Dance of the Laughing Skull
Location Blade's Edge Mountains
Result Alliance Expedition victory

Alliance Expedition


Horde of Draenor

Commanders and leaders

Alliance Expedition


Horde of Draenor

  • Unknown Horde commander
Casualties and losses

Alliance Expedition

  • Moderate

Horde of Draenor

  • Heavy
Previous Alliance Siege of Vanguard
Next Alliance The Bitter Taste of Victory
Alternate level Horde The Eye of Dalaran
This article contains lore taken from Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Dance of the Laughing Skull is the eleventh mission of the Alliance campaign in Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal.

Mission briefing

You have proven your strength in battle, but none can stand against the combined might of the Horde. We of the Laughing Skull clan, however, seek advantage from the turmoil of this war. With the aid of your strongest warriors, our clan can gain dominance over the northern clans of Draenor.

Do not show surprise, Human - only the strongest survive within the Horde.

You must secure the passes across the Blade's Edge Mountains and destroy the stronghold of the Thunderlord clan that dwell there. We will supply you with warriors and supplies culled from our villages. In return, we will give you the Book of Medivh, which we seized from Ner'zhul's stronghold before your armies could destroy it.


  • Destroy all enemy forces
  • All your Heroes must survive


  • This is the only mission in the game where the player is supplied a mage, paladin, death knight, and ogre mage with all their spells. As such, this mission is rather unique due to this unusual, and powerful setup.
  • As the two paladins with Turalyon are one of the only three sources of healing, it is recommended to make sure they stay alive.
  • The beginning narration is by the orc narrator here.
  • While the human cursor is used, the alerts are done by an orcish voice.
  • In this mission, the Laughing Skull units produced by the Alliance Expedition are blue, the color of the Flowerpicker clan.


Alliance Expedition
Horde of Draenor


Mission playthrough