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Image of Neptulon
Title The Tidehunter,
Lord over all waters,[1]
Lord of all water elementals,[2]
Lord of Tides[3]
Gender Male
Race Water elemental (Elemental)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Abyssal Maw, Elemental Lords
Former affiliation(s) Old Gods' forces (Black Empire)
Occupation Elemental Lord of Water
Location Various
Status Alive

Neptulon the Tidehunter is the Elemental Lord of water. Much like the other three, in past ages, he battled against the Titans as a servant of the Old Gods. However, he did not ally himself with Deathwing after the Cataclysm, and as a result, the naga and faceless ones, servants of the Old Gods, sought to capture him and the Abyssal Maw. Neptulon would later break free of his captor, Ozumat, and return to the Abyssal Maw. Since the Cataclysm, Neptulon has rallied his water elementals to defend Azeroth on several occasions. The Farseer of the Earthen Ring convinced the Elemental Lord to pledge his forces to battle the Burning Legion during their third invasion. He also battled Queen Azshara's forces during the Fourth War.


Chronicle Titan-forged v Elemental Lords

Neptulon with the other three Elemental Lords.

Ancient history[]

In the beginning, the world that would become known as Azeroth was ruled by the elementals. A nascent titan maturing within the world's core had consumed much of the fifth element, Spirit, and without this primordial force to create balance, the elements were thrown into chaos. The four Elemental Lords, who each ruled over innumerable lesser spirits, constantly clashed with one another on the surface of the primordial world during the elemental wars. Neptulon the Tidehunter was the wisest of the lords, careful not to fall to Al'Akir's schemes or waste his minions on fruitless attacks against Therazane. As the other lords sent their armies to clash against one other across the world, the Tidehunter's forces would divide and conquer the enemy forces in brilliant routs before crushing them beneath colossal tidal waves.[4]

When the entities known as the Old Gods arrived from the Great Dark and established their empire, the Elemental Lords saw the invaders as a threat to their dominion. For the first time in Azeroth's history, the native spirits of the world worked together against a common enemy. Neptulon joined forces with Therazane; while the Stonemother raised enormous rock walls to corral the forces of the Old Gods and shatter their citadels, the Tidehunter and his minions would sweep in and crush the n'raqi and aqir with tidal waves. Eventually, however, the elementals of the world could not stand against the endless swarms of n'raqi and aqir, and were all enslaved.[4]

When the titan-forged arrived on Azeroth to battle the Black Empire, the Old Gods sent their enslaved Elemental Lord lieutenants to face them. Neptulon and his servants rushed to the aid of the other lords, but were waylaid by Loken and Mimiron, who managed to outmaneuver the Tidehunter's forces at every turn. Ultimately, Loken used his arcane magic to freeze and shatter the water elementals while Mimiron created enchanted bonds to imprison the Tidehunter. Neptulon and his water elementals were thereafter sucked into the depths of the Abyssal Maw, a region of the Elemental Plane.[4]

Stone of the Tides and the Fall of Gurubashi[]

According to a book, "The Stone of the Tides", the Gurubashi trolls had access to a powerful artifact, which allowed them to gain control over the water-based magic. As later told in the book "The Fall of Gurubashi", Neptulon sent his mighty krakken to destroy the troll nation. It is unknown whether there is a connection between the two stories.

It is also unknown how exactly Neptulon came to appear on Azeroth, thousands of years after the battle with the Titans. Perhaps a backstory of this event is similar to that of summoning Ragnaros to aid with war (seeing as the event occurred when Gurubashi were preparing for some kind of invasion). This would mean that Neptulon is still present somewhere under the waters of the Great Sea.

Decades later, Neptulon took a personal interest in seeing the fire elementals of Stonetalon Mountains extinguished so the Tribunal of the Tides sent Tsunaman to do that.

Neptulon had a base of operations on an island in western Stranglethorn. There, and in other places on Azeroth, the Twilight Cult set up ice stones to communicate with the Tidehunter's realm during the Midsummer Fire Festival.[5]


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

Neptulon makes his first appearance during the B [30-35] Defending the Rift quest for both factions where he and his minions battle the naga who are attempting to invade his domain through the Abyssal Breach. He clashes with Lady Naz'jar and appears to gain the upper hand over the sea witch until Ozumat is called and attacks the Tide Hunter. Neptulon retreats into his realm, pursued by the vast naga forces where the fight continues on the Elemental Plane.

Throne of the Tides[]

Neptulon appears in the Throne of the Tides, where he must be defended from waves of faceless enemies. Ozumat returns and, upon defeat, steals Neptulon away and quickly flees. Although heroes never continue this storyline, Neptulon eventually returns to the Abyssal Maw.[6][7] In the remade Mythic+ version of the Throne of the Tides, which debuted in World of Warcraft: Dragonflight and tells roughly the same story, the final battle against Ozumat is changed. The battle concludes with Neptulon and the heroes soundly defeating Ozumat and the faceless, and Neptulon remaining safely in the Abyssal Maw. This version of events appears to be more in-line with Neptulon's later appearances.


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

During the Burning Legion's third invasion of Azeroth, the Earthen Ring, deciding to summon the Elemental Lords in order to combat the Legion, starts with Neptulon. While Neptulon listens to the Earthen Ring's plea, he insists that the Elemental Lords do not work together. When the Earthen Ring says they will stand with him, Neptulon recalls one time long ago where he and the other Lords did work together (likely referring to their war against the Old Gods). Musing that perhaps there is still hope, the Tidehunter sends his servant, Lord Hydraxis, to join the Earthen Ring at the Heart of Azeroth.[8]

Neptulon sent Champion Aquaclease to help on the Broken Shore.[9]

Neptulon - Nazjatar

Neptulon peering in through the waterwall in Nazjatar.

Battle for Azeroth[]

Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.

Neptulon tasked Farseer Ori of the ankoan to serve him there against the naga.[10] The Elemental Lord can be found in the waterfalls surrounding Nazjatar, and tasks Duke Hydraxis and Champion Aquaclease to fight the forces of Queen Azshara. Neptulon himself is unable to enter Azshara's domain because the Tidestone of Golganneth, created by titanic magic, holds him back just as it does the seas.[11]


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
A [30-35] Defending the Rift 80 9,285,300
H [30-35] Defending the Rift 81 11,156,100
Throne of the Tides 81 - 86
Heart of Azeroth (Class Hall) 110 5,196,335
N Shaman [45] Allegiance of Flame ?? 102,405



Neptulon is known to be worshiped by the Rockpool tribe of murlocs, who call him "father" and believe that he is the only one who truly rules the seas. He was also formerly worshiped by the Bloodwash naga before they turned their back on him and chose to worship only Queen Azshara.[12] However, a few naga led by Skar'this the Heretic are known to still follow the Tidehunter, for which Skar'this was imprisoned, being considered as heretics with his followers by the other naga. It seems that he is also worshiped by the kvaldir, as Hagrim Hopebreaker says Neptulon will rise and wash your kind from Azeroth! to the naga in Vashj'ir.[13]

Neptulon is also worshiped by the Waveblade ankoan and sends his most powerful lieutenants to assist them against the naga in Nazjatar.[14]

In the RPG[]

Icon-RPG This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.


Rising out of the water above you is a massive humanoid figure shaped from the very liquid itself. The form shifts and changes, but the underlying shape remains the same — a colossal figure that vaguely resembles a humanoid, with swirling blue-green colors whirling within. Only the eyes, a pair of glowing yellow spots in the amorphous head, remain islands of stability.[15]

Neptulon the Tidehunter reigns supreme in his domain, the deep ocean. Users of boats and other such water-crossing utilities risk his wrath; entering his domain without express permission is paramount to doom. He revels in taking those who feel invulnerable, especially Therazane's rocky beaches and the flames of Ragnaros when given the chance. He rules over all water, whether it be the sea, the ocean, river or lake. All water elementals worship him, as do all creatures that use water or the cold for their abilities. It is said that when an intelligent creature drowns, his or her soul will pass through his realm on the way to its end. It is supposed that he keeps those souls which amuse and interest him, but Neptulon only laughs at such suppositions.[15]

Skills and abilities[]


Neptulon in Shadows & Light

Neptulon prefers to toy with his prey, dragging it under the water only to let it briefly escape. Sometimes he will maroon a hapless victim on some lonely island and torture it with tidal waves and swirling whirlpools. He always attempts to identify those who cannot survive long underwater, dragging them away to deal with other opponents later. He loves to douse flame whenever he can and harbors a particular hatred of fire elementals.[15]

Neptulon is most dangerous in the water, and even more so when his foe also touches the water. If he or his opponent are land-bound, then he is weakened in his attacks. This spells destruction for most ships that cross his path. He can easily overturn even large craft of up to 600 feet in length, and stop massive vessels of up to 1,100 feet. Even those ocean-going behemoths that stretch to 2,400 feet can be slowed to half speed.[15]


Neptulon's touch can extinguish most flames of non-magical origin, save those of large wildfires. He has the ability to dispel even magical fires, but those are many times more difficult to drench.[15]

Frost storm[]

Neptulon has the ability to form into a massive swirling storm of freezing water, drawn from the very deepest part of the oceans and chilled by his elemental power. The storm is a 300-foot churning sphere of water that moves as he wills, at his swim speed, even extending out of the water into the air or onto the nearby ground (although at least half the sphere must always be in the water). Within the storm, he threatens all adjacent squares out to a distance of 25 feet from the affected zone and can make an infinite number of attacks of opportunity per round. This ability lasts for up to ten minutes, although he can end it at will. In addition to his normal attacks from that range, Neptulon may also perform any of the following abilities at will:[15]

Block of Ice
Neptulon has the ability to immobilize a 30-foot spherical area of solid water, and anything in it, which then deals frost damage to any victims within. Targets can attempt to escape the area, but only if they have the mental ability to do so. The block of ice rises toward the surface of the water very quickly. Once the occupants of the ice fortress have left the area of the frost storm, the ice will melt, eventually freeing them.[15]
Chilling Touch
Within a frost storm, Neptulon can move much more quickly than normal. Furthermore, all creatures within the storm that have no immunity to the biting cold will very likely be slowed. Certain fire spells can cancel the slowness, but they must be maintained until the victim leaves the storm.[16]
Crushing Pressure
Within the storm area, Neptulon can increase the water pressure to such levels that all within will be injured, whether friend or foe. Whatever they do, they will still take damage, save for Neptulon. Creatures trapped within a block of ice, ironically, are immune.[16]
Ice Crystals
Neptulon can use razor-sharp crystals of ice that can strike individuals at the impressive range of 500 feet from the edge of the storm, even outside the sphere. Ice crystals affect a 30 foot radius when striking.[16]
Slam Attack
Any creature within the storm, or within 100 feet of it, can be subject to a water-based slam attack from Neptulon himself.[16]


When underwater, Neptulon can transform himself into a vortex once every 10 minutes; he can maintain this form for a very long time. He is 5 feet wide at the base, 50 feet wide at the top, and up to 80 feet tall. He controls his exact height, however, which at a minimum must be 10 feet tall.[16]

Even the largest of creatures may be caught in the vortex, and they can even take damage. Those who come into contact with the vortex will have difficulty in stopping themselves from being picked up bodily and held suspended in the powerful currents and even more difficulty in surviving. A creature that can swim is usually allowed to go free from the vortex, but they too, will have difficulty in living through this ordeal.[16]

Neptulon enjoys leaving any creatures within the vortex where he wants, depositing them wherever the vortex happens to be. Typically he does this in fairly harmful surroundings, such as natural vents, in deep water, or near other dangerous creatures.[16]

If the vortex's base touches the ocean floor, it creates a swirling cloud of debris. This cloud is centered on Neptulon and has a diameter equal to half the vortex's height. The cloud obscures all vision beyond five feet. Creatures five feet away have some concealment, while those farther away are completely concealed from those within or on the other side of the cloud. Those spellcasters caught in the cloud will have to concentrate hard to cast a spell.[16]


Heart of Azeroth gossip

Out of the rolling ocean I rise. The Lord of Tides has answered your call, Farseer of the Earthen Ring.

Main article: Defending the Rift#Notes
Main article: Ozumat#Quotes
Main article: The Ritual of Tides#Notes
Main article: Allegiance of Flame#Notes

In Hearthstone[]

Hearthstone This section contains information exclusive to Hearthstone and is considered non-canon.

Notes and trivia[]

  • An Inv potion 76 [Aspect of Neptulon] was provided for the now removed quest N [55] Poisoned Water, given by Duke Hydraxis in Azshara.
  • Upon killing Mob Maws during the Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest-line, a world-wide emote could be seen: The beast returns from whence it came. The wrath of Neptulon has subsided.
  • In the quest N [10-30] Jack Likes His Drink at Scalawag Point, after getting Jack Adams drunk he might say Sweet Neptulon, that was one drink too many.
  • "Neptulon's Locker" appears to be the Azerothian equivalent of the idiom "Davy Jones' Locker", referring to the bottom of the sea and/or the act of drowning.[17][18][19]
  • Neptulon is voiced by John Behlmann.
  • His name is likely inspired by Neptune, the Roman god of the waters.
  • In the Legion alpha, Ozumat appeared when the Earthen Ring summoned Neptulon and Neptulon revealed he had mastered the kraken. This part of the quest was removed before launch.
  • The likely reason Blizzard had Neptulon end up freeing himself off-screen between Cataclysm and Legion is because the Abyssal Maw raid, the planned conclusion for the Vashj'ir storyline, was canceled. The situation was described by Chris Metzen as a "damn mess is what it was."[20]
  • The Inv misc stonetablet 08 [Tablet of the Balancing Tides] says that the whispers of Elune and Neptulon both play on the tides in a balance of power.
  • Unlike the 3 other Elemental Lords in the Shaman Order Hall Campaign, Neptulon does not have any voiced lines when interacted with.


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Lore For Noobs The Elemental Lords

Patch changes[]


  1. ^ N [10-30] A Revenant's Vengeance
  2. ^ H [25] Elemental War
  3. ^ N Shaman [10-45] Champion: Duke Hydraxis
  4. ^ a b c ''World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 28 - 32
  5. ^ N [1-70 Daily] Striking Back
  6. ^ Alex Afrasiabi on Twitter: "Back in the Abyssal Maw."
  7. ^ Alex Afrasiabi on Twitter: Will we ever see this plot resolved? "I just resolved it. Case closed!" (no web archive, but can be seen in the prior tweet's conversation)
  8. ^ N Shaman [10-45] The Ritual of Tides
  9. ^ N [45WQ] By Water Be Purged
  10. ^ Farseer Ori says: My clan seeks vengeance for our fallen leader, but I have also been summoned here to do Neptulon's bidding.
  11. ^ N [50WQ] The Lords of Water
  12. ^ N [15-30] False Idols
  13. ^ N [30-35] Final Judgment
  14. ^ Blademaster Okani says: Neptulon has sent his most powerful lieutenants to aid us in battle! Speak to them and carry out the Tidehunter's will.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g Shadows & Light, pg. 102
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h Shadows & Light, pg. 103
  17. ^ Inv letter 15 [Bloodsail Orders]: "[...] any man, woman, or child found consorting with the Blackwater Raiders will be sent straight to Neptulon's locker."
  18. ^ N [10-30] Drive-By Piracy Bloodsail Oarsman yells: They be on either side of us! Send 'em down to Neptulon's Locker!
  19. ^ Bloodsail Corsair says: I'll send ye down to Neptulon's Locker, ye three-gallon pufferfish!
  20. ^ Blizzcon 2011

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