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The Jailer

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For the demonic race, see Jailer.
NeutralThe Jailer
Image of The Jailer
Gender Male
Race Unknown (Humanoid)
Affiliation(s) Mawsworn
Occupation Jailer of Torghast
Location Torghast, the Maw
Status Active

The Jailer is an ancient being who rules the realm known as the Maw in the Shadowlands. Very little is known about him, since nothing has ever escaped the Maw and no one has ever seen the Jailer himself—or at least, no one has seen him and lived to tell the tale.[1][2] Sylvanas Windrunner allied with the Jailer after the events of Edge of Night,[3] and the two have been working toward a common end for some time. As she fed the Maw with new souls, both she and the Jailer have grown more powerful.[1][2] Once, the Jailer kept only the most dangerous souls in the cosmos confined in the eternal prison of Torghast. Now, some of Azeroth's greatest heroes are trapped here, as he expends their very souls.[4]

The Jailer is the main antagonist, central driving force, and the final boss of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands.[3][5]


  • He was described in the BlizzCon 2019 What's Next panel as one of the "lords of death".
  • Odyn sacrificed his eye to one of the Jailer's associates[6] in exchange for the ability to peer into the Shadowlands and obtain its powers.[7]
  • Despite fan speculation, the Jailer is intended to be a new character and is not someone that players have met before (such as Arthas, Argus or Helya).[1][3] Steve Danuser has described him as an important part of the Warcraft cosmology.[3]
  • The Jailer was first seen in the Shadowlands reveal trailer at BlizzCon 2019, in which only a silhouette of his body is shown. In late November 2019, the YouTuber Pyromancer leaked an alleged piece of concept art of the Jailer where his design matches the one in the trailer.[8] The Jailer's in-game model, however, looks drastically different from both of these depictions, notably lacking the crown and shoulderpads he was originally depicted with. When asked about this in April 2020, Ion Hazzikostas stated that the difference in appearance was because Blizzard had not finalized the Jailer's design by the time the trailer was released at BlizzCon. He added that there is no story reason for the difference in appearance.[9]


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
  • The Jailer may also have been the 'dark one' who Ephial served.


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