Warcraft universe

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Warcraft
Warcraft.png
The official logo for the franchise
Genres
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)

Blizzard Entertainment

Creator(s)
Platforms
First release

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans
November 23, 1994[1]

Latest release

World of Warcraft: Legion
August 30, 2016

The Warcraft universe (aka Warcraft franchise) is the game world, history, and lore created by Blizzard Entertainment, beginning with the seminal title Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. This page contains information about the official sources of Warcraft franchise and its lore.

See also lore, Category:Sources, Category:Online sources, Wowpedia:Citation, and Wowpedia:Book citation index.

Want to know more about the lore of World of Warcraft? Although the game doesn't require any prior knowledge of Warcraft lore to enjoy, you may appreciate the broader understanding of the setting and characters in the game that you will gain from learning about the lore. Here are some resources that are available:

Selected Warcraft universe articles

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External links
The original Warcraft logo


Games, their manuals and official sites

The computer games were the origin of the Warcraft universe, and continue to be its primary focus. Much has changed in the lore since Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, with each new release greatly expanding the world and revising some of the past lore.

Warcraft introduced the basic conflict between the orcs and humans, as well as the characters of Medivh, Llane, Garona, and Lothar.

Warcraft II expanded the world beyond the continent of Azeroth to include Khaz Modan and Lordaeron. The dwarves, high elves, trolls, goblins, and Burning Legion were introduced, as well as a host of new characters.

Warcraft III expanded the world yet again by introducing the continents of Kalimdor, Northrend, and Outland along with a mention of the mysterious land of Pandaria, a detailed backstory chronicling the creation of the world of Azeroth, and several new races including the night elves, the tauren, and the Scourge.

World of Warcraft and its expansions has continued this trend by allowing the players to experience nigh all of the colossal world as no more than one of the many little players, as well as introducing a host of new creatures and characters.

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans

Warcraft II

Warcraft Adventures

Warcraft III

World of Warcraft

Hearthstone

World of Warcraft site

Current
Previous

Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

World of Warcraft site archives

WoW Icon update.png This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.

The World of Warcraft, The Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King sites didn't survive the overhaul. See the archives below for the lore articles.

The Burning Crusade This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

Timelines

Main:

Other:

See also

Novels

Warcraft
World of Warcraft

Compilations

Novellas

Short stories

Legion
Savage World
Destination: Pandaria
Leader Short Stories
Other
Possible
From the World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide (hinted to be non-canon)[7]

Compilations

Comics

Canceled comic
From the World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Official Strategy Guide (hinted to be non-canon)[8]

Hearthstone This section concerns content exclusive to Hearthstone and is considered non-canon.

Editions

Manga (Manhwa)

Audio series

Magazine

See also

Videos

Animated series

Hearthstone

Hearthstone This section concerns content exclusive to Hearthstone and is considered non-canon.

Blizzard web-series

Cinematics, trailers and patch trailers

DVDs

  • Warcraft III Cinematics Disc
  • The Making of World of Warcraft
  • World of Warcraft Behind-the-Scenes DVD[9]

RPG book

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

Warcraft

World of Warcraft

PDF-only material

Other books

Art

Atlas

Lore

Strategy Guides

While strategy guides contain some lore information (description of races and events), they are not lore-reviewed by Blizzard.[13]

Warcraft

World of Warcraft

Other

Editions

Other

Trivia

The word Warcraft was originally written WarCraft with a capital C, similarly to StarCraft, during the first few games[14][15][16] but later adopted the lowercase 'c' with the release of Warcraft II: Battle.net Edition[17] and Warcraft III.[18] The logos still continue to use WarCraft however.

References

External links