For the Hillsbrad Foothills quest, see H [7-30] 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 whose sole purpose is the utter suppression of another being.[9] It was originally created by the Primus of Maldraxxus for the purpose of imprisoning the Jailer within the Maw,[10] but over his eons of imprisonment, the Jailer found a way to weaponize the magic and turn it against his enemies.[11][12] As such, Domination is woven into the very fabric of the Maw and the tower of Torghast.[13] The hallmark of Domination magic is its distinctive runes.[5][14] Runeblades infused with Domination are known as mourneblades.[15][16] It is separate from the magic of memory.[17]

Domination magic was never seen on Azeroth before the arrival of the Lich King.[13]


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

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",[34] may have been an instrument 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.
  • 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. The three rune etchings used to create  [Domination's Calling] are called "Dominion" as well.


  1. ^ N [54] The Door to the Unknown
  2. ^ a b  [Clearing the Fog]
  3. ^ a b 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. ^ Grimoire of the Shadowlands and Beyond, pg. 120
  10. ^ Grimoire of the Shadowlands and Beyond, pg. 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"
  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. ^ N [60] Untangling the Sigil
  13. ^ a b Taelia, Jaina, and Calia dialogue in Oribos
  14. ^  [Domination Blade]
  15. ^ N [60] An Echo in the Darkness: Highlord Bolvar Fordragon says: Malevolence... growing... Domination... rising...
  16. ^ N [60] The Highlord's Vision: Highlord Bolvar Fordragon says: A weapon... forged in the fires of Torghast. A mourneblade is born.
  17. ^ N [60] Into the Vault
  18. ^ a b N [60] The Jailer's Grasp
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ N Death knight [10-45] The Call of Icecrown
  22. ^ The King & The Queen
  23. ^ N [55] A Glimpse into Darkness
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ N [60] The Highlord's Vision
  26. ^ Anshlun 2019-11-01. Shadowlands: Craft Your Own Custom Legendary in the Forge of Domination. Wowhead. Retrieved on 2021-03-22.
  27. ^ N [60] A Damned Pact
  28. ^ N [60] Ashes of the Tower
  29. ^ N [60] The Final Pieces
  30. ^  [Intact Rune Codex]
  31. ^  [Crumbling Stele]
  32. ^ Fatescribe Roh-Kalo, "Loom of Fate" mechanic.
  33. ^ Sylvanas Windrunner (tactics)#Cinematic
  34. ^  [Fragment of the Soulcage]