For information on how to defeat Illysanna in World of Warcraft, see Illysanna Ravencrest (tactics).
NeutralIllysanna Ravencrest
Image of Illysanna Ravencrest
Title <Illidari>
Gender Female
Race Night elf (Humanoid / demon)
Class Demon hunter
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Burning Legion (manipulated), House of Ravencrest
Former affiliation(s) Illidari, Kaldorei Resistance
Occupation Felsworn
Location Various
Status Defeated
Relative(s) Kur'talos (father)

Illysanna Ravencrest is a night elf demon hunter who can be found in various places on Mardum during the demon hunter starting experience. Illysanna briefly appeared in Dalaran, accompanying Kayn Sunfury.


As the daughter of Kur'talos Ravencrest, Illysanna enjoyed a position of power and privilege. She attended council meetings with sorcerers from the Moon Guard, priestesses from the Sisterhood of Elune, and other influential figures. She first met Illidan Stormrage in the War of the Ancients, with his brother Malfurion Stormrage and their mutual friend Tyrande Whisperwind when the three came to Black Rook Hold. She met the trio only briefly, and they did not leave any lasting impressions on her. Illidan, in particular, seemed like just one more sorcerer among the hundreds who had joined the resistance.[1]

Unlike her father Illysanna did not trust Illidan, especially when Kur'talos made him leader of the Moon Guard after the death of Latosius, for Illidan had his mages channel their power into him to empower his own spells, which put the defenseless soldiers open to attack from the Burning Legion. As time passed Illysanna noticed how Illidan's mood darkened and believed it had something to do with a change in the relationship between Illidan, Malfurion, and Tyrande. Whenever Illysanna brought up Illidan's mood to him, Illidan would try to change the subject or simply glare at her.[2]

After her father was assassinated on orders from Lord Varo'then, Illysanna's hubris began to crumble away and she started to question everything and everyone. She searched for a way to strike back at the Legion and make them suffer as she had, and in doing so, realized that while Illidan was cold and arrogant, he was right in that fighting the demons meant making sacrifices. But in the wake of Kur'talos's death, Illidan had vanished, with rumors among the resistance saying he had died, and others saying he had betrayed them to the demons. But confident that he was still on their side and working in the shadows, Illysanna left to go find him and walk in his footsteps.[3]

Illysanna Ravencrest's body before facing Varedis for the Twinblades.

Illysanna eventually became a demon hunter and was locked up in the Vault of the Wardens in the aftermath of the War of the Ancients, and freed ten thousand years later, along with the Illidari who had been captured on Mardum, by Maiev Shadowsong.[4] After escaping her prison, Illysanna assisted The Slayer in retrieving the Twinblades of the Deceiver from Varedis Felsoul. Unfortunately, she was shot down from the sky and was sacrificed on a Legion's altar.[5] Later on, she returned and briefly appeared in the retaken Fel Hammer and later made her way to Black Rook Hold. There, she was tempted to becoming Felsworn by Cordana Felsong,[6] stuck in her demon form and believing it to be the War of the Ancients, along with the ghosts. As a result, during the purging of the keep, Illysanna was forced to be put down as she could not see that the adventurers were, in fact, her former allies.

As she was transformed into a demon, her soul very likely returned to the Twisting Nether.


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Mardum 99 795,010
N Demon hunter [10-45] The Hunt 100 - 102 4,622,181
Fel Hammer 100 2,991,320
Illysanna Ravencrest (tactics) 112


  • She was the first female demon hunter in lore.
  • Despite her Dungeon Journal entry saying Illysanna was locked in the Vault of the Wardens after the War of the Ancients and only freed during the Legion invasion of the Broken Isles, she is somehow on Mardum along with the Illidari when they go to retrieve the  [Sargerite Keystone]. One of these is most likely an error.

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