Lord over all waters,
Lord of all water elementals,
Lord of Tides
|Race(s)||Water elemental (Demigod)|
|Affiliation(s)||Abyssal Maw, Elemental Lords|
|Former affiliation(s)||Old Gods' forces (Black Empire)|
|Occupation||Elemental Lord of Water|
Neptulon the Tidehunter is the Elemental Lord of water. Much like the other three, in ages past he battled against the Titans as a servant of the Old Gods. However, he did not ally himself with after the Cataclysm, and as a result, the naga and faceless ones, servants of the Old Gods, sought to capture him and the Abyssal Maw. Neptulon would later break free of his captor, , and return to the Abyssal Maw.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Worship
- 3 Locations
- 4 In the RPG
- 5 Notes and trivia
- 6 Speculation
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Videos
- 9 Patch changes
- 10 References
- 11 External links
In the beginning, the world that would become known as Azeroth was ruled by the elementals. A nascent titan maturing within the world's core had consumed much of the fifth element, Spirit, and without this primordial force to create balance, the elements were thrown into chaos. The four Elemental Lords, who each ruled over innumerable lesser spirits, constantly clashed with one another on the surface of the primordial world. Neptulon the Tidehunter was the wisest of the lords, careful not to fall to 's schemes or waste his minions on fruitless attacks against . As the the other lords sent their armies to clash against one other across the world, the Tidehunter's forces would divide and conquer the enemy forces in brilliant routs before crushing them beneath colossal tidal waves.
When the entities known as the Old Gods arrived from the Great Dark and established their empire, the Elemental Lords saw the invaders as a threat to their dominion. For the first time in Azeroth's history, the native spirits of the world worked together against a common enemy. Neptulon joined forces with Therazane; while the Stonemother raised enormous rock walls to corral the forces of the Old Gods and shatter their citadels, the Tidehunter and his minions would sweep in and crush the n'raqi and aqir with tidal waves. Eventually, however, the elementals of the world could not stand against the endless swarms of n'raqi and aqir, and were all enslaved.
When the titan-forged arrived on Azeroth to battle the Black Empire, the Old Gods sent their enslaved Elemental Lord lieutenants to face them. Neptulon and his servants rushed to the aid of the other lords, but were waylaid by and , who managed to outmaneuver the Tidehunter's forces at every turn. Ultimately, Loken used his arcane magic to freeze and shatter the water elementals while Mimiron created enchanted bonds to imprison the Tidehunter. Neptulon and his water elementals were thereafter sucked into the depths of the Abyssal Maw, a region of the Elemental Plane.
Stone of the Tides and the Fall of Gurubashi
According to a book, "The Stone of the Tides", the Gurubashi trolls had access to a powerful artifact, which allowed them to gain control over the water based magic. As later told in the book "The Fall of Gurubashi", Neptulon (referred to there as Neptulos) sent his mighty krakken to destroy the troll nation. It is unknown whether there is connection between the two stories.
It is also unknown how exactly Neptulon came to appear on Azeroth, thousands of years after the battle with the Titans. Perhaps a backstory of this event is similar to that of summoning to aid with war (seeing as the event occurred when Gurubashi were preparing for some kind of invasion). This would mean that Neptulon is still present somewhere under the waters of the Great Sea.
Neptulon had a base of operations on an island in western Stranglethorn. There, and in other places on Azeroth, the Twilight Cult set up ice stones to communicate with the Tidehunter's realm during the Midsummer Fire Festival.
CataclysmThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Neptulon makes his first appearance during the quest for both factions where he and his minions battle the naga who are attempting to invade his domain through the Abyssal Breach. He clashes with and appears to gain the upper hand over the sea witch until is called and attacks the Tide Hunter. Neptulon retreats into his realm, pursued by the vast naga forces where the fight continues on the Elemental Plane.
Neptulon at the Abyssal Breach.
Throne of the Tides
Neptulon appears in the Throne of the Tides, where he must be defended from waves of faceless enemies. Ozumat returns and, upon defeat, steals Neptulon away and quickly flees. Although heroes never continue this storyline, Neptulon eventually returns to the Abyssal Maw.
LegionThis section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
During the Burning Legion's third invasion of Azeroth, the Earthen Ring, deciding to summon the Elemental Lords in order to combat the Legion, starts with Neptulon. While Neptulon listens to the Earthen Ring's plea, he insists that the Elemental Lords do not work together. When the Earthen Ring says they will stand with him, Neptulon recalls one time long ago where he and the other Lords did work together (likely referring to their war against the Old Gods). Musing that perhaps there is still hope, the Tidehunter sends his servant, Lord Hydraxis, to join the Earthen Ring at the Heart of Azeroth.
Neptulon is known to be worshiped by the Rockpool tribe of murlocs, who call him "father" and believe that he is the only one who truly rules the seas. He was also formerly worshiped by the Bloodwash naga before they turned their back on him and chose to worship only . However, a few naga led by Skar'this the Heretic are known to still follow the Tidehunter, for which Skar'this was imprisoned. It seems that he is also worshiped by the kvaldir, as says Neptulon will rise and wash your kind from Azeroth! to the naga in Vashj'ir.
|Location||Level range||Health range|
|Throne of the Tides||81 - 86|| |
|Heart of Azeroth||110||5,196,335|
In the RPGThis section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG and is considered non-canon.
- Rising out of the water above you is a massive humanoid figure shaped from the very liquid itself. The form shifts and changes, but the underlying shape remains the same — a colossal figure that vaguely resembles a humanoid, with swirling blue-green colors whirling within. Only the eyes, a pair of glowing yellow spots in the amorphous head, remain islands of stability.
Neptulon the Tidehunter reigns supreme in his domain, the deep ocean. Users of boats and other such water-crossing utilities risk his wrath; entering his domain without express permission is paramount to doom. He revels in taking those whom feel invulnerable, especially 's rocky beaches and the flames of , when given the chance. He rules over all water, whether it be the sea, the ocean, river or lake. All water elementals worship him, as do all creatures that use water or the cold for their abilities. It is said that when an intelligent creature drowns, his or her soul will pass through his realm on the way to its end. It is supposed that he keeps those souls which amuse and interest him, but Neptulon only laughs at such suppositions.
Skills and abilities
Neptulon prefers to toy with his prey, dragging it under the water only to let it briefly escape. Sometimes he will maroon a hapless victim on some lonely island and torture it with tidal waves and swirling whirlpools. He always attempts to identify those who cannot survive long underwater, dragging them away to deal with other opponents later. He loves to douse flame whenever he can and harbors a particular hatred of fire elementals.
Neptulon is most dangerous in the water, and even more so when his foe also touches water. If he or his opponent are land-bound, then he is weakened in his attacks. This spells destruction for most ships that cross his path. He can easily overturn even large craft of up to 600 feet in length, and stop massive vessels of up to 1,100 feet. Even those ocean-going behemoths that stretch to 2,400 feet can be slowed to half speed.
Neptulon's touch can extinguish most flames of non-magical origin, save those of large wildfires. He has the ability to dispel even magical fires, but those are many times more difficult to drench.
Neptulon has the ability to form into a massive swirling storm of freezing water, drawn from the very deepest part of the oceans and chilled by his elemental power. The storm is a 300 foot churning sphere of water that moves as he wills, at his swim speed, even extending out of the water into the air or onto the nearby ground (although at least half the sphere must always be in the water). Within the storm, he threatens all adjacent squares out to a distance of 25 feet from the affected zone and can make an infinite number of attacks of opportunity per round. This ability lasts for up to ten minutes, although he can end it at will. In addition to his normal attacks from that range, Neptulon may also perform any of the following abilities at will:
- Block of Ice
- Neptulon has the ability to immobilize 30 foot spherical area of solid water, and anything in it, which then deals frost damage to any victims within. Targets can attempt to escape the area, but only if they have the mental ability to do so. The block of ice rises toward the surface of the water very quickly. Once the occupants of the ice fortress have left the area of the frost storm, the ice will melt, eventually freeing them.
- Chilling Touch
- Within a frost storm, Neptulon can move much more quickly than normal. Furthermore, all creatures within the storm that have no immunity to the biting cold will very likely be slowed. Certain fire spells can cancel the slowness, but they must be maintained until the victim leaves the storm.
- Crushing Pressure
- Within the storm area, Neptulon can increase the water pressure to such levels that all within will be injured, whether friend or foe. Whatever they do, they will still take damage, save for Neptulon. Creatures trapped within a block of ice, ironically, are immune.
- Ice Crystals
- Neptulon can use razor-sharp crystals of ice that can strike individuals at the impressive range of 500 feet from the edge of the storm, even outside the sphere. Ice crystals affect a 30 foot radius when striking.
- Slam Attack
- Any creature within the storm, or within 100 feet of it, can be subject to a water-based slam attack from Neptulon himself.
When underwater, Neptulon can transform himself into a vortex once every 10 minutes; he can maintain this form for a very long time. He is 5 feet wide at the base, 50 feet wide at the top, and up to 80 feet tall. He controls his exact height however, which at minimum must be 10 feet tall.
Even the largest of creatures may be caught in the vortex, and they can even take damage. Those who come into contact with the vortex will have difficulty in stopping themselves from being picked up bodily and held suspended in the powerful currents, and even more difficulty in surviving. A creature that can swim is usually allowed to go free from the vortex, but they too, will have difficulty in living through this ordeal.
Neptulon enjoys leaving any creatures within the vortex where he wants, depositing them wherever the vortex happens to be. Typically he does this in fairly harmful surroundings, such as natural vents, in deep water, or near other dangerous creatures.
If the vortex's base touches the ocean floor, it creates a swirling cloud of debris. This cloud is centered on Neptulon and has a diameter equal to half the vortex's height. The cloud obscures all vision beyond five feet. Creatures five feet away have some concealment, while those farther away are completely concealed from those within or on the other side of the cloud. Those spellcasters caught in the cloud will have to concentrate hard to cast a spell.
Notes and trivia
- An was provided for the now removed quest , given by in Azshara.
- Upon killing during the Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest-line, a world-wide emote could be seen: The beast returns from whence it came. The wrath of Neptulon has subsided.
- In the quest at Scalawag Point, after getting drunk he might say Sweet Neptulon, that was one drink too many.
- "Neptulon's Locker" appears to be the Azerothian equivalent of the idiom "Davy Jones' Locker", referring to the bottom of the sea and/or the act of drowning.
- Neptulon is voiced by John Behlmann.
- His name is likely inspired by Neptune, the Roman god of the waters.
- He appears as a legendary card for the Shaman class in the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion of Hearthstone. His flavor text reads: "Neptulon is "The Tidehunter". He’s one of the four elemental lords. And he and get together and make really amazing saunas."
- In the Legion alpha, appeared when the Earthen Ring summoned Neptulon and Neptulon revealed he had mastered the kraken. This part of the quest was removed before launch.
- The likely reason Blizzard had Neptulon end up freeing himself off-screen between Cataclysm and Legion is because the Abyssal Maw raid, the planned conclusion for the Vashj'ir storyline, was canceled. The situation was described by Chris Metzen as a "damn mess is what it was."
Neptulon could be the mysterious force directly responsible for transformation of the naga, the insidious influence behind , the recent invasions of murlocs, and other underwater events, including the beached sea creatures at Darkshore and the presence of the Twilight Hammer at Blackfathom Deeps. It is known that the Old Gods were involved in the naga transformation, and Neptulon may have been a conduit for the change. However, even if this theory has any bit of truth, the naga sooner or later turned on Neptulon, and now an army of naga and Faceless Ones, presumably acting on behalf of the Old Gods, wage war against Neptulon over the domain of water.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.
- ^ a b c World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 28-32
- ^ Alex Afrasiabi on Twitter
- ^ Alex Afrasiabi on Twitter
- ^ a b c d e f g Shadows & Light, pg. 102
- ^ a b c d e f g h Shadows & Light, pg. 103
- ^ : "[...] any man, woman, or child found consorting with the Blackwater Raiders will be sent straight to Neptulon's locker."
- ^ Bloodsail Oarsman yells: They be on either side of us! Send 'em down to Neptulon's Locker!
- ^ says: I'll send ye down to Neptulon's Locker, ye three-gallon pufferfish!
- ^ Blizzcon 2011