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For his Warcraft III statistics, see Tichondrius (Warcraft III). For information on how to defeat Tichondrius in the Nighthold, see Tichondrius (tactics).
Image of Tichondrius
Title The Darkener,
Lord of the Nathrezim[1]
Gender Male
Race Nathrezim
Affiliation(s) Burning Legion
Former affiliation(s) Scourge (Undead Elite Guard), Corrupted Ancients
Occupation Chief infiltration specialist, Legion intelligence
Former occupation(s) Former[2] leader of the dreadlords,[3] Jailor and executor of the Lich King
Location Various
Status Defeated (lore)
Defeatable (Legion)
Relative(s) Anetheron (brother)

“It is his nature to assume the worst.”

Kel'Thuzad warning Arthas about Tichondrius.[4]

Tichondrius is the leader of the nathrezim of the Burning Legion, under the command of Kil'jaeden and Archimonde. A powerful and cunning Dreadlord, Tichondrius served as an envoy of the Legion's will to Arthas Menethil as the Scourge prepared to summon the Legion to Azeroth. Tichondrius, along with the other Dreadlords, commanded the Scourge during the invasion of Kalimdor. Tichondrius later met his end in battle against the empowered Demon hunter Illidan Stormrage.

He was a major character in the Warcraft III campaigns Path of the Damned, The Invasion of Kalimdor, and Eternity's End. While he appeared often, he was never available for the user to control.

Tichondrius returns in World of Warcraft: Legion, emerging from the Twisting Nether once more to help lead the Burning Legion's third invasion of Azeroth.

He serves as a major antagonist in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and a supporting antagonist in Legion.


War of the Ancients[]

Tichondrius Azshara

Tichondrius in Azshara.

Tichondrius battled Jarod Shadowsong's forces and Huln Highmountain at Eldarath in Azshara. As Jarod was preoccupied, he left the honor of killing Tichondrius to his friend Huln instead.[5]

The breaking of Ner'zhul[]

At Kil'jaeden's command a group of dreadlords consisting of Tichondrius, Mal'Ganis, Balnazzar, Detheroc, and Varimathras tortured the orc shaman Ner'zhul after he had escaped from Draenor to the Twisting Nether. Eventually, Ner'zhul, his sanity cracking, would agree to serve Kil'jaeden. Kil'jaeden passed the orc's spirit through death and revived as a spectral entity. The dreadlords bound his disembodied spirit to a specifically crafted set of armor and a mighty runeblade called Frostmourne. These items were locked in a diamond-hard block of ice to imprison Ner'zhul.[6] The Lich King and the dreadlords who had tortured him were then sent to Azeroth in order to weaken any resistance that the Burning Legion would in face during the Third War. While the Lich King gathered his strength, Tichondrius and his fellow dreadlords would serve as jailors and executors meant to hasten the Lich King's task by any means necessary. To this end, they would construct the Icecrown Citadel within Northrend. Though seemingly broken by the dreadlords, Ner'zhul sought vengeance and was able to play on the dreadlord's fears of Kil'jaeden in order trick them into allowing him to hurl Frostmourne out of the Frozen Throne.[7]

The Scourge of Lordaeron[]

WC3RoC-logo This section concerns content related to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos or its expansion The Frozen Throne.

Tichondrius in Warcraft III: Reforged.


Tichondrius introduces himself to Arthas.

As befitting his status as the greatest of the Nathrezim, Tichondrius was placed in charge of a number of Scourge operations. Following the corruption of Prince Arthas Menethil, Tichondrius introduced himself to the Death Knight, providing him with orders from Ner'zhul, especially concerning the resurrection of Kel'Thuzad. Because he didn't entirely trust Arthas, Tichondrius pretended to be another one of the Lich King's followers. The ghost of Kel'Thuzad, however, informed Arthas that Tichondrius and the other dreadlords were actually the Lich King's jailers. He took particular amusement in sending Arthas to acquire the Urn of King Terenas, a task which would involve killing Arthas's former mentor Uther the Lightbringer.[8]

Dreadlords convene Reforged

The meeting in the Twisting Nether.

Tichondrius regularly discussed the Scourge's progress with his colleagues, Anetheron and Mephistroth, who remained on a Legion planet in the Nether. The Darkener expressed (justified) concern that Ner'zhul had alternative plans for his new "champion", but Mephistroth pointed out that he "wouldn't dare undermine our efforts now."

The dreadlord continued his work, eventually overseeing the death of Uther Lightbringer, the invasion and destruction of Quel'Thalas, and the siege of Dalaran. During the siege of Dalaran, Tichondrius accompanied Arthas and Kel'Thuzad throughout the city and eventually took the Skull of Gul'dan while Kel'Thuzad and Arthas stole the Book of Medivh.[9] Once Archimonde was summoned, he decreed that the Lich King was no longer needed, and gave Tichondrius control of the Scourge.

Invasion of Kalimdor[]


Tichondrius in Warcraft III.

The humans, having lost their most powerful leaders and heroes, quickly fell before the might of the Legion, now joined by Mannoroth. Mannoroth was still sore over the orcs' failure to conquer Azeroth years before, and was angrier still when Tichondrius smugly observed that the Scourge had done the job the orcs couldn't. Mannoroth became even more enraged when Tichondrius informed him that the orcs had left the continent. The pit lord was eager to take his frustrations out on the orcs, so at the first opportunity he and Tichondrius picked up the trail and followed the orcs to the ancient land of Kalimdor.

The arrival at Kalimdor reminded the pair of demon lords only too well that the threat of the night elves still remained, as well as the demigod, Cenarius. Mannoroth suspected that unless weakened, they would still pose a considerable threat. Tichondrius, however, came up with a solution. He knew that the orcs had earned the wrath of Cenarius, and he believed that corrupting the orcs once again would give them the power to defeat Cenarius, leaving him defeated when the Legion began their invasion of Kalimdor in full. Encouraged by the Darkener's plot, Mannoroth spilled his burning blood into a sacred pool that was eventually sensed by the Warsong Clan, who would eventually drink the blood in order to kill Cenarius. Following the death of Cenarius Mannoroth would personally recruit the Warsong back into the Legion's fold, while at an unknown point either during or after these events Tichondrius would return to Archimonde's side.

Tichondrius led the Scourge to Moonglade in an attempt to destroy the barrow den holding the body of Malfurion Stormrage. While the ghouls were cutting down the trees near the building, Tyrande awakened Malfurion.[10]

Illidan fights Tichondrius Reforged

Illidan Stormrage kills Tichondrius in Felwood.

In spite of Mannoroth's death at the hands of Grommash Hellscream, Tichondrius proceeded with the invasion. The Scourge, more dangerous than ever thanks to the demonic support of felhounds, doomguard and infernals, was more than successful in penetrating Ashenvale without Cenarius's intervention. The combined forces of the orcs and the humans, coupled with the resistance of the night elves, eventually managed to halt their progress.

As the invasion of Kalimdor progressed, Tichondrius began corrupting the forests of Felwood using a powerful warlock artifact, the Skull of Gul'dan, which also augmented his own powers. However, the skull was consumed by Illidan Stormrage, who had been tipped off by none other than Arthas. Transformed by the skull into a demon-hybrid, Illidan used his newfound power to defeat Tichondrius.

After his death, the Legion forces in the area took his claw and Anetheron, whom he called brother, participated in the Battle of Mount Hyjal likely in his stead.


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

Tichondrius reformed within the Twisting Nether and is one of the many demons summoned by Gul'dan during the battle of the Broken Shore.[11]

Tichondrius Nighthold

Tichondrius in Nighthold.

Tichondrius watched over Gul'dan in the name of the Burning Legion, to ensure he did not fail his masters.[12] He served as a boss in the Nighthold, where he voiced contempt that the nightborne were unable to stop their own palace from invasion. He would ultimately be defeated himself, his dying words expressing his disbelief.[13]


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
N [15-30] The Fall of Tichondrius ?? 9,750
B [10-45] The Battle for Broken Shore ?? 1,880,845
N [10-45] Huln's War - The Nathrezim 99 - 110 358,161
Tichondrius (tactics) ??
Normal +Scales
Heroic +Scales


Tichondrius face

Tichondrius' face from Warcraft III.

Warcraft III[]

For unit quotes, see Quotes of Warcraft III/Undead Scourge#Tichondrius.


Main article: Trudging through the Ashes (WC3 Undead)#Transcript
Main article: The Dreadlords Convene (WC3 Undead)#Transcript
Main article: Under the Burning Sky (WC3 Undead)#Transcript
Main article: A Destiny of Flame and Sorrow (WC3 NightElf)#Transcript

World of Warcraft[]

Broken Shore[]

Lord Jaraxxus yells: We return.
Brutallus yells: To conquer this puny world.
Tichondrius the Darkener yells: And burn it to a husk.

Huln's War[]

Main article: Huln's War - The Nathrezim#Notes


Main article: Tichondrius (tactics)#Quotes

In the RPG[]

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Tichondrius in Shadows and Light.

As an agent of the Burning Legion, Tichondrius was charged with overseeing the Scourge uprising in Lordaeron. His primary task was to soften up the human defenses in preparation for a full assault by the demons of the Burning Legion. To accomplish this, Tichondrius orchestrated the spreading of a contagious plague across the countryside. He focused on corrupting food stores and water sources, which allowed the plague to infect a large number of humans in a very short time frame. Once infected, humans would gradually transform into zombie-like undead minions. These zombies formed the core of the Scourge armies and severely weakened the human defenses.

Although Tichondrius is a powerful Nathrezim dreadlord, he rarely depends on his combat abilities and instead prefers to manipulate situations from behind the scenes. He is an exceptional diplomat, with an incredible proficiency for bribing, corrupting or otherwise coercing people into doing his will. He often attempts to come across as a friend by providing token amounts of assistance, but always requires more significant favors to be paid back in return from those he “helps.” Even though he openly serves the Burning Legion, Tichondrius’ first loyalty is always to himself. Serving the demons was simply the easiest way for him to increase his stature and power in a short amount of time. However, Tichondrius has far greater ambitions than being a lackey for the Burning Legion, and he constantly tries to strengthen his own personal position through whatever means are available.

On the rare occasion sTichondrius is called on to fight his own battles, he engages with his most powerful spells first. The moment things look bleak, he teleports away to safety.

Notes and trivia[]

  • Sargeras and the Betrayal refers to Tichondrius as first amongst the nathrezim.
  • Tichondrius makes his appearance in Felwood during a recreation of the duel against Illidan Stormrage, where the player can assist at the battle.[14]
  • A sheep in Digging up the Dead, a mission of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, campaign Path of the Damned, is in the same team as Tichondrius.
  • Using the cheat code "iseedeadpeople" in The Awakening of Stormrage, a mission of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, campaign Eternity's End, will reveal that Tichondrius is in command of the Undead present in the mission.
  • In A Destiny of Flame and Sorrow, a mission in the Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos campaign Eternity's End, if the player does enough damage to Tichondrius before getting Illidan to consume the Skull of Gul'dan, Tichondrius will say, "I grow tired of toying with you, night elf! Begone from my sight!" and all units attacking him will be teleported to the middle of the map. However, it is possible to kill Tichondrius, sometimes he won't teleport the units to the middle of the map and will be possible to kill him, alternatively he can easily be killed with the cheat code "whosyourdaddy"; by doing this, the mission will go on indefinitely, as there is no way for Tichondrius to be revived, and not even getting the Skull of Gul'dan will fix this. The mission will be bugged and have to be restart.
  • Sometimes when Tichondrius attacks he yells "ash nazg gimbatul" which is Black Speech from Tolkien's works and a part of the inscription on the One Ring from "The Lord Of The Rings".
  • Tichondrius' voice actor in Warcraft III is unknown. He is voiced by David Lodge in World of Warcraft: Legion.
    • His voice files from Legion are called "Steve".[15]
  • In Warcraft III: Classic, all dreadlord characters use the same model. They were given different colors out of concern that players wouldn't be able to tell them apart.[16] In Warcraft III: Reforged, the major dreadlords have unique models. Tichondrius was given a beard and horns tipped with fel green to reflect his immense power.[17]



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Preceded by:
Lord of the nathrezim
Succeeded by:
Anetheron (presumed)