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Core races
Allied races
For the Dark Iron dwarf lore, see Dark Iron dwarf and Dark Iron clan.
AllianceBattle for Azeroth Dark Iron dwarves
Dark Iron dwarf (playable)
Character classes Hunter, Mage, Monk, Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warlock, Warrior, Shadowlands Death Knight
Main language Dwarven
Secondary language Common
Starting zone Shadowforge City, Blackrock Depths, Blackrock Mountain
Racial leader IconSmall Moira Moira Thaurissan
Capital Shadowforge City
Racial mount Inv darkirondwarfcorehound [Dark Iron Core Hound]

The Dark Iron dwarves are one of the playable Alliance allied races in World of Warcraft, introduced in Battle for Azeroth. Notorious for their gifts of magic and history of treachery, the Dark Irons had long battled the Alliance and Horde under the command of evil forces. Now under the united rule of their queen regent Moira Thaurissan, the clan is, at last, a member of the Alliance.

Dark Iron dwarves first emerge in the bowels of Shadowforge City, before reporting to their faction's embassy (much like all other allied races). Unlike their surface cousins, they prize core hounds as reliable mounts in the sweltering depths of their volcanic homeland. Dark Irons speak Dwarven as their main language. Common is used to communicate with other races.


Main article: Dark Iron clan#History
Dark Iron crest

Dark Iron crest

Race preview[]

Known for their fiery tempers and fierce determination, Dark Iron dwarves have a turbulent history with the other clans. A failed coup in Ironforge ignited the War of the Three Hammers, and many of the Dark Iron once fought in the service of Ragnaros the Firelord. Though one faction of the dwarves is pledged to Queen-Regent Moira Thaurissan, others refuse to stand alongside their kin. The Alliance seeks a united Dark Iron clan to harness the power of Azerite and aid their struggle against the Horde.[1]

Creation screen description[]

Known for their fiery tempers and fierce determination, the Dark Iron have a history of strife with the other dwarven clans--as well as their own kin. Queen-Regeant[sic] Moira seeks to unite her people and lead them in the fight to save Azeroth.

Opening cutscene[]

Moira Thaurissan: The mountain gives us life. Grants us strength. The same blood that flows through our veins... flows through Azeroth's as well. Upon hammer and anvil, our kingdom was forged. With hearts o' fire... and wills o' iron. This world must be defended. Forward, Dark Irons! Tae battle we march!


In order to unlock the ability to play as Dark Iron dwarves, players must have a level 40 Alliance character and complete the following recruitment questline:

  1. A [40-70] Blackrock Depths
  2. A [40-70] The MOTHERLODE!!: Ironfoe
  3. A [40-70] Molten Core
  4. A [40-70] Firelands
  5. A [40-70] Forged in Fire an' Flame
  6. A [40-70] Dark Iron Dwarves


Dark dwarves Heritage Armor

The Dark Iron dwarf heritage armor.

Racial traits[]

Ability racial dungeondelver [Dungeon Delver] - passive
While indoors, move 4% faster.
Ability racial fireblood [Fireblood] - active - 2 min cooldown
Removes all poison, disease, curse, magic, and bleed effects and increases your primary stat by 100 for each effect removed. Lasts 8 sec.
Ability racial foregedinflames [Forged in Flames] - passive
Reduces damage taken from Physical attacks by 1%.
Ability racial massproduction [Mass Production] -passive
Items crafted by Blacksmithing are created twice as quickly.
Ability racial molemachine [Mole Machine] - active - 30 min cooldown
While outdoors, summon a Mole Machine that tunnels through the earth.



Main articles: Jokes#Dark Iron dwarf male, Jokes#Dark Iron dwarf female
Main articles: Flirt#Dark Iron dwarf male, Flirt#Dark Iron dwarf female

Notes and trivia[]

  • Dark Iron paladins have a unique Darkforge Ram mount. Hunters start with a unique appearance darkhound pet.
  • Prior to the removal of reputation and achievement requirements to unlock allied races, unlocking Dark Irons required Exalted reputation with the 7th Legion and the achievement Alliance Achievement doublejeopardyally [Ready for War].
  • Dark Irons are the only allied race whose recruitment questline requires going through a dungeon (the MOTHERLODE!!).
  • The females are voiced by Moira Quirk.
  • The female Dark Iron once had a bird pet named "Sooty".[2]


Patch changes[]


  1. ^ Preview: Mag'har Orcs and Dark Iron Dwarves, April 28th 2018
  2. ^ Jokes - "I once had a pet bird. I used to tell him "By fire be 'perched'." (chuckles) "Ah, Sooty. I miss ya."

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