Battle for Lordaeron

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For the quest, see B [110 - 120] The Battle for Lordaeron.
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Battle for Azeroth Battle for Lordaeron
Battle for Lordaeron
Conflict: The Blood War
Place: Undercity, Ruins of Capital City, Tirisfal Glades
Outcome: Alliance tactical victory

Alliance Alliance

Horde Horde

Commanders and leaders


Casualties and losses


Very heavy

Achievement zone tirisfalglades 01.png

The subject of this article or section takes place just prior to or during the Battle for Lordaeron, leading to the Blood War.

The Battle for Lordaeron[1] (or the Fall of Lordaeron and the Siege of Lordaeron)[2] was fought by the Alliance and Horde for the control of Undercity. The result of the burning of Teldrassil,[3] it marks the beginning of Battle for Azeroth, similarly to Legion's Battle for the Broken Shore.



Since the fall of the Burning Legion, tensions kept rising between the Alliance and the Horde. The discovery of Azerite ignited the flames of war, with the Horde taking the opportunity to preemptively strike at the Alliance. After the invasion of Darkshore, the World Tree Teldrassil, home of the night elves, was burned down on Sylvanas Windrunner's orders. The Alliance gathered their forces, aiming to strike back, and marched onwards to Lordaeron Keep.

The battle

The battle began with the Alliance forces led by Anduin Wrynn and Genn Greymane arriving with the Third Fleet to Tirisfal Glades from the north, and coming all the way to the south to Brill, razing it. The Horde evacuated the civilians of the Undercity and dealt with the SI:7. The defense above was led by Varok Saurfang, Baine Bloodhoof, and Lor'themar Theron. After the Alliance pushed the Horde back out of the battlefield in front of Lordaeron Keep, Sylvanas called out an Azerite war machine which proceeded to destroy the siege towers. After the war machine was brought down by Alliance forces, Sylvanas reacted by blighting the battlefield, killing both Alliance and Horde soldiers, and raising the casualties as undead.

As the Alliance fell back the battle seemed lost, until Jaina arrived on a flying ship, removing the blight with her frost magic and destroying one of the Keep's walls. The Alliance fought their way through the Ruins of Lordaeron, killing troll defenders until they faced against Nathanos Blightcaller who had them outnumbered. Alleria Windrunner and Gelbin Mekkatorque, along with void elves and spider tanks, teleported inside Lordaeron just in time to aid Anduin and his forces. The strengthened Alliance turned the tide of battle forcing the Horde to retreat once more using blight to cover them. Anduin ordered Gelbin to take the army back to Brill before proceeding on gnomish flying machines.

They confronted Saurfang at the entrance of the Keep, and upon his defeat he was taken prisoner. Anduin, Genn, Alleria, and Jaina went to confront Sylvanas in the throne room, giving her the chance to surrender, however she detonated massive amounts of Blight stored inside of Lordaeron Keep, flooding the throne room and surronding city. Jaina Proudmoore teleported the Alliance leaders out of the throne room after the doorway was blocked, as the Horde leaders made their escape on a gunship.


After the Battle for Lordaeron, the map of Tirisfal Glades is updated. Undercity and Brill are no longer accessible, and the same scorched area as in the Battle for Lordaeron scenario map will stretch from the Ruins of Lordaeron to the North Coast. Zidormi will appear on the eastern edge of the scorched area (to the west of Balnir Farmstead), and will offer to take the player characters back to the time before the battle, the same way as in Theramore, Blasted Lands, and Silithus. If Horde mages attempt to [Teleport] or create a portal to Undercity, they will be taken to Zidormi's location instead. If a player attempts to enter the Ruins of Lordaeron or the Undercity, they will start taking massive damage from the blight, even if they are flying above the ruins. If they somehow make it to the elevators, the lower ground infront of them is safe from the blight but there is an invisible wall preventing access to to the elevator, which is still operational. If players manage to get inside they will be be automatically be teleported back to Zidormi upon entering the central chamber.

Undercity's surviving population moved to Orgrimmar.


Experience the struggle for control as the Alliance storm the shores of Lordaeron Keep! For victory, for glory -- for Lordaeron!

In-game, the Battle is depicted during the quest and scenario B [110 - 120] The Battle for Lordaeron, an up-to-20-player faction-specific scenario. See the quest article for more information and a walkthrough.


Map of the Battle for Lordaeron Map of the Undercity


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Notes & trivia

  • Blizzard Entertainment made a diorama of the Battle for Lordaeron for BlizzCon 2017, using 10,000 3D-printed BlizzCon attendees' World of Warcraft character figurines. Blizzard was awarded Guinness World Record for largest gaming diorama.[1]
  • Sylvanas taking down the siege tower with a Black Arrow could have been a nod to the Heroes of the Storm version of the ability, which can notably stun structures.
  • Among the playerbase, a siege of Lordaeron was jokingly speculated to happen after Lordaeron's ruined bell toll model was updated in Warlords of Draenor.





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See also


  1. ^ a b Battle for Lordaeron Diorama
  2. ^ World of Warcraft on Twitter. Twitter (2018-03-20). Retrieved on 2018-04-05.
  3. ^ Gamespot