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For the Warcraft III unit, see Keeper of the Grove (Warcraft III). For the NPC appearing in Val'sharah, see Keeper of the Grove (Val'sharah). For other uses, see Keeper (disambiguation).
Keepers of the grove
Keeper Alinar TCG
Faction/Affiliation Alliance, Cenarion Circle
Character classes Healer, Druid
Racial capital Moonglade
Racial leader(s) IconSmall Cenarius Cenarius
Homeworld Azeroth
Language(s) Darnassian, Common

The enchanted keepers of the grove (or keepers of the glade)[1] are the male offspring of the demigod Cenarius who protect the woodlands of Azeroth.

Sometimes, the keepers make use of the Emerald Dream in their duties.[2]


Like their dryad sisters, the keepers appear to be half night elf and half stag. They have enormous antlers and manes of leaves that flow down their backs. One of their hands is disfigured and twisted — as if it had become like the gnarled root-claw of a treant. Keepers possess many strange powers over nature and can be counted among Azeroth's best healers. Though they typically remain within the sacred groves of Ashenvale, the keepers always heed the call to arms when the greater lands of Kalimdor are threatened.[3]

During the Battle of Mount Hyjal in the Third War, many keepers of the forest joined the army and fought against the Burning Legion.[4] They can also be found in Val'sharah as part of the Dreamweavers or as victims of the Emerald Nightmare.

Some Shadowglen Keepers fought in the War of the Thorns, holding portals from which Risen Grovewardens came to assist the night elves against the Horde in Lor'danel.

A group of keepers lives in the Verdant Wilds. They are powerfully attuned to nature and seek to preserve the balance above all things.[5]


Cenarius TCG

Cenarius the Lord of the Forest

Keepers of the grove are thought to be descendants of Cenarius' sons Remulos and Zaetar.[6]

While many sources refer to the keepers as the sons of Cenarius,[7][8] there is some controversy over whether Cenarius fathered a number of keepers, or just two. Keeper Celebras speaks of the "Sons of Cenarius: Remulos and Zaetar", which some interpret to mean that Cenarius had no other sons. Others do not interpret this so strictly, suggesting it could refer to the two most important sons, or the two sons relevant to the tale. A major difficulty with strictly interpreting Celebras' speech is that he describes Remulos' children as including himself and his sisters, making no mention of any other sons. It is possible that night elves may be the offspring of Cenarius as well. Dryads, keepers, and night elves are sometimes referred to as "Cenarius' favored children". Dryads and Keepers are often described as having the upper bodies of night elves.


Name Role Status Location
Neutral IconSmall Cenarius Cenarius Lord of the Forest, Demigod of the Groves, father of the keepers and the dryads Alive Various
Neutral IconSmall Cenarian Male Zaetar Eldest son of Cenarius, lover of Princess Theradras and father of the centaur Deceased Emerald Dream
Alliance IconSmall Cenarian Male Keeper Ordanus One of the elder sons of Cenarius Alive Raynewood Retreat, Ashenvale
Neutral IconSmall Cenarian Male Remulos One of the younger sons of Cenarius, keeper of Moonglade Alive Shrine of Remulos, Moonglade
Boss IconSmall Cenarian Male Celebras Son of Remulos, corrupted by the dark energies of Maraudon Killable Poison Falls, Maraudon
Alliance IconSmall Cenarian Male Aros Killed by a Darkscale Assassin Deceased Darkshore
Neutral IconSmall Cenarian Male Califax Jailor of Illidan Stormrage Deceased Barrow Deeps
Alliance IconSmall Cenarian Male Gatekeeper Kordurus Gatekeeper of the Talon Den Alive Talon Den, Stonetalon Mountains
Alliance IconSmall Cenarian Male Keeper Albagorm Keeper of Stonetalon Peak Unknown Formerly Stonetalon Peak, Stonetalon Mountains
Alliance IconSmall Cenarian Male Keeper Heartwise Fighting minions of the Old Gods at Lake Falathim Alive Lake Falathim, Ashenvale
Alliance IconSmall Cenarian Male Keeper Karithus Saved Grimclaw from certain death Alive Darkshore
Neutral IconSmall Cenarian Male Keeper Krothis Keeping Avrilla company Alive Malfurion's Breach, Molten Front
Neutral IconSmall Cenarian Male Keeper Marandis Seeking to cleanse the corruption within Maraudon Alive Nijel's Point, Desolace
Neutral IconSmall Cenarian Male Keeper Orremin Defender of a hidden grove in Stonetalon Alive Emerald Dream
Neutral IconSmall Cenarian Male Keeper Taldros Keeper of the Whistling Grove Alive Mount Hyjal
Mob IconSmall Cenarian Male Keeper Witherleaf Leader of the Blacksouled Keepers Killable Twisted Glade, Howling Fjord
Mob IconSmall NightmareCenarian Male Varethos Friend of Elothir, corrupted by the Emerald Nightmare Killable Cavern of the Keeper, Val'sharah
Neutral IconSmall Cenarian Male Wildlord Antelarion Ally of the Cenarian Expedition Alive Evergrove, Blade's Edge Mountains
Alliance IconSmall Cenarian Male Keeper Dagda Fought in the Battle for Darkshore by helping rallying the wisps Alive Darkshore


In the RPG[]

Icon-RPG This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.
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Playable keeper of the grove in the RPG.

A keeper of the grove uses the forests to aid him in battle. As a first action, the keeper uses his greater force of nature spell-like ability to animate trees near his enemies. He takes full advantage of thick undergrowth and his woodland stride ability to outmaneuver foes and stay out of melee. If necessary, he casts plant growth to create thick undergrowth. By casting entangle or entangling roots each round, the keeper hopes to keep his enemies away from himself, and immobilize them so his summoned treants can attack stationary targets. If the keeper of the grove has time to prepare, he casts aid. If the battle goes poorly, he casts tree stride to escape.

A keeper of the grove's right hand is gnarled and twisted like the clutching roots of a tree. A leafy, barbed vine grows from the end of his hand and wraps itself around the keeper's arm. The keeper of the grove can extend this vine at will and use it as a short whip for melee attacks, or he can snap it to send out a barbed projectile as a ranged attack. The keeper of the grove can fire 12 such projectiles per day (the barbs grow back by the next day). The whip functions like a spiked chain with a reach of 5 feet, and the barbs are equivalent to thrown darts.[9]

Keepers primarily speak Darnassian and Common. Keepers of the grove occasionally learn the languages of Kalimdor's natives — such as Low Common and Taur-ahe.[10]

They can be druids of the wild.



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.

In The Well of Eternity novel, it is said that in ancient times, night elves who met Cenarius were so transformed by the demigod's teachings that they chose to remain by his side. These disciples ceased to be elves and became woodland guardians physically altered forever.[11] Though no specific mention is made of what form these elves took, by considering the physical likeness between the night elves and Cenarius' children, it may be theorized that these followers became the first keepers of the grove and the first dryads.


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