HordeThe Sunwalkers
Sunwalker Dezco Official.jpg
Main leader  Aponi Brightmane
Secondary leaders  Tahu Sagewind
Race(s) TaurenTauren Tauren
Character classes Paladin, Scout, Brave
Capital Thunder Bluff
Theater of operations Mulgore, Azeroth
Language(s) Taur-ahe
Sub-group(s) Seers[1]
Affiliation Thunder Bluff, Horde
  Formerly Reformed Order of the Silver Hand
Status Active

“It's always darkest before the dawn. The dawn will come... The sun will rise. The balance will shift back to where it should be.”

Aponi Brightmane

The Sunwalkers are an order of tauren paladins.[2]

They were founded by Aponi Brightmane after a series of theological discussions with Tahu Sagewind about the importance of balancing out the night elven focus on moon-worship through reverence of light as part of their worship of the Earth Mother. As such, the Sunwalkers are warriors who wield the power of An'she, the sun in tauren mythology, as they did in the past.[3] Although not as numerous as some of the more ancient paladin orders, the Sunwalkers' ways are no less powerful and their members are no less respected.[4] They are the most militant branch of the tauren armies within the Horde.[5] These paladins exist alongside the Seers, tauren priests led by Tahu who also wields the power of An'she.

The emergence of the Sunwalkers is a sign of both troubling times and the unending duty the tauren race has to the Earth Mother, in which hope is their greatest weapon.[citation needed] 

The Sunwalkers' level 20 class mount is the Sunwalker Kodo, and the level 40 class mount is the Great Sunwalker Kodo.



Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.

Concurrently with the war against the Lich King, Brightmane and Sagewind discussed whether the tauren have overlooked a key aspect of balance, noting the night elves' near-exclusive worship of the moon, known to the tauren as Mu'sha. Yet both Mu'sha and An'she, the sun, are the eyes of the Earth Mother. The pair concluded that the night elves, through their ties to tauren druids, passed on their cultural prejudice against the sun to their tauren students. To properly revere the Earth Mother they hold sacred, the two decided to strive for balance and further explore the powers of the sun, An'she. Brightmane, a warrior who fought on the Icecrown Glacier, remained hopeful that An'she would shine across the sky, and victory would be won by the mortal races, no matter what perils remained.[6]

As Our Fathers Before Us

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The Sunwalkers aided Baine Bloodhoof in a battle against the Mulgore quilboars.[7]


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

The Sunwalkers were formed under Aponi Brightmane. Tauren paladins were added as a playable class/race combination.

Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

Sunwalker Dezco led a group of tauren to Pandaria based on visions his people had of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. They participated in battles against the mantid, mogu, and the Siege of Orgrimmar.


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

After the fall of Tirion Fordring, Aponi Brightmane and the Sunwalkers joined the Knights of the Silver Hand serving its new Highlord.

Battle for Azeroth

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

During the Battle for Stromgarde, the Sunwalkers fought on the fields of the Arathi Highlands alongside Lady Liadrin and her Blood Knights.[8] They face off against Turalyon, who leads the Silver Hand and Lightforged troops in the name of the Alliance, indicating that the Order of the Silver Hand has splintered once again in the beginning of the Fourth War.


The path of an exemplary Sunwalker is to be a brave defender of the Horde and a follower of their ways.[9] A sunwalker's first duty is to preserve and protect life.[10] As a young sunwalker continues their training, they will grow closer to the Light,[4] associated to be An'she,[3] which gives them their powers.[11]

To some, they appear as pacifists.[12]


  • Tauren paladin trainers: "The light of the Sun illuminates the path to wisdom."
  • Tauren paladin trainers: "The light of the Sun illuminates the path to wisdom. Where shall we walk today, friend?"
  • Tauren paladin trainers: "May the Sun's light protect you, <class>."
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  • "Even in the darkest of times, the sun will always rise to begin a new day."[13]
  • "The sun provides warmth to all of the Earthmother's children."[14]
  • "I strive to be like the sun, providing warmth, comfort, and illumination to all those who want them."[15]
  • "I strive to be as Thunder Bluff... tall, strong, and bathed in the light of An'she."[16]
  • "May you bask in the light of the sun."[17]
  • "Like An'she, the sun, we bring light to the darkness."[18]
  • "The Destroyer has returned, and I have turned to the Sun for guidance."[19]
  • "The light of the sun gives life to all of Azeroth. Take this gift for granted, and I will unleash the sun's fury like nothing you have ever witnessed."[20]
  • "I hope that each passing day brings me one step closer to An'she."[21]
  • "The light of the sun will surely help guide us, even in the deepest depths of the earth and sea."[22]
  • "In the name of An'she and his eternal light, I will do all that I can to keep you safe."[23]
  • "Our sun, An'she, is the right eye of the Earthmother. I am her right hand."[24]
  • "We protect our tribe just as the sun protects us from the harsh winter."[25]

Notable members

Main article: List of Sunwalker paladins
Name Title Role Affiliation Status
IconSmall Tauren Female.gif Horde Aponi Brightmane Chieftain Founder and leader of the Sunwalkers Thunder Bluff Alive
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Horde Chagon Sunwalker Kor'kron Commander during the Lion's Landing scenario Thunder Bluff, Kor'kron Killable
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Horde Dezco Dawnchaser Chieftain Chieftain of the Dawnchaser tribe and a prominent tauren Sunwalker Thunder Bluff Alive
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Horde Ordel Sunwalker Member of the Warbraves Thunder Bluff, Warbraves Alive




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.

Source of power

It appears that the two developed new techniques to wield the power of An'she, and the Sunwalkers were founded as a result of this avenue of power, and a new path to revere balance and the Earth Mother. Alternatively, this path was already known (most likely to traditional tauren healers, the Seers), and has simply been rediscovered.




See also


  1. ^ N Paladin [10-45] Seeker of Truth
  2. ^  [Consecrated Note]
  3. ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide
  4. ^ a b H IconSmall Tauren Male.gifIconSmall Tauren Female.gif Paladin [3] The Way of the Sunwalkers
  5. ^ A [15-35] Blind Them!
  6. ^ Aponi Brightmane says: There's a phrase... "It's always darkest before the dawn." The dawn will come, though, Tahu. The sun will rise. The balance will shift back to where it should be.
    Aponi Brightmane smiles and gestures to the north.
    Aponi Brightmane says: Even on the glacier itself, the sun manages to peek through the gloom. I have hope, Tahu. I think we'll make it through this, no matter how dire it looks.
  7. ^ As Our Fathers Before Us
  8. ^ Sunwalker Champion
  9. ^ H IconSmall Tauren Male.gifIconSmall Tauren Female.gif Paladin [8-30D] A True Sunwalker
  10. ^ H [15-35] The Stoneplow Convoy
  11. ^ H [15-35] Life
  12. ^ H [15-35] Blind Them!
  13. ^ Amah the Sun's Grace
  14. ^ Amano, Herald of the Sun
  15. ^ Dawnstrider Sunward
  16. ^ Haku, Son of Morning
  17. ^ Kuatha Mornhoof
  18. ^ Mulgore Guardian
  19. ^ Rekwa Proudhorn
  20. ^ Rohashu, Zealot of the Sun
  21. ^ Sunwalker Lighthorn
  22. ^ Sunwalker Nahano
  23. ^ Tauren Sunhoof
  24. ^ Thanu Sunhorn
  25. ^ Thunder Bluff Sunwalker
  26. ^ Kang Bramblestaff#Quotes