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This article is about the types of dragons. For the expansion, see World of Warcraft: Dragonflight.
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Alexstrasza the Dragon Queen and all the dragonflights returning to the Dragon Isles after ten thousand years.

“I cannot help but wonder if things would have turned out different if the titans had elevated even one more dragonflight.”


Dragonflights (aka flights) represent the overarching organizations that uphold the objectives of the dragons. They are typically led and made up primarily by their respective color's dragons; though they also include lesser dragonkin such as drakonid, dragonspawn and even mortals. In early history, there were many dragonflights (there were dragons in every color of the rainbow),[2] yet there were five flights that held dominion over their brethren. It was these five flights that the Keepers chose to shepherd the budding world. The leaders of each group were called the Dragon Aspects, the Great Aspects,[3] or simply the Aspects. The five great dragonflights are identified by their coloration: black, blue, bronze, green, and red.

Lesser dragonflights and organizations beyond the main five also exist, which are usually off-shoots of the other flights in some capacity. Since the fall of Deathwing, the dragons, including the former Aspects and Alexstrasza herself, have apparently lost most of their power, along with most of their eggs in the Wyrmrest Temple sanctums and their ability to further reproduce.[4][5]

Members of all the dragonflights used to intermingle a lot, but after the Dragon Wars, most flights now keep to themselves.[6] This did not affect the various lesser dragonkin left behind on the Dragon Isles; who appear to have been spared from the horrors that divided their kind.



The Dragonflights once shared their knowledge with one another at Algeth'ar Academy; a practice recently reignited. It is marked by the banners of all five primary flights and the Valdrakken Accord.

There were once many more dragonflights, but eventually five rose to prominence as the others declined:

Name Description Aspect Former leader(s) Capital
IconSmall DragonRed2 Red dragonflight Granted dominion over life by Eonar the Lifebinder. IconSmall Alexstrasza2 Alexstrasza the Life-Binder None Valdrakken,
Ruby Lifeshrine (Waking Shores)
IconSmall DragonGreen2 Green dragonflight Granted dominion over the Emerald Dream by Eonar the Lifebinder. IconSmall Merithra Merithra of the Dream IconSmall YseraDragon2 Ysera the Awakened Valdrakken,
Eye of Ysera (Emerald Dream)
IconSmall DragonBronze2 Bronze dragonflight Granted dominion over time by Aman'Thul the Highfather. IconSmall NozdormuDragon2 Nozdormu the Timeless One None Valdrakken,
Caverns of Time (Tanaris)
IconSmall DragonBlue2 Blue dragonflight Granted dominion over magic by Norgannon the Dreamweaver. IconSmall Kalecgos2 Kalecgos the Spell-Weaver IconSmall Malygos Malygos the Spell-Weaver † Valdrakken,
Nexus (Borean Tundra)
IconSmall DragonBlack2 Black dragonflight Granted dominion over the earth by Khaz'goroth the Shaper. IconSmall Ebyssian Ebyssian the Earth-Warder IconSmall Deathwing Deathwing the Destroyer † Valdrakken,
Obsidian Throne (Waking Shores)

Other draconic groups[]

Several other organizations have cropped up, some of which claim to be dragonflights themselves. Most of them are offshoots of other dragonflights, predominantly the black dragonflight.

Name Description Leader(s) Former leader(s) Capital
IconSmall DrakeChromatic Chromatic dragonflight Created by Nefarian using the blood of the various other flights. Unknown IconSmall Deathwing Deathwing †
IconSmall UndeadNefarian Nefarian †
Blackrock Spire, Blackrock Mountain
IconSmall DragonInfinite2 Infinite dragonflight Corrupted bronze dragons seeking to disrupt the timeways. IconSmall Murozond Murozond † None None
IconSmall DragonNether Netherwing dragonflight Spawned from black dragon eggs infused with raw nether-energies when Draenor was torn apart. IconSmall DragonNether Neltharaku N/A None
IconSmall DragonTwilight Twilight dragonflight Created by Sintharia by using the power of the nether dragons; feed vampirically on magical energies. Unknown IconSmall Deathwing Deathwing †
IconSmall Sinestra Sintharia
IconSmall DrakeTwilight Zeryxia †
IconSmall DragonVoid Vexiona †
Twilight Caverns, Blackrock Mountain
IconSmall DragonNightmare Nightmare dragonflight Green dragons who have been corrupted by the Emerald Nightmare. Defunct IconSmall YseraNightmare Ysera †
IconSmall Xavius2 Xavius †
Emerald Nightmare
IconSmall Thorignir Thorignir A brood of storm dragons that have sworn themselves to the service of the titans, specifically the keeper Odyn. IconSmall DragonStorm Thrymjaris N/A Stormheim
IconSmall Thorignir Brood of Nithogg A brood of storm dragons that have refused to swear to the titans, believing themselves to be superior. IconSmall DragonStorm Nithogg N/A Stormheim
IconSmall WhelpPlagueIconSmall ProtoWhite Plagued dragons A failed attempt at creating a plagued dragonflight by the Cult of the Damned. Defunct IconSmall SkeletalMage Vectus † Scholomance, Storm Peaks
IconSmall FrostWyrmIconSmall Frostbrood Frostbrood The elite frost wyrms of the Scourge; raised from the fallen blue dragons of Sindragosa's Fall and led by her as well. Defunct IconSmall Frostbrood Sindragosa † Icecrown, Northrend
IconSmall ProtoFireIconSmall ProtoAirIconSmall ProtoEarthIconSmall ProtoWater Primalists An elementally empowered group of dragonkin and cultists who believe that Azeroth's true, elemental, form was usurped by the titans. Mortal enemies of the dragonflights. IconSmall ProtoFireIconSmall ProtoEarthIconSmall ProtoWater Primal Incarnates: Fyrakk, Iridikron, Vyranoth IconSmall ProtoAir Raszageth † Dragon Isles

In the RPG[]

Icon-RPG This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

Dragons group in five dragonflights that claim ancestry to the greatest of their kind. Each color is proud of its heritage and lineage and remembers the name of all those who have gone before. These flights are further separated into small family groups known as broods. Each occupies and holds territory within Azeroth‘s less populated areas. Some are commonly seen; others have nearly been driven to extinction by wars among their own kind.

Each of these five flights keeps secrets of its own and adheres to separate ideologies from the rest. They are led by powerful entities known as Aspects, one from each color, who rule over their flights as powerful gods looking down on their less fortunate descendants. For the most part, all dragons are of the same species with similar bone structure, anatomy, and physical capacity. Each flight, however, is distinct with different goals, interests, and ideals. The cautious traveler remembers the ancient words spoken by one of Azeroth's most powerful mages: Let sleeping dragons lie.[7]



See also[]


  1. ^ Mount Journal entry for Ability mount drake proto [Reins of the Violet Proto-Drake]
  2. ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 160
  3. ^ The Well of Eternity
  4. ^ Dawn of the Aspects: Part 1, pg. 84: "...and her ability to lay more had been forever taken away, but in addition to all that she lived with the knowledge that the other dragonflights had also suffered so. She might have accepted her loss of power, but not this loss of her kind's future. After all, she had been the Life-Binder."
  5. ^ N [10-45] The Last of the Last
  6. ^ N [60-62] Stay a While
  7. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 27
  8. ^ Web archive