NeutralBolvar Fordragon
Image of Bolvar Fordragon
Title Highlord of the Ebon Blade[1]
Lich King,
Jailer of the Damned,
Regent of Stormwind,
Icon-TCG.png Lord of Icecrown[2]
Gender Male
Race Human (Humanoid / Uncategorized)
Class Paladin[3][4][5] (formerly)
Affiliation(s) Knights of the Ebon Blade
Former affiliation(s) Scourge, Valiance Expedition, Knights of the Silver Hand, Kingdom of Stormwind, Alliance
Occupation Highlord of the Ebon Blade, Master of Acherus
Former occupation(s) The Lich King, Master of Fordragon Hold, High General of the Valiance Expedition, Regent Lord of Stormwind[6]
Location Oribos, Shadowlands
Status Active
Relative(s) Taelia (daughter),[7]
Deceased wife,[citation needed] 
Mara (unknown relation)

“Death was not the end I believed it to be. No rest or joyous reunions in the Light awaited me. What I witnessed challenged all I knew. With my final breath, I saw impossible places – worlds within worlds brimming with beings that defied description. It wasn’t until the Helm of Domination was placed upon my head that I understood the truth I had seen: Death is not an end, but a beginning.”

— Bolvar describing the Shadowlands[8]

Bolvar Fordragon is the Highlord of the Knights of the Ebon Blade, and the former Lich King, who took up the position after the death of Arthas Menethil.

Formerly a venerated paladin of the Alliance, Bolvar served as the Highlord and Regent of the kingdom of Stormwind following the disappearance of King Varian Wrynn. Upon Varian's return, Bolvar was named the commander of the Alliance forces sent to take the battle to the Scourge in Northrend. After the treachery of Grand Apothecary Putress at the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate, Bolvar was thought to have been killed by the Forsaken Blight. However, he was saved and reanimated by the flames of the red dragons but charred beyond recognition.[9]

Bolvar's body was altered by the dragons' flame, and was taken by the Scourge into Icecrown Citadel, where he was tortured by Lich King Arthas Menethil in an attempt to bend him to his will. However, the noble spirit of Bolvar resisted the Scourge lord's depravations. After the death of Arthas, Bolvar demanded that Tirion Fordring place the Helm of Domination on his head and turn him into the next Lich King to contain the threat of the Scourge. This imprisoned Bolvar within the Frozen Throne once more. After the Fourth War, however, Sylvanas Windrunner traveled to Icecrown Citadel to defeat Bolvar and destroy the Helm of Domination, ending his tenure as the Jailer of the Damned and opening the path to the Shadowlands.


As a boy, Bolvar was impressing his paladin mentors with his determination and noble spirit. King Thoras heard of this feat.[10]

Third War

When the Scourge hit Lordaeron, Bolvar sent his daughter Taelia, who he called "my shining star",[7] to Kul Tiras to be raised away from the Third War. Taelia would be accepted as a ward of House Proudmoore and raised by the knight Cyrus Crestfall, who was hand-picked by Daelin Proudmoore himself. Bolvar regularly sent Taelia letters while they were separated. It is not certain exactly how many details Anduin Wrynn knew of this, but he did know Bolvar wrote to his child and of the nickname.[7]

Regent of Stormwind

Bolvar in Stormwind Keep during Classic.

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Bolvar in Stormwind Keep.

After King Varian Wrynn went missing under suspicious circumstances while en route to a diplomatic summit to Theramore Isle, Stormwind was believed to be going through a state of disarray. Young Anduin was given the crown so that order could be preserved within the kingdom of Stormwind, at the behest of the royal councilor, Lady Prestor.[11] Highlord Bolvar Fordragon acted as Regent Lord of Stormwind or the Supreme Commander of Stormwind's forces on behalf of King Anduin. When Magistrate Solomon gave warnings of Blackrock orcs allying with the Black dragonflight, Bolvar was debilitated from sending Stormwind's thinly spread troops to aid Lakeshire without proof. Bolvar sent Alliance adventurers to Lady Prestor, who knew much of dragons and dragonkin. However, Lady Prestor thought very little of Magistrate Solomon's claims and advised against providing the military aid. Though Bolvar respected Lady Prestor's stance,[12] he could not let Solomon's plight go unheeded and thought of a compromise to appease all parties: Bolvar deputized the Alliance adventurer and empowered them to solve Solomon's problems.[13]

When Lady Jaina Proudmoore found evidence of the Defias Brotherhood being involved in King Varian's disappearance and had a powerful ally in Stormwind, she sent the evidence to Bolvar. With their newfound patronage and apparent role in the king's disappearance, Bolvar saw no choice but to plan a renewed offensive against the Defias. While Bolvar sought to pursue the Defias and their backers until King Varian's return, Lady Prestor tried to belittle the issue as just baseless speculation and a waste of Stormwind's resources.[14]

Marshal Reginald Windsor apparently had warned Bolvar of Lady Katrana Prestor's treachery but Bolvar would not act against her without proof.[15] Despite Bolvar's good intentions he unwillingly became Onyxia's pawn, his mind and body being held captive after receiving the Drakefire Amulet from Lady Prestor. The medallion also gave him glimpses into the dragon's own mind.[16]

During the first Scourge Invasion, the Scourge attacked Stormwind City, which later led to an Alliance counterattack. Bolvar Fordragon recruited Alliance heroes who raided Naxxramas and defeated Kel'Thuzad.[17]

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Bolvar in Through the Mirror Darkly.

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Highlord Bolvar Fordragon was seen in the welcome parade in Stormwind City, escorting the recently found and returned King Varian Wrynn. As time went on, he noticed a change in King Varian whenever he was around Lady Katrana Prestor. King Varian that returned became more frivolous, uninterested in matters of state, and deferred to Lady Katrana's judgments on rulings that would have in the past, offended the king's sense of honor. Changes that even the young Prince Anduin Wrynn noticed as well.[18] Although these changes are new in the returned Varian, it was clear that the returned king still harbored an undeniable love for his son. Under Prince Anduin's insistence, Bolvar investigated the circumstances of King Varian's abduction.[19] Aside from his investigation, Bolvar also had to keep Prince Anduin safe and tried to keep the kingdom and the Alliance from falling apart from Lady Katrana's harmful advice.

One day, in Stormwind City, King Magni Bronzebeard was on a visit and was discussing war plans against the orcs and Dark Iron dwarves with King "Varian" and Bolvar Fordragon. However, Varian Wrynn was counseled by Lady Katrana Prestor to not send troops to help the dwarves fight against the dark irons, who have recently taken Thandol Span. King Magni left disappointed in Varian's subservience to Lady Prestor's wishes and his dishonorable demeanor.[20] Bolvar tried to keep relations with King Magni amicable by explaining to him that he could not understand how Thandol Span had fallen as he thought he had ordered a contingent of reinforcements to the area. It was only until Lady Katrana chimed in that she revealed that she had rescinded his orders.[21]

The Highlord continued to watch over Prince Anduin until Marshal Windsor returned to the keep with another King Varian named "Lo'Gosh". Marshal Windsor revealed Lady Katrana to be the broodmother Onyxia. With Onyxia's ruse uncovered, several Stormwind Guards transformed into dragonspawn to defend their matriarch; leading to a fight in Stormwind Keep. Anduin, who heard the commotion, ran off to investigate the ruckus. Highlord Bolvar followed in pursuit and joined the battle to secure the keep. The heroes of the Alliance managed to secure the keep but unfortunately, Onyxia got away with Prince Anduin as a hostage.[22] The two King Varians, whom Bolvar noticed had certain parts of the original King Varian's personality, left Bolvar in charge of Stormwind while they led an army to slay Onyxia and rescue the prince.[23]

Wrath of the Lich King

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Bolvar at Fordragon Hold.

Bolvar at the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate.

Bolvar and Dranosh fought together against the Scourge in the Wrathgate.

Upon Varian's return, Bolvar aided in the defense of Stormwind against a surprise Scourge attack, and afterwards led the armies of the Alliance to Northrend, where he aids Alliance players in defeating the lich Thel'zan the Duskbringer.[24] In a bold maneuver, his forces laid siege to Angrathar the Wrathgate, the rear entrance to the dread Icecrown Citadel. Both Bolvar and Dranosh Saurfang, commander of the Horde's Kor'kron Vanguard, confronted the Lich King himself, with both Alliance and Horde armies in the battle. During the encounter, in which Saurfang fell to Frostmourne, a plague explosion rang out among the Alliance and Horde army, and out came Grand Apothecary Putress. Announcing to the Scourge leader that the Forsaken have neither forgotten nor forgiven him, a number of catapults moved behind him and launched an unprovoked attack on both Alliance and Horde forces as well as the Scourge. Bolvar ordered his troops to fall back, but was brought down by the gas. As he gasped his last breaths, Alexstrasza the Life-Binder and her red dragons arrived and breathed cleansing flames across the battlefield, searing away the poison from the air and the plagued flesh from the bodies, leaving only charred remains.

There is a dialogue between Korialstrasz and Alexstrasza after the Wrathgate event. Due to a bug which allowed some players to speak Draconic,[25] some players were able to read and translate Alexstrasza's words:
Alexstrasza: [Draconic] They must not discover the fate of the young paladin. Not yet.

Bolvar's shield is recovered by Alliance warriors at the behest of Alexstrasza and returned to King Varian in A [74] Reborn From The Ashes. The Forsaken attack was considered by the Alliance to be outright treachery on the part of the Horde, giving King Varian — who had considered Bolvar a brother — a reason to purge the Horde from Lordaeron. Enraged, Varian led Alliance forces in a battle for the Undercity to bring Putress to justice.

Fall of the Lich King

As the forces of the Horde and Alliance made their way into Icecrown Citadel, it was revealed that Bolvar had been captured by the Scourge, having been saved by the flames of the red dragonflight which had also horrifically charred him beyond recognition.[9] He was tortured mercilessly by the Lich King. Despite the Lich King's extensive efforts to corrupt him, Bolvar refused to yield.

During the final battle with Arthas, atop Icecrown Citadel, Bolvar can be seen chained above the Frozen Throne.

Jailer of the Damned

After Arthas Menethil, the Lich King, was slain, the spirit of King Terenas warned that an uncontrolled Scourge would be all the more dangerous. For the good of Azeroth, "there must always be a Lich King." Somebody would have to take Arthas's place. Tirion Fordring took up the Helm of Domination, the crown of the Lich King, preparing to do it himself. As he did so, Bolvar intervened, calling from his seat upon the Frozen Throne, his body warped by the red dragonflight's fire. As a last act of service to Azeroth, Bolvar asked that Tirion place the Helm of Domination on his head. As the self-appointed "Jailer of the Damned," Bolvar sought to keep the Scourge under control. As Bolvar encased himself and the Frozen Throne once again in ice, he warned Tirion that no one could know what happened. Bolvar instructed Tirion to tell the world that the Lich King was dead — and that Bolvar Fordragon died with him.

While encased in ice, Bolvar bound many Scourge to his will, including the remaining Val'kyr until they were freed by Sylvanas.[26] However, the Scourge and Cult of the Damned operating in the Plaguelands are autonomous.[27] Both of these cases were a result of Bolvar struggling to control his new powers. The incident with Sylvanas, in particular, made him realize how dangerous the power of the undead was should they fall into the wrong hands, and he resolved to not only contain the Scourge but also guard against any intruders from the outside world who would try to steal their power for themselves.[28]

The only thing that Bolvar's daughter Taelia was told about her father's fate was that he gave his life to defeat the Lich King.[29]

Warlords of Draenor

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Darion Mograine traveled to alternate Draenor to find something that would allow the Ebon Blade to unlock the secrets of the Frozen Throne.[30][31]


Bolvar, the Lich King.

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Several years before the third invasion of the Burning Legion, Lyandra Sunstrider traveled to Icecrown to locate Felo'melorn and was killed by the remaining Scourge within the citadel. When a mage adventurer arrives on request of Aethas Sunreaver to locate Lyandra and Felo'melorn, Bolvar states that the mage can try to take the sword, but if they fail they too will join the Scourge.

The Lich King and the Knights of the Ebon Blade come to an agreement: the death knights will serve as the arm for his vengeance against the Legion, and in return, he will keep the Scourge contained in Northrend and help the death knights locate powerful weapons to combat the demonic invasion. Bolvar directs death knights to Apocalypse and the Maw of the Damned, but is heavily involved in the Blades of the Fallen Prince. Calling a champion of the death knights to Icecrown, he has the champion gather the shards of Frostmourne, defeat tortured souls that remained within the shards and reforge them into two new blades. As one final test, the champion must enter the blades and quell the darkness inside. Within the shards of Frostmourne, echoes of Ner'zhul and Arthas can be found with Ner'zhul tempting Arthas to take up Frostmourne.

As each of the three artifacts are obtained, Bolvar brings the death knights to the Frozen Throne and bestows his blessing upon them. Under Bolvar's orders, the Ebon Blade are to follow the artifact wielders' orders as if they were his own.

The Lich King exclaims that the greatest heroes of Azeroth have gathered to face the Burning Legion. Of course heroes that stand alone against this threat will not save Azeroth for salvation will come at a price that the living could not pay. He thought of planning to recreate the Four Horsemen for their own to stand against the Legion. The first among them is Nazgrim, the fallen general of the Horde. Followed by Thoras Trollbane upon the cliffs of Arathor in the fallen kingdom of Stromgarde, for his prowess strength in battle was without rival and shall be even more powerful in undeath. Then High Inquisitor Whitemane to his knowledge was a priest whose personal tragedy forged an intense connection with the Light and her zealous power of will is necessary to strengthen the bond of the Four. Yet, there was one who needed to be appointed for the crucial role: someone to lead. Without a leader, there will be no unity among the Four. The Deathlord, Darion, and the three horsemen travel to Light's Hope Chapel to recover the body of Tirion Fordring who had recently fell in action and brought to the tomb underneath the chapel. In the end they failed and with Darion's sacrifice he opened a Death Gate back to Acherus. The Lich King has decided that fate of the deeds of his father come to fruition for he has sacrificed more for the Ebon Blade than any other. The Four Horsemen were assembled with Darion leading them.


A projection of Bolvar atop Acherus.

The Deathlord returned to Icecrown to claim Rimefang's Harness, but the Lich King explained that invading vrykul were trying to use it to bind frost wyrms to their will. He ordered the Deathlord to slay them in his name.

Atop of Acherus, he tells the Deathlord that the Helm of Domination showed him many things that he could not comprehend. In a vision he saw thousands of undead marching to the far reaches of Northrend in search of a great power. Every time he reached out through the cold tendrils of endless ice, he sensed nothing. He then tells the Deathlord to go to the end reaches of Icecrown to be shown of what he saw. Once there, he described it as the undead swarming across an icy shelf, seeking a prize coveted by Arthas: the bones of a dragon most ancient, and powerful beyond reckoning. Yet all that remains here is the sea, and he doesn't sense any trace of undead in the area. Curious, he told the Deathlord to go seek out the dragons that reside at Wyrmrest Temple; the bronze dragon Trizormu. After strangulating the dragon, Tariolstrasz of the red dragonflight hurls the Deathlord out of Wyrmrest. The Lich King then says that dragonflight knows something, for they kept secrets within the Ruby Sanctum. He proclaimed to the Deathlord either spare the dragons, or slay them. If you do kill them all, he mentions to you that you are empty inside just like him.

The red dragon named Kyranastrasz fell doing battle with "a great corruption" on an iceberg to the north. The Lich King tells the Deathlord to find it and consume this life essence, blight it, and raise it into undeath. He comments when the Deathlord arrives at the Lost Glacier that their supplies have likely frozen. Interestingly enough, he senses feral undead buried in the ice and declares it is time to test the Deathlord's will. He warns that should the Deathlord fail to survive that he shall claim Acherus as his own, though while Arthas may have sought revenge on the citadel, Bolvar has other plans. Upon arriving at Kyranastrasz' Rest, the Deathlord approached the corpse of the ancient dragon on the hilltop and felt as though it reminded them of something that's happened in the past. They then raised it and claimed it as their own.[32]

Battle for Azeroth

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Vol'jin, the late Warchief of the Horde, sought to find out who had told him on his deathbed to name Sylvanas the new warchief. He had come to believe it was not the loa that did so but in fact something darker and stronger. Vol'jin, Baine Bloodhoof, Talanji, and a Horde adventurer traveled to the Frozen Throne to confront the Lich King about it. The Lich King told Vol'jin that he was not responsible and that Sylvanas was upsetting the balance of life and death. Furthermore, the Lich King informed Vol'jin that he had been altered more than he realized and that as neither undead nor damned he did not belong in the Frozen Throne. The Lich King sent ghouls after them, forcing them to flee.[33]

Throughout the Fourth War, Bolvar had the Four Horsemen acquire fallen champions of both the Horde and Alliance,[10] and following its completion raised a new generation of death knights as his champions. He formally told these death knights that it was their burden and privilege to defend Azeroth while being forced to endure the scorn of the ignorant. He then ordered them to speak with Darion Mograine and use his death gate to travel to the land of the living in order to choose their destiny.[34]

Bolvar after he was defeated by Sylvanas.

Bolvar atop Icecrown Citadel.

We Ride Forth

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Believing that Sylvanas Windrunner would seek to become the Lich King, Bolvar employed a daring gambit. He deceived the Four Horsemen into thinking that he had fallen under the dark powers of the Lich King so that when Sylvanas inevitably confronted him, the horsemen would arrive soon after and finish off the winner. When Darion prematurely attempted to kill him, Bolvar forcibly controlled the former's body and made him return to Acherus: The Ebon Hold, while taunting him about requiring his fellow horsemen. As he anticipated, Darion rallied his fellow horsemen for battle, while he was confronted by Sylvanas. Unbeknownst to Bolvar, the horsemen were able to use their connection with him to witness him fighting Sylvanas, and subsequently learn about his gambit.[10]


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Despite tapping into the Helm's power and attempting to use abilities such as [Remorseless Winter] as well as saronite spikes to destroy Sylvanas during their confrontation, neither Bolvar nor the Scourge forces he had slowly gathered to Icecrown were enough to stop her. After winning the battle, Sylvanas took the Helm of Domination, causing Bolvar to remark that it would be her prison as he assumed she intended to don it and become the lord of the Scourge. However, Sylvanas countered that the world itself was a prison and split the helm in two—thereby piercing the veil between Azeroth and the Shadowlands—after which she declared that she would set everyone free.[35] Sylvanas' actions have brought about a series of events that threaten to upset the cosmic balance between life and death;[36] however, Bolvar believes that the denizens of the Shadowlands are the key to restoring this balance.[37]

Following his defeat, Nazgrim and Whitemane brought Bolvar to Acherus: The Ebon Hold.[38] Bolvar's daughter Taelia learned that he was still alive and that he had, until now, been the Lich King. Though angry that no one had told her, she vowed to join her father's side.

After the rift between the Shadowlands and Azeroth was opened, members of the Alliance and Horde were called to Icecrown Citadel. Aboard the Acherus necropolis, they and Lord Darion Mograine went atop the Citadel where the rest of the Knights of the Ebon Blade and their leader, Highlord Bolvar Fordragon, were waiting. The Highlord explained how dire the situation was and directed the adventurers to use the shattered fragments of the Helm of Domination to conjure a portal into the forbidden depths of the Maw.[39] Bolvar later managed to travel to Oribos, alongside Darion and other Ebon Blade death knights.[1]

Taelia later reunited with Bolvar in Oribos and pleaded for him to use the Helm to seek out his old ward Anduin as well as their other allies, who had been captured by Sylvanas within the Maw. Despite his initial reluctance, as such attempts seemed to be costly and dangerous, Bolvar was eventually moved by his daughter's repeated pleas, and he agreed to honor the request of his "Shining Star".[40] He subsequently was deeply troubled by the vision he expressed, though declared that they must not give up hope.[41]

Bolvar personally directed the efforts to rescue the captured leaders from Torghast, Tower of the Damned, and had adventurers turn to Ve'nari for aid.[42] After they returned with Baine Bloodhoof, Bolvar remarked on their bravery but warned that it was only the beginning.[43] He then implored them to return to Torghast in order to discover information in regards to the whereabouts of the others. After they returned with  [Soul-Touched Key], Bolvar remarked that the presence was familiar, and believed that the holder of the key may have been involved in the capture of Jaina Proudmoore.[44] After concluding his research, he confirmed that Jaina was being held within the tower, and then had them rescue souls and acquire objects from brokers Ve'ken and Ve'nott in order to obtain information for the search for Jaina.[45][46]

With all the information in hand, he had pinpointed Jaina's location and sent his allies to rescue her.[47] With Jaina safely in Oribos, Bolvar turned his attention to Thrall and Anduin. Thus, he sought to discover if the other captives had seen their whereabouts. Though heartened to learn that Thrall still lived, he feared for Anduin and declared that "Darkness hungers for his soul."[48] He then directed the rescue of Thrall; however, he warned that each time he gazed into Torghast, he sensed malevolent eyes staring back. Despite the growing risk, he knew that they could not relent.[49]

Though Baine, Jaina, and Thrall had been liberated, Bolvar was of the opinion that the Jailer holding any hero of Azeroth meant he had power over all of them. Thus, he sought clues to Anduin's location, and though they found signs of Anduin's presence, they did not find Anduin himself.[50] Fearing that they could spend a lifetime searching the tower's endless corridors to no avail, Bolvar knew the best chance to find Anduin was to peer into Torghast with the helm once more. After discovering that Sylvanas and the Jailer intended to turn Anduin into a weapon, Bolvar warned that they must be careful in their rescue efforts, as the Jailer may discard Anduin if he believed his prize was in jeopardy.[51]

Following the defeat of Sire Denathrius, an ally of the Jailer, Bolvar felt a darkness calling to him within Torghast.[52] By focusing his mind, Bolvar was able to learn that a new mourneblade was being forged within the tower. Though Calia was worried over the effects that peering within Torghast would have on him, Bolvar declared that they must know the truth. He and his allies thus learned that the Jailer had decided that, regardless of Anduin's choice, he would be turned to their side, a task left to Sylvanas. Though the vision ended on an ambiguous note as to whether Slyvanas would respect Anduin's refusal or forcefully convert him, Bolvar declared it dire news,[53] thus suggesting that Bolvar felt Sylvanas would turn Anduin by force.

As Bolvar told his allies that the link was severed, the Jailer, through the Helm of Domination, attempted to turn Bolvar into his service.[54] While Jaina and the Maw Walker were able to severe the connection, the Jailer revealed that the Lich King was always meant to herald his coming, and declared Bolvar and his predecessors were failures for their defiance of him. After thanking his allies, Bolvar agreed with Jaina's assessment the Jailer would use their knowledge of Anduin's fate against them. Though Baine called for an outright attack on Torghast to rescue Anduin, Bolvar agreed with Thrall's and Jaina's decision to hold back and rally the covenants. He thus implored the Maw Walker to continue their efforts and declared that when the time came, they would claim victory.[55]

Chains of Domination

After the Archon was attacked and her sigil stolen by the Jailer via the dominated Anduin, Bolvar called upon the Maw Walker to inform them of what had occurred.[56] In response Bolvar joined the covenant leaders ( the Archon, the Winter Queen, Draka, and Prince Renathal) in the the Arbiter's chambers.[57] During this meeting Bolvar and the other leaders vowed to stand as one and defend the Jailer's next target: Ardenweald.[58]

As the covenants rallied together to defend Ardenweald from Sylvanas and the Mawsworn, Bolvar joined the assault and ordered Darion Mograine and the Knights of the Ebon Blade to defend Oribos in his absence. During the battle the Winter Queen deceived Sylvanas into thinking that her sigil was with her,[59] when in reality she had placed it within the Heart of the Forest. However, Bolvar and Jaina discovered that this deception ultimately failed as the mind-controlled Anduin claimed the sigil.[60] After returning to Oribos, Bolvar declared that they must launch a counter-attack before the Mawsworn could strike again.[61] Agreeing with his proposal, Tal-Inara declared that they must open a gateway to the Maw, and to that end directed the Maw Walker with returning to the Maw and discovering a second waystone in order to establish the connection.[62][63]

After the Maw Walker successfully connected Korthia to Oribos, Bolvar and the Death's Advance entered and established themselves at Keeper's Respite.[64] Bolvar then directed the Maw Walker with collecting information from the scouts and heeding the call of their allies, in order to see no stone is left unturned and no ally of the Jailer left alive.[65][66]

After the Eye of the Jailer was driven out of the Maw by the Maw Walker and Danica the Reclaimer, they reported directly to Bolvar. Though he found this knowledge good, he was troubled upon learning that Helya and Vyraz were working together within Desmotaeron. In contrast to Bolvar's concern, an angered Draka swore to slay him and avenge Margrave Krexus, causing Bolvar to remark his eagerness at seeing the Maldraxxi forces in action.[67] He then directed the Maw Walker, with aiding the convents in attacking the Maw.[68]

During their travels within Korthia the Maw Walker encountered two nathrezim, Kin'tessa who deceived the Maw Walker into leading her to Fatescribe Roh-Kalo by appearing as Caretaker Kah-Than, and Azodius, who attempted to kill the Maw Walker. Though Kin'tessa was successfully able to bring the Fatescribe to the Jailer, the Maw Walker killed Azodius and brought his head to Bolvar. Bolvar was unsettled and confused to learn that agents of the Burning Legion such as the Nathrezim were within Korthia and working for the Jailer. After remarking on how the dreadlords were masters of infiltration and illusion, Bolvar declared that their forces must remain vigilant and warned the Maw Walker to stay alert, as the nathrezim could be anywhere.[69]

After Tal-Galan, Bonesmith Heirmir and the Maw Walker recovered the Sigil of the Primus, they turned to Bolvar to see if he could recognize the magic bound within it. To Bolvar's surprise, he recognized the magic as coming from Torghast, Tower of the Damned, and thus implored the Maw Walker to bring the sigil to the Runecarver.[70] The following sequence of events restored the Runecarver's shattered memories, restoring to him his identity as the Primus, and led to a brief battle with Zovaal and the Mawsworn that ultimately ended with Zovaal claiming the Primus' sigil.[71] After the Primus ventured to Korthia, Bolvar turned to him to set their course against the Jailer and was informed that Zovaal must be faced within his sanctum, but that a wise strategist always prepares contingencies. Thus Bolvar further informed that should the mortals fail to stop the Jailer, then the covenants must remember its purpose, find its future, and forge new sigils that could be used to pursue Zovaal, should the assault fail. Bolvar was then ordered to send words to his allies within Oribos, that they must defend the Arbiter's sigil at all cost.[72]

After Thenios confided to Bolvar his belief that Uther the Lightbringer may never heal due to missing a fragment of his soul, as a result Frostmourne killing him, Bolvar revealed that he had seen visions of where such vessels were kept. Furthermore, Bolvar warned that retrieving it will prove perilous, as the Jailer kept his treasures well guarded.[73] To that end, Thenios turned to the Maw Walker for aid, which started the series of events that ended with Uther restored and the Kyrian sigil being restored.[74]

Having taken the Primus' words to heart, Bolvar called upon the Maw Walker and their allies to invade the Sanctum of Domination, defeat Sylvanas Windrunner, and save Anduin Wrynn. When they did so, Bolvar joined them in the conflict. Despite defeating the likes of the The Nine and Kel'Thuzad, Sylvanas was able to stall them long enough for the Jailer to absorb the essence of the Arbiter into his being. Bolvar was then briefly controlled by Zovaal through the use of Domination magic before he was released after Sylvanas, who realized that the Jailer never intended to not to break the system of Death and give everyone free will as she had believed, but to forge a new reality where all would be forced to serve him, attacked him. In response, Zovaal reunited Sylvanas with the missing fragment of her soul before leaving with the mind-controlled Anduin, and thus allowing Bolvar and his allies to imprison Sylvanas.[75] In the aftermath, Bolvar lamented that the Jailer had succeeded, still had Anduin by his side, and prayed that the now captive Sylvanas had the knowledge that could give them the edge in stopping the Jailer.[76]


  • Spell holy summonchampion.png  Fordragon's Resolve — Increases melee, ranged, and spell casting speed by 35% for all party members. Lasts 30 seconds. 
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  • Ability warrior cleave.png  Cleave — Inflicts Physical damage to an enemy and its nearest allies, affecting up to 3 targets. 
  • Spell holy sealofmight.png  Highlord's Justice — Stuns nearby enemies, rendering them unable to move or attack for 5 sec. 
  • Ability warrior shieldwall.png  Shield Wall — Reduces the Physical and magical damage taken by the caster by 75% for 5 sec. 


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  1. A [15-30] To Fordragon Hold! Activequest
  2. A [15-30] Audience With The Dragon Queen Availablequest
  3. A [15-30] Return To Angrathar Activequest
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After suffering betrayal at the doorstep of his nemesis, a brave paladin was reborn in the searing heat of enchanted dragon flames. No longer fit to dwell among the living, alone he shall endure as the steward of a misbegotten throng.[77]

In the Trading Card Game

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"Today, we celebrate this glorious victory!" [78]

World of Warcraft

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Stormwind Keep


I am Bolvar Fordragon, Highlord of Stormwind.

Main article: The Great Masquerade#Notes

Wrath of the Lich King

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Main article: An End And A Beginning#Notes

Valiance Keep monument of Varian Wrynn.


Our efforts in Lordaeron have been all for naught. Despite numerous setbacks, the Scourge remain unfazed. We must cut them off at the source.

The time draws near to sail for Northrend. I don't know what awaits us; only that our enemies are numerous and are eager for our slaughter.

But we cannot pursue any other path in good conscience. Azeroth depends on our vigilance.

Varian monument in Valiance Keep

In tribute to King Varian Wrynn
known to some as LO'GOSH the "Ghost Wolf"

His miraculous return from long years of exile and hardship has ignited a new fire of spirit and courage within the Alliance.

We shall march boldly into these perilous lands holding his valor and his tenacity in our hearts.

- Highlord Bolvar Fordragon

Battle of Angrathar the Wrath Gate

Main article: Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate#Transcript

Icecrown Citadel

Main article: Light's Hammer#Quotes
Main article: Lich King (tactics)#Quotes


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Oribos gossip at arrival
The living do not belong in the Shadowlands. Tread carefully, and do not trust all that you perceive.
Oribos gossip during introductory questline
The Shadowlands was never meant for mortal eyes.
Do not trust your perceptions. And be wary.
Always wary.
Oribos gossip after Jailer's Grasp
We know the Jailer is watching us. And that he has Anduin.
Our only hope is for you and other heroes to make the covenants strong, <name>.
The day will soon come that the Jailer and Sylvanas reveal the next phase of their plan.
When they do, it will require all our strength to overcome them.

In the RPG

Bolvar in the Alliance Player's Guide RPG book.

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Lord Bolvar Fordragon is as stalwart and loyal of a soldier as they come, perhaps to a fault. While he does his best to look after Stormwind's interests, he seems to have fallen under the charm of the alluring Lady Katrana Prestor, much like many others in the kingdom. By deferring to her judgment, he has allowed for some crucial gaps in the defenses of human-controlled territory.[79]

Lady Katrana Prestor and Lord Bolvar Fordragon serve as the king's main advisors, and they pretty much call the shots. Bolvar is a good man, and a damn good fighter. The thing is, he is not one to insult the judgment of an "educated" lady like Katrana Prestor. That is a problem, because it seems like her advice is pretty much the exact opposite of anything a logical person with half a brain would come up with.[80] For whatever reason she has managed to keep both King Anduin Wrynn and Lord Bolvar following her directions, and some of them are clearly nonsense.[81]

Bolvar leads his troops well, and he is a great boon to Alliance forces when he is out in the field. He is one of the few who is aware that the true king of Stormwind, Varian Wrynn, is probably alive—and missing. This is one of the justifications for keeping most of Stormwind's army centralized; Katrana has convinced Bolvar that the boy King, Anduin, will be the next target of whoever captured or killed the real King on his diplomatic mission. It is suspected that Varian was captured because his trip to Theramore signified an effort to make peace with the Horde, and a number of forces wish the fighting between the Alliance and the Horde to continue.[79]

In his RPG art, Bolvar is seen with the Lordaeron symbol, hinting he might come from that kingdom.

In the TCG

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Highlord Bolvar Fordragon is featured in the TCG set Servants of the Betrayer. The card image shows him fighting Onyxia's Elite Guards. He is also featured in the Wrathgate set.

He is also quoted on the "Order Must Be Restored" card.

In Hearthstone

Hearthstone This section contains information exclusive to Hearthstone and is considered non-canon.

Bolvar appear as a legendary card for the paladin class in the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion for Hearthstone. His flavor text reads: "Spoiler alert: Bolvar gets melted and then sits on an ice throne and everyone forgets about him."

He reappears in the Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion as the legendary paladin card Bolvar, Fireblood. His flavor text reads: "He's so hot right now."

Notes and trivia



Patch changes

  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Relocated to Fordragon Hold with a new model; replaced by Varian Wrynn as faction leader.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Updated for level 70.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13): Racial "Leaders" have been strengthened, and are now worth slightly less honor.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.5.0 (2005-06-07):
    • Highlord Bolvar Fordragon should no longer despawn when "The Great Masquerade" is activated.
    • Highlord Bolvar Fordragon is once again the Stormwind faction leader.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.1 (2005-05-05):
    • Archbishop Benedictus staged a temporary coup, and has taken the title of NPC leader of Stormwind City from Highlord Bolvar! Horde seeking to take out the leader of Stormwind should focus their efforts on Archbishop Benedictus for the duration. These changes will remain until the next content patch, when Highlord Bolvar reclaims his rightful throne:
    • Highlord Bolvar should be respawning between 5 and 8 minutes.
    • Bolvar will give no contribution points.

See also


  1. ^ a b N [54] The Maw
  2. ^ WoW TCG Card from BlizzCon 2010
  3. ^ Highlord Bolvar Fordragon
  4. ^ A [15-30] An End And A Beginning
  5. ^ Light's Hammer#Quotes
  6. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 115
  7. ^ a b c A [50] A Nation United
  8. ^ The Art of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, pg. 5
  9. ^ a b c Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 55, 73
  10. ^ a b c We Ride Forth
  11. ^ World of Warcraft manual, pg 170
  12. ^ A [54] The True Masters
  13. ^ A [54] The True Masters
  14. ^ A [37] Warn Bolvar!
  15. ^ A [54D] Abandoned Hope
  16. ^ A [60R] The Great Masquerade
  17. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3
  18. ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic, Issue 8: The Return
  19. ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic, Issue 11: Descent
  20. ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic, Issue 9: Through the Mirror Darkly
  21. ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic, Issue 10: Last of the Line
  22. ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic, Issue 12: The Enemy Revealed
  23. ^ World of Warcraft: The Comic, Issue 13: Flashback
  24. ^ A [15-30] An End And A Beginning
  25. ^ Hecht, Eliah 2008-10-15. Shadow Council gnome rogues learn Draconic. Retrieved on 2010-01-12.
  26. ^ Edge of Night
  27. ^ Chris Metzen on the BlizzCon 2011: Lore Q&A Liveblog
  28. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 190
  29. ^ A [10-50] The Old Knight
  30. ^ N [40H] Shadowy Secrets
  31. ^ N [40] Secrets of Soulbinding
  32. ^ N Death Knight [45] The Lost Glacier
  33. ^ H [50] Jailor of the Damned
  34. ^ B Death Knight [8-30] Defender of Azeroth
  35. ^ World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Cinematic Trailer
  36. ^ Blizzard Press Center - Shadowlands
  37. ^ World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Features Overview
  38. ^ Shadowlands: Dark Abduction
  39. ^
  40. ^ N [55] Request of the Highlord
  41. ^ N [55] A Glimpse into Darkness
  42. ^ N [60] Into Torghast
  43. ^ N [60] The Search for Baine
  44. ^ N [60] Explore Torghast
  45. ^ N [60] Remnants of Hope
  46. ^ N [60] Information for a Price
  47. ^ N [60] Torment Chamber: Jaina
  48. ^ N [60] Finding a Witness
  49. ^ N [60] Torment Chamber: Thrall
  50. ^ N [60] Signs of the Lion
  51. ^ N [60] The Captive King
  52. ^ N [60] An Echo in the Darkness
  53. ^ N [60] The Highlord's Vision
  54. ^ N [60] A Mourneblade Born
  55. ^ N [60] The Jailer's Grasp
  56. ^ N [60] The First Move
  57. ^ N [60] A Gathering of Covenants
  58. ^ N [60] Voices of the Eternal
  59. ^ N [60] The Battle of Ardenweald
  60. ^ N [60] The Heart of Ardenweald
  61. ^ N [60] Report to Oribos
  62. ^ N [60] Opening the Maw
  63. ^ N [60] Link to the Maw
  64. ^ N [60] Opening to Oribos
  65. ^ N [60] Surveying Secrets
  66. ^ N [60] In Need of Assistance
  67. ^ N [60] Good News, Everyone!
  68. ^ N [60] Good News, Everyone!
  69. ^ N [60] They Could Be Anyone
  70. ^ N [60] Into the Vault
  71. ^ N [60] Untangling the Sigil
  72. ^ N [60] The Primus Returns
  73. ^ N [60] A Paladin's Soul
  74. ^ N [60] New Sigil of the Kyrian
  75. ^ Sylvanas Windrunner (tactics)#Cinematic
  76. ^ N [60] Storming the Sanctum
  77. ^ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm - Your Fortune Awaits. Archived from the original on 2010-12-30.
  78. ^ World of Warcraft Trading Card Game: Through the Dark Portal. Blizzard Entertainment. 136: Cannibalize.
  79. ^ a b Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 163
  80. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 162
  81. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 177
  82. ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Issue 3, pg. 32
  83. ^ N [40H] Shadowy Secrets
  84. ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm
  85. ^ Death Rising
  86. ^ Bishop Farthing's gossip "Rumors, child. Rumors have a way of attaching themselves to people of power. In fact, I recently heard a particularly nasty one about the late lord Bolvar."
  87. ^ N Mage [10-45] The Path of Atonement

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Preceded by:
Arthas Menethil
Lich King of the Scourge (alone)
Succeeded by:
None (position abolished)
Preceded by:
Varian Wrynn
(as King)
Ruler of Stormwind
(as Regent Lord to Anduin Wrynn)
Succeeded by:
Varian Wrynn
(as King)
Preceded by:
Darion Mograine
Highlord of the Ebon Blade
Succeeded by: