This article is about the eredar lore and the demonic eredar. For the eredar that escaped Argus, see Draenei. For the other subspecies, see Lightforged draenei, Broken and Lost One.
Man'ari Draenei 1.jpg
Faction/Affiliation Alliance, Burning Legion, Sha'tar, Illidari, Independent
Alternate Draenor:
Council of Exarchs, Sargerei
Character classes Alchemist, Assassin, Death knight, Engineer, Felsworn, Hunter, Mage, Monk, Necrolyte, Necromancer,[1] Paladin, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Sorcerer, Vindicator, Warlock, Warrior, Wrathguard
Racial capital Mob Antorus
Mob Kil'jaeden's palace
Alliance Exodar
  Formerly Neutral Eredath
Racial leader(s) Mob  Kil'jaeden †
Mob  Archimonde †
Alliance  Velen
Racial mount IconSmall Talbuk.gif Talbuk
IconSmall Elekk.gif Elekk
IconSmall FeyDragon.gif Faerie dragon
Homeworld Argus
Area(s) Azeroth, Outland, Alternate Draenor, Argus, Great Dark Beyond, Twisting Nether
Language(s) Eredun, Draenei

The eredar are a race of supremely talented magic-wielders who arose on the planet Argus countless millennia ago. Exceptionally skilled in magic, their mastery of the arcane arts were renowned throughout the scattered worlds of the Great Dark Beyond.[2] Led by a triumvirate of wise and powerful leaders — Kil'jaeden, Archimonde, and Velen — they built a vast civilization of wondrous cities and a peaceful way of life on their homeworld.

However, 13,000 years ago,[3] the Dark Titan Sargeras shattered the tranquility of Argus by offering the eredar immeasurable knowledge and power.[4] The eredar were a knowledge-seeking race, as such Kil'jaeden and Archimonde accepted Sargeras' offer. The titan bathed the eredar in his fel might, and turned them into demonic members of the Burning Legion. Velen and his followers, however, managed to flee Argus with the help of the divine naaru, who would rename them draenei, or "Exiled Ones".

The draenei refer to their corrupted brethren as man'ari (pronounced man-ah-ree)[5], or "unnatural beings". They have stopped referring to themselves as "eredar" because of the negative connotation it now has, following the vast majority of eredar being turned into demons, although it is still the name of their race. The man'ari eredar now act as some of the most powerful weapons in the Burning Legion's arsenal.[4] Skilled sorcerers in both fel and shadow magics, they are often found in command of contingents of demon forces.[6] When facing man'ari eredar of great power, large armies are useless for the most part. Their corruptive powers over mortal souls are such that only the strongest-willed can even stand face to face with them.[7]


Icon of Argus

Kil'jaeden, Velen, and Archimonde, leaders of the eredar when Sargeras appeared.

Nearly 25,000 years ago,[8] on the planet of Argus, the noble and enigmatic[9] eredar race arose. They are one of the oldest known races in the universe.[2] They were extremely intelligent and had a natural affinity for magic in all of its forms. Using their gifts, they developed a vast and wondrous society[8] in which art, science, magic, and technology were all as one.[10] Their society was powered by argunite.[11][12] They were aided in this development by an ancient artifact known as the Ata'mal crystal, a triangular crystal whose origin was a mystery to the eredar,[13] though it had been a gift bestowed upon them by the naaru in ancient times.[14] The eredar hunted great horned beasts for sport.[15]

The eredar were apparently ruled by political regimes under the rule of multiple capable persons. The Second Duumvirate consisted of Kil'jaeden and Velen.[16] Velen was an exceptional master of holy magic, who once used T'uure, a holy artifact of the naaru, to cure a curse that robbed the eredar of their mental capabilities.[17] An order of eredar mages called the Wakeners under the leadership of Thal'kiel first delved into the Void and summoned demons. Presenting this before the duumvirate, hoping to gain the acceptance of them. When denied, he secretly summoned even more demons to usurp the duumvirate and become the sole dictator of Argus. He was betrayed by his apprentice Archimonde, who decapitated Thal'kiel and his order was hunted and their scriptures burned.[16]

The Triumvirate divided.

Argus, after being conquered by the Burning Legion.

13,000 years ago,[3] the dark titan Sargeras, in order to create a great Legion, planned to bolster his ranks by creating demons.[18] He was attracted by the eredar's magical affinity, and he contacted them under the guise of a benevolent being, promising their three leaders, Archimonde, Kil'jaeden, and Velen, vast powers and that he would use his power to transform their race into an even greater one so they may spread his universal union. A troubling vision soon came to Velen, who saw the eredar transformed into unspeakable demons. But despite Velen's misgivings, Archimonde and Kil'jaeden agreed to join Sargeras' Burning Legion.[19] The eredar were the first sentient race to pledge their allegiance to Sargeras. Knowing that other sentient beings would inevitably join the Legion, the eredar declared that their primary language, Eredun, would be the Legion's common language.[18] Argus became a demon world, and the stronghold of the Burning Legion.[20]

With his fellow eredar already becoming corrupted by demonic power, Velen, along with those who would follow him, split from the bulk of eredar society — who were, by now, a "twisted demonic reflection of" the original eredar[21] — on Argus with the help of the naaru, renaming themselves the draenei, or "exiled ones" in Eredun.[19] The man'ari (so called because of their transformation into demons) continued to call themselves "eredar"[21] under Kil'jaeden and were infuriated with what they perceived as a betrayal. They hunted Velen and the draenei across dozens of worlds for thousands of years as the draenei used a massive naaru dimensional ship called the Genedar to escape. Every time it seemed that the draenei had found a new home, the Burning Legion would fall upon them. One such world was Fanlin'Deskor, whose surface was ripped apart by the Legion, after which nothing was left behind.[22] The indigenous races of many worlds were oftentimes mutated by the eredar's malevolent warlock powers and turned into demons, marking such twisted demonic beings as man'ari themselves.

Both factions continued to use the Eredun language, though specific dialects have evolved: the demonic Eredun and Draenei languages.

The draenei traveled through most of the cosmos and eventually discovered another, safer world to settle down upon. They named this world Draenor, or "exiles' refuge". At first, there was peace with the native orcs living there, and they struck up trade and diplomacy with the shamanistic race. But soon the draenei's existence there was discovered by Kil'jaeden via his agent, Talgath. This time, however, Kil'jaeden decided that instead of launching a full invasion of the planet, from which the draenei had managed to escape in the past, he would use the native orcs to do his bidding for him; thus Velen and the draenei wouldn't realize the Legion was involved and flee until it was too late to do so. Kil'jaeden and the eredar then began to corrupt the orcs, turning them into a bloodthirsty, war-like race by granting them access to warlock magics. The orcs formed the Horde and subsequently hunted down the draenei, almost wiping out the entire race; indeed, they believed they had, but Velen and a few others had managed to escape the onslaught.[19] The draenei used the dimensional ship known as the Exodar, a vessel of the great naaru fortress Tempest Keep to escape to the world of Azeroth to ally with the Alliance.

To this day, the draenei remain loyal members of the Alliance, and the man'ari eredar, now the most stalwart enemy of the draenei, comprise the commanders and strategists of the Burning Legion.[2][23] The eredar have rewritten Argus history books to paint Velen as a traitor.[24]

Demonic eredar

Kil'jaeden the Deceiver

Archimonde the Defiler

Demonic eredar, described with the term man'ari (pronounced man-ah-ree) eredar (or simply by the broad category 'man'ari'),[25] are eredar that have been turned into demons by the Burning Legion. 13,000 years ago,[3] the Dark Titan Sargeras bathed the eredar in his fel might, and turned them into demonic members of the Burning Legion.[26]

The man'ari eredar now act as some of the most powerful weapons in the Burning Legion's arsenal.[4] Skilled sorcerers in both fel and shadow magics, they are often found in command of contingents of demon forces.[27] When facing eredar of great power, large armies are useless for the most part. Their corruptive powers over mortal souls are such that only the strongest-willed can even stand face to face with them.[28]


“Eredar... this word once held meaning.”

Exarch Admetius[21]

"Man'ari" is an Eredun term that translates to "unnatural beings".[9] It was originally described as a word with no specific translation, use to describe something considered "horrifically wrong, something twisted and unnatural and defiled".[29] "Man'ari" is most often used by the draenei to describe the eredar followers of Kil'jaeden and Archimonde, as the draenei believe that these demonic minions are no longer recognizable as true eredar,[30] but it could reasonably be used to describe any species that Sargeras has twisted from their natural state to a demonic one (such as satyr). Demonic eredar also appear to refer to themselves as "man'ari", and usage of it as a species name to refer to the eredar of the Burning Legion can be considered grammatically correct as Kil'jaeden appropriated the term for his own use,[31] though the man'ari mostly refer to themselves simply as "eredar".[21] The draenei no longer call themselves eredar,[32] likely because the name is mostly associated with the demonic man'ari eredar.


Detailed skeleton of a female eredar.

Archimonde's remains at the base of Nordrassil in classic World of Warcraft.

The eredar are bipedal ungulates, physically similar to their original shape, with a few minor differences (the original eredar shape has been preserved in the draenei). The most obvious difference is their skin color; though several man'ari eredar, such as Archimonde and Lady Sacrolash, retain a blue-gray skin color, most have blood-red skin. Their eyes glow fel-green; much like draenei,[33] the glow in an eredar's eyes will fade away when they die.[34] Many male man'ari lack cranial hair, and man'ari females have longer tails than their draenei counterparts. Eredar hands are clawed.

Most significantly, many man'ari eredar tend to be larger than draenei, though few could match Archimonde's preferred height (he has been shown of being capable to change his size at will).

Kil'jaeden shows a greater amount of physical variation, having sprouted both horns and wings in his most recent incarnation in addition to the more regular man'ari mutations; though these additional appendages could be a result of his shape-altering abilities rather than the influence of fel magic.

Any draenei that allows themselves to become corrupted can become a man'ari eredar, transforming from humanoid to demon. Two recent examples are Levixus, an eredar who was born as a draenei, and Exarch Othaar, who became a man'ari and took the name Socrethar when he swore himself to the Burning Legion.

The old eredar believed in the value of phrenology - the measurement of skull in order to divine mental aptitude. Believing that an eredar's mental faculties, such as willpower, memory, and perception, could be attributed to the shape and size of various protuberances on that individual's skull, it was theorized that skulls of proficient spellcasters could channel magical energies even after death.[16]


  • Man'ari eredarMan'ari eredar Man'ari eredar — The eredar that joined the Burning Legion became demons. While they still refer themselves as eredar, the draenei came to know them as man'ari.
    • Wrathguard Wrathguard — Demonic eredar who serve as honor guard for the leaders of the Burning Legion.
    • IconSmall EredarBrute.gif Eredar brute — The sub-type of eredar who undergo a transformation that grant them strength.
    • IconSmall Doommaiden.gif Doommaiden — The sub-type of female eredar that have wings.
  • DraeneiDraenei Draenei — A faction of eredar that refused to join the Burning Legion and instead sided with the forces of the Light under the wise prophet, Velen. This includes both those that fled Argus millennia ago and any descendants born afterward, such as on Draenor.
  • IconSmall Broken2 Male.gif Broken of Argus — The eredar corrupted and mutated since the draenei flight from Argus.
  • IconSmall Ur'zul.gif Ur'zul — The demonic creatures on Argus formed from the tormented bodies and souls of Krokul and fallen members of the Army of the Light.



Name Role Affiliation Status
Neutral  Thal'kiel One of the greatest leaders of the eredar prior to their corruption, mentor of Archimonde, killed for dabbling in demon magic Wakeners Deceased


Name Role Affiliation Status
Neutral  Archimonde The Defiler; commander of the Burning Legion's military Burning Legion Deceased
Neutral  Kil'jaeden The Deceiver; acting leader of the Burning Legion Burning Legion Deceased
Mob  Adept Vatrusta Disciple of Tyrant Velhari Sargerei, Burning Legion Killable
Mob  Akaari Shadowgore One of Sargeras's deadliest assassins, wielder of the Fangs of the Devourer Burning Legion Killable
Mob  Arazzius the Cruel Legion commander at the Pools of Aggonar Burning Legion Killable
Mob  Baelmon the Hound-Master Hound Master Burning Legion Killable
Mob  Demos, Overseer of Hate Overseer of Forge Camp: Hate Burning Legion Killable
Boss  Grand Warlock Alythess One of the Eredar Twins Burning Legion Killable
Neutral  Illidari Lord Balthas Servant of Illidan Illidari Alive
Boss  Lady Sacrolash One of the Eredar Twins Burning Legion Killable
Mob  Levixus The Soul Caller; binds the tortured souls of the dead to his will Shadow Council Killable
Boss  Lord Jaraxxus Summoned by Wilfred Fizzlebang at the Argent Tournament Burning Legion Killable
Boss  Prince Malchezaar Eredar prince occupying Karazhan Burning Legion Alive
Mob  Reth'hedron the Subduer Leader of the Legion forces in Nagrand Burning Legion Killable
Neutral  Sataiel First necrolyte to walk Azeroth Burning Legion Deceased
Mob  Sironas Leader of the Sunhawk forces on Bloodmyst Isle Burning Legion Killable
Mob  Socrethar Leader of the Legion forces in Netherstorm Burning Legion Killable
Neutral  Alternate Socrethar Leader of the Sargerei, former member of the Council of Exarchs Sargerei, Shadow Council, Burning Legion Killable
Neutral  Talgath Agent of Kil'jaeden, responsible for discovering the location of the draenei on Draenor Burning Legion Active
Boss  Tyrant Velhari High-ranking Sargerei Sargerei, Burning Legion Killable
Mob  Warbringer Razuun Overseer of the Deathforge Burning Legion Killable
Mob  Arch Magus Velysra Former Arc-Consul of Argus, leader of the Legion Invasions Burning Legion Unknown
Mob  High General Rakeesh Son of Velen, turned by the Legion Burning Legion Deceased
Mob  Lady Calindris Former Relic Keeper of Argus, high priestess Burning Legion Killable
Mob  Aargoss Former High Wakener of Argus, soulbinder Burning Legion Killable
Mob  Lord Nath'raxas Had a role in delivering Argus to the Legion Burning Legion Killable
Mob  Val'zuun Had an important role helping Subtlety rougues acquire Fangs of the Devourer Presumed Independent Alive

Draenei and Broken

Name Role Affiliation Status
Alliance  Velen Leader of the draenei, prophet of the naaru Exodar, Alliance Alive
Neutral  Akama Former Exarch, now a Broken Ashtongue Deathsworn, Illidari Alive
Neutral  Askara Holder of  [T'uure, Beacon of the Naaru] and among the greatest healers the draenei have ever known Deceased
Neutral  Enstraa Leatherworker Army of the Light Alive
Alliance  Captain Fareeya Captain of the Army of the Light Army of the Light Alive
Neutral  Hakmud of Argus Traveling Trader Alive
Neutral  Exarch Hataaru Chief Artificer, member of the Council of Exarchs Council of Exarchs Unknown
Alliance  Maatparm Mushroom collector Exodar Alive
Neutral  Larohir Exarch, lieutenant of Velen Unknown
Neutral  Exarch Naielle Exarch, leader of the Rangari Rangari Unknown
Neutral  Nitrin the Learned Father of Levixus Alive
Alliance  Farseer Nobundo Former vindicator, now a shaman of the Earthen Ring Exodar, Earthen Ring Alive
Neutral  Nuuri Wife of Velen Unknown
Alliance  Grand Artificer Romuul Artificer of the Exodar / the Vindicaar. Exodar, Alliance Alive
Alliance  Anchorite Tessa Valiance Expedition Alive
Neutral  Valok the Righteous Argent Dawn member taken prisoner by the Scourge Argent Dawn Killable
Neutral  Archmage Y'mera Archmage Army of the Light Alive
Neutral  Blademaster Telaamon Blademaster Army of the Light Deceased

Other accounts

Original lore

Eredar were supreme sorcerers at the dawn of the universe. Some believe that they devoured their own world by using radical warlock magics. They consumed all life around them and set out to find more places of mystical power.[35]

Over the eons, Sargeras encountered two powerful demonic races, both of which were bent on gaining power and dominance over the physical universe.[36] One of them was the eredar, an insidious race of devilish sorcerers, who used their warlock magics to enslave a number of worlds that they had invaded. The indigenous races of those worlds were mutated by the eredar's chaotic powers and turned into demons themselves.[36] Though Sargeras' nearly limitless powers were more than enough to defeat the vile eredar, he was greatly troubled by the creatures' corruption and all-consuming evil. Unable to fathom such depravity and spite, the great Titan began to slip into a brooding depression. Despite his growing unease, Sargeras rid the universe of the warlocks by trapping them within a corner of the Twisting Nether.[36][37]

Still, Sargeras went mad and decided to undo the Titan's works throughout the universe, he set out to form an unstoppable army that would set the physical universe to the flame. In his fury and madness, Sargeras shattered the prisons of the eredar and the nathrezim and set the vile demons free. The cunning demons, bowing before the dark Titan's vast rage and power, offered themselves to him and swore to serve him in whatever malicious way they could.[36][37] The eredar were Sargeras's first recruits in the Burning Legion, serving as tactical advisors and intelligence officers.[35]

From the ranks of the powerful eredar, Sargeras chose two champions to lead his demonic army of destruction. Kil'jaeden the Deceiver was chosen to seek out the darkest races in the universe and recruit them into Sargeras's ranks. The second champion, Archimonde the Defiler, was chosen to lead Sargeras's vast armies into battle against any who might resist the Titan's will.[36][37]

New lore

The idea that eredar were previously mortal before being corrupted has existed long before The Burning Crusade's release.[38] Chris Metzen stands by the lore described in the history section, who for better or worse are among the primary antagonists, more firmly in the backstory.[39]

In the newer lore, Sargeras' first battles with demons may not have been with the eredar; it is possible he may have fought some other demonic race from the Twisting Nether before his battles with the nathrezim.[39]

This is confirmed in the WoW magazine which shows Sargeras also fought the ered'ruin, mo'arg, sayaad, and infernals.

In the RPG

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

All demons, including the eredar, were mortal once, but have been transformed into demons by corruption caused by fel energy. This change included a powerful command of arcane energy.[40][41] It is said that Sargeras believed that the demons originally were not corrupt, and that it was the Titan's ordering of the universe that was ultimately responsible for the demons corruption.[38] In this scenario, it would imply that the titans considered the various natural races that pre-existed on worlds they visited to be demons, but were actually corrupted by the titans themselves. Sargeras later came back and freed many of them, bent on using them to destroy the Titan's work.

The eredar consumed all life around them and set out to find more places of mystical power. Until now, only the titans have ever challenged them. Each of the leaders, Archimonde and Kil'jaeden, built a hierarchy of demons, jealously protected from the will of the other. These groups strove for dominance of Azeroth and other worlds. But now, at long last, Archimonde is dead, killed by the forces of Azeroth. Individual eredar and a few hopeful heroes of the lesser races have decided that they are the best candidates to replace him. These prideful few have taken their first careful steps toward locating and eliminating the presumptuous competition that might seek to displace them.[35]

These creatures are of impressive size, far larger than any human or orc, with a bulky muscular body and a long tail. Long pointed ears sweep back from its bestial face and horns sprout from its wide brow[35]


Pre-eminence in eredar warlock society depends almost entirely upon magical power. Those who command the greatest selection of paramount spells — and thus, in theory, the greatest magical arsenal — rise to higher ranks. Those whose arcane abilities top out at such pitiful cantrips as wish and shape change are grunts and lackeys, scarcely worthy of notice.[35] Because of the very nature of magic, rank, magical power, and overall intelligence go hand-in-claw.

This rule of rank is never deviated from; Archimonde's status among his brethren is backed up by his mastery of the most destructive forms of magic, and his adeptness of all others (recall his single-handed destruction of Dalaran). However, while Archimonde is violent and destructive, Kil'Jaeden is ruthlessly cunning, and coupled with his powerful magic, may even make him an even more dangerous demon than Archimonde.

Notes and trivia

  • In the World of Warcraft The Burning Crusade Battle Chest Guide, the race section has a separate page for the eredar and for the Burning Legion (with its many races).
  • The Crest of Knowledge contained the vast sum of knowledge cultivated by the Ancient Eredar.[42]
  • Originally, before the invention of draenei as a concept, the race of demon was known as "the eredar warlocks".[43][44]
  • Originally, male and female man'ari eredar used unique models, with unique armor features (although they still used the same animations as their draenei cousins). However, man'ari eredar introduced in patch 6.2.0 and onward instead use a slightly modified version of the updated draenei model, which allows them to wear different pieces of player armor, something that was not possible with the Bc icon.gif to early Warlords of Draenor-era models.
    • A female man'ari model was not introduced until the addition of the Eredar Twins in patch 2.4.0. Originally, Sironas, the only pre-2.4 female man'ari in the game, used a female draenei model.
  • Players can turn into a man'ari eredar for a brief time using  [Jewel of Hellfire].
  • Eredar males are voiced by Brian Silva.
  • The eredar have the habit of using tail jewelry, such as  [Delicate Tail Band] or  [Small Tail Ring]. The more decorative the cuff, the more prestigious the individual.[45]
  • The eredar do not seem to use surnames.


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  1. ^ The Demon Soul, pg. 408
  2. ^ a b c The Burning Crusade Bestiary - Eredar
  3. ^ a b c N [10-45] Bringer of the Light
  4. ^ a b c Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 39
  5. ^ N [45WQ] Lessons of Fire and Pain
  6. ^ Matthew Deyling#Quotes
  7. ^ N [25-30G5] Deathblow to the Legion
  8. ^ a b The Burning Crusade Townhall/Draenei
  9. ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 39
  10. ^ A [10-40] Invisible Ramparts
  11. ^ N [45W] Fuel of a Doomed World
  12. ^ N [45] Khazaduum, First of His Name
  13. ^ Rise of the Horde, pg. 4
  14. ^ Golden, Christie. "Prologue", Rise of the Horde, 11. ISBN 978-0-7434-7138-1. “"Take the ata'mal crystal with you. Long, long ago, did we give it to you; it is how we will find you again."” 
  15. ^ Kuros during B [10-40P] Nemesis: Hunter - Hunted: "On Argus, we hunted powerful horned beasts like your Tauren for sport. Prove your might over this worthy adversary!"
  16. ^ a b c N Warlock [10-45] The Tome of Blighted Implements
  17. ^ Word of the Conclave
  18. ^ a b The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Burning Legion
  19. ^ a b c The Story So Far (Burning Crusade)
  20. ^ Adventure Guide entry for Azzakel
  21. ^ a b c d A [1-30] What Argus Means to Me
  22. ^ Prophet's Lesson
  23. ^ Exodar Holographic Emitter
  24. ^  ["Revised" Chronicles of Argus]
  25. ^ N [45WQ] Lessons of Fire and Pain
  26. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 52
  27. ^ Matthew Deyling#Quotes
  28. ^ N [25-30G5] Deathblow to the Legion
  29. ^ Rise of the Horde, pg. 5
  30. ^ Instructor Kierrii: Instructor Kierrii says: For extra credit, what do we call these minions, now that they are no longer recognizable as eredar? / Ariaana says: The man'ari, Miss Kierii. / Instructor Kierrii says: Well done, Ariaana. That is correct.
  31. ^ Rise of the Horde, pg. 18
  32. ^ A IconSmall Draenei Male.gifIconSmall Draenei Female.gif [1-30] An Alternative Alternative: Anchorite Fateema says: Man'ari... But how... We are not eredar! She must know! If there are others like her, we must find them and explain...
  33. ^ B [20-40] The Battle for Shattrath
  34. ^ Hellfire Citadel ending cinematic
  35. ^ a b c d e Manual of Monsters, pg. 119
  36. ^ a b c d e Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, pg. 133, 134
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  39. ^ a b Metzen on lore
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  41. ^ Monster Guide, pg. 188
  42. ^  [The Crest of Knowledge]
  43. ^ The Well of Eternity, pg. 325, 327, 359
  44. ^ Demon Soul, pg. 50, 84, 86
  45. ^  [Eredar Tail-Cuff]