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For the former warlock honor talent, see [Burning Legion].
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Sargeras leading the Burning Legion in battle.
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"In every world, in every future, the Burning Legion strode, invincible, unstoppable, dooming the universe to eternal darkness in its wake. Behind it all, he saw the looming demonic figures of its leaders: Archimonde—who was believed dead by so many—Kil'jaeden, and above all others, Sargeras the fallen titan, once sworn to guard the universe, now bent on destroying it."
—The demon hunter Vandel, glimpsing the nature of the Burning Legion in a vision[6]

The Burning Legion (aka the Legion,[7] occasionally referred to as the Legion Forces,[8] the Burning Shadow[9] or the Great Burning Shadow,[10][11] and the Infinite Army[12]) is a vast, innumerable army of demons and corrupted races who seek to destroy all life. Sargeras created it with the purpose of destroying all world-souls in the universe in order to prevent the void lords from corrupting them, which would lead to the birth of a Dark Titan, a being of unspeakable evil that would utterly annihilate and consume the universe.[13]

The Legion is responsible for the annihilation of countless species and some entire planets across the Great Dark Beyond,[14] and it transcends all universes[15] destroying their possible worlds[16] in the grand Crusade. It has thrice invaded Azeroth, and was only beaten back at a terrible cost. Much of Azeroth's history — including the First, Second, and Third War — was due to the Legion's influence. It can be said that the Legion is Azeroth's nemesis, since it caused the Sundering of Kalimdor, corrupted the orcs and sent them to invade Azeroth, created the Lich King, and was the source of most of Azeroth's scars. Finally, it should be noted that Azeroth is the only known planet that the Legion has ever failed to conquer.



When the godlike titans of the Pantheon carried out their mission to bring order to the worlds of the Great Dark Beyond, they soon encountered a deadly threat: the chaotic demons of the Twisting Nether. To combat this foe, the Pantheon sent their greatest champion, the noble Sargeras. Though he won victory after victory over the unorganized and incompetent demons, the constant sight of entire civilizations being reduced to ash and their inhabitants warping into horrid aberrations began to fill Sargeras with a great sense of hopelessness, but he nonetheless continued his work.[17]

When it was discovered that the demons Sargeras had defeated simply returned later to torment the physical universe once more in new bodies, the Pantheon sent the titan Aggramar to aid Sargeras. Together, the two were able to more effectively combat the demonic threat, simultaneously allowing Sargeras to more closely study the nature of the Twisting Nether. By learning how to manipulate Nether energies, the titan champion crafted a prison world known as Mardum to contain the demons he had defeated and prevent them from reforming after death. Soon, Sargeras and Aggramar brought peace to the cosmos, and decided to split up to more effectively fight their foe. It was during this time that Sargeras came across a world smothered in Void energies and infested by horrors known as the Old Gods. By ruthlessly interrogating a conclave of demonic nathrezim who had come to dwell among the aberrations, Sargeras learned the full plans of the malevolent void lords. By hurling the Old Gods out through the universe, the void lords hoped to corrupt slumbering titan world-souls and transform them into unspeakably dark creatures that would be able to consume all matter and energy in the universe, bringing all of creation under the void lords' will. This horrified Sargeras so much that he instantly killed the nathrezim before cleaving the infested planet in two with his blade.[17]

When he returned to the Pantheon to tell of his discoveries, Sargeras was harshly chastised by his fellow titans. They argued that they would have been able to save the world-soul had Sargeras not acted so rashly. In response, the champion tried to argue that existence itself was flawed and that it had to be purged completely to prevent any chance of the void lords' plans coming to fruition (in his mind, even a lifeless universe was better than one dominated by the Void, for he argued that if life had once taken root in the Great Dark on its own, perhaps it would do so again), but once he realized that the Pantheon would never see things the way he did, Sargeras stormed off into isolation.[17]

While the titans carried on their work, Sargeras meditated in a distant corner of the Great Dark. Fear and doubt led him to the final conclusion that to save the universe, it had to first be purged in fire. Sargeras knew that to accomplish this, he would need an army, and so he returned to the only place where he knew he'd find one: Mardum. The fallen titan tore the prison world asunder, unleashing countless demons and an explosion of fel energy so great that his very form became warped and twisted. The former defender empowered the demons he had unleashed, granting them increased stature or intelligence, and then gave them a simple choice: follow his commands, or be permanently destroyed. It was not a difficult choice.[18]

When the newly-formed Burning Legion set upon its first planet, Sargeras himself killed the constellar charged with watching over it. Aggramar was the first to learn of the watcher's demise and confronted Sargeras in a duel that ended with both of the titans' blades being broken. Heavily wounded, Aggramar returned to the Pantheon to inform them of Sargeras' betrayal and transformation. Girded for war, the Pantheon met the Legion near a world called Nihilam. Though both Aman'Thul and Aggramar tried to plead with Sargeras, the former by telling him of a promising world-soul called Azeroth and the latter by recounting tales of their glorious battles, the fallen titan was set in his ways. With a single stroke of his shattered blade, Sargeras nearly cleaved Aggramar in half and then launched an apocalyptic battle against the Pantheon, a fight which ended when the corrupted champion unleashed an enormous fel storm that consumed the Pantheon's bodies (though, unbeknownst to the Legion, the titan Norgannon managed to save the titans' souls from destruction with a final spell). Sargeras declared his Legion victorious and set out to find Azeroth before the void lords did.[18]

The battle at Nihilam had showed Sargeras that though his demon servants were ruthless and bloodthirsty, they lacked discipline and strategic thinking. Thus, he decided to recruit the highly intelligent eredar of Argus to his cause. The eredar were ruled by a wise and powerful triumvirate, consisting of Archimonde, Kil'jaeden and Velen. Though Sargeras managed to convince the former two to serve him, transforming most of Argus' inhabitants into demonic beings, Velen and his followers, known forever after as draenei or "exiled ones", escaped under the guidance of the divine naaru. Nevertheless, the Legion's ranks continued to swell with new races, such as the doomguard and shivarra, and in the coming ages countless worlds were erased from existence by the Legion.[18]

The first invasion

Main article: War of the Ancients

Many thousands of years ago (10,000 years before Warcraft I) the Burning Legion became attracted to the world of Azeroth due to the reckless use of magic taking place on that world. The night elf "Highborne" under the direction of the Night Elf queen Azshara and her counselor Xavius had been undertaking experiments to draw greater and greater amounts of energy from the Well of Eternity, the source of magical power on Azeroth.

The Highborne's reckless use of magic sent ripples of energy spiraling out from the Well of Eternity and into the Great Dark Beyond. The streaming ripples of energy were felt by terrible alien minds. Sargeras — the Great Enemy of all life, the Destroyer of Worlds — felt the potent ripples and was drawn to their distant point of origin. Spying the primordial world of Azeroth and sensing the limitless energies of the Well of Eternity, Sargeras was consumed by an insatiable hunger. The great dark god of the Nameless Void[19] resolved to destroy the fledgling world and claim its energies as his own.

The invasion of Azeroth.

Sargeras gathered his vast Burning Legion and made his way towards the unsuspecting world of Azeroth. The Legion was composed of a million screaming demons, all ripped from the far corners of the universe, and the demons hungered for conquest. Sargeras' lieutenants, Archimonde the Defiler and Mannoroth the Destructor, prepared their infernal minions to strike.

Queen Azshara, overwhelmed by the terrible ecstasy of her magic, fell victim to Sargeras' undeniable power and agreed to grant him entrance to her world. Even her Highborne servitors gave themselves over to magic's inevitable corruption and began to worship Sargeras as their god. To show their allegiance to the Legion, the Highborne aided their queen in opening a vast, swirling portal within the depths of the Well of Eternity.

Once all his preparations had been made, Sargeras began his catastrophic invasion of Azeroth. The warrior-demons of the Burning Legion stormed into the world through the Well of Eternity and laid siege to the night elves' sleeping cities. Led by Archimonde and Mannoroth, the Legion swarmed over the lands of Kalimdor, leaving only ash and sorrow in its wake. The demon warlocks called down searing Infernals that crashed like hellish meteors into the graceful spires of Kalimdor's temples. A band of burning, bloodletting killers known as the Doomguard marched across Kalimdor's fields, slaughtering everyone in their path. Packs of wild, demonic Felhounds ravaged the countryside unopposed. Though the brave Kaldorei warriors rushed to defend their ancient homeland, they were forced to give ground, inch by inch, before the fury of the Legion's onslaught.

It fell to Malfurion Stormrage to find help for his beleaguered people. Stormrage, whose own brother, Illidan, practiced the Highborne's magics, was incensed by the growing corruption amongst the upper class. Convincing Illidan to forsake his dangerous obsession, Malfurion set out to find Cenarius and muster a resistance force. The beautiful young priestess, Tyrande, agreed to accompany the brothers in the name of Elune. Though Malfurion and Illidan shared a love for the idealistic priestess, Tyrande's heart belonged to Malfurion alone. Illidan resented his brother's budding romance with Tyrande, but knew that his heartache was nothing compared to the pain of his magical addiction.

Illidan, who had grown dependent on magic's empowering energies, struggled to keep control of his nearly overwhelming hunger to tap the Well's energies once again. However, with Tyrande's patient support, he was able to restrain himself and help his brother find the reclusive demigod, Cenarius. Cenarius, who dwelt within the sacred Moonglades of the distant Mount Hyjal, agreed to help the night elves by finding the ancient dragons and enlisting their aid. The dragons, led by the great red leviathan, Alexstrasza, agreed to send their mighty flights to engage the demons and their infernal masters.

Cenarius, calling on the spirits of the enchanted forests, rallied an army of ancient tree-men and led them against the Legion in a daring ground assault. As the night elves' allies converged upon Queen Azshara's temple and the Well of Eternity, all-out warfare erupted. Despite the strength of their newfound allies, Malfurion and his colleagues realized that the Legion could not be defeated by martial strength alone.

As the titanic battle raged around Azshara's capital city, the delusional queen waited in anticipation for Sargeras' arrival. The lord of the Legion was preparing to pass through the Well of Eternity and enter the ravaged world. As his impossibly huge shadow drew ever closer to the Well's raging surface, Azshara gathered the most powerful of her Highborne followers. Only by linking their magics together in one focused spell would they be able to create a gateway large enough for Sargeras to enter.

Malfurion, convinced that the Well of Eternity was the demons' umbilical link to the physical world, insisted that it should be destroyed. His companions, knowing that the Well was the source of their immortality and powers, were horrified by the rash notion. Yet Tyrande saw the wisdom of Malfurion's theory, so she convinced Cenarius and their comrades to storm Azshara's temple and find a way to shut the Well down for good.

Knowing that the Well's destruction would prevent him from ever wielding magic again, Illidan selfishly abandoned the group and set out to warn the Highborne of Malfurion's plan. Due to the insanity brought on by his addiction and the stinging resentment towards his brother's affair with Tyrande, Illidan felt no remorse at betraying Malfurion and siding with Azshara and her ilk. Above all else, Illidan vowed to protect the Well's power by any means necessary.

Heartbroken by his brother's departure, Malfurion led his companions into the heart of Azshara's temple. Yet as they stormed into the main audience chamber, they found the Highborne in the midst of their final dark incantation. The communal spell created an unstable vortex of power within the Well's turbulent depths. As Sargeras' ominous shadow drew ever closer to the surface, Malfurion and his allies rushed to attack.

Azshara, having received Illidan's warning, was more than prepared for them. Nearly all of Malfurion's followers fell before the mad queen's powers. Tyrande, attempting to attack Azshara from behind, was caught off-guard by the queen's Highborne guardsmen. Though she vanquished the guardsmen, Tyrande suffered grievous wounds at their hands. When Malfurion saw his love fall, he went into a murderous rage and resolved to end Azshara's life.

As the battle raged inside and outside of the temple, Illidan appeared from the shadows near the shores of the great Well. Producing a set of specially crafted vials, Illidan knelt and filled each with the Well's shimmering waters. Convinced that the demons would crush the night elves' civilization, he planned to steal the sacred waters and keep their energies for himself.

The ensuing battle between Malfurion and Azshara threw the Highborne's carefully crafted spellwork into chaos. The unstable vortex within the Well's depths exploded and ignited a catastrophic chain of events that would sunder the world forever. The massive explosion rocked the temple to its foundations and sent massive quakes ripping through the tortured earth. As the horrific battle between the Legion and the night elves' allies raged around and above the ruined capital city, the surging Well of Eternity buckled in upon itself and collapsed.

The resultant catastrophic explosion shattered the earth and blotted out the skies (see The Great Sundering).

As the aftershocks from the Well's implosion rattled the bones of the world, the seas rushed in to fill the gaping wound left in the earth. Nearly eighty percent of Kalimdor's landmass had been blasted apart, leaving only a handful of separate continents surrounding the new, raging sea. At the center of the new sea, where the Well of Eternity once stood, was a tumultuous storm of tidal fury and chaotic energies. This terrible scar, known as the Maelstrom, would never cease its furious spinning. It would remain a constant reminder of the terrible catastrophe... and the Utopian era that had been lost forever.

Somehow, against all odds, Queen Azshara and her Highborne elite managed to survive the ordeal. Tortured and twisted by the powers they had released, Azshara and her followers were dragged down beneath the raging sea by the Well's implosion. Cursed — transformed — they took on new shapes and became the hateful serpentine naga. Azshara herself expanded with hate and rage, becoming a massive monstrosity, reflecting the wickedness and malice that had always hidden within her core.

There, at the bottom of the Maelstrom, the naga built for themselves a new city, Nazjatar, from which they would rebuild their power. It would take over ten thousand years before the naga would reveal their existence to the surface world.

Sargeras' return

Main articles: Aegwynn and the Dragon Hunt, The Song of Aegwynn

Somewhere in Northrend, the demon forces invaded once again. Aegwynn fought against them here and even faced, and defeated, the Avatar of Sargeras himself.

The second invasion

Main article: second invasion

For years, since their defeat at the hands of Malfurion Stormrage, the Legion had watched and waited for the moment to be right for a second attempt to conquer Azeroth. Kil'jaeden was given orders to plan the second invasion of Azeroth and was unwilling to take any chances on the Legion's success. He decided that a new force would be necessary in order to weaken the defenses of Azeroth before the Legion's main invasion force arrived.

The doom of Draenor

The Path to Corruption.

For millennia, Kil'jaeden's scouts searched the Nether for the draenei, finding and destroying the worlds they had settled on, but they always managed to escape. Then, one day, Kil'jaeden's favored servant, Talgath, stumbled upon a world that showed signs of the draenei's magic. Though they initially assumed it was just another one of the planets the draenei briefly stopped upon,[20] further investigations quickly discovered that the draenei had actually settled there, even going so far as to give it an eredun name: Draenor, meaning "Exiles' Refuge". There also resided a race of shamanistic beings called orcs. Intrigued by their potential, Kil'jaeden realized that they were exactly what he was looking for and thus sought an agent of the orcish race to follow his will. Though Kil'jaeden found many suitable candidates none held as much potential as Gul'dan.[21]

Gul'dan was born crippled, weak and deformed, which made him a target for constant mockery and abuse ever since his childhood. He knew that he was meant for more than his clan would ever allow of him, and he hated them for it. He used the hate and bitterness he felt as a way to keep going. One day, the other clan members grew so tired of the runt's refusal to accept his place in the clan that they beat him repeatedly in an attempt to rid themselves of him once and for all. As the chieftain was about to beat him again, the elderly shaman of the clan stopped him, saying that he had tried and failed to help Gul'dan find his place in the clan. Laying a hand on Gul'dan's shoulder, the elder said, not unkindly, that there was nothing more he could do for him, but that he had always believed there was greatness within him. He then advised the runt to seek out the Throne of the Elements, for perhaps there he would find his destiny. At first Gul'dan eventually followed the advice, only to be rejected by the furies who sensed the darkness and fury within his heart. It was at its lowest that Kil'jaeden spoke to Gul'dan, promising power and godhood in exchange for Gul'dan helping the Burning Legion turn the orcs as a weapon to destroy the draenei.

Gul'dan quickly agreed for he only held disdain for his people. Kil'jaeden instructed his new servant in the ways of fel magic. The demon lord knew that these energies would physically change the orc or even draw the draenei's attention, so he took steps to hide Gul'dan new abilities. Kil'jaeden taught the orc how to mask his powers, and he ordered him to use fel magic only when absolutely necessary. Gul'dan took to the volatile power faster than expected, reveling in the destructive might at his fingertips.[21]

Knowing that Gul'dan couldn't serve as the figure they needed to forged the orc clans into an army, Kil'jaeden ordered Gul'dan to ally with someone who could inspire or lead the orc race. After destroying his former clan (in order to ensure that no one knew his past) Gul'dan would join the Shadowmoon clan, which was under the rule of Ner'zhul. In time Gul'dan's would earn Ner'zhul's trust and became the elder's shamanic apprentice. Under the guise of the orcs' sacred ancestors, Kil'jaeden tricked the shamans of each clan—including their most respected leader, the elder shaman Ner'zhul—into thinking that the draenei were plotting against the orcs.[22] Soon, the clans began to launch successful skirmishes and raids against the draenei, believing it to be their ancestors' will that they be exterminated. However, plans faltered when Ner'zhul traveled to Oshu'gun, was shown the truth about his new patron, and attempted to undo his actions. Kil'jaeden, however, was already aware of Ner'zhul's actions and stripped the elderly shaman of his power, and Gul'dan would teach his warlock magics to other orcs, creating the Shadow Council to secretly rule over them. Eventually, as the Elemental Spirits refused to grant their powers to the shaman, these demonic powers would overtake the orcs.

After proving the orcs' ability to fight the draenei, Mannoroth's blood was given to the orcs to drink, and they degraded into a horrible bloodlust. As both a test of his new minions and as revenge to his wayward brethren, Kil'jaeden ordered Gul'dan to finish the slaughter of the draenei in one climactic battle at Shattrath City. The attack was a brutal massacre, with much of Shattrath being destroyed. To all appearances, Kil'jaeden's pawns had finally triumphed over the draenei. Kil'jaeden was relatively pleased with the Horde's destruction of the draenei, as was Sargeras who viewed the Horde as the perfect army to weaken Azeroth and thus ordered Kil'jaeden to cut all communication with them. Sargeras wanted the orcs to be so desperate that they would anything to survive, even if that meant journeying to another world.[23]

First and Second wars ADP

The orcs attempted to invade Azeroth twice through the Dark Portal.[24][25] However, the natives of the planet formed together into an alliance led by the humans, fought back with unexpected determination and casualties were high on both sides. At the end of the Second War, the Alliance of Lordaeron had defeated the orcs and their homeworld of Draenor destroyed by Ner'zhul's attempt to escape into another dimension. The remaining orcs were rounded up and placed in various internment camps by the Alliance.

After the defeat of the orcs, Kil'jaeden determined to create a new force, one that would succeed where the orcs had failed. To this end he captured Ner'zhul and remade him as the Lich King. Trapping his essence in the Frozen Throne, a large block of ice, Kil'jaeden hurled the Lich King to Azeroth, where he crashed on the frozen continent of Northrend. The Lich King's new mission was to prepare Azeroth for subjugation through the release of a Plague of Undeath. Thus, the Scourge was born.

Third War

Where the orcs had failed the Scourge succeeded impressively. Within months the Eastern Kingdoms were in disarray. Each soldier or townsfolk who fell to the Scourge was reborn as an undead minion of the Lich King. Finally, the time for the Legion's return was nigh.

Servants of the scourge were able to summon Archimonde himself to lead the assault...with him came the myriad demons of the legion. The second invasion had truly begun. The forces of the Legion swept across the Eastern Kingdoms and soon reached the shores of Kalimdor, home of their old enemy, the night elves.

The Legion chose as its main goal the consumption of the World Tree on Mount Hyjal, which contained the essence of all life on Azeroth and granted immortality to the night elves. At the final hour, an alliance of humans, orcs, and night elves fought desperately to hold back Archimonde and the legion while Malfurion Stormrage performed a desperate druidic ritual upon the World Tree itself. Finally, Malfurion gave the signal that he was ready and the Legion was allowed to reach their goal...the World Tree stood exposed to Archimonde. As the demon embraced the tree, and began to feed upon its magics, Malfurion's spell took hold. The World Tree released all of its energy into Archimonde at once, destroying both the World Tree and the demon. The ensuing explosion destroyed the tree and laid waste to Hyjal summit. The Legion had been defeated once again, but at the cost of the night elves' immortality.

With Archimonde finally defeated, Kil'jaeden has assumed complete control of the Legion.

Aftermath of the Third War

An army of human, dwarves and blood elves arose, the New Alliance under the leadership of Lord Garithos and Kael'thas Sunstrider.[26] This New Alliance fought back against the Scourge and the Burning Legion. They managed to retake Dalaran[27] and fought against the undead in Silverpine Forest[28][29] and Alterac Mountains.[26]


The Majority Satyr groups are still loyal to the Burning Legion and have stayed on Kalimdor waiting for the return of their dark masters. The remains of the Legion itself can be found in the region of felwood where demons of all varieties can be found, including a few corrupted species such a furbolgs. The Legion also has many still loyal orcish warlocks of the Burning Blade clan hiding in Durotar and even Orgrimmar itself.


Although the New Alliance suffered a great loss with the blood elves, they continued fighting against the Scourge. However, they were not a serious threat to the Burning Legion. Rather, the dreadlords Balnazzar, Detheroc, and Varimathras who were in charge of the Scourge were impatient for orders from Archimonde and ensured that the Scourge was ready for action, ignorant of the death of their leader. Soon after, Arthas returned to Lordaeron's Capital City. He told the undead leaders that the city was now his and that he wouldn't require the dreadlords' services to watch over it. When Balnazzar retorted that the Scourge belonged to the Legion, Arthas replied that their masters had been defeated, and that the Burning Legion was "undone." He then tried to slaughter the dreadlords but they managed to escape and warn Arthas of their inevitable retribution.[27] Later, the dreadlords found out that the Lich King was weakening, and together with Sylvanas Windrunner planned to overthrow Arthas.[30]

Luckily for the Scourge, Arthas escaped the Capital City and Sylvanas's assassination attempt was thwarted by Kel'thuzad.[31] Soon after Varimathras invited Sylvanas to join the dreadlord's new order, Sylvanas however had no intention of losing her freedom again denied the offer and knew it was only a moment of time before she would be attacked. Using her sister banshees Sylvanas possessed Blackthorn, Mug'thol, Snarlmane, and possibly the Murloc Puddle Lord to bloster her forces and not only did she destroy the attacking undead, she even "turned" Varimathras to her side.[32] Soon after the future forsaken killed Detheroc and acquired an ally in the freed Garithos.[33]

The banshee and her forces laid siege to Balnazzar's base, which he had fortified within the city ruins. Balnazzar then found himself attacked from both sides by Sylvanas and Garithos. Though he was armed with demons and had made many threats, Balnazzar's forces were defeated.[29]

Sylvanas, Varimathras, and Garithos approached Balnazzar. Sylvanas ordered Varimathras to kill his brother as a testament of his loyalty to her. Varimathras was reluctant. Killing another nathrezim was forbidden but Sylvanas was adamant. Balnazzar was sure that Varimathras would never take that final step. He was wrong.[29] However, Balnazzar survived — Varimathras allowed his brother to fake his death in order to fool Sylvanas.[citation needed] Varimathras then killed Garithos on Sylvanas' orders.[29]

With all their enemies dead, Sylvanas made a proclamation to Varimathras. They would rule the Plaguelands as the Forsaken, and would stake out their own destiny, where none would get in their way.[29]

At some point Balnazzar killed and possessed Saidan Dathrohan's body and began using the Scarlet Crusade.[34]


A symbol commonly associated to the Legion, at Forge Camp: Mageddon.
Main article: Magtheridon's Forces

Magtheridon still ruled Outland after the Legion's defeat, but, with the help of the escaped blood elves, Illidan Stormrage stormed his citadel and claimed Outland for his own.[35] Although the pit lord was chained and his forces are now part of Illidan's forces, there are still numerous Legion strongholds over the planet and the Cabal, cultists of the Shadow Council, are trying to provide adventage to thier demon masters. The draenei are resisting to the Legion, even a group led by Akama had to join Illidan to defeat Magtheridon.


The Burning Legion in the Blasted Lands were under the command of Lord Kazzak. Thanks to the efforts of Razelikh the Defiler the Burning Legion blostered its ranks with Grol the Destroyer and his Dreadmaul Ogres, Lady Sevine, and Archmage Allistarj. This sect of the legion also includes Ilifar, the only death knight who sided with the legion during the scourge rebellion.

Attempted invasion

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Through the Dark Portal

The march of the Legion

After Illidan's failure to destroy the Frozen Throne, Kil'jaeden sent forces to Outland to destroy him, however, Illidan's forces proved to be equally as powerful and the Legion has so far been unable to gain revenge. Kil'jaeden thus decided to trick the people of Azeroth into getting rid of Illidan in his stead. Led by Highlord Kruul, the Legion opened the Dark Portal again and sent troops into Azeroth. The Argent Dawn managed to hold the area surrounding the portal until reinforcements from the Alliance and Horde arrived.[36] After that, the Azerothian resistance pressed on and managed to drive the demons back into Outland where they fought at The Stair of Destiny.[3] Kil'jaeden's plan worked, and the Alliance and Horde would eventually kill Illidan for him.

The Alliance and Horde got to the middle of Hellfire Peninsula, where the Horde established Thrallmar[37] and the initial Expeditionary Force of the Alliance reinforced Honor Hold.[38] However, a Pit Commander and more Legion forces blocked the reinforcements of both factions, and they stood together to fight in The Stair of Destiny[37][38] for a long time.[3] Lieutenant General Orion sent an Horde adventurer for reinforcements of Thrallmar, after the notice General Krakork sent out what forces he could.[39] The Legion stationed dreadlords in Felspark Ravine, but the Alliance[40] and Horde defeated them, their imps and infernals.[41] The Alliance and Horde finally managed to destroy the portals defeating the Legion's forces by ground[42] and by air.[43][44][45] However the Burning Legion continued to produce fel reavers in Forge Camp: Mageddon, the Alliance and Horde detected this and sent adventurers[46] that defeated this force and destroyed the fel reavers.[47][48] After the defeat of the fel reavers they aimed Thrallmar with fel cannons, but both Alliance and Horde destroyed the cannons.[49][50] The final Legion's base, commanded by Warbringer Arix'Amal, still housed warp-portals from which they were drawing reinforcements, but the Alliance located the base[51] and both Alliance and Horde sent adventurers which destroyed the portals and defeated the Legion in Hellfire Peninsula.[51][52]

Activities in Outland

The Dark Portal being attacked by the Legion.

Doom Lord Kazzak was the commander of the Burning Legion in Outland, he resided in the Throne of Kil'jaeden.[40][41] Although the Burning Legion in Hellfire Peninsula was defeated, there was a presence through all other zones of Outland with the exception of Zangarmarsh.

In Terokkar Forest the Shadow Council was still active, there were many cultists, who were part of a branch called Cabal.

In Blade's Edge Mountains the Legion had accomplished several things:

In Netherstorm the main activities were of the blood elves allied with the Legion, the Kael'thas' forces, with mainly the Sunfury outside of Tempest Keep and other groups inside of it. The demons in the zone were led by the eredar Socrethar[65] and did several things:

Fury of The Sunwell

Kael'thas summons Kil'jaeden to Azeroth.

Kil'jaeden was not finished yet however, for he had found a new pawn to manipulate in Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider. After his defeat at Tempest Keep, and still blinded by his lust for power, Kael become an all too willing participant in The Burning Legion's next attempt to invade and conquer Azeroth. Kil'jaeden restored Kael'thas' health and power through demonic means and empowered many of his followers will fel energy. Kael'thas sent his new Felblood elves to Silvermoon, where they captured M'uru from Kael's own people and took him to the Sunwell. Kael'thas also discovered that the energies of the Sunwell still existed, in the form of the human girl Anveena, and she was imprisoned and taken to the Sunwell, with Kael hoping to use her energies to reignite the Sunwell, to both bring his new master Kil'jaeden into Azeroth, and to supply himself with a new font of limitless power. However, with the intervention of the blue dragonflight and mortal adventurers of Azeroth, Kael'thas was killed once and for all in the Magister's Terrace and Kil'jaeden's plans to enter Azeroth were foiled. Anveena sacrificed herself to weaken Kil'jaeden so that the mortal heroes battling him could finally defeat him and send him back through the Sunwell. After the battle at the Sunwell, Velen used what was left of M'uru's "body" to reignite the Sunwell, saving the blood elves from their addiction to demonic power and allowing them to continue to use the powers of the Light.

The royal coup

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Putress oversees the destruction wrought upon the Wrathgate by the New Plague.

In the wake of the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate, it was revealed that Varimathras plotted his way into controlling a substantial part of the Forsaken faction, using them and his chief underling, Grand Apothecary Putress, to launch a surprise assault upon the combatants at the Wrathgate. This ambush resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Alliance and Horde soldiers, including famed Alliance hero Bolvar Fordragon. At the same time Burning Legion forces under the command of Varimathras successfully took control of the Undercity and nearly killed The Dark Lady herself.

He was eventually faced and defeated by Thrall, Sylvanas, and adventurers during H [74] The Battle For The Undercity, after which he was not seen again. During the battle, Varimathras made reference to "years of planning" (attempting to undermine Sylvanas) and the voice of an unseen "Master" was heard berating Varimathras for his failure to prevent the Horde party from reaching the throne room, after which point Varimathras entered the fray himself — where he was defeated.

While the Burning Legion was tactically successful in rekindling Alliance-Horde tensions, it ultimately failed in its strategic goal of re-summoning yet another Legion invasion. It remains unknown who the unseen "Master" was, but is presumably Sargeras.


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By the time of the Cataclysm, the Burning Legion's command structure was mostly wiped out, with only a few survivors and their masters' whereabouts unknown. The Burning Legion may have still been a devastating threat to the universe, however, though it had a weaker hold on Azeroth. With the devastation caused by the Cataclysm the Twilight's Hammer Cult were able to successfully take Darkwhisper Gorge from the Burning Legion. Despite this defeat the Legion was able to keep their holdouts in Felwood, Desolace and the Blasted Lands. Despite Balnazzar's defeat and the collapse of the Scarlet Crusade in Stratholme, the legion was able to keep a hold on the city through Balnazzar's new Risen army, which consisted of Scarlet Crusaders who were in a state of undeath. The Scarlets at Tyr's Hand had also fallen to this fate, securing the town for the Legion.

However, the denizens of Azeroth were not allowing the Legion to keep these areas in peace. In Desolace, the Cenarion Circle aided Khan Leh'Prah of the Kolkar clan in his quest to unite the centaur (Kolkar, Magram and Gelkis) and successfully launched an assault on Shok'thokar. In Felwood, the Emerald Circle and Cenarion Circle launched their own assaults on the Legion holdouts in the area. In the Blasted Lands, both the Horde and the Alliance secured the Dark Portal and sent adventurers into the Tainted Forest to end the Legion's hold on the region. Meanwhile, the Argent Crusade sent adventurers into both Tyr's Hand and Stratholme and claimed them for the Crusade.

While the legion tried to hold on to its bastions of power on Azeroth they were able launch an assault to reclaim Darkwhisper Gorge from the Twilight's Hammer that allowed them to require the Gates of Sothann.

Mists of Pandaria

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Wrathion suggested that the Horde and Alliance would have to unite to fight a greater foe that will come from beyond Azeroth. The image that he displayed while saying this shows Azeroth under bombardment by balls of green and yellow fire. This threat was confirmed to be the Burning Legion during the Chi-Ji portion of N [90] Celestial Blessings.

Warlords of Draenor

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The sky will rain fire...the oceans will be filled with blood.... DRAENOR WILL BURN!

Kil'jaeden went directly to Gul'dan in order to corrupt the orcs into the Legion's service, not bothering with using Ner'zhul as a public figure like in the main timeline. However, due to Garrosh's interference with the timeline, Grommash and the orcs never accepted Gul'dan's offer. Insulted by Grom, Mannoroth attacked him, but the orcs were prepared for him, and they fired their cannons at Mannoroth. Before he could regain his poise, Grom lunged at him and buried Gorehowl deep into his skull, effectively killing Mannoroth. Gul'dan, and the Shadow Council, were captured by Grommash's Iron Horde and used to power the Dark Portal to take them to Prime Azeroth. Under Khadgar's leadership, the Alliance and the Horde successfully repelled the invasion, destroyed the Dark Portal, and freed Gul'dan and his lackeys.[76]

With Kil'jaeden's failure to corrupt the orcs, Archimonde took full control of the Legion's operations on the alternate Draenor. As a result, the demons were less behind-the-scenes and more direct in corrupting the residents.

Exarch Othaar was one of those that had been lured by the demons to help in Draenor's destruction. Believing that Velen was leading their people to their doom, and promised by the Legion with great power, he swore fealty to them and transformed into the man'ari eredar, Socrethar, adopting a leadership role within the Sargerei. He later led the Legion's attack on Shattrath, and succeeded in taking over the draenei capital. Later on, with the help of the Alliance and Horde, Socrethar was killed and Shattrath was liberated.

Gul'dan on the other hand had been looking for ways to empower himself and the Legion. He sent Teron'gor to Auchindoun gather all the draeneis' souls to be used to empower the demons, and sent Cho'gall to Oshu'gun to subjugate the naaru, K'ure. Both of them betrayed Gul'dan and used the respective energies they were sent to gather to empower themselves. Thanks to adventurers employed by Khadgar, both were stopped and killed before they could wreak havoc.

Gul'dan later traveled to the Spires of Arak to find a frustrated and brooding Iskar. Gul'dan offered him a cure for Curse of Sethe, and power beyond reckoning. Frustrated over his failure to fully restore Terokk, over the Curse of Sethe, and his ever growing thirst for vengeance, Iskar gladly accepted Gul'dan's offer and became the first of the fel arakkoa. He later persuaded more cursed arakkoa to accept Gul'dan's offer and they swear fealty to the Legion. The Sethekk cult also joined Iskar's arakkoa.

Later on, the Iron Horde went into disarray due to their losses to the Alliance and Horde, causing many of the clans to leave Grom. Gul'dan appeared to Grom and taunted him for his constant defeats against the Alliance and Horde, and again offered him the Blood of Mannoroth. Grom refused and attacked Gul'dan, but was easily repelled with Gul'dan's magic. Kilrogg on the other hand gladly accepted his offer and became a fel orc. The rest of the Iron Horde followed suit, and Gul'dan effectively took control of them, turning Tanaan Jungle into the Legion's base of operations.

Not deterred by this, the Horde and Alliance respectively established the bases of Vol'mar and Lion's Watch and quickly took to battle against the Legion and their allies. Adventurers would ultimately storm Hellfire Citadel itself in a final effort to stop them, wiping out the enemy leadership including Mannoroth and Archimonde. With Archimonde's death Draenor was declared free,[77] though Gul'dan escaped by being sent through the Dark Portal by the Defiler in his last moments.

The third invasion

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Main article: Third invasion of the Burning Legion
The third invasion of the Legion, as seen in a vision by Magni Bronzebeard.

The third invasion[78] began when the Tomb of Sargeras was reopened by Gul'dan, and the demons of the Burning Legion poured into Azeroth from the Felstorm, a horrific nexus of magic. Their full, terrifying might was fixed on summoning the Sargeras to Azeroth—and they had already located the key to his return.[79] This is the largest demonic invasion of Azeroth in the world's history.

The Legion Invasions attacked areas such as Dun Morogh, Azshara, Northern Barrens, Tanaris, Westfall, and the Hillsbrad Foothills. Azeroth's defenders rallied to repel the various assaults.

The Broken Shore was the source of this invasion, where the armies of Azeroth defeated the initial thrust of the invasion.[80] The Battle for the Broken Shore however, culminated in the Legion overrunning Azeroth's defenders and forcing them to withdraw. Many of the greatest heroes in Azeroth, such as Tirion Fordring, Vol'jin, and Varian Wrynn, fell in battle before the Legion or were mortally wounded. Some escaped, others went missing or were captured,[81] but many more died upon the Broken Shore.

In addition to directly attacking the planet, the Legion used more subtle means to try and subvert the defenders through their nathrezim agents. The newly-crowned Anduin Wrynn captured an assassin, in disguise as a Stormwindian soldier, that then tried to convince the king that he was weak and that his kingdom needed to align with them. Another appeared to the desperate Khadgar inside Karazhan in the guise of his old master, Medivh. In search of knowledge Medivh may have kept that could help, Khadgar was tempted by the demon to accept power that "Medivh" had supposedly stored away in a tome to empower another Guardian of Tirisfal, something the former apprentice admittedly desired that could make the Legion fear him. Khadgar recognized it was a trap to corrupt him and destroyed the tome. Both agents were destroyed and sent back to the Twisting Nether.[82]

Discovering that the Pillars of Creation can be used to seal the Legion's gateway into Azeroth and to preventing another invasion, adventurers were quick to seek them out.[83] However this task was far from easy as agents of the Legion such as God-King Skovald and Elisande as well as other forces led by Dargrul, Xavius and Queen Azshara sought the Pillars for their own. Furthermore in order to acquire the Eye of Aman'thul, the class orders and the Nightfallen worked together to strike at the Grand Magistrix and her Nightborne, who had sided with the Legion believing its victory to be inevitable.[84]

Ultimately the Pillars of Creation were acquired by Azeroth's heroes, who then moved to assault the Broken Shore and after securing the fooothold of Deliverance Point, the Armies of Legionfall quickly set about engaging the Legion throughout the zone, securing further gains against Kil'jaeden's forces. The mortals' primary goal remains the Tomb of Sargeras, the focal point of the Burning Legion's invasion, where they seek to sever the Legion's link the Twisting Nether.

After securing the Cathedral of Eternal Night, the lower parts of the Tomb of Sargeras were breached by Azeroth's defenders and defeated the dark horrors within including the fallen Avatar of Sargeras. Upon the Avatar's defeat, Velen and Illidan Stormrage led the charge against Kil'jaeden, who was ultimately killed inside the Twisting Nether.[85]

Upon Kil'jaeden's death, his command ship began to crash toward Argus. Illidan used the Sargerite Keystone to open a rift between Argus and Azeroth, allowing Khadgar to teleport them safely to Azsuna. Facing the imminent threat of the Legion's full might appearing in the skies above the world, the Armies of Legionfall, the Horde and the Alliance[86] gathered within the Exodar where they boarded the new ship Vindicaar in order to take the fight to Argus itself, joining with the Army of the Light.

Notable characters


The Lords of the Burning Legion are as follows:[87]

Name Title Race Description Status
IconSmall Sargeras.gif Sargeras The Destroyer Dark Titan Creator and leader of the Burning Legion. Formerly the Champion of the Pantheon, succeeded by Aggramar. Current whereabouts are unknown. Fragmented
IconSmall Kil'jaeden.gif Kil'jaeden The Deceiver Man'ari Eredar Acting leader and Supreme Commander of the Burning Legion in Sargeras' absence. Killed in Twisting Nether. Deceased-Defeatable
IconSmall Archimonde.gif Archimonde The Defiler Man'ari Eredar Legion Field Commander on Azeroth who led the armies of the Burning Legion. He was defeated during the Battle of Mount Hyjal, and then again on alternative Draenor where he was permanently destroyed inside the Nether.[88] Deceased-Defeatable
IconSmall MannorothUndead.gif Mannoroth The Destructor Annihilan The General of the Burning Legion and King of the Pit Lords. He was the corrupter of the orcs and was later killed by Grommash Hellscream, and then again on alternate Draenor by alternate Grommash, and again by the forces of the Alliance, Horde, Frostwolves, Draenei, and adventurers. Alive-Defeatable
IconSmall Nathrezim2.gif Tichondrius The Darkener Nathrezim Leader of the Nathrezim and its Chief Infiltration Specialist. He was slain by Illidan Stormrage, and then again when he was watching over Gul'dan and the Nightwell in Suramar. Alive-Defeatable

Commanders and allies

Name Description Status
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Anetheron Second Lord of the Nathrezim. Took command of the Scourge after the death of Tichondrius. He was slain at the Battle of Mount Hyjal. Anetheron returned with Archimonde to alternate Draenor and was defeated in Hellfire Citadel. Alive-Defeatable
IconSmall PitLord.gif Azgalor High ranking pit lord. He was slain at the Battle of Mount Hyjal. Azgalor returned with Archimonde to alternate Draenor and was defeated in Hellfire Citadel. Alive-Defeatable
IconSmall Doomlord.gif Kaz'rogal Lieutenant of Archimonde. He was slain at the Battle of Mount Hyjal. Kaz'rogal returned with Archimonde to alternate Draenor and was defeated in Hellfire Citadel. Alive-Defeatable
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Mephistroth Third Lord of the Natrhezim. Considered to be the new lord of the Nathrezim after the deaths of Anetheron and Tichondrius on Azeroth. He appears in Legion as the main antagonist of the warlocks of the Black Harvest. Alive
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Balnazzar One of the three dreadlords that ruled the Scourge. He corrupted the Scarlet Crusade, first taking the form of Grand Crusader Saidan Dathrohan and then as the leader of the Risen. He is permanently destroyed in Netherlight Temple with the concerted effort of the paladins of the Silver Hand, the priests of the Conclave, and the Army of the Light led by Lothraxion. Deceased-Defeatable
IconSmall Gul'dan.gif Gul'dan The founder and master of the Shadow Council and the creator of Death Knights. While being pursued by the angry clans of the Horde, he was obliterated by demons in the Tomb of Sargeras. His alternate counterpart is the main antagonist of Legion. Deceased
IconSmall Gul'dan2.gif Alternate Gul'dan The founder and master of the Shadow Council and former leader of the Iron Horde of alternate Draenor. Later was sent to the main timeline by Kil'jaeden to start the Legion's third invasion of Azeroth by opening the portal inside the Tomb of Sargeras again. Deceased
IconSmall Doomlord.gif Kazzak the Supreme Lord of the Doomguards and Right Hand of Kil'jaeden and most trusted lieutenant of Archimonde. He was responsible for the reopening of the Dark Portal. He reappars on alternate Draenor with the new title of Supreme Lord and is defeated again at the Throne of Kil'jaeden. Defeated-Defeatable
IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Detheroc The leader of the Dreadlord Insurgents. He is killed in Stormwind during the third invasion by the Uncrowned rogues. Alive
IconSmall Doomlord.gif Highlord Kruul The Burning Legion Field Commander on Azeroth, in the place of Kazzak the Supreme. Defeated by the Illidari, saving the Alliance and the Horde in the process, at the Dark Portal. Deceased
IconSmall Kael'thas.gif IconSmall KaelWretched.gif Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider Lord of the blood elves and former servant of Illidan Stormrage. Defeated in Tempest Keep, but rescued by a servant of Kil'jaeden, and killed again in Magister's Terrace by the Shattered Sun Offensive with the aid of adventurers. Deceased
IconSmall Man'ari Male.gif Lord Jaraxxus A Man'ari Eredar defeated in the Crusaders' Coliseum. Reappears in Legion during the third invasion of Azeroth. Alive-Defeatable
IconSmall Man'ari Male.gif Talgath A high ranking agent of the Burning Legion tasked with scouring the Nether for living Draenei. Alive
IconSmall Nathrezim.gif Varimathras One of three Dread Lords that ruled the Scourge. He was forced into allying with the Forsaken, under the direct control of Sylvanas Windrunner, in exchange for sparing his life after he and his brothers were overcome by her undead forces. Though he swore allegiance to Sylvanas, Varimathras remained loyal to the Legion and eventually staged a coup for control of the Undercity. Defeated
IconSmall FelVigilant.gif Socrethar A former member of the draenei Council of Exarchs of alternate Draenor, he and the Sargerei turned traitors and joined Gul'dan's forces. Defeated
IconSmall Xavius.gif Xavius The Highbourne high counsilor to Queen Azshara, he became the first of the Satyrs at the hands of Sargeras. Was transformed into a tree by Malfurion Stormrage and sent to the bottom of the Great Sea after the Sundering. He was later found to have been the one controlling the Nightmare in the Emerald Dream, serving the Old God N'Zoth. With the Legion's return to Azeroth, Xavius spreads the corruption of the Emerald Nightmare in service of his Old God masters, helping the Legion at the same time. Alive
IconSmall FelLord.gif Fel Lord Zakuun A lieutenant of Archimonde tasked with breaking the will of Grommash Hellscream. Defeated in Hellfire Citadel. Alive-Defeatable
IconSmall Iskar.gif Shadow-Lord Iskar Former leader of the Arakkoa Outcasts. Took control of the Sethekk after joining the Legion. Died in Hellfire Citadel. Deceased
IconSmall Skovald.gif God-King Skovald King of the vrykul on the Broken Isles and ruler of the lands of Stormheim. Allied with the Legion following their return to Azeroth. Killed in the Halls of Valor before Odyn by a class leader. Deceased

Former allies

Name Title Description Status
IconSmall Azshara.gifIconSmall NagaSeaWitch.gif Queen Azshara Queen of the Naga The Queen of the Kaldorei and believed herself "betrothed" to Sargeras, was transformed into the first of the Naga and became the Empress of Nazjatar. Alive
IconSmall LichKing.gifIconSmall Ner'zhul.gif Ner'zhul Elder Shaman The elder Shaman responsible for the foundation of the Horde. Was later transformed by Kil'jaeden into the Lich King. After the Battle of Mount Hyjal, Ner'zhul openly betrayed the Legion. Ner'zhul merged with Arthas Menethil. Deceased
IconSmall LichKing.gifIconSmall ArthasDK.gif Arthas Menethil Lich King Destroyed Quel'thalas. Portected Kel'thuzad while he summoned Archimonde at the instructions of the Dread Lord Tichondrius. Overthrew the Lich King's Burning Legion masters. Later merged himself with Ner'zhul, and became the Lich King. Deceased
IconSmall Necromancer.gifIconSmall Kel'Thuzad.gif Kel'Thuzad The Archlich Founder of the Cult of the Damned and principle agent of the Lich King in spreading the Scourge. He is eternally loyal to the Lich King even in death and served as one of his most powerful lieutenants. Unknown
IconSmall Stormrage.gifIconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage The Betrayer The Lord of Outland and brother to Malfurion Stormrage. Former ally of the Burning Legion and Kael'thas Sunstrider. His corpse was later taken by alternate universe's Gul'dan in order to serve as the receptacle of a portion of Sargeras' spirit. Alive
IconSmall Elisande.gif Elisande Grand Magistrix The Grand Magistrix of Suramar was forced to ally herself with the Legion following their return to Azeroth. Deceased

Major enemies

Name Title Description Status
Neutral IconSmall Aman'Thul.gifIconSmall Eonar.gifIconSmall Norgannon.gif The Pantheon The Makers Titans led by Aman'Thul. They were a group of titans who ordered worlds and watched over the universe. They made the titan-forged to combat the Old Gods and protect Azeroth, and eventually died at the hand of Sargeras himself. Deceased
Neutral IconSmall Alex.gifIconSmall Alexstrasza.gif Alexstrasza The Life-Binder The red leviathan chosen by Eonar to safeguard all living creatures on the world. Alive
Neutral IconSmall Nozdormu.gifIconSmall NozdormuDragon.gif Nozdormu The Timeless One The massive bronze dragon chosen by Aman'Thul to guard time itself and police the ever-spinning pathways of fate and destiny. Alive
Neutral IconSmall Kalec.gifIconSmall Kalecgos.gif Kalecgos The Steward of Magic Former investigator for Malygos and guardian of Anveena, he succeeded Malygos as the new Blue Aspect during the Embrace.[89] Alive
Neutral IconSmall Malygos2.gifIconSmall Malygos.gif Malygos The Spell-Weaver The blue dragon originally chosen by Norgannon as the guardian of magic and hidden arcanum. After declaring war against all mortal spellcasters, he was killed by agents of Alexstrasza. Deceased
Neutral IconSmall DeathwingHuman.gifIconSmall Deathwing.gif Deathwing The Destroyer, formerly The Earth Warder The mighty black wyrm chosen by Khaz'goroth and given dominion over the earth and the deep places of the world. He was driven mad by the whisperings of the Old Gods and managed to drive the blue dragonflight to near extinction. Slain by Thrall, adventurers, and the other Aspects at the Maelstrom. Deceased
Neutral IconSmall Ysera.gifIconSmall YseraDragon.gif Ysera The Awakened, formerly The Dreamer The lithe green dragon, and Alexstrasza's younger sister, chosen by Eonar to watch over the growing wilds of the world from her verdant realm, the Emerald Dream. Ysera fell to the Emerald Nightmare and was put to rest by Tyrande Whisperwind and adventurers. Her spirit was then taken up by Elune to be one amongst the stars. Deceased
Horde  Vol'jin Warchief of the Horde Former Warchief of the Horde, and the first non-orc to hold the position. Vol'jin has only recently come into power but his stance against the Legion is no doubt the same as his predecessors, he is slain by Fel-poison from a stab wound to his gut. Deceased
Horde  Sylvanas Windrunner The Banshee Queen Banshee Queen of the Forsaken, became Warchief following Vol'jin's death during the third Burning Legion invasion. She was the first female, undead and elf to hold the position. Undead
Horde  Thrall Earth-Warder Former Warchief of the Horde, and current Leader of the Earthen Ring. He led the new Horde against their former demonic masters in the Battle of Mount Hyjal. Alive
Alliance  Varian Wrynn High King of the Alliance The High King of the Alliance forces with a strong hatred for all demons. Many loyal Alliance members helped repel the Legion from Azeroth at his command. He later sacrificed himself to save the retreating Alliance forces. Deceased
Alliance  Tyrande Whisperwind High Priestess of Elune The High Priestess of the goddess Elune, the former general of the night elf Sentinels and the current head of the Sisterhood of Elune and wife of Malfurion Stormrage. She fought against the Burning Legion during the War of the Ancients. Alive
Alliance  Malfurion Stormrage Archdruid of the Kaldorei The First of the druids, brother to Illidan Stormrage, and husband of Tyrande Whisperwind. Through Malfurion's guidance, the night elves successfully halted the Burning Legion's first invasion of Azeroth during the legendary War of the Ancients. Alive
Alliance  Prophet Velen Prophet of the naaru Former co-leader of Argus, Velen was granted a vision by the naaru of Sargeras' true intentions and, with their help, gathered many like-minded eredar and escaped, calling themselves draenei. Under Velen's leadership, the draenei have sought a new homeworld to gather their strength and take the fight to the Legion as part of the prophesied Army of the Light. Alive
Alliance  Jaina Proudmoore Former Leader of the Kirin Tor Former Leader of the Kirin Tor. She helped defeat the demon Archimonde and banish the Legion. Alive
Neutral  Cenarius Lord of the Forest Lord of the Forest and patron god of all druids, is one of the most powerful and influential demigods of Azeroth. He served as a commander of the forces of Kalimdor in the War of the Ancients after the death of Malorne. Alive
Neutral  Khadgar Leader of the Kirin Tor Current Leader of the Kirin Tor and the Council of Six, former apprentice of Medivh. Alive
Neutral  Turalyon High Exarch of the Grand Army of the Light Current High Exarch of the Golden Army, former High General of the Sons of Lothar. For millennia, he waged battles, skirmishes, and sabotage against the Burning Legion. Alive
Neutral  Illidan Stormrage The Betrayer The Lord of Outland and brother to Malfurion Stormrage. Former ally of the Burning Legion and Kael'thas Sunstrider. Defeated at the Black Temple. His body was taken by alternate Gul'dan in order to serve as the receptacle of a portion of Sargeras' soul. Alive
Neutral  A'dal Leader of the Sha'tar Leader of the Sha'tar, leading them in fighting the Burning Legion in Outland. Guides mortals to band together to form the fabled "Army of the Light". Alive
Neutral  Grommash Hellscream Warlord with the Iron Will The former chieftain of the Warsong clan and warchief of the Iron Horde of alternate Draenor, Grommash recently escaped his imprisonment by the Legion with the help of adventurers. Alive
Combat  Ner'zhul Elder Shaman The elder shaman responsible for the foundation of the Horde. Was later transformed by Kil'jaeden into the Lich King. After the Battle of Mount Hyjal, Ner'zhul openly betrayed the Legion. His spirit was consumed by Arthas Menethil. Deceased
Combat  Arthas Menethil Lich King Helped summon Archimonde at the instructions of the dreadlord Tichondrius. He later overthrew his Burning Legion masters and became the Lich King. Deceased
Combat  Kel'Thuzad The Archlich Founder of the Cult of the Damned and principle agent of the Lich King in spreading the Scourge. He is eternally loyal to the Lich King even in death and served as one of his most powerful lieutenants. Unknown

Non-sapient species

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The Burning Legion races consist mainly of demons, but other non-demonic species serve them as well.



Races of other organizations

This list includes the organizations that serve the Burning Legion.


For more background information on this organization, see The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Burning Legion.


Sargeras is the leader of the Burning Legion. If missing, Kil'jaeden runs things in his stead.[2] Eredar serve as the Legion's overlords and strategists. Pit lords serve as generals and ground commanders.[90] Nathrezim are a step below pit lords.[91] Doomguard are four steps below nathrezim, serving as marines, captains, military leaders, and so on.[92] Terrorguards are close in rank and role to doomguard.[93] Felguard serve as rank and file soldiers.[90] The most powerful Burning Legion soldiers often carry an emblem of their rank and status within the demon army.[94]


The number of demons in the Twisting Nethers is virtually infinite.[95] Though estimed in the millions they are able to reform in the Twisting Nether again and again.[4] However not all demons are part of the Buring Legion. During the War of the Ancients, Sargeras gathered at least one million demons.[96] Wendy Breezy estimed them to number in the millions.[4]

Organizations who serve the Legion



A card back themed after the Burning Legion in Hearthstone.
  • The Burning Legion was originally intended to be a playable faction in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.
  • A map "mutation" called "Burning Legion" exists in the multiplayer of StarCraft II.
  • Originally the Legion's mission was described as being to destroy the universe and remake it without the underlying defect preventing true order.[1] In practice, the Legion scoured all life from the worlds it invaded, its components were cursed to roam the greater realms forever to consume the primal energies of magic to survive.[97]
  • The fact that some satyrs come from Xoroth as well as later appearance of alternate Shadow Council agents in the Legion expansion pack indicates that the Burning Legion has started using its mortal worshippers from Azeroth and Draenor in their effort for cosmic conquest.
  • In Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, the Legion card back was rewarded for achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Season 30, which took place during September 2016. The flavor text reads: "The Burning Legion attempted to invade Azeroth three times in the last 10,000 years. Fourth time's the charm?"
  • When demons of the Legion fall out of favor, their spirits are imprisoned within orbs and distributed to their mages and warlocks.[98]
  • According to Illidan, intimidation is the weapon of the Burning Legion rather than intelligence.[99]
  • It is revealed by Amal'thazad that the Burning Legion continues to try to recreate the masterpiece that was the Scourge, their nathrezim apparently only being to make "puppets of bone".[100]


  1. ^ a b c The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Burning Legion
  2. ^ a b Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-02-07)
  3. ^ a b c Blizzard Entertainment Inc. 2007-04-19. Crisis at the Portal (English). News From Outland: Crisis at Da Portal. Retrieved on 2009-06-20. “How long do you think this assault will last? Given that the Legion is estimated to number in the millions! - Wendy Breezy
  4. ^ a b c Jeremy Feasel on Twitter
  5. ^ Azzakel Dungeon Journal
  6. ^ World of Warcraft: Illidan, pg. 129
  7. ^ "Legacy of the Damned: King Arthas", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment. Sylvanas Windrunner: "The Legion was defeated months ago. How could they not know?".
  8. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual#Archimonde
  9. ^ Thrall's Vision (WC3 demo)
  10. ^ Quest:Ravencrest's Legacy#Notes
  11. ^ "Exodus of the Horde: Chasing Visions", Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Blizzard Entertainment. Medivh: "Human? I left my humanity behind long ago. I am something ... different now. Know that I have seen the future and beheld the great burning shadow that is coming to consume this world. You sense it as well, don't you?".
  12. ^ N [110] Nath'raxas Hold: Preparations
  13. ^ Chronicle Volume 1
  14. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, pg. 80
  15. ^ Afrasiabi on twitter (2015-05-06)
  16. ^ World of Warcraft: Illidan, chapter 9: This time he saw not just one universe but a near infinity of them, a complex fractal structure, where new worlds were born each minute from the decisions made a heartbeat before. Everywhere the Burning Legion marched, destroying world after world.
  17. ^ a b c Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 22-25
  18. ^ a b c Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 48-54
  19. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual
  20. ^ Rise of the Horde pg. 82
  21. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 68
  22. ^ Rise of the Horde, chapter 7.
  23. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 99
  24. ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness
  25. ^ Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal
  26. ^ a b "Curse of the Blood Elves: Misconceptions", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  27. ^ a b "Legacy of the Damned: King Arthas", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  28. ^ "Terror of the Tides: Shards of the Alliance", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  29. ^ a b c d e "Legacy of the Damned: A New Power in Lordaeron", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  30. ^ "Legacy of the Damned: A Kingdom Divided", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  31. ^ "Legacy of the Damned: Sylvanas' Farewell", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  32. ^ "Legacy of the Damned: The Dark Lady", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  33. ^ "Legacy of the Damned: Dreadlord's Fall", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  34. ^ Death is Contagious
  35. ^ "Curse of the Blood Elves: Lord of Outland", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  36. ^ http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/news/rss-01-2007.xml
  37. ^ a b H [61] Through the Dark Portal
  38. ^ a b A [61] Through the Dark Portal
  39. ^ H [61] Journey to Thrallmar
  40. ^ a b A [61] The Path of Anguish
  41. ^ a b H [61] Felspark Ravine
  42. ^ B [62] Disrupt Their Reinforcements
  43. ^ H [62] Mission: Gateways Murketh and Shaadraz
  44. ^ A [62] Mission: The Murketh and Shaadraz Gateways
  45. ^ B [62] Mission: The Abyssal Shelf
  46. ^ H [61] Return to Thrallmar
  47. ^ A [61] Disruption - Forge Camp: Mageddon
  48. ^ H [61] Forge Camp: Mageddon
  49. ^ H [61] Cannons of Rage
  50. ^ A [61] Enemy of my Enemy...
  51. ^ a b A [61] Invasion Point: Annihilator
  52. ^ H [61] Doorway to the Abyss
  53. ^ N [67] From the Ashes
  54. ^ N [67] Little Embers
  55. ^ N [67] Culling the Wild
  56. ^ N [68] Felsworn Gas Mask
  57. ^ N [68] Damaged Mask
  58. ^ N [68] Mystery Mask
  59. ^ a b N [68] Deceive thy Enemy
  60. ^ N [68] You're Fired!
  61. ^ "Curse of the Blood Elves: Gates of the Abyss", Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. Blizzard Entertainment.
  62. ^ N [68G] Harvesting the Fel Ammunition
  63. ^ N [68] Fire At Will!
  64. ^ N [68] The Hound-Master
  65. ^ a b c d N [68] The Archmage's Staff
  66. ^ a b c N [69] Consortium Crystal Collection
  67. ^ N [70G] Full Triangle
  68. ^ Conversation between Socrethar and Culuthas.
  69. ^ N [69] In A Scrap With The Legion
  70. ^ a b N [70] A Dark Pact
  71. ^ N [70] Damning Evidence
  72. ^ a b N [70G5] Deathblow to the Legion
  73. ^ N [70] Aldor No More
  74. ^ a b N [70G2] A Gift for Voren'thal
  75. ^ N [70G5] Turning Point
  76. ^ Warlords of Draenor intro experience Draenor counterattack
  77. ^ N [100R] Darkness Incarnate
  78. ^ BlizzCon 2015 Opening Ceremony
  79. ^ Legion: Home, Blizzard Entertainment. Retrieved on 2015-08-21
  80. ^ 2015-08-08, GamesCom 2015 World of Warcraft: Legion Story and Setting Transcript. Blizzplanet, accessed on 2015-08-21
  81. ^ N Paladin [100 - 110] The Search for the Highlord has Stormwind soldiers and Tirion Fordring captive
  82. ^ Harbingers
  83. ^ N [100] The Diamond King
  84. ^ Elisande (tactics)#Quotes
  85. ^ Kil'jaeden (Tomb of Sargeras tactics)
  86. ^ B [110] Two If By Sea
  87. ^ Shadows & Light, p. 52
  88. ^ BlizzCon 2015 - Interview with Dave Kosak. "And the idea was if you played in Mythic and defeated Archimonde, you actually defeated him in the Nether and that he'd be dead dead for good. That was the idea that we played with. We tried to explain that and I don't know if... that certainly doesn't come across in-game because it's not necessarily explained in-game."
  89. ^ N [85] Alignment
  90. ^ a b Exodar Holographic Emitter
  91. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-08-05)
  92. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-08-05)
  93. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-08-27)
  94. ^ N [110] Symbols of Power
  95. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, 77
  96. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, 48
  97. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. Warcraft III official site (English) (HTML). Description. Archived from the original on 2000-08-31. Retrieved on 2000-12-23.
  98. ^ N Warlock [25] The Orb of Soran'ruk
  99. ^ Quest:Power of Our Enemy
  100. ^ N Death knight [110WQ] Life's a Lich

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