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This article is about the organization. For the guard units in-game, see Stormwind City Guard (NPC).
AllianceStormwind City Guard
Stormwind Guard HS
Main leader IconSmall Human Male General Hammond Clay
  Formerly IconSmall Marcus General Marcus Jonathan †
IconSmall Turalyon Commander Turalyon
Secondary leaders IconSmall Human Male Captain Anton
IconSmall Human MaleIconSmall Human Female Guard's Officers
  Formerly IconSmall Human Male Captain Melris Malagan †
IconSmall Human Male Major Samuelson †
Race(s) HumanHuman Human
Character classes Warrior, Gryphon rider
Theater of operations Stormwind City
Language(s) Common
Sub-group(s) Stormwind Harbor Guards
Affiliation Stormwind Army, Kingdom of Stormwind, Alliance
Status Active

The Stormwind City Guard are the law enforcement and protectors of Stormwind City, keeping the peace within the city's walls.[1][2] They are patrolling on the ground and in the sky, or guarding the capital's gates, while assisting and protecting the citizens when needed. The Stormwind Harbor Guards is a military subgroup of the City Guard, operating and patrolling the Stormwind Harbor.


Beyond the Dark Portal[]

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After the end of the Second War, while the kingdom of Stormwind was being rebuilt, the guards of Stormwind City were under the leadership of Turalyon.[3] At the time, the commander was in charge of rebuilding the kingdom's defenses and training its men for what lies ahead.[4]

The Comic[]

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Stormwind City Guard - The Comic

General Marcus Jonathan leading the Guard in World of Warcraft: The Comic.

When Varian Wrynn (as Lo'Gosh) and his friends marched through the gates of Stormwind, General Marcus Jonathan ordered his men to sound the trumpets in order to announce the king's return. In front of Stormwind Keep, they were halted by the City Guard as Lady Katrana Prestor ordered their immediate arrest and execution as traitors. However, Reginald Windsor succeeded in convincing Marcus of his loyalty to the kingdom, and the general ordered his men to let them pass to confront the black dragon in disguise.[5]

Wrath of the Lich King[]

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During the Scourge Invasion, the City Guard and their elites defended the capital and its citizens from the undead attacks, while the Stormwind Harbor Guards defended the harbor under the leadership of King Varian Wrynn and Highlord Bolvar Fordragon.

When a death knight hero came to Stormwind City, sent by the Knights of the Ebon Blade with a letter of Tirion Fordring to rejoin the ranks of the Alliance, they were insulted and threatened by both the guards and citizens who lost many relatives to the Lich King and the Scourge.[6][7]


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During the War Against the Nightmare, many guards were caught by the mists of the Emerald Nightmare,[8] notably General Marcus Jonathan and his men in the Valley of Heroes. Only Major Mattingly managed to escape, as he was sent by his superior to assemble reinforcements at Stormwind Keep.[9]


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Stormwind Harbor Guards - Troll Incursion

The guards keeping the Darkspear trolls at bay.

During the Elemental Unrest, the guards protected the citizens and fought against the elemental invaders. When worried citizens beseeched their help to find their missing relatives, Captain Anton reassured the population and announced that their best agents were looking for the missing people, while he and the adventurers were investigating the activities of the Twilight's Hammer in the kingdom.[10] On the orders of King Varian Wrynn, the guards interrupted the flow of traffic into Stormwind City and began searching for cultists hiding among the citizens.[11] All of the cultists they captured were then taken to the Stormwind Stockade for questioning.[12]

Following the Cataclysm, the guards managed to capture a Defias member and took him to the Stormwind Stockade. When Bwemba and her party of the Darkspear tribe arrived to the harbor, asking for the help of the Alliance against the Zandalari threat in Stranglethorn Vale, a group of harbor guards led by Commander Sharp kept them at bay and sought the help of adventurers to remove them.[13]

As a result of the seditious acts of the Twilight's Hammer in the city, King Varian Wrynn tasked Major Samuelson to head up an investigation.[14] However, Prince Anduin Wrynn and an adventurer later discovered that Major Samuelson has been secretly working for the Twilight's Hammer. When he was discovered, he tried to kill the king, but was overcome and slain by the hero and the Royal Guards.[15]


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The Unseen Blade - Valley of Heroes

The City Guard protecting the Valley of Heroes.

During the Battle for the Broken Shore, Stormwind Gryphon Riders accompanied the third fleet to the Broken Shore, but most didn't survive.

At some point during the Burning Legion's third invasion of Azeroth, the Veiled Hand infiltrated Stormwind City. Consequently, the City Guard was on high alert, and General Hammond Clay organized them to protect the citizens, while working with the SI:7 leader Mathias Shaw (actually Detheroc in disguise) to lock down the capital. In Stormwind Keep, Captain Melris Malagan and a few other guards had betrayed the kingdom to join the cause of the Burning Legion. However, they were killed by Garona Halforcen and the Shadow of the Uncrowned before they could summon demons.[16]

When the Uncrowned agents infiltrated the SI:7 headquarters to discover clues regarding the nathrezim Detheroc, they encountered and fought a few Stormwind City guards.[17]

Before the Storm[]

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After King Anduin Wrynn announced the Gathering to his people, he was informed by the guards and the SI:7 that there was muttering in some of the taverns and on the streets. Consequently, the City Guard had been instructed to interrupt such conversations if they verged on sedition or grew violent. They later reported that the hatred expressed was not toward the king, but for Sylvanas Windrunner, the Horde, and what they had done to their loved ones.[18]

Battle for Azeroth[]

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During the War of the Thorns, a unit of Stormwind guards was sent to assist with the evacuations in Howling Oak, and wherever else in Darnassus they could.[19] When Teldrassil was burned by the Horde, they picked up the night elf children and ran out of the Wizard's Sanctum with their parents, in order to make more places for the refugees. In the capital, the rest of the guards took care of helping the refugees, bringing food and first aid supplies.[20]

At some point during Fourth War, when the Horde infiltered Stormwind City to extract Princess Talanji, Prophet Zul, and Varok Saurfang from the Stormwind Stockade, the City Guard was on high alert alongside the Stormwind Guard and the Stormwind Army. Most of the guards could be seen on patrol, searching for the intruders.[21]

After the Battle at the Gates of Orgrimmar, some guards in Stormwind City were against the armistice, wishing to make the Horde pay for their crimes, while others saw no point in continuing the war after Sylvanas Windrunner fled.[22]


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Stormwind City Guard - Draconic Connections

The city guards stop Wrathion and the Obsidian Warders at the Stormwind Gate.

When Wrathion brought the Obsidian Warders to Stormwind City after the discovery of the Dragon Isles, the City Guard alerted Spymaster Mathias Shaw and protected the gates, until they were ordered to let them pass by the director of the SI:7. Nonetheless, some guards mentioned they didn't trust the dracthyr due to the crimes committed by Onyxia years ago, and that they were therefore not welcome.[23]


Footmen cinematic - United in Stormwind trailer HS

The guards in Hearthstone: United in Stormwind.

The Stormwind City Guard operates according to a military hierarchy, with lieutenants, officers and captains. Following the reconstruction of Stormwind City after the Second War, General Marcus Jonathan took the leadership of the guards in the city as the High Commander of Stormwind Defense. After he was killed during the Attack on Theramore Isle, he was succeeded by General Hammond Clay.

All guards wear the same gear and tabard as the soldiers of the Stormwind Army. In terms of equipment, they can be seen employing swords, shields, crossbows, catch nets, and oil lamps at night.[24] To ensure the protection of the city from the skies, some guards are riding white gryphons and work in squads.

Not all guards are necessarily from Stormwind, at least one of them lived in Lordaeron before the Third War.

It is possible for a guard to be reassigned outside the capital by their superiors, notably in a village or city affiliated with the kingdom.[25] If their mission is well accomplished, a guard may receive a promotion,[26] or, be reassigned by their captain when they review the personnel assignments.[27]

Thieves and criminals arrested by the Stormwind guards are taken to the Stormwind Stockade. After they have been sentenced, the guards can apply the death penalty to prisoners, like in the case of Pathonia Shaw who narrowly escaped being hanged after being captured a third time for theft.[28]


Stormwind City Patroller

A Stormwind City Patroller at night.


In the RPG[]

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The Stormwind City Guard (or just the City Guard)[30] patrols the streets and walls of the capital of the Kingdom of Azeroth keeping the public safe. This smaller unit would patrol the street during times of peace. During times of war, several of these units combine under a subcommander, who in turn operates under the auspices of a commander-in-chief. If a fighting force were to penetrate the walls of Stormwind, these smaller units would engage intruders, buying time for the army to respond. As a note, the Stormwind army can also muster together quickly and provide aerial and magical support for the city's militia during an invasion.[31]

Sergeant Mandred Grummel is a commander within the guard[31] and Cristof Dungalion is a guard.[32]

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