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Beat or be beaten! This is the way of the Legion!
~ Brutallus the pit lord.
We are Legion! We are Infinite!
~ Common Slogan

The Burning Legion, also called the Great Burning Shadow, the Legion of the Lower Planes, or just the Legion, is the main antagonistic faction of Warcraft series. They are an innumerable army of demons, infernals, void-like creatures, and corrupted races that seek to destroy all that is good in the universe.

They have thrice invaded Azeroth and were only beaten back at a terrible cost. Much of Azeroth's history — including the First and Second War — were due to the Legion's influence. It can be said that the Legion is the nemesis of Azerothians; corruption of the Orcs of Draenor, creation of the Scourge and the Lich King, and is the source of most of Azeroth's scars of fel taints. It should also be noted that Azeroth is the only known planet that they have ever failed to conquer or destroy.



The creators of orders in the universe, the Titans, had become aware of the threat to all they had created posed by the dark beings existing in the Twisted Nether. These demons sought to devour all life energies of the universe and they eventually began to find their way into the Titan's world from the Twisted Nether.

In an effort to defend themselves, the Titans sent their greatest warrior, Sargeras, to serve as their first line of defense. A noble bronze giant, he sought and destroyed demons for countless eons, but during this time, he came across two demonic races. Both of them were intent on having universal power and dominance. Though Sargeras had nearly limitless powers which allowed him to easily defeat the demons, their corruption and all consuming evil troubled him. He began falling into a brooding depression due to his incapability of understanding the dark beings' depravity. As Sargeras fell deeper into his confusion and misery, he encountered another group intent on disrupting what the Titans had created, the Nathrezim (better known as dreadlords).

This dark race of vampiric demons had succeeded in conquering a number of planets through possession of their people and turning them to darkness. The scheming dreadlords had turned whole nations against each other through manipulation and sowing mistrust and hatred. Despite Sargeras easily defeating the Nathrezim, their corruption still had a deep effect on him. After being exposed to the depravity of demons for so long, Sargeras lost faith in his mission and in the Titans' vision of order. He believed that the very concept of order itself was foolish and that the only absolutes in the universe were chaos and depravity. His fellow Titans tried to persuade him otherwise and calm his chaotic emotions, but Sargeras dismissed these optimistic beliefs.

He left their ranks forever and set out to find his place in the universe, but though the Titans were saddened by his departure, none of them knew to what lengths Sargeras would go. As his form was mutated and his valiant spirit was consumed by his new madness, he decided that the Titans themselves were responsible for the failure of their creations. Sargeras decided to undo their work throughout the universe and to form an army that would ravage everything in existence. He shattered the prisons of the Nathrezim and the other demons he had imprisoned during his time in service to the Titans. Now free, the loathsome demons swore their loyalty to Sargeras, giving birth to the dark Titan's army, the Burning Legion.

After coming across planet Argus, he found new beings for his army, the Eredar, highly intelligent beings that had a natural skill in magic. Amongst their ranks, Sargeras found two commanders for his army of destruction. Kil'jaeden the Deceiver, who would seek out the darkest of races to join the Burning Legion and Archimonde the Defiler, who would lead his forces into battle. Kil'jaeden's first recruits were the dreadlords, who served as his agents throughout the universe. They enjoyed locating primitive races for their master to corrupt and bring into the Burning Legion.

A prominent dreadlord was Tichondrius the Darkener, who served Kil'jaeden as the ultimate soldier and sought to spread Sargeras' will throughout the universe. Archimonde had powerful agents of his own, the pit lords and their leader, Mannoroth the Destructor. From them, he hoped to create an elite fighting force to scour all life from the universe. Upon seeing his forces were amassed, Sargeras launched his forces into the vastness of the Great Dark and came to refer to this new army as the Burning Legion. Even to this day, it is unclear how many worlds they have consumed.

Kil'jaeden's first move was to enslave the vampiric dreadlords with his terrible power. The dreadlords served as his personal agents throughout the universe, and they took pleasure in locating primitive races for their master to corrupt and bring into the fold. First amongst the dreadlords was Tichondrius the Darkener. Tichondrius served Kil'jaeden as the perfect soldier and agreed to bring Sargeras' burning will to all the dark corners of the universe.

War of the Ancients

Over ten thousand years in the past, the Burning Legion was attracted to Azeroth due to reckless magic usage there. The Highborne night elves under command of the Queen Azshara and her counselor, Xavius, had been experimenting to draw greater amounts of energy to the Well of Eternity, Azeroth’s source of magical power. The Highborne’s reckless magic usage sent energy ripples spiraling into the Great Dark Beyond where it was felt by Sargeras. They drew him to their place of origin, leading to his discovery of Azeroth and his sensing of the limitless powers of the Well of Eternity. The dark Titan became consumed by an insatiable hunger and decided to destroy the young realm so as to claim its energies as his own. After gathering his great Burning Legion, Sargeras moved towards Azeroth with his demons ready for conquest and Archimonde and Mannoroth readied their forces. Queen Azshara was overwhelmed by the ecstasy of her magic and fell victim to Sargeras’ power, granting him entrance to her world. Her Highborne gave themselves over to the corruption and came to worship Sargeras as a god. To show that they were truly loyal to the Burning Legion, they opened an enormous portal within the Well of Eternity. With everything he needed in place, Sargeras unleashed his Legion upon Azeroth. The demons stormed through the well and swarmed over Kalimdor, leaving death, ash, and misery in their wake. Infernals rained from the sky, Doomguard marched across the land, and Felhounds ravaged the countryside. The brave Kaldorei tried to stand against the Burning Legion’s forces, but they were forced back inch by inch by the demon hordes. Malfurion Stormrage was the night elves' only hope and, after convincing his brother, Illidan Stormrage to give up his obsession with magic, set out to find Cenarius so as to muster a resistance. Conflict sprung up between the two brothers through Tyrande, who accompanied the two in the name of Elune. Malfurion and Illidan both had feelings for her, but it was clear that she preferred the druid. Illidan began to resent his brother’s romance with Tyrande, but his heartache couldn’t compare to his magic addiction. He had grown dependent on the empowering energies of magic and began struggling to keep control over his hunger to tap into the Well of Eternity’s power. With Tyrande’s support, Illidan restrained himself and helped Malfurion find Cenarius, who aided them in building an army, including the forest spirits and ancient dragons to fight the Burning Legion. The night elf forces rallied at Azshara’s temple and an all out battle with the demons erupted. As the conflict continued, Aszhara sat delusional, waiting for Sargeras’ emergence in Azeroth. As he drew closer to passing through the Well of Eternity, the night elf queen gathered her most powerful Highborne followers, since only a spell created by linking their magic together would be able to create a gateway large enough for Sargeras. Malfurion realized that the Well of Eternity was the demons' link to Azeroth and insisted to his colleagues that it should be destroyed. Despite their horror at the idea since it was the night elves source of immortality and powers, Tyrande realized that it was a wise idea. She rallied Cenarius and their comrades to storm Azshara’s palace and find a way to shut down the Well for good. Realizing that getting rid of the well would prevent him from using magic again, Illidan turned on Malfurion and the others to join the Highborne. He felt no remorse due to his addiction and resentment towards his brother for taking Tyrande from him and swore to defend the Well’s power by any means. Though saddened by Illidan’s leave, Malfurion lead a charge on Azshara’s throne room where the Highborne were unleashing their final dark spell to summon Sargeras. Thanks to Illidan telling her of the attack, Azshara was more than prepared for Malfurion’s force. The druid faced a massacre with most of his followers falling from the queen's powers. Tyrande attempted to attack Azshara from behind, only to be attacked by some of her guards. She managed to defeat them, but suffered grievous wounds and when Malfurion saw this, he swore to end Azshara’s life. As the battle both inside and outside the palace went on, the Highborne’s magic fell into chaos from the battle between the druid and the mad queen. The unstable vortex exploded, making the Well of Eternity collapse in on itself. Chaos erupted all throughout Kalimdor. The land split apart, the location of the Well was consumed by the sea, leaving an enormous Maelstrom, and the demons were banished back to the Twisting Nether. Azshara and her Highborne survived to be banished under the sea and become the vile naga.

The Second Invasion

After their defeat at the hands of Malfurion, the Burning Legion watched and waited for a new attempt to invade Azeroth. Kil’jaeden was assigned to find a new way to invade and he was unwilling to take any chances on success. He decided a new force was needed to weaken the defenses of Azeroth before the Legion arrived. Kil’jaeden eventually discovered the world of Draenor, home of the orcs and the peaceful Draenei. He chose the orcs as his tools since they were bred as warriors and he bended the elder shaman, Ner’Zhul, to his will. The Legion later managed to gain complete control of the orcs after they were convinced to drink Mannoroth’s blood, cursing themselves to bloodlust and savagery. The orcs attempted to invade Azeroth two times through the Dark Portal, but were defeated by an alliance of the natives led by humans. After the Second War, the orc home world of Draenor was destroyed by Ner’Zhul’s attempts to escape to another dimension. With the orcs defeated and placed in internment camps by the humans, Kil’jaeden created a new force of harbingers by transforming Ner’Zhul into the Lich King, creating the Undead Scourge. Where the orcs had failed, the Scourge performed far better and managed to summon Archimonde to Azeroth and with him came the hordes of demon. After sweeping across the Eastern Kingdom, the Legion headed for Kalimdor to confront their old enemies, the night elves. Their main goal was the World Tree on Mount Hyjal, which contained the life essence of Azeroth and gave the night elves their immortality and powers. For the final battle, the humans, orcs, and night elves joined forces to hold back Archimonde and the Burning Legion’s forces while Malfurion cast a final druidic ritual on the World Tree itself. He gave the signal that all was ready and Archimonde was allowed to reach the tree. However as he began to feed on its power, the powers of the forest was unleashed and destroyed Archimonde in an enormous explosion, that also incinerated the surrounding forest.


The Burning Legion assembled with Kil'Jaeden

With Archimonde gone, Kil’jaeden became the Burning Legion’s leader and Azgalor returned to the Twisted Nether to plot for revenge. But their cultists are still scattered throughout Kalimdor and the corruption they sowed still remains in Felwood. It is primarily inhabited by satyrs and twisted furbolgs. The principal group of these remnants of the Legion is the Shadow Council, which is lead by surviving warlocks. Many demons also survived and still roam Kalimdor and they work with cults as a cohesive entity. The pit lord Magtheridon took over the realm of Outland, but was eventually overthrown by Illidan and his allies. A trio of dread lords, Balnazzar, Varimathras, and Detheroc were left behind to oversee Lordaeron when the Legion left for Kalimdor, but they were overthrown by Sylvanas Windrunner.

Attempts at a Third Invasion

Despite their defeat, the Burning Legion continues to invade planets. Kil’jaeden has sent his forces to Outland in an attempt to destroy Illidan for his failure to destroy the Lich King. However the fallen night elf’s forces have been able to match Kil’jaeden’s and they have so far failed to gain the advantage. During the invasion, the Burning Legion managed to open the Dark Portal and send their forces into Azeroth. But the forces of Azeroth managed to drive the demons back into Outland. Both soldiers of the Horde and the Alliance followed them into Outland where they have since battled the Legion’s forces. The Legion’s forces still engage in various activities throughout the realms and areas of Azeroth.

After his defeat at Tempest Keep, and still blinded by his lust for power, Kael'thas Sunstrider became an all-too-willing participant in The Burning Legion's next attempt to invade and conquer Azeroth. Kil'jaeden restored Kael'thas' life and power through demonic means and empowered many of his followers with fel energy. Kael'thas sent his new Felblood elves to Silvermoon, where they captured M'uru from Kael's own people and took him to the Sunwell. Kael'thas discovered that the energies of the Sunwell still existed in the form of the human girl Anveena; she was subsequently imprisoned and taken to the Sunwell as well. Kael hoped to use her energies to reignite the Sunwell, to both bring his new master Kil'jaeden into Azeroth, and to supply himself with a new font of limitless power.

With the intervention of the Blue Dragonflight and numerous mortal heroes of Azeroth, Kael'thas was killed once and for all in the Magister's Terrace, and Kil'jaeden's plans to enter Azeroth were foiled. Anveena sacrificed herself to weaken Kil'jaeden so that the mortal heroes battling him could defeat him and send him back through the Sunwell. After the battle, Velen used what was left of M'uru "body" to reignite the Sunwell, saving the blood elves from their addiction to demonic power and allowing them to continue to use the powers of the Light.

Following the events of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, the Burning Legion found their way back to Azeroth, thanks in part to Gul'dan from the alternate timeline. The Legion has begun its biggest invasion yet, using the Tomb of Sargeras as their foothold. A Battle on the Broken Shore saw the Legion defeat the combined strength of the Horde and Alliance, also causing the deaths of their respective leaders: Warchief Vol'jin and King Varian Wrynn of Stormwind.

Since their initial battle on the broken isles, the Legion's assault on Azeroth has expanded to include calculated attacks on a variety of both Horde and Alliance settlements throughout the Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor, as well as strategic seiges against Karazhan and Dalaran.




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  • Shadow-Lord Iskar
  • Floating eye
  • Demonic Hound
  • Demonhunter
  • Arakkoa
  • Race(s)
    • Dark Titans
    • Man'ari
      • Wrathguard
    • Nathrezim
    • Tothrezim
    • Annihilan
    • Ered'ruin
      • Doomguard
      • Doomlord
      • Terrorguard
    • Mo'arg
      • Felguard
      • Fel lord
    • Aranasi
    • Fel orc
    • Undead
    • Chaos orc
    • Felblood elf
    • Nightborne
      • Felborne
    • Vrykul
    • Imp
    • Furbolg
    • Wretched
    • Imp Mother
    • Gan'arg
    • Shivarra
    • Voidwalker (presumed)
    • Sayaad
    • Observer
    • Inquisitor
    • Jailer
    • Satyr
    • Arakkoa
    • Daemon
    • Naga
  • Beasts
    • Fel beast
    • Felhound
    • Fel hound (not to be confused with Felhound)
    • Felstalker
    • Helboar
    • Nightmare
      • Dreadsteed
      • Felsteed
    • Voidterror
    • Warp Stalker
    • Darkhound
  • Constructs
    • Fel reavers
    • Abyssals
    • Infernals
    • Fel cannons
    • Homunculi
    • Infernal Machines
    • Legion ships
  • Shadow Council Races
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The Alliance
Stormwind: Archbishop Benedictus
Lordaeron: Garithos | Aedelas Blackmoore | Captain Skarloc | Lieutenant Drake
Kul Tiras: Daelin Proudmoore | Jaina Proudmoore | Chief of Chaplains | Chief Petty Officer | Captain Thornby
Gilneas: Lord Vincent Godfrey
Ironforge: Twinbraid

The Horde
Blackrock Orcs: Blackhand | Orgrim Doomhammer | Rend Blackhand | Jubei'Thos
Iron Horde: Grommash Hellscream | Ner'zhul | Teron Gorefiend | Gul'dan | Garona Halforcen | Cho'gall | Kilrogg Deadeye | Kargath Bladefist
Orcs: Garrosh Hellscream | General Nazgrim | Malkorok | Warlord Zaela | Overlord Krom'gar | Warlord Rok'nah | Urtrak | Blood Guard Porung | Overlord Mor'ghor
Trolls: Zul'jin | Chieftain Zul'Marrosh | Hex Lord Malacrass
Ogre: Imperator Mar'gok
Goblins: Trade Prince Gallywix | Candy Cane | Chip Endale | Siegecrafter Blackfuse
Tauren: Magatha Grimtotem
Blood Elves: Kael'thas Sunstrider | Overseer Theredis | Sharth Voldoun
Forsaken: Sylvanas Windrunner | Grand Apothecary Putress | Brothogg the Slavemaster | Calder Gray | Castillian | Hagara the Stormbinder | Stalvan Mistmantle | Apothecary Keever

The Twilight's Hammer
Cho'gall | Archbishop Benedictus | Warmaster Blackhorn

Burning Legion
Sargeras | Kil'jaeden | Archimonde | Mannoroth | Tichondrius | Varimathras | Balnazzar | Mal'Ganis | Anetheron | Mephistroth | Detheroc | Xavius | Kazzak | Highlord Kruul | Lord Jaraxxus | Krosus | Goroth | Demonic Inquisition | Felhounds of Sargeras | Antoran High Command | Portal Keeper Hasabel | Imonar the Soulhunter | Kin'garoth | Coven of Shivarra | Aggramar | Argus the Unmaker | Queen Azshara | Sironas | Giselda the Crone | Shadow Council | Burning Blade Clan

Illidan's followers
Illidan Stormrage | Kael'thas Sunstrider | Lady Vashj | Mekgineer Steamrigger | Mennu the Betrayer

Lich King/Arthas Menethil | Kel'Thuzad | Anub'arak | Sindragosa | Dar'Khan Drathir | Blood-Queen Lana'thel | Ymiron | Overlord Drakuru | Arugal | Amnennar the Coldbringer | Four Horsemen | Highlord Mograine | Baron Rivendare | Ras Frostwhisper | Gothik the Harvester | Masophet the Black | Mirdoran the Fallen | Noth the Plaguebringer | Orbaz Bloodbane | Abomination
Cult of the Damned: Lady Deathwhisper | Grand Widow Faerlina | Instructor Chillheart | Darkmaster Gandling

Scarlet Crusade
Balnazzar | Grand Inquisitor Isillien | Brigitte Abbendis | Renault Mograine | Sally Whitemane | Darion Mograine | Crusader Lord Valdelmar | Archbishop Landgren | Huntsman Leopold | Mataus the Wrathcaster | Scarlet Commander Marjahn

Black Dragonflight
Deathwing | Nefarian | Onyxia | Sabellian | Sinestra | General Drakkisath | Maloriak

Elemental Lords: Al'Akir | Ragnaros
Fire Elementals: Lord Rhyolith | Baron Geddon | Majordomo Staghelm | Majordomo Executus | Shannox | Riplimb and Rageface | Baron Charr
Water Elementals: Princess Tempestria

Old Gods
C'thun | Yogg-Saron | N'Zoth | Y'Shaarj | G'huun
Servants: Queen Azshara | Harbinger Skyriss | Warlord Zon'ozz | Morchok | Yor'sahj the Unsleeping | Loken | Myzrael | Aku'mai

Venture Company
Mogul Razdunk

Lei Shen | Shan Bu

Emperor Korthek

Zovaal | Sylvanas Windrunner | Helya | Mueh'zala | The Tarragrue | Soulrender Dormazain | Painsmith Raznal | Fatescribe Roh-Kalo | Dausegne | Rygelon
Forsworn: Devos | Lysonia
Maldraxxi: Kel'Thuzad | Vyraz
Venthyr: Sire Denathrius | The Tithelord | Halkias | Echelon | High Adjudicator Aleez | Lord Chamberlain | Executor Tarvold | Grand Proctor Beryllia | Nurgash Muckformed | Shriekwing | Huntsman Altimor | Lady Inerva Darkvein | Council of Blood | Sludgefist | General Kaal | General Grashaal
Nathrezim: Mal'Ganis | Kin'tessa

Gorak Tul | Gorak Zhar | Ingra Drif | Ingra Maloch

Cartel Xy: Artificer Xy'mox | Dealer Xy'exa
Cartel So: So'leah | So'azmi

Void Lords
Dimensius the All-Devouring

Abercrombie | Abominable Greench | Ahune | Aiden Perenolde | Alpha Prime | Black Stalker | Bloodsail Buccaneers | Charlga Razorflank | Dagran Thaurissan | Edwin VanCleef | Engineer Overgrind | Epoch Hunter | Felendren the Banished | Gearmaster Mechazod | Goldtooth | Gorefiend | Goren | Grand Empress Shek'zeer | Hakkar the Soulflayer | Headless Horseman | Hogger | Jammal'an the Prophet | Kanrethad Ebonlocke | Leper Gnomes | Maggot Eye | Magnataurs | Magtheridon | Malygos | Marez Cowl | Medivh | Mekgineer Thermaplugg | Murloc Sorcerer | Murlocs | Murmur | Murozond | Naj'tess | Omen | Ortor of Murkblood | Pholx | Podlings | Priscilla Ashvane | Quagmirran | Talon King Ikiss | Taragaman the Hungerer | Thaddius | Thaurissan | The Cleaner | Ultraxion | Zar'Jira | Zelfrax | Zevrim Thornhoof

Playable Characters: Jaina Proudmoore | Gul'dan | Garrosh Hellscream | Illidan Stormrage | Lei Shen
Classic: Edwin VanCleef | Al'Akir | Lord Jaraxxus | Grommash Hellscream | Hogger | Sylvanas Windrunner | Ragnaros | Onyxia | Malygos | Deathwing
Curse of Naxxramas: Kel'Thuzad Baron Rivendare | Thaddius | Grand Widow Faerlina | Gothik the Harvester | Noth the Plaguebringer | Heigan the Unclean
Goblins vs. Gnomes: Trade Prince Gallywix | Mal'Ganis | Dr. Boom | Mekgineer Thermaplugg
Blackrock Mountain: Nefarian | Rend Blackhand | General Drakkisath | Maloriak
The Grand Tournament: Anub'arak
League of Explorers: Rafaam
Whispers of the Old Gods: Old Gods (C'thun | N'Zoth | Y'Shaarj | Yogg-Saron) | Fandral Staghelm | Cho'gall | Malkorok
One Night in Karazhan: Prince Malchezaar | Terestian Illhoof
Mean Streets of Gadgetzan: Don Han'Cho | Aya Blackpaw | Kazakus
Knights of the Frozen Throne: Lich King/Arthas Menethil | Death Knights | Professor Putricide | Sindragosa | Archbishop Benedictus | Blood-Queen Lana'thel
Kobolds and Catacombs: King Togwaggle | The Darkness
The Witchwood: Hagatha the Witch | Splintergraft | Arugal | Shudderwock | Glinda Crowskin | Lord Vincent Godfrey | Captain Shivers | Infinite Toki
The Boomsday Project: Dr. Boom | Boommaster Flark
Rastakhan's Rumble: Zul'jin | Hex Lord Malacrass | Hakkar the Soulflayer
Rise of Shadows: League of E.V.I.L. (Rafaam | Madame Lazul | Hagatha the Witch | Dr. Boom | King Togwaggle | Rakanishu | Vessina | Ol' Barkeye | Kriziki | Captain Eudora | Squeamlish | Mr. Chu | Tekahn | George the Fallen | Lackeys)
Saviors of Uldum: Tekahn | Plague Lords (Vesh, Plague Lord of Murlocs | Kz'rath, Plague Lord of Madness | Xatma, Plague Lord of Death | Icarax, Plague Lord of Wrath)
Descent of Dragons: Malygos | Murozond | Deathwing | Galakrond | Kronx Dragonhoof
Ashes of Outland: Reliquary of Souls | Lady Vashj | Kanrethad Ebonlocke | Kargath Bladefist | Teron Gorefiend | Magtheridon | Kael'thas Sunstrider | Xavius | Mannoroth | Rusted Legion (Mecha-Jaraxxus)
Scholomance Academy: Kel'Thuzad | Darkmaster Gandling | Ras Frostwhisper | Vectus | Theolen Krastinov | Instructor Malicia | Rattlegore
Madness at the Darkmoon Faire: Old Gods (C'thun | N'Zoth | Y'Shaarj | Yogg-Saron | G'huun) | Dark Inquisitor Xanesh
Forged in the Barrens: Kazakus | Death Speaker Blackthorn | Plaguemaw the Rotting | Mordresh Fire Eye | Serena Bloodfeather | Tamsin Roame | Neeru Fireblade | Mutanus the Devourer | Lady Anacondra
United in Stormwind: Lady Katrana Prestor | Archbishop Benedictus | Anetheron | Tamsin Roame