- This article is about the race. For the Warcraft III unit, see Phoenix (Warcraft III). For the Tempest Keep mob, see Phoenix (Tempest Keep). For the Magisters' Terrace mob, see Phoenix (Magisters' Terrace).
- Not to be confused with fire hawk, firehawk, or pandaren phoenix.
|Racial leader(s)||Al'ar <Phoenix God>|
Phoenixes are powerful, bird-like fire elementals summoned by mages. They burn with such intensity that they damage both themselves and nearby enemies. When a phoenix dies, it creates an egg that will hatch into a new phoenix. The phoenix is the most powerful spell able to be cast by a potent blood mage.
- Phoenix (part of the Kael'thas Sunstrider boss encounter in The Eye)
- Phoenix (part of the Kael'thas Sunstrider boss encounter in Magisters' Terrace)
- Ember of Al'ar
- Blazing Phoenix
- Alternate Draenor
As a mount
- Main article: Phoenix mounts
- has a chance to drop from Kael'thas Sunstrider in the Eye.
- , a dark phoenix mount, can be purchased from guild vendors at a cost of 3000 after reaching exalted with one's guild and achieving .
- has a chance to drop from the Rukhmar world boss in Spires of Arak.
As a companion pet
- has a chance to drop from Kael'thas Sunstrider in the Magisters' Terrace.
- can be purchased from guild vendors after completing .
- has a chance to drop from .
- is a reward from the achievement
In Warcraft III
- Phoenix (created by the Blood Mage when he casts the Phoenix spell)
Phoenix concept art by Samwise Didier.
A phoenix in Warcraft III.
Warcraft III: Reforged concept art.
In the RPG
The phoenix is a natural predator of the Elemental Plane. The wondrous bird is about 18 feet long with a sleek, feathered body that dances with bright flames. Its colorful feathers range from yellow to orange to red. A crest of spiky feathers runs down the center of its back, and its wingspan stretches out 30 feet. From birth to death, it spends its life hunting through the air - in fact, it lacks any legs that might enable it to land. Even after death it often rises again from its own ashes to continue the hunt.
The phoenix is a fearless, aggressive predator of aerial prey. Its only direct form is a vicious bite, but the secondary damage from its flaming aura and ability to burn help to bring down its prey quickly. A phoenix prefers to attack from above and behind with surprise, but follows up its initial attack by remaining close to burn its victims while continuing to strike with its beak.
Summon phoenix is a unique spell that Kael developed to summon fire elementals. It is similar to other summon monster spells, except it can only summon fire elementals. Kael invariably uses it to summon phoenixes, hence its name.
Notes and trivia
- Skyhorn Windcallers use the ability Arrow of the Phoenix.
- Alodi, the first Guardian of Tirisfal, rode a phoenix mount.
- Kael'thas Sunstrider was the most notable blood mage capable of summoning phoenixes. His beloved pet, Al'ar, was known as "the Phoenix God".
- It is customary for new recruits of the Twilight's Hammer to be sent on a difficult or sometimes impossible task. One year the instructors demanded a feather from a phoenix.
- The pandaren phoenixes strongly resemble the fire phoenixes.
- The firehawks of alternate Draenor can create phoenixes. Using the , Sol-Shaper Krivin can transform into a phoenix known as the Aspect of Rukhmar.
- The idea of a creature rising from its own ashes also symbolizes the blood elves who rose from the ashes of the high elven ruins of Quel'Thalas. Thus, the phoenix serves as an essential symbol of the blood elf race, found on their flags, banners, tabards, and racial crest.
- While fire hawks are common, the only known phoenix related to the Firelands is Blazewing.
- ^ Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne manual, Blood Mage, Phoenix
- ^ World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: The Eastern Kingdoms, pg. 92
- ^ Borgstrom, Rebecca; Eric Brennan, Genevieve Cogman, and Michael Goodwin. Manual of Monsters, 81. ISBN 978-1588-4607-07.
- ^ Borgstrom, Rebecca; Eric Brennan, Genevieve Cogman, and Michael Goodwin. Manual of Monsters, 180. ISBN 978-1588-4607-07.
- ^ The First Guardian