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For his The Frozen Throne statistics, see Sapphiron (Warcraft III). For his pre-Wrath of the Lich King encounter, see Sapphiron (Classic). For his strategy on the current encounter, see Sapphiron (tactics).
Image of Sapphiron
Gender Male
Race Frost wyrm (Undead)
Level 60 Elite
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) The Scourge, Kel'Thuzad
Former affiliation(s) Blue dragonflight
Occupation Guardian of Naxxramas, former agent of Malygos
Location Various
Status Deceased (lore), Killable (WoW)
Once a noble blue dragon within the mountains of Northrend, Sapphiron was slain by Arthas during his campaign through the frozen north. Resurrected to serve him, Sapphiron guards Kel'Thuzad's lair eternally, awaiting those who would dare trespass upon his master.
Commander Eligor Dawnbringer

Sapphiron was an agent of the blue dragonflight who had guarded a treasure hoard in the mountains of Northrend. After being slain by Arthas Menethil, the dragon was raised as a powerful frost wyrm and sent to the halls of Naxxramas, where he guards the inner sanctum of the citadel's dread master, Kel'Thuzad.


Sapphiron in the TCG.
Sapphiron in his original form.
Sapphiron as a frost wyrm.

An ancient servant of Malygos, Hand of Magic, Sapphiron was a blue dragon who lived with a powerful brood in Northrend by the Dragonblight, where he communed with the ancient spirits of the dead dragons.[citation needed]  Sapphiron was magnificently powerful, and protected the lands of Northrend as best he could. Though Ner'zhul's malevolent influence defiled the Dragonblight, Sapphiron and his brood continued to guard his hoard of treasure from any and all intruders.

Sapphiron and his brood lived in relative peace until Prince Arthas, champion of the Lich King, was suddenly called back to Northrend to save his weakening master, Ner'zhul. After three weeks at sea, the Death Knight landed on the shores of Northrend near Sapphiron's frozen lair, and was greeted almost immediately by the Crypt Lord Anub'arak, King of Azjol-Nerub, another powerful servant of Ner'zhul. Anub'arak had sensed Sapphiron nearby and suggested to the young Death Knight that perhaps by equipping themselves with the ancient blue wyrm's treasures, he and Arthas might be better prepared for the perilous journey through the underground kingdom of Azjol-Nerub to Icecrown Glacier. Arthas agreed, and boldly journeyed into Sapphiron's lair with Anub'arak.

The two servants of the Lich King fought their way through Sapphiron's minions till they finally reached the great blue dragon himself. Sapphiron confronted the undead as they approached him. He found Arthas's honesty about killing him and stealing his treasure quite "refreshing". Sapphiron and his fellow dragons attacked with all their might, unleashing their strange, cold frost magics upon them. In the end, despite all odds, Arthas was victorious, and Sapphiron was defeated. As a final, clinching victory, however, Arthas used what remained of his dwindling necromatic power to recreate Sapphiron as a frost wyrm to serve the Scourge.[1]

Sapphiron, now a mighty frost wyrm, assisted Arthas in destroying the Naga and Blood Elf forces blocking the passage to Azjol-Nerub. Sapphiron was called upon again to destroy the dwarves guarding the gates to Azjol-Nerub, but the great dragon was left outside of the tunnels, where he guarded it against all who would disturb his new master.[2]

Some years later the Scourge attacked once again and Sapphiron was sent with Kel'Thuzad to the Eastern Plaguelands to guard the Black Citadel Naxxramas.

Sapphiron's powers are significantly greater than those of the average Frost Wyrm. This could be because Arthas, the Lich King's champion, revived him personally, or it could be a reflection of Sapphiron's greater power in life, or it could be some combination of both.

Sapphiron appeared as the boss guarding the way into Kel'Thuzad's chamber in Naxxramas. He also held onto his [Key to the Focusing Iris], throughout these events. The eye acted as a key to Malygos's home: the Eye of Eternity.[3][4]


Shadowlands This section concerns content related to Shadowlands.

After Kel'Thuzad and Baroness Ninadar are seen betraying Margrave Sin'dane and usurping control of the House of Rituals, the Archlich summoned Sapphiron in order to deal with the Maw Walker and Balmedar. However he was ultimately defeated by the pair.[5]


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Sapphiron (Classic) ?? 3,000,000
Sapphiron (tactics) ??


  • Ability mage freeze.png  Icy Rift — The caster opens a rift, inflicting Frost damage to nearby players every 1.5 sec.
  • Spell necro conclave.png  Shadowfrost Breath — Inflicts 20 Shadowfrost damage to all enemies in front of the caster and encases targets in ice blocks.
  • Inv misc head dragon blue.png  Shadowfrost Shard — Inflicts 10 Shadowfrost damage.
  • Ability mount dkmountunholy.png  Tail Sweep — Xantuth inflicts 25 Physical damage to players in a cone behind her, knocking them back.

Objective of


Encounter with Arthas

Sapphiron: You dare enter my lair? I am Sapphiron, ancient servant of Malygos the Spell-Weaver! Explain yourselves!
Arthas: Sorry we don't have time to chat, great wyrm. We've come to murder you and steal whatever artifacts you've been hoarding over the centuries.
Sapphiron: Honesty... how refreshing. None may challenge Sapphiron and live!
(Sapphiron is defeated by Arthas)
Arthas: At least I still have enough power to do this...
(Sapphiron is raised by Arthas as an enormous Frost Wyrm)



This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.
  • While not directly stated, his Shadowlands appearance could suggest that when he died, his soul went to Maldraxxus.
  • Despite not being a willing agent of the Scourge and thus ally of Kel'Thuzad, Sapphiron doesn't hesitate to respond to his summon in Maldraxxus. While not directly stated, it is possible that Kel'Thuzad simply took control of Sapphiron at some point after they were both within the Shadowlands. Alternatively Sapphiron's time in serving under Kel'Thuzad within Naxxramas, could have cause him to develop a case of Durnholde Syndrome towards the Archlich.


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