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The Defense of Strahnbrad
Location Strahnbrad
Result Alliance victory

Alliance of Lordaeron

  Blackrock Clan


Commanders and leaders

Alliance of Lordaeron


Blackrock Clan



Casualties and losses

Alliance of Lordaeron


Blackrock Clan

  • Heavy


  • Very heavy
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This article contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

The Defense of Strahnbrad is Chapter One of the Human campaign, The Scourge of Lordaeron, in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos.


The Defense of Strahnbrad Map
Main article: The Warning




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Recent orc uprisings in southern Lordaeron have forced the Alliance to take decisive measures. To contain the orcish threat, King Terenas has sent two of the realm's greatest paladins - his son, Prince Arthas, and the legendary Uther the Lightbringer - to deal with the orcs once and for all.


IconSmall Uther Uther the Lightbringer: Welcome, Prince Arthas. The men and I are honored by your presence.
IconSmall Arthas Arthas: Can the formalities, Uther. I'm not king yet. It's good to see you.
IconSmall Uther Uther the Lightbringer: You too, lad. I'm pleased that King Terenas sent you to help me.
IconSmall Arthas Arthas: Father still hopes your patience and experience might rub off on me.
IconSmall Uther Uther the Lightbringer: It is a father's right to dream, isn't it?
Arthas and Uther laugh together.
IconSmall Arthas Arthas: Look, here's where we stand. Our scouts have confirmed that there is an orc encampment hidden somewhere over the next ridge.
IconSmall Uther Uther the Lightbringer: As I suspected...
IconSmall Arthas Arthas: It gets worse. They're preparing to attack the nearby village of Strahnbrad. As far as we know, the village is completely defenseless.
IconSmall Uther Uther the Lightbringer: I need to move against the orcs' base immediately. Can you handle Strahnbrad's defense on your own?
IconSmall Arthas Arthas: Of course, Uther. Don't worry about me.
IconSmall Uther Uther the Lightbringer: Good. Meet me at the orc camp once you've saved the village. Be careful, Arthas.

Footman - Footmen are versatile soldiers equipped for melee combat.

HINT - Use Holy Light to heal wounded units.

During the mission[]

Note: you can visit the village to the south-west to obtain two more footmen and an optional quest.

  • IconSmall Human Male Farmer Ted: Welcome to our village.
  • IconSmall Human Female Maria: Hello!
  • IconSmall Human Female Stephanie: Greetings, milord!
  • IconSmall Human Male Thornby: We'll fight for Lordaeron. Get your swords!
  • IconSmall Human Female Alicia: Please, you're my only hope! A group of gnolls kidnapped my little Timmy and took him to their hideout in the forest. Could you find him and bring him home?


Save Timmy - Slay the Gnoll kidnappers

Save Timmy[]

- Slay the Gnoll kidnappers
Something has been agitating the local beasts lately. Just yesterday, a half-starved pack of Gnolls pillaged a local farmhouse, stealing livestock and kidnapping a young boy named Timmy. Hopefully, the cretins haven't eaten him yet.

Tactics: To save Timmy go to the ruins taking the road north-east of the quest giver's farm and you will find two Level 1 Gnolls and a Level 1 Gnoll Poacher defending two cages (one of them with Timmy inside). Take out the gnolls (one of them drops a Potion of Healing) and you will be rewarded with a Ring of Protection.

  • IconSmall Human Boy Little Timmy: Help! Help me, please. I'm trapped in the cage.
  • IconSmall Human Boy Little Timmy: Please get me out of here. I want to go home.
  • IconSmall Human Female Alicia: Oh, thanks so much! I have a reward for you.

NEW ITEM RECEIVED - Ring of Protection +1

<Increases the armor of the Hero by 1 when worn.>

IconSmall Human Male Benedict: Save us!
IconSmall Human Male Footman: It's a trap!
IconSmall Human Male Benedict: Take everything, men. Take all the valuables.

IconSmall Human Male Gerard: Help! Bandits are stealing our belongings!
IconSmall Human Male Menag: Heh! We'll take their coin just like everyone else's!
IconSmall Human Male Gerard: Those bandits stole my ledger. Without it, I will lose my entire farm! Please, retrieve it from their camp! It would mean so much to us.

Bandit Lord

Bandit Lord[]

- Slay Menag, the Bandit Lord
- Return Ledger to Gerard
The cunning Bandit Lord, Menag, has been terrorizing the lands around Strahnbrad for months. He and his lackeys just made off with a ledger full of vital information regarding the estate of the local farmer, Gerard.

Tactics: Follow Menag to his camp south-east of Gerald, killing three Bandits on the way. When you arive, Menag and his last bandits will attack Arthas and his forces. Destroy them (one of the Bandits drops a Potion of Mana); after Menag is killed, pick Gerard's Lost Ledger and go back to the cart by the bridge.

  • IconSmall Human Male Menag: Say your prayers!
IconSmall Human Male Gerard: Thank you for helping me.
IconSmall Human Male Gerard: Please, take this item.

NEW ITEM RECEIVED: Tome of Strength.

Note: This tome isn't received as item in the inventory, but it increases Arthas' STR rating by 1 immediately.

Note: As Arthas approached the gates of Strahnbrad, a man ran outside fleeing from two Blackrock Orc Grunts.

IconSmall Human Male Dean: Save us!
IconSmall OrcGray Male Grunt: He's escaping! Kill him!
IconSmall Arthas Arthas: Damn! The attack has already begun! To arms, my brothers!

Defend Strahnbrad[]

- Travel to Strahnbrad
- Arthas must survive
- Defeat the Slave Master and his guards
Strahnbrad may already be under attack by Orcish forces! Immediate action must be taken! Make your way to the village and slay any marauding Orcs you encounter.

Note: if after you enter Strahnbrad you go southwest you will find three footmen fighting two grunts, and you can help them win the battle.

One footman is heard shouting: "Attack!"

Note: in the northwest you will find the Slave Master and his two grunt guards.

IconSmall OrcGray Male Slave Master: Haul these wretches off with the rest of them!
IconSmall OrcGray Male Grunt: Move 'em out!


IconSmall Human Female Sylvia: Bless you, Prince Arthas!
IconSmall Human Boy Daniel: But what about the others who were taken away?
IconSmall Arthas Arthas: Don't worry, son. We'll find them and bring them home safe.
IconSmall Human Male Knight: Prince Arthas, Lord Uther needs you at the orc encampment immediately!
IconSmall Arthas Arthas: Never a dull moment... Let's get moving!


Alliance of Lordaeron
Blackrock Clan


  • Intact and burning City Buildings can be seen.
  • Arthas' first line (Can the formalities, Uther) caused a big argument among the game developers on whether or not canning, a modern invention, exists in Lordaeron.[2]
  • Thornby's dialogue was slightly different in the official strategy guide: "We will help fight for Lordaeron. Come on boys, grab your swords."
  • Villagers killed will appear as ghosts at night in the graveyard next to the entrance of Strahnbrad.
  • The female villager Alicia is named after Tim Campbell's wife. Little Timmy is named after Tim himself, and the other children are named after his friends.[2]
  • One of the shops in Strahnbrad is called Bob's Guns, a joke about similar gunshops being used as doodads in Starcraft.
    • Both are likely named after a programmer of the original Starcraft named Bob.[2]
WC3Reforged-icon This section concerns content related to Warcraft III: Reforged.
  • In Reforged, the name "Bloodhill Bandits" is not used and the members that appear are instead designated as members of the Syndicate.
  • Menag is shown as a Dark Wizard.
  • Originally, the Slave Master's model had red skin, indicating that he was a Fel Orc, now it has been changed to be a normal Orc (although it still has bumps).
    • Although there is still a Slave Master model that is a Fel Orc under the name of Mathog.


  1. ^ Only nine units can be acquired and can die. Arthas cannot die.
  2. ^ a b c Warcraft III - Design Insights Highlights 01: Human Campaign

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