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Legion Elemental Lords

The current Elemental Lords.

The Elemental Lords are the most powerful elementals in existence and the leaders of their respective types. Their purpose was to keep the world of Azeroth in a perpetual state of chaos, thriving in such a state. In primordial Azeroth, they were defeated and enslaved as part of the armies of the Old Gods.

Note: Not all "lords" found among elementals are Elemental Lords (capital). For example, there are many firelords, but only one fire Elemental Lord, Smolderon.

The Elemental Lords[]

Name Element Title Description Status
IconSmall WaterLord Neptulon Water The Tidehunter
Lord over all waters
Lord of all water elementals
Lord of Tides
The first Elemental Lord of Water and former lieutenant of the Old Gods. He and his fellow water elementals were imprisoned in Abyssal Maw, which he now rules over. Alive
IconSmall Baleroc Smolderon Fire The Firelord
Lord of the Firelands
The second Elemental Lord of Fire and ruler of the Firelands who succeeded Ragnaros during the third invasion of the Burning Legion. He is currently missing as the Cult of Ragnaros attempted to resurrect Ragnaros, the previous Firelord. Unknown (Presumed dead)
IconSmall EarthLord Therazane Earth The Stonemother
The Earthmother
The first Elemental Lord of Earth and former lieutenant of the Old Gods. She and her fellow earth elementals were imprisoned in Deepholm, which she now rules over. Alive
IconSmall ThunderaanNew Thunderaan Air The Windlord
The Wind Seeker
Prince of Air (former)
The second Elemental Lord of Air and ruler of Skywall who succeeded Al'Akir during the third invasion of the Burning Legion. Alive
IconSmall AirLord Al'Akir Air The Windlord The first Elemental Lord of Air and lieutenant of the Old Gods. After their masters' defeat, he was imprisoned within Skywall, which he ruled over. He was defeated by the adventurers after he allied with Deathwing during the Cataclysm. Deceased
IconSmall FireLord Ragnaros Fire The Firelord
Lord of Fire
Lord of Flame
The Great Fire
Ruler of the Firelands (former)
The first Elemental Lord of Fire and lieutenant of the Old Gods. After their masters' defeat, he was imprisoned within the Firelands, which he ruled over. He was defeated by the adventurers after he allied with Deathwing during the Cataclysm. Deceased


Primordial Azeroth[]

The elemental spirits of Azeroth became more and more erratic as the fifth element, Spirit, became less available. The slumbering world-soul consumed much of it, rendering the elements of Azeroth extremely violent and destructive.

During the elemental wars, the elementals raged freely on primordial Azeroth, waging war upon one another for endless millennia, and the four Elemental Lords reigned supreme over innumerable lesser spirits. Al'Akir used to send his minions to spy on his enemies and sow distrust to weaken them. Ragnaros embraced brute force, seeking to boil the seas, reduce mountains to slag, and choke the skies with ash. Therazane was reclusive, entrenching herself behind towering mountain ranges before attacking her exhausted foes. Neptulon fought strategically, allowing the forces of the other elements to clash, before crushing his divided rivals.[1]

Black Empire Kalimdor

Map of Azeroth under the Black Empire's control.

When the Old Gods plummeted down from the Great Dark Beyond, they slammed into Azeroth's surface and embedded themselves in the continent of Kalimdor. For the first time in history, the four Elemental Lords banded together in an attempt to fight the Old Gods' fledgling empire. Though the elementals were mighty, they could not stand against the constant swarm of n'raqi and aqir, and they were enslaved by the Old Gods.[2] Without the native spirits of Azeroth to counter the Old Gods' influence, the borders of the Black Empire crept over much of the world.[1]

Chronicle Titan-forged v Elemental Lords

The original Elemental Lords facing the titan-forged.

The titan-forged armies of the Pantheon would eventually come to assault the Old Gods, defeat them and sealing them deep beneath the surface of the planet, after having imprisoned the elemental armies in the Elemental Plane, divided into four regions: the Abyssal Maw, the Firelands, Deepholm, and Skywall.[3][4]

Elemental Sundering[]

Even while locked within the Elemental Plane, the Elemental Lords continued to war with each other. The Elemental Sundering was a 5,000 year-long battle at the core of Azeroth. The Lieutenants of Ragnaros, Geddon and Garr, perpetrated the betrayal against Thunderaan, Prince of Air, who was caught unaware. The Firelord's advances were wholly unknown to Thunderaan, and before he could react, Sulfuras, legendary hammer of Ragnaros, struck an unmerciful blow, and Thunderaan fell, utterly defeated.

The Firelord feasted upon the essence of Thunderaan but was unable to consume him entirely. He stored what little remained of Thunderaan's essence within a talisman of elemental binding. Ragnaros then shattered the talisman in two flawless pieces, called the Spell ice lament [Bindings of the Windseeker], and assigned them to his lieutenants.[5]

War of the Three Hammers[]

Summoning of Ragnaros

Thaurissan summons Ragnaros into the world.

During the War of the Three Hammers, 230 years before the Dark Portal, Ragnaros the Firelord was summoned to the Redridge Mountains by Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan. It was his intent to use the Firelord for domination of the other dwarf clans. Ironically, however, Ragnaros enslaved them for his own purposes. His violent entry into the world scarred the surrounding area, creating Blackrock Mountain, the Burning Steppes, and the Searing Gorge.[6]

Recent events[]

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In Blackrock Mountain, Ragnaros and his fire elemental armies were locked in a war for control of Blackrock Moutain with the black dragon Nefarian.

Neptulon, then at war with Ragnaros, seemed to use mostly mortal races to weaken the forces of the other three Elemental Lords. His agent, Duke Hydraxis, leader of the Hydraxian Waterlords, sought to bring others to his side. He sent adventurers into the Molten Core to fight against the Firelord. Another agent, Tsunaman at Sun Rock Retreat, also sought to destroy Ragnaros's elementals in the Charred Vale.


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

When Deathwing entered Azeroth from Deepholm, the World Pillar was shattered, causing the Elemental Plane to collapse onto Azeroth, and parts of it to manifest in the real world. While Al'Akir and Ragnaros accepted Deathwing's offer of sowing destruction, Neptulon and Therazane refused to do so.

Ragnaros's armies launched a full-scale assault on Mount Hyjal in an attempt the World Tree Nordrassil. The Guardians of Hyjal led by Cenarius, Malfurion Stormrage and Hamuul Runetotem along with the adventurers of the Alliance and Horde pushed his minions back into the Firelands, where he was slain.

Neptulon the Tidehunter was attacked by the naga and the n'raqi that worked with the Twilight's Hammer cult, while Therazane was also at odds with the Twilight's Hammer that had intruded in Deepholm.

Al'akir called the Conclave of Wind, ancient wind elementals nearly as powerful as Al'Akir himself, to aid in the elemental invasion of his former home.[7]

He assisted Deathwing's efforts at reclaiming the ancient re-origination device and lent his elemental forces at crushing Uldum's native defenders and his old enemy, the Tol'vir. One of his first acts after the Cataclysm was destroying the inhabitants of Orsis in revenge for having refused Deathwing's offer of curing their Curse of Flesh.[8] The armies and strongest minions of Al'Akir resided within the Vortex Pinnacle, training in formation and torturing tol'vir as they prepared to lash out yet again at Uldum.[9] At some point prior to his death, Al'Akir ensnared and twisted Hagara the Stormbinder with new powers for trying to bind elementals to her will.[10]

Dwelling in the Throne of the Four Winds, Al'Akir was slain in his home plane, the Skywall.


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the Earthen Ring managed to make the four Elemental Lords band together against the Legion. Shaman and elementals worked actively to fight the Legion off the Broken Isles. They also helped new ones to replace Ragnaros and Al'Akir: Smolderon and Thunderaan respectively.

After deciding that the power of the Doomstone was too great, all four elemental lords agreed that the Earthen Ring should keep the artifact under their watch at the Heart of Azeroth.[11]

Battle for Azeroth[]

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The Cult of Ragnaros comprised of dark iron dwarves began attempting to revive him, preferring his rule to the rule of Moira Thaurissan. During this time Smolderon went missing.

Neptulon was present in Nazjatar during the Alliance and Horde's efforts against Queen Azshara, though the Inv misc enchantedpearl [Tidestone of Golganneth] kept him from being able to help much.


Dragonflight This section concerns content related to Dragonflight.

Following Fyrakk's alliance with the Druids of the Flame and entry into the Emerald Dream, Smolderon has been shown to throw his lot in with the Primal Incarnate with the intention of expanding his domain and appears in the assault on Amirdrassil. However, despite his power, Smolderon failed to defeat the World Tree's defenders, leading to his death. The last of his flames would be absorbed by Fyrakk to empower himself to breach into Amirdrassil's core.

Elemental powers[]

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Elemental Lords have the power to take control over specific elementals of their own type, but only when those elementals are within the area of its divine presence. This ability does not work on primal or elder elementals. All smaller elementals will obey their Lord unquestioningly. Larger ones usually do also, but should they wish to resist the Lieutenant's commands, they may attempt to do so, but it is unlikely for that to happen. The Elemental Lord can also break another being's control of a summoned or enchanted elemental; those who have control over the elemental will have a difficult time maintaining control. Should the controller maintain command of the elemental, the Elemental Lord may not make another attempt to control or command that elemental for one full day.[12]

Whenever a spell is cast of the same magic type within the area of the Lord's presence, it becomes instantly aware and can take control of the magic as he wishes. The spell can be countered, transferred to another target or area, or reflected back at the caster. This ability also functions against elemental spell-like abilities employed by other creatures, elementals or otherwise, with the sole exception of those used by creatures more powerful than the Elemental Lord. In much the same vein, the Elemental Lords can exert their control over magical items which employ spell or spell-like abilities, with the sole exception of those imbued within major artifacts.[12]


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.
  • A common theory is that Therazane is the Earthmother that the tauren worship. While it is likely that the Earthmother is a goddess similar to Elune, Therazane is well known as the most benevolent of the Elemental Lords (all things being relative), unlike the chaotic Ragnaros and Al'Akir.

Elemental lords[]

(Not to be confused with Elemental Lords such as Neptulon and Therazane)

Amphitheater of Anguish[]

Lords which can be found in the Amphitheater of Anguish in Northrend:[18]


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