For Howling Fjord and Ember Clutch mobs, see Proto-Drake.
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Area(s) Northrend
Homeworld Azeroth
Average height Varies by species and age
Affiliation Independent, Vrykul, Dragonmaw clan, Primalists

The future Dragon Aspects fighting Galakrond

Proto-dragons (also spelled proto dragons or protodragons) or proto-drakes are the feral, long-forgotten forebears of the dragon species. The vrykul frequently use them as mounts. Under the reign of Warchief Garrosh Hellscream, the Dragonmaw orcs began subjugating them as well.


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A Primordial Drake in Hearthstone

A proto-dragon skull, with no visible eye sockets

The proto-dragons descend from elementals who avoided being imprisoned in the Elemental Plane and instead remained on Azeroth, where some of them gradually transformed into creatures of flesh and blood.[1] More specifically, Brann Bronzebeard recently uncovered evidence, corroborated by reports from adventurers in Deepholm, that proto-dragons may have origins in elemental drakes such as stone and storm drakes. The inhabitants of Deepholm, the Skywall, the Firelands, and the Abyssal Maw are less than talkative on these matters, however, and most of them were not around when the elemental prisons were created.[2]

The proto-dragons are thus early version of dragons before they evolved into the sapient, beautiful majestic creatures they are known as today.[3]

Galakrond, a massive proto-dragon,[4] is known as the "progenitor of dragonkind" and long ago resorted to cannibalism. This act of consuming other proto-dragons gave Galakrond unbelievable strength and increased his size, but horribly mutated his body as well. His breath reanimated the dead proto-dragons around him into a form of undeath. It is said that from Galakrond the titans created the Aspects,[5] but this is a rumor the Aspects actively encouraged so as to keep the truth about Galakrond a secret from the dragonflights.[6]

Some proto-dragons (the Primalists) refused the call of the titans and stayed on the Dragon Isles. Followers of Galakrond, they believed that everyone should be subservient to dragonkind because of their power.[7]


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Garrosh brought some proto-drakes from Northrend to invade Ashenvale.[8]

Mists of Pandaria

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With the end of the black dragonflight, the Dragonmaw clan later began subverting proto-drakes for the needs of the True Horde.[9]

Warlords of Draenor

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Zaela and her Dragonmaw continued to use proto-drakes and they brought Ragewing the Untamed to Blackrock Spire from the Twilight Highlands.

Druids feared that the proto-drake populations were plummeting. Thus, troops were sent to recover proto-drake eggs from Warlord Zaela's army in Upper Blackrock Spire.[10]


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The proto-dragons that remained in the Dragon Isles are now the Primalists and oppose the titan-blessed dragonflights.


Proto-drakes are generally bestial and display none of the great intelligence and wisdom of true dragons,[11] though several ancient proto-dragons including those that would later become the Dragon Aspects proved otherwise when they fought alongside Tyr against Galakrond. Kalecgos noted in his visions of the past that this was extremely odd.[12]

Proto-dragon whelps grow at an incredible rate and can devour nearly twice their weight in raw meat per day.[13] Some proto-dragons have a wide array of strengths and abilities, with examples including incredible fortitude, massive size or the ability to unknowingly tap into latent elemental energies in order to breathe fire or frost at their enemies.[14]

The vrykul frequently use proto-dragons as flying mounts in the Howling Fjord and other parts of Northrend, and could be seen doing so in their constant siege of Valgarde. Wild proto-drakes can be seen in areas such as Storm Peaks and Sholazar Basin. Bronze proto-drakes were used as mounts by the Argent Crusade in Icecrown after they were discovered in the Bronze Dragonshrine by the bronze dragonflight. The Time-Lost Proto Drake is famous for being extremely hard to catch.

Black proto-drakes were bred specifically to honor those heroes who showed exceptional resilience and fortitude facing the dangers in Northrend,[15] and the plagued proto-drakes to honor those who showed significant courage and persistence.[16]

Types and flights

IconSmall ProtoRed.gif Red proto-dragons
Appear most abundant throughout Northrend.
IconSmall ProtoBlue.gif Blue proto-dragons
Mostly only found in the Storm Peaks.
IconSmall ProtoGreen.gif Green proto-dragons
One can be acquired through the Oracles. Their whelps can be found in Sholazar.[17]
IconSmall ProtoBronze.gif Bronze proto-dragons
Native to the Bronze Dragonshrine. Have been seen in Icecrown working alongside their dragon brethren, some serve the Jotunheim vrykul. Two Time-Lost proto drakes were found, one in Northrend and the other in the Time-Lost Glade in northeastern Nagrand.
IconSmall ProtoBlack.gif Black proto-dragons
Broodmother Slivina is found in Sholazar Basin. Dragonmaw Proto-Drakes are used during the Siege of Orgrimmar. Ragewing Whelps and Ragewing the Untamed can be found in Upper Blackrock Spire, ridden by the Dragonmaw clan.
IconSmall ProtoWhite.gif Plagued proto-dragons
Can be found in the Storm Peaks and Icecrown.
IconSmall ProtoViolet.gif Violet proto-dragons
Can only be acquired through achievements. A small terrified one was found by Alexstrasza and Ysera in the past.
IconSmall ProtoPlated.gif Ironbound proto-dragons
Covered in metal plates crafted and fused onto their skin originally by Ignis the Furnace Master. Due to the metal covering nearly every part of the proto-dragon, it is hard to distinguish from which flight they could be from by simply looking at them.

Ancient types

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IconSmall ProtoGreen.gif Blue-green proto-dragons
Coros and three others, rivals of the prehistoric Malygos.
IconSmall ProtoBlue.gif Blue-white proto-dragons
Malygos and those related to him, such as Tarys.
IconSmall ProtoRed.gif Orange proto-dragons
Alexstrasza and her brother Dralad.
IconSmall ProtoBronze.gif Yellow proto-dragons
Ysera, Alexstrasza's younger sister, is a "yellowish" color despite being related to an orange.
IconSmall ProtoBlack.gif Charcoal grey proto-dragons
Neltharion and an animal-like one that attacked Malygos and Alexstrasza.
IconSmall ProtoRusted.gif Dust-brown proto-dragons
One is seen hunting, catching two animals at once. Malygos admires his cunning and timing. Nozdormu is this color as well, possibly the same one seen hunting.
IconSmall ProtoPlated.gif Silver proto-dragons
Seen devoured by Galakrond and one joins in Talonixa's attack on Galakrond, breathing what appeared to be liquid metal.
IconSmall ProtoBronze.gif Gold proto-dragons
Talonixa and her mate Zorix. Their breath is a powerful blast of lightning.
IconSmall ProtoRusted.gif Copper proto-dragons
One is scarred by Talonixa's followers.
IconSmall ProtoGreen.gif Silver-green proto-dragons
One was seen attacking Neltharion and Nozdormu after being bitten by an Undead.
IconSmall ProtoWhite.gif Not-living
Shriveled undead husks, nothing but skin and bone, appear mysteriously in the northern reaches of Ancient Kalimdor. They are the regurgitated victims of Galakrond.

Notable proto-dragons

Name Role Status Location
Neutral  Galakrond Largest known proto-dragon, rumored progenitor of dragonkind Deceased Galakrond's Rest, Dragonblight
Mob  Broodmother Slivina Broodmother of the Savage Thicket, quarry of Hemet Nesingwary Killable Savage Thicket, Sholazar Basin
Neutral  Veranus Broodmother of the Storm Peaks, former mount of Thorim Killable Broodmother's Nest, Storm Peaks
Boss  Razorscale Corrupted version of Veranus Killable Razorscale's Aerie, Ulduar
Boss  Galakras Direct descendant of Galakrond, mount of Warlord Zaela Killable Dranosh'ar Landing, Siege of Orgrimmar
Neutral  Flamebringer Favored mount of Thane Torvald Eriksson, used against him by adventurers Alive Voldrune, Grizzly Hills
Neutral  Glory Bronze drake in service of the Argent Crusade Alive Argent Vanguard, Icecrown
Boss  Grauf Mount of Skadi the Ruthless Killable Eagle's Eye, Utgarde Pinnacle
Mob  Safirdrang Mount of Overthane Balargarde Killable Balargarde Fortress, Icecrown
Mob  Zeptek the Destroyer Mount of Warlord Tartek Killable Spearborn Encampment, Sholazar Basin
Mob  Time-Lost Proto-Drake Extremely elusive proto-drake, source of the  [Reins of the Time-Lost Proto-Drake] Killable Storm Peaks
Boss  Ragewing the Untamed Proto-drake raised by the Dragonmaw clan, has formed a strong bond with Warlord Zaela Killable Hall of Blackhand, Upper Blackrock Spire

As a flying mount

Main article: Proto-drake mounts

In World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, several proto-drake mounts are available as rewards for various achievements, as well as a few that drop from mobs and bosses:

Mount type Speed increase Availability
 [Reins of the Time-Lost Proto-Drake] 100% on land, 280% in air Drops from the rare mob Mob Time-Lost Proto Drake.
 [Reins of the Blue Proto-Drake] 100% on land, 280% in air Rare drop from Mob Skadi the Ruthless.
 [Reins of the Green Proto-Drake] 100% on land, 280% in air Low chance to hatch from  [Mysterious Egg], purchasable at Revered reputation from The Oracles once every 3 days.
 [Reins of the Red Proto-Drake] 100% on land, 280% in air Reward for completing  Glory of the Hero.
 [Reins of the Violet Proto-Drake] 100% on land, 310% in air Reward for completing  What a Long, Strange Trip It's Been.
 [Reins of the Ironbound Proto-Drake] 100% on land, 280% in air Reward for completing  Glory of the Ulduar Raider (25 player).
 [Reins of the Rusted Proto-Drake] 100% on land, 280% in air Reward for completing  Glory of the Ulduar Raider (10 player).
 [Reins of Galakras] 100% on land, 280% in air Reward for completing  Glory of the Orgrimmar Raider.
 [Reins of the Black Proto-Drake] 100% on land, 310% in air Was rewarded from  Glory of the Raider (25 player). No longer obtainable.
 [Reins of the Plagued Proto-Drake] 100% on land, 310% in air Was rewarded from  Glory of the Raider (10 player). Only obtainable through the Black Market Auction House as of Mists of Pandaria.

Notes and trivia


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