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

Blizzard has used two standards when establishing dates in various official timelines, both based on the opening of the Dark Portal. Numbering in this timeline 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.

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


  • The Curse of Flesh affects the vrykul, causing their offspring (the ancestors of the race who would later become known as humans) to be born stunted and weak.[3]
  • The Curse of Flesh affects the mogu, and they start fighting against each other in the "Age of a Hundred Kings". Eventually Lei Shen seizes power and becomes the Thunder King, uniting the mogu into a new empire.[2]
  • A tribe of dark trolls gradually migrate towards the heart of ancient Kalimdor and settle along the shores of the Well of Eternity.[2]
  • 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.[5]
    • 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.[6]

The New World

  • The Council of Tirisfal finds a way to empower a champion permanently with their powers, in order to fight threats that the Council can't handle by themselves. Thus the office of the Guardian of Tirisfal is created, with Alodi becoming the first Guardian. Each new Guardian takes the mantle for a hundred years, before passing their powers to an apprentice.[2]
  • Liu Lang defies Pandaria's belief that the rest of the world had been destroyed in the Sundering, and travels through the mists on the turtle Shen-zin Su. He returns every five years to bring more people along with him. Shen-zin Su grows large enuogh to become the Wandering Isle, with pandaren creating permanent settlements on its back.[2]
  • Aegwynn decides to stay as the Guardian of Tirisfal indefinitely, partly due to her concerns about the Council of Tirisfal meddling with the politics of different nations, and partly due to Sargeras' influence. She builds Karazhan as her secret abode, but after the Tirisgarde find her, she moves to the Guardian Sanctum in sunken Suramar.[2]
  • On Draenor, the talon king Terokk rules the arakkoa.[21]
-375 (Approx.)
  • Last gnome royalty.[23]
-200 (Approx.)
  • The goblins of Kezan finally break free of their slavery under the Zandalari.[2]

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.
  • Aegwynn and Nielas Aran conceive Medivh, and Aegwynn hides the power of the Guardian of Tirisfal inside him, to be activated when he reaches maturity. Sargeras' spirit, which was hiding inside Aegwynn, possesses the infant.[2]
  • On the eve of his fourteenth birthday, Medivh's dormant powers awake and lash out, killing Nielas Aran. Medivh lies dormant for many years after this, tended by clerics at Northshire Abbey.[2]
-19[citation needed]
-10 (Approx.)

Grommash was an adult and Warsong chieftain in Lords of War.[30]

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.[33][34]

Second War


Return of the Burning Legion

Third War


Rise of the Lich King

  • Cycle of Hatred[31]
  • The Great Lakeshire Drought and the Great Ironforge Flood, caused by a portal being opened within the lake to Ironforge without a liquid filter.[40]

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

  • Pandaria is accidentally discovered by the Alliance and Horde fleets


The Thunder King


Siege of Orgrimmar


Warlords of Draenor

-4, alternate timeline

Warlords of Draenor

  • Grom rejects the demon blood, kills Mannoroth, and captures Gul'dan.
31, main timeline[49][50] / -2, alternate timeline[51]

Fury of Hellfire

  • Gul'dan persuades the Iron Horde's remaining leaders to serve the Burning Legion, imprisons Grommash, and also recruits the aid of Shadow-Sage Iskar and the Sethekk arakkoa.
  • 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.




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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1
  3. ^ A [71] Anguish of Nifflevar
  4. ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume 2 Issue 1
  5. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-1/6#readmode
  6. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/8441649
  7. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-1/9#readmode
  8. ^ a b http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-1/10#readmode
  9. ^ a b http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/1
  10. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 24-25
  11. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/2#readmode
  12. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/3#readmode
  13. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/4#readmode
  14. ^ Races of World of Warcraft: Gnome
  15. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 25-29
  16. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/5#readmode
  17. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 29-32
  18. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 37-38
  19. ^  [The War of the Shifting Sands] "It has been nearly a thousand years since the 'War of the Shifting Sands.'"
  20. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/6#readmode
  21. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 44-46
  22. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 49
  23. ^ World of Warcraft manual, 174. "The gnomes have not had a proper king or queen for over four hundred years."
  24. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/7#readmode
  25. ^ BlizzCon 2013 – World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, The Adventure Continues Panel Transcript
  26. ^ Rise of the Horde: "K’ure was dying, trapped in the very vessel that it had provided when it had crashed into this world two hundred years past." (at the time of young Durotan's first meeting with Velen).
  27. ^ [1]
  28. ^ "Around the time of Medivh's birth on Azeroth..." Medivh was born in Year -44.[2]
  29. ^ Dead link: Tweet; Archived: Archive lore tweets from loreology
  30. ^ Lords of War - Episode 2
  31. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Timeline (from official site, 2007)
  32. ^ Wolfheart, chapter 22
  33. ^ a b c Sean Copeland on Twitter
  34. ^ Anne Stickney on Twitter
  35. ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide
  36. ^ The Alliance of Lordaeron
  37. ^ "Nobundo learned shamanism in year 10."
  38. ^
  39. ^ Harrison Jones#Quotes
  40. ^ Thinking with Portals - A Memorandum on Proper Portal Usage, in 24 A.D.
  41. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20080905151151/http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/story/timeline.html Timeline snapshot from web.archive.org: 5 September, 2008
  42. ^  [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.
  43. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
  44. ^ A [14] Evidence Collection
  45. ^ A [15] A Vision of the Past
  46. ^ The Deathwing Raid: Interview with Scott Mercer
  47. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/characters/lorthemar-theron
  48. ^ World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide - Updated and Expanded
  49. ^ Loreology on Twitter
  50. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter
  51. ^ BlizzCon 2013 - Iron Horde. "With just two years to build an army..." "This is a two year old army at most..."
  52. ^ Magni: Fault Lines: "Been four years since you turned to stone." Cataclysm happened in year 28.
  53. ^ Legion: Feature Overview
  54. ^ Harbingers: Khadgar
  55. ^ Nightborne: Twilight of Suramar
  56. ^ Highmountain: A Mountain Divided - "I witnessed the Alliance and the Horde's counterattack against the Legion. It failed." - Mayla Highmountain
  57. ^ Druid campaign
  58. ^ A [14] Evidence Collection
  59. ^ N [81] If You're Not Against Us...