For information on Baron Rivendare in Naxxramas, see Four Horsemen. For his original encounter in Stratholme, see Baron Rivendare (tactics).
MobBaron Rivendare
Image of Baron Rivendare
Title Baron,[1] Member of the Four Horsemen
Master of Stratholme
Gender Male
Race Human (Undead)
Class Death knight
Resource Mana
Affiliation(s) Scourge, Cult of the Damned
Former affiliation(s) Kingdom of Lordaeron
Occupation Member of the Four Horsemen
Former occupation(s) Leader of the Scourge in Stratholme
Location Unknown (lore)
Status Unknown
Killable (WoW)
Relative(s) Aurius Rivendare (son)[2]
Companion(s) Deathcharger (former steed)

Baron Rivendare is a powerful death knight in the service of the Lich King. Originally ruling over the city of Stratholme for the Scourge, he led the Four Horsemen of Naxxramas in place of Highlord Mograine.


In life, Baron Rivendare was a rich landowner in Stratholme and a friend to Kel'Thuzad, who convinced him to join the Cult of the Damned.[1] During the Third War, after Arthas Menethil left for Northrend to hunt Mal'Ganis, Rivendare sent a shipment of grain to a village of Lordaeron where Thomas Thomson happened to be stationed. When the villagers turned into mindless zombies, Thomas understood that Rivendare was a traitor and reported it to the rest of the Silver Hand paladins.[3] Rivendare eventually became a death knight and was placed in control of the burning remains of Stratholme.[1] When he became a champion of the Scourge, he condemned his favorite horse, Deathcharger, to join him in undeath.[4] At some point, he held Ysida Harmon captive.

While he held Stratholme against the Scarlet Crusade, Baron Rivendare later coordinated the efforts of the Lich King in the Plaguelands, and battled with agents of the Argent Dawn sent by Duke Nicholas Zverenhoff[5] to Stratholme to kill him. Aided by his son Aurius,[6] the adventurers defeated the baron,[1] but not before his unnaturally savage blows wounded Aurius, who later succumbed to his injuries. He was later part of the invasion of the Scarlet Enclave and eventually became a member of the Four Horsemen in Naxxramas. Although Naxxramas was raided by the Alliance and Horde,[7] his existence remains a mystery, and it is likely that he will never fully be destroyed until Kel'Thuzad meets his end.[1]

After Rivendare's defeat, Deathcharger's saddle was returned to Stratholme. The Deathlord of the Knights of the Ebon Blade sent champions on behalf of Salanar the Horseman to retrieve it, in order to him to create new steeds for the order's Four Horsemen. The ghost Vivian's Lament was the major obstacle to this goal.[8]

It is unknown if Rivendare is dead or not. As Kel'Thuzad was permanently defeated in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, it is possible the Baron may still be alive, albeit on his last life.

In World of Warcraft

Baron Rivendare was originally the final boss of the undead side of Stratholme until he was replaced by Aurius Rivendare in Cataclysm.

Rivendare appears in Acherus: The Ebon Hold next to Highlord Darion Mograine during the initial phases of the death knight intro questline, before moving to the Crypt of Remembrance. He gives the quest N Death Knight [8-30] Lambs To The Slaughter.

He also appears in the Wrath of the Lich King version of Naxxramas, replacing Alexandros Mograine as the fourth member of the Four Horsemen.


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Baron Rivendare (tactics) 62 46,620
Plaguelands: The Scarlet Enclave ?? 139,450
Plaguelands: The Scarlet Enclave ?? 348,625
Four Horsemen (tactics) ??

In the RPG

Baron Rivendare killing a Scarlet Crusade human.

Icon-RPG.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

Once a wealthy human landowner, the plague corrupted Rivendare and he pledged himself as a death knight. Rivendare’s duty is to round up and murder any human survivors he can find, and he and his patrols do just that.[9]

He fell under Kel'Thuzad's sway and helped build and structure the Cult of the Damned. Rivendare then achieved the title and powers of a death knight. Now, Rivendare has his base in Stratholme. He serves Kel'Thuzad eagerly and exults in his power. One of his greatest joys is to instill corruption in others, especially paladins, and most especially members of the Argent Dawn. This knight is a regal figure — his face is pale but aristocratic, and white hair hangs to his shoulders, while a scarf covers his face. He crouches over a horned, skeletal steed, and purple runes glitter across his black armor, cloak, and runeblade. Baron Rivendare excels at melee combat (especially mounted warfare) and he knows it. At the earliest possible moment, he charges, whether afoot or mounted on his skeletal horse, Deathcharger. Then the baron unleashes the dreadful power of his runeblade. He prefers to fight with created undead to support him, and he uses death pact on these to recover hit points. Rivendare enjoys testing his mettle against fellow close combat specialists, but strikes at arcanists and healers if they prove bothersome.[citation needed] 


Baron Rivendare at Ebon Hold.


Main article: Baron Rivendare (tactics)

In the Scarlet Enclave



<Rivendare shakes his head.>

I am convinced that they are a unique lot amongst the humans. My theory is that they lack higher brain function, unable to logically assess a situation and calculate an outcome. One has only to make mention of the Light to get them frothing and battle ready - at which point they will rush headlong into any engagement with complete disregard for their own well being.

Taunting the Crusaders

  • The Scourge will consume you!
  • Lambs to the slaughter...
  • Concentrate your attacks on the weak!


Main article: Four Horsemen

Notes and trivia


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
  • It is possible, that when Father Inigo Montoy took Kel'Thuzad's Phylactery he also took the head of Baron Rivendare. This would explain why the Baron is alive in Naxxramas and furthermore, why he is the leader of the four horsemen.
  • There also exists a theory that the Rivendare in Scarlet Enclave and Naxxramas is not the real Rivendare, but an impostor, based on the text in the book On Stratholme and its initialized title. Alternatively, it could refer to Rivendare's claiming of the title.
  • Though his Deathcharger's saddle was retrieved by the Deathlord of the Knights of the Ebon Blade sent on behalf of Salanar the Horseman, his status is unknown as his reincarnation was tied to Kel'Thuzad. Additionally, his son (Aurius Rivendare), who replaced him as Lord of Stratholme, is now also deceased; though his body was recovered by an unknown force, potentially Rivendare.


Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Removed from Stratholme.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Now appears as one of the Four Horsemen in Naxxramas.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): You will now be able to make additional attempts at Baron Rivendare should your initial attempt fail.


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Preceded by:
Ruler of Stratholme
Succeeded by:
Lord Aurius Rivendare
Preceded by:
Alexandros Mograine
Leader of the Four Horsemen
Succeeded by:
Darion Mograine