Twilight dragonflight

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This article is about the dragonflight. For the organization, see Twilight's Hammer Cult. For the battle pet, see  [Twilight].
Twilight dragonflight
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Major leader(s)

IconSmall Deathwing.gifIconSmall DeathwingHuman.gif Deathwing †
IconSmall Sinestra.gifIconSmall Sintharia.gif Sintharia †

Secondary leadership
Racial capital
Primary language
Average height

Varies by species and age


Nearly extinct[1]

Your world teeters on the brink of annihilation. You will ALL bear witness to the coming of a new age of DESTRUCTION!

The twilight dragonflight is a dragonflight created by the results of magical experiments carried out by Sintharia upon dragon eggs. Using ancient dragon artifacts and the powers of the nether dragons, Sintharia created a new breed of dragons that feed vampirically on all forms of mystical energy. The first encounter of these dragons with the outside world was by Krasus, Kalec, and the draenei priestess Iridi. Iridi thought of their appearance not as shadow, but more akin to the day turning to night, like twilight as experienced on Azeroth. She thus dubbed them twilight dragons.

While Sintharia's experiments resulted in very unstable twilight drakes, and Nefarian's experiments resulted in infertile or deformed chromatic dragons, their efforts paved the way for Deathwing to perfect the process of breeding and artificially aging twilight dragons. These draconic aberrations were first seen in-game in Wrath of the Lich King, and became major antagonists in Cataclysm. The twilight dragonflight is now nearly extinct, most being killed in the War against Deathwing.

Little is known about the fate of the twilight dragonflight, though they seem to exist in numbers in Grim Batol to this day.[2]


Night of the Dragon

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The twilight dragonflight was first created by Sintharia, aka Sinestra, prime-consort of Deathwing the Destroyer. Eager to succeed where her hated mate had failed and create a new breed of dragon that would rule the world, Sintharia used a nether dragon named Zzeraku, which she captured with a Chrysalun Chamber, together with two draconic artifacts, to alter several dragon eggs from various dragonflights. The artifacts were an ancient blue dragon relic known as Balacgos's Bane, and shards of the infamous Demon Soul. Thought destroyed by the human mage Rhonin, Sintharia gathered several fragments of the Demon Soul and used the power within them to carry out her designs.

Sintharia's earliest creations proved unstable, and were destroyed by Krasus and Kalec. However, they still displayed considerable power, having the ability to vampirically drain magical energy from any source. Sintharia's subsequent creation, Dargonax, proved even more powerful and far more cunning. Dargonax proved too ambitious and strong for Sintharia to completely control, even with fragments of the Demon Soul in her possession. Only the sacrifice of the nether dragon Zzeraku enabled Dargonax to be defeated, and in his death throes he seemingly destroyed Sintharia as well.

Although Sintharia and her creations were all slain, several of her unhatched twilight dragon eggs were taken from her lair in Grim Batol by Deathwing himself. Hiding in tunnels deep beneath Grim Batol, caverns older than any the dwarves had ever constructed, Deathwing had whispered his urgings to the unsuspecting former consort, making her believe that everything was according to her own designs. He safely stored the twilight dragon eggs and began his plans to perfect the new dragonflight, intending to erase the failures of his family and use the newest breed of dragon for his own designs.

Beneath Wyrmrest Temple

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Obsidian Sanctum

Sartharion, the Onyx Guardian

Deathwing's continued absence led many to assume that Sintharia had been acting alone at Grim Batol, but a recently discovered clutch of twilight eggs inside the Chamber of the Aspects has raised fears that Deathwing himself played a role in the creation of the malefic dragons. A powerful guardian, Sartharion, watches over the eggs within the black dragonflight's volcanic chamber, the Obsidian Sanctum. If the rumors of Deathwing's involvement are true, the dark future that he set into motion seems on the verge of plunging Azeroth into a new age of twilight.[3]

With the red dragonflight already committed heavily to battling Malygos and the Scourge, Korialstrasz sent word of the twilight eggs to the Council of Six in Dalaran in the hope that adventurers could be found to deal with the situation. As he had hoped, a band of heroes was deployed in short order, and the twilight eggs were destroyed. The incident went without fanfare, mention, or acknowledgment; and for a time, seemingly without retribution.[4]

Ruby Sanctum

Halion, the Twilight Destroyer

In order to shatter the Wyrmrest Accord and to crush those that would stand in the way of their master's reemergence into Azeroth, a powerful war party of the Black dragonflight, led by the fearsome twilight dragon Halion and his lieutenants Saviana Ragefire, Baltharus the Warborn and General Zarithrian, had launched an assault upon the Ruby Sanctum beneath Wyrmrest Temple.

A survivor of the initial attack, Sanctum Guardian Xerestrasza believed the true focus of their interest seemed to be the eggs kept there in the Sanctum. The heroes stopped them before they were allowed to succeed.


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The story of the twilight dragonflight is expanded in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, in the region known as the Twilight Highlands, east of Grim Batol. What Deathwing has planned for them is yet to be known. They seem to be a some kind of elite guard within Twilight's Hammer clan's ranks and their drakes are seen to be used as mounts by their mortal followers.

It is explained that Twilight dragons are usually raised from stolen eggs from other dragonflights, which are then modified through dark magic. A "natural" egg found in Mount Hyjal revealed that one of their matriarchs, Desperiona, has become a viable broodmother.[5]

It is further revealed that the Twilight Brood[6] is being created by a reanimated Sintharia in Twilight Caverns under the Bastion of Twilight. After being slain, Sintharia says: "Deathwing, I have fallen, The brood has fallen", which might mean that her death is the end of the Twilight dragonflight.

During the events of the Dragon Soul Twilight dragonflight is nearly extinct. Though once vast in number, only a few dozen twilight dragons now remain. Astride these hardened survivors are the last vestiges of the Twilight's Hammer's army: the elite drake riders of Deathwing's personal escort. Led by the insidious Warmaster Blackhorn, they move with unholy purpose, driven to protect their dark master.[7]

Though adventurers seemingly brought down these last vestiges of the flight while pursuing Deathwing, and Blackhorn was slain, it's perhaps notable that his mount, Goriona, escaped and may be the only Twilight Dragon left.

Heroes who proved their might in the gladiatorial arenas during the Cataclysm were awarded the most exceptional of the twilight drake broods.[8]


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

The twilight dragonflight is reborn and joins the Twilight's Hammer in Deepholm. They are led by the dragon Zeryxia, who answers to Sintharia's whispers from beyond the grave.[9]


Twilight dragons resemble black dragons, but they glow with a greenish, red, or, more commonly, amethyst light. The earliest twilight dragons created by Sintharia had the ability to feed off of magical energy, particularly enemy dragons. The later dragons, those raised by Deathwing, may have similar abilities.

Twilight dragons also possess the ability to turn incorporeal at will, allowing attacks to pass through their bodies without harming them, though they cannot remain incorporeal indefinitely.[10]

Known members

Name Type Role Status Location
Combat  Abyssion Dragon Guardian of the upper fragment of the World Pillar Killable Abyssion's Lair, Deepholm
Neutral  Dargonax Dragon Third twilight dragon created by Sintharia in Grim Batol, killed due to the actions of Zzeraku Deceased Grim Batol
Combat  Desperiona Dragon First known viable twilight broodmother Killable Ascendant's Rise, Mount Hyjal
Boss  Goriona Drake Mount of Warmaster Blackhorn, vanishes after his defeat Unknown Above the Frozen Sea, Dragon Soul
Boss  Halion Dragon The Twilight Destroyer, herald of Deathwing, leader of the black dragonflight's invasion of the Ruby Sanctum Killable Ruby Sanctum
Combat   Sethria Dragon Leader of twilight forces at Sethria's Roost, attempted to corrupt Aviana's Egg Killable Sethria's Roost, Mount Hyjal
Boss  Shadron Drake Companion of Sartharion Killable Obsidian Sanctum
Boss  Tenebron Drake Companion of Sartharion Killable Obsidian Sanctum
Boss  Theralion Dragon One of two fully grown twilight dragons from a new clutch of twilight dragons, brother of Valiona Killable Twilight Enclave, Bastion of Twilight
Combat  Thyrinar Dragon Servant of Deathwing who attacks Tarecgosa and an adventurer in the Nexus Killable The Rift, the Nexus
Boss  Ultraxion Dragon Monstrous servant of Deathwing who attacks Wyrmrest Summit on behalf of his master Killable Wyrmrest Summit, Dragon Soul
Boss  Umbriss Dragonspawn Servant of Deathwing, general of the Twilight's Hammer and twilight dragonspawn forces in Grim Batol Killable Condemned Halls, Grim Batol
Boss  Valiona Dragon One of two fully grown twilight dragons from a new clutch of twilight dragons, sister of Theralion Killable Twilight Enclave, Bastion of Twilight
Boss  Vesperon Drake Companion of Sartharion Killable Obsidian Sanctum
Combat  Xariona Dragon Twilight dragon who soars around Deepholm Killable Deepholm
Combat   Zeryxia Drake Mistress of the Twilight's Hammer forces in Deepholm Deceased-Killable Twilight Throne, Deepholm

As a flying mount



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.

Sintharia's final words in the Bastion of Twilight could have several different meanings. Most associate them with the fall of the twilight flight. However she is also the last remaining brood mother for the black dragonflight after the death of Obsidia. Additionally the twilight dragonflight is also capable of 'reproducing' via the eggs of other dragonflights, meaning Sintharia's death could mean little for the flight in the long run. Note that Obsidia's quest was changed after beta to make her status as being the actual last broodmother more vague.