Warcraft universe

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This article is about Blizzard's Warcraft material. For the lore of the cosmos, see Magic. For the film universe information, see Warcraft film universe.
The original Warcraft logo

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:

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


World of Warcraft site


Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

WoD This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

World of Warcraft site archives

WoW Icon 16x16.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.

TBC This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

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

Cataclysm This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

MoP This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

WoD This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

Warcraft Lore




See also

Novels and novellas

World of Warcraft


Short stories

Savage World
Destination: Pandaria
Leader Short Stories
From the World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide (hinted to be non-canon)[6]



Canceled comic
From the World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Official Strategy Guide (hinted to be non-canon)[7]


Manga (Manhwa)

Audio series


See also


Animated series

Blizzard web-series

Cinematics, trailers and patch trailers


  • Warcraft III Cinematics Disc
  • The Making of World of Warcraft
  • World of Warcraft Behind-the-Scenes DVD[8]

RPG book

The RPG Icon 16x36.png This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG and is considered non-canon.


World of Warcraft

PDF-only material

Other books




Strategy Guides

While strategy guides contain some lore information (description of races and events), they are not lore-reviewed by Blizzard.[12]


World of Warcraft





External links