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This article is about the floating Scourge citadels. For the temple of Bwonsamdi, see Necropolis (Nazmir). For the Warcraft III buildings, see Necropolis (Warcraft III). For the Nazmir quest, see H [110 - 120] The Necropolis.
Multiple necropoli over Maldraxxus.

The necropoli (also pluralized as necropolises) are large floating structures used by the Scourge to transport troops and lead assaults.


Inspired by the nerubians' distinctive architectural style after the War of the Spider,[1] Obrahiim, the Traveler conceived the necropolises known as Naxxramas and Acherus: The Ebon Hold for the Scourge.[2] Necropolises can be summoned by acolytes.[3]

During the Scourge Invasion, multiple necropolises appeared in the skies of Azeroth, transmitting communications and other assistance to the Scourge's ground forces.[4] While the Forsaken dealt with curing the plague, the Church of the Holy Light pledged itself to destroy the necropolises.[5] Using the concentration of Light energy from the naaru of Shattrath City and the shared benedictions from its faithful, the Church created holy artifacts able to strike down the flying structures.[6]

World of Warcraft

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In World of Warcraft, generic types could be seen during the Scourge Invasion, and the mighty Naxxramas could be found in the Eastern Plaguelands.

Wrath of the Lich King

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The necropolis of Acherus: The Ebon Hold was used to train new death knights and lead the assault against the Scarlet Enclave. It was stated to be even more powerful than Naxxramas.[7] However, Acherus was taken from the Lich King by the Knights of the Ebon Blade.

Meanwhile, Naxxramas moved to the Dragonblight, in Northrend, where many other necropoli can be found, notably in the Borean Tundra and Zul'Drak. The Scourge had also begun construction of Malykriss: The Vile Hold in Icecrown, as a replacement to Acherus. Being made entirely of saronite, it would have been even more difficult to destroy, but its construction was interrupted before completion.[8]




Notes and trivia

  • It was originally stated that the first necropolises were of nerubian origin and stolen by Lich King's forces.[9] This was retconned into the Scourge building the necropolises after being inspired by nerubian architecture.[10]
  • While the plural form of the Greek word "necropolis" is "necropoleis", Blizzard uses "necropoli"[11][12] and "necropolises".[13][11]
  • In Warcraft III, a Necropolis could be upgraded into a Halls of the Dead, which in turn could be upgraded into a Black Citadel. These types don't exist in World of Warcraft.
  • Originally, the Undercity was called "Necropolis" in early concepts of World of Warcraft.[14][15][16]
    • The quest H [10] Delivery to Silverpine Forest still mentions the Necropolis instead of Undercity, which is remnant from alpha, given the ID range.
    • The city's design reflects this, as its circular layout with four distinct quadrants is reminiscent of Naxxramas and Acherus.
    • Before the Storm refers to the Undercity as a subterranean necropolis.[17]