Little is known about the first moon well or how the moon wells proliferated through Azeroth, despite the taboo on overt magical practice among the night elves.
History and usage
Moon wells are hallowed repositories of the sacred waters of the Well of Eternity, the pool of energy that gives life to the mystical World Tree. When additional water is added, these wells nourish the night elf troops with their life sustaining waters. Additional moon wells become necessary as the night elf forces grow in number. The first step to establishing a moonwell is to gain the blessings of the local wildlife. It is their good will that enables night elves to peacefully coexist, and a moonwell thrives on such energies. After receiving the blessings they are combined into a ritual bundle and imbue the moonwell, followed by water added from a preexisting purified moonwell. Combined with Elune's light, a moonwell can purify its surroundings for years.
Moonwells are bound to the magic of nature and the light of Elune, and are known as places of healing for both the land around them and those who drink of their waters. Magi and other spellcasters can refresh their mana in these pools — a gift from Elune to Azeroth's other defenders. According to Tenaron Stormgrip in Aldrassil, the water of the moonwell is brought from the Well of Eternity, and Sentinels revere them as shrines to Elune. The night elven druids also take advantage of its properties. Moonwells are used to bless food, offer protection against fire, and bless Warden's Arrows. Some moonwells can apparently be used to create the "liquid fire of Elune", a substance that can be poured on animal corpses to cleanse them of Scourge taint. The waters of the moonwell that rests under the boughs of the Oracle Tree are said to possess the very essence of Elune's Powers. Ashenvale's Moonwell of Purity is protected by Elune's power.
Water from moonwells can be safely drunk, but the most efficacious use for them is to bathe in the sacred waters, optionally while clad in robes. This act eases feelings of pain, weariness and grief according to Astarii Starseeker.
In-game uses of a Moonwell
In World of Warcraft, moonwells are typically only cosmetic or quest and material-creation (like and primal mooncloth) related, located mostly in night elf areas. Some newer players used to sometimes be seen standing in a moonwell after combat, with the uninformed belief that it is healing them faster (As was similar in Warcraft 3).
- Tailors can purify into and create only when standing at or in a moonwell.
- Various quests such as and involves tapping water from moonwells.
- Ashenvale: Various places:
- Azshara: Talrendis Point
- Southern moonwell, east of Mystral Lake
- Darkshore: Various places, Ruins of Auberdine , Lor'danel, Blackfathom Deeps (lore)
- Desolace: Nijel's Point
- Felwood: Various places (The first two are corrupted, but can still be used to purify into ):
- Feralas: Feathermoon Stronghold, Dire Maul
- Moonglade: Nighthaven
- Silithus: Cenarion Hold
- Stonetalon Mountains: Stonetalon Peak
- Teldrassil: Various settlements, including Dolanaar
- Thousand Needles: Thalanaar
- Tanaris: Caverns of Time (near the entrance for the Battle of Mount Hyjal, can be used to create Primal Mooncloth as of Feb 14, 2008). Addendum: Currently not working as of Oct 11, 2018 for Primal Mooncloth.
- Blade's Edge Mountains: Evergrove , Sylvanaar
- Terokkar Forest: Cenarion Thicket
- Zangarmarsh: Cenarion Refuge
- Shadowmoon Valley: Starfall Outpost (cannot be used in tailoring)
- Ashran: Stormshield, night elf camp behind the auction house (cannot be used in tailoring)
None of the moonwells on the Broken Isles can be used in tailoring.
- Val'sharah: Lightsong, Dreamgrove, road to the Dreamgrove
- Suramar: Irongrove Retreat (after completing )
- Broken Shore: Nether Disruptor
In Warcraft III
In the RPG
Moon wells were/are created by the night elves to harness the energy of the moon.
Enchanted pools throughout the Moonglade give the night elves their spiritual power and feed the Nordrassil, World Tree that stands atop Hyjal Summit. The shimmering waters within give off a blue light, causing the moon wells to glow slightly in the night. They are scattered throughout the forest, often near giant standing stones covered in ancient runes.
The high elves of Theramore Isle, having left mostly before the destruction of Dalaran and Quel'Thalas, have formed a significant community in the city. They spend a great deal of time hunting the few undead forces in Kalimdor. Their exposure to the night elves has caused them to develop a great interest in moon wells, which they seek to find an alternative solution to their addiction. Even the presence of a hidden moon well 50 feet away is enough to replenish their mystical energies and makes meditation unnecessary.
Theramore's high elves also have another interest in the continent. They have discussed privately the creation of their own realm on Kalimdor. The northern forests, full of moon wells and lush greenery are most attractive, but their control by the night elves is overly frustrating. High elven expeditions, claiming to be tracking undead, often search for suitable sites.
- A moonwell features as an attraction in the Blizzard World in-universe map in Overwatch, but is not seen in the in-game map itself.
- Moonwells appear as the Alliance Healing Fountains in the Alterac Pass battleground in Heroes of the Storm.
Bashal'Aran's moonwell after the Night Warrior ritual.
The statue of Haidene in the middle of a moonwell.
A moonwell in Elegy.
- ^ Warcraft III manual, pg. 60
- ^ World of Warcraft Battle Chest Guide, pg. 153
- ^ World of Warcraft: Stormrage, pg. 149
- ^ : "...now corrupted, and used to bring forth more satyrs"
- ^ Before the Storm, chapter 13
- ^ Elegy, pg. 8
- ^ Elegy, pg. 6
- ^ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 204 - 205
- ^ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 42 - 43
- ^ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 178
- ^ Heroes Update 2018, Ranko Prozo Environment Artist, ArtStation