Spellbreakers (or spell breakers) are a blood elf unit that excel at battling caster units.
They appeared in the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne human campaign aiding Kael'thas Sunstrider. They are produced at the blood elf arcane sanctum. Spellbreakers had yet to be seen in World of Warcraft until Mists of Pandaria, where they made their official debut as named NPCs.
- Main article: Spell Breaker (Warcraft III)
- Elven warrior trained to disrupt and contort magical energies. These Blood Elven warriors, fresh from the destruction of their homeland, have turned a new eye towards the dying land of Lordaeron. Can it possibly remain their home? Has Spell Immunity. Attacks land units.
World of Warcraft
While they were already few in number to begin with, the ranks of this formidable fighting force were thinned drastically when their headquarters on the Isle of Quel'Danas was overwhelmed by Kael'thas Sunstrider and his Burning Legion forces. The lone squad that remains now exists as a relic of a bygone era, as the spellbreakers have refrained from training any new recruits since Kael'thas's betrayal. What happened to the ones that followed Kael'thas has not been explained.
Lor'themar Theron fielded a regiment of spellbreakers during the Horde campaign in Pandaria. Spellbreakers proved an invaluable defense force in Krasarang Wilds, and serve as sentries as part of the Sunreaver Onslaught.
- Non-blood elf
- Imperial Spellbreaker
- Azure Spellbreaker
- Felborne Spellbreaker
- Felborne Spellbreaker (Tomb of Sargeras)
In the RPG
The deadly, two-bladed swords of the spellbreakers strike fear in the hearts of wizards and sorcerers. The blood elves' elite warriors employ these frighteningly effective weapons to execute outlawed spellcasters, necromancers and other evil practitioners of magic. This blood-elven two-bladed sword is the bane of any evil spellcaster. The blades can cast globe of invulnerability when spun, and can make casters forget spells.
The powers of the spellbreaker are terrifying to those with knowledge of magic, for their blows shatter the mana from a spellcaster's body. Their abilities focus on destroying spells.
The Monster Guide makes reference to spellbreakers as a class blood elves become, along with already existing classes in the Warcraft RPG. Perhaps it was hinting at an inclusion of the class in a future RPG supplement, but it never came to be.
Notes and trivia
- The racial leader of the blood elves, Lor'themar Theron, appears in World of Warcraft wielding melee weapons and using anti-magic techniques. This fighting style is highly similar to that of a spellbreaker. He, however, isn't a spellbreaker.
- According to Micky Neilson, they were created after Kael'thas Sunstrider renamed the high elves to blood elves.
- One of the primary spellbreaker abilities () was introduced as a mage ability in patch 2.0.1.
- The guards in Silvermoon City bear a strong resemblance to spellbreakers; however they are not. It is most likely that Blizzard based blood elf guards after the spellbreakers as they were at the time the most iconic front-line warriors of the blood elf army.
- Guards looking like spellbreakers were also depicted in the Death Knight manga.
- The Sunblade Mage Guards in the Magisters' Terrace, introduced in patch 2.4.0, are most likely spellbreakers.
- The existence of several nightborne and felborne spellbreaker units might indicate that their tradition could actually date back from the time of the Kaldorei Empire.
The blood elf female from the cover of the Monster Guide RPG book resembles a spellbreaker.
Spellbreaker as seen in Hearthstone.
Warcraft III: Reforged unit model (on the right).
- Fan art
Void elf spellbreaker by Sergiy Abramov.