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AllianceTess Greymane
Image of Tess Greymane
Title Queen of Gilneas, Shadow
Gender Female
Race Human (Humanoid)
Class Subtlety Rogue
Resource Energy
Reaction Alliance Horde
Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Kingdom of Gilneas, Alliance, Uncrowned
Occupation Queen of Gilneas, Shadow and Champion of the Uncrowned, Assassin
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Genn & Mia (parents),
Liam (brother),
Archibald (grandfather)
Mentor(s) Mathias Shaw[1]

Queen Tess Greymane is a member of the Royal Family of Gilneas, the daughter of King Genn Greymane.[2] Following to her brother's death, Tess became heir to the throne of the kingdom of Gilneas.[3] With Liam gone, Tess is searching for answers to questions she never thought she would ask.[4] After the successful reclamation of their kingdom, Genn bestowed the throne to Tess, officially becoming the Queen of Gilneas.



Tess' life was saved by a potion made by Krennan Aranas; if not for him, she would have died soon after she was born.[2] When she was a little girl, her father told her that she was to find one beautiful thing every day and that it would make the hard days easier.[5]

Curse of the Worgen[]

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CotW Tess Greymane

Tess in Curse of the Worgen.

After the Cataclysm destroyed the town of Duskhaven, Tess ventured up to her father's observatory with a single peacebloom flower. She reminded Genn the words he would tell Tess as a girl. Even among the ruined Gilneas, she was able to find an unharmed peacebloom, and it gave her hope.

Lord of His Pack[]

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During the exodus to Darnassus, Tess and her mother, Mia Greymane, were aboard the Elune's Radiance while her father was on another ship. The fleet was hit by a powerful storm generated by the Cataclysm, and the ship started to sink. Having a leg broken during the storm, Mia could not move and Tess remained with her refusing to leave, so they both risked to drown. Genn, refusing to lose the last two members of his family, assumed the worgen form and joined the rescue efforts of the night elf sailors from his ship. After the storm, both the women reached Teldrassil safely.[6] Tess' whereabouts until Legion were unknown, but it is possible that she followed her father to Stormwind City.


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Darius and Tess ceremony

Darius and Tess present for the award ceremony of the player character in Legion.

In the aftermath of the Battle for the Broken Shore, Tess appears on the Skyfire that brings adventurers and other wounded back to Stormwind. If the player chooses to take the optional offered Gryphon ride to Stormwind Keep, she and Lorna Crowley will escort them on their own gryphons, conversing on the way. When flying to Stormwind Keep, Princess Tess Greymane confided to Lorna her concern about the lust for vengeance consuming her father. Lorna states that all Gilneans suffer from that rage, her father more than most. Though Tess concurs with Lorna, she fears more deaths are sure to come. Lorna grimly replies that such is the cost of vengeance and that Gilneas has waited for it long enough. When arriving at Stormwind Keep, Tess tells the adventurer to give King Anduin their condolences for the death of his father Varian Wrynn. The two quickly return to the gunship once the player lands, as they are needed back at the ship.[7] While Tess is dressed in armor for this appearance, it's unknown if she actually had a military role, or if it is due to formal reasons.

Now one of The Uncrowned, Tess is within the sewers of Dalaran in the secret Hall of Shadows. She sends the newest Shadow of the Uncrowned after Garona Halforcen, who has gone to Stormwind to assassinate members of a Burning Legion cult.

She appears, without her armor, in Stormwind whenever an alliance player reaches the requirements for Prestige rank 2, alongside Lord Darius Crowley, to honor the player for their service to the Alliance.


The Uncrowned receive word of a large cave at the Broken Shore where the Legion is plotting against the Armies of Legionfall, and together Tess and Fleet Admiral Tethys formulate a plan to stop them. With fel-infused gun powder taken from the Blacksail Crew,[8] Tess and the Shadowblade sneak their way into the Lost Temple and blow the cave up.[9] Afterwards, Tess explains that she has not yet pledged service to the Shadowblade because, while all rogues step into the shadows, it had been especially important that her status remains truly secret. But with the Legion's threat too great, Tess wants to have a greater role in taking them down.[10]

Before the Storm[]

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After Anduin Wrynn returned from his trip from Ironforge and Netherlight Temple, he had dinner with Genn in Stormwind. During the conversation, Genn urged Anduin to search for a queen to bear him a successor and suggested his own daughter, since Tess was close to Anduin's age and not some complete stranger. However, Anduin found the idea of an arranged marriage abhorrent and noted that Tess was a strong-willed woman with her own life, and who would likely not be particularly interested in the prospect of an arranged marriage either. Anduin internally reflected that he had heard all kinds of rumors about Tess' actions, suggesting that she had "taken a page or two" from Mathias Shaw, but he was unwilling to bring them up to Greymane, let alone after just having her be suggested as a bride.[1]


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When discussing who would head to Darnassus to represent Gilneas, Anduin suggested Tess go and aid their people. Genn agreed, but stated he did not know where she was at the time; instead leading to Mia Greymane being sent instead.[11]

Tess Greymane (Durotar)

Tess in Durotar.

Tess Greymane heritage questline

Tess in Duskwood during the worgen heritage armor questline.

Battle for Azeroth[]

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Tess Greymane, alongside Lorna Crowley, head to Darkshore on behalf of her father. There, she aids the Kaldorei in reclaiming their land, acting as a co-commander with Lorna as they lead the Gilnean forces in the region. She is surrounded by Gilnean Royal Guards. She states she will not just stand by while the Kaldorei need their help, citing how her mother nearly lost her life; as well as claiming some atrocities cannot go unanswered.

After the battle at the Gates of Orgrimmar, Tess could be found sneaking on the roof a bridge.

Tess wished to become a worgen so she could better know the plight of her people to better rule them when she becomes queen. As her father and mother were against it, they asked the night elf druid Vassandra Stormclaw to help Tess understand the worgen's plight without becoming a worgen herself. Vassandra called on Goldrinn at the Twilight Glade in Duskwood, and Goldrinn put Tess into a dream scenario within the Emerald Dream. In her dream, Tess was a worgen at the time of the Forsaken Invasion of Gilneas, but was unable to save her brother from his death and she fell into the rage of the curse. With Goldrinn's help, Tess realized that she did not need to be a worgen to understand her people, for it was being Gilnean in spite of the curse that defined them. She promoted the Gilnean adventurer who aided her in this journey to a member of the Greyguard in thanks and as recognition to their contribution to Gilneas.[12]


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Tess was present in Bashal'Aran and witnessed Tyrande's speech about the Horde's defeat in Darkshore.[13]


Tess personally participated in the reclamation of Gilneas. After the city was reclaimed from the Scarlet Crusade, Genn Greymane abdicated. Genn gave the leadership of Gilneas to Tess.


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Gilneas City 5 75
Stormwind 100 9,785,400
Hall of Shadows 98 - 110 3,365,231
A [10-45] A Royal Audience 113 1,380,704,384
Broken Shore 110 10,392,670


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  • Ability rogue shadowstep Shadowstep — Attempts to step through the shadows and reappear behind your enemy.


Objective of[]


Princess Tess Greymane in Stormwind Keep

In Stormwind Keep.


At ???

What's the matter? Never seen a princess who knows how to twist a blade?

Battle for Darkshore gossip

My mother nearly lost her life trying to save the people of Darnassus. I will do everything in my power to stop the Horde here in Darkshore.

Some atrocities simply cannot go unanswered.

In Stormwind Keep during the worgen heritage questline

I cannot remain idle, not after my people have lost their second home.


  • Speak your mind.
  • There's a potion for everything.
  • Let's talk.
  • How can I help?
  • I'll have my people talk to your people. Sound good?
  • Aha! Hmm. Yup. Totally paying attention.
  • Oh, your one of THOSE rogues.
  • The jobs not done yet.
  • Look to the shadows.
  • Take care.
  • Stay alert out there.


Main article: The Shadow of Gilneas#Notes
Main article: Into Duskwood#Notes

Combat ally[]

  • Seems you could use my help.
  • Do you need a little more... Subtlety?
  • Get stabbing or get going!
  • Time to put you down!
  • Meet my dagger!
  • Don't worry, you'll be dead soon!
Killed a mob
  • Never cross a princess with a dagger.
  • It seems your dead!
  • Not even a challenge!
  • Finish the job...
  • Keep going...
  • I'm falling back...

Notes and trivia[]

  • In Day of the Dragon, Daval Prestor (Deathwing) remarks that Calia Menethil and Jaina Proudmoore were the only daughters of reigning monarchs who were both single and beyond infancy.[14] This would mean Tess was likely an infant at the time or hadn't been born yet.
  • Tess was initially planned to appear in Warlords of Draenor. She would have been located in Shadowmoon Valley, working on a cure for the illness affecting her people, including her father.[16] Dave Kosak confirmed she and the questline were removed after a zone revamp, and that the story idea may come back later in some form.[17]
  • Tess is voiced by Elle Newlands.[18]
  • As a bodyguard in Legion, Tess rides a Inv ratmount [Ratstallion]. During the Heritage of Gilneas, she rides a horse.
  • Her generic names are Uncrowned Assassin, Gilnean Alchemist, and Rogue Bodyguard.
  • In the Battle for Azeroth alpha, Tess could be found aboard the Wind's Redemption docked at Boralus in Kul Tiras. She was also originally a champion.
  • Tess appears as a legendary card for the rogue class in the The Witchwood expansion for Hearthstone. Her flavor text reads: "Those who cannot remember their card history are doomed to repeat it."
    • She also represents the "Tracker" class in the Monster Hunt single-player experience.
  • Tess has several appearances. She originally showed up in a black dress, which she wore during the Gilneas starting experience and the honor level ceremony in Stormwind. In most other appearances she wears a brown and black recolor of the Assassination Armor. During the Heritage of Gilneas questline, she wears a unique dress, using an unused coloration of priest tier from Nighthold for the top and a custom armor set inspired by her appearance in Hearthstone.[19]
  • She has an invisible Follower recruiting spell with the following description: Achievement character undead female Follower: Lilian or Tess — "Lilian, though undead, despises the Forsaken and all forms of necromancy. And while Tess may be the Gilnean princess by day, she is a master assassin by night." The spell is associated to a buff that says "Lilian and Tess are two extremely powerful forces to be reckoned with." Tess shares the spell with Lilian Voss.



Patch changes[]


  1. ^ a b Before the Storm, chapter 11, pg. 87
  2. ^ a b A IconSmall Worgen MaleIconSmall Worgen Female [1-30] Save Krennan Aranas
  3. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 102
  4. ^ A IconSmall Worgen MaleIconSmall Worgen Female [50-70] Into Duskwood
  5. ^ Curse of the Worgen issue 5
  6. ^ Lord of His Pack
  7. ^ A [10-45] The Fallen Lion
  8. ^ B Rogue [45] What's the Cache?
  9. ^ B Rogue [45] This Time, Leave a Trail
  10. ^ A Rogue [45] Champion: Tess Greymane
  11. ^ Elegy
  12. ^ Heritage of Gilneas questline
  13. ^ A [50] A New Hope
  14. ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 224
  15. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 11
  16. ^ A [91] The Plight of the Worgen
  17. ^ Dave Kosak on Twitter: "It was removed during a zone re-vamp. The story may come back later in some form. Tess is a cool character."
  18. ^ Voiceover: World of Warcraft: Legion
  19. ^ Sarah Cotner on Twitter: "Yup! There was a request to get her into some newer armor than a BC set."

External links[]

Tess Greymane Champion
Generic names