Anima (blood fluid)

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For the Shadowlands soul essence, see anima.
Stored anima.
Anima is what empowers the blood golems of the Isle of Thunder.
Magic that could remake a thing so completely came from the dawn of time, from the beginning of everything. The titans, the shapers of Azeroth, had used such magic in their acts of creation.
Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde[1]

Anima is life energy harnessed and condensed into liquid form.[2] This vital fluid[3] has been used by the mogu to shape life since the time of the Thunder King. Before that, it was originally used by the titans and their titan-forged Keepers.


The earliest known use of anima dates back from the ordering of Azeroth, when the titans, the shapers of Azeroth, had used such magic in their acts of creation.[1] When Lei Shen defeated Ra and ate his heart, he gained not only his power as keeper of storms, but the knowledge to utilize the Engine of Nalak'sha and anima in a method called flesh-shaping. The newly crowned Thunder King used anima in the creation of mighty constructs called blood golems and the shaping of life forms, such a slave races like the saurok or yaungol.

During the Throne of Thunder raid, a large system of anima flowed into the Saurok Creation Pit, home of Primordius. This anima mutated adventurers into a temporary saurok-like evolution. After the fall of the Thunder King, adventurers encountered the Fallen Keeper of Storms, Ra, underneath the Throne of Thunder. Ra demonstrated that he still had power over anima and used it offensively during his battle.

The Regent Lord of Quel'Thalas, Lor'themar Theron, acquired an anima golem to study, hoping to learn its secrets.[4] The blood elves then used them to help purge the demonic corruption in Talador and to defend Auchindoun during the war in Draenor, and to fight alongside the Blood Knights' forces and the Nightfallen rebels in Suramar during the Nightfallen rebellion.


  • Vol'jin described the Ancient Passage as a fel place, and the magic used to shape the saurok as the blackest of magics, being corrupting to mortals, and having the potential to unmake the murlocs who had killed his father or cause humans to regress back to vrykul.[5]
  • In World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, a substance also known as anima permeates the death realms. Although it was initially said that "there are definitely ties between the anima of the Shadowlands and the anima of Pandaria",[6] it was later stated that they are different.[7]


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In the Throne of Thunder, Ra's wounds appear to reveal anima beneath them. This suggests that anima may be Ra's blood, and that Lei Shen kept him alive to drain him of it.


See also


  1. ^ a b Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, pg. 42
  2. ^ N [120] A Bloody Treat
  3. ^ Dark Animus' Encounter Design: The mechanics of the Dark Animus encounter aren't quite like any boss fight we've done before. It centers around a fixed quantity of the mysterious swirling liquid, known as Anima, that is at the heart of the mogu experiments in this wing. The vital fluid animates golems, escaping and moving on to larger and larger constructs as the initial vessels are destroyed until it eventually amasses enough volume to empower the Dark Animus itself, largest of all the golems.
  4. ^ H [90R] Life Blood
  5. ^ Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde, pg. 42 - 43
  6. ^ Sagamer - A deep dive into Bastion, the Shadowlands realm of selflessness and greater purpose
  7. ^ Judgehype - Interview de Steve Danuser sur l'histoire de Shadowlands