Dagran Thaurissan

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BossEmperor Dagran Thaurissan
Image of Emperor Dagran Thaurissan
Title Emperor of Blackrock,
Lord of the Blackrock Mountains[1]
Gender Male
Race Dark dwarf (Humanoid)
Level 56 Elite
Health 30,838
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Dark Iron clan, Ragnaros the Firelord
Occupation Emperor of Blackrock, Master of the Dark Iron clan
Location The Imperial Seat
Status Deceased (Lore);[2] Killable (WoW)
Relative(s) Thaurissan, Modgud (ancestors), Moira Bronzebeard (wife), Dagran Thaurissan II (son)
Blackrock Depths
Detention Block

High Interrogator Gerstahn


Halls of the Law

Lord Roccor
Houndmaster Grebmar


Ring of Law (Arena)

Gorosh the Dervish
Hedrum the Creeper
Ok'thor the Breaker
Theldren & Company


Outer Blackrock Depths

Pyromancer Loregrain
Warder Stilgiss & Verek
Watchman Doomgrip
Fineous Darkvire
Lord Incendius
General Angerforge
Golem Lord Argelmach


Grim Guzzler

Ribbly Screwspigot
Hurley Blackbreath
Plugger Spazzring
Coren Direbrew (Brewfest, summoned)


Inner Blackrock Depths

Ambassador Flamelash
Panzor the Invincible
The Seven
High Priestess of Thaurissan
Princess Moira Bronzebeard
Emperor Dagran Thaurissan


"Now prepare to meet your doom at the hands of Ragnaros' most powerful servant."

Emperor Dagran Thaurissan was the Emperor of the Dark Iron clan, along with his wife, Moira Thaurissan, the estranged daughter of King Magni Bronzebeard. He is notorious for pledging the Dark Iron clan in service to the elemental lord Ragnaros, who his ancestor, Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan, successfully summoned to the mortal plane. His allegiance to the Firelord led to his eventual downfall when he was killed by forces of the Alliance sent by Magni.[3]

He was succeeded by Moira, who rules until their son, Dagran Thaurissan II, is of age to take over the leadership of not only the Dark Irons, but of Ironforge itself.[4]


Emperor Dagran Thaurissan, a direct descendant of Emperor Thaurissan and Modgud, ruled the Dark Iron clan with a combination of charisma, sorcery and iron will. Even as the leader of his clan, he is, like all Dark Iron dwarves, a servant of Ragnaros.[5] The Emperor rules his people not from the city founded by (and named for) his ancestor, but rather from the depths of Blackrock Mountain near the entrance to Ragnaros's domain, the Molten Core. The Emperor's Dark Irons swarm the depths of Blackrock Mountain, and have also been seen in the Searing Gorge to the north and the Burning Steppes to the south.

He has also sent his emissaries and agents to the gnomish capital of Gnomeregan, apparently in an effort to back the self-proclaimed ruler of Gnomeregan, Sicco Thermaplugg.[6]

The Emperor kidnapped King Magni Bronzebeard's daughter, Princess Moira Bronzebeard, and treated her with the respect due her position, and even kindness and affection. Moira soon fell in love with him, marrying him. She is now pregnant with his child, who is half Bronzebeard dwarf and half Dark Iron dwarf, and the heir to both thrones of Shadowforge and Ironforge. Dagran wielded the legendary hammer  [Ironfoe], but not by legitimate means. The hammer's hereditary owner, Reginald Windsor was captured and imprisoned by the Dark Irons, his weapon claimed by Dagran.

King Magni Bronzebeard sent a team to kill Emperor Thaurissan, and retrieve the previously thought to be ensorcelled Moira back to Ironforge. Yet Moira refused to come home and announced that she was pregnant, and that the death of her husband has left a terrible, fiery rage within her heart.[7]

Adventure Guide

Emperor Dagran Thaurissan rules alongside Princess Moira of the rival Bronzebeard clan. Debate rages over whether the emperor ensorcelled his bride or she willingly joined him. Whatever the truth, Thaurissan's continued presence bodes ill for the future of his clan. So long as he lives, the Dark Irons will remain pawns of Ragnaros, and a dire threat to kingdoms throughout Azeroth.

In World of Warcraft

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Emperor Dagran Thaurissan is the final boss of the Blackrock Depths. During the battle his is assisted by either Moira Thaurissan or High Priestess of Thaurissan.

Dagran Thaurissan


Emperor Dagran Thaurissan

  • Spell fire incinerate.png  Avatar of Flame — Emperor Dagran Thaurissan becomes an Avatar of Flame for 10 sec. The Avatar of Flame is immune to all magic and inflicts Fire damage whenever he strikes a player in melee combat.
  • Spell holy auraoflight.png  Ironfoe — Emperor Dagran Thaurissan carries the mighty hammer, Ironfoe. Emperor Dagran Thaurissan's melee attacks have a chance to trigger 3 extra attacks and increase his critical strike chance by 10% for 5 sec.
  • Spell fire fireball.png  Hand of Thaurissan — Emperor Dagran Thaurissan inflicts Fire damage to a player and stuns them for 5 sec.

Princess Moira Bronzebeard

  • Spell holy heal.png  Heal Interruptible — Princess Moira Bronzebeard calls upon Holy magic to heal an ally.
  • Spell holy renew.png  Renew Interruptible Magic Effect — Princess Moira Bronzebeard renews an ally, healing them every 3 sec. for 15 sec.
  • Spell shadow unholyfrenzy.png  Mind Blast Interruptible — Princess Moira Bronzebeard blasts a player's mind, inflicting Shadow damage.

Prior to the Cataclysm all of the mobs in the seat of the room were aggroed with the Emperor. At low levels it was recommend that you cleared the room before engaging the boss, though high levels could easily take care of them.

In the Cataclysm

Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Even though Dagran is deceased in lore, and all dungeons quests were revised in the Cataclysm, and so was the Blackrock Depths, Emperor Dagran Thaurissan is still alive, and along with his wife are still the final boss of the instance (since the dungeon wasn't updated story-wise as was the Shadowfang Keep). The dungeon itself was tuned for lower level players, and so was the Emperor.


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[Red Winter Hat] (during the Feast of Winter Veil)

Related achievements


After killing the Shadowforge Senate
  • Thank you for clearing out those foolish senators. Now prepare to meet your doom at the hands of Ragnaros' most powerful servant.
  • They were just getting in the way anyways.
Come to aid the Throne!
Killing a player
Hail to the king, baby!


  • Durrin Direshovel intended to send him an excavation report.
  • Thaurissan apparently sometimes holds rallies, which the entire city attends. Mayara Brightwing snuck in to the Grim Guzzler during one of these.[8]
  • His killing quote is a reference to the game "Duke Nukem" and/or the movie "Army of Darkness".
  • Emperor Thaurissan appears as the third and last boss of the Blackrock Depths wing in the Blackrock Mountain adventure in Hearthstone. Defeating him awards him as a legendary card.
    • His flavor text reads "His second greatest regret is summoning an evil Firelord who enslaved his entire people." This, along with Lord Victor Nefarius saying that Thaurissan summoned Ragnaros into Azeroth, is an error on Blizzard's part, since, in fact, it was Dagran's ancestor, Sorcerer-thane Thaurissan who summoned the Firelord.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Given the fact that the Shattering novel reveals Magni's team force killed Dagran, and Ultimate Visual Guide supports it, it is unknown whether the Horde quests are considered canon.


The Story of Emperor Thaurissan

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6a (2011-02-11): Nearby mobs are no longer aggroed when Dagran is attacked.


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Preceded by:
Earliest known:
Empress Zoe
Emperor of the Dark Iron Dwarves
Succeeded by:
Moira Thaurissan
(as Queen-Regent to Dagran Thaurissan II)