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Timeline (unofficial)

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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.

This article provides an unofficial timeline of recorded important events in the Warcraft universe compiled from official timelines and all sources published by Blizzard. Blizzard has used two standards when establishing dates in various official timelines, both based on the opening of the Dark Portal.

Numbering is based on the opening of the Dark Portal, as this is the method used by the latest sources. Some sources have the opening of the Dark Portal as about 25 years before the start of World of Warcraft, and other dates state that it was about 30 years before the start of World of Warcraft. This timeline is based on the 25 year standard because it is the standard used in both official timelines from Blizzard's website in 2004 and 2007, and in more recent publications.

All dates are considered to be spans of time from one to the next since many events are only given vague ordering and estimated dates. Warcraft products are displayed in italics.

It should not be considered as an official timeline, but should be as accurate as, and more complete than, whatever Blizzard has provided.

The RPG books have been disregarded from official lore and have been removed from this list accordingly.[1]


  • The Kaldorei begin to actively study and practice arcane magic. They bend magic to their will and use it to build beautiful cities, craft artifacts and reshape the land. Some Kaldorei resist the lure to use the Well of Eternity’s power and warn others of the dangers of abusing it. Their warnings go unheeded.
  • A group of upper-class Kaldorei begin to refer to themselves as the Highborne and revel in the use of magic.
  • The War of the Ancients.[3]
    • The Well of Eternity, The Demon Soul and The Sundering (Past)
    • Sargeras senses the Highborne's use of the Well of Eternity and decides to invade Azeroth. Corrupting Queen Azshara and her followers, a portal is opened through which the Burning Legion enters the world and laids waste to the night-elven civilization.
    • Shaohao, the last emperor of the Pandaren Empire, has a vision of the upcoming Burning Legion. He isolates his empire through the some magical mists, which protect it from the war and the ensuring disasters, but also leave it hidden from the rest of the world for thousands of years.
  • The Sundering of the World
    • Several night elves led by Malfurion Stormrage are able to destroy the Well of Eternity, preventing Sargeras from entering the world, and stopping the invasion. However, this also creates a massive cataclysm, called the Sundering, where eighty percent of Kalimdor's landmass is plunged between the waves, leaving only a handful of isolated continents.
  • Mount Hyjal and Illidan's Gift
  • The Lunar Festival is created.[4]

The New World

-375 (Approx.)
  • Last gnome royalty.[15]
-170[citation needed]

Doom of Draenor

For events taking place in the alternate Draenor timeline in Warlords of Draenor during this period, see the Warlords of Draenor section.
  • The draenei arrive on Draenor.[18]
-19[citation needed]
-10 (Approx.)

Grommash was an adult and Warsong chieftain in Lords of War.[22]

Alliance and Horde

First War

0 (Year 592 by the King's Calendar)
  • Llane is assassinated. Lothar concedes that the war is lost and begins gathering people, ships, and supplies from the entire kingdom.[25][26]

Second War


Return of the Burning Legion

Third War


Rise of the Lich King


The Founding of Durotar


World of Warcraft


World of Warcraft

Mysteries of Maraudon

Ruins of the Dire Maul

  • Dire Maul
    • Warpwood Quarter
    • Capital Gardens
    • Gordok Commons


Assault on Blackwing Lair

Rise of the Blood God

Dragons of Nightmare

The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj

Shadow of the Necropolis

Drums of War

The Burning Crusade


Before the Storm

The Burning Crusade

The Black Temple

The Gods of Zul'Aman

Fury of the Sunwell

Wrath of the Lich King


Echoes of Doom

Wrath of the Lich King

Secrets of Ulduar

Call of the Crusade

Fall of the Lich King



The Shattering

Rise of the Zandalari

Rage of the Firelands

The Hour of Twilight


Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria



The Thunder King


Siege of Orgrimmar

Warlords of Draenor

-4, Timeline B

Warlords of Draenor

  • Grom rejects the demon blood, kills Mannoroth, and captures Gul'dan.
31, Timeline A[38][39] / -2, Timeline B[40] (Timeline collision)
  • The Dark Portal on Draenor in Timeline B is connected to the one on Azeroth in the present of Timeline A; The portal's glow turns from green to red, and both timelines' events run simultaneously from this point.
  • The Iron Horde's initial invasion of Azeroth.
  • In retaliation, Khadgar assembles the champions of the Alliance and the Horde, leading them through the portal to stop the Iron Horde on Draenor once and for all.
  • Khadgar's offensive deals a crushing blow to the Iron Horde.
    • Garrosh ultimately meets his end at Thrall's hands.
    • After an exhausting campaign, the heroes of Azeroth are able to defeat most of the Iron Horde's warlords.
    • Grommash's failure breeds dissent within the ranks, affording the warlock Gul'dan the opportunity to usurp the Iron Horde and summon the demonic Burning Legion to Draenor.

Fury of Hellfire

  • Gul'dan persuades the Iron Horde's remaining leaders to serve the Burning Legion and imprisons Grommash.
  • Gul'dan takes control of Hellfire Citadel, intending to use it as a staging area for the Legion to invade Draenor. He then proceeds to summon the demon lord Archimonde.
  • The heroes of Azeroth assault the citadel’s gates, invading from both land and sea.
    • Aided by Khadgar, Yrel, Durotan and a freed Grommash, Azeroth's champions battle their way through the horrors unleashed within Hellfire Citadel.
    • After a harrowing struggle that nearly destroys Draenor, the heroes are able to cast down Archimonde.
  • As he falls, Archimonde hurls Gul'dan through a portal to fulfill his pact with the Legion.


  1. ^ http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2283549208
  2. ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume 2 Issue 1
  3. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-1/6#readmode
  4. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/8441649
  5. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-1/9#readmode
  6. ^ World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen
  7. ^ a b http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-1/10#readmode
  8. ^ a b http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/1
  9. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/2#readmode
  10. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/3#readmode
  11. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/4#readmode
  12. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/5#readmode
  13. ^  [The War of the Shifting Sands] "It has been nearly a thousand years since the 'War of the Shifting Sands.'"
  14. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/6#readmode
  15. ^ World of Warcraft manual, 174. "The gnomes have not had a proper king or queen for over four hundred years."
  16. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/7#readmode
  17. ^ Races of World of Warcraft: Gnome
  18. ^ BlizzCon 2013 – World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, The Adventure Continues Panel Transcript
  19. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/8#readmode
  20. ^ "Around the time of Medivh's birth on Azeroth..." Medivh was born in Year -44.[1]
  21. ^ https://twitter.com/Loreology/status/501395234547183618
  22. ^ Lords of War - Episode 2
  23. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Timeline (from official site, 2007)
  24. ^ Wolfheart, chapter 22
  25. ^ a b c Sean Copeland on Twitter
  26. ^ Anne Stickney on Twitter
  27. ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide
  28. ^ The Alliance of Lordaeron
  29. ^ "Nobundo learned shamanism in year 10."
  30. ^
  31. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20080905151151/http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/story/timeline.html Timeline snapshot from web.archive.org: 5 September, 2008
  32. ^  [The Path of Redemption]: The Alliance and the Horde were going to come en masse in response to a great plague that the Lich King was about to unleash upon them.
  33. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
  34. ^ A [14] Evidence Collection
  35. ^ A [15] A Vision of the Past
  36. ^ The Deathwing Raid: Interview with Scott Mercer
  37. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/characters/lorthemar-theron
  38. ^ Loreology on Twitter
  39. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter
  40. ^ BlizzCon 2013 - Iron Horde. "With just two years to build an army..." "This is a two year old army at most..."