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Gods are vaguely defined in Warcraft. Gods can exert influence over several locations simultaneously, but the power of a god is limited. The Old Gods were imprisoned by the titan-forged and Wild Gods have been defeated. Nonetheless, an imprisoned, sleeping, or otherwise enfeebled god may still have an effect—conscious or not—on the god's surroundings.[1] Certain gods have even been killed.[2][3]


  • All gods are immortal.[1] A number of these creatures are fundamentally incorporeal beings, but others lead a primarily physical existence. Immortals are generally resistant to sickness and injury, but immortality does not confer invulnerability. Immortal creatures essentially stop aging when they reach adulthood, and thus, they cannot die merely from old age. In addition, they tend to be more powerful than most mortal creatures, although this tendency does not always hold true. Even godhood itself is no guarantee of superior might to the average man.[4]
  • Gods can be fundamentally incorporeal, like Elune, or they may have physical forms.[1]
  • Gods are neither omniscient nor omnipotent,[1] as the Wild Gods have proven.

Creation myths[]

Main article: Creation myth

Some believe that the universe was created as a whole by "a singular, all-powerful entity".[5][6]

God was said to have been revered by the Clerics of Northshire during the First War. The Abbot of Northshire Abbey believed that the archangels took up swords of light to defend the heavens[7] and that God is able to see in an all-encompassing fashion. He sees the world with extreme clarity, and only a fraction of the power would blind a human.[7] During the Second War, churches sang "Deo Gratias" (Deo Gratias), Latin for "Thanks [be] to God". Even after the Second War a Knight of the Silver Hand called Duncan Senturus believed in a higher power that could choose paths for people, and believed evil actions were ungodly.[8]

In contrast, the high elf Milan spoke during the Second War not of the belief in the creator "God", but of an entire pantheon called "the gods". He mentions believing in these gods, praying to the gods, and receiving help from them. He speaks of his allies praying to the gods, and the gods answering their prayers.[9]

The Temple of the Moon in Suramar had frescoes and murals depicting Elune and many other gods (actual gods, not demigods) shaping the world.[10]

Described as god or goddess[]

Important notes:

  • The Light is a fundamental force, but it has been personified many times by its followers and others, believing that it had a "will", or that it made deliberate choices, or that it was "good", while the Void was "evil", but such concepts do not apply to the Light and the Void, they are simply primal forces with their morality characterized by how they are wielded.[33]


Main article: Demigod

Demigods are part god, part other. The demigods of Azeroth wield great power and have occasionally played pivotal roles in the planet's history, one example of this being Cenarius. Nevertheless, unlike gods, most demigods have never been the objects of worship. Few demigods have temples built in their honor. Priesthoods based on the worship of a demigod are extremely rare.[34]

Like gods, demigods are immortal and are neither omniscient nor omnipotent.[34]

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.
  • It is possible that the clerics and some Knights of the Silver Hand found their basis of this "God" from one of the creation myths of Azeroth, as well as knowledge of the angels.
  • Milan's "gods" could include the whole pantheon of night elf deities.

See also[]


  1. ^ a b c d e f The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Gods
  2. ^ Dave Kosak interview - "But Y'shaarj itself is very, very, very dead."
  3. ^ Dave Kosak on Twitter - "Garrosh brings heart of Y'shaarj back to life using the pools of Pandaria. Fortunately, the whole God isn't resurrected."
  4. ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Immortals
  5. ^ Inv misc book 10 [Mythology of the Titans]
  6. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual, pg. 133
  7. ^ a b Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual, Azeroth Army of the First War, Cleric Spells
  8. ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 44: "...clearly it was chosen by a higher power that your paths would lead you to us."
  9. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness The Official Strategy Guide, pg. 94, 118 & 126
  10. ^ The Well of Eternity, chapter 8
  11. ^ Anzu Dungeon Journal "A mysterious avian deity worshipped by some of the more savage arrakoa[sic]..."
  12. ^ N [20-30] The Blessing of Zim'Abwa, N [20-30] The Blessing of Zim'Rhuk, and N [20-30] The Blessing of Zim'Torga
  13. ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Elune
  14. ^ N [60] Echoes of Fate
  15. ^ Beasts of the Savage Lands - Gorgrond
  16. ^ H [50D] The Temple of Atal'Hakkar
  17. ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects pg. 350
  18. ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg. 156
  19. ^ Game Guide: Well of Eternity "...preparing it for the terrifying and glorious entrance of the demon god Sargeras."
  20. ^ H IconSmall Goblin MaleIconSmall Goblin Female [1-20] Children of a Turtle God
  21. ^ N [25-30] Against All Odds
  22. ^ a b Dave Kosak on Twitter (2014-05-08): "Celestials are Wild Gods, like the Ancients. They just stayed in Pandaria."
  23. ^ Malas the Corrupter#Quotes
  24. ^ N [20-30] Trouble at the Altar of Sseratus
  25. ^ N [20-30] Strange Mojo
  26. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 32
  27. ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume I Issue II, pg. 71
  28. ^ Loreology on Twitter (2014-06-22): "They are classified as "metallic skinned gods" in my bible.... :)"
  29. ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Gods "...the benevolent titans, though not gods themselves..."
  30. ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Immortals "The titans are not gods..."
  31. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-08-04)
  32. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 13
  33. ^ Blizzblizz interview with Johnny Cash and Michael Bighby
  34. ^ a b The Warcraft Encyclopedia/Demigods
  35. ^ Stormrage, pg. 53
  36. ^ Garrosh to Sylvanas Windrunner in H [5-30] The Warchief Cometh: "Remember, Sylvanas, eventually we all have to stand before our maker and face judgment."
  37. ^ Traveler: The Shining Blade, chapter 18
  38. ^ Rise of the Horde, pg. 240
  39. ^ Rise of the Horde chapter 21, pg. 447
  40. ^ Rise of the Horde, chapter 21, pg. 458
  41. ^ Gul'dan and the Stranger