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  • Portal
  • Mage ability
  • 4% of base mana
  • 1 min cooldown
  • 10 sec cast
  • Creates a portal, teleporting group members that use it to <cityX>.
Usable by
Class Mage
School Arcane
Cooldown 1 min

“The shortest distance between two points is one incantation.”

Blaize Brightspark

Portals are a line of useful Mage utility spells that allow the caster to transport himself and his party members to one of several fixed locations (including all friendly capital cities).

Apparently, elven mages typically like to put a little flair, a signature, in their portal magic.[1]

Rank table

Alliance Alliance Cities
City Level Cost
Portal: Ironforge Ironforge 24 1g 65s
Portal: Stormwind Stormwind 24 1g 65s
Portal: Darnassus Darnassus 24 1g 65s
Portal: Exodar Exodar 24 1g 65s
Portal: Theramore Theramore 24 1g 65s
Portal: Vale of Eternal Blossoms Shrine of Seven Stars 24 42g 30s
Portal: Stormshield Stormshield 24 63g 50s
Portal: Boralus Boralus 24 75g
Horde Horde Cities
City Level Cost
Portal: Orgrimmar Orgrimmar 24 1g 65s
Portal: Undercity Undercity 24 1g 65s
Portal: Thunder Bluff Thunder Bluff 24 1g 65s
Portal: Silvermoon Silvermoon 24 1g 65s
Portal: Stonard Stonard any 2g 25s
Portal: Vale of Eternal Blossoms Shrine of Two Moons 24 42g 30s
Portal: Warspear Warspear 24 63g 50s
Portal: Dazar'alor Dazar'alor 24 75g
Neutral Neutral
City Level Cost
Portal: Shattrath Shattrath any 10g 50s
Portal: Dalaran - Northrend Dalaran - Northrend any 16g 80s
Portal: Tol Barad Tol Barad any 28g 20s
Ancient Portal: Dalaran Dalaran Crater[fn 1] 35 150g
Portal: Dalaran - Broken Isles Dalaran - Broken Isles 24 50g

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Non-mage portal spell

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There are several portal spells not exclusive to mages.

City Cost Faction Level Restriction
Teleport: Grim Guzzler Grim Guzzler None Alliance Horde 20 Requires  [Direbrew's Remote]; 1 hour cooldown
Portal: Karazhan Karazhan None Alliance Horde 25 Requires [Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian]; 1 minute cooldown
Portal: Dalaran Dalaran None Alliance Horde 30 Requires  [Jaina's Locket]; 1 hour cooldown
Unstable Portal Shard Major faction city 3g Alliance Horde 15 Random consumable Portal Shard from "planting"  [Unstable Portal Shard] at Sunsong Ranch. Can only be used from Sunsong Ranch.

There was also an item that opened a portal to the heart of Maraudon -  [Scepter of Celebras], but it could only be used on an altar just before entering the instance. The portal ability was phased out in Patch 3.0.8, and replaced with weapon stats.


  • Each Portal spell is trained at a portal trainer, which is usually located near the mage trainers in a major city. In Shattrath, the portal trainer is located in the center of the city, near the Silvermoon and Exodar city portals. There is also a trainer in Scryers Tier, although the portal location remains the same no matter where it is learned. In Theramore, the portal trainer is located in the tower where Jaina resides.
  • After casting, a portal will appear roughly 5 yards in front of the mage. The shimmering portal looks different for each capital city, giving a glimpse of the city in the center of the portal. The portal lasts for 1 minute.
  • To use the portal, the mage and his group members must right click the portal. Group members are not required to enter the portal. Any player, including the mage, may elect to stay behind by not clicking on the portal.
  • You will appear in the capital city near the portal trainer of that city. In Stormwind, for example, you appear inside the mage tower at the center of the Mage Quarter.
  • You cannot learn the portal spells of the opposing faction.
  • Portal cannot be cast in combat. In addition, portals cannot be cast inside PvP battlegrounds.

Tips and tactics

  • It is not possible to create a portal in combat, but it is possible to enter one at any time.
  • If creating a portal in hostile territory, the mage should wait until all members of the party have used the portal. If the mage clicks too soon, they run the risk of leaving someone behind.
  • Prior to Patch 6.0.2, it was possible for a mage to stack his portals, such that it was very difficult for the players taking the portals to know where they would end up. This was commonly known as "portal roulette". Portal function has been changed so that summoning portals on top of each other prioritizes the first one cast.


While most mages will offer portals for partymates at the end of quest, runs, etc., to ask for one outside of this should be approached tactfully.

Here are a few guidelines to keep in mind.

  • When asking (especially on Trade) make sure you say where you are currently (or where you will be).
  • If a mage is coming from a different city, it's much easier if they can meet you at the teleport points (that's where they will arrive). Learn where they are and be standing there when you ask.
  • You will only be able to use the portal if you're in the same party as the mage. If you're in one, have the leader send the invite, or drop party to get portaled.
  • Mages are dropping what they are doing to help you. The minimum you should offer is 1g, 2-3g if they have to travel to you. You'll spend a good percent of that amount just to take taxis if you were getting there on your own anyway. Announce the amount you're offering when you ask for the teleport.
  • Make sure you know the level required to create the portal where you need to go before you ask directly. Faction capitals and Theramore are available at 42, Stonard at 52, Shattrath at 66, Dalaran at 74, Tol Barad at 85, Pandaria at 90, and Draenor at 92.

Following these fairly simple guidelines will help you get along with your fellow players, and it makes people remember you.


Netherwind Portal

See also: Teleportation

Ley lines are harnessed to make portals possible, but traffic from across the planet will break down the infrastructure and it must be periodically replaced.

The standard dimensions for a mage portal are 3 yards, 1 foot, and 3/4 inches tall, 2 yards, 8 feet, 9 and 15/16 inches wide.

The Kirin Tor creates and enforces the rules of portal usage for all legitimate mages on Azeroth. As sometimes demonstrated by archmages such as Jaina Proudmoore and Khadgar, portals can actually be created to go anywhere, and the spell's vast potential is what makes it so dangerous (for example, the official but outdated drop-off zone for Dalaran and the consequences for Crusader Jorny the Deified, and why unlicensed portal creation outside drop-off zones is punishable by death). There are hundreds of rules that the Kirin Tor has already created for safe and proper portal usage and mages are required to abide by every single one of them, including special licensing to make sure certain actions are only carried out by responsible individuals.

Nevertheless, in practice portals have a history of being a burden on any society in which it is offered to the general public, and of all the major spells developed and maintained by the Kirin Tor, portal technology is the closest to becoming banished from anything but emergency usage.[2]

A variation of the portal spell can be used to enchant mirrors for two-way communication across vast distances.[3]

Portals have been used to help evacuate entire settlements and cities in times of crisis and emergency, such as Darnassus during the War of the Thorns, although it apparently requires tremendous amounts of time and effort to maintain them in the long term, as well to fully evacuate populations using portals alone. It was mentioned that the Alliance could not move armies through portals as one did handful of individuals, and that most travelers could go through portals by twos or three at the most, a very useful way for an individual to quickly get from one place to another, but not ideal for massive evacuations.[4]

Portals are suitable for moving a handful of individuals easily, but not usually stable enough for moving whole armies.[5] Typically, large, stable portals require a person channeling and maintaining it on the other side.

People cannot enter portals at the same time when going in opposite directions,[6] but can enter portals in up to twos or threes going in the same direction.[7]

According to Archmage Ansirem Runeweaver, portal and teleport spells are a great privilege and responsibility; however, portals and teleportations are negatively used as a means for garbage repository in the Twisting Nether.[8]

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): The WotLK-era [Teleport]: Dalaran and Portal: Dalaran spells had a suffix added to distinguish them from their Legion counterparts.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.3.0 (2013-05-21): [Teleport]: Vale of Eternal Blossoms and Portal: Vale of Eternal Blossoms now have new icons.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Reagent requirement removed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Tol Barad portal added.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.2 (2008-05-13): Stonard and Theramore portals added.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Now requires a reagent.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.11 (2004-09-29): You must now right-click on portals to use them.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Mana costs increased.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.8 (2004-07-07): Added.

See also