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World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide
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DK Publishing




DK Publishing, Inc.





Retail price

US: $30.00

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The World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide is an official Warcraft timeline book of events, locations, and characters that have made up the game since its release. It contains stunning artwork and even some previously unknown lore.

It is succeeded by an updated version.


For decades, the war between the Horde and the Alliance has raged on in the fantasy world of Azeroth. Millions of players have chosen a faction and fought alongside one another in Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft® — and since its release in 2004, the game has grown to become the most popular subscription-based MMORPG on the planet.
Created in close collaboration with Blizzard, World of Warcraft®: Ultimate Visual Guide explores the major characters, key locations, and epic history of this battle-scarred realm, and will capture any adventurer’s imagination with its breadth of detail. Players will find a treasure trove of game knowledge, as the book delves deep into the series’ lore and even goes be yond the game, giving readers a peek at the behind-the-scenes development of Blizzard’s vivid fantasy world. This detailed guide is the perfect companion for any adventurer, Alliance or Horde.


Dorling Kindersley
Senior Editor
  • Alastair Dougall
  • David Fentiman
Senior Designer & Brand Manager
  • Robert Perry
  • Nick Avery
  • Richard Horsford
  • Lauren Rosier
  • Jon Hall
Design Manager
  • Maxine Pedliham
Managing Editor
  • Laura Gilbert
Art Director
  • Ron Stobbart
Publishing Manager
  • Simon Beecroft
Senior Pre-Production Producer
  • Jennifer Murray
Senior Producer
  • Danielle Smith
Title Manager
  • Tim Fitzpatrick
Senior Designer
  • Keith Lowe
Development Editor
  • Jennifer Sims
Senior Development Editor
  • Ken Schmidt
Manuscript Editor
  • Matt Buchanan
Senior Production Designer
  • Areva
Blizzard Entertainment
Lore Editor
Art Direction


  • It includes a full timeline of events in Warcraft history leading up to Patch 5.2.
  • You won't see much "behind the scenes" stuff like the book description tries to lead you to believe.

Discrepancies and mistakes

  • On page 14, Cairne Bloodhoof is depicted on the picture but Baine is assigned to it.
  • On page 80, Dagran Thaurissan II is listed as Magni's grandnephew and Brann's grandson. It should be reversed.
  • Lilian Voss was stated to be deceased but Dave Kosak revealed that she was actually "alive" at the moment.
  • Wrathion is listed as Deathwing's son though Dave Kosak previously stated that the former Aspect is not his biological father.
  • Malygos is not listed as deceased in Sindragosa's entry, which is likely an oversight.
  • Despite being killed in a quest, Arnak Grimtotem is not stated to be deceased.
  • On page 74, it says that Gul'dan compelled Garona to murder Llane Wrynn. However, Gul'dan was in coma at the moment and it was the warlocks of the Shadow Council who controlled Garona.
  • While Liam Trollbane is listed as Danath's grandfather, he is not listed as a relative to Galen, which is presumably an oversight.
  • Darion Mograine is listed as deceased in Alexandros's and Renault's entries, it should be undead as with Galen's status in Danath's entry.
  • Bolvar Fordragon is listed as deceased.
  • The revealing of Katrana Prestor's true identity is listed under the Year 25. According to The Comic, it happened shortly before the events of Wrath of the Lich King.
  • Ash'alah is referred to as both a nightsaber (page 89) and a frostsaber (page 90).
  • The order of events of the First War entry doesn't seem to go chronologically. It has the order: Medivh's death, Llane Wrynn's assassination, Durotan's death, Blackhand's death.
  • Shakuun Runetotem is not listed as deceased.
  • Grommash Hellscream is listed as aligned with only the old Horde and not the new Horde.
  • Drek'Thar was born blind, yet other accounts state that he was blinded later in life.
  • Durotar was established right after Thrall and the Horde arrived to Kalimdor. In previous sources, Durotar was established after the Third War.
  • Arthas Menethil is said to have disbanded the Silver Hand during the Third War which clashes with at least 4 sources.
  • The title of Benedictus Voss is listed as Archbishop, it should be High Priest.
  • In the index of the book, Mannoroth is listed as Mannoroth the Defiler, which is likely an oversight since the title is more associated with Archimonde.
  • In the index of the book, Nekros Skullcrusher is called Nekros Skullcatcher which is likely an oversight.
  • In the index of the book, Terenas Menethil II is written as Terenas Manethil II which is likely a typo.
  • In the index of the book, Tichondrius is written as Tichondrious which is likely a typo.

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