- This article is about the playable race. For dwarf lore, see Dwarf. For the in-game faction, see Ironforge (faction).
The dwarves of Ironforge are one of the playable Alliance races in World of Warcraft. They are an ancient race of robust humanoids who live beneath the snow-capped mountains of Khaz Modan. These dwarves have always been fast allies to the humans and they revel in the prospects of battle and storytelling alike.
Dwarves start out in their snowy homeland, specifically in Dun Morogh's Coldridge Valley. Their capital city is the mountain fortress of Ironforge, which is where the Council of Three Hammers rules over their united clans. The mount of choice for this stout folk is the ram. Whilst Dwarves speak the Common tongue of their human friends, their racial language is Dwarven. As of the latest expansion, dwarf characters can select from every class except druid and demon hunter, a versatility matched only by trolls.
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- 7 Patch changes
- 8 See also
- 9 References
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- Main article: Dwarf#History
Creation screen description
In ages past the dwarves cared only for riches taken from the earth's depths. Then records surfaced of a god-like race said to have given the dwarves life... and an enchanted birthright. Driven to learn more, the dwarves devoted themselves to the pursuit of lost artifacts and ancient knowledge. Today dwarven archaeologists are scattered throughout the globe.
- In ages past, the dwarves cared only for riches taken from the earth's depths. Then records surfaced of a god-like race said to have given the dwarves life... and an enchanted birthright. Driven to learn more, the dwarves devoted themselves to the pursuit of lost artifacts and ancient knowledge. Today dwarven archaeologists are scattered throughout the globe.
Bold and adventurous, the Dwarves of Ironforge are a hardy people who relish battle and exploration. Recently, records surfaced of a god-like race said to have given the Dwarves life, fueling their desire for exploration and archaeology as they seek to unearth the mysteries of their progenitors.
Classic opening cutscene
The stoic dwarves of Ironforge spent countless generations mining treasures from deep within the earth. Hidden within their impregnable stronghold of Ironforge Mountain, they rarely ventured beyond the wintry peaks of Dun Morogh. Recently however, the dwarves unearthed a series of ruins that held secrets to their ancient heritage. Driven to discover the truth about his people’s fabled origins, the great King Magni Bronzebeard ordered that the dwarves shift their industry from mining to archaeology. As part of the Grand Alliance, the stoneward dwarven armies have been called away to battle the merciless Horde in faraway lands. In these perilous times, the defense of the mountain kingdom falls to brave dwarves like you. The spirits of the ancient kings watch over you, and the very mountains are your strength. The future of your people is in your hands.
Cataclysm opening cutscene
Great change has come to the enduring halls of Ironforge. Obsessed with the workings of the Titans, the dwarves retrieved their creators' mystical tablets from the fabled city of Ulduar. Activating one such tablet, King Magni Bronzebeard fell prey to a terrible curse that fused his statue-like form into the diamond heart of Ironforge itself. To compound this tragedy, Magni's estranged daughter, Moira, arrived claiming her father's throne for herself and for her infant Dark Iron son. To avert civil war, the dwarves created the Council of Three Hammers, an uneasy coalition that would share power amonst the three clans. Now, with political upheaval arising in the kingdom and the Great Cataclysm ravaging the surrounding lands, the future of Ironforge falls to brave dwarves like you.
The stoic dwarves of Ironforge spent countless generations mining treasures from deep within the earth. Secure in their impregnable stronghold of Ironforge Mountain, the dwarves rarely ventured beyond the wintry peaks of Dun Morogh. Even so, when the orcs invaded Azeroth and set out to conquer the human, elven, and dwarven lands, the dwarves offered to join the Grand Alliance. The resilient and ingenious dwarves proved to be the backbone of the Alliance forces and helped usher in victory after victory.
Recently the dwarves unearthed a series of ruins that held the key to the secrets of their lost heritage. Driven to discover the truth about his people’s fabled origins, King Magni Bronzebeard ordered that the dwarves shift their industry from mining and engineering to that of archaeology. Magni helped to create the famed Explorers' Guild of Ironforge, a group utterly devoted to plumbing the secrets of the ancient world and delving out the truth of the dwarves’ fabled existence. An integral part of the Grand Alliance, the rugged dwarven armies have been called away to battle the merciless Horde in faraway lands. In these perilous times, the defense of the mountain kingdom falls to brave dwarves like you. The spirits of the dwarven kings watch over you, and the very mountains are your strength. The future of your people is in your hands.
Archaeology and exploration
Due to recent discoveries that uncovered fragments of their ancient origins (for example, the Discs of Norgannon in Uldaman), the dwarves have undergone a remarkable transformation. The discovery convinced the dwarves that the mighty titans created them from stone when the world was young. They feel that their destiny is now to search the world for more signs and proof of their enchanted heritage and to rediscover the Titans' hidden legacies.
To this end, the dwarves have sent out archaeological teams to all ends of the world in the hopes of discovering new insights into their shrouded past. These journeys have led to dwarven excavation sites all over the known world, some of which serve as outposts and some of which serve as potential hunting grounds for the enemies of the dwarven race.
The dwarves were stout allies of the humans during the Second War, joining the Alliance of Lordaeron after their homeland of Khaz Modan was invaded. Holed deep in their mountainside city-fortress of Ironforge, the dwarves have managed to weather both the Horde invasion and the plague. Still, they are long-lived, slow and careful folk, and children are a rare blessing to them. The dwarves of Ironforge number a mere 60,000.
Still, their tendency to explore is impressive. If about two thirds of the surviving humans now live in the capital city of Stormwind, less then a third of the dwarves are in Ironforge. In fact, there are more dwarves in the dwarven section of Stormwind than Ironforge itself. Now Ironforge is home to the Gnomish population as well, after they fled from their devastated city of Gnomeregan.
- Death Knight class is available since the release of the World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King expansion.
- Shaman, Mage and Warlock classes are available since the release of the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion.
- Monk class is available since the release of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria expansion.
- Removed from game
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|Allows the dwarf to sense nearby treasure, making it appear on the minimap.|
|Increases expertise with Ranged Weapons by 1%.|
|Increases expertise with Maces Weapons by 1%.|
Reasons for racial traits
Dwarves can tap into their Earthen heritage to undergo a temporary partial sclerosis, known to the layman as . Not only does this make the dwarf more resistant to injury, it also seals open wounds and eliminates most poisons and infections. The lives of many dwarves have been saved by stoneform.
Soldiers of Ironforge are one of the best in Azeroth. Dwarves are a hardy people,they will not retreat in a battle,not when their homes and families are in danger from various invaders, They call upon the to strike enemies even harder in the name of Ironforge!
Since the founding of the Explorers' League, interest in adventure has been strong in Ironforge. Mainly to find their Titan origins, many dwarves leave their homes ready to Explore the world for search of their ancestor's halls and ancient Titan technology that can help them defend their homeland.
- Main articles: Jokes#Dwarf male, Jokes#Dwarf female
- Main articles: Flirt#Dwarf male, Flirt#Dwarf female
- The males are voiced by Carlos Larkin. The voice actress for the dwarven women is not yet known.
- Dwarf opening cinematic since ''Mists of Pandaria'' in 4K UHD
- Dwarf opening cinematic since ''Cataclysm''
- The previous opening cinematic from the beginning
- Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Heritage armor added, alongside the questline to obtain it.
- Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14):
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28):
- racial removed, replaced by .
- Dwarves now have access to the monk class.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Dwarves now have access to the mage, warlock and shaman classes.
- Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): racial removed, replaced by .
- Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Dwarves now have access to the death knight class.