The First Ones are godlike beings[1] who created the cosmic realms[2] and shaped the cosmos.[3][4] Very little is known about them, but they are connected to other pantheons like the titan Pantheon and the Eternal Ones.[1]

They notably created the Shadowlands,[2] including Oribos[5][6] and Maldraxxus.[3] Their spirit obelisks and waystones can be found throughout the afterlives. The one in the Maw was reactivated from dormancy by a Maw Walker, to the great surprise of the Jailer who had thought it impossible for a relic of the First Ones to respond to a mortal.[7]

The Jailer is searching for a secret that the First Ones sought to hide, calling it the "final prize".[8]

The Jailer has recently managed to collect the five sigils of the Eternal Ones, which allowed him to reach the Sepulcher of the First Ones, a mysterious location containing their secrets.[9] According to Tal-Inara, if the Jailer killed the Arbiter, it would mean the end of everything the First Ones made.[10]

Notes and trivia

  • The  [Paths of the First Ones] is a book filled with speculation and half-truths, and talks about the pathways connecting the realms of Death.[11]
  • Their architecture is known for its geometric patterns.[5]
  • Pieces of a First One relic have been found on Azeroth.[12]


See also


  1. ^ a b perculia 2020-07-09. Shadowlands Lore Interview with Lead Narrative Designer Steve Danuser - Elune, Sylvanas, Calia. Wowhead. Archived from the original on 2020-07-09.
  2. ^ a b World of Warcraft Devs Talk the New Raid and Mythic+ Score Coming to the Chains of Domination Expansion - "the First Ones, the progenitors who created the Shadowlands and other cosmic realms."
  3. ^ a b The Art of World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, pg. 99: The First Ones who shaped the cosmos knew they needed to protect the Shadowlands from external threats and beyond. Maldraxxus was their answer.
  4. ^ Bellular interviewing Morgan Day & Steve Danuser at 10:30, Steve Danuser: They were these mysterious and very powerful beings that sort of architect-ed the framework of the universe of which the Titans, the Pantheon of Death, pantheons of all these different influences are kind of the next layer down from the First Ones, these progenitors of the universe.
  5. ^ a b Opulence Ba'hare#Quotes
  6. ^ N [50] Tether to Home
  7. ^ N [50] Stand as One
  8. ^  [Clearing the Fog]
  9. ^ Sanctum of Domination raid ending
  10. ^ N [50] Audience with the Arbiter
  11. ^ N [60] The Hall of Tomes
  12. ^ Tazavesh, the Veiled Market