The gunship when leaving the character boost tutorial.

The Sword of Dawn is an Alliance gunship helmed by Admiral Walsh. Prior to the battle for the Broken Shore, it accompanied the third fleet and transported Alliance recruits and novice adventurers.



Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

The gunship was used as a mobile training base, escorted by Alliance Gryphon Riders. Once it came close to the Broken Shore, it was attacked by forces of the Burning Legion. After defeating the ambushers, the troops were then sent to the battle below by using Armored Snowy Gryphons.

Battle for Azeroth

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

The gunship was later used in the same role of mobile training base, this time at the conflict near the Seething Shore. The gunship and its forces were attacked by Horde wind riders and paratroopers before disembarkation.

Later, the Sword of Dawn took part in the Battle for Stromgarde.


Shadowlands This section concerns content related to Shadowlands.

The gunship's role in training new recruits has now moved it to Icecrown.


Broken Shore character boost
Seething Shore character boost

All the above in addition to Alliance IconSmall Human Male.gifIconSmall Human Female.gifIconSmall Dwarf Male.gifIconSmall Dwarf Female.gifDeckhand

Battle for Stromgarde


Broken Shore character boost
Seething Shore character boost


A novice adventurer flying away from the gunship after her training.

  • The Sword of Dawn was only accessible by using a level 100 boost on an Alliance character. It serves as a tutorial zone, and the scenario teaches the adventurer about his main combat skills, such as area-of-effect attacks, stunning opponents, battling several foes at the same time, etc. Once the combat training is over, the player is then sent to the B [10-45] The Battle for Broken Shore scenario.
  • While being on the Sword of Dawn, the zone name is actually shown as the Great Sea. A way to know the name of the gunship is to talk on the General Chat, which will display its name, or to have a friend on it, and then the name of the gunship will be shown as the location in the UI.
  • Dalaran and Acherus: The Ebon Hold can be seen in the distance, however, the cities were not at the Broken Isles at that point.
  • In the early Battle for Azeroth alpha, the Alliance troops in the Battle for Stromgarde warfront were labelled as coming from the Skyfire. It was later changed to the Sword of Dawn.

See also