High King of the Alliance,|
King of Stormwind,
Crown Prince of Stormwind (formerly)
|Affiliation(s)||Kingdom of Stormwind, Alliance, House of Wrynn|
High King of the Alliance and King of Stormwind;|
formerly Crown Prince of Stormwind
Landan (great-great grandfather)|
Barathen and Varia (great-grandparents)
Llane and Taria (grandparents)
Varian (father, deceased)
Tiffin (mother, deceased)
Ellerian noble family (maternal relatives)
|Mentor(s)||, , , , , ,|
Anduin Llane Wrynn is the King of Stormwind, High King of the Alliance, and commander of all Alliance forces since the death of his father, . After the abduction of King Varian when Anduin was just a boy, he was named King of Stormwind under the regency of until Varian returned. Years later, he assumed the throne permanently upon his father's death at the Battle for the Broken Shore during the third invasion of the Burning Legion.
In contrast to his decisive warrior father, Anduin is contemplative and diplomatic, as well as a priest of the Church of the Holy Light. Similar in ways to his surrogate aunt prior to Theramore's Fall, Anduin sought a peaceful way to end the conflict between the Alliance and Horde. In his endeavors, he has made personal friends of several powerful figures outside the Alliance, including , the August Celestials, and .
- 1 Biography
- 1.1 The Boy King
- 1.2 Return of the Kings
- 1.3 Corruption Ends
- 1.4 Theramore Peace Summit
- 1.5 Scourge Invasion
- 1.6 Wrath of the Lich King
- 1.7 The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm
- 1.8 Wolfheart
- 1.9 Prophet's Lesson
- 1.10 Blood of Our Fathers
- 1.11 Cataclysm
- 1.12 Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War
- 1.13 Mists of Pandaria
- 1.14 War Crimes
- 1.15 Legion
- 1.16 Battle for Azeroth
- 1.17 Son of the Wolf (future)
- 2 Locations
- 3 Quests
- 4 Tactics
- 5 Personality
- 6 Age
- 7 Quotes
- 8 Notes & trivia
- 9 Speculation
- 10 Alternate timeline
- 11 Gallery
- 12 Videos
- 13 Patch changes
- 14 References
- 15 External links
The Boy King
During the time of renewed tranquility after the Second War, King was wed to a young, beautiful woman named Tiffin Ellerian in a pre-arranged marriage and in Year 15 conceived a son, Anduin, named for Lothar. When Arthas visited Stormwind, he also met the recently born Anduin. Anduin gripped his finger.
After the dust had settled from the Third War, Varian was asked to cooperate with Thrall. He hesitated but Anduin convinced him at least to go and hear the orc leader through Katrana's objections. He journeyed to Theramore to speak with Lady Jaina Proudmoore regarding Horde/Alliance relations. En route, he was abducted by the Defias who had been told of his diplomatic trip through a spy rumored to live within the Kingdom of Stormwind itself. Shortly after King Varian was kidnapped, was made Regent-Lord of Stormwind and vowed to find and rescue King Varian at any cost. Lady Prestor also became a royal advisor, and convinced Highlord Bolvar to have King Varian's 10-year-old son, Anduin Wrynn, crowned King of Stormwind, though the actual power remained in Fordragon's hands until either Varian was returned or Anduin reached the Age of Ascension.
From the WoW manual
"King Anduin is as wise a ruler as any ten-year-old has a right to be. Recently his father, King Varian Wrynn, went missing under suspicious circumstances while en route to a diplomatic summit at Theramore Isle. At the behest of the royal councilor, Lady Prestor, young Anduin was given the crown so that order could be preserved within the kingdom of Stormwind. Though few citizens are aware that their true king has been missing for so long, Anduin does the best he can to allay their fears. It is widely held that the boy will grow to become a shrewd leader one day."
Return of the Kings
A massive ceremony was later held in Stormwind to welcome home their king. However, the Varian that returned was arrogant, frivolous, and markedly interested in Katrana Prestor. The people of Stormwind had only been informed that the Defias had ransomed the king, a ransom paid with a painful new tax. Upon his return, however, Varian seemed concerned only with spending more of his people's money, leaving affairs of state by the wayside. Anduin Wrynn was distressed by his father's change.
A few days later in Stormwind City, King Magni Bronzebeard was on a visit and was discussing war plans against the orcs and Dark Iron dwarves with King "Varian" and Bolvar Fordragon. However, Varian Wrynn was counseled by Lady Katrana Prestor to not send troops to help the dwarves fight against the dark irons. King Magni left disappointed in Varian's subservience to Lady Prestor's wishes and his dishonorable demeanor. While going to the Deeprun Tram, Magni was met by the young Prince Anduin Wrynn who told the dwarven king that he too suspected something was amiss about his "father".
Some time later, Anduin was practicing his archery with his "father" and asked Varian how he was kidnapped by the Defias. Anduin further questioned him how he later came into the hands of the naga for ransom, in reply to which his father told him that his past was a blank and he could not recall any events before his rescue. For Anduin's improvement in his archery, Varian granted him one reward. Anduin requested that the details of Varian's disappearance be further investigated.
Later Anduin, Varian, Bolvar, and Lady Prestor were riding horseback through the countryside outside Stormwind, with Anduin imploring his father to listen to Stormwind's problems. However, before Anduin could elaborate, his horse was purposely roused by an unknown assailant, causing Anduin to lose control and tumble over a ledge. Varian swiftly caught Anduin, but upon making physical contact, his mind was enveloped with a flashback of past events. Anduin, embracing his father, lost any doubts about him being an imposter. Varian started to tell Bolvar, Anduin, and Lady Prestor about his visions, until Lady Prestor touched him and remarked how astonished she was by his nobility. Bolvar surmised that Varian became befuddled when around her, losing his honor and respect for others. Bolvar became more anxious to discover the secrets of Varian's abduction and sudden return, knowing this would lead to trouble.
One day, a second Varian and his allies marched through the gates of Stormwind. Katrana Prestor hastily gathered soldiers only to have the first Varian tell her that she was disobeying the chain of command and was not in charge of Stormwind. Entering Stormwind Keep, the second Varian - known by the nickname Lo'Gosh - declared Katrana's masquerade was over and called her by her true name: .
As Onyxia revealed her dragon form and transformed multiple guards into dragonspawn, Lo'Gosh and his allies began battle in the great hall of Stormwind Keep. The arrival of Highlord Bolvar Fordragon along with Anduin greatly aided them in securing the keep but was killed moments later by Onyxia. Anduin, surprised by seeing two Varians, urged them to stop fighting each other and face the true threat, the brood mother Onyxia. The great dragon snatched Anduin and teleported them to her lair; daring Varian to follow suit. Regrouping with their friends, the two Varians were left to grieve the loss of their son. Lo'Gosh told their friends and allies that the final battle would end in Onyxia's Lair.
Though imprisoned by Onyxia in her lair, Anduin was able to cut through his rope restraints and evade Onyxia's dragonkin guards. Using his wits, he bunkered down in a small crevice where Onyxia's pursuing dragon whelps wouldn't be able to reach him. He was able to evade capture until Varian and his reinforcements arrived. Onyxia held Anduin hostage, threatening to kill him if Varian didn't surrender Stormwind over to her. Anduin urged his father not to give in to her threats and Lo'Gosh agreed to fight and die with Anduin if need be. Lo'Gosh threw a knife at the dragon's claw to loosen her hold over Anduin. Anduin fell from a great height but was caught and saved by , who had assumed his raven form to catch Anduin mid air. With Anduin's safety secured, the Stormwind army continued the battle.
Leading an assault against Onyxia, both Varians engaged her in battle. Weapons and magic clashed with her numerous dragonkin, with both sides determined to win. Becoming desperate to end the fight, Onyxia began casting the spell she was going to use on Alcaz Island to kill Lo'Gosh, but Lo'Gosh's double responded by stepping in front of the blast, saying he should die because Lo'Gosh was the embodiment of the true Varian. Not willing to sacrifice his double, Lo'Gosh leapt alongside his other self hoping to save him. The magic spell became disrupted by having the two Varians in the spell, and after a moment of silence Varian emerged, his two halves fused back together. Onyxia tried desperately to incinerate him, but Varian swiftly reached Onyxia's head and impaled her. With Onyxia dead, Varian reunited with his son and friends, telling them that their long and noble deeds would be rewarded and that Stormwind had been reborn with a new hope for the future.
Theramore Peace Summit
While returning to Theramore, Varian was asked by Jaina Proudmoore to meet with the orc Warchief so that they may discuss plans to ease tensions between the Horde and Alliance. Varian however, was still wary of orcs for their role in Stormwind's destruction during the first war and didn't trust them to be true allies. Though he was content with just Stormwind and the Horde no longer being in a state of open war and reluctant to enforce such a peace, he was convinced by Anduin and Valeera to attend citing that a human-orc alliance may benefit Stormwind's prosperity.
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When the Scourge attacked Stormwind Varian and Bolvar went to defend the city. At first, Varian wanted to get Anduin to the safety, but moments later, a Scourge soldier almost attacked Varian from behind and Anduin threw a dagger into him saving Varian's life. Bolvar then commanded Anduin to get atop a city tower and shoot undeads with his bow. Stormwind won the battle and Varian pronounced that Alliance forces led by Bolvar will strike into Northrend. Anduin was saddened by Bolvar's leaving and by the upcoming war. Varian then calmed Anduin by telling him that after the death of Lich King, there will be a world of peace.
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During the Wrath of the Lich King Beta test, the only change to the Stormwind Throne Room was the addition of the throne itself. Anduin stood in front of it at his usual spot. Later Anduin got the title <Prince of Stormwind> and stood at the side of his father, who has returned from his long absence.
Weeks after the Lich King was killed, Anduin became the victim of the Emerald Nightmare, suffering his nightmares.
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For a long time Anduin has longed for peace. He longs for a reprieve from the countless deaths and casualties taken from war and natural disasters. Unfortunately, this sometimes puts him at odds with his father’s aggressive nature, which threatens to throw their kingdom into more conflict and war. Though Anduin is wary of Varian's violent outbursts, he understands that his father is a just man who wants to protect the Alliance's interests, and that he needs compassion for the burdens he has to undertake to make the decisions of a leader. Burdens he realizes that he too will inherit some day. He took Bolvar’s death very hard.
Although his archery and dagger throwing skills are superb, Anduin has no talent for martial training or handling heavy weapons, unlike his father. Despite this, Varian wants for him to become a warrior. Anduin follows a pacifist philosophy and is more compassionate and understanding; concerned more with the preservation of life. Though not considered weak by his father, he is considered soft. King Varian allows him to spend more time in Theramore under the guidance of while Varian tries to figure out how to deal with the aggressive outbursts evoked from his Lo'Gosh personality. Jaina gives Anduin a she had already arranged to be created for him, which is set to her living room in Theramore and links it to him, so that he can easily teleport over for a visit anytime he likes.
He later spends time in Ironforge as a Stormwind diplomat. Though he believed that he was sent there to aid the dwarves in such troubling times, to his chagrin, he quickly figures out that Varian hopes training with the dwarves would toughen him up (much like 's training had improved Varian's own martial skills). During his time in Ironforge, Anduin also discovered his true calling in life: to be a priest devoted to the tenets of the Holy Light. For those who know Anduin well, this discipline is a perfect fit for the prince, who has consistently proven himself to be compassionate and thoughtful. While there, Anduin also witnesses first hand the destruction of the Cataclysm as earthquakes wreaked havoc in Khaz Modan, leading to the death of one of his friends, . In order to stop the earthquakes, King Magni led a small procession down into a secret place in the city, Old Ironforge, where he used the Ulduar tablets and was cursed with petrification. Anduin was present to represent Stormwind, and among the gathering of dwarves and gnomes was the only human to be invited. It may even be possible that he was the first human to ever see Old Ironforge in all its glory. During the funeral of Magni, Anduin for the first time saw heroes like , and Nobundo.
In the wake of King Magni’s petrification, returned to Ironforge to claim the throne. Backed by the Dark Iron clan, Moira ruled Ironforge arrogantly and with an iron fist. She held all the people of Ironforge hostage, including Prince Anduin. Anduin escaped Ironforge with Jaina's hearthstone, just as also happened to be visiting her. At Theramore, he and Baine discussed their problems and their similar situations of being sons of leaders. Through their discussion, both discovered new insights on the difference between right and wrong and what it means to be a leader. Near the end of their discussions, Anduin gave Baine the great mace Fearbreaker. Anduin's reasons behind it were "it had chosen Baine, as it had chosen Anduin beforehand."
When Anduin heard Varian and eighteen SI:7 operatives were on a mission to liberate Ironforge by assassinate Moira Thaurissan, he convinced the very reluctant Jaina to open a mage portal to Ironforge for him, stating that while he hoped he would not become king for many years, one day he would and would have to deal with similar situations. Rushing back to the High Seat with the aid of an , he arrived in time to convince Varian to spare Moira’s life. Just before Varian was about to execute Moira, Anduin intervened and urged him that it would be better to guide Moira to be a better leader rather than to just execute her. Despite Moira being a tyrant who held the city hostage, she was still the legitimate heir to the throne and killing her would only put the succession of Ironforge into question, thus leading to more chaos and conflict. Whereas if she lived, through her and her son, all dwarven clans could unite. Varian slowly agreed but was also conflicted as Moira had caused so much chaos and had already threatened the safety of his son. Varian agreed to spare Moira’s life but stipulated that if Moira was to be a leader and unite the dwarves, she would have to earn her crown by earning her people's respect. In order to take into account the opinions of all dwarves, Varian called for the formation of the Council of Three Hammers. Father and son hugged and reconciled while the populace of Ironforge applauded King Varian’s decision.
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Anduin journeyed with his father to a summit of the Alliance delegates in Darnassus. Upon arriving in the middle of the banquet; his father started deprecating and the rest of Gilneas for abandoning the Alliance in their hour of need during the Third War. During Varian's chiding, Malfurion noticed 's sudden interest in the young prince. When his father abruptly retired to his guest chambers, Anduin was inadvertently left behind and was found talking with Velen about the Light. Their discussion however was interrupted when the young prince's personal guards noticed he didn't retire with them and came to retrieve him. It was later that night, while the prophet was meditating in the Temple Gardens, that Anduin approached him again, wondering if they could resume their discussion.
After reflecting on his discussion with Velen, he was certain that the Light had a plan for him but knew that Varian's willful and overprotective nature was holding him back. It was after Anduin overheard the argument between Malfurion and Varian, that he made his decision and informed his father about his choice to leave, stating that he wanted to pursue whatever destiny the Light was drawing him to. When he felt that he couldn’t get his father to listen to him, Anduin started to leave. Varian, in a fit of anger and desperation, grabbed his son's arm, inadvertently hurting him in the process. Though he loves his father, this violent act has caused Anduin to be wary of him. Varian then suggested to Anduin that he should study with , in order to get his son to stay in Stormwind, but the young prince declined, stating that Benedictus was not right for what he needed to learn, and that he needed to go elsewhere, as previously informed by , and that elsewhere was with the prophet Velen.
After a final plea by King Varian, Anduin said his good-byes and headed towards the Temple Gardens to inform Velen of his decision. After making sure that the young prince was certain of his choice, Velen offered to take Anduin under his wing and noted that he has a great destiny ahead of him within the Light. After the battle for Ashenvale, Anduin sends a message to Varian to let him know that he will return to Stormwind City after his journey with Velen is completed.
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When human refugees started to congregate outside the Exodar in the wake of the Cataclysm, Anduin was among them, offering his services and healing the sick. Despite his altruism, many of the refugees resented him for his special relationship with his mentor . When Anduin questioned Velen about why he did not warn about the Cataclysm, Velen showed him a vision of a world destroyed by the Burning Legion, explaining that as terrible as Deathwing and the Cataclysm were, the war with the Burning Legion was a far greater struggle. That night, Anduin had a vision of the universe, utterly decimated by the Burning Legion. But then beings of Light appeared, rescuing him from the dark and saying, "Each life, a universe."
As the weeks passed, tension increased between the draenei and the human refugees, and Anduin rebuked Velen for focusing entirely on the Burning Legion while other, more immediate concerns pressed. When the refugees started a riot, leading to a fight with the draenei guards, Anduin rushed to Velen, begging him to stop the needless slaughter. Reminding the prophet of the words in his vision, that every life is a universe to protect, Velen at last realized that he had lost sight of the present world and its needs by being so focused on the future. Stopping the fight between the refugees and guards, Velen told Anduin that he would one day be a powerful priest and a wise king, and Anduin wished only that his father had heard those words.
Blood of Our FathersThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.
Anduin returned to Stormwind for Remembrance Day, only to find his father in the throne room shouting at a group of nobles. Disappointed that his father was still ruled by his temper, Anduin left the throne room. He was reunited with his father shortly thereafter by Archbishop Benedictus, who had arranged a meeting for them at Tiffin’s grave at Stormwind City Cemetery. Having been reminded of their love for Tiffin and of family, the bad blood between father and son soon faded away. Varian apologized to Anduin for being so blind in not recognizing the man Anduin has become, recognizing Anduin's strengths and giving him his mother's locket.
Their tender reunion was cut short by the arrival of a group of Twilight's Hammer assassins that had followed them to the cemetery, intent on killing both king and prince. The pair fought back, with Anduin using the Light to bolster and protect his father. However, the last of the assassins managed to summon a massive drakonid as he died, which eventually overcame Varian's defenses and nearly killed him. With his father dying, Anduin conjured a barrier to protect them and dispelled the drakonid's defensive magic, allowing Varian to use the last of his strength to slay the beast. As Varian lay dying, he told Anduin that he loved him, that he was proud of him, and not to mourn him as this had always been his fate. Though Marcus Jonathan and wanted to take Anduin to a more secure location, Anduin refused to leave his father. Praying to the Light, he infused his father’s body with an influx of divine energy and saved his life.
In his Remembrance Day speech that evening, Varian stated that though in the past they relied on strength and steel to forge their destiny, a time would come when leaders would need to be healers instead of warriors: those who mend instead of those who break. Anduin watched his father with pride and love as his words stirred the hearts of their people.
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As soon as Alliance players reach level 84, a quest chain leading to the Twilight Highlands opens up, revolving around the Twilight's Hammer and the player's and Anduin's discovery of a traitor in the Stormwind Keep throne room.This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.
While Anduin continued his studies about the Holy Light with the draenei, he remained in contact with his "aunt" Jaina through a magical mirror. He and Jaina engaged in brief small talk about his studies and when Jaina went to go meet with Thrall, the young prince told her to be careful and to give his best to Thrall.
When word reached to Anduin about the Attack on Theramore Isle, he quickly returned home knowing that if Jaina had survived, she would venture to Stormwind. To his utter joy, his "aunt" did survive but during the subsequent hug he gave to her, he noticed that Jaina was stiff in his embrace. After answering why he was in Stormwind, Anduin was silent while Jaina and his father talked about going to war. However, as Jaina, in her quest for vengeance, began to advocate the slaughtering of all the orcs, Anduin quickly yelled her name in a mixture of pain, shock, and horror. When Varian pointed out that the Alliance shouldn't rush into the war and Anduin mentioned how not everyone in the Horde would agree with 's decision to use the mana bomb, Jaina, in turn, berated both father and son: calling Varian a coward and Anduin a gullible child, while apologizing for her role for encouraging his naivete in that regard. Jaina then called Varian and Anduin fools and turned her back on them when they cried out her name and stepped toward her imploringly. That night, both father and son had a long conversation about what exactly hatred could to do to a person. Anduin mentioned that while he knew why the Alliance had to fight the Horde, he made it clear that he did not want to be like Jaina; attacking with hatred in his heart.
Later on, as Anduin, Varian, and observed the new ships being constructed for the Alliance war effort at Stormwind Harbor, the young prince questioned if the night elves would be able to fight their way out of the Horde's blockade. Broll assured him and Varian that the night elves were doing the best they can at the moment and that any lives sacrificed had to count; pointing out that the Alliance had a better chance of victory when they were focused together. After contemplating Broll's words and gazing at the harbor, Anduin couldn't help but wonder why the Horde attacked Theramore with the mana bomb. He furthermore mentioned that the Horde had no idea that the civilians were transported away from Theramore. Varian laid a comforting hand on his son's shoulder and told him that he wished he could tell him why people did horrible things. Upon Anduin's inquiry if Garrosh will win if the Alliance doesn't stoop to his level, both Broll and Varian declared that they would never allow that to happen as long they both live and breathe. When Anduin further asked if Jaina would ever get better, his father told him that he hoped so.
During an Alliance meeting, Anduin informed everyone that Jaina had been to Theramore when asked if anyone had gone there following the massacre. When Gelbin, while relieved at her survival, questioned why she was not present in their planning, Varian only replied that she was too impatient to work with them and is fighting the Horde using her own methods. Soon afterwards, Varian was able to convince those at the meeting to commit to his plan to attack Orgrimmar itself. Later, both his father and Anduin gave an inspirational speech to remind the Alliance exactly what they were fighting for: they will fight the Horde for justice, not genocide, and would never stoop to the monstrous tactics that the Horde has committed. They will embody the ideals of the Alliance and will gain victory on their terms. At the end of his own speech, Anduin called upon the Light to bless all those going off to war, including his father. With Stormwind's king on the battlefield, Anduin was left in charge of the kingdom and was noted to have two draenei vindicators as bodyguards.
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While on a diplomatic mission, Anduin's royal flagship, The Vanguard, was engaged by the Horde's southern fleet. During the naval battle, Admiral Taylor bade him to the ship's hold where he felt restless and was unable to help injured soldiers. The flagship ran aground into an uncharted landmass shrouded in dense mists. Given the code name "White Pawn" by the Alliance, he's shipwrecked in the Jade Forest and the Alliance characters are tasked to find and rescue him. With the hold filling with water, Anduin left the ship and ventured inland.
He is later rescued from hozen pursuers by and his daughter, Lina. The Alliance adventurer discovers his whereabouts several days later through a vision instigated by a pandaren dream brew. After finding Anduin, helping him heal Ren's fever and learning more about the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, SI:7 agents arrive to return Anduin home. He refuses however, as he wants to find the Sacred Pools of the Vale and study their healing powers. He then uses his powers of the Light to mind control his way out of their custody.
However, not long after this he is captured by the Horde vanguard and brought to General at Grookin Hill, who identifies him. Fortunately, he slips away from his captors during the battle at Serpent's Heart and caught a ride with a merchant's family as they fled west to Zhu's Watch in the Krasarang Wilds, where he met .
Mei tells him about the Crane Wind Order and on her advice he accompanied a courier to reach the Temple of the Red Crane and sought an audience with . He studied with the disciples under the tutelage of Chi-Ji and learned a great deal, but his time there became much shorter than he was expecting. When the attacked the temple, Anduin escaped to the Crane Wing Refuge, where he accepts the help of adventurers of both the Alliance and the Horde in the defense of the temple from the Sha of Despair and its lesser minions.
Anduin is later present in the Temple of the White Tiger in Kun-Lai Summit, where he, the Alliance, and the Horde prove their worthiness to , the temple's August Celestial, in their quest to discover the Vale. , who is also present, is impressed with Anduin and sees why his High Chieftain regards him with such high esteem. They are in turn brought to the Gate of the August Celestials, where Xuen and his counterparts open the Gates to the Vale. After this, Anduin and the Alliance are the found in the Shrine of Seven Stars.
At the very conclusion of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms reputation questline, Mogu are attacking the Golden Lotus and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. Anduin is found helping the defenders by using his powers of the Light to keep the mogu from entering Mogu'shan Palace.
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After Lion's Landing's construction, Anduin reunites with his father. Anduin tells Varian that the war will poison Pandaria but Varian assures Anduin that he is fighting the Horde not out of hatred, but for a love of what's right. Varian asks Anduin to trust him to do the right thing and to also lend him his support. Both Varian and Anduin resolve to work together to protect Pandaria. When news reached them that and night elf rangers have been pursuing a Horde party holed up in the Temple of the Red Crane, Anduin advises Varian to not let the temple turn into a war zone as it is still recovering from a Sha infestation. Sensing that Garrosh was trying to lure the Alliance from the beach, Varian plans on defusing the situation with a handful of champions. Anduin trusts his father to handle the battle the right way and leaves the situation in his capable hands.
King Varian later sends Anduin and the Alliance player to negotiate with the withdrawal of blood elves from Dalaran as the Sunreavers claim fealty to the Horde and represent a major threat to the war effort. Jaina Proudmoore however, refused; citing a desire to maintain Dalaran's neutrality. Her reason being that despite her disdain for Garrosh, Dalaran could serve as a beacon of hope for peace. By showing the world that both Alliance and Horde can trust each other and work together in their city, the world would be able to believe that they could eventually be above the war.
Later on, Anduin summons the player to meet him in the Imperial Exchange. Once there, he explains that the Explorer's League brought back a sha sample from their expedition from Mogujia. He goes on to say that it escaped containment and that it has begun to infect some of their own men. Both the Alliance champion and Anduin work together to cleanse the Sha infestation. After completing the cleansing, Anduin and the champion arrive in time to see the Alliance's dignitaries and allies arrive. With everyone in attendance, they start the proceedings of their summit. Anduin reports to Varian that it was the Sha energy that was causing their troops to act so violently. Though Varian is confident that the Alliance could defeat any foe, Anduin advises Varian to not underestimate the Sha as it feeds on one's inner most weaknesses, twisting and manipulating their thoughts. Just then, an manifests and Jaina Proudmoore restrains it in an ice block. Many of the dignitaries are shocked or horrified by its dark power, while others see merit in the Sha and want to study or weaponize the Sha's energy. Varian asks for Anduin's opinion on the matter and he states that while it may be possible to harness the Sha's power as a weapon, they risk destroying their own people in the process, a price that he is not willing to pay. Varian concurs with his son's assessment and destroys the Sha, thereby forbidding its use.
Anduin then accompanied into the Ruins of Korune where the Alliance found and teleported the Divine Bell to Darnassus. The Horde managed to steal the bell from the city, which was the reason for the Purging of Dalaran. After the purge, Anduin met with Varian and Jaina at Lion's Landing and witnessed Jaina pledge the Kirin Tor to the Alliance but also the ruined negotiations to get the Sin'dorei into the Alliance as a consequence of her actions.
After hearing about the Horde's acquisition of the Divine Bell, Anduin began searching for a means to counter its power. His research has led him to an item known as the Harmonic Mallet. The Harmonic Mallet was last seen in the hands of the Monkey King. The tomb of the Monkey King is located in Tomb of Conquerors, where he and his mogu adversary are frozen in jade. As legend has it, the Monkey King and a Mogu named the "" were in the middle of a duel until both of them somehow became petrified in jade. Anduin discovered an incantation to release him from the jade imprisonment but it would release the Jade Warlord as well. After the Alliance champion defeats the Jade Warlord, the Monkey King asks the champion to solve his three riddles in exchange for the whereabouts of the Harmonic Mallet: an instrument used by the Pandaren rebels in ancient times to counter the mogu's Divine Bell by turning its power into pure harmony. After solving his riddles, the Monkey King revealed that he had to to break the mallet and sent his minions to hide it's pieces in the far away corners of Pandaria in order to prevent it from falling into Mogu hands. Anduin and the Alliance player then go on a quest to reassemble the Harmonic Mallet.
When news reached the Alliance that Horde forces were amassing in huge numbers at Emperor's Reach, everyone expected Garrosh to use the Divine Bell. Knowing that time was of the essence, Anduin stole the Harmonic Mallet and went to stop Garrosh personally. The player witnesses Garrosh make a speech about the Horde's grand destiny, and how he will use the Divine Bell to erase weakness from his orcs and create a stronger Horde. Garrosh rings the Divine Bell and it turns his kor'kron into Sha. After they are dispatched by the player, Prince Anduin Wrynn intervenes and tries to deter Garrosh from using the Divine Bell. Anduin's pleas fell on deaf ears however, and Garrosh used the Divine Bell to sha infest his champion , who the player then has to fight. Though Garrosh encouraged his troops to master the Sha energy, in the end, none of his champions were able to do so. In the aftermath of the battle, Anduin used the Harmonic Mallet to turn the Divine Bell's chaos into pure harmony. This stuns Garrosh but Garrosh recovers and strikes at the bell and destroys it; causing the rubble to fall on Anduin and crushing his body. Believing him dead, Garrosh lets the Alliance champion live to relay the fate of Anduin to King Varian; thereby illustrating the price for his continued defiance. The player discovers that Anduin still lives, albeit badly injured in Garrosh's unprovoked assault, and retrieves Anduin's broken body from the ruins. Using a signal flare for immediate evacuation, they fly to Lion's Landing where Varian mourns and tends to his son, ordering for to be sent to their location at once. Both Varian and Jaina Proudmoore are furious at this assault and swear to make Garrosh pay. Despite Varian sending for Velen, Anduin ended up being healed by Pandaren Mistweavers.
Rise of the Thunder KingThis section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
Anduin was healed by pandaren mistweavers but is still recovering from his injuries. Despite objections from his father, Anduin insists on wandering around talking to people. He is revealed to be in the Veiled Stair recovering from his wounds and escorted by Alliance guards and by . There he met and has been playing a pandaren board game with him. As they play, he and Wrathion discuss , the Thunder King, and his leadership style; to which they disagree with each other if whether his tyrannical and brutal reign should be applauded or not. Anduin disapproves of Wrathion's hard cutthroat outlook and Wrathion likewise thinks Anduin too soft. Although suspicious of the black dragon and thinking that he shouldn't be trusted, Anduin is still intrigued by him. Later on, when Wrathion gives the player the , Anduin warns the player to think twice before putting it on. When the adventurer brings the , he felt a chill within him at the first sight of it. Then Wrathion takes it from the adventurer and Anduin expressed his revulsion as Wrathion without warning ate it and began to reveal memories in his head that Anduin didn't understand. After that, Anduin says aloud that he doesn't trust what Wrathion saw; Wrathion replies that "it is wise not to."
Timeless IsleThis section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
Anduin appears on the Timeless Isle, accompanied by two Royal Bodyguards, standing by a table with Kairoz, and . At the conclusion of , Anduin notes that time is frozen on the isle, and asks what could have created such an effect, to which Kairoz replies that this is what he wants to find out.
Siege of OrgrimmarThis section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
Anduin along side with the rest of the Alliance forces, bore witness to a defeated . When Varian returns to his faction, Lady advised the High King to "dismantle the Horde". Varian commands his guards to march with him towards the Horde side and Anduin, confused of what he intended to do, questioned him of what he was doing. Varian responded to him, "What a king must do." He then witnessed his father negotiate a peace with the Horde.
- I think my father did the right thing. If we tried to occupy Orgrimmar, the fighting would never stop. And what about the rest of the Horde? Would we resort to internment camps? We've been down that road before - it doesn't work!
- We deposed of a warmonger and replaced him with a leader we can work with. It's our only chance for peace in the future.
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By the time the trial of started and the leaders of Azeroth gathered, Anduin was already in the Temple of the White Tiger. Once reunited with his father, he stood by his teacher, Prophet . Later, he was seen in Violet Rise having dinner. When the first day of the trial started, he revealed he had invited to witness the proceedings. After hearing the charges against Garrosh, he felt sorry for Baine for having to defending him. When Baine, who acted as Garrosh's defense attorney, and Tyrande, who acted as Garrosh's prosecutor, finished their speeches, Anduin wanted to support Baine, but was instead taken by his father outside of the trial proceedings so he wouldn't have to interact with Garrosh. Anduin was shocked when he saw Tyrande's first vision about the orcs and draenei on Draenor. Although he has learned about the violent history between the two races, he didn't know it was so brutal. When Velen, as the first witness, returned to his seat, Anduin went out for a walk accompanied by Wrathion and discussed Tyrande's strategy. Anduin asked Wrathion whether he considers him a friend to which Wrathion responded that he did. During the second hearing, he watched the visions of the deaths of and as well as the reactions of and to them. Anduin approved of Kelantir's courage.
During the second day of the trial, Anduin was called as the fourth witness. He retold the events of Theramore's meeting and how he stopped Garrosh from using the Divine Bell. Anduin revealed that he didn't intervene immediately because he feared what it would do to . Baine's questions eventually led the prince to say that he didn't want revenge after the Divine Bell incident and closed by saying that he believes Garrosh can change. Afterwards when the Wrynns went to have a meal, the prince encountered Vereesa and told her he understands her anger at his responses at Garrosh's trial whilst she responded that she understood his decision. After that, Anduin was brought to and Baine who revealed that Garrosh wishes to meet the prince. Anduin agreed and convinced his father to believe in him. Garrosh asks Anduin if he believes in destiny. Garrosh continued to question him if he chose the Light or if the Light chose him. Anduin didn't know what to say even though he studied as a priest. Garrosh set an example of a golden-haired, beloved human prince that was a paladin, and yet he turned his back on the Light. Anduin quickly responded that he was nothing like him. When the hearing of was done, Anduin met with Garrosh and they spoke about the new Warchief as well as about what would Garrosh do if there was a peace between the Horde and Alliance that mutually benefited both factions. That led Garrosh to send Anduin away.
When the fifth day ended, the prince once again went to see the former Warchief. Anduin wanted to understand Garrosh's reasoning but he retorted that he would never understand. During the sixth day it was revealed how Anduin, Jaina, and Baine worked together in the past to overthrow . Varian was angered by his son and Jaina conducting political moves without conferring with him and upon returning to Violet Rise, Anduin witnessed Varian arguing with Jaina. After that, he learned that Varian is going to be Baine's last witness. After the following dinner, the prince met with Wrathion once more and conversed about the recent events. During the seventh day he watched the vision of Theramore's obliteration and on the last day he heard the closing argument. After Kalec came to say goodbye to the Wrynns, Anduin went to visit Garrosh one last time. On his way to Garrosh's cell, Anduin noticed Vereesa lost in her thoughts. She suddenly noticed him, and supposing that perhaps it's the work of the Light, told him that Garrosh's last meal is poisoned, before leaving for Dalaran. Immediately he ran to Garrosh's cell, convincing the brothers Li and Lo to let him enter for the last time. Anduin and Garrosh's last conversation was even more harsh and antagonistic. While Garrosh mocked him, the pandaren brought him his last meal. As the prince was going to tell him about the poison, Garrosh told him that when he is king, the orcs will march to Stormwind and they will raze it to the ground and the Stormwindians will wish Tiffin had miscarried. Anduin didn't know what to do - to watch Garrosh die, or to intervene. As Garrosh took his bowl and was about to take a bite from his meal, Anduin kicked the bowl. The meal spread across the cage and Garrosh took the Prince's arm in anger, twisting it and was about to tear it off. At this moment, a rat emerged and began eating the spilled meal and after a few seconds, died. Garrosh then let Anduin go and Anduin healed his arm with the Light, leaving without further words. He told the Chu brothers to remove Garrosh's chains from his feet during the final verdict of the hearing in order for Garrosh to stand as a warrior. After that he sought , the pandaren trial courier, and sent Vereesa a message: "He lives. I will not make two children both fatherless and motherless. What you do now is your choice." Veressa's response was: " thanks him".
Afterwards, he returned to his seat and watched Garrosh's last speech. As he was watching him, Anduin was astounded by Garrosh being unapologetic for his criminal actions. Anduin was later called for by his father and the two went to the entrance of the temple. With Go'el, they all sensed something was wrong as Chromie went missing. The Prince started looking for her and he returned to the cell and found the Chus knocked out in front of the prison's door. He healed them quickly and they told him that two women with crossbows had attacked them. Suddenly they heard a gnomish voice from inside the cell. The voice belonged to Chromie, who revealed to Anduin that Kairoz is going to use the for something. As Anduin turned, he saw Wrathion and understood that the Black Prince and his two bodyguards, and , were in league with Kairoz. The Black Prince told him that he is doing what is right for Azeroth and that he hopes that one day Anduin will understand that. Wrathion concludes that he hopes the two of them will fight against a common enemy as brothers in the future. The dragon held up a hand and caused Anduin to faint. Once awoken, he heard noises and when he returned to the main area, he entered chaos. He saw himself - King Anduin Wrynn from an alternate universe wielding Fearbreaker - and was warned by him of the hunter Vol'jin who preyed on his people and collected elven and human ears as a necklace. Prince Anduin took Fearbreaker from his alternate universe counterpart's hands and started attacking the alternate universe Vol'jin. However, the troll gained the upper hand and as he was about to kill Anduin, the King Anduin from the alternate universe lunged himself at Vol'jin, but the troll overpowered King Anduin and stabbed him. As he was about to take his ear, Chronormu snatched the hunter and tossed him across the arena. Chromie explained that understanding the essence of his counterpart returns him to his world. The prince kneeled by his alternate counterpart and told the king that their father lives in this reality. With this, King Anduin died and his body vanished. Prince Anduin then began healing other fighters caught in the fray.
After the chaos ended, he ran to his father and saw Jaina was dying from a wound. He started healing her but did not have the strength to save her. He then witnessed 's gift of resurrection and heard Chromie saying that it was Kairoz who orchestrated this attack. Anduin added that Wrathion supported Kairoz in this machination too. Ultimately, he heard the sentence of the Celestials - that every person here was judged, a fact he had grasped earlier.
LegionThis section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
Rise as King
Heir to the throne of Stormwind, Anduin is wise beyond his years. Time and again, he has used diplomacy to end conflict, inspiring even his warrior father to lay down arms in pursuit of peace. But diplomacy has its limits, and some villains can't be reasoned with. As the Burning Legion threatens to annihilate Azeroth, Anduin will learn the true cost of peace... and whether he's willing to pay it.
Shortly after the Burning Legion returned to Azeroth, Varian and his fleet traveled to the Broken Shore alongside to battle the demonic threat head-on, leaving Anduin behind in Stormwind. The battle ended in disaster, as Varian lost his life in the battle and the remaining Alliance forces barely got out alive due to the Horde's unexpected retreat.
During King Varian's funeral, Anduin receives a letter that Varian had written before the disastrous battle from a veteran of the Broken Shore. When the discussion among the Alliance's leaders transitioned to how to respond to the Horde's treachery at the Broken Shore, Anduin agreed with that the Alliance must focus on the Burning Legion and work with the Horde to that end. Jaina however, blames Varian's death on the Horde leaving the Alliance to die and wants to fight them as well. She insists that her mages will never work with the Horde again and leaves, as Anduin mourns his father's death, the disaster on the Broken Shore, and Jaina's and Genn's fixation on revenge. He cannot blame Jaina or Genn for feeling the way that they do, but insists there is a better way. Following the funeral, the Illidari envoy uncovers Burning Legion infiltrators plotting to attack the Alliance racial leaders, notably the newly crowned King Anduin, during their time of mourning and aids Alliance forces in repelling the demons. Grateful for the Illidari's assistance, King Anduin allows the Illidari to establish a temporary camp in the Mage Quarter and tasks an Alliance champion to act as his envoy to them, while cautioning the adventurer to keep an eye on them lest their dark powers consume their new allies.
During A Royal Audience, started when an Alliance champion reaches Prestige Rank 2, Anduin can be found in Stormwind Keep alongside other notable leaders of the Alliance. He hosted the ceremony that congratulated the champion for their battles against the Horde, following their receiving of the as well as an artifact appearance.
Anduin was advised by disguised as for a time, receiving lies.
For those of the Alliance, the loss of King Varian Wrynn at the Broken Shore continues to echo throughout Azeroth. But for his son, Anduin Wrynn, that loss is felt most keenly as he faces not only the loss of a father, but takes on new responsibilities as a king.
Before the campaign on Pandaria, Anduin made a compass for his father's birthday which Varian would keep very close. When the Legion attacked Varian's airship during their third invasion, it fell into the sea below taking Varian and his crew with it. As he was slowly sinking, Varian accidentally dropped the compass into the sea.
When an Alliance hero was skulking around the monsters of the sea at the Broken Shore, a glittering spark caught their attention. Swimming to the bottom of the sea, they found that it was a compass with a picture of Anduin inside. Although it has long stopped working, whatever remained of the portrait inside could clearly be identified as Anduin. Thinking it was important, the adventurer brought the compass to the king. Anduin was stunned and realized that he hadn't had time to mourn after his father passed away. The king thanks the adventurer.
All would be quiet, until Genn called for the same adventurer to meet him at the keep. Genn mentions that the king had not been the same ever since the adventurer brought the compass back, mentioning that Anduin had become listless and distracted. Genn sends two guards to surveil him and they said that the king had been praying at the Cathedral of Light. He asks the adventurer to remedy his melancholy by going to the King and convince him to resume his duties.
The adventurer finds Anduin at the cathedral, praying to the Light for answers. Anduin feels forlorn, believing that he didn't earn his father's crown and that his people don't have faith in him. He decided to travel around the city to see what his people think of him. To do this he used a spell that disguised him in dark, hooded clothing. He passes by the royal guards and makes his way to Lion's Rest with the adventurer.
Along the way, they come across and . The two where having a conversation of whether they will be safe under Anduin should the Legion come to Stormwind. Another conversation was encountered with the two children and . Dougie was pretending to be Anduin but Karyn convinced him to be Varian because he was tougher. Arriving to Varian's memorial, Anduin speaks about how he had been praying to the Light for guidance and to know if his father's spirit was at rest. He speaks about how his people like him and respect him but don't believe in him.
Content knowing how his people felt, he wanted to know how his advisers feel about him, fearing that they don't trust him. He decides to return to the keep on his gryphon with the adventurer close by. Arriving at the keep, he finds
Genn and Velen discussing him. Velen holds Anduin in high regard saying that a vision showed him becoming a great leader. Genn on the other hand feels that Anduin doesn't have the mettle to succeed, for he doesn't have the experience of the Broken Shore and how the compass easily broke his spirit.
Agreeing with Genn, Anduin decided to travel to the Broken Shore, to see with his own eyes the threat they face. Anduin leaves the adventurer behind to tell Velen of the the King's plan. While Velen believes that the Broken Shore is dangerous, he also understands that this experience is necessary for him. He sends the adventurer to the Broken Shore to keep an eye on the King.
The adventurer finds Anduin at a campfire with a bunch of monks. After meeting up with him, they travel to the Soul Ruin. There, they put the lost souls of Alliance soldiers to rest. Afterwards, they made their way to Wrynnfall, where Varian fell. At Wrynnfall, Genn shows Velen the site of Varian's death, and Velen comments that Anduin does not know the Legion like they do. Anduin arrives, much to Genn's initial shock but it quickly becomes sorrow, and Anduin reveals his worries and doubts about living up to his father's legacy. The young king finds one of his father's swords comprising Shalamayne under the ash and sand and falls to his knees. Genn kneels before a despairing Anduin to speak to him face-to-face and tells him how Varian's heroic actions were a challenge to them to never let fear prevail, even at the very gates of hell. Before Anduin's eyes an image of Varian appears, to which Anduin asks what he is supposed to do now; Varian responds simply, "What a king must do." In Anduin's hands, the sword begins to glow.
Anduin at the Cathedral of Light.
Anduin at Lion's Rest.
Anduin watches over the remains of the Felreaver his father destroyed.
Son of the Wolf (present)This section concerns content exclusive to the World of Warcraft comics.
By this point, Anduin has recovered Varian's second sword as well and wields the combined Shalamayne.
While Anduin is rereading his father's letter, he silently contemplated his new duties as king. While musing that this was not the coronation he had dreamed of as a boy, a lone soldier entered the room, saying that he had brought good news from the Broken Shore. He then said "It seems the war is over... for you" before erupting in fel energy and lunging towards the king with a dagger in hand. In response, Anduin grabbed his wrist before incapacitating him in a magical web. When and the guards arrived, Anduin, now standing in front of the trapped nathrezim, calmly told them to sweep the rest of the castle to make sure that the assassin was working alone. Once he and the demon were alone again, Anduin began questioning him what the Legion hoped to achieve, saying that the Alliance would not fall because one or even two leaders died. The nathrezim replied that it already had, that "the wolf" — Varian — was already dead and that the rest of the Alliance would soon join him in the grave. When Anduin said that the demon clearly knew nothing of the Alliance's resolve, the dreadlord responded by saying that the Legion knew everything, and that Anduin was nothing like the wolf — that Varian had hoped to raise a warrior, but had instead raised a foolish runt who dreamed of peace where there could never be any, that Anduin had made the wolf weak by befriending his foes and standing in his way. The dreadlord then claimed that even though the new king had now seen the truth by trading words with warriors and nearly dying for it, he could not hope to stand against those who had killed his father and that he would only lead the Alliance to ruin. However, the nathrezim then made an offer: by joining the Burning Legion, Anduin could achieve the peace he had always strived for. Anduin replied that he was indeed a man of peace, that he was the light that remained after his father's death, and that he would "finish this". He then focused holy energy into the shape of a hammer before using it to strike the nathrezim's chest, instantly killing it and shattering its body into smoldering fragments.
- "Yes, I changed my father. But he also changed me. Will that be enough for the Alliance? For Azeroth? It will have to be. There will be peace. One day."
- — Anduin's thoughts
Battle for AzerothThis section concerns content exclusive to Battle for Azeroth.
- "Ours is a cycle of hatred; alliances forged and broken. We have paid the price for sharing this world and we have forgotten what makes us strong."
- — 
As High King of the Alliance, Anduin led the assault on Lordaeron with King as his second-in-command. The Alliance forces managed to corner the Horde in Capital City, which they began to besiege. The battle was turning in the Alliance's favor until Warchief Sylvanas launched a devastating counter-attack on an Alliance siege weapon, which rallied the Horde in driving back the Alliance. Anduin ordered his forces to push forward and personally killed several Horde warriors until he was knocked down by a blow from , whom Genn swatted aside before trying to help Anduin and being incapacitated by a troll shaman. After fending off a troll warrior who tried to attack him while he was down, the young monarch looked around himself and saw his army wavering. Dropping his father's sword, King Wrynn then conjured a massive dome of light to heal his forces and to keep the Horde at bay. After the dome ceased, he rallied his reinvigorated forces and told his men to stand united for the Alliance, with both Horde and Alliance forces charging toward each other and resuming the battle.
Son of the Wolf (future)This section concerns content exclusive to the World of Warcraft comics.
Many, many years into the future, Anduin Wrynn as an old man re-reads his father's last letter and contemplates that there is only one more battle to be fought. Aboard the Exodar, informs the High King that it is time, that they will never have an opportunity or chance like this again. As Anduin stands up, he remembers his father and all the others who have fallen, and Velen says that the Light will triumph over the Shadow this day.
|Location||Level range||Health range|
|Jade Forest||5 - 15||164 - 384|
|Siege of Orgrimmar||90||57,470|
- The Compass
- Stormwind City
- Jade Forest
- Krasarang Wilds
- Kun-Lai Summit
TacticsThis section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
King Anduin is perhaps the hardest city leader to defeat for Horde players. The relocation of Stormwind Keep and the change of Stormwind's geography make getting to Anduin undetected nearly impossible. Additionally, Anduin's elite guard are spread all the way along the path to the king, ranging as far as the steps of the keep itself. A fast kill is vital as Stormwind is highly populated during most hours and Alliance players are very likely to come to the aid of their King.
- Greater Heal — Heals the caster for 25% of maximum life.
- Penance — Launches bolts of holy light at up to 5 enemies every 1 sec for 6 sec, inflicting Holy damage.
- Power Word: Aegis — Shields the caster with a protective ward for 15 sec, absorbing 300000000 damage.
- Psychic Scream — Lets out a psychic scream, causing up to 5 nearby enemies to flee for 4 sec.
Although only a teenager, Stormwind's prince, Anduin, has persevered through numerous trials and tribulations, such as being kidnapped by the scheming black dragon Onyxia. His greatest challenge, however, might lie in his relationship with Varian. Anduin is no stranger to his father's love and affection, but he is constantly wary of sudden outbursts from Varian's violent, gladiatorial side. Anduin has also struggled against his father's insistence that he become a warrior.
Events just prior to the Cataclysm signaled a new chapter in Anduin's life. While undergoing martial training in the dwarven bastion of Ironforge, Anduin witnessed as Moira Thaurissan—the estranged daughter of the late King Magni Bronzebeard—held the city hostage with a contingent of Dark Iron dwarves. Despite being the legal heir to Ironforge, she drew the ire of Varian for her heavy-handed tactics. Before long, the king and a team of SI:7 agents infiltrated the city, intent on killing the brash dwarf heiress. Only through Anduin's wise and resolute intervention did Varian stay his hand and spare Moira's life, thus averting a political disaster that might have ignited a dwarven civil war.
During his time in Ironforge, Anduin also discovered his true calling in life: to be a priest devoted to the tenets of the Holy Light. For those who know Anduin well, this discipline is a perfect fit for the prince, who has consistently proven himself to be compassionate and thoughtful. No longer the child-prince of Stormwind from years past, Anduin is fast becoming his own man with the courage to speak up for what he believes in. He does not share Varian's outright hatred and mistrust of the Horde. On one occasion, he even imparted sage advice to the tauren chieftain Baine Bloodhoof after the death of his father, Cairne. Yet in Azeroth's current state of turmoil, it is unknown whether Anduin's destiny with the Light will proceed on its current course, or whether his path will take a different turn.
Lore-wise, Anduin Wrynn was ten when the original World of Warcraft game was released. However, given the time change taken into account by the release of Wrath of the Lich King, he would be 12 years of age. fished from the Dalaran fountain has the flavor text "I wish I would grow up, it feels like I've been 10 for years."
Arthas officially joined the Silver Hand when he was 19, Year 15. and he then claimed that Varian is a new father which indicates that Anduin was born around the year 15. This confirms that Anduin was 10 around the time of World of Warcraft. Ultimate Visual Guide confirms that Anduin was crowned the temporary King of Stormwind at age ten when his father was kidnapped.
Stormrage, whose action takes place sometime after the fall of the , claims that he is not quite thirteen.
World of Warcraft: The Comic
- "The druid was injured in my service and I will protect him with my life! To reach him, monsters, you'll have to go through me!"
- "Meeting would be great, dad. From what I've heard... He's extraordinary. And isn't establishing peace something a king should do? If he can?"
- "Why waste your warriors and resources in battle when a few words will bring you greater profit?" (Said to during the summit at Theramore)
- "You're anxious to return to Stormwind? But there's so much to discuss here that may ensure our kingdom's future peace and prosperity."
World of Warcraft
- Greetings citizen.
- Hi there. Have you heard any news of my father? (Removed in 3.0.2 with the return of his father.)
- Enjoying your stay in Stormwind? (Redone in 4.0.3a)
- Hello. Have you come to speak with my father?
- I hope you're enjoying your stay in Stormwind.
- Escorting the Prince
- Keep your eyes open for anything suspicious.
- I'm glad you're here.
- Something strange is happening in Stormwind...
- We'll get to the bottom of this.
Mists of PandariaThis section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
Anduin has new voiced lines added in Mists of Pandaria.
- In Pandaria
- Have you ever seen such a place?
- There's work to be done here.
- There's more to this land than meets the eye.
- We're far from home, friend.
- Can you believe the majesty of this place?
- At Grookin Hill
- It's not too late to end this war.
- I have always heard that the Horde was honorable.
- We don't have to keep fighting. Don't you see?
- You know who my father is, right?
- I'm telling!
- I will see you soon.
- Stay safe.
- Keep your guard up.
- Be careful.
- If you've come to return me to , I must ask that you look around us first - can we truly walk away from these people in their time of need and still claim to represent the Alliance?
- How did you end up here?
- When the SI:7 , they wanted to take me home. I ran away.
- It wasn't long before the Horde found me.
- During the battle at Serpent's Heart, I managed to slip away in the chaos. A merchant allowed me to ride with his family as they fled west, to Zhu's Watch.
- It was there that I met .
- She told me of the Crane Wing order, and on her advice I accompanied a courier to the temple to seek an audience with , the Red Crane.
- I was studying with the disciples there when the sha arrived.
- Why didn't you return to Stormwind with the SI:7?
- I could not bear to sit in Stormwind Keep while my people's blood spills here!
- Pandaria has much to teach us. There is great power here. Power that could save thousands of lives.
- And I am to find it.
LegionThis section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
- For the Alliance above all.
- A just cause is always worth fighting for.
- Greetings friend.
- A king is only as noble as the cause that he serves.
- Stormwind will endure.
- Sometimes we must fight for what we believe in.
- Stormwind honors your service to the Alliance.
- Now is not a time for that.
- You try my patience.
- You know I'm king now, right?
- The light shall burn you!
- Be vigilant.
- Victory in the light.
- Safe journey to you.
- You are always welcome in Stormwind.
- Never lose hope.
Notes & trivia
- Despite wearing full plate armor and wielding Shalamayne in combat during the battle for Lordaeron, Anduin is still a priest and not a paladin.
- Anduin has blue eyes.
- He is the youngest faction leader.
- Anduin Wrynn's impaled body can be seen in the Stormwind Harbor of the Realm of Y'Shaarj.
- Prior to becoming a priest, Anduin was shown to have a skill with ranged weapons. At various points in World of Warcraft: The Comic he used a bow, a gun, and instructed him in throwing daggers.
- , King Genn Greymane, and Prophet Velen are his advisors.
- By the time of the Cataclysm, Anduin had met only once. This was likely during the Theramore peace summit after Onyxia's death.
- At this time, Anduin did not know (and still doesn't) of Bolvar's ultimate fate yet, and Varian hoped he never would.
- In Anduin's quarters hangs only one picture: a portrait of Queen Tiffin holding Anduin when he was a baby.
- Anduin calls "Aunt Jaina", and freely accepts hugs from her.
- When Anduin stays in Ironforge, asks him to call him "uncle".
- The friendship between Anduin and Baine resembles Jaina and 's which helped keep the peace between the two factions when the latter was still Warchief.
- According to , Prince Anduin got his hair cut at the Stormwind Barber Shop.
- Anduin considers draenei females to be quite attractive.
- Anduin used barriers, shields, and holy fire like Discipline priests. Anduin is also capable of using Shadow-based abilities such as mind control. When Garrosh insulted his mother the late Queen Tiffin, an outraged Anduin felt like blasting Garrosh's mind with what sounded like mind blast.
- Prior to Cataclysm, Anduin was the only child in the game with voiced dialogue. After the Cataclysm, he was the only teenager with a non-child model in the game.
- The images of Varian and Anduin briefly appear in , a story told by .
- Many fans pair Anduin with . However, Christie Golden confirmed that they were only good friends.
- Anduin is the only racial leader who was replaced by someone else (by Varian in Wrath of the Lich King) but then got his position back later.
- There is an Alliance carrier used during the naval missions on the alternate Draenor that bears the name .
- Anduin was voiced by Joey Cash in WoW Vanilla, Jim Mahoney during Cataclysm, and now is voiced solely by Josh Keaton.
- Like his namesake, , Anduin's name is identical to that of the famous river Anduin in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth.
- Anduin is the default Hero (player character) for the priest class in Hearthstone. His flavor text reads: "The future King of Stormwind is a kind, gentle soul. Except when he's in Shadowform."
- Anduin Wrynn is an epic Alliance ally card in the World of Warcraft: Trading Card Game's Blood of Gladiators series.
- In the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion, the nine heroes of Warcraft have been raised as powerful death knights of the , with Anduin abandoning the Light and fully embracing the Void, becoming Shadowreaper Anduin. Upon being played, Shadowreaper Anduin replaces the player's Hero Power with Voidform.
- tends to call Anduin "young lion", while called him "young cub".
- After the Legion overview trailer, many fans began nicknaming him "Manduin" for his more adult appearance and also for his character maturation soon thereafter.
Although not a paladin or a warrior, he could possibly be considered a battle-priest.
A version of Anduin existed in a timeline where Varian was killed and Anduin was made king in young age as detailed above, under the War Crimes section. According to Baine, Kairoz selected the most broken and darkest versions.
- Finding Prince Anduin Wrynn
- Jaina tells Anduin about the past
- Hidden Threads
- Hellscream's Downfall (Alliance)
- Courting Destiny
- Anduin's Ascension
- A Found Memento
- Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Updated model and once again titled "King of Stormwind".
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Updated model and voice.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): New model and voice.
- Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Now titled "Prince of Stormwind" instead of King, a line of dialogue removed.
- ^ a b
- ^ a b c d e f Raising a King on the official website
- ^ a b
- ^ Alex Afrasiabi on Twitter
- ^ a b BlizzCon 2017 Q&A
- ^ Showdown!
- ^ a b c The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm
- ^ Characters - Varian Wrynn
- ^ Flashback
- ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
- ^ a b World of Warcraft manual, pg 170
- ^ Stormrage, chapter 10
- ^ Wolfheart
- ^ Blood of Our Fathers
- ^ Mists of Pandaria: Dave "Fargo" Kosak interview
- ^ War Crimes
- ^ Legion characters
- ^ a b Anduin: Son of the Wolf
- ^ World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth Cinematic Trailer
- ^ Anduin Wrynn: Then and Now
- ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, chapter 5
- ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, pg 268
- ^ Wolfheart, chapter 15, pg 638
- ^ War Crimes, chapter 13
- ^ Magni: Fault Lines: "Been four years since you turned to stone."
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic: Threat!
- ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, pg. 66
- ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, chapter 7
- ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, chapter 11
- ^ The Shattering, 126
- ^ War Crimes
- ^ Christie Golden on Twitter
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High King of the Alliance
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Ruler of Stormwind
(as King under regency
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Ruler of Stormwind
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