Gates of the Abyss
Location Outland, near the Black Temple
Result Illidan manages to close the demon portals

Illidan's forces


Burning Legion

Commanders and leaders

Illidan's forces


Burning Legion

Casualties and losses

Illidan's forces

  • Moderate

Burning Legion

  • Very heavy
Previous The Search for Illidan
Next Lord of Outland
This article contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Gates of the Abyss is the chapter 5 of the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Alliance campaign, Curse of the Blood Elves.

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Two days later, upon the desolate plains of Outland, Illidan and Prince Kael'thas prepare to assault Magtheridon's dimensional gateways.


The combined Blood Elf and Naga forces protect Illidan as successfully he closes the closest dimensional gateway to their encampment. With the first gateway closed Illidan's forces move out to find the next one when they encounter a group of fel orcs besieging a Draenei village. After destroying the fel orcs Akama and his tribe pledge their support and loyalty to Illidan in thanks. With their forces bolstered the Illidari are able to destroy the fel orc bases nearby and close the remaining dimensional gate ways, ensuring that Magtheridon will be unable to receive reinforcements.


Main Quests

Availablequest BTNDarkPortal.png Dimensional Gates

  • Close each Dimensional Gate (4)
  • Bring Illidan to each Dimensional Nexus (4)
  • Illidan must survive 3 minutes per Gate

A brutal Pit Lord named Magtheridon commands a vast army that pours through the Dimensional Gates daily. Only Illidan has the power to close each Gate by stepping onto the Dimensional Nexus. Kael will need to protect Lord Illidan while he works his magic for 3 minutes.

Optional Quests

Availablequest BTNDranaiHut.png Draenei Village

  • Destroy the Orange Fel Orc base

For centuries the Draenei have been battling the Fel Orcs, but in the last hundred years the Draenei have been slowly losing. With the help of Illidan and Kael the Draenei would be able to turn the balance in their favor and rid themselves of the Fel Orcs once and for all.



IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: Long ago, after Draenor's explosion, a brutal Pit Lord named Magtheridon rallied the surviving orcs and took control of Outland. Since then, his forces have grown strong.
IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: How, master? If most of the orcs were killed when this world exploded, how has he bolstered his ranks?
IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: By using the very portals that tore the planet apart. Many of Ner'zhul's dimensional gates still stand, young prince. Magtheridon lures scores of hapless demons through them daily.
IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: Then we must seal them permanently.
IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: Yes. We will seek out each of the gates and I will close them myself. Once they have been sealed, we will move against Magtheridon's Black Citadel, and claim Outland as our own.

During the Mission

Closing first portal
IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: It's working. Illidan is closing the portal! We've got to buy him more time!
At the middle of the battle
IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: Master, Magtheridon must have discovered us! His orcs have already begun their assault!
IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: Our forces must hold them back while we search for the dimensional gates!
Discovering the Draenei village
IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: Magtheridon's forces have besieged that Draenei village! If we drive them back, the Draenei will join us in our fight!
After the fel orcs attacking the draenei had been defeated
IconSmall Akama.gif Akama: I am Akama, Elder Sage of the draenei. Lord Illidan promised to rid us of our ancient enemies in exchange for our loyalty. These cursed orcs serve Magtheridon--a terrible lord whose Black Citadel lies to the west. Under his command, the orcs hunted us to the brink of extinction. But now, with Lord Illidan behind us, we will fight back and retake our ancestral lands.
IconSmall Vashj.gif Vashj: We also serve Illidan, old one.
IconSmall Akama.gif Akama: Very well, stranger.
Closing the rest of the portals
  • IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: I'll get to work on this gate. Kael, I'll need you to defend me just as before.
  • IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: Be wary, master! More demons are emerging from the gate!
  • IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: The gate is closing. Fight on, my warriors!

  • IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: Kael, cover me while I attempt to close this gate.
  • IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: Magtheridon has called in his reinforcements!
  • IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: The gate is collapsing. Defend Lord Illidan!

IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: Master, the final dimensional gate is surrounded by demons! We're going to have a serious fight on our hands.
IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: Do not fear the demons, Kael. In time, they will call you master!
  • IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: The gate is opening! More demons are charging through!
  • IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: The gate is nearly closed. We must stand fast!
  • IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: The final gateway is closing! Hold fast, my warriors! Our victory is at hand!
If Illidan is hit
  • IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: Lord Illidan is under attack! We must defend him!
  • IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: Illidan needs our help!
  • IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: Protect Lord Illidan at all costs!
  • IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: The master is weakening! We must rush to aid him!
Freed draenei prisoners
  • IconSmall LostOne.gif Draenei Stalker: Thank you, strangers. The wretched orcs nearly had us this time. If you seek to put an end to them, then our bravest warriors will assist you.
  • IconSmall LostOne.gif Draenei Vindicator: Old Akama told us of your exploits. We will aid you in Lord Illidan's name!
  • IconSmall LostOne.gif Draenei Seer: You saved our lives. We are yours to command, blood elf.

Mission Complete

IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: We've done it, master! The dimensional gates are all sealed. There's no way for Magtheridon to call reinforcements now.
IconSmall Illidan.gif Illidan Stormrage: True, but his standing forces are still considerable. Assaulting his Black Citadel will not be easy, Kael.
IconSmall Kael'thas.gif Prince Kael'thas: I wouldn't have it any other way.


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