The Warlocks of WoW

In fairness to myself, there are actually very few notable Warlocks in WoW lore. The most famous ones are usually famous for something else, like taking tree hugging too far, but just happen to be Warlocks too. Nevertheless, onwards we go to examine the few Warlocks who have left a considerable impression on the world.

1. Kil’jaeden


As we saw yesterday, many of the Eredar Mages became Warlocks once they were corrupted by Sargeras. Obviously, the more powerful the Mage, the more powerful the Warlock they became, and Kil’jaeden, one of the original three Eredar leaders, became perhaps the most powerful of them all. Ranked second only to Sargeras in the Burning Legion (although he has essentially taken over since Sargeras was banished), Kil’jaeden’s official role is to recruit new minions for the Legion and plan strategies and infiltration. He is responsible for the creation of the original Lich King, Ner’zhul, which involved a lot of shenanigans to do with torturing the Shaman’s soul (we Warlocks are good with souls) and also for originally inciting the bloodlust of the Orcs, in part by using his powers to appear to them as one of their ancestors.


To further prove his Warlock strength, he then went and enslaved the entire race of Dreadlords. Yeah, you know how we get one minor demon at a time for five minutes and it costs us a soul shard? He’s so powerful that he can control an entire race of demons more powerful than we can even defeat by ourselves (think Mal’Ganis from the CoT – pictured below – or Balnazzar from the original instance), let alone summon or enslave. The Dreadlords, or Nathrezim, now serve as Kil’jaeden’s henchmen, and while he was recently summoned by Kael’thas Sunstrider at the Sunwell, we fought him off and banished him back into the Nether, where he is currently plotting once again…

Mal'Ganis in the Caverns of Time: Stratholme

Mal'Ganis, a Dreadlord, in the Caverns of Time: Stratholme

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Warlocks: A brief history

Looking back over my previous posts, it’s actually been far too long since I wrote about something specifically to do with Warlocks, and for a supposedly Warlock-related blog, that’s no good at all. Today then, I’m going to discuss the history of Warlocks. Let’s find out how we got to where we are today…

The word ‘Warlock’ probably originally comes from the Old English word ‘wǣrloga‘, which means ‘oath-breaker’ or ‘deceiver’, which is pretty appropriate I think. It may also come from the Old Norse word  ‘varð-lokkur’ meaning ‘caller of spirits’. Interestingly, another (very archaic) meaning of the word can be ‘a demon’.

In WoW, Warlocks began way back, approximately 25000 years ago, with the Burning Legion, or more accurately Sargeras (the fallen Titan). When he became corrupted and wished to amass an army, he first went to the Eredar, who he was attracted to by their innate magical affinity. In fact, it is believed that they were the first race ever to discover magic, aside from the Titans of course. Regardless, they were a noble race of peaceful beings who lived on the planet Argus, and they were led by three people – Kil’jaeden, Archimonde and Velen.

The Burning Legion in Shadowmoon Valley

The Burning Legion in Shadowmoon Valley

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