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The Jailer

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For the demonic race, see Jailer.
NeutralZovaal the Jailer
Image of Zovaal the Jailer
Title The Banished One[1]
Gender Male
Race Eternal One (Humanoid)
Affiliation(s) Mawsworn
Occupation Jailer of Torghast
Location Torghast, the Maw
Status Active

Zovaal,[2][3][4][5] better known as the Jailer, is an ancient being who rules the realm known as the Maw in the Shadowlands. Very little is known about him, since nothing has ever escaped the Maw and no one has ever seen the Jailer himself—or at least, no one has seen him and lived to tell the tale.[6][7] Sylvanas Windrunner allied with the Jailer after the events of Edge of Night,[8] and the two have been working toward a common end for some time. As she fed the Maw with new souls, both she and the Jailer have grown more powerful.[6][7] Once, the Jailer kept only the most dangerous souls in the cosmos confined in the eternal prison of Torghast. Now, some of Azeroth's greatest heroes are trapped here, as he expends their very souls.[9] With his bindings broken, the Jailer intends to reclaim what was once his. He also has his sights set on the soul of Azeroth.[1]

The Jailer is the main antagonist, central driving force, and the final boss of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands.[8][10]


  • He was described in the BlizzCon 2019 What's Next panel as one of the "lords of death".
  • Odyn sacrificed his eye to one of the Jailer's associates[11] in exchange for the ability to peer into the Shadowlands and obtain its powers.[12]
  • Despite fan speculation, the Jailer is intended to be a new character and is not someone that players have met before (such as Arthas, Argus or Helya).[6][8] Steve Danuser has described him as an important part of the Warcraft cosmology.[8]
  • The Jailer was first seen in the Shadowlands reveal trailer at BlizzCon 2019, in which only a silhouette of his body is shown. In late November 2019, a now-deleted tweet from a now-deleted account posted an alleged piece of concept art of the Jailer where his design matches the one in the trailer that the YouTuber Pyromancer reposted after recieving it in a direct message.[13] The Jailer's in-game model, however, looks drastically different from both of these depictions, notably lacking the crown and shoulderpads he was originally depicted with. When asked about this in April 2020, Ion Hazzikostas stated that the difference in appearance was because Blizzard had not finalized the Jailer's design by the time the trailer was released at BlizzCon. He added that there is no story reason for the difference in appearance.[14]
  • In the alpha, one ID and the early version of The Upper Reaches referred to the Jailer as "Zovaal the Jailer". These instances were removed and replaced, but the name continued to be used as canon in other quests, including when the Primus refers to him by his true name in the message left behind to be found by the player at the end of the Maldraxxus storyline in N [54] The Door to the Unknown.


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.
  • The Jailer may have been the 'dark one' who Ephial served.


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