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For the Warcraft III building, see Necropolis (Warcraft III).
For the building in Nazmir, see Necropolis (Nazmir).

The necropoli (also pluralized as necropolises) are large floating structures used by the Scourge and inspired by the the nerubians.


The Lich King adopted the nerubians' distinctive architectural style after the War of the Spider,[1] and Naxxramas was literally torn free from the ground by agents of the Lich King.[2] It is also said that Obrahiim, the Traveler conceived both Naxxramas and Acherus: The Ebon Hold.[3] They are then summoned by acolytes.[4]

During the Scourge Invasion, multiple necropolises appeared in the skies of Azeroth, transmitting communications and other assistance to the Scourge's ground forces.[5] While the Forsaken dealt with curing the plague, the Church of the Holy Light pledged itself to destroy the necropolises.[6] 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.[7]

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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Naxxramas has moved to the Dragonblight and six new discovered necropoli — two in Borean Tundra, three in Zul'Drak, and one under construction in Icecrown. Although Naxxramas is the most famous, Malykriss: The Vile Hold is said to be the mightiest necropolis ever constructed being built from Saronite.[8]

Strength scale

In Warcraft III, a necropolis is weaker than a Halls of the Dead, which in turn is weaker than a Black Citadel, but in World of Warcraft there does not seem to be a strong or definitive ranking between different types. There are two unnamed generic types, one seen during the Scourge Invasion based on Naxxramas, and a rounder type with an interior seen throughout Northrend, but no power scale has been given. However, Naxxramas, which is seemingly the largest and most important Necropolis, is said to not be able to withstand a direct assault from Acherus: The Ebon Hold.[9] Also, Malykriss: The Vile Hold, Acherus' replacement, is made of Saronite and implied to be even more powerful.[8]

Plural spelling

While the plural form of the Greek word "necropolis" is "necropoleis", and not "necropoli" as commonly thought,[10] Blizzard uses both "necropolises"[11][12] and "necropoli"[12][13] in game.