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Not to be confused with Aponi Tallmoon.
HordeAponi Brightmane
Image of Aponi Brightmane
Title Sunwalker Chieftain,
Paladin Trainer
Gender Female
Race Tauren (Humanoid)
Class Cataclysm Holy paladin
Wrath-Logo-Small Warrior
Resource Mana
Affiliation(s) Sunwalkers, Thunder Bluff, Horde, Dragonscale Expedition
Former affiliation(s) Knights of the Silver Hand
Occupation Leader of the Sunwalkers[1]
Former occupation(s) Champion and leader of the Silver Hand
Location Various
Status Alive

Aponi Brightmane is a tauren paladin and the founder and leader of the Sunwalkers. In Legion, she joined the player as a follower of the Knights of the Silver Hand in its final stand against the Burning Legion.

In Cataclysm, tauren became an eligible race for the paladin class. Brightmane was introduced as the leader of the Sunwalkers after (re)discovering the powers of An'she.

In World of Warcraft, she was found on Elder Rise in Thunder Bluff.


Wrath of the Lich King[]

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Initially a warrior of the tauren tribes, Aponi Brightmane was sent to Icecrown during the war against the Lich King. There, she sustained a grave injury that rendered her unfit for combat and was sent back home to Thunder Bluff, much to her disappointment as she truly wanted to help her people and the Horde during the war. It was during this time that she and her friend Tahu Sagewind started to ponder upon the nature of the Earth Mother and how tauren have been druids since the start of time. However, all they know about druidism is from the teachings of the night elves, which are creatures of the night. The other eye of the Earth Mother An'she - the sun - was however completely forgotten. As Tahu realized this he pondered what could happen should tauren start to harness the power of the sun granted by the second eye of the Earth Mother. It was this small realization what sets in motion the genesis of the tauren priests and paladin order. Tahu ended up abandoning his druidic path and became the first tauren priest, while Aponi abandons her warrior ways and became the first tauren paladin, in an order now known as the Sunwalkers.


Aponi Brightmane Cataclysm

Aponi Brightmane during Cataclysm

During the Elemental Unrest, Aponi defended Hunter Rise from the elemental attacks.

After the Cataclysm, Aponi became a paladin trainer and instructs young tauren sunwalkers.


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.
Aponi Brightmane Legion

Aponi in the Sanctum of Light.

After the disaster at the Broken Shore, Aponi Brightmane convened with the leaders of Azeroth's other paladin orders in Dalaran, such as Maxwell Tyrosus. At Light's Hope Chapel the paladin Order Hall was created and with the signing of the Libram of Ancient Kings a new champion was chosen to lead the Order of the Silver Hand into battle against the Burning Legion.

Aponi Brightmane later urged to close the demon portal at Felblaze Ingress in Azsuna.[2] Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker then reported that he's received no word from Aponi Brightmane, Delas Moonfang and Arator the Redeemer - who joined her in her mission - since their departure.[3] Fearing the worst, the champion traveled to Azsuna to locate her only to find her libram. It was lacking several pages of story, making it hard to find out what fate befell them. After defeating the commander of the forces defending the portal in Felblaze Ingress, in a daring leap of faith it becomes clear the demon fortress of Niskara lays behind the portal. Here, Aponi Brightmane is trapped in a cage.

Aponi discovers that the Burning Legion is planning to launch a full-scale assault on Netherlight Temple in which supposedly the Prophet Velen is to be ended. In Niskara, they also discover Lothraxion, High Commander of the Grand Army of the Light, who was held prisoner at Niskara by Balnazzar.

At Netherlight Temple, Aponi Brightmane as part of the Order of the Silver Hand, aids the priests when their temple is assaulted by Balnazzar.

Battle for Azeroth[]

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Following the split of the Order during the Fourth War,[4] Aponi Brightmane is no longer a Champion and leader of the Silver Hand.


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Aponi was amongst those that joined the Dragonscale Expedition to the Dragon Isles and visited Clan Teerai's Teerakai in the Ohn'ahran Plains. While there, she reflected on the evils she had faced and how the centaur within the plains were not like them. She then stated her belief An'she smiled upon the Maruuk.


Location Level range Reaction Notes
Hunter Rise, Thunder Bluff[63.2, 79.8]VZ-Thunder BluffBlip 30 Alliance Horde 55 in her first WotLK appearance.
Krasus' Landing, Dalaran; Sanctum of Light 10-45 Elite Alliance Horde As part of the Paladin Campaign.
Netherlight Temple; Niskara 45 Elite Alliance Horde As part of the Paladin Campaign questline.
Teerakai, Ohn'ahran Plains 70 Elite Alliance Horde


  • Spell holy avenginewrath Avenging Wrath — Damage and attack speed increased by 50%.
  • Spell holy holysmite Crusader Strike — Inflicts damage to an enemy and increases the Holy damage it takes.
  • Spell holy purifyingpower Denounce — Casts down the enemy with a bolt of Holy Light, causing Holy damage and preventing the target from causing critical effects for 4 sec.
  • Spell holy divineintervention Divine Shield — Protects the caster from all attacks and spells for 9 sec.
  • Ability paladin divinestorm Divine Storm — An instant weapon attack that causes Holy damage to to all enemies and healing to all friends within 8 yards.
  • Ability paladin hammeroftherighteous Hammer of the Righteous — Hammer the current target, causing a wave of light that hits all targets within 10 yards.
  • Spell holy holybolt Holy Light — Calls upon Holy magic to heal an ally.
  • Spell paladin divinecircle Holy Radiance — Imbues a friendly target with radiant energy, healing that target and all allies within 0 yards for 700.
  • Spell holy sealofblood Seal of Command — All melee attacks have a chance to deal additional Holy damage.

As a follower[]

Aponi Brightmane is a Holy Paladin Class Hall champion with the following abilities:

  • Ability paladin savedbythelight Absolution (Ability) — 50% chance on mission success to recover an expired Troop with 1 Vitality.
  • Spell holy divineshield Divine Shield (Ability) — Protects you from all damage to counter a HazardCounters: Hazard Hazard
  • Spell holy holybolt Holy (Specialization) — Invokes the power of the Light to protect and to counter some BossesCounters: Boss Boss


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Removed from game The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.1.

Objective of[]


Aponi Brightmane

Aponi Brightmane as she first appeared in Wrath of the Lich King

Aponi Elemental Unrest

Aponi Brightmane defending Thunder Bluff


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Paladin gossip

The light of the Sun illuminates the path to wisdom. Where shall we walk today, friend?

Non-paladin gossip

May the Sun's light protect you, <class>.

Wrath of the Lich King[]

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This is awful! I shouldn't be sitting here, useless, when there's so much to be done! If only my arm hadn't gotten injured up in Northrend... No use dwelling on it, though! Tahu will have me patched up and cured eventually, and we'll still help around here in the meanwhile.

Just because we're not at the front doesn't mean we can't help out somehow.

Conversation with Tahu Sagewind
Main article: An Injured Colleague#Dialogue


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.


Sanctum of Light

Every day I learn more about the Light and its purpose in this world. And yet, I am still so far from the truth.


  • It is always darkest just before the dawn.
  • Warm greetings to you.
  • Good day.
  • Bask in the glory of the day.
  • Bless your heart.
  • Hmm. You might be shining a little too... brightly.
  • The ancestors would not approve of this.
  • An'she's worth guide you.
  • Peace and patience be with you.
  • Ancestors protect you.
  • Walk always in the light of the sun.


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I have seen true evil.

I've stared down the Lich King's forces, gone toe to toe with the Burning Legion. I grew up in a world where centaur ravaged my people.

These centaur are not like them. They have not been driven to cruelty by the world around them. They choose honor. An'she smiles upon them.

Notes and trivia[]

  • She is the author of Inv relics libramofgrace [Striding with the Sunwalkers].
  • While questing, Aponi may appear with the generic name Sunwalker Brave.
  • Aponi is one of the two Horde-affiliated paladin leaders, the other being Lady Liadrin, matriarch and supreme leader of the Blood Knight order. Interestingly, during the pre-Cataclysm launch event, Aponi was seen wearing the tier 9 Horde paladin gear, bearing Liadrin's namesake.
  • Her first name could be a reference to the repeated player "complaints" about class changes that Blizzard employees have to deal with, even prompting Ghostcrawler to coin the phrase "GHOSTCRAWLER PROMISED ME A PONY."[5]
  • But her name is most likely coming from Native North American Algonquin language, Aponi literally meaning "butterfly".
  • In Legion, she seems to wear a version of the Winged Triumph Plate armor set. It could be voluntary that her helm looks kind of like a butterfly.
  • She has an invisible Follower recruiting spell with the following description: Achievement character tauren female Follower: Aponi Brightmane — "Aponi Brightmane, leader of the nascent Sunwalker paladins, united her people around a thirst for truth and understanding. What is the true nature of the Light? Why does it grant us its strength? Aponi intends to answer her burning questions, but she has no problem in casting aside anyone or anything that gets in her way."
  • Aponi is voiced by Erin Fitzgerald in Legion.[6]

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Aponi Brightmane Generic name Champion