- This article is about the Lighforged draenei lore. For the playable race, see Lightforged draenei (playable).
The Lightforged draenei are a race of draenei affiliated to the Army of the Light and the Alliance. For untold millennia, the Army of the Light waged war against the Burning Legion throughout the Twisting Nether. The draenei most committed to their long crusade would undergo a ritual to become Lightforged, infusing their bodies with the very essence of the Holy Light. After finally achieving victory on Argus, the Lightforged draenei have undertaken a new mission: protecting Azeroth from rising threats and helping the Alliance push back against Horde aggression.
They made their debut in Legion.
They were later infused with the Light by .
LegionThis section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
Having battled the Burning Legion for thousands of years, the Army of the Light unites with the heroes of Azeroth during their invasion of Argus. Despite the Xenedar being shot down, the Lightforged rally under their champions and battle demons across Krokuun and the Antoran Wastes. Archmage Y'mera also aids adventurers in Mac'Aree when seeking 's third of the Crown of the Triumvirate.
The Lightforged forces later laid siege to Antorus, the Burning Throne, hoping to end the Burning Crusade once and for all. Their forces battled the Legion's endless armies while the class order leaders destroyed the Legion's commanders, war machines, and access to reinforcements. The Lightforged were witness to ' defeat and imprisonment, their grand mission finally accomplished.
Battle for AzerothThis section concerns content exclusive to Battle for Azeroth.
Once the Burning Crusade was over, the Lightforged turned their attention to Azeroth, where the draenei were living. Foreseeing the upcoming war between the Alliance and the Horde, the Lightforged decided to stand alongside their new allies after millennia separated.
Turalyon and one of the class order leaders travel to the Vindicaar, still apparently home to the Lightforged, to request them to join the Alliance. Captain Fareeya is enthusiastic about the idea, but claims that first they must first witness how draenei are turned into Lightforged: The Forge of Aeons, which reinforces a draenei's mind, body, and soul with the power of the light after facing their inner demons. After the adventurer takes part in ' ritual, Fareeya is impressed by their strength and claims that the Lightforged are more than willing to ally themselves with the Alliance, the heroes who helped them stop the Burning Crusade, and continue bringing peace and justice to Azeroth.
Lightforged draenei appear not that dissimilar from their brethren who live on Azeroth and Draenor. However, after infusing themselves with the Light, they gained some aesthetic changes. Chief among these differences are their alabaster-marble colored skin, white hair and bright golden eyes. In addition, the Lightforged often bear glowing or golden tattoos of sorts on their bodies.
- The idea of people being depicted with their eyes glowing golden with the Light is an old one, starting with the paladins of the Second War as well as some depictions of and . The paladin on the TCG Card had glowing eyes too.
- is the first lightforged draenei seen by most players.
- Lightforged Draenei tend to roll their Rs due to their thick Russian accent.