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Fire elementals
Fireguard Destroyer HS
Faction/Affiliation Varies
Racial capital Sulfuron Keep
Racial leader(s) IconSmall Baleroc Smolderon
  Formerly IconSmall FireLord Ragnaros †
Homeworld Firelands (Elemental Plane)
Language(s) Kalimag, Ignan

Fire elementals are elemental creatures made of fire. On Azeroth, their domain on the Elemental Plane is known as the Firelands, and they were formerly led by Ragnaros the Firelord, later succeeded by the Firelord Smolderon. Not all fire elementals are minions of the elemental lords and princes, some are minions of the elemental spirits of Outland.


Ordering of Azeroth[]


The Firelands, the domain of the fire elementals in the Elemental Plane.

To keep Azeroth safe from these threats, the titans imprisoned the Old Gods underground and banished the savage elementals to the titan-constructed Elemental Plane, a secure dominion where the elementals could dwell without harming Azeroth. Four domains were created within this primordial realm to serve as ideal environments for each type of elemental. One of the Elemental Plane's domains, a molten domain known as the Firelands, is home to the fire elementals. With the elementals' departure, nature calmed, and the world settled into a peaceful harmony.[1][2]

War of the Three Hammers[]

Around three hundred years ago the ambitious and ruthless Dark Iron clan initiated a war against their dwarven brethren, the Bronzebeard clan and Wildhammer clan. During this War of the Three Hammers Thaurissan, seeking to summon a supernatural minion that would turn the tide of the war back to his favor, called upon the ancient powers sleeping beneath the world. To Thaurissan's surprise, and ultimately his doom, the creature that emerged was more terrible than any nightmare he could have imagined. Now, freed by Thaurissan's call, Ragnaros erupted into being once again. Ragnaros' apocalyptic rebirth into Azeroth shattered the Redridge Mountains and created a raging volcano at the center of the devastation.[3] Many Dark Iron dwarves remained within the lower areas of the mountain, especially Blackrock Depths, toiling away at the behest of Ragnaros and his lieutenants. The Firelord and his minions then made war on the orcs in the Upper Blackrock Spire, which served as the seat of power for Nefarian the black dragon.[4]

First War[]

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Main article: Fire Elemental (Warcraft I)
Warcraft I - FireElemental

Fire elemental in female form.

The creation of a simulacrum of the elements of fire. While these servants can be constructed and controlled by powerful mages, many have proved too difficult to hold in the summoner's power. Should they escape their creator these creatures rage uncontrollably, determined to destroy all those who are like the one that imprisoned them in this domain.[5]

While their watery brethren fall under the domain of the Humans, these creatures serve no other. They only seek to destroy anything or anyone that they come in contact with. No one knows if these are summoned beings, or the result of some rogue magiks. The only sure thing is that they are deadly, and seem to take some dark pleasure in the pain they inflict.[6]

Third War[]

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Over time human wizards learned how to call back the Elementals through the art of summoning. The Firelord is one of these liberated Elementals. Consumed by hatred for all organic life, he roams the world he once called home, sewing chaos, wreaking vengeance, and inflicting pain with extreme prejudice.[7]

World of Warcraft[]

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After Dagran Thaurissan's death, Moira Thaurissan made sure that the involvement of the fire elementals with the Dark Irons was known to the world. In response, the Hydraxian Waterlords led by Duke Hydraxis recruited scores of powerful adventurers of the Horde and Alliance to enter the Molten Core and defeat his army and the Firelord himself. Ragnaros and his elementals were banished back into the Firelands.[8]


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Ragnaros and his lieutenants in the Firelands.

Following Deathwing's Shattering of the World Pillar in Deepholm and his destructive re-emergence into Azeroth, the Elemental Plane collided with the physical realm and resulted in drastic geographical upheaval, causing chaotic elementals to pour out into the world of Azeroth.[9] With the world still reeling from the disaster, Ragnaros and his minions joined Deathwing's camp and have made it their goal to set aflame the World Tree Nordrassil, one of the remaining symbols of healing in the shattered lands of Azeroth. In the ensuing conflict, many brave heroes gave their lives to protect Hyjal from destruction. By their noble sacrifices, the impossible was achieved: the Guardians of Hyjal pushed Ragnaros' minions back into the Firelands.[10]

The battle to protect Hyjal then raged in Ragnaros's smoldering realm. As territory was gained and Azeroth's champions edged closer to the Firelands' inner sanctums, a monumental task awaited ahead. Entrenched around Ragnaros's lair -- Sulfuron Keep -- they had to face his most trusted guardians, including the turncoat Druids of the Flame and their mysterious leader.[11] Despite the Firelord's incredible destructive forces, the Cenarion Circle and the champions eventually destroyed him within his own fortress.[12]


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The death of Ragnaros has left the Firelands in utter chaos.[13] The fire elementals residing there became engaged in an epic battle for supremacy.[14] Eventually Smolderon and Pyroth, the son of Lord Rhyolith, would emerge as the top contenders for the position of Firelord.

During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the shaman of the Earthen Ring attempted to recruit the elemental Lords and their minions to fight against the Burning Legion. Upon witnessing the civil war raging in the Firelands, the Farseer decided to back Smolderon as the new Firelord, as he was more willing to work with mortals over Pyroth.[15] To that end, the Earthen Ring retrieved Emberscar, Brand of Damnation for Smolderon to wield, and then slew Pyroth.[16] Now free to rule uncontested, Smolderon became the new Firelord and accepted the Earthen Ring's plea in exchange for their help.[17] He sent Baron Scaldius to represent him at the Heart of Azeroth and to aid the mortals against the invading demons.[18]


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During the Tempest Unleashed, many fire elementals were summoned alongside the Raging Fire Lord to cause chaos across the Northern Barrens, Un'Goro Crater, and the Badlands.[19][20] After the reawakening of the Dragon Isles, hostile fire elementals were among the enemies encountered there. A number of them were also called forth by the Primalists, who summoned them as their reinforcements through elemental gateways linked to the Firelands.[21]



First elemental lord of fire, Ragnaros.

Lord Smolderon

Second elemental lord of fire, Smolderon.

Name Role Status Location
Neutral IconSmall Baleroc Smolderon Current firelord, ruler of all fire elementals Unknown Firelands, Heart of Azeroth
Neutral IconSmall FireLord Ragnaros Former firelord and ruler of all fire elementals Deceased Molten Core; Sulfuron Keep, Firelands
Mob IconSmall Fire Ambassador Infernus Overseer of the Shadowforge clan's excavation of Uldaman Killable Angor Fortress, Badlands
Boss IconSmall Baleroc Baleroc Gatekeeper of Sulfuron Keep Killable Mortal's Demise, Firelands
Mob IconSmall Entropy Baron Charr Leader of fire elementals in Un'Goro during the elemental invasions Removed Formerly Fire Plume Ridge, Un'Goro Crater
Boss IconSmall Fire Baron Geddon Guardian of the Bindings of the Windseeker Killable Molten Core; Mount Hyjal
Mob IconSmall Fire Blazerunner Most powerful fire elemental of Un'Goro Crater Killable Fire Plume Ridge, Un'Goro Crater
Mob IconSmall Fire Hauteur Deranged elemental forcing wildkin to worship him Killable Moonwing Den, Azuremyst Isle
Boss IconSmall Fire Lord Incendius Guardian of the Black Anvil Killable Shadowforge City, Blackrock Depths
Mob IconSmall Fire Lord Magmathar Seeking to scorch the entirety of Ashenvale Killable Thunder Peak, Ashenvale
Boss IconSmall Fire Lord Overheat Stormwind Stockade inmate Killable Stormwind Stockade
Mob IconSmall Fire Magmatooth Initiate Goldmine's fire elemental Killable Blood Trail, Deepholm; Elementium Depths, Twilight Highlands
Mob IconSmall Fire Overmaster Pyron Guardian of the entrance to Blackrock Depths Killable Grinding Quarry, Blackrock Mountain
Boss IconSmall Fire Pyroguard Emberseer Captured and drained by warlocks loyal to Nefarian Removed Formerly Hall of Binding, Upper Blackrock Spire
Mob IconSmall Fire Simmer Leader of fire elementals on the Charred Rise Killable Charred Rise, Borean Tundra
Neutral IconSmall Fire Temper Mentor of draenei shaman Alive Emberglade, Azuremyst Isle
Boss IconSmall Fire Volcanus Seeking to corrupt Nordrassil Killable Anvil of Conflagration, Firelands


Lesser Elemental Fire art

A lesser fire elemental concept art.

As a shaman pet[]

Main article: Fire Elemental Totem

Shamans are able to summon an elemental totem that calls forth a greater fire elemental to rain destruction on the caster's enemies.

As a companion pet[]

In the RPG[]

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They are beings formed of blazing flames held together to create the appearance of a muscular humanoid torso. Black metal bracers encircle the thing's arms, and its torso trails off into a fiery tail. Fire elementals are beings of hate and cruelty. They enjoy causing pain. Fire elementals ignite all that they touch and consume the air around them. Fire elementals prefer close combat, where they can set their opponents alight and take no damage from the resulting blaze. They initiate combat by suffocating to weaken their enemies before engaging in melee. Cunning foes, fire elementals lure their opponents into dangerous areas, such as dry forests the elemental can set alight. Fire elementals are intelligent enough to attack only those who seem easy targets, and they usually flee when the battle turns against them.[22]


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