Knights of the Ebon Blade

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"Knight of the Ebon Blade" redirects here. For the NPC, see Knight of the Ebon Blade (NPC). For the achievement, see [Knights of the Ebon Blade]. For the quest, see N Death knight [103 - 110] Knights of the Ebon Blade.
NeutralKnights of the Ebon Blade
Main leader  Highlord Bolvar Fordragon
 The Deathlord
  Formerly  Highlord Darion Mograine
  The Lich King
Secondary leaders

The Four Horsemen

 Koltira Deathweaver
 Dread Commander Thalanor
 Salanar the Horseman
 Lord-Commander Arete
 Duke Lankral

IconSmall HumanDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall HumanDeathKnight Female.gif Human
IconSmall DwarfDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall DwarfDeathKnight Female.gif Dwarf
IconSmall NightElfDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall NightElfDeathKnight Female.gif Night elf
IconSmall GnomeDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall GnomeDeathKnight Female.gif Gnome
IconSmall DraeneiDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall DraeneiDeathKnight Female.gif Draenei
IconSmall WorgenDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall WorgenDeathKnight Female.gif Worgen
IconSmall OrcDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall OrcDeathKnight Female.gif Orc
IconSmall ForsakenDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall ForsakenDeathKnight Female.gif Forsaken
IconSmall TaurenDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall TaurenDeathKnight Female.gif Tauren
IconSmall TrollDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall TrollDeathKnight Female.gif Troll
IconSmall BloodElfDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall BloodElfDeathKnight Female.gif Blood elf
IconSmall GoblinDeathKnight Male.gifIconSmall GoblinDeathKnight Female.gif Goblin
Other undead races:

IconSmall Geist.gif Geist
IconSmall Abomination.gif Abomination
IconSmall Banshee.gif Banshee
IconSmall Skeleton.gifIconSmall SkeletalMage.gifIconSmall SkeletalWarrior.gif Skeleton
IconSmall Zombie.gif Zombie
IconSmall Ghoul.gifIconSmall NorthrendGhoul.gif Ghoul
IconSmall Gargoyle.gif Gargoyle
IconSmall Wight.gif Wight
IconSmall Lich Male.gifIconSmall Lich Female.gif Lich
Character classes Death knight
Capital Acherus: The Ebon Hold
Base of operations Shadow Vault, Ebon Watch, Death's Rise, Broken Shore
Theater of operations Lordaeron, Northrend, Alternate Draenor, Broken Isles, Niskara, Argus, Shadowlands
Sub-group(s) The Four Horsemen, Dark Riders of Acherus
Affiliation Armies of Legionfall, Independent
  Formerly Scourge, Lich King
Status Active
Quartermaster  Duchess Mynx
 Quartermaster Ozorg
Notable reward(s)  [Pattern: Abyssal Bag]
 [Arcanum of Torment]
 [Pattern: Nerubian Reinforced Quiver]
 [Design: Deadly Monarch Topaz]
 [Design: Timeless Twilight Opal]
Tabard Tabard of the Ebon Blade.jpg
We are eternal. We are unyielding.
Highlord Darion Mograine[1]

The Knights of the Ebon Blade are an organization of renegade death knights. Freed from the grasp of the Lich King, they regrouped under the banner of Highlord Darion Mograine and helped defeat Arthas Menethil. During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the Ebon Blade, aided by the new Lich King Bolvar Fordragon, fought alongside the other orders, and moved their order hall and floating necropolis of Acherus above the Broken Isles. The Ebon Blade also possess three other bases in Northrend, namely the Ebon Watch in Zul'Drak, and the Shadow Vault and Death's Rise in Icecrown.


Death Knights of Acherus

Acherus: The Ebon Hold.
Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.
Main article: Death Knights of Acherus

The Knights of the Ebon Blade were originally an army of Scourge death knights trained in the halls of Acherus and were under the direct command of the Lich King. They were supposedly trained for the specific purpose of destroying both the Scarlet Crusade and the Argent Dawn, the last bastions of Light in the Plaguelands, while in reality they were sent to their death in hopes of drawing Tirion Fordring out for the Lich King to raise him.

They managed to destroy Havenshire and New Avalon, and destroyed the Scarlet Crusade presence in the Scarlet lands[2] before turning on Light's Hope.

Battle for Light's Hope Chapel

During the Battle for Light's Hope Chapel, where ten thousand Scourge faced off against three hundred defenders of the Light, the  [Corrupted Ashbringer] wielded by the death knight commander, Highlord Darion Mograine, refuses to obey its wielder. When Fordring arrives, his powers of the Light prove too great for even ten thousand to oppose, and Mograine orders his death knights to surrender. Fordring scolds Mograine for his foolishness and tells him that Arthas sent him and his death knights on a suicide mission. As they await the paladin's judgment, they witness a vision of Mograine's father, Alexandros, the legendary Ashbringer himself. He told his son that he would one day wield the Ashbringer and use it to mete out justice, but "that day is not today".

The Lich King himself arrives not long afterwards and confirms that he had indeed sent the death knights to their deaths in order to bring Fordring out of hiding. Enraged by this treachery, Mograine attacks, but the Lich King swats him aside in one hit and focuses his attention on Fordring, incapacitating him with a crippling spell and knocking back the Argent soldiers who charged in. Remembering the words spoken by his father, Mograine throws the corrupted Ashbringer to Fordring, whose powers of the Light succeed in purifying it. With the purified blade in hand, Fordring charges into the Lich King and throws him back. Leaving their battle for another day, the lord of the Scourge flees back to Northrend, warning Tirion that: "When next we meet, it won't be on holy ground, paladin."

After Arthas' departure, Fordring calls for the union of the Argent Dawn and the Order of the Silver Hand into the Argent Crusade, intended to bring the war to Icecrown itself. Mograine pledges himself and his knights to the same cause, naming his new order the Knights of the Ebon Blade. With their free will restored, Mograine and his death knights return to Acherus and capture it, destroying the Scourge remnants within. With their new base secured, Mograine then sends his knights to rejoin their people, sending them to throw themselves at the mercy of either King Varian Wrynn in Stormwind (if their race belonged to the Alliance) or Warchief Thrall in Orgrimmar (if they belonged to the Horde).

The surviving death knights that remained loyal to the Scourge formed the Host of Suffering with Orbaz Bloodbane, who fled when the Scourge was defeated at Light's Hope, as their leader.

In Northrend

The Ebon Blade eventually teamed up with the Argent Crusade and assaulted Icecrown Citadel as Ashen Verdict.


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

Although the members of the Argent Crusade still stand by the Forsaken heroes who joined them in the battle against the Scourge, Sylvanas Windrunner's actions since the slaying of Arthas Menethil had deeply concerned the crusaders. They, along with certain members of the Ebon Blade, decided to watch Sylvanas and the Forsaken very closely, as similarities between her and the Lich King kept increasing in number by the day.[3]

Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content related to Warlords of Draenor.

The death knights of the Ebon Blade offered their aid to the commander of the Alliance or Horde's forces and joined their garrison. Having an exalted status with the Ebon Blade even offered the commander the possibility to have death knights defend their base.

Taking the chance to discover the secrets of Ner'zhul, Darion Mograine had traveled to alternate Draenor and could be found in the Lunarfall Inn (Alliance) and the Frostwall Tavern (Horde). Though the Lich King had been defeated, Darion claimed that they were no closer to unlocking the secrets of the Frozen Throne than they were when jousting pointlessly at the Argent TournamentBolvar remained resigned to his fate. Darion believed that perhaps there was something there that could aid their cause. Ner'zhul was not always the Lich King, he explained. Once, he was a mere orc dabbling in dark powers beyond his comprehension. He asked the commanders of the Alliance and Horde's forces to find whatever they could of Ner'zhul's early studies, and they returned with a Dark Parchment from the Shadowmoon Burial Grounds, which Darion brought back to the Ebon Hold.[4]

A death knight adventurer also appeared in Spires of Arak.


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.
Main article: Death Knight Campaign

Following the return of the Burning Legion, the Knights of the Ebon Blade come to an agreement with the new Lich King, Bolvar Fordragon: The Ebon Blade will willingly act as the Lich King's agents against the Legion, if the Scourge remains contained to Northrend. The Lich King offers powerful weapons to champions of the Ebon Blade, directing students of Lord Thorval to the world of Niskara to defeat Gorelix the Fleshripper and take the  [Maw of the Damned], and sending the students of Lady Alistra to the catacombs beneath Karazhan to obtain  [Apocalypse] from the Dark Riders. For those trained by Amal'thazad, the Lich King summons them directly to Icecrown Citadel, where they gather the broken shards of Frostmourne to forge into a pair of new weapons, the Blades of the Fallen Prince. Once these three weapons are obtained, the death knights wielding them are brought to the Frozen Throne and granted the Lich King's blessing, empowered to act in his name against the Legion.

The Knights of the Ebon Blade set out to reform the Four Horsemen, adding new powerful champions into their ranks.

The Knights of the Ebon Blade aided in the war against the Burning Legion by sending out packs of ghouls to fight against the demons,[5] as well as creating new death knights from the casualties of the Alliance and the Horde.[6]

Thassarian also asked death knight champions to aid him in rescuing Koltira Deathweaver from his imprisonment in the Undercity.[7] Koltira is successfully rescued after the two death knights fight through the guards.


Shadowlands This section concerns content related to Shadowlands.

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The Knights of the Ebon Blade welcomed a new generation of death knights into their fold, raised by the Lich King Bolvar from new races in preparation for times ahead.

After Sylvanas Windrunner destroyed the Helm of Domination, Bolvar was no longer the Lich King. Taking direct leadership of the Knights of the Ebon Blade as their new Highlord, Bolvar and the death knights work with the forces of the Alliance and Horde against Sylvanas and the Jailer within the Shadowlands.



Main article: List of Knights of the Ebon Blade death knights
Name Role Status Locations
Neutral  Highlord Bolvar Fordragon Former Lich King, now Highlord of the Ebon blade Active Various
Alliance & Horde IconSmall Adventurer.gif The Deathlord Champion and leader of the Ebon Blade Active Azeroth
Neutral  Lord Darion Mograine Former master of the Ebon Blade, now member and leader of the Four Horsemen Active Various
Neutral  Nazgrim Former General of the Horde, now member of the Four Horsemen Active Various
Neutral  Thoras Trollbane Former King of Stromgarde, now member of the Four Horsemen Active Various
Neutral  Sally Whitemane Former High Inquisitor of the Scarlet Crusade, now member of the Four Horsemen Active Various
Alliance  Thassarian First death knight to rejoin the Alliance Active Various
Horde  Koltira Deathweaver Notable Death knight of the Horde Active Various
Neutral  Dread Commander Thalanor Second-in-command of Acherus Active Various
Neutral  Salanar the Horseman Creator of the Four Horsemen's steeds and leader of the Dark Riders of Acherus Active Various
Neutral  Lord-Commander Arete Commander of the Ebon Blade Active Death's Rise and Onslaught Harbor, Icecrown
Neutral  Duke Lankral Commander of the Ebon Blade Active Shadow Vault, Icecrown
Neutral  Lord Thorval Blood trainer Active Various
Neutral  Amal'thazad Frost trainer Active Various
Neutral  Lady Alistra Unholy trainer Active Various
Neutral  Crok Scourgebane Grand Champion of the Ebon Blade Active Argent Tournament Grounds, Icecrown Citadel
Neutral  Grand Master Siegesmith Corvus Armor Vendor Active Various
Neutral  Quartermaster Ozorg Quartermaster Active Acherus: The Ebon Hold
Neutral  Duchess Mynx Quartermaster Active Shadow Vault, Icecrown
Horde  Lady Grendel Recruiting Officer Active Frostwall, Frostfire Ridge
Alliance  Lord Selterus Recruiting Officer Active Lunarfall, Shadowmoon Valley
Mob  Danir Emberlight Death knight who attempted to turn the dragon Vadekius into a frost wyrm Killable Vadekius's Rest, Drustvar
Neutral  Wilona Thorne Death knight who died soon after the adventurer finds her in the Maw Deceased The Maw


They deploy pack of ghouls, zombies, geists, skeletons, gargoyles, wights, banshees, abominations, Ebon Knights, Ebon Ravagers, and Ebon Knights Frostreavers.

  • Though individually frail and unintelligent, ghouls serve the Ebon Blade as fodder, overwhelming their enemies with sheer numbers.
  • Raised from the grave by the Lich King, Ebon Knights are made for one purpose: Kill or be killed.
  • Hardened veterans, Ebon Ravagers have survived many wars, slain many enemies, and are the epitome of the Ebon Blades's fiercest soldiers.
  • On the frozen wings of their steeds they fall upon their victims with fury and vengeance. Those who face the Frostreavers quickly learn to fear the sky above them.[8]


All players, with the exception of death knights, start out at neutral with the Knights of the Ebon Blade. Upon the completion of N Death Knight [55] The Light of Dawn, death knights are raised to friendly reputation.

Reputation with Knights of the Ebon Blade can be earned by completing the following daily quests:

Additionally, as with some other factions, reputation can be gained through Championing via the [Tabard of the Ebon Blade], or by trading 1  [Emblem of Triumph] for 1  [Ebon Blade Commendation Badge] at the Emblem of Triumph Quartermaster in Dalaran.


These rewards can only be purchased after completing the A [80] It's All Fun and Games | H [80] It's All Fun and Games questline in Icecrown. The questline is available starting at level 77 from Alliance Thassarian on the The Skybreaker, Horde Koltira Deathweaver on the Orgrim's Hammer, or from Neutral Baron Sliver at the Shadow Vault.

Rewards are bought from Neutral Duchess Mynx [43, 20] at the Shadow Vault.

Duchess Mynx
<Ebon Blade Quartermaster>
Item Cost Type
Friendly  [Design: Deadly Huge Citrine] 2g Jewelcrafting (350)
 [Tabard of the Ebon Blade] 1g Tabard
Honored  [Dark Soldier Cape] 20g 2s 9c Cloak
 [Toxin-Tempered Sabatons] 35g 10s 37c Plate Feet
 [Unholy Persuader] 66g 48s 81c Fist Weapon
Revered  [Design: Deadly Monarch Topaz] 4g Jewelcrafting (390)
 [Reaper of Dark Souls] 75g 21s 65c One-Handed Sword
 [Runeblade of Demonstrable Power] 93g 68s 97c Two-Handed Sword
 [Spaulders of the Black Arrow] 34g 85s 20c Mail Shoulder
 [Sterile Flesh-Handling Gloves] 15g 36s 83c Cloth Hands
 [Wound-Binder's Wristguards] 17g 50s 44c Leather Wrist
 [Pattern: Abyssal Bag] 5g Tailoring (435)
Exalted  [Belt of Dark Mending] 18g 70s 27c Cloth Waist
 [Darkheart Chestguard] 48g 86s 48c Leather Chest
 [Death-Inured Sabatons] 51g 77s 55c Plate Feet
 [Kilt of Dark Mercy] 59g 7s 31c Mail Legs
 [Design: Timeless Twilight Opal] 4g Jewelcrafting (390)


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