This article is about the story of the red dragon Vaelastrasz. For his raid encounter, see Vaelastrasz the Corrupt.
"Vaelan" redirects here. For the draenei death knight, see Vaelen the Flayed.
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Vaelastrasz in World of Warcraft
Title the Red
Gender Male
Race Red dragon (Dragonkin)
Affiliation(s) Red dragonflight
Occupation Nemesis of Nefarian
Location Various
Status Deceased (lore),[1] Killable (WoW)
Relative(s) Alexstrasza (mother),
Caelestrasz (brother),
Ysera (aunt),
Merithra (cousin),
Dralad (uncle),
father unknown[2][3]
Lower Blackrock Spire

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Spirestone Butcher (rare)
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Spirestone Lord Magus (rare)
Highlord Omokk
Shadow Hunter Vosh'gajin
War Master Voone
Mor Grayhoof (summoned)
Bannok Grimaxe (rare)
Mother Smolderweb
Crystal Fang (rare)
Urok Doomhowl (summoned)
Quartermaster Zigris
Gizrul the Slavener
Ghok Bashguud (rare)
Overlord Wyrmthalak




Vaelastrasz, or Vaelan in human form, is a dragon of the red dragonflight who fought against Nefarian, but ended up being enslaved by the black dragon within Blackwing Lair, where he served as second boss of the raid.

Since the Cataclysm, as he was killed by adventurers in Blackwing Lair, he was replaced by Acride.


Vaelastrasz in human form.

Vaelan swore to hunt Nefarian and the black dragonflight until the end of his days. Disguised as a Scarshield Infiltrator, he infiltrated Blackrock, where he was joined by adventurers who possessed an  [Unadorned Seal of Ascension]. The seal had three empty sockets, which had to be filled with three gemstones representing the leadership's command, the Smolderthorn, the Spirestone and the Bloodaxe. Finally, the seal had to be forged in the flames of the black dragonflight.[4]

Few of the black dragonkin, outside of those in the upper citadel, had the ability to forge the seal with their own flaming breath. Overlord Wyrmthalak, master of the lower citadel, was one such dragonkin, but he would never do it willingly. Instead, the adventurer was sent to the Wyrmbog in Dustwallow Marsh, where they broke the will of the ancient black drake Emberstrife. Using the  [Orb of Draconic Energy] on his weakened form, the adventurer managed to take control of his mind and directed his fiery breath toward the seal. Returning to Vaelan, the red dragon cast the final invocation of protection, imbuing the artifact with powerful protective wards. The  [Seal of Ascension] was complete.[5]

When the heroes confronted Rend Blackhand, they used the Seal of Ascension to summon a projection of Vaelastrasz, who helped them take the leader of the Dark Horde down. Vaelan later tracked Nefarian to Blackwing Lair and engaged in a direct confrontation with him. As the heroes entered Shadow Wing Lair, they witnessed Nefarian, in his human form, magically bending Vaelastrasz to his will. Unleashing the red dragon upon the newcomers, Nefarian retreated from the scene. Before the corruption took completely hold of him, Vaelastrasz blessed the heroes with a fraction of his power, before being forced to face them, and die by their hands.

Vaelastrasz was the holder of a shard of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands, which Nefarian stole from him.[6]


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Scarshield Infiltrator 55 7,642
Vaelan 55 78,420
Vaelastrasz the Corrupt ?? 991,500


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Main article: Vaelastrasz the Corrupt#Quotes
Vaelastrasz & Victor Nefarius

In Upper Blackrock Spire during the Warchief Rend Blackhand encounter use the  [Seal of Ascension] and Vaelastrasz the Red will come to fight with next dialogue during it.

Vaelastrasz the Red yells: All is not lost! Battle these beasts without fear. Your wounds shall heal, bones I shall mend. Be renewed, heroes!
Vaelastrasz the Red yells: You have come too far to fail. Stand back, mortals.
Vaelastrasz the Red yells: You will suffer in this defeat, Nefarian!
Lord Victor Nefarius yells: Enough! Playtime is over!
Lord Victor Nefarius yells: Vaelastrasz, when this world belongs to the black flight, your flight shall know its end.
Lord Victor Nefarius yells: But for now, your death will have to suffice...
Vaelastrasz the Red yells: You merely destroy an image, fool. I shall hunt you until the end of days.
Vaelan's gossip

In decades past - of now ancient wars and conflicts - our kind was driven to the brink of extinction. Much we have endured, <race>. The onslaught of the Burning Legion. The Demon Soul. The Aspects divided. The ascension of Deathwing. The enslavement of our Queen, Alexstrasza, by the Dragonmaw. Through it all, we have been the unshakable will of the dragons - the undaunted force that has fought to represent our waning existance[sic] in this world.

Reaching Vaelan pre-Cataclysm

Vaelan could be found on a platform above, to the left, just as one entered Hordemar City (Hordemar City is the first area of LBRS after the entrance-hall area). First, players would clear the immediate area. Then they would walk down the rock rumble to reach a path leading straight upwards on the left. It can be dark here and difficult to see. As Vaelan was approached, he'd instantly turn into his human form.




External links

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