • "An honor, <name>. Of course I will serve as your champion and second-in-command. Could it have been any other way? We have only just begun to move forward with the master's plan, but already, you have made great strides. If we are to defeat the Burning Legion, we must remain vigilant. Any other goal pales in comparison. The fate of everything hangs in the balance. At the end of the day, we will stand victorious... no matter the cost!"[1]

Combat Ally

  • Death to our enemies!
  • Never surrender!
  • The Illidari cannot be stopped!

Notes & Trivia

  • Kayn is treated as the default Illidari commander for non-demon hunters, in that it is him, instead of Altruis, that non-demon hunters interact with on the Broken Isles.
  • His surname is also the name of the Sunfury forces, an elite group of blood elf soldiers; it is also the name of the palace of Silvermoon City, Sunfury Spire. It is unknown if there is any meaning behind this.
  •  [Kayn Sunfury's Coin] can be fished up from the fountain in the Legion version of Dalaran.
  • Kayn is voiced by Dave B. Mitchell.


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.

During the escape from the Vault of the Wardens, Kayn mentions to Maiev Shadowsong that he, too, has felt betrayal by his own kind. While presumably referring to Altruis' betrayal of the Illidari, it could also be a nod to Kael'thas' defection from the Illidari to the Burning Legion, which Illidan learned of some time before the siege of the Black Temple.[2]


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