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For the Maw of Souls boss encounter, see Helya (tactics). For the Trial of Valor boss encounter, see Helya (Trial of Valor tactics).
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Title Sea-Witch[1]
Gender Female
Race Val'kyr
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Helarjar, Mawsworn
Former affiliation(s) Pantheon
Occupation Fallen Val'kyr Queen, ruler of Helheim, leader of the Helarjar
Location Various
Status Active (lore)[2]
Killable Legion

Helya is the ruler of Helheim, the underworld of the cursed and fallen vrykul who do not ascend to the Halls of Valor.[3][4]

In ages past, she was a titan-forged watcher and sorceress and the adopted daughter of Keeper Odyn. She was forcefully turned into the first of the spectral val'kyr when she spoke out against Odyn.[5] Odyn forged the Warswords of the Valarjar for the mightiest of his Stormforged Valarjar, but Helya stole them and infused them with a portion of her rage. She then gave them to her own champion, who used them to hunt the greatest of heroes and drag their souls away to serve in Helheim.[6] Helya created the Helarjar as a mockery of Odyn's Valarjar.[7] The kvaldir drag the souls of the unworthy and dishonorable to Helheim for Helya, as well as raiding the coasts and taking the souls of those they kill, thus robbing Odyn of potential champions.[8][9]


Helya was originally a gifted titan-forged sorceress who battled the forces of the Old Gods under the leadership of the keepers. After the keepers defeated the Old Gods' elemental servants, Highkeeper Ra called on Helya to aid him in crafting the Elemental Plane as a permanent prison for the Elemental Lords and their minions.[10] In addition, the two crafted the Highkeeper's Ward to act as a key to the pocket dimension.[11]

Over the ages, Keeper Odyn came to see Helya as his adopted daughter. When the keepers decided to ask the Pantheon to empower the Dragon Aspects for their heroism against Galakrond, Odyn was vehemently against it, stating that only titan-forged could be trusted to defend Azeroth. The Aspects were empowered despite his objections, and so Odyn ordered Helya to magically tear off a section of Ulduar and raise it into the sky, creating the Halls of Valor. Odyn then told the vrykul that those who died a worthy death in battle would have their spirits brought to the Halls and given new bodies to fight as his Valarjar, which Odyn thought would be better defenders than the dragons. In order to retrieve the spirits of the deceased, Odyn would need vrykul to volunteer to become undead and take those spirits from the Shadowlands. Since no one was willing to make this sacrifice, Odyn decided he would need to create his servants by force. Helya objected, and the argument between her and Odyn grew so heated that she threatened to return the Halls of Valor to Ulduar. Seeing Helya's disobedience as a threat to his plans, Odyn shattered her physical form, twisted her spirit into the first Val'kyr, and ordered her to begin ferrying vrykul souls from the Shadowlands as well as transform other unwilling vrykul into Val'kyr.[5] Odyn would later lie to his followers that Helya's transformation had been due to her own arrogance: he claimed that during their argument, she had reached out for the power of the Shadowlands and subsequently gotten sucked into the realm, destroying her body and transforming her into a twisted wraith before he managed to pull her out and that she had subsequently apologized and begged him to make her a Val'kyr.[12]

Helya nursed resentment against Odyn for thousands of years, until the day Loken, a keeper who had been influenced by Yogg-Saron, reached out to her and promised to free her if she turned against her master. Helya used the same magic that had been used to lock the Elemental Plane to seal Odyn and his Valarjar army inside the Halls of Valor and then decided herself to become the caretaker of vrykul souls in her new realm Helheim. The darkness that had long festered in her heart transformed Helheim into a dark, nightmarish place, and the vrykul souls who arrived there soon turned into Kvaldir.[13]


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

Helya appears making some sort of deal with Sylvanas Windrunner.[14] It is later revealed that Helya granted Sylvanas a magical lantern called the Soulcage, with which Sylvanas intended to subjugate Eyir.[15]

When the order leader and Ashildir approached Helya to release them from the Helheim, Helya agreed that she would so only if they killed her champion.[16] However when her champion Geir was slain Helya grew enraged and declared that the pair would pay for killing her darling pet.[17] Thus despite fulfilling their end of the bargain Helya refused to fulfill hers and declared none would leave Helheim while she ruled. However, an unknown force guides the order leader and Ashildir out of Helheim to Helya's shock and rage, with Ashildir pointing out that it seemed that even Helya must honor her word.[18]

She is the final boss of the Maw of Souls and escapes before she is killed, warning that the adventurers have merely survived the storm and that the seas are unstoppable.

In Rockaway Coast of Highmountain, Helarjar Ritualists tried to summon the Vision of Helya, but were stopped by the order leaders directed by Odyn.[19] At an unknown point in time, Helya stole the soul of Illidan Stormrage out of the Twisting Nether and brought him to Helheim.[20] Xe'ra and the Illidari speculate that Gul'dan struck a deal with Helya to get him there.[21]

When Odyn discovers that Helya's forces are able to transform his stormforged Valarjar into Kvaldir, he decides that he has had enough and sends adventurers to slay her. With her defeat, the Keeper Odyn was freed from the curse that imprisoned him within the Halls of Valor and the soul of Illidan Stormrage was saved.

Battle for Azeroth

Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.

While on island expeditions, adventurers can discover a Ring of the Reefs that was granted to powerful kvaldir mistweavers by Helya herself. Sensing Helya's power on the ring, the adventurers bring it to Valdemar Stormseeker, who claims that Helya wasn't truly defeated and that she is now growing in power, saying "You cannot kill death!".[2]

The kvaldir encountered during the expeditions reference a "she" and "her", likely alluding to Helya:

  • "I return to her, only for a moment..."
  • "She will bring me back..."
  • "She will free us from this torment..."
  • "She will have the golden liquid... you cannot stop us all..."


Shadowlands This section concerns content related to Shadowlands.

Helya returns as part of the Mawsworn serving The Jailer.


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Helheim ?? 644,328,704
Helya (tactics) ??
Vision of Helya 112 1,467,509
Helya (Trial of Valor tactics) ??
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Heroic +Scales


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Maw of Souls
Main article: Helya (tactics)#Quotes
Trial of Valor
Main article: Helya (Trial of Valor tactics)#Quotes

Notes and trivia

  • Helya is inspired by Hel, the ruler of the underworld of the same name in Norse mythology. Unlike Helya, however, Hel was not a malicious entity.
  •  [Helya's Coin] can be fished up from the fountain in the Legion version of Dalaran.
  • Helya's sheer shock at the order leader and Ashildir being pulled out of Helheim suggests that Helya rarely, if ever, gave her word and thus was unaware that it could be forced.[18]
  • Mjordin Combatants in Icecrown can say "Hela take you!",[22] which may retroactively reference either Helya, or Helheim (which is also known as "Hel").
  • It seems that Helya was originally named differently during early development. Her model in the files is named "Helira", and a few spells still refer to that name,[23] along with Unworthy Souls in Helheim calling her Helira as a leftover.
  • Helya is voiced by April Stewart.


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