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Not to be confused with Lightforged.
Lightbound army.jpg
Yrel and her Lightbound
Main leader  High Exarch Yrel
Secondary leaders  Exarch Hellscream
  Formerly  Exarch Orelis †
Race(s) DraeneiDraenei Draenei
Lightforged draeneiLightforged draenei Lightforged draenei[1]
Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har orc
IconSmall Ogre2 Male.gifIconSmall Ogre Female.gif Ogre
Character classes Battlemage, Blademaster, Paladin, Priest, Sharpshooter, Soldier
Sub-group(s) Kor'gall clan (allies)
Status Active

The Lightbound are an army of draenei, Mag'har orcs, and ogres from alternate Draenor led by High Exarch Yrel in service of the naaru. They waged war against the unified orc clans known as the Mag'har for the safety of Draenor.


Lightbound flooding Gorgrond.
The Lightbound gathered in front of Beastwatch.

After Warlords of Draenor

After Archimonde's fall, the orcs and draenei worked together to drive the Burning Legion from Draenor. The two peoples then lived in peace alongside each other for years. During this time, more naaru arrived on Draenor and, without demons to fight, the draenei became fixated upon the Light. At some point, Draenor began to deteriorate for unknown reasons. The Lightbound believed that the Mag'har orcs were choking the life from Draenor and dooming the land to desiccation, and blamed the Mag'har for the once-fertile land becoming lifeless dust,[2] while Grommash Hellscream believed that it was the Light that had doomed the planet. Having received visions from the Light Mother, the High Exarch knew that the Army of the Light would bring order to countless worlds in the Great Dark Beyond. But first, the Mag'har needed to be taught to trust the naaru as well, for they brought peace and order. The naaru compelled the draenei to spread their influence among the orcs.

The Lightbound sent sermons, explaining they wished for all the people of Draenor to be unified in purpose. Them resisting the Light was seen as an infection that prevented "Draenor's heart from being whole".[3] A few orcs converted to the Light willingly, but others had the Light forced upon them. Some orcs even sided with the draenei against their own kin, including Grommash's own son.[4] War followed, until the two sides found themselves in a stalemate in Gorgrond, where the Lightbound refused to attack Hellsreach Citadel.[2]

Battle for Azeroth

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Convinced that the Mag'har had no hope of winning against the Lightbound, Kor'gall, Greatson of Kor'gall and his followers secretly joined them. While the Mag'har were dealing with the ogres, Lightbound forces led by Exarch Orelis captured Evermorn Hold and used it as a staging ground for an attack against Beastwatch.[4] However, the Mag'har repelled the assault and retaliated. In their assault on Evermorn, Overlord Geya'rah, Eitrigg, and a Horde champion killed Orelis. As the Mag'har celebrated their victory, High Exarch Yrel and her entire armies arrived on the field. With her vastly superior numbers, the High Exarch offered Hellscream and the Mag'har one last chance to embrace the Light by joining the Lightbound. However, Grommash refused her offer, and stayed behind with Lantresor of the Blade to push back the Lightbound while the Mag'har led by Geya'rah fled to Azeroth with Eitrigg and the champion.[2]



Name Status
 High Exarch Yrel <Voice of the Naaru> Alive
 Exarch Orelis Deceased
 Exarch Hellscream Alive
 Grand Anchorite Almonen Alive
 Kor'gall <Chieftain of the Kor'gall Clan> Deceased


Removed from game The subject of this section did not make it out of the beta stages.


  • Upon arriving to Draenor, Eitrigg and the Horde champion were taken prisoner by the Mag'har on suspicion of being Lightbound spies.[5]
  • At some point, Durotan fell in battle against the Lighbound.[4]
  • The Lightbound seem to be analogous, or related, to the main universe's Army of the Light. They use the same batteries and warframes, armor suits, tabard, and they also receive visions from a "Light Mother". The High Exarch's sermon also mentions the Army of the Light by name.[3]


  1. ^ Overlord Geya'rah quotes: "The draenei were reborn--no, they have a different word for it--re-forged in their precious Light.
  2. ^ a b c H [120] Tyranny of the Light
  3. ^ a b  [Sermon of the High Exarch]
  4. ^ a b c H [120] Bonds Forged Through Battle
  5. ^ H [120] Restoring Old Bonds