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For his appearance in Warcraft III, see Gavinrad the Dire (Warcraft III).
Image of Gavinrad
Title The Dire,
the Cruel
Gender Male
Race Human (Undead / Humanoid)
Class Paladin, Knight
Resource Mana
Former affiliation(s) Knights of the Silver Hand, Kingdom of Stormwind, Alliance of Lordaeron
Former occupation(s) Leader of the Champions of Peace, Paladin of the Silver Hand, Knight of Stormwind
Location Spirit in Icecrown Citadel
Status Deceased
Mentor(s) Alonsus Faol
Companion(s) Uther the Lightbringer, Turalyon, Tirion Fordring, Saidan Dathrohan

“I can't believe that we ever called you brother! I knew it was a mistake to accept a spoiled prince into our order! You've made a mockery of the Silver Hand!”

— Gavinrad the Dire to Arthas Menethil[1]

Gavinrad the Dire was the leader of the Champions of Peace, and one of the first five paladins of the Knights of the Silver Hand along with Uther the Lightbringer, Turalyon, Saidan Dathrohan, and Tirion Fordring. Once a loyal knight of the Kingdom of Stormwind, he fought the orcs of the Old Horde and defended Stormwind City during the First War. Following the exodus to Lordaeron, he was chosen by the Supreme Commander Anduin Lothar and Archbishop Alonsus Faol to become the last founding member of the Order of the Silver Hand.

A hero of the Alliance of Lordaeron, and a respected paladin, he protected Lordaeron for years. However, at the time of the Third War, he was killed by the death knight Arthas Menethil during the Scourging of Lordaeron, while he and his paladins were in charge of guarding the buried remains of the necromancer Kel'Thuzad at Andorhal.

For years, his soul was imprisoned and tortured inside Frostmourne, until he was freed by Tirion Fordring and the Ashbringer during the Scourgewar. As a wandering soul in Icecrown Citadel, he finally found eternal rest after being freed by the Deathlord of the Knights of the Ebon Blade, during the third invasion of the Burning Legion.


The First War[]

At the beginning of the First War, between the human Kingdom of Stormwind and the orcish Horde, Sir Anduin Lothar decided to use the orcs' mobility against them and placed large numbers of human troops under the command of the loyal knight Gavinrad the Dire. In some cases, small units of human knights were able to bring down entire orc raiding parties without any casualties.[2]

Near the end of the war, when Lothar led a war party to Karazhan to confront Medivh, he charged Gavinrad with commanding Stormwind City's defenses in his absence.[3] Shortly thereafter, the Horde began laying siege to Stormwind, and King Llane Wrynn I was assassinated by Garona Halforcen. When Lothar returned, he ordered a mass evacuation of the city. He, Gavinrad, Khadgar and the remaining soldiers gathered Prince Varian, Queen Taria and any other citizens they could find and led them toward the harbor to escape on the remaining ships. They fought street by street, losing many along the way, including Taria.[4]

The Second War[]

Step Into the Light - Kneeling

Gavinrad (right) during Uther's ceremony as the first of the paladins, in Alonsus Chapel.

Step Into the Light - Gavinrad the Dire

Gavinrad in Alonsus Chapel, as seen in Uther's memory.

During the exodus to Lordaeron, Gavinrad accompanied Lothar and the other refugees. The battle-hardened knight was considered one of the most pious of Lothar's troops, and Lothar recommended to Archbishop Alonsus Faol that Gavinrad join Uther, Turalyon, Tirion Fordring and Saidan Dathrohan as one of the first members of the Knights of the Silver Hand, and the Archbishop agreed.[5][6]

While traveling with Anduin Lothar's army, Gavinrad and the others were trained vigorously day and night by Faol, who taught them how to use the Light to comfort their allies, to smite their enemies and how to lead by example, as they would be more than weapons but beacons of hope to guide the Alliance of Lordaeron. As their training progressed, Faol presented each of the paladins with enchanted librams that were among the church's most ancient relics. Each libram represented a core trait of the Silver Hand that Faol challenged his students to become the living embodiment of, and Gavinrad was given the Libram of Compassion.[6]

During the Battle of Hillsbrad Foothills, Gavinrad accompanied Uther to fight the death knights of Gul'dan. One of them managed to get close enough to the paladin to grab his arm, with darkness radiating from the grip, but Gavinrad's holy aura shone brighter and drove the darkness away, causing his attacker to shrink back and duck a blow from his hammer.[7] Thereafter, Gavinrad fought on many other battlefields until the end of the war.

Following the Second War, he, Uther, Saidan, and Tirion were present during the introduction ceremony in the order of Prince Arthas Menethil, at the Cathedral of Light of Stormwind City. It was the first time they had all been together after many years, and Gavinrad was the one who gave Arthas the hammer known as Light's Vengeance.[8]

Scourging of Lordaeron[]

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Gavinrad in Warcraft III: Reforged.

In the beginnings of the Third War, while the Plague of Undeath turned the citizens of Lordaeron into undead, Uther the Lightbringer thought it would be wise to ensure that the necromancer Kel'Thuzad, killed by Arthas Menethil, would never be allowed to walk again. Consequently, he stationed Gavinrad and his Champions of Peace to guard the cemetery near Andorhal, where the necromancer was buried.[9]

However, during the Scourging of Lordaeron, the dreadlord Tichondrius ordered the Scourge to retrieve and resurrect the remains of Kel'Thuzad, and so Gavinrad ended up face to face with the treacherous prince, now a death knight, who advised the paladin to step aside. When Gavinrad refused and asked where was the holy hammer he once gave him, Arthas unleashed his undead forces upon him and his paladins, and personally killed the paladin to feed his soul to Frostmourne.[1]

Though Arthas threatened to raise Gavinrad from the dead, the paladin's body was simply left where he fell.


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At the time of the Cataclysm, Korfax of the Brotherhood of the Light ordered adventurers to retrieve Inv jewelry talisman 06 [Gavinrad's Sigil], one of the holy artifacts of the Silver Hand kept by the Scarlet Crusade forces in the barracks of Tyr's Hand. He mentioned that it belonged in the hands of the righteous, then delivered it to Maxwell Tyrosus at Light's Hope Chapel.[10]


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.
Gavinrad the Cruel

Gavinrad's spirit in Icecrown Citadel.

After Frostmourne was shattered by Tirion Fordring and the Ashbringer, Gavinrad's spirit was freed, but his soul began to wander Icecrown Citadel as Gavinrad the Cruel. Having been driven mad by the cursed blade, he also attacked anyone who came near him, considering them as blights to be removed from this world.[11]

At the time of the third invasion of the Burning Legion, a Frost death knight of the Knights of the Ebon Blade, seeking to reforge the shards of Frostmourne into two new swords, was forced to grant Gavinrad's spirit a final death to claim the shard that he was guarding.[11]

His last words were a relief to finally be free from his torment.


Shadowlands This section concerns content related to Shadowlands.

A missing fragment of Gavinrad's soul, crystallized as "The Champion of Peace", came into Zovaal the Jailer's possession after Frostmourne's shattering.[12] When Uther had to delve into his memories, in order to face his past and accept his mistakes, the ghost of Gavinrad appeared among the victims of Arthas whom he could not stop.[13]


He Was My Student - ghosts

Ghost of Gavinrad (on the left) in Uther's memory.

Location Level range Reaction Notes
Icecrown Citadel[52, 50]VZ-Icecrown Citadel-s4Blip 10-45 Alliance Horde As part of N Death knight [10-45] The Call of Icecrown.
Cathedral of Light, Stormwind City - Alliance Horde Memory as part of N [60] He Was My Student.
Alonsus Chapel & Elders' Square, Stratholme 60 Elite Alliance Horde Memory as part of N [60] Step Into the Light.


  • Ability paladin divinestorm Divine Storm — An instant weapon attack that causes Holy damage to up to 4 enemies within 8 yards.
  • Ability thunderclap Hammer of Wrath — Hurls a hammer that strikes an enemy for Holy damage.
  • Spell holy auraoflight Retribution Aura — Causes Holy damage to any creature that strikes the caster.


Warcraft III[]

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Main article: Gavinrad the Dire (Warcraft III) § Quotes
Gavinrad the Dire

Gavinrad the Dire in Warcraft III.

World of Warcraft[]

Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.
The Silver Hand will remove your blight from this world!
The pain... is over...

Notes and trivia[]


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Considering that he was a Stormwindian knight before becoming a paladin, Gavinrad was likely originally a member of the Brotherhood of the Horse.


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