- For his The Frozen Throne statistics, see Balnazzar (Warcraft III). For his pre-Cataclysm encounter, see . For his strategy on the encounter, see .
|Affiliation(s)||Burning Legion, Dreadlord Insurgents, Risen|
|Former affiliation(s)||Scarlet Crusade, Crimson Legion|
|Occupation||Lord of the Risen|
Balnazzar (formerly under the guise of , Grand Crusader of the Scarlet Crusade) was one of the three nathrezim siblings left behind in Lordaeron to oversee the demonic conquest of that land. The return of Prince Arthas, following the defeat of , sent the three brothers packing, but they quickly regrouped and concocted a new plan to destroy Arthas once and for all. Though they (and , who attacked Arthas on her own terms) didn't destroy Arthas, the undead prince left Lordaeron, leaving Balnazzar to rule the Plaguelands. Soon after, Sylvanas (who forcibly made join her) laid siege to Balnazzar's forces and ultimately forced Varimathras to execute Balnazzar. However the execution was faked and Balnazzar later came to possess the body of Saidan Dathrohan, a founder of the Scarlet Crusade.
Following the war against the Lich King, Balnazzar and his undead Risen were killed by adventurers. Forced back to the Twisting Nether, he returned years later during third invasion of the Burning Legion. Deciding to dismantle the newly reformed Knights of the Silver Hand, he serves as the main antagonist of the paladin class order campaign. Balnazzar was finally killed in the Netherlight Temple located in the Twisting Nether, ending the dreadlord permanently.
The Third WarThis section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos or its expansion The Frozen Throne.
Balnazzar and his brothers, and , were not aware that the Burning Legion had been defeated at Mount Hyjal until months after the fact. It was only when Arthas returned from his sabbatical to Kalimdor that he announced Archimonde's destruction. Arthas stated that their deaths would complete their folly. Balnazzar and his brothers quickly teleported away before Arthas could strike.
The dreadlords plotted in the safety of the Tirisfal Glades, and began to form a plan to ruin the undead king. Knowing that , and Arthas, were losing their powers, they called to Sylvanas, who was no longer locked in loyalty to the , and asked for her assistance in the coup that was sure to entail. Sylvanas, hungry for vengeance for her current form and the slaughter of her people, agreed. Balnazzar and his brothers staged an ambush for Arthas within the Capital City ruins, separating from him and attacking him with their minions. Balnazzar even loosed other dreadlords on him, but Arthas, rounding up the forces he could find still loyal to him, escaped, or so he thought.
Escorted by a cadre of banshees, Arthas was attacked by Sylvanas, who had prepared a long, grisly death for her murderer, and was about to begin her work when Kel'Thuzad interrupted and chased her off. Though he still lived, Arthas was gone from Lordaeron, or the Plaguelands as they were now called, and Balnazzar was free to reign over it as he liked. He sent to bring Sylvanas to join their new order, but things went horribly awry.
Unfortunately for Balnazzar, Sylvanas had plans of her own and laid siege to Lordaeron. She had defeated Balnazzar's brother Varimathras, who offered to serve her in exchange for his life. Sylvanas accepted and the dreadlord fought at her side in the attack on Lordaeron. Balnazzar received word from his scouts that Sylvanas had coerced Varimathras to her side, killed , and allied with his human minion, Garithos. The banshee and her forces laid siege to Balnazzar's base, which he had fortified within the city ruins. Even armed with demons as his minions, Balnazzar found himself attacked from both ends by Sylvanas and Garithos, and despite his many threats, Balnazzar's forces were defeated.
Following their victory Sylvanas, Varimathras, and Garithos approached Balnazzar. Sylvanas ordered Varimathras to kill his brother as a testament to his loyalty to her. Varimathras was reluctant as killing another nathrezim was forbidden, but Sylvanas was adamant. Balnazzar was sure that Varimathras would never take that final step and was apparently destroyed.
The AshbringerThis section concerns content exclusive to the World of Warcraft comics.
Unknown to Sylvanas, Balnazzar lived, having staged his death with his brother, and went underground. Not content to simply sit by while the undead legions overran Azeroth, he formed a new plan to oppose them. While he was stuck between worlds of the living and dead, he killed the paladin  and possessed his body. He then helped found the Scarlet Crusade, an order of knights focused on the singular goal of defeating the Scourge in all its forms. Though on the surface the Crusade seems merely interested in fighting the Scourge, it is secretly (through Balnazzar) a tool of the Burning Legion, which still hopes to destroy Azeroth. Balnazzar likely hopes to curry favor with the surviving Lords of the Legion by destroying the Lich King.
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When fanatic members of the Scarlet Crusade raided a village, the raid leader mistakenly killed his own family. Becoming mad upon this revelation he attacked his fellow crusaders and was ultimately slain, after which he became completely mad. Soon after his death, Balnazzar transformed into the .
World of WarcraftThis section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.
- Main article: Balnazzar (original)
Balnazzar was the final boss of the live side of Stratholme. He used to begin the fight as Grand Crusader Dathrohan, but eventually shed his human disguise for his true form.
CataclysmThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
- Main article: Balnazzar (tactics)
After surviving yet again and after the events in Northrend and the Undercity, Balnazzar shed his disguise and killed many Scarlet Crusaders, using his necromantic powers to resurrect them as the Risen.
Adventurers ventured into Stratholme and killed the dreadlord. After Balnazzar's death, stated that defeating a dreadlord in a mortal plane only sends him back to the Twisting Nether. There Balnazzar may be working with Varimathras and Detheroc once more.
LegionThis section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
When Tirion was captured, Balnazzar guarded the Ashbringer in order to ambush and take the body of the one who claimed it. Though he failed, he swore to return in time, saying to the new wielder of the Ashbringer that their "journey together has only just begun."
Balnazzar later led an attack against the Conclave priests of Netherlight Temple, and the Knights of the Silver Hand arrived to aid the priests in its defense. As Balnazzar began to summon in more demons, a dreadlord infused with the Light named , High Commander of the Grand Army of the Light, arrived, sent by High Exarch Turalyon. Lothraxion assisted the Highlord of the Silver Hand and the High Priest of Netherlight Temple in defeating Balnazzar.
As Netherlight Temple is located deep in the Twisting Nether, and demons can truly be killed only in the Nether, Balnazzar (along with the reinforcements he summoned during the fight) is dead for good.
|Location||Level range||Health range|
|Quest:A Light in the Darkness||110||18,706,806|
In the RPGThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG and is considered non-canon.
misspelled his name as Balzannar.
Balnazzar also uses agents to do his jobs. One day a mysterious prophet emerged from caverns underneath the Stonetalon Mountains. The prophet warned that the Burning Legion was coming soon and would be ushered in by the Forsaken and sent adventurers on anti-Forsaken missions. Upon further investigation, it was found that the "prophet" was really an agent of Balnazzar, who had survived his "death". Balnazzar had plotted his revenge against Sylvanas ever since that day — and the prophet was apparently just one small part of his plan.
No one in the Crusade is aware that Dathrohan is a demon — they simply believe him to be a holy knight obsessed with the destruction of the undead. Balnazzar uses this fact to his advantage as much as possible, intending not only to defeat the undead but one day secure his hold on Lordaeron once again. To maintain his charade, Balnazzar kept (and still keeps) a low profile, letting others run the Scarlet Crusade. At present, Balnazzar dwells within the Scarlet Crusade stronghold in the besieged ruins of Stratholme, in the deepest reaches of the Eastern Plaguelands. The Scourge and the Crusade remain locked in battle, at a stalemate primarily because Balnazzar depends upon his masquerade for his long-term plans. His agents actively recruit new members for the crusade, and his ranks grow steadily. Should anyone find out his true nature, however, the Scarlet Crusade could potentially fall apart overnight, and the undead would become the only power in the Plaguelands.
Balnazzar attempts to remain in his possessed form as long as possible, not revealing his true nature until absolutely forced to do so. He avoids using spells or spell-like abilities unless they could be paladin spells or he can do so in a way that makes them look like they came from a magic item. He avoids direct combat, preferring to let his minions do the fighting for him. If cornered and sorely pressed, he reveals his true nature, abandoning his possessed body and emerging in all his glory. The hulking demon’s skin is a waxy purple, save the black bat-like wings. Its eyes glow crimson as it raises its massive greatsword. At this point he lets loose with all the firepower at his command, subduing and then destroying his enemies with demonic fury. Any allies who remain by his side are then slain in turn, so that he may preserve his secret, and he returns to his former body to maintain the masquerade. If his secret is openly revealed, he retreats, seeking vengeance on those responsible at some future time. Balnazzar can possess the body of a creature he has slain through the use of his energy drain ability. In doing so, his form turns to a misty cloud that invades and takes over the corpse, while the soul of the slain creature moves on to its final reward (or punishment). The slain creature cannot be raised from the dead through any means other than a true resurrection for as long as Balnazzar possesses it (True resurrection ejects him from the body at once). His power sustains the body so it does not decompose; in fact, it appears in all respects as if alive. Balnazzar wears paladin gear (Scarlet Crusade armor and the like) in Saidan Dathrohan’s guise. Otherwise, he carries a greatsword of wounding; this sword is tied to Balnazzar’s life force, and anyone else touching it or trying to wield it is corrupted as long as he contacts the weapon. If Balnazzar possesses a creature, the sword vanishes with him, returning to his side when he emerges. Balnazzar also has a ring of protection and wears bracers of armor.
- "You should never have returned, human. Weakened as you are, we have assumed control over the majority of your warriors. It seems your reign was short lived."
- "You disappoint me, brother. Poor must have been stunned by your treachery! How dare you even call yourself Nathrezim!"
- "You wouldn't dare!"
- My kind are call Nathrezim. Dreadlords, in your tongue. Perhaps Thal'kituun would be more fitting. It means unseeing guest in your language. Fitting because I have existed here, between the world of the living and the dead, awaiting a moment such as this, under the very noses of the scourge—without their slightest suspicion.
- Know that I am Balnazzar. Know, as I drink your life, that I will take up residence in this weak shell your soul once called home. Know that I will corrupt and destroy everything and everyone you have ever loved. (killing and possessing )
- Fleeting are the moments , these days, in which I may truly be myself... That I may rend flesh, shed blood, and shiver bone. Not as the mortal Dathrohan...But as the undaunted and redoubtable nathrezim Balnazzar. Cheater of Death, Master of Mortal Pawns... And Bane of You Rotting Dead! (Said while killing an abomination, when defending Hearthglen)
- Main article: Balnazzar (tactics)#Quotes
- Main article: Quest:The Search for the Highlord#Notes
- Main article: Quest:Communication Orbs#Notes
- Main article: Quest:A Light in the Darkness (paladin)#Notes
- Main article: Quest:A Light in the Darkness (priest)#Notes
- When he was under the guise of , Balnazzar was seen using the sword .
- Two realms in World of Warcraft are named after Balnazzar: Balnazzar Europe and Balnazzar US.
- Balnazzar is voiced by Marc Graue.
- ^ a b Quest:A Light in the Darkness
- ^ Quest:A Light in the Darkness
- ^ King Arthas (Warcraft III)
- ^ A Kingdom Divided
- ^ The Flight from Lordaeron
- ^ The Dark Lady
- ^ A New Power in Lordaeron
- ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter
- ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter
- ^ Death is Contagious
- ^ A Cleansing Fire
- ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 191
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, Introduction, "Denizens of the Cosmos"
- ^ a b Lands of Mystery, pg. 46
- ^ Monster Guide, pg. 152-154
| Preceded by:
Leader of the Scarlet Crusade
| Succeeded by:|
(as leader of the Scarlet Onslaught)
| Preceded by:
Ruler of Lordaeron
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