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The Fall of Silvermoon
Location Silvermoon City, Quel'Thalas

Decisive Scourge victory

  Undead Scourge

Kingdom of Quel'Thalas †

Commanders and leaders

Undead Scourge


Kingdom of Quel'Thalas †

Casualties and losses

Undead Scourge

  • Heavy

Kingdom of Quel'Thalas †

  • 90% of the pre-war population
Previous Key of the Three Moons

The Revelation

Blackrock & Roll, Too!
This article contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

The Fall of Silvermoon is chapter 5 of the Path of the Damned campaign.

It involves the final stand of the outnumbered high elves under Sylvanas Windrunner against the overwhelming might of the Scourge led by Arthas. It would see the high elves nearly annihilated, their kingdom and capital city in ruins, their greatest commander converted into undeath, and the fount of their magical powers defiled by Arthas to resurrect Kel'Thuzad.

Loading screen[]

Moments later, on the outskirts of the elves' capital of Silvermoon...


Mercenary Camp[]


  • 5 IconSmall HighElf Female female unnamed High Elf (villager)s
The Fall of Silvermoon Map

(Sylvanas appears twice on this map; the one closest to the Undead base appears at the start of the mission in an early attack and is permanently killed by the player, leaving only a single Sylvanas, who conveniently doesn't need to be revived at an altar before being seen.)


Main Quests[]

Availablequest BTNManaRecharge The Sunwell[]

  • Defeat the Sunwell's Guardians

The time for Kel'Thuzad's rebirth is at hand! You must place the Urn containing the Necromancer's remains within the Sunwell's sacred waters. Only then will Kel'Thuzad live again, to serve the Lich King.

Optional Quests[]

Availablequest BTNSylvanusWindRunner Sylvanas Windrunner[]

  • Destroy Sylvanas' Base

Sylvanas Windrunner, the Elves' Ranger-General, has harried your efforts long enough. The time has come to deal with the Elf-woman as she deserves. Hunt her down and put an end to her defiance!

Availablequest BTNCallToArms Silvermoon Runners[]

  • Eliminate every runner Sylvanas sends
  • Do not alert Silvermoon to your presence

Sylvanas intends to warn Silvermoon of your approach. If any of her runners reach the city, the Elves will be alerted to your presence and attack. You must use your Gargoyles to intercept her runners before they reach the capital.


Tichondrius appears in Arthas' base.
IconSmall Nathrezim2 Tichondrius: You've done well... so far. But the true test still lies before you.
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: I was wondering when you'd show up.
IconSmall Nathrezim2 Tichondrius: I am here to ensure that you do your job, little human. Not do it for you.
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: I will reach the Sunwell on my own, dreadlord.
IconSmall Nathrezim2 Tichondrius: Be warned. It is a pool of mystical energy from which the elves draw their immortal powers. They will not give it up easily.
Tichondrius teleports away.
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: Do you think that he suspects that you've been aiding me, necromancer?
IconSmall Ghost Kel'Thuzad: I'm sure he suspects quite a bit. It is his nature to assume the worst. Now steel yourself. The hour of my rebirth draws near.

During the Mission[]

IconSmall SylvanasHE Sylvanas Windrunner: Did you forget about us, you wretches? Bash'a no falor talah!
IconSmall Ghost Kel'Thuzad: She is persistent. Reminds me of you, death knight.
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: Shut up, you damned ghost.

Optional Quest[]

IconSmall Necromancer Necromancer: Lord Arthas, the elf woman will likely attempt to summon reinforcements.
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: Then watch for her runners! None of them must get through!
IconSmall Necromancer Necromancer: Lord Arthas, Sylvanas has sent a runner to Silvermoon. The elves are sure to send more forces at us!
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: The gargoyles we brought back from Northrend could be useful here. The beasts can spot their runners along the main road.
  • IconSmall Necromancer Necromancer: Lord Arthas, Sylvanas has sent a runner to Silvermoon.
  • IconSmall Necromancer Necromancer: Sylvanas has sent out another runner! It must be stopped!
  • IconSmall Necromancer Necromancer: Lord Arthas, the messenger has reached the city. We should expect an attack soon.

Optional Quest Complete[]

IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: I salute your bravery, elf, but the chase is over.
IconSmall SylvanasHE Sylvanas Windrunner: Then I'll make my stand here, butcher. Anar'alah belore.
Arthas runs forward and cuts Sylvanas down with Frostmourne.
IconSmall SylvanasHE Sylvanas Windrunner: Finish it! I deserve... a clean death.
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: After all you've put me through, woman, the last thing I'll give you is the peace of death.
IconSmall SylvanasHE Sylvanas Windrunner: No! You wouldn't dare!
Arthas tears Sylvanas' spirit from her body, transforming her into a banshee.

Mission Complete[]

IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: Citizens of Silvermoon! I have given you ample opportunities to surrender, but you have stubbornly refused! Know that today, your entire race and your ancient heritage will end! Death itself has come to claim the high home of the elves!
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: Now, arise, Kel'Thuzad, and serve the Lich King once again!
The ghost of Kel'Thuzad enters the well, tainting it and causing him to be reborn as a lich.
IconSmall Kel'Thuzad Kel'Thuzad: I am reborn, as promised! The Lich King has granted me eternal life!
IconSmall ArthasDK Arthas: I've upheld my end of the bargain, lich. Are you ready to tell me about the dreadlords now?
IconSmall Kel'Thuzad Kel'Thuzad: Certainly. But not here. They have eyes and ears everywhere. We'll talk where it's safe.


Main article: Scourge invasion of Quel'Thalas

Although the Elven Ranger Corps fought bravely against the relentless onslaught of Arthas' Scourge, the elves were unable to keep the Death Knight from seizing the Key of the Three Moons and pushing into the Inner Kingdom. Arthas wasted no time in fortifying his position to the southwest of the city. Sylvanas then set up her own base across the river from Arthas' right flank and began leading strikes against the Undead.

As the battle began outside the Undead base, word reached Arthas that Sylvanas was sending runners (by foot for some reason) to alert Silvermoon of the attack and summon reinforcements. Arthas however, had anticipated this and positioned Gargoyles along the roadways. The flying beasts quickly and easily slew every runner sent, keeping Silvermoon in the dark and ensuring that Sylvanas would receive no reinforcements.

After beating back several assaults by Sylvanas, Arthas advanced his forces to the bridge between his and Sylvanas' camps where fierce fighting ensued. After a brief yet bloody stalemate, the Scourge gained the upper hand. As the attacks began to wind down, Arthas and his forces charged into Sylvanas' camp, slaughtering all in their way. Sylvanas' warriors fought bravely to the last man, but were inevitably overwhelmed. As her base crumbled around her, Sylvanas was personally approached by Arthas. Before she could load her bow, the Death Knight cut her down. In sadistic retribution for resisting him so fiercely, Arthas transformed Sylvanas into a banshee, binding her to the Lich King's will.

With the Ranger Corps destroyed, nothing stood between the Scourge and Silvermoon. Arthas and his forces regrouped, reinforced and marched on the city's gates. As the Undead approached, dragonhawk riders plummeted down upon the Scourge and rained missiles upon them, inflicting heavy casualties. Yet even these elite warriors fell victim to Arthas' Crypt Fiends who ensnared them in webbing and forced them to the ground where they were easily destroyed by Scourge warriors. Entering the city itself, the Undead encountered fanatic last-ditch resistance from the elves. Yet despite their fury, they could not hold back the dead, who rolled over them like a wave of carnage. Even the powerful arcane constructs built to protect the Sunwell could not hold out for long against the horrid wave of Undead. As the final defenders were wiped out, Arthas placed Kel'thuzad's remains in the Sunwell, resurrecting him as a lich and fouling the well. Quel'Thalas had ceased to exist as a nation.


A few lucky elves managed to evade their undead pursuers and escape into the wilds. These hardy survivors would eventually band together under Prince Kael'thas Sunstrider and become the blood elves.


Undead Scourge
Kingdom of Quel'Thalas


The Fall of Silvermoon - Undead Rangers

Building a high elven army as the Scourge.

  • It is possible to use Banshees (after the optional quest with destroying Sylvanas' base is complete) to possess high elf workers. These are still able to build buildings, some human and some high elven-ones (these buildings were not designed to be player-built, and can actually overlap other buildings). You can produce both human and high elven units via the High Elven Barracks with this. It is even possible to produce heroes from the Altar of Kings. As the limit to how many heroes the player may have is not disabled, you can produce as many as you want.
  • If the necromancer unit is killed during Sylvanas surprise attack in the beginning of the mission, then the dialogue warning about Sylvanas attempting to warn Silvermoon will not occur and the optional quests will not show up on the mission menu. Players will still be able to create Gargoyles, but the "new unit" acquired mention will not trigger.
  • It is possible to hire forest troll mercenaries during the battle, possibly coming from Zul'Aman.
  • The banshee units are unlocked after destroying the base of the Elven Ranger Corps, implying that they were raised from the dead bodies of rangers like Sylvanas.
  • Once dead, Sylvanas drops a Hood of Cunning, implying she wore it in life.
  • Contrary to the map on the loading screen, the Sunwell is in the center of Silvermoon City, not in Sunwell Grove on an island.
WC3Reforged-icon This section concerns content related to Warcraft III: Reforged.
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The Fall of Silvermoon: Reforged

During Reforged, the entire map has been revamped and several changes have been made.

  • Elven Archmagi are present instead of human ones.
  • Aside from the elven defenders, human captains are present.
  • There are now ships that the runner will board to try and reach Silvermoon.
  • Sylvanas has her last stand in the flower fields in front of the gates of Silvermoon, mirroring more closely to her demise in Warbringers.
  • The Banshees and Sylvanas in their banshee form can be unlocked without completing the side quest, just having to go to the gates of Silvermoon to defeat Sylvanas.
  • When Sylvanas is resurrected, she is instead treated as a hero unit similar to the Dark Ranger, with the exception of Spell shadow painspike [Black Arrow] being replaced with Ability warlock howlofterror [Howl of Terror], due to her current form simply being a banshee as opposed to a full ranger.
  • Destroying the rocks in the northwest corner will liberate imprisoned forest trolls, who subsequently join your forces. Then the rocks were replaced by elven gates.
  • Rather than defeat the four golems guarding the Sunwell, the final obstacle to reaching it is both Anasterian Sunstrider and Thalorien Dawnseeker. Then the four granite Golems were added again to help Anasterian and Thalorien.
  • Quests are also slightly updated:
    • The main quest is now named Sunwell or Bust and has the following objectives:
      • Breach the city walls
      • Reach the Sunwell
    • the Silvermoon Runners optional quest has updated objectives and description:
      • Prevent all runners from reaching Silvermoon before breaching the city
      • Avoid attacking Silvermoon city
      • Sylvanas intends to warn Silvermoon of your approach with the support of a nearby base. If any runners reach the city, the Farstriders will be alerted to your presence and begin assaulting your base. Intercept any runners before they reach the capital.



  1. ^ No role, although the battle was fought to revive him.