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This article is about the character class. For the Warcraft: Orcs & Humans unit, see Cleric (Warcraft I).
Graves the Cleric

Graves the Cleric in Hearthstone.

Clerics (or clerists, also known as monks)[1] are men and women of faith that can be found all over Azeroth and beyond.

They share the same functions as the priests and chaplains in their religious institutions. Therefore, they are present in many societies and organizations, where they preach their faith, take care of the churches, listen to the confessions of the faithful, and act as protectors and healers for their allies on the battlefields.

The most experienced clerics may be recognized by the title of "High Cleric" or "High Clerist", while those delving in the secular arts are referred to as "dark clerics".

Clerics of Northshire[]

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Main article: Brotherhood of Northshire
Warcraft I - Cleric

Cleric of Northshire at the time of the First War.

Perhaps the most famous clerics are the Clerics of Northshire that existed during the First War. Their spiritual leadership keeps both the communities and the troops of their people focused upon their mission. Their ability to channel the spirit of their religion through their bodies makes them truly wondrous, and stories of their ability to heal the sick and injured, as well as being able to affect the perceptions of others, are miraculous in nature.[2]

The transgressions against humanity by the orcs forced them to devise ways to defend themselves, but their true path remained the healing of men's souls.[3] As they suffered great losses during the war, the Knights of the Silver Hand were created to defend the people as well as heal them.[4]

Following the victory of the Alliance of Lordaeron during the Second War, Archbishop Alonsus Faol of the Church of the Holy Light restored the clerical order as the "Brotherhood of Northshire".

Cleric spells included healing, far seeing, Ability mage invisibility [Invisibility], and holy lance, while some of them were warrior priests.[5]

Dark clerics[]

Main article: Cult of Forgotten Shadows

Following the Third War, the Cult of Forgotten Shadows was founded by Forsaken priests known as "Dark clerics", who found and used the teachings of Natalie Seline to create a cult which preaches about the necessity of balance between the Shadow and the Light. Since the capture and refurbishing of the Undercity, the dark clerics spread their faith through the undead lands of Lordaeron, and began to accept other races into the cult.

The cult preaches balance, mandating that their shadow priests and dark clerics must never forget the dangers of falling too deep into the dark energies they manipulate, for it is often too hard to find one's way back to the Shadow from the deep reaches of the darkness.[6]

Notable clerics[]

Main article: Clerics (category)
Dark Cleric Ismantal TCG

Dark Cleric Ismantal in the TCG.

Name Role Location Status
Neutral IconSmall Human Male Abbot of Northshire Abbey Former leader of the Northshire Abbey Unknown Unknown
Alliance IconSmall Human Female Lady Mara Fordragon High Clerist of Stormwind Unknown Deceased
Neutral IconSmall Gnome Male High Cleric Alphus High Clerist of Hearthglen Hearthglen, Western Plaguelands Alive
Alliance IconSmall Draenei Male Cleric Maluuf Follower of the Alliance Commander Lunarfall, Shadowmoon Valley Alive
Alliance IconSmall KulTiran Female Cleric Loriette Priest of the Order of Embers Arom's Stand, Drustvar Alive
Horde IconSmall Forsaken Male Dark Cleric Duesten Priest of the Forgotten Shadows Deathknell, Tirisfal Glades Active
Horde IconSmall Forsaken Male Dark Cleric Beryl Priest of the Forgotten Shadows Brill, Tirisfal Glades Active
Horde IconSmall Forsaken Female Dark Cleric Cecille Priest of the Conclave Netherlight Temple Active
Horde IconSmall Forsaken Male Dark Cleric Malod Priest of the Forgotten Shadows Stair of Destiny, Hellfire Peninsula Active
Horde IconSmall Forsaken Female Dark Cleric Laresa Commander of the Kor'kron Lion's Landing, Krasarang Wilds Active
Neutral IconSmall Forsaken Male Trevor Icon-RPG Cleric of the Argent Dawn Unknown Active


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In the RPG[]

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The leader of the Holy Order of Northshire Clerics during the war was Archbishop Alonsus Faol, and his apprentice was a devout lad named Uther.[7] Dire wolves inhabit the forest near northern Duskwood, although the clerics and paladins of the Holy Light attempt to keep their numbers down.[8]

The Forsaken have dark clerics who like most Forsaken have turned their abilities towards the Forgotten Shadow. They act as pillars of society, like most priests, offering atonement and comfort for those seeking help. Dark clerics are likely equivalent to the dark priests, which are like archbishops ruling over wide territories of the cult of the Forgotten Shadow.[9]


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