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AllianceExplorers' League
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Main leader

IconSmall Brann Brann Bronzebeard[1]

Secondary leaders IconSmall Dwarf Female High Explorer Dellorah
Race(s) Ironforge dwarfIronforge dwarf Ironforge dwarf
Wildhammer dwarfWildhammer dwarf Wildhammer dwarf
Dark Iron dwarfDark Iron dwarf Dark Iron dwarf
GnomeGnome Gnome
HumanHuman Human
MurlocMurloc Murloc
WorgenWorgen Worgen
Night elfNight elf Night elf
DraeneiDraenei Draenei
TaurenTauren Tauren
Capital Hall of Explorers, Ironforge
Base of operations Khaz Modan
Theater of operations Eastern Kingdoms, Kalimdor, Outland, Northrend, Pandaria, Draenor, Broken Isles
Language(s) Dwarven, Common
Sub-group(s) Prospectors,[3] Bael'dun
Former sub-group(s) Dwarven Expedition
Affiliation Ironforge, Alliance, Independent, Uldum Accord, Dragonscale Expedition
Status Active

The old banner of the Explorers' League.

“Inquiring minds just got to know.”

Brann Bronzebeard

The Explorers' League,[4] also known as Explorers' Guild,[5][6][7][8] Explorer's League or simply the League,[9] is an organization dedicated to researching the origin of the dwarven race. They have many archaeological dig-sites in all corners of the world, from Kalimdor and Eastern Kingdoms to Outland. The League's main base of operations is located in the Hall of Explorers in Ironforge. King Magni Bronzebeard was a founding member of the League. Brann Bronzebeard was another.[10]

While predominantly a dwarven organization, the League also has members of other races among its ranks. Clopper Wizbang was, according to himself and Prospector Nachlan, the first gnome to become a member of the Explorers' League.

The League also has an excellent, and unofficial, relationship with SI:7 that few people are familiar with. The two organizations traveling through Azeroth, sometimes hold and share information by codes and secret means.[11]


Hall of Explorers

Hall of Explorers

The dwarves unearthed a series of ruins that held the key to the secrets of their lost heritage. Driven to discover the truth about his people's fabled origins, King Magni Bronzebeard ordered that the dwarves shift their industry from mining and engineering to that of archaeology. Magni helped to create the famed Explorers' Guild of Ironforge, a group utterly devoted to plumbing the secrets of the ancient world and delving out the truth of the dwarves' fabled existence.[12]

A branch of the League, the Dwarven Expedition led by Muradin Bronzebeard was sent to scout Northrend shortly before the Third War.[13]

At some point, the League discovered Uldaman. The father of the wildhammer clan's Gryphon Master Talonaxe was among them.[14]

World of Warcraft[]

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The League has its presence in Khaz Modan's areas such as Gol'Bolar Quarry and Thelsamar. Moreover, they spread across the world, including Darkshore and were interested in the Temple of Atal'Hakkar in Swamp of Sorrows.[15]

The Explorers' League's use of explosives on the land has led to conflict with the tauren in Mulgore and especially in the southern Barrens.[16] In the southern Barrens conflict, the Stonespire tribe of tauren were mostly killed off by the League's sub-group called Bael'dun led by Prospector Khazgorm.[17][18] The Explorers' League's treatment of the land in Mulgore led to them being killed by Agitated Earth Spirits.[19]

The League was interested in Eldarath in Azshara and its ancient runes.[20]

The League continued excavating Badlands and Uldaman and entered into an open conflict with the Shadowforge clan.

They believe there are artifacts in Alterac Valley.[21]

The Burning Crusade[]

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Several members of the League were spotted on the Azuremyst Isles. They also had a presence in Zangarmarsh on Outland.[22]

Wrath of the Lich King[]

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During the war against the Lich King, the Explorers' League ventured to Northrend and established a base of operations in the Howling Fjord. Unfortunately, the Explorers' League was in the area of Thor Modan, researching the titans, when a battle between the iron dwarves and the stone giants began. They got stuck in the middle of that battle, and a lot of them didn't make it out.[23]

After being freed by adventurers from Dun Argol, Prospectors Gann, Torgan, and Varana, they went on to do more solid work for the League. Varana had also reported to the League that the iron dwarves were serving Loken, but they didn't initially know what it meant.[24]

Members of the League are highly involved with the titan city of Ulduar.


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Since the Cataclysm, the Explorers' League has appeared again in the areas of Azeroth, constantly rivaling with their Horde counterpart, the blood elven Reliquary, to the point where overt hostilities erupt.[25][26]

It was initially believed that the Explorer's League would hold a major presence in the titan-related zone of Uldum, but so far only Brann Bronzebeard has had any visible involvement.

The League has since expanded, accepting worgen into their ranks and entering areas like Stranglethorn.[27]

In Badlands, they discovered new titan ruins near Dustwind Dig.

A group of the explorers established themselves at the Unearthed Grounds in the Stonetalon Mountains, but majority was killed by the Horde.

Mists of Pandaria[]

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The Explorers' League serves as a survey team for Operation: Shieldwall while also excavating historical treasures from Pandaria. This puts them in conflict with the Reliquary, who, like the Explorers' League, are also researching Pandarian artifacts and ruins in order to learn more about the mogu and the sha.

Warlords of Draenor[]

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Some members of the league are found in Ashran.


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Members of the League can be found across the Broken Isles, with Brann going to a new camp every two weeks for archaeology. Sir Finley Mrrgglton is at Dreyrgrot in Stormheim, investigating the vampyr there.

Before the Storm[]

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A team of the Explorers' League was sent to Silithus. Captain Cordressa Briarbow's unit of the Sentinels was sent to act as their guards. The team and the Sentinels were attacked by Bilgewater Cartel goblins in order to kidnap Sapphronetta Flivvers.[28]

Battle for Azeroth[]

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Dark Iron Camp in Zuldazar

Dark Irons at Xibala.

The Explorer's League is present at Xibala in Zandalar, with Dark Iron dwarves joining them. They come into conflict with the nightborne and Reliquary. They also uncovered a devilsaur skeleton in Seekers' Expedition.[29]

In Tiragarde Sound, the league is digging through Drust ruins at Gol Thovas.

When the Assaults have started, members of the League appeared at Uldum to help Uldum Accord against the forces of N'Zoth, and they can be found in Ramkahen and at Maker's Ascent.

Exploring Azeroth[]

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Following the Fourth War, the league is still present and active on an excavation site of the Stranglethorn Vale,[30] but also in the Badlands, more precisely in Uldaman, where they continue to unearth the ruins in search of ancient treasures.[31] The league still has a good relationship with the SI:7, which leads the High Explorer Muninn Magellas to hide precious missives in a cache under the carpet at the entrance of the Hall of Explorers for the agents of the SI:7.[32]

Even after the end of the war against the Jailer, several maddened former members of the League are found inside the Whisper Gulch.[33]


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With the re-emergence of the Dragon Isles, at the behest of the Alliance, the Explorer's League worked alongside the Reliquary to form the Dragonscale Expedition.[34] Despite their joint-mission, rivalries between the Explorer's League and Reliquary endured.[35] However, members of both factions worked together on uncovering various secrets and artifacts across the island.


Discoveries and beliefs[]

Some of the dwarves believe that birds are descended from dinosaurs such as an extinct type of raptor that had feathered arms. The feathers suggest some kind of missing link between the two different kinds of animals.[36]


The League has an academy in Ironforge[37] and holds annual conferences.[38]

The Explorer's League has long used a variety of gadgets to bypass locks, traps, and other mechanisms.[39]

For every artifact the League finds, there are six forms to fill out.[40]



Name Role Status Location
Alliance IconSmall Brann Brann Bronzebeard Founding member and leader of the Explorers' League Alive Various Locations
Alliance IconSmall Magni IconSmall Magni2 Magni Bronzebeard Founding member Alive Ulduar
Alliance IconSmall Muradin Muradin Bronzebeard Member Alive Various Locations
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male High Explorer Muninn Magellas High Explorer Alive Hall of Explorers, Ironforge
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Advisor Belgrum[41] Member Alive Old Ironforge, Ironforge
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Historian Karnik Alive Hall of Explorers, Ironforge
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Tymor Alive Mystic Ward, Ironforge
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Senator Mehr Stonehallow[42] Member Alive Gol'Bolar Quarry, Dun Morogh
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Gehn Alive Unknown
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Drugan Deepdraught Member Alive Gol'Bolar Quarry, Dun Morogh
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Chief Archaeologist Greywhisker Member Alive Darnassus
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Archaeologist Flagongut Member Alive Menethil Harbor, Wetlands
Alliance IconSmall Gnome Female Airwyn Bantamflax Direct superior of Bronwyn Hewstrike Alive Booty Bay, Cape of Stranglethorn
Alliance IconSmall Boar Hambone Alive Explorers' League Digsite, Cape of Stranglethorn
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Archaeologist Adamant Ironheart Studying night elf ruins on Azuremyst Isle Alive Odesyus' Landing, Azuremyst Isle
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Archaeologist Andorin Searching for Brann Bronzebeard in the Storm Peaks Alive Frosthold, Storm Peaks
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Archaeologist Hollee Captive of the Twilight's Hammer Alive Ruins of Auberdine, Darkshore
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Archaeologist Groff Alive Remtravel's Excavation, Darkshore
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Jr. Archaeologist Ferd Alive Remtravel's Excavation, Darkshore
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Brohann Caskbelly Searching for the Temple of Atal'Hakkar Alive Dwarven District, Stormwind City
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Bronwyn Hewstrike Leader of the Explorers' League Digsite Alive Explorers' League Digsite, Cape of Stranglethorn
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Linzi Hewstrike Member Alive Explorers' League Digsite, Cape of Stranglethorn
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Goris Member Alive Explorers' League Digsite, Cape of Stranglethorn
Alliance IconSmall Gnome Male Dask "The Flask" Gobfizzle Member Alive Explorers' League Digsite, Cape of Stranglethorn
Alliance IconSmall Worgen Male Wulfred Harrys Worgen member Alive Fort Livingston, Northern Stranglethorn
Neutral IconSmall Dwarf Male Chief Archaeologist Letoll Digging through the Bone Wastes Alive Sha'tari Base Camp, Terokkar Forest
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Murantus Alive Honor Hold, Hellfire Peninsula
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Conall Alive Telredor, Zangarmarsh
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Borgrim Stouthammer Alive Sylvanaar, Blade's Edge Mountains
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Bronwyn Stouthammer Alive Sylvanaar, Blade's Edge Mountains
Alliance IconSmall Gnome Male Clopper Wizbang First gnomish member Alive Bloodwash, Bloodmyst Isle
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Fennie Hornswaggle Carries out menial tasks and air transports for the Alliance Alive Lion's Landing, Krasarang Wilds
Alliance IconSmall SkeletalDwarfWarrior Henrig Lonebrow Sent by Prospector Khazgorm to travel through Kalimdor Deceased Great Lift, Thousand Needles
Neutral IconSmall Dwarf Female High Explorer Dellorah Leader of the Ulduar expedition Alive Formation Grounds, Ulduar
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Hilda Hornswaggle Leader of the excavation at the Ruins of Ogudei Alive Krasarang Cove, Krasarang Wilds
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Lagnus Leader of the Frosthold expedition Alive Frosthold, Storm Peaks
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Rork Sharpchin Alive Frosthold, Storm Peaks
Alliance IconSmall Human Female Imogen Alive Frosthold, Storm Peaks
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Lead Archaeologist Malzie Leader of the Steel Gate digsite Alive Steel Gate, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Kand Sandseeker Alive Uldaman
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Lead Prospector Durdin Leader of Dustwind Dig Alive Dustwind Dig, Badlands
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Olga Runesworn Alive Dustwind Dig, Badlands
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Gavran Goodspade Vendor Alive Dustwind Dig, Badlands
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Ryedol Alive Dustwind Dig, Badlands
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Gormir Stoneshaper Alive Starfall Village, Winterspring
Alliance IconSmall Gnome Female Explorer Mowi Alive Temple of Earth, Deepholm
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Librarian Mae Paledust Searching for the Mythology of the Titans Alive Library, Ironforge
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Stormpike Alive Library, Ironforge
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Gunstan Investigating the gates of Uldum Alive Gunstan's Dig, Tanaris
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Hilda Runesworn Alive Gunstan's Dig, Tanaris
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Ironband Leader of Ironband's Excavation Site Alive Ironband's Excavation Site, Loch Modan
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Jern Hornhelm Alive Thelsamar, Loch Modan
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Khazgorm Drove the Stonespire tauren from Bael Modan Deceased Formerly Bael Modan, Barrens
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Nachlan Sent to help Clopper Wizbang carry equipment Alive Blood Watch, Bloodmyst Isle
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Remtravel Absent-minder leader of Remtravel's Excavation Alive Remtravel's Excavation, Darkshore
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Whelgar Former leader of of Whelgar's Excavation Site Alive Whelgar's Retreat, Wetlands
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Merrin Rockweaver Alive Whelgar's Retreat, Wetlands
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Rokar Captive of the taunka at Camp Oneqwah Alive Camp Oneqwah, Grizzly Hills
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Brugar Stoneshear Alive Westfall Brigade Encampment, Grizzly Hills
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Torthen Deepdig Alive Thor Modan, Grizzly Hills
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Raegar Breakbrow Investigating the iron dwarf presence in Dun Argol Alive Prospector's Point, Grizzly Hills
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Surveyor Orlond Deceased Thor Modan, Grizzly Hills
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Gann Alive Dun Argol, Grizzly Hills
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Prospector Torgan Alive Dun Argol, Grizzly Hills
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Prospector Varana Alive Dun Argol, Grizzly Hills
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Beltrand McSorf Alive Valgarde, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Walt Alive Explorers' League Outpost, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Pulroy the Archaeologist Deceased Wyrmskull Village, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Zedd Deceased Wyrmskull Village, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Daegarn Alive Ring of Judgement, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Glorenfeld Alive Utgarde Catacombs, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Stanwad Leader of the Explorers' League Outpost Alive Explorers' League Outpost, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Donny Alive Ivald's Ruin, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Explorer Abigail Alive Westguard Keep, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Steel Gate Chief Archaeologist Alive Steel Gate, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Everett McGill Alive Explorers' League Outpost, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Gwendolyn Alive Explorers' League Outpost, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Lebronski Alive Explorers' League Outpost, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Needlemeyer Alive Explorers' League Outpost, Howling Fjord
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Thargad Leader of Thargad's Camp Alive Thargad's Camp, Desolace
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Torren Squarejaw Chief cartographer of the Thelsamar branch Alive Thelsamar, Loch Modan
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Maldur Goldmantle Alive Val'sharah
Alliance IconSmall Gnome Female Tweets Lightsprocket Alive Various
Alliance IconSmall Gnome Male Kheelay Lightsprocket Alive Various
Alliance IconSmall Gnome Male Lupas Lightsprocket Alive Various
Neutral IconSmall Murloc Sir Finley Mrrgglton Sophisticated murloc adventurer Alive Dreyrgrot, Stormheim
Alliance IconSmall Human Male Surveyor Daltry Alive Garrison
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Misirin Stouttoe Alive Ashran
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Briann Highfall Alive Ashran
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Grimnir Sternhammer Alive Ashran; Suramar
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Female Nissa Snowpick Alive Ashran; Val'sharah
Alliance IconSmall Gnome Female Mavvus Gingersnap Alive Ashran
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Feezzel Gingersnap Alive Ashran
Neutral IconSmall Human Male Reno Jackson Alive Rustbolt, Mechagon Island
Neutral IconSmall NightElf Female Elise Starseeker Alive Rustbolt, Mechagon Island


Former members[]

Name Role Status Location
Mob IconSmall Ghoul Foreman Thistlenettle Former leader of the Moonbrook mine Killable Deadmines, Westfall
Alliance IconSmall Dwarf Male Ingo Woolybush Former member of the League, now a Jewelcrafting trainer Alive Theramore Isle, Dustwallow Marsh
Mob IconSmall Dwarf Male Squeeg Idolhunter Leader of the Whisper Gulch explorers driven mad by Yogg-Saron Killable Whisper Gulch, Howling Fjord

Camps and digsites[]

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Note: This list may be incomplete.

Eastern Kingdoms[]




Expedition Commander

Explorers' League tabard.

Some NPCs are seen sporting an Explorers' League tabard, such as the Expedition Commander and his crew or Surveyor Daltry, but the tabard isn't accessible to adventurers.


Reputation description[]

This organization seeks to find the origin of the dwarven race by collecting Titan artifacts. Their most recent research has led them to various archeological sites in Northrend.


Prior to World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, the Explorers' League existed as a pseudo-faction in that there were many NPCs related by quest chains tagged as <Explorers' League>, but there was no reputation unique to them (if their quests rewarded reputation, it was for another faction, typically Ironforge and/or Alliance).

Since the launch of Wrath of the Lich King, it is now finally possible to earn reputation for the Explorers' League. However, as for all Alliance Vanguard subfactions except The Silver Covenant, there is no quartermaster and no other gain for hitting exalted (except maybe for achievement purposes).

As of patch 3.3, all Alliance Vanguard factions receive spillover rep from quests and 5-man dungeons. This negates the need for solely doing Explorer's League dailies to reach exalted.

Players start with 0/3000 neutral and can gain reputation by completing quests in Howling Fjord and Storm Peaks and by doing one daily quest at Steel Gate. All non-repeatable quests together give 7850 reputation. To hit exalted, one needs to complete the daily quest at least 137 times (122 times for humans).

  Neutral Friendly Honored Revered Exalted Rep Attain Notes
A [10-30 Daily] Steel Gate Patrol
250 Alliance [69]
N [25-30 Daily] Among the Champions (R)
63 duel x4
62 Boneguard Commander slain x3
N [25-30G3 Daily] Threat From Above (R)
63 Chillmaw slain
62 Cult of the Damned slain x15
A [25-30 Daily] Blood of the Chosen (R)
62 Vrykul slain x20
A [25-30 Daily] Assault by Ground (R)
62 Infantry delivered x4
A [25-30P Daily] King of the Mountain (R)
Quests 760 Alliance [69] 4 quests
1730 Alliance [69] 9 quests
2850 Alliance [69] 15 quests
750 Alliance [69] 3 quests
1760 Alliance [77] 7 quests
Wrath of the Lich King Heroic Instances
Trash: ?-?
Bosses: ?
Full Clear ~?+ rep
Heroic ~?+ rep

In Hearthstone[]

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The League of Explorers

The Explorer's League, here syntactically rendered the "League of Explorers," is the main focus of the Hearthstone adventure of the same name. The adventure follows four members of the League, Brann Bronzebeard, Elise Starseeker, Reno Jackson and Sir Finley Mrrgglton, as they collect the pieces of a titan artifact known as the Staff of Origination.

After the League of Explorers expansion, Brann, Elise, Reno, and Sir Finley would go on to become prominent reoccurring characters in Hearthstone. They were the main heroes of the Year of the Dragon across both the Saviors of Uldum and Descent of Dragons expansions. They have also appeared individually in both the Battlegrounds and Mercenaries game modes.

In the RPG[]

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In the RPG books, this faction is known as Explorer's Guild, The Guild, Explorer's League, or Explorers' League.[44]

Exploring nearly every corner of the world. Searching for titan artifacts. Amassing one of the world's largest libraries of information on Azeroth's history, people and cultures. When it was first discovered that the origins of the dwarven people might be tied to the ancient and mysterious titans, expeditions were quickly organized to search for artifacts and information that might confirm the theory. The first of these expeditions were led by hardy dwarven prospectors accustomed to long treks in unforgiving territory. As they taught their skills to the new generation of journeymen, a new breed of dwarven traveler emerged. These travelers appointed themselves the task of gathering as much information as possible about the world, its history, and its cultures in hopes of finding the scraps of information the titans might have left behind to lead their progeny to the truth. Though they often still called themselves "prospectors", they gathered together under the banner of their true calling: the Explorers' Guild.

In less than a decade, the Explorers' Guild has already amassed an incredible archive of information and artifacts in their guildhall close to the dwarven throne in Ironforge. The tales brought back by the members of the Guild have ignited the imaginations of the dwarven nation, and children who once dreamed of carrying a blunderbuss into battle or piloting a gyrocopter now play at exploring in the caverns near their home. Though many of them think the dwarves' obsession with the titans verges on the ridiculous, the soldiers and diplomats of the Alliance are happy to support the efforts of the Explorers' Guild so long as it continues to provide useful news from distant and unexplored places. In addition to the cultural and geographic intelligence it gathers, information provided by the Guild has allowed the Alliance to produce a map of more than 400 untapped gold mines across Khaz Modan and Lordaeron in preparation for an eventual move north to battle the Scourge.[45]


New members of the Explorers' Guild spend their early days honing their skills close to home, guiding travelers through the peaks and passes of Khaz Modan and leading supply expeditions for the dwarven kingdoms. Once they've proved themselves, these "prospectors" are upgraded to "journeyman" status and given their first field missions by the Guild. Often, these missions involve traveling to remote but previously visited locales in order to update the Guild's library with news of current events in the area. Eventually, the journeymen are upgraded to full Explorer status and given carte blanche to travel where they will with full Guild support, provided that they produce regular reports on their excursions.

The dwarven king is the official head of the Explorer's Guild, though the title is mostly honorary — only once in Guild history has the king filed a report in the Archives. The daily operation of the Guild is overseen by the Excursion Council, made up of several dozen of the oldest and most experienced members of the Guild. The younger members of the Guild have nicknamed this group the “Excuse Me Council,” as many of the Council are constantly leaving behind their duties to set off on their own self-assigned journeys. Yet so long as a small fraction of the Council remains in Ironforge to coordinate outgoing and incoming Guild expeditions, the organization continues to run smoothly.[45][46]


For many years, members of the Guild met in the Weary Boots Tavern in Ironforge, storing their reports and retrieved artifacts on sagging wooden shelves in a disused warehouse. Several years ago, treasure gathered by the Guild was combined with a bequest from the throne to pay for a new block of chambers to be carved out of the rock of the dwarven capital. The newly completed Guildhall provides members with offices and meeting rooms, workshops to repair gear and equipment, warehouses and libraries, private quarters for higher-ranking members and group bunkrooms for newer initiates. A large museum open to the public shows exhibits of relics collected by the Guild; when titan artifacts are on display, the line to get into the museum often snakes out the entrance of the Guildhall and across the public square in front of the building. Smaller guildhalls, called “way stations”, are being established in far-flung corners of Azeroth, usually in the back rooms of inns or taverns along well-traveled routes to distant parts of the continent. Though they still vary in the level of service they can offer, some way stations can provide detailed maps of the local area while others stockpile supplies of dried foods and basic traveling necessities that can be drawn upon by Guild members (who are expected to pay for their withdrawals of Guild property whenever possible).[46][47]



Explorer's Guild classroom

The overwhelming majority of members in the Explorer's Guild are dwarves. Fewer than a dozen members of other races are inducted into the ranks each year, usually after providing exemplary service to the Guild on several official expeditions. A green torch burning at the entrance to the Guildhall in Ironforge marks the rare occasions when the Guild is accepting new applicants, a call usually answered by hundreds of young dwarves who can demonstrate the requisite skill with languages and a broad base of geographic and historical knowledge. For each opening, twenty top potentials are selected and taken into the mountains of Khaz Modan by one of the Excursion Council. What follows is an intensive three-week trial that tests not only the potentials' physical ability and stamina but also a wide range of skills from map making and tracking to herbalism and mineral location. At the end of the test period, the applicants who come out on top are inducted into the Guild and officially allowed to call themselves prospectors.

Membership in the Guild is selective, as each member receives a stipend from the Guild of two gold pieces per day, rising to five gold pieces when on a sanctioned expedition. In addition, the Guild stores will completely outfit any official expedition with supplies and equipment — though the quartermasters are notoriously stingy when arguing the definition of "completely outfit". All Guild members can also make their home at the Guildhall in Ironforge, though when all the private quarters are taken up by higher-ranking members of the Guild (as during the annual Convocation, when the Guild gathers to share stories and plan expeditions for the coming year), even full-fledged explorers can find themselves sleeping in the fifth slot up in the bunkhouse. Guild members come from all walks of life, their skills contributing to the goals of the Guild and the dwarven people. For some, however, exploration becomes more than a profession — it becomes an avocation and a passion.[47][48] The members of the Explorers' League are spread across the globe at various key digsites and expeditions.


King Magni Bronzebeard was the Grand Explorer of the Guild,[49] a position of honorary leadership.

Samul Strangehands, Ryona Blondbeard, Hona Stonefall, Yulanini Hammersmith.


Name Location
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male Aron Kodosbreath MIA, Status unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male Tomli Magellas (High Explorer) MIA, Status unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male Darren Unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male Hardigan Ironjaw
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male Hugh Deepstone Unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Female Hona Stonefall (Field Instructor) Ironforge Guildhall
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male Hogun Dead Bael Modan ruins
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male Maddox Unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male Poyli Stonesole MIA, Status unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male Yulanini Hammersmith MIA, Status unknown
AllianceIconSmall Dwarf Male Rumholt Thunderaxe MIA, Status unknown



Patch changes[]

See also[]


  1. ^ a b Archived Explorers' League page
  2. ^ a b The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, chapter 12, pg. 116 - "Anduin recognized him as High Explorer Muninn Magellas, the head of the Explorers' League"
  3. ^ A [38] Agmond's Fate
  4. ^ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Game Manual
  5. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual
  6. ^ World of Warcraft: Game Manual
  7. ^ A [50D] Into The Temple of Atal'Hakkar
  8. ^ Prospector Ironband#Quotes
  9. ^ A [20G] The Absent Minded Prospector
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  14. ^ A [43] Gryphon Master Talonaxe
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  16. ^ H [8] Dwarven Digging
  17. ^ H [23] Gann's Reclamation
  18. ^ H [8] Dwarven Digging
  19. ^ H [1-30] The Restless Earth
  20. ^ A [52] Arcane Runes
  21. ^ A [20-70P] The Battle of Alterac
  22. ^ A [10-30] Unfinished Business
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  24. ^ Exploring Azeroth: Northrend, pg. 40
  25. ^ A [15-30] All's Fair in Love, War, and Archaeology
  26. ^ A [15-30] Laying Claim
  27. ^ A [10-30] To the Cape!
  28. ^ Before the Storm
  29. ^ Magister Umbric#Gossip
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  39. ^ Mechanism Bypass
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