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For the Hillsbrad Foothills quest, see H [24] Domination.
Darion Mograine using Domination magic on the Tormented Amalgamation.
Zovaal has forged his chains into a weapon.
The Primus[1]

Domination (variously written in upper[2][3][4] or lower case)[5][6][7][8] is a brand of powerful runic Death magic that allows the wielder to control and reshape souls.[3][9] It is woven into the very fabric of the Maw and the tower of Torghast[10] and is closely associated with the realm's prisoner/ruler, the Jailer. Domination was originally the power used to seal the Jailer away in the Maw, but over his eons of imprisonment, he has found a way to weaponize the magic and turn it against his enemies.[11] The hallmark of Domination magic is its distinctive runes.[5][12] Runeblades infused with Domination are known as mourneblades.[13][14]

Domination magic was never seen on Azeroth before the arrival of the Lich King.[10]


The vessels of Domination: Frostmourne and the Helm of Domination.



This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
  • The Soulcage, an artifact of the Jailer's ally Helya which "held the power to compel the soul of any being",[28] may have been an instrument of Domination.
  • A  [Wither Blade] used to wound Baine's soul by a Mawsworn Sorcerer is similar to the magic used by the Shadowmoon clan according to Thrall,[29] but this dagger is not stated to also have runes of domination.
  • Frostmourne can create Val'kyr from vrykul women, as seen with Svala Sorrowgrave, and Odyn could create Valkyra through a combination of runes and imbuing a vrykul woman with "storm" and "Light", as seen with Hyrja, and kyrian ascend and gain their wings through the Crest of Ascension, which has always required a  [Vessel of Ardenweald] (containing the power of the Grove of Awakening). How this all ties together (retroactively) is unclear, but it could imply the Archon, being the Firstborne of the winged kyrian, could have been created through Domination.
  • Similarly, it has been stated Domination was used to seal away the Jailer, but it has also been stated that the Eternal Ones drew upon the magic of the Heart of the Forest to keep the Maw inescapable.[30] This would imply that the Heart of the Forest is also tied to Domination.
  • The  [Medallion of Dominion] is able to alter the very fabric of the Shadowlands with sufficient power, as well as forcibly subjugate venthyr to the control of the bearer; it thus may be related to Domination.


  1. ^ N [54] The Door to the Unknown
  2. ^ a b [Clearing the Fog]
  3. ^ a b c N [50] Field Seance
  4. ^  [Runeforged Shackles]
  5. ^ a b c N [60 Daily] Acquisition: Runeforged Shackles
  6. ^ a b N [60] No Crate Unturned
  7. ^ a b N [60] Designed to Fail
  8. ^  [Helm of the Dominated]
  9. ^ N [50] From the Mouths of Madness
  10. ^ a b Taelia, Jaina, and Calia dialogue in Oribos
  11. ^ a b c Bellular 2021-02-22. Simply AWESOME! Blizz Devs Hint Spicy New Lore & Major Game Fixes - Torghast V2?! (0:40 - 03:45). YouTube. Retrieved on 2021-03-19.
  12. ^  [Domination Blade]
  13. ^ N [60] An Echo in the Darkness: Highlord Bolvar Fordragon says: Malevolence... growing... Domination... rising...
  14. ^ N [60] The Highlord's Vision: Highlord Bolvar Fordragon says: A weapon... forged in the fires of Torghast. A mourneblade is born.
  15. ^ a b N [60] The Jailer's Grasp
  16. ^ The Art of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, pg. 197: The Veil between realms wanes. The Helm of Domination was crafted to be our way forward; instead, the one seared by the flames of Life uses it to keep us at bay.
  17. ^ Helm of Domination Exclusive Replica. Blizzard Gear Store. Archived from the original on 2021-03-21.​ “Forged according to the Jailer's will, the Helm of Domination was to be the vessel of Death's influence on Azeroth.
  18. ^ N Death knight [10] The Call of Icecrown
  19. ^ The King & The Queen
  20. ^ N [55] A Glimpse into Darkness
  21. ^ N [60] Torment Chamber: Thrall: Each time I gaze into Torghast, I sense malevolent eyes staring back. The risk grows ever greater, but we cannot relent.
  22. ^ Anshlun 2019-11-01. Shadowlands: Craft Your Own Custom Legendary in the Forge of Domination. Wowhead. Retrieved on 2021-03-22.
  23. ^ N [60] A Damned Pact
  24. ^ N [60] Ashes of the Tower
  25. ^ N [60] The Final Pieces
  26. ^  [Intact Rune Codex]
  27. ^  [Crumbling Stele]
  28. ^  [Fragment of the Soulcage]
  29. ^ N [50] Wounds Beyond Flesh
  30. ^ N [58] The Court of Winter