- For the Warcraft III unit, see Chimaera (Warcraft III).
A chimaera (sometimes spelled chimera - pronounced "kai-mare-ah" in both cases) is a large, two-headed flying creature resembling a mix between a dragon and a wyvern. There are two types of creatures called chimaera in the Warcraft universe, one located in Azeroth and the other in Outland. Outland chimera are mutated rylaks.
The mysterious chimaera are deadly, territorial beasts. These fearsome, two-headed creatures fly above the dark forests of Kalimdor, spewing forth their terrible corrosive breath upon all who would defy the sanctity of the ancient woodlands. Just the sight of these dark, massive beasts is enough to drive most enemies to retreat. Both heads are equally fearsome on the terrifying chimaera, each capable of its own unique breath attack.
Although the chimaera have developed an empathic bond with the night elf race they are not part of the actual military hierarchy of the Sentinels. The chimaera are simply somewhat intelligent animals with ties to Nordrassil. These beings all assisted the night elves not due to a desire to help them in particular, but because the night elves were the largest local force who opposed the Burning Legion. Short of a planetary threat, it is rare to see mountain giants, faerie dragons or chimaera fighting with a mortal army. During the Third War, Ashenvale chimaeras were used frequently by the kaldorei to decimate structures in battles against the humans, orcs, and undead.
Chimaeras lay eggs that are hard like rocks. According to Jez Goodgrub, they are "the richest, most buttery eggs you'll find this side of Orgrimmar. Way better than boring owl eggs, and not as sulfurous as those weird wildkin eggs."
Most chimaeras in the game are found in the Stonetalon Mountains, Azshara, and Winterspring, but some larger specimens known as Chimaerok previously inhabited an island off the coast of Feralas. A few chimaeras have been found to live in Northrend, on the chilly Isle of Spears in the Howling Fjord. They are identical to the chimaeras found in Winterspring, but fly much higher. The Kalu'ak use their horns for rituals.
- Arcane Chimaerok (extinct)
- Chillwind Chimaera
- Chillwind Ravager (extinct)
- Chimaerok (extinct)
- Chimaerok Devourer (extinct)
- Fledgling Chillwind (extinct)
- Fledgling Chimaera (extinct)
- Frostwing Chimaera
- Mistwing Cliffdweller
- Mistwing Ravager
- Mistwing Rogue (extinct)
- Young Chimaera (extinct)
Once known as rylak, these chimaera in Outland have been warped by the destruction of Draenor. They have smooth, vibrant skin and alien, bony features. Wherever they are found, they are typically considered a pest. They live in Shadowmoon Valley and Blade's Edge Mountains. One notable chimaera also live in Netherstorm. Interestingly, their bodies are very similar to the Outland-version of a hydra.
As a hunter pet
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Chimeras are cunning pets and can use their to attack from a distance. Chimaeras, through use of their ability, can also slow targets' movement down. Only hunters with the 51 talent point will be able to tame these exotic beasts.
- Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): New special ability, , added.
- Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Chimaeras are now tamable.
As a mount
- See also: Rylak mounts
As a companion pet
In the RPG
Chimaera are typically strong allies of the night elves, protecting the forests and the great tree Nordrassil from danger. They are highly reclusive, sentient creatures, but do not possess the ability to speak. They strive foremost to protect the balance of nature. Chimaera hate seeing any natural races or creatures being harmed or oppressed. Those who victimize such creatures under the chimaera’s protection will quickly find a chimaera’s wrath to be very formidable.
Notes and trivia
- Chimaeras that night elves used in Warcraft III were bulkier creatures, with larger heads, feather-like scales, and solid bodies. (see main article: Chimaera (Warcraft III))
- Nuramoc is one of the most popular chimearae in the game, mostly due to his moderate rarity. Although he's one of the largest mobs in Netherstorm, he's still considerably smaller than Veraku and Tyrantus.
- After his resurrection, Nefarian continued his experiments to create the ultimate dragonflight. One of his results is the abomination called Chimaeron, which can be found in the Blackwing Descent. Chimaeron, though apparently having been made of dragon parts, looks a lot more like a hydra than a chimaera. Its name likely refers to the original meaning of "chimaera" and not the creature found in the Warcraft universe.
- Nearly every type of chimaera in the game is somehow the objective of a quest.
- Chimaera could previously be skinned in order to obtain which were used in several Tribal Leatherworking patterns. This type of leather was made into a poor-quality item in Patch 3.1.0.
- The chimaeras ("chimaerok") on the Isle of Dread were prior to the isle's destruction a part of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands-questline. Beside their leader being a vital they also dropped Chimaerok Tenderloins which at one point were an ingredient in the game's most powerful food, .
- The chimaeras in Howling Fjord can drop which is also used in Cooking.
In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monstrous creature which was made of the parts of multiple animals. The Chimera's appearance is a source of debate, as descriptions merely claim it to be part goat, part serpent, and part lion. The most traditional representations have painted the Chimera as a lion with a snake for a tail and a goat's head sprouting from its back, though other interpretations can be found. All the heads could apparently breathe flame. There was only one Chimera in Greek Mythology, where it is the nemesis of the hero Bellerophon. The hero (like almost all of them, a son of Zeus) exploited the Chimera's one weakness- its inability to fly- and killed it from the back of the winged horse, Pegasus.
The word "chimera" today usually refers to something not quite natural that blends the features of several different animals. The two-headed, draconic creatures who have allied themselves with the night elves fit more closely with this definition, as there is no clear example of the mythological biology, and the original Chimera couldn't fly.
Original model in Warcraft III
Chimaera mount model added in 8.1.
Warcraft III: Reforged concept art.