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Image of Caelestrasz
Gender Male
Race Red dragon (Dragonkin)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Red dragonflight
Location Various
Status Alive (WoW)
Deceased (lore)[1]
Relative(s) Alexstrasza (mother),
Vaelastrasz (brother),
Ysera (aunt),
Merithra (cousin),
Dralad (uncle)
father unknown[2][3]

Caelestrasz (Calen in his night elf guise) was an ancient red dragon and a child of Alexstrasza. He waits in the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj in the form of a night elf, taken captive by the Qiraji alongside Arygos and Merithra. He later reappears in Cataclysm helping Alexstrasza in her battle against Deathwing.


War of the Shifting Sands[]

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When the Qiraji started their first invasion of Kalimdor, Anachronos agreed to enlist the bronze dragonflight against the marauding Qiraji with the night elves. Even with the might of the dragons backing them, however, the sheer numbers of the Qiraji and silithid proved overwhelming. And so Anachronos called upon the progeny of the remaining flights, including Caelestrasz of the red dragonflight.

World of Warcraft[]

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The Dragons fly into battle.

Caelestrasz, along with Arygos and Merithra, pushed the Qiraji back into Ahn'Qiraj to allow Anachronos, Fandral Staghelm, and the night elves to create a magical barrier to hold in the Qiraji. The three dragons and their companions flew headlong into the Qiraji legions, into the city where they hoped their sacrifice would not be in vain. Though the magical barrier was created, the three dragons were lost within the walls, where they still remain today, in humanoid form, as prisoners of the Old God C'Thun.

Twilight Highlands[]

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Calen facing Deathwing

Calen facing Deathwing.

Caelestrasz, in his night elf guise Calen, reappears outside Grim Batol along with Lirastrasza and Alexstrasza.

In the Twilight Highlands, Alexstrasza confronts Deathwing. After several minutes of battle, Deathwing and Alexstrasza fall from the top of the mountain towards the ground, clutched tightly in each others' claws, determined to destroy each other. Calen and the player fly in pursuit. Alexstrasza, exhausted and gravely injured, is reduced to mortal form and lays on the ground halfway down the mountain. Deathwing continues to fall beyond the crest ouf the mountain, out of sight. Calen (who likewise takes elven form), the player and the player's drake race to the dragon queen's side. Like a phantom, Deathwing rises up, his gigantic form casting a shadow over the land. Deathwing sets the ground at his feet aflame, glowering over the group. Calen runs back to put himself between his queen and Deathwing. You throw Alexstrasza's body over your mounts back and take her to safety. Calen takes his true form again, and your drake launches you in the air, flying away with all haste despite Alexstrasza's protests. Calen, while gigantic by mortal standards, is completely dwarfed by the Black Aspect. Realizing he can't stand a chance against Deathwing, he shoots a fireball or two at him, darting back and forth to distract him and keep him from pursuing you.[4]

Bastion of Twilight[]

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Calen also appears in his night elf guise during the Sinestra encounter, the heroic only final boss of the Bastion of Twilight. In this fight, he does battle with Sinestra, only to lose his life in the process. Upon dying, he grants the raid a 3 minute buff, granting 100% additional haste.[5]


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Temple of Ahn'Qiraj 63 1,924,200
Twilight Highlands ?? 4,792,200
Bastion of Twilight ?? 2,396,250



Calen in the Twilight Highlands.

Temple of Ahn'Qiraj[]

Twilight Highlands[]


World of Warcraft[]

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N [60] A Pawn on the Eternal Board[]

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Do not forget the sacrifices we made on this day, night elf. We have all suffered immensely at the hands of these beasts.
Alexstrasza grant me the resolve to drive our enemies back!

Inside of Temple of Ahn'Qiraj[]

C'Thun alive
Even if you somehow manage to free us without defeating C'Thun, we would focus all our powers to see the beast banished back to the hell from whence it came - AT ANY COST.
C'Thun defeated
Our freedom would have meant nothing if C'Thun had survived. You are truly a champion of prophecy.


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Main article: Enter the Dragon Queen#Notes
Main article: Battle of Life and Death#Notes
Main article: Sinestra (tactics)#Quotes
Vermillion Redoubt gossip

Deathwing has returned. He's seized Grim Batol and much of the Highlands, and I feel near powerless to stop him.

Soon, our queen shall arrive, and together we shall put the once Earthwarder in his place.


  • Calen is voiced by Sam Riegel in Cataclysm.
  • Blizzard originally planned for Korialstrasz to be the red dragon that aided players in the battle against Sinestra in the Bastion of Twilight and sacrificed himself to ensure victory. It would've made a lot of sense for Krasus to be present given his history with Sinestra, and since he was an important, recognizable character, his sacrifice would have had meaningful impact. However, Blizzard eventually realized that Krasus was slated to die in the not-yet-released Twilight of the Aspects, and so they used Caelestrasz instead.[6]


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Temple of Ahn'Qiraj Twilight Highlands Bastion of Twilight