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For the Hillsbrad Foothills quest, see H [7-30] Domination.
Fall of the Lich King art

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

“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 whose sole purpose is the utter suppression of another being.[9] Behaving in a matter similar to a language, it alters the victim's thoughts so powerfully that it interferes with their sense of self.[10] It was originally created by the Primus of Maldraxxus for the purpose of imprisoning the Jailer within the Maw,[11] but over his eons of imprisonment, the Jailer found a way to weaponize the magic and turn it against his enemies.[12][13] As such, Domination is woven into the very fabric of the Maw and the tower of Torghast.[14] The hallmark of Domination magic is its distinctive runes.[5][15] Runeblades infused with Domination are known as mourneblades.[16][17] It is separate from the magic of memory.[18]

Domination magic was never seen on Azeroth before the arrival of the Lich King.[14]


From the Mouths of Madness

Darion Mograine using Domination magic on the Tormented Amalgamation.

Objects and items[]

The following objects and items also use domination magic:



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",[35] may have been an instrument of Domination.
  • Sire Denathrius' Inv jewelry amulet 06 [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. The three rune etchings used to create Inv misc stonetablet 11 [Domination's Calling] are called "Dominion" as well.


  1. ^ N [53-60] The Door to the Unknown
  2. ^ a b Ability kaztik dominatemind [Clearing the Fog]
  3. ^ a b N [50] Field Seance
  4. ^ Inv belt 18 [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. ^ Inv helm plate mawraid d 01 [Helm of the Dominated]
  9. ^ World of Warcraft: Grimoire of the Shadowlands and Beyond, pg. 120
  10. ^ Primus dialogue in Zereth Mortis
  11. ^ Ref WoWGrimoire|116||[...] the Primus [...] was recently confirmed to be the devisor of the language of Domination - the very force used to bind the Jailer within the Maw.}}
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ N [60] Untangling the Sigil
  14. ^ a b Taelia, Jaina, and Calia dialogue in Oribos
  15. ^ Inv throwingknife 08 [Domination Blade]
  16. ^ N [60] An Echo in the Darkness: Highlord Bolvar Fordragon says: Malevolence... growing... Domination... rising...
  17. ^ N [60] The Highlord's Vision: Highlord Bolvar Fordragon says: A weapon... forged in the fires of Torghast. A mourneblade is born.
  18. ^ N [60] Into the Vault
  19. ^ a b N [60] The Jailer's Grasp
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ N Death knight [10-45] The Call of Icecrown
  23. ^ The King & The Queen
  24. ^ N [53-60] A Glimpse into Darkness
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ N [60] The Highlord's Vision
  27. ^ Anshlun 2019-11-01. Shadowlands: Craft Your Own Custom Legendary in the Forge of Domination. Wowhead. Retrieved on 2021-03-22.
  28. ^ N [60] A Damned Pact
  29. ^ N [60] Ashes of the Tower
  30. ^ N [60] The Final Pieces
  31. ^ Inv offhand pvp330 d 02 [Intact Rune Codex]
  32. ^ Inv titan runestones icon [Crumbling Stele]
  33. ^ Fatescribe Roh-Kalo, "Loom of Fate" mechanic.
  34. ^ Sylvanas Windrunner (tactics)#Cinematic
  35. ^ Trade archaeology arakkoa crystalshard [Fragment of the Soulcage]