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For the Krokul sometimes referred to as Darkfallen, see Argussian Reach.
Darkfallen Neophyte HS
Faction/Affiliation San'layn (Scourge),
Forsaken, Quel'thalas (Horde),
Ren'dorei, Darnassus (Alliance),[1]
Knights of the Ebon Blade
Character classes Blood mage, Dark ranger, Death knight, Mage, Priest, Rogue, Warden, Warlock, Warrior
Homeworld Azeroth
Language(s) Thalassian, Darnassian

The Darkfallen[2][3][4][5] (also spelled darkfallen)[6] are undead elves, including the dark rangers of the Forsaken, the vampiric San'layn of the Scourge, and the death knights of the Ebon Blade.

Darkfallen are accessible as a playable option in the form of a skintone for the void elf, night elf, and blood elf races upon completion of the Inv shield 58 [Return to Lordaeron] achievement, or by simply playing one of those races as a death knight.


Third War[]

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When Prince Arthas Menethil invaded Quel'Thalas, he raised the fallen members of Sylvanas Windrunner's army either as incorporeal banshee or as intact bodies. These fallen high elves would become known as Darkfallen, prowling the lands as either dark rangers or blood mages for the Scourge.[2] Others were reanimated as death knights, becoming the Lich King's champions.[7]

When the Lich King slowly began to lose his power after Illidan's failed attempt to kill him in Northrend, many Darkfallen dark rangers had their conscious will restored. They later joined Sylvanas Windrunner and her Forsaken in Undercity, as elite agents and personal guards of the Banshee Queen.

The Frozen Throne[]

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Crimson Hall 01

The San'layn in the Crimson Hall.

In the aftermath of the Third War, the blood elves were cut off from their source of magic, the Sunwell. Desperate for aid, their prince Kael'thas Sunstrider pledged allegiance to Illidan Stormrage who taught them how to siphon magic, and how to wield fel.[8] The blood elves, or Sunfury, seeking to avenge their fallen brethren, participated in Illidan's attempt to destroy the Lich King.[9] Arthas intervened, and the two armies clashed, but the undead ultimately defeated Illidan's forces at the foot of Icecrown.[9][10] Arthas raised the fallen blood elves as a new generation of vampyr Darkfallen in service to the Scourge,[11] organizing them in the sect known as the San'layn.[12]

Wrath of the Lich King[]

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During the Battle for Light's Hope Chapel, the Death Knights of Acherus managed to free themselves from the will of the Lich King, among them were some Darkfallen death knights such as Koltira Deathweaver. Under the lead of Highlord Darion Mograine, they formed the Knights of the Ebon Blade, took control of Acherus: The Ebon Hold as their headquarters, and cooperated with the Argent Crusade to defeat Arthas Menethil during the Scourgewar.

Battle for Azeroth[]

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The Hidden Need

The dark rangers that sided with Calia Menethil.

Following the War of the Thorns, the Forsaken raised to undeath fallen night elves, turning them into Darkfallen dark rangers. While a few sided with Sylvanas Windrunner after she raised them, many of them including their leader Delaryn Summermoon joined Calia Menethil in a quest to learn life as undead.[13]


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Following the war against the Jailer, several Darkfallen joined the Forsaken as they mustered in the Tirisfal Glades. After the Ruins of Lordaeron were cleansed, Dark Ranger Velonara joined the Desolate Council, the new governing body of the Forsaken. While Delaryn and other Darkfallen night elves joined the Horde, Dark Ranger Velonara said those who wished to depart and rejoin the Alliance were free to do so.[1]


Darkfallen mostly retain the builds of their still-living kin. Their once lustrous skin is now pale and lifeless, while the color of their eyes were displaced by a glow of crimson red or icy blue.


Name Role Affiliation Status Location
Neutral IconSmall SylvanasIconSmall Sylvanas2IconSmall Sylvanas3 Sylvanas Windrunner The Dark Lady, Former Banshee Queen of the Forsaken and Warchief of the Horde Independent Active Various
Neutral IconSmall Dar'khanIconSmall UndeadElf Male Dar'Khan Drathir Traitor of Quel'Thalas, leader of the Scourge forces in the Ghostlands. Scourge, Cult of the Damned Deceased Tower of the Damned, Ghostlands
Horde IconSmall Koltira Koltira Deathweaver First death knight to re-join the Horde Knights of the Ebon Blade, Undercity Active Various
Neutral IconSmall BloodElfDeathKnight Male Dread Commander Thalanor Second-in-command of Acherus: The Ebon Hold, former ranger of the Farstriders Knights of the Ebon Blade Active Various
Neutral IconSmall BloodElfDeathKnight Female Lyandra Sunstrider The latest wielder of Inv sword 1h artifactfelomelorn d 01 [Felo'melorn]. Scourge Deceased Icecrown Citadel
Horde IconSmall UndeadElf Female Ranger Captain Areiel Captain of the dark rangers in Howling Fjord Dark rangers, Hand of Vengeance Deceased Ghostblade Post, Howling Fjord
Horde IconSmall UndeadElf Female Dark Ranger Velonara Member of the Desolate Council Dark rangers, Undercity Active Various
Neutral IconSmall San'layn Queen Blood-Queen Lana'thel Leader of the San'layn, former wielder of Quel'Delar. Scourge Deceased Icecrown and Icecrown Citadel
Horde IconSmall San'layn Prince Blood Prince Dreven Sought with a group of San'layn to join the Horde during the Fourth War. Horde Deceased Zandalar
Neutral IconSmall DarkWarden Sira Moonwarden Dark Warden Independent Active Various
Horde IconSmall UndeadNightElf Female Delaryn Summermoon Dark Ranger Captain Dark rangers, Undercity Active Various

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