Captain Placeholder

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Adm'rl Placerholder
Image of Adm'rl Placerholder
Title Battle for Azeroth <Transportation Specialist>
<Mechagon Transportation>
Mists of Pandaria <Most Interesting Questgiver in the World>
WoW Icon update.png <Boat Operator>
Gender Male
Race Human (Humanoid)
Level Battle for Azeroth 120
Mists of Pandaria 95 Elite
Cataclysm 85 Elite
WoW Icon update.png 60 Elite
Affiliation(s) Battle for Azeroth Neutral
Mists of Pandaria Neutral
Cataclysm Horde
WoW Icon update.png Alliance
Occupation Adm'rl
Captain (formerly)
Location Battle for Azeroth Overspark Expedition Camp, Mechagon Island
Mists of Pandaria Orgrimmar and Stormwind
Cataclysm Rocketway
WoW Icon update.png Menethil Harbor
Status Alive

Captain Placeholder was originally created purely as a temporary measure in the beta version of the game, allowing players to instantly teleport from Menethil Harbor to Auberdine, when some of the boat paths had yet to be implemented. His counterpart, Captain Noteo, would take travelers from Auberdine to Menethil Harbor.

World of Warcraft

WoW Icon update.png This section concerns content related to the original World of Warcraft.

After the retail launch, a glitch in the normal operation of the Menethil Harbor-Auberdine boat path prompted Blizzard to reinstate Captain Placeholder until a fix was included with patch 1.4.0.

In the mean time, Captain Placeholder quickly became quite popular among players due to his ability to instantly teleport players to the other continent at their own leisure, instead of waiting for the boat to arrive. He was a popular source of jokes for players, so when Blizzard removed him, some "fans" of the NPC petitioned Blizzard to bring him back in some form, and others created a song called the Lament of Captain Placeholder.


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

Placeholder, now Cap'n Placeholder, returned in the Cataclysm beta as a level 85 elite, Horde-aligned character with a new model. He could be seen dancing on the Rocketway, and appeared to serve no purpose. He was not present when Cataclysm went live.

Placeholder is also referred to in a dialog in Menethil Harbor. Bart Tidewater, staring at wreck of the Maiden's Virtue, has the following conversation with Red Jack Flint:

Bart Tidewater says: 'Tis a tragedy, boys. The curse of Menethil be on us all.
Red Jack Flint says: Cap'n, the Virtue hasn't set sail in years. It was just sittin' there.
Bart Tidewater says: Aye, and a damn fine job she did of it! But not as good as the Admiral.
Bart Tidewater says: We held our place here as long as we could, but it still wasn't enough.
Bart Tidewater says: Nobody could hold a place like him, lads. Nobody.
Red Jack Flint says: We know, cap'n. We know.

This dialog suggests that Placeholder was promoted to admiral, perhaps prior to his appearance on the Rocketway. This was confirmed when he appeared later in Mists of Pandaria beta.

Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

Placeholder, now promoted to Adm'rl Placeholder, appeared again in Mists of Pandaria beta as level 95 elite, standing in Orgrimmar and Stormwind City. He transported players to the Valley of the Four Winds, while Jade Forest was disabled because of a major revamp.

His pose is reminiscent of the logo for Captain Morgan rum, and his title references "The Most Interesting Man in the World", an advertising campaign for the Mexican beer brand Dos Equis.

After accepting N [85] Valley of the Four Winds:

Oh, ho! Oh ho ho.
Yo ho ho, even.
I just come back from the land of Pandaria, with its rolling hills and harsh mountains, and the strangest rum I ever tasted. I crashed me ship into the Jade Forest and me cargo made the land uninhabitable, but in the meantime I can take ye to the Valley of the Four Winds, lickey-split.
Do yeh trust me, <class>?
Gossip Yes, teleport me!


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

A different Captain Placeholder, a ghostly night elf hovering above the ground, was seen at the Lunar Crucible in Moon Guard Stronghold prior to patch 7.1.0. Based on some non-English localizations of the game, it seems his name was supposed to be Latosius Silversong, but the developers forgot to change it in the English version.

Greetings. I am here to test your strength.

In patch 7.1.0, he was replaced with Kir'altius, who now gives the world quest N [110RWQ] Ancient Guidance.

Battle for Azeroth

Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.
Dread Cap'n Placeholder.jpg

Dread Cap'n Placeholder was found at the Overspark Expedition Camp on Mechagon Island during the PTR.



Yarrrr, yeh don't want none of what I be dealin', <missy/??>.

Begone wit' yeh!

Patches and hotfixes

  • WoW Icon update.png Hotfix (2005-04-22): Removed.
  • WoW Icon update.png Hotfix (2005-01-21): Added.

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