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BossEmperor Dagran Thaurissan
Image of Emperor Dagran Thaurissan
Title Emperor of Blackrock,
Lord of the Blackrock Mountains[1]
Gender Male
Race Dark Iron dwarf (Humanoid)
Level 20-30 Elite
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Dark Iron clan, Ragnaros the Firelord
Occupation Emperor of Blackrock, Master of the Dark Iron clan
Location The Imperial Seat
Status Deceased (lore)[2]
Killable (Wow)
Relative(s) Thaurissan, Modgud (ancestors), Moira Bronzebeard (wife), Dagran Thaurissan II (son), Eimear & Magni Bronzebeard (parents-in-law)
Blackrock Depths
Detention Block

High Interrogator Gerstahn


Halls of the Law

Lord Roccor
Houndmaster Grebmar


Ring of Law (Arena)

Gorosh the Dervish
Hedrum the Creeper
Ok'thor the Breaker
Theldren & Company


Outer Blackrock Depths

Pyromancer Loregrain
Warder Stilgiss & Verek
Watchman Doomgrip
Fineous Darkvire
Lord Incendius
General Angerforge
Golem Lord Argelmach


Grim Guzzler

Ribbly Screwspigot
Hurley Blackbreath
Plugger Spazzring
Coren Direbrew (Brewfest, summoned)


Inner Blackrock Depths

Ambassador Flamelash
Panzor the Invincible
The Seven
High Priestess of Thaurissan
Princess Moira Bronzebeard
Emperor Dagran Thaurissan


"Now prepare to meet your doom at the hands of Ragnaros' most powerful servant."
Bronzebeard family tree

Family tree.

Emperor Dagran Thaurissan was the Emperor of the Dark Iron clan, along with his wife, Moira Thaurissan, the estranged daughter of King Magni Bronzebeard. He is notorious for pledging the Dark Iron clan in service to the elemental lord Ragnaros, who his ancestor, Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan, successfully summoned to the mortal plane. His allegiance to the Firelord led to his eventual downfall when he was killed by forces of the Alliance sent by Magni.[2]

He was succeeded by Moira, who rules until their son, Dagran Thaurissan II, is of age to take over the leadership of not only the Dark Irons, but of Ironforge itself.[3]


Emperor Dagran Thaurissan, a direct descendant of Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan and Modgud, ruled the Dark Iron clan with a combination of charisma, sorcery and iron will. The Emperor ruled his people not from the city founded by (and named for) his ancestor, but rather from the depths of Blackrock Mountain near the entrance to Ragnaros's domain, the Molten Core. The Emperor's Dark Irons swarmed the depths of Blackrock Mountain, and have also been seen in the Searing Gorge to the north and the Burning Steppes to the south. Even as the leader of his clan, he was, like all Dark Iron dwarves, a servant of Ragnaros.[4] However, while Thaurissan delighted in the power that Ragnaros had bestowed upon him he bristled at his servitude to the Firelord. When Ragnaros ordered Thaurissan to prepare the Dark Irons for a new war, the emperor was overjoyed. He had long dreamed of conquering the other dwarf clans, not only to rule over them but also to wield their combined power to break free of the Firelord's control.[5]

The Emperor kidnapped King Magni Bronzebeard's daughter, Princess Moira Bronzebeard, intending to use her as a hostage of last resort once war began. He believed that Magni would never consider assaulting Blackrock Mountain if it meant putting Moira in harm's way. Thaurissan found himself falling in love with Moira; she had a sharp wit and strong will, and was not intimidated in the slightest by her predicament. The two dwarves began to speak at length about their hopes for the future, and Thaurissan confided in Moira that he wanted to free his people from enslavement and was willing to do anything to achieve that.[5] Moira, too, soon fell in love with him because he treated her with the respect due her position, and even kindness and affection. She became pregnant with his child, who is half Bronzebeard dwarf and half Dark Iron dwarf, and the heir to both thrones of Shadowforge and Ironforge.

Dagran wielded the legendary hammer Spell frost frostbrand [Ironfoe], but not by legitimate means. The hammer's hereditary owner, Reginald Windsor was captured and imprisoned by the Dark Irons, his weapon claimed by Dagran.

He also sent his emissaries and agents to the gnomish capital of Gnomeregan, apparently in an effort to back the self-proclaimed ruler of Gnomeregan, Sicco Thermaplugg.[6]

King Magni Bronzebeard sent a team to kill Emperor Thaurissan, and retrieve the previously thought to be ensorcelled Moira back to Ironforge. Yet Moira refused to come home and announced that she was pregnant, and that the death of her husband has left a terrible, fiery rage within her heart.[7]

Adventure Guide[]

Emperor Dagran Thaurissan rules alongside Princess Moira of the rival Bronzebeard clan. Debate rages over whether the emperor ensorcelled his bride or she willingly joined him. Whatever the truth, Thaurissan's continued presence bodes ill for the future of his clan. So long as he lives, the Dark Irons will remain pawns of Ragnaros, and a dire threat to kingdoms throughout Azeroth.

In World of Warcraft[]

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Emperor Dagran Thaurissan is the final boss of the Blackrock Depths. During the battle his is assisted by either Moira Thaurissan or High Priestess of Thaurissan.


Dagran Thaurissan


Emperor Dagran Thaurissan[]

  • Spell fire incinerate Avatar of Flame — Emperor Dagran Thaurissan becomes an Avatar of Flame for 10 sec. The Avatar of Flame is immune to all magic and inflicts Fire damage whenever he strikes a player in melee combat.
  • Spell holy auraoflight Ironfoe — Emperor Dagran Thaurissan carries the mighty hammer, Ironfoe. Emperor Dagran Thaurissan's melee attacks have a chance to trigger 3 extra attacks and increase his critical strike chance by 10% for 5 sec.
  • Spell fire fireball Hand of Thaurissan — Emperor Dagran Thaurissan inflicts Fire damage to a player and stuns them for 5 sec.

Princess Moira Bronzebeard[]

  • Spell holy heal Heal Interruptible — Princess Moira Bronzebeard calls upon Holy magic to heal an ally.
  • Spell holy renew Renew Interruptible Magic Effect — Princess Moira Bronzebeard renews an ally, healing them every 3 sec. for 15 sec.
  • Spell shadow unholyfrenzy Mind Blast Interruptible — Princess Moira Bronzebeard blasts a player's mind, inflicting Shadow damage.

Prior to the Cataclysm all of the mobs in the seat of the room were aggroed with the Emperor. At low levels it was recommend that you cleared the room before engaging the boss, though high levels could easily take care of them.

In the Cataclysm[]

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Even though Dagran is deceased in lore, and all dungeons quests were revised in the Cataclysm, and so was the Blackrock Depths, Emperor Dagran Thaurissan is still alive, and along with his wife are still the final boss of the instance (since the dungeon wasn't updated story-wise as was the Shadowfang Keep). The dungeon itself was tuned for lower level players, and so was the Emperor.


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[Red Winter Hat] (during the Feast of Winter Veil)

Related achievements[]


Fighting senate
  • They were just getting in the way anyways.
  • Is that the best you can do? Do you really expect that you could defeat someone as awe inspiring as me?
  • Ha! You can't even begin to imagine the futility of your efforts.
  • Your efforts are utterly pointless, fools! You will never be able to defeat me!
After killing the Shadowforge Senate
Thank you for clearing out those foolish senators. Now prepare to meet your doom at the hands of Ragnaros' most powerful servant.
I will crush you into little tiny pieces!
Aggro (Trash mobs alive)
Come to aid the Throne!
Killing a player
Hail to the king, baby!

Notes and trivia[]

  • Thaurissan apparently sometimes holds rallies, which the entire city attends. Mayara Brightwing snuck in to the Grim Guzzler during one of these.[8]
  • Durrin Direshovel intended to send him an excavation report.
  • His killing quote is a reference to the game "Duke Nukem" and/or the movie "Army of Darkness".
  • Emperor Thaurissan appears as the third and last boss of the Blackrock Depths wing in the Blackrock Mountain adventure in Hearthstone. Defeating him awards him as a legendary card.
    • His flavor text reads "His second greatest regret is summoning an evil Firelord who enslaved his entire people." This, along with Lord Victor Nefarius saying that Thaurissan summoned Ragnaros into Azeroth, is an error on Blizzard's part, since, in fact, it was Dagran's ancestor, Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan who summoned the Firelord.



The Story of Emperor Thaurissan

Patch changes[]

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6a (2011-02-11): Nearby mobs are no longer aggroed when Dagran is attacked.


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Preceded by:
Earliest known:
Empress Zoe
Emperor of the Dark Iron Dwarves
Succeeded by:
Moira Thaurissan
(as Queen-Regent to Dagran Thaurissan II)