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Independent, Illidan's Naga

Racial mount

Self-powered flight




May understand Nazja

As seen in Warcraft III.
As seen in the World of Warcraft comic.

Couatl are large flying beasts with serpentine and bird-like features used by the naga for aerial support.

Naga train them in Shrines of Azshara. It is not known how a race that lives underwater can tame a flying creature, which implies that the couatl can swim. It seems couatl are also capable of living, or at least remaining underwater, for extended periods of time, a feature crucial to their employment by the naga.

The use of couatl as pets or guardians wasn't a widespread thing in naga society.[1] Otherwise, we would have seen them by now...

Morgala Darksquall was able to summon a couatl to attack the ship Wavecutter. She called him a dark denizen of the deep.[2]

In the RPG

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Distantly related to wind serpents, couatl are rare creatures of great strength. Couatl are distinguished from their smaller cousins by their immense size (nearly twice the length of a normal wind serpent) and the brilliant display of bright yellow and green plumage across their heads and backs in two long rows. Their shorter, feathered tails serve to further distinguish them from wind serpents. Lastly, their wings are much greater and bear more feathers. Couatl nest in trees and crags dotting the coasts of Azeroth. Some are venomous, some are magical, some are both, and some are neither. Couatl occasionally disrupt magic, which makes some people think that they have an understanding or intelligence of it. This idea is incorrect — couatl are nonsentient animals. Recently, naga have returned to the surface of Azeroth and domesticated couatl. The naga breed these tamed couatl in order to optimize the lethality of their venom and train them to be fiercely loyal to their naga masters. Not all couatl are magical beasts. Like wind serpents, couatl vary in more than simply size and color. Some couatl are purely nonmagical in nature, yet still large and highly venomous. These couatl are animals, not magical beasts.[3]

Couatl can be found flying and swooping among the treetops of Zandalar. Their feathers are collected by adventurers.[4]

Statistics from Warcraft III

Main article: Couatl (Warcraft III)


The Couatl was probably inspired by Mayan and Aztec legend, as the word itself comes from those languages — it is the last syllable of "Quetzalcoatl", the god who was represented by a Feathered Serpent. The Couatl does make a serpentine sound in the game.


  1. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter
  2. ^ Revelations
  3. ^ Johnson, Luke. Dark Factions, 193-194. ISBN 9781588464460. 
  4. ^ Kiley, Ellen P.. Lands of Mystery, 81, 160. ISBN 9781588467843.