- For the UI addon/mod that creates a bar at the top of the screen, see Titan Panel.
The titans are a race of colossal, planet-sized cosmic beings, composed of arcane magic and the primordial matter from which the universe was born. They roamed across the cosmos like walking worlds, imbued with the raw power of creation itself. The titans used this incredible force to find and awaken others of their kind. Hailing from the far reaches of the cosmos, they shaped and brought order to countless worlds across the Great Dark Beyond. They were described as perfect and majestic beings who are akin to gods. The titans do not transcend all realities.
The titans are colossal godlike beings made up of the primordial matter from which the very universe was born. Imbued with the raw power of creation itself, they roam the cosmos like walking worlds. Titans are born from world-souls, spirits who are formed with the fiery cores of a small number of worlds and who slumber for ages, suffusing the planets they inhabit with Spirit energy before finally awakening. Described as living worlds, their bodies are covered in mountain peaks and rivers, their forms wrapped in cloaks of stardust and their eyes shining like brilliant stars. Bastions of purity and good, the titans are unable to conceive of evil or wickedness in any form.
Titans are heavily tied to the cosmic force known as arcane. In fact, arcane is their very lifeblood. The original Well of Eternity, an enormous lake of volatile arcane energies, was literally the very lifeblood of Azeroth's world-soul. They are also uniquely susceptible to fel magic.
|Highfather of the Pantheon||Leader of the Pantheon. He empowered the keepers Ra and Odyn, and he blessed the Bronze dragon Nozdormu with the power of Time, to watch over it and protect it.||Deceased|
|The Life-Binder||Protector of life, nature, and health. She imbued Freya with a portion of her powers, so that Freya could create the Emerald Dream. Blessed the Red dragon Alexstrasza with the power to safeguard all living creatures and Life and the Green dragon Ysera to safeguard nature and the Emerald Dream.||Deceased|
|Keeper of Celestial Magics and Lore||The master of all magic, knowledge, secrets, and mysteries. He gave power to the keepers Loken and Mimiron, and bestowed great power upon the Blue dragon Malygos to be the guardian of magic and arcanum.||Deceased|
|Lord of the Skies and Roaring Oceans||Father of the Sea Giants. He imbued the keepers Hodir and Thorim with power.||Deceased|
|Shaper and Forger of Worlds||The ultimate craftsman. Imbued keeper Archaedas with his powers. Empowered the Black dragon Neltharion, who later became Deathwing, with dominance over the earth and the deep places of the world.||Deceased|
|Lieutenant of the Great Sargeras||Successor to Sargeras as the Champion of the Pantheon. Charged with combating the Burning Legion and purging it's demonic taint from the universe. He imbued Tyr with strength and courage.||Deceased|
|The Defender (pre-betrayal)/
The Destroyer (post-betrayal)
|The former Champion of the Pantheon, creator and lord of the Burning Legion. Master of all that is evil and demonic.||Active|
|Azeroth||The most powerful world-soul in existence according to the Pantheon and, with the death of the Pantheon, currently the last known living titan aside from Sargeras.||Dormant|
|Unnamed world-soul||Corrupted by Old Gods, the world-soul was destroyed by Sargeras.||Deceased|
Mentions of titans
- Wrathion mentions a being called "The Final Titan" after eating the heart of Lei Shen during . He may or may not have been referring to Azeroth.
- Some titanic creations were implied to be titans (as in ), but this is not the case. Players have not yet seen a true titan in World of Warcraft — only their creations.
- In BlizzCast 12, Chris Metzen said "Will we see actual titans one day? Will we ever get to the truth and origin of the Old Gods? There's all sorts of meta-themes that's all rich fertile ground and we will get there." These questions were ultimately answered in Chronicle Volume 1.
- According to a prophecy by Skeram, a titan battled an unimaginable evil (C'Thun) in Silithus. The titan fell, but may not have been vanquished in the battle. Chronicle Volume 1 states that this was not the case.
- Some dwarves believe that Greatfather Winter is a titan, but this is not the case.
Notes & trivia
- Two in-game models are called "titans" in the files, but are used for titanic creations rather than actual titans.
- The non-canon RPG described two races of titans: aesir and vanir. This categorization was used in-game to describe storm and earth giants, but was later re-defined in Chronicle Volume 1 to describe instead the two original types of titan-forged.
- Prior to the publication of Chronicle Volume 1, the Pantheon were the leaders of all titans, who were described as metallic-skinned..
- Though Chris Metzen said the titans were godlike and the Warcraft Encyclopedia states titans are not gods, the Ultimate Visual Guide, the Sunwell Trilogy, the Magazine, and Loreology have stated that they are "metallic-skinned gods" as described in . The Senior Historian later clarified that by "gods" he meant "perfect specimen rather than an actual divine being".
- The name "titan" is inspired from the eponymous giants or proto-gods from Greek mythology who inhabited the world during the First Era, and later ruled it during the Second Era. Their leader was Kronos. Notable titans include Rhea, Atlas, and Prometheus. Unlike their Warcraft counterparts, most of them were inherently malevolent. They were defeated by Zeus and the Olympians at the start of the Third Era.
- The Æsir and Vanir come from Viking (Norse) mythology. The Aesir are the rulers of Asgard and the more altruistic force in the universe, the greatest of them being Odin and Thor. The Vanir come from Vanaheim and are allied with the Æsir. They mostly live apart from each other, but a few Vanir have been taken into Asgard and are considered as "one of the Æsir." Both have a common enemy in the Jotnar (giants). In an interesting contrast from Blizzard's direction, which places the dwarves close to the titans, the Vanir of Norse myth had stronger ties to the elves.
In the RPG
Many believe them to simply be a progenitor race, akin to gods. Their figure is humanoid but gigantic, with gleaming metallic skin and a perfection of form that makes the heart ache. Each titan cultivates specific interests that relate to particular elements or energy types — essentially, to some small aspect of creation over which the titan holds a measure of dominance. Some titans refer to the piece of creation upon which they focus as their "sphere of power". Furbolgs have legends of seeing the coming of the titans to the world from their homeland in Northrend, implying they predate the titans.
There are two types of titan:
- Aesir "storm giant", platinum-skinned, stronger, smarter and more agile
- Vanir "earth giant", bronze-skinned, tougher but less powerful
Scholars have postulated that there are other subspecies of titans. No titans have ever been spotted, and it is believed that they live among the stars where they continue to this day shaping new worlds. Sargeras is believed to be a vanir titan as well as a dark titan. It is believed that there may be other subspecies than the aesir and vanir.
Titans generally believe they are invincible. They wade into the thickest of battles using their most powerful abilities, or even just swinging with massive, alloyed fists. Titans with well-defined spheres of power have wildly varying combat tactics, focusing primarily upon the strengths of their spheres.
Some accounts of the titans give them titles such as "Patron of All Life".
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 16.
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume I Issue IV, 71.
- ^ a b Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-08-04)
- ^ Jeremy Feasel on Twitter
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 13
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 19, 20
- ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 32
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 8 (cosmology chart)
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 36
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 48-50
- ^ a b c d e f World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 20
- ^ a b c d e f g World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pp. 50, 65
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 30-31
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, 23-4.
- ^ Ask CDev Answers - Round 2
- ^ BlizzCast - Episode 12
- ^ Tribunal of Ages
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, 31.
- ^ BlizzCon 2005 - Lore Panel
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Gods "...the benevolent titans, though not gods themselves..."
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Immortals "The titans are not gods..."
- ^ Dragon Hunt
- ^ Loreology on Twitter (2014-06-22): "They are classified as "metallic skinned gods" in my bible.... :)"
- ^ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 32, 127
- ^ Alliance Player's Guide, 75
- ^ a b c Shadows & Light, 107
- ^ Lands of Mystery, 85
- ^ Shadows & Light, 123
- ^ Magic and Mayhem, 16
- ^ Shadows & Light, 109
- ^ Shadows & Light