For the clan from the main universe, see Shadowmoon clan.
HordeShadowmoon clan
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Main leader Horde Unknown
  Formerly Iron Horde  Ner'zhul †
Secondary leaders Horde Unknown
  Formerly Iron Horde  Keli'dan the Breaker †
Iron Horde  Sadana Bloodfury †
Race(s) Mag'har orcMag'har orcOrcOrc Mag'har orc
Character classes Shaman
Capital Horde Orgrimmar
  Formerly Iron Horde Shaz'gul
Other major settlements Horde Hall of the Brave
  Formerly Iron Horde Anguish Fortress
Iron Horde Pillars of Fate
Base of operations Horde Orgrimmar Embassy
  Formerly Iron Horde Shadowmoon Burial Grounds
Iron Horde Umbral Halls
Iron Horde Burial Fields
Theater of operations Azeroth
  Formerly Shadowmoon Valley, Spires of Arak, Draenor
Language(s) Orcish
Affiliation Mag'har Clans
  Formerly Iron Horde
Status Active

The Shadowmoon clan, led by their chieftain Ner'zhul, were orcs that made their home within Shadowmoon Valley. The Shadowmoon had a history of astrology, they had always spoken the language of the stars, the earth, and the moon,[1] but now heard another - the voice of shadow.[2] A key source of the Shadowmoon clan's power came from their understanding of the stars and their omens. For centuries, they recorded the patterns of the stars and their interpretations.[3] They were profoundly linked to the spiritual world and had many seers, astrologers, and speakers of the dead among their ranks.


The Shadowmoon clan have always derived their magic from the stars, earth, and moon.[1][4][3] Communing with the ancestors is extremely important and often done through Ancestral Talismans of the ancestors, as well as ceremonial tattoos for clearer communication with the ancestral and elemental spirits.

Several centuries ago, when the Genedar arrived on Draenor, the Shadowmoon clan witnessed the crash in the sky. A piece of the ship crashed down in Shadowmoon Valley, and soon afterward a shadow appeared in the sky that came to be known as the Dark Star by the orcs; in reality, the Dark Star was the naaru K'ara in a Void state, ejected from the Genedar during the crash.

By observing the Dark Star, the Shadowmoon clan discovered the powers of the Void. But when orcs began to use the shadow powers to defile the spirits of their sacred ancestors, the chieftain outlawed the shadows and the magic of the Dark Star.[2][5]

Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content related to Warlords of Draenor.

Three centuries later,[1] before the war in Draenor, the Shadowmoons were still largely peaceful, but eventually became reclusive as the conflict approached, withdrawing into their fortifications.[6] When the Iron Horde began its march across Draenor, the clan's chieftain Ner'zhul was given an ultimatum by Grom Hellscream: join or die. The Shadowmoon were not a war-like clan by tradition, but Ner'zhul joined with the Iron Horde in order to save the lives of his clansmen. Hellscream also ordered Ner'zhul to provide a worthy form of power or else he would kill the Shadowmoon anyway, as he lacked interest in their astrological and prophetic traditions. Ner'zhul, with the fate of his clan on the line, broke the ancient laws and called on the power of the Dark Star, gaining mastery over the Void.[7] Using the Void, the Shadowmoon clan raises undead and calls in creatures of shadow to battle their foes. Their nobility has been sacrificed for necromantic power, making them little different from the Scourge that a different version of Ner'zhul once commanded.

A faction of discontent orcs, led by Ner'zhul's mate Rulkan, still stands by the old laws that ban Void magic and have formed the Shadowmoon Exiles to combat Ner'zhul's followers.

Darion Mograine sends the adventurer into Shadowmoon Burial Grounds to investigate Ner'zhul's early studies on how to bind souls and control the undead, referring to the void-using Shadowmoon orcs as warlocks.[8][9] The imp Impsy also sends the adventurer into Shadowmoon Burial Ground because things happening on Draenor are causing ripples in the Twisting Nether and requires a  [Void-Gate Key] twice to prevent the worlds from collapsing into the void (both times).[10][11] It seems at some point, Alleria Windrunner had fought against these Shadowmoon clan orcs.[12] Eventually, Alliance and Horde shaman prepared a ritual to return the disturbed souls back to rest. They arrived to the Burial Grounds to perform it.[13]

Battle for Azeroth

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

In time, the Shadowmoon clan joined with the other Mag'har orc clans under the command of Warchief Grommash Hellscream.[14] As the Mag'har and Lightbound clashed, events on Azeroth would see to a new war between the Horde and the Alliance. In the midst of this, Eitrigg sought to travel to the alternate Draenor and call upon the debt the Mag'har owed to the Horde for liberating them from Garrosh Hellscream's meddling and the Burning Legion's corruption.[15]

As the entire Lightbound army was marching towards the Mag'har, Grommash ordered for the Mag'har to follow Geya'rah and fallback to Azeroth. Thus, when Warchief Hellscream and Lantresor of the Blade charged at the Lightbound, Eitrigg activated the shard of the  [Vision of Time] in his possession in order to return to Azeroth with his new allies.[16] After their arrival on Azeroth, Overlord Geya'rah took her place as leader of the Mag'har and pledged the loyalty of her people to Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner and the Horde.[17]


  • Bone ceremonial tattoo needles were taken from the corpses of fallen enemies and meticulously sharpened. The mystics of the Shadowmoon often inscribed secret runes into their flesh to more clearly speak to their ancestors and the elemental spirits.[18]
  • Ivory idols were once used in the practiced worship of the Void but were eventually banned by the Shadowmoon Clan elders. Some idols were as dark as the night sky.[5]
  • Consultation with the spirits of previous generations was considered essential to Shadowmoon shaman whenever an important decision was to be made. Talismans and other relics that were important to an ancestor during life provided a more clear spiritual conduit for shamans to speak to them in the afterlife.[19]
  • The symbol used by the clan is a waning crescent with a point, possibly a reference to the Dark Star. Interestingly, there are caverns in the middle of the zone called Waning Crescent which slightly wrap around Light's Fall, where Ner'zhul attempted to use the powers of the Dark Star to destroy Karabor, as his main universe parallel had done.

Known members

Name Role Status Location
 Ner'zhul Leader, Grand Shaman Deceased Shadowmoon Burial Grounds, Shadowmoon Valley
 Keli'dan the Breaker Ner'zhul's lieutenant Deceased[20] Umbral Halls, Tanaan Jungle
 Sadana Bloodfury Shaman Killable Shadowmoon Burial Grounds, Shadowmoon Valley
 Ku'targ the Voidseer Seer Killable Anguish Fortress, Shadowmoon Valley
 Morva Soultwister Prophet Killable Black Altar of Xan'tish, Shadowmoon Valley
 Ungra Ner'zhul's lieutenant Deceased[21] Umbral Halls, Tanaan Jungle
 Taskmaster Gurran Ner'zhul's lieutenant Deceased[21] Umbral Halls, Tanaan Jungle
 Ankova the Fallen Ner'zhul's lieutenant Deceased Umbral Halls, Tanaan Jungle
 Dol'mak Kral'za's mate Killable Shadowmoon Valley
 Voidseer Kalurg Seer Killable Anguish Fortress, Shadowmoon Valley
 Mother Om'ra Past chieftain Killable Burial Fields, Shadowmoon Valley
 Voidreaver Urnae Killable Pillars of Fate, Spires of Arak
 Malgosh Shadowkeeper Killable Spirit Whisper Hollow, Shadowmoon Valley
 Urna Darkfathom Killable Pillars of Fate, Spires of Arak
 Darkmaster Go'vid Killable Isle of Shadows, Shadowmoon Valley

Outcast members

Name Role Status Location
 Dia Darkwhisper Hellfire High Council Member Killable Hellfire Citadel, Tanaan Jungle
 Rulkan Former mate of Ner'zhul Alive Exile's Rise, Shadowmoon Valley


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