- For the Warcraft III unit, see Couatl (Warcraft III).
Independent, Illidan's Naga
Couatl are large flying beasts used by the naga for aerial support. They possess two crests running from their head to their lower back, and wings, which they can also use as fins to swim. Naga train them in Shrines of Azshara.
In the RPG
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.
Notes and trivia
- Despite their appearances in Warcraft III, the Warcraft RPG, and The Comic, couatl have yet to appear in World of Warcraft.
- The couatl are named after Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent god in Mesoamerican culture.
While the snap dragons and tidal guardians—two other naga creatures originally confined to Warcraft III—make appearances in Nazjatar in patch 8.2, the couatl remain absent. The fathom rays of Nazjatar bear some slight resemblance to couatl and may thus be intended to be the same type of creature.
- ^ Revelations
- ^ Johnson, Luke. Dark Factions, 193-194. ISBN 9781588464460.
- ^ Kiley, Ellen P.. Lands of Mystery, 81, 160. ISBN 9781588467843.
- ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2018-04-17). Archived from [https:/twitter.com/Llorewalker/status/986369862975959040 the original] on 2017-04-18. “Hey, sir! Long ago, Metzen once mused that the use of couatl as pets or guardians wasn't a widespread thing in naga society. It's an open question (to me) at this point. As to inclusion into the game, that is something you'd have to ping @WarcraftDevs for. Hope this helps. :)”