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For the ship, see Harbinger.

Harbingers is a series of animated shorts serving as a prelude to World of Warcraft: Legion. It features Illidan Stormrage, Khadgar, and Gul'dan. The first episode, featuring Gul'dan, was released at the "Road to Legion" panel at San Diego Comic-Con on June 21st 2016.[1]


Harbingers title


Harbingers is an exciting series of animated shorts bringing to life the tales of several key figures in the lead-up to the Burning Legion's invasion.

Harbingers - Gul'dan

Step inside the mind of Gul'dan and learn more of his story, directly from the warlock himself.[2]

Discover the origins of Gul'dan in the first Harbingers animated short.[3]

Harbingers - Khadgar

Join Khadgar in Azeroth's hour of need and return to Kharazan[sic].[4]

Determined to find anything that will help him against the Burning Legion, Khadgar travels to an ancient tower and meets an echo of his former mentor, Medivh.[5]

Harbingers - Illidan

Follow the tale of an Illidari recruit and Illidan's elite corps of demon hunters as they prepare to engage the Burning Legion for the first time.[6]


Major Supporting


Cast and crew[]


Retcons and inconsistencies[]

  • The official description of the Illidan episode states that the attack on Azgoth was the first time that the demon hunters engaged the Burning Legion in combat.[9] However, in the World of Warcraft: Illidan novel, Illidan "wondered whether [the demon hunters] would survive the first battle" before stepping into the portal to Nathreza.[11]
    • It is possible that there were several groups of demon hunters, for example seniors such as Needle and Varedis, and then trainees that traveled to Nathreza. Kor'vas may have been part of the first group. This may be supported by the fact that Vandel of the second group now serves Belath Dawnblade, a colleague of Korvas, as a scout,[12] instead of being Belath's equivalent.
      • The description of the video mentions that the demon hunters were elite corps, indicating several potential groups of demon hunters.
  • Khadgar states that none has taken the role of the Guardian after Medivh's death. This indirectly first retconned Med'an's role of being a Guardian at the start of the war against the Lich King. Alex Afrasiabi later confirmed that Med'an's role as a Guardian is non-canon.[13]
  • Gul'dan's video retconned away his being a member of the Shadowmoon clan and an apprentice to Ner'zhul from the official Warlords of Draenor character description (and Rise of the Horde). World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2 later consolidated the two and confirmed that the video's story also applies to the main universe, and retconned Rise of the Horde's depiction of Gul'dan's servitude to Kil'jaeden.


  1. ^ perculia 2016-07-11. Warlords Content Removed Soon, Harbingers Teaser Trailer, SDCC Legion Panel. Retrieved on 2016-07-11.
  2. ^ Harbingers Gul'dan
  3. ^ Harbingers Gul'dan
  4. ^ Harbingers Khadgar
  5. ^ Harbingers Khadgar
  6. ^ Harbingers Illidan
  7. ^ Terran Gregory on Twitter: "Kor'vas 😍😈"
  8. ^ a b Terran Gregory on Twitter (2016-07-28).​ “Harbingers: Khadgar! Score by @neal_acree, directed by James McCoy, director of Hearthstone's launch cinematic.”
  9. ^ a b c
  10. ^ Story of Gul'dan
  11. ^ World of Warcraft: Illidan, chapter 17
  12. ^ N Demon hunter [45] An Urgent Message
  13. ^ BlizzCon 2017 Q&A

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