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Image of Naralex
Gender Male
Race Night elf (Humanoid)
Class Druid
Resource Mana
Affiliation(s) Cenarion Circle, Disciples of Naralex
Occupation Archdruid,[1] Leader of the Disciples of Naralex, Champion of the Cenarion Circle
Location Various
Status Alive
Student(s) Disciples of Naralex

Naralex is a night elf druid found sleeping in the Wailing Caverns. He also appears as a quest giver in the Overgrown Camp in Southern Barrens.

He intended to use the Emerald Dream to restore the Barrens to the lush forest they once were; however, once he connected to the Dream the Emerald Nightmare overwhelmed him. Most of his disciples were driven insane and formed the Druids of the Fang. He was eventually saved by a group of adventurers and one of his last disciples, Muyoh. Following the Cataclysm, a massive Overgrowth started spreading in the Southern Barrens as a result of Naralex's actions, and he now works to stop the influence of the Nightmare before the Overgrowth chokes out all-natural life in the area.


Curse of the Worgen[]

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Naralex was present for the founding of the Cenarion Circle. He advocated the complete destruction of the Druids of the Scythe.[2]

World of Warcraft[]

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Naralex discovered the existence of the Wailing Caverns and intended to use the Caverns to bring back the Barrens' beauty and lushness, through connecting to the Emerald Dream. Accompanied by the Disciples of Naralex, he managed to bring forth enough water from deep below to create a handful of small oases. However, once Naralex connected with the Emerald Dream, something went wrong and the Wailing Caverns changed into a monstrous environment, corrupting the waters and creatures within. His companions were corrupted into the Druids of the Fang, evil versions of themselves with no desire other than to spread the darkness. Trapped in the Emerald Dream, Naralex slept in the deeps of the Wailing Caverns, moving back and forth between madness and sanity. He was finally rescued by a party of adventurers and one of his last disciples, Muyoh.


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While his mind was again more or less whole, Naralex could recall nothing of what had taken him and the others. As for the Barrens, although they were at present quiet, on the orders of Fandral Staghelm neither he nor any other druids had as of yet returned there. The archdruid saw no point in risking lives and energies for a place that had been made into a desert. As Fandral saw it, even arid places had their place in the purpose of Azeroth.[3]

At the start of the War Against the Nightmare, Naralex worked with many other druids to heal Teldrassil, unknowingly corrupting it even further. It is revealed that Naralex is a friend of Hamuul Runetotem, Broll Bearmantle and Elerethe Renferal. Naralex discovered the truth about Fandral's corruption and told it to Hamuul. Together they ventured to Darnassus to warn Shandris Feathermoon, though the trio was silenced by traitorous Fandral. The trio was later found by Malfurion Stormrage who released them, though Naralex was far more wounded than Shandris and Broll.

After the War against the Nightmare was over, he was healed from his wounds and one of many to witness the wedding of Tyrande Whisperwind and Malfurion.


Naralex Southern Barrens

Naralex at the Overgrown Camp.

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During the events of Cataclysm, his work paid off, and areas of the Barrens became lush and green. By the time of the Cataclysm, he only recently arrived in the Barrens,[1] and adventurers helped him seal off the Nightmare corruption in the Overgrowth, an event that the Dragon Aspect Ysera learned about.[4]


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The Cenarion Circle planned to move the bulk of its forces to the Dreamgrove in Val'sharah, the ancient forest where Cenarius taught Malfurion, in order to combat the return of the Burning Legion. After locating Naralex,[5] Hamuul, Malfurion, Zen'tabra, Remulos and a druid hero opened a portal to the Emerald Dream at the Stormrage Barrow Dens, allowing their forces to move swiftly over vast distances.[6]

At the Dreamgrove, Naralex received word from Tyrande Whisperwind that she was authorizing the release of the Scythe of Elune. He directed the new Archdruid to Valorn Stillbough in Duskwood.[7] He also guided the Archdruid through the Nightmare-corrupted Dream version of Tel'Andu Barrow Den while searching for Inv staff 2h artifactnordrassil d 01 [G'Hanir, the Mother Tree].[8] Afterward, he became a champion for the Archdruid and the druidic order, and one of his first missions was to go to the roots of Shaladrassil in Val'sharah, and bring back samples to study, which he also conducted.[9] He was later part of the druids that communed with Malorne beneath Nordrassil in Hyjal.[10]

Naralex participated in the Battle for the Exodar battling against High General Rakeesh, alongside Zen'tabra.


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He traveled to the Dragon Isles, where he can be found at Algeth'ar Academy in Thaldraszus. He is found speaking with Ochresera, an instructor in oneiromancy.


Location Level range Reaction Notes
Wailing Caverns 8-30 Alliance Horde
Southern Barrens 10-30 Alliance Horde
Moonglade; Dreamgrove; Exodar 10-45 Alliance Horde As part of the Druid Campaign and the Battle for the Exodar.
Mount Hyjal 45 Alliance Horde
Algeth'ar Academy, Thaldraszus 68-70 Alliance Horde



As a follower[]

Naralex is a Balance Druid Class Hall follower with the following abilities:

  • Ability vehicle sonicshockwave Solar Beam (Ability) — Increases success chance of missions with Spells by 15%. Counters: Spell Spell
  • Spell nature starfall Balance (Specialization) — Can take on the form of a powerful Moonkin, balancing the power of Arcane and Nature magic to counter some Bosses. Counters: Boss Boss
  • Spell arcane starfire Starfall (Ability) — Calls down a rain of starlight to counter a Minion. Counters: Minions Minions

Naralex can also be assigned as a bodyguard:

  • Spell druid ursolsvortex Nightmarish Visions — Summon Naralex who petrifies your enemy target, putting them to sleep and increasing their damage taken by 50% for 10 sec.
    • Spell druid ursolsvortex Nightmarish Visions — Puts the enemy to sleep and causes them to take 50% increased damage for 10 sec.


Southern Barrens
Druid Campaign


Wailing Caverns[]

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Naralex yells: I AM AWAKE, AT LAST!
Muyoh says: At last! Naralex awakes from the nightmare.
Naralex says: Ah, to be pulled from the dreaded nightmare! I thank you, my loyal Disciple, along with your brave companions.
Naralex says: We must go and gather with the other Disciples. There is much work to be done before I can make another attempt to restore the Barrens. Farewell, brave souls!

Southern Barrens[]

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As Druids, we are tasked with protecting the balance of nature. My life's work has gone against this. In my folly, I have sewn chaos, and this deviant crop must be reaped before it spreads further.
Gossip What happened here?
Did you know that the Barrens was once a lush forest? Thousands of years ago, before the first Sundering, it was verdant and thriving, watched over by the Kaldorei. But when the continents were torn apart, and this land became separated as what we call Kalimdor, this valley of nature became a harsh, sun-scorched plain.
When I first learned this, I saw it as a great tragedy. I decided I would find a way to regrow the forests once more.
Gossip How?
While studying the land, I discovered a cave that stretched deep beneath the earth. These waterways carried underground rivers for miles beneath the parched savannah above. I named them the Wailing Caverns, for the howls made by the wind and steam as they coursed through its depths.
This would be the instrument of revival, I thought. The water had already bubbled to the surface as small, lush oases throughout the Barrens...if it were imbued, enhanced, this growth could spread across the entire land.
Gossip So what did you do?
My plan was to connect these underground waters directly to the Emerald Dream itself. With my faithful disciples, I journeyed deep within the Wailing Caverns, settled into meditation, and entered the Dream. Through my own body, this world was connected to it.
It was there that everything went wrong.
Gossip What happened?
I came upon what I can only describe as an overwhelming corruption within the Emerald Dream. An unending nightmare that seized me in its claws and tore at my very mind. I could not break free of its grasp; my disciples were unable to wake me.
Whatever this corruption was, it found its way into our world through my body. I did indeed channel its energies into the Wailing Caverns, and its horrible influence twisted the wildlife there into chaotic, deviate forms. Even my disciples were affected; their minds overcome by the madness and savagery, they took on the forms of serpents, and called themselves the Druids of the Fang.
Gossip How did you escape?
I was saved by my last disciple, Muyoh, and a band of adventurers. I considered the entire incident a failure. It wasn't until the Cataclysm occurred that I realized I'd been far too successful!
When the Barrens was cracked apart, a great font of underground water was breached and flowed up to the surface, full of the energies it was imbued with in the Wailing Caverns. Life immediately sprung from the earth around it, and the animals thrived...and then it continued to grow, uncontrollably, unchecked.
Now I have to answer for my arrogance in thinking I could dictate the flow and shape of nature myself. This overgrowth must be stopped, before it chokes out the natural wildlife entirely.
After quests

I will stay here and watch over the land as it heals. Do keep an eye out for any stragglers from here...


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The balance must be restored.


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Main article: The Scythe of Elune#Notes
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Combat ally
  • Sleep now!
  • You cannot resist. Sleep!
  • Hush now... The Dream beckons!


  • My life for Kalimdor.
  • I'm awake. For now.
  • The balance must be restored.
  • We will protect the wilds.
[Yawn] Just let me go back to sleep.
  • May your dreams be peaceful.
  • Elune's light watch over you.
  • Goodbye. For now.
  • This too shall pass.

In Hearthstone[]

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Archdruid Naralex appears as a legendary neutral minion in the Wailing Caverns mini-set for Hearthstone. His flavor text reads: ""Dormant? I think you mean naptime.""

In the Book of Mercenaries single player adventure, Naralex serves as the final boss of Guff Runetotem's adventure. Rather than Mutanus the Devourer, "Void Naralex" is the last fight in the Wailing Caverns. In this fight, he is portrayed as being thoroughly possessed by the Emerald Nightmare and the power of the Void, laughing evilly and mocking the heroes before eventually being purified by Guff.

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  1. ^ a b H [10-30] A Curious Bloom
  2. ^ Curse of the Worgen
  3. ^ Stormrage, chapter 2, pg. 27
  4. ^ Dawn of the Aspects
  5. ^ N Druid [10-45] Call of the Wilds
  6. ^ N Druid [10-45] The Dreamway
  7. ^ N Druid [10-45] The Scythe of Elune
  8. ^ N Druid [10-45] In Deep Slumber
  9. ^ N Druid [10-45] Dire Growth
  10. ^ N Druid [45] Communing With Malorne

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