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The cosmic forces, realms and denizens of the universe.

Planes, also known as dimensions, realms of existence[1] or simply realms, are cosmic regions within the Warcraft universe.

The multiverse is a term used to refer to all the possible universes in World of Warcraft.[2][3]

Pocket dimensions seem to be little parts of a dimension secluded by magic.

Great Dark Beyond

Main article: Great Dark Beyond

The Great Dark Beyond represents the mortal and the physical universe. It is an infinite living realm composed of innumerable stars, worlds, moons, and mortal civilizations. Azeroth is found in it, and it is merely one of the countless worlds drifting through vast reaches of the Great Dark.[1][4] Azeroth has a few pocket dimensions.

The physical world is referred to as the material world and is in contrast with the realm of spirits.[5][6][7][8]

Emerald Dream

Main article: Emerald Dream

The Emerald Dream is an ethereal realm of spirits and untamed nature that exists alongside Azeroth. The titanic keepers forged it to act as a map for the evolutionary path of Azeroth's flora and fauna. As life ebbs and flows across the physical world, the spiritual energies that stature the Dream keep pace with it.[1]


Main article: Ny'alotha

Ny'alotha is a realm inhabited by the Old Gods and their minions. It is separated from the physical world by a thin veil.[9]


Main article: Shadowlands

The Shadowlands are nightmarish realms of decay, labyrinthine spiritual planes teeming with the souls of the dead who have passed from the world of the living. They have existed ever since mortal life arose in the physical universe.[1] Its main realms are Ardenweald, Bastion, Maldraxxus, Revendreth, and the Maw. There is also at least one pocket dimension in it.

Twisting Nether

Main article: Twisting Nether

The Twisting Nether is the astral plane between worlds that lies in parallel with the Great Dark Beyond. The forces of Light and Void bleed together at its boundaries, engulfing the Twisting Nether in perpetual strife. Sometimes, the volatile energies that pervade the Nether intrude upon the physical universe, warping reality beyond measure.[1] There are also a few pocket dimensions within.

Light and Void

Main articles: Light, Void

Light and Shadow are the most fundamental cosmic forces in existence. Although contradictory in nature, they are bound together on a cosmic scale as one cannot exist without the other. Pure Light and Shadow dwell in a realm outside the borders of reality, but shades of their presence are found in the physical universe. Light and Shadow bleed together at its boundaries, engulfing the Twisting Nether in perpetual chaos.[10]

Other planes

These planes are not known where they are located exactly.

In the RPG

The RPG Icon 16x36.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

Main article: Plane (RPG)


  • In the Warcraft universe there have been some quotes about the "Heavens" and "Hell". These are likely flavor lore and in reality are meant to be the Shadowlands as the souls of the death travel there.
    • Heavens: It is said that guardians took up swords of light to defend the heavens.[11][12] It It has also been said that the Light "burns eternal in Heaven".[13]
    • Hell: A few references have been made to Hell, as a place where evil individuals go to after death.[14][15] Sylvanas Windrunner once wished for Arthas Menethil to go to Hell.[16]
  • The Old Gods ruled over the primal (first, original) plane until the coming of the titans.[17] This likely means the Great Dark Beyond.
  • Murmur came from a dimension of the cosmos unfathomable to mortal minds.
  • The Reliquary owns a "Grand Vault" the location of which is a closely-guarded secret. Some believe it is not even on this plane of existence.[18]
  • When Garrosh Hellscream had Theramore Isle destroyed with a mana bomb, its arcane power caused anomalies of realities and dimensions ripped asunder. One could even glimpse other worlds.[19]
  • The void revenants are a race of parasitic void-beings that tear holes through the planes of reality, consuming and absorbing the energies and beings within.[20]
  • Warp Shades partially tear an enemy into another dimension.
  • Aluneth is a strange, fickle and powerful entity of pure arcane energy hailing from another realm of existence that was brought to the Nexus when blue dragons at some point while manipulating the fabric of reality tapped into this other realm and made contact with the strange arcane entity.[21]
  • Consumers of souls in Brawler's Guilds are seen in an alternate dimension[22] by wearing special goggles.


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