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Shadowlands game

The Veil as seen by a player in the Howling Fjord.

The Veil[1][2] (see below for other names and denotations) is the border between the Shadowlands and the countless worlds beyond the Shadowlands.[3][4]

The Veil can be seen as a shadowy version of the physical world, and can be routinely visited as a spirit when player characters die and release from their corpse unless they are in a zone in the Shadowlands.


The Veil is a greyscale realm where souls of the departed linger until they are gathered by a kyrian to be brought to the Shadowlands.[5] Kyrian Watchers known as Spirit Healers dwell in the Veil and appear to those who die to peer into the soul's inner self and evaluate whether they are ready to be dead. If the Watchers deem the soul ready, they will call forth a kyrian Bearer to come and bring their soul to Oribos[6] in the Shadowlands. If they aren't ready, the Watchers return them to life.[7] The Kyrian ferrying souls across the veil into the Shadowlands also ensures a steady supply of anima for all the realms.[8]

The Spirit of Tony Two-Tusk describes the Veil as "all grey and dark, swirling clouds".[9] While Uuna was in the Veil, she described it as dark and she was unable to see anything, though she could hear people interacting with her in the physical world. From within the Shadowlands, she could see the light of the naaru A'dal who was in the physical world, but it was so bright that it scared her. The moonlight at Lake Falathim allowed her to see a friend in the physical world.

Sometimes, the spirits roam the Veil without resting. It can be because their resting place wasn't complete, because of a battle in their resting place,[10] or because of the corruption of their resting place.[11] To bring eternal peace to the souls, it is needed to destroy the source of corruption[12] or by making a ceremony with items such as Inv misc pocketwatch 03 [Tuskarr Ritual Object].[13]

Spirits in the Veil can physically interact with objects and people in the living world.[14][15][16]

There are various ways for the living to enter the Veil. For example, the Inv misc herb plaguebloom [Murkweed] plant's toxins are so potent that it even fools the spirit, allowing one to temporarily enter.[17] Inhaling certain incenses are also capable of allowing passage to the Veil.[18] It can also be seen with some devices[19] and potions[20] while being alive. Many not-dead mortals who visit the Veil do not return.[21]

Time is perceived differently in the Veil. Salanar the Horseman, who inhabits the realm,[22] mentioned that only a few days had passed for him between the war against the Lich King and the third invasion of the Burning Legion when it was really years in the living world.[23]

While within the Veil, visions of past events may be seen.[24][25][26]


World of Warcraft[]

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In World of Warcraft, the Veil can be seen when a character dies. They can be resurrected by a Spirit Healer (or by finding the corpse of their physical body, though this may be just a game mechanic).

The Burning Crusade[]

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Wrath of the Lich King[]

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Shadowy Agmar's Hammer

Agmar's Hammer seen in the world of shadows in H [15-30] The Power to Destroy quest.

The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm[]

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  • Thrall's soul entered into the world of spirit during a vision quest in order to reconnect with the elements. In it, he was transformed into a spirit wolf and Aggra, in the same form, led him through the swirling mist. The vision quest consisted of witnessing several important past events of his life with the involvement of the elements.[35]


Wasn't It Obvious

Azuregos and Anara in the spirit world.

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Mists of Pandaria[]

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Warlords of Draenor[]

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The Shadow Gate

Shadow Gate used by Borgal Doomfist to get to the spirit realm.


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  • Salanar the Horseman was in the Realm of Shadows. Ebon Blade death knights sent for him encountered fal'dorei Shadowstalker Arachnar there. Salanar noted that while years had passed in the regular world, for him in the Realm of Shadows, it had been mere days since he had helped the Deathlord claim their own deathcharger.[46][47]
    • Salanar the Horseman requires the Shadow Reins used by an ancient Dark Rider obtained by defeating Dark Rider Ghrave in the Realm of Shadows.[48]
  • The corrupted soul of High Priestess Dejahna is fought in the The Desolate Host encounter in the Tomb of Sargeras when champions enter the spirit realm.
  • In the battle with Argus the Unmaker, Argus slays the adventurers battling him. Eonar is able to bring them back from the Veil multiple times with her power. Hungering Souls attack the heroes' spirits while within the Veil.

Exile's Reach[]

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Battle for Azeroth[]

Where He Died - Orgrimmar

Spirit of Vol'jin and a Horde adventurer traveled through Orgrimmar in the Veil.

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The veil between life and death shattered above Icecrown Citadel.

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Other names[]


  • After World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, the Veil and the Shadowlands were confirmed to be different places.
    • The first mention of the Shadowlands was in World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1. However, the grey spirit world known to players was referred to with terms related to "shadow" by death knights in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, causing some confusion as to whether there were levels of afterlife or if it was merely an artistic redesign (similar to the Emerald Dream as a phased area versus the eventual raid).
  • Ny'alotha is also separated from the physical world by a thin veil.[78] The arakkoa Shadow Realm is located behind a veil.[79][80]
  • On Zandalar the Veil is watched over by Bwonsamdi instead of Spirit Healers, and on Argus by Prime Naaru.
  • Spiritwalkers maintain a balance between the world of the living and the spirit realm.[81]
  • Spirits without a material manifestation are still able to send items from the spirit world to the living.[82]
  • Inv drink 31 embalmingfluid [Spirit Spirits] is a strong alcohol brew that gives the drinker a small glimpse into the spirit realm.
  • Inv zulgurubtrinket [Haunting Memento] is a toy that has the target be haunted periodically "causing the spirit world to affect them", with a buff that "haunts" them with a random assortment of spooky effects.
  • Death effects were made after Tim Truesdale and Brandon Idol in June 2004. saw the Lord of the Rings movies, the staff decided it was too cool not to feature-creep new video settings to emphasize a character’s death state.[83]



  1. ^ a b N [60] Where a Soul Belongs
  2. ^ Journey Toward Ascension: The Final Rite
  3. ^ Veilwalking: Walking the veil between Azeroth and the Shadowlands.
  4. ^ Roles In Bastion: The Bearer
  5. ^ N [60] To Cross the Veil
  6. ^ N [60] A Day in the Life
  7. ^ A deep dive into Bastion, the Shadowlands realm of selflessness and greater purpose
  8. ^ N [60] Report to Adrestes
  9. ^ N [15-30] Haunted
  10. ^ N [10-30] The Honored Ancestors
  11. ^ N [15-30] See You on the Other Side
  12. ^ N [15-30] Jin'arrak's End
  13. ^ N [10-30] Picking Up the Pieces
  14. ^ N [25-30] Honor is for the Weak
  15. ^ N [25-30] From Whence They Came
  16. ^ N [25-30] An Undead's Best Friend
  17. ^ a b A [15-30] The Forgotten Tale
  18. ^ A [10-30] Into the World of Spirits
  19. ^ Inv helmet 47 [Spectrecles], Inv helmet 70 [Evoker's Helmet of Second Sight], Inv helmet 04 [Druidic Helmet of Second Sight], Inv helmet 73 [Stealther's Helmet of Second Sight], Inv helmet 12 [Shamanistic Helmet of Second Sight], Inv helmet 01 [Stalker's Helmet of Second Sight], Inv helmet 10 [Overlord's Helmet of Second Sight]
  20. ^ N [15-30] Vision of the Dead
  21. ^ N [15-30] Jin'arrak's End
  22. ^ N Death Knight [8-30] Into The Realm of Shadows
  23. ^ N Death knight [10-45D] Neltharion's Lair: Braid of the Underking
  24. ^ a b c A [10-30] The Echo of Ymiron
  25. ^ a b A [10-30] Anguish of Nifflevar
  26. ^ a b A [5-30] A Vision of the Past
  27. ^ A [10-30] Unyielding Souls
  28. ^ N [15-30D] The Dead Watcher
  29. ^ a b Kalecgos (tactics)
  30. ^ N [10-30] The Lost Spirits
  31. ^ N [15-30] Drak'aguul's Mallet
  32. ^ N [15-30] See You on the Other Side
  33. ^ N [25-30] Parting Gifts
  34. ^ Afterlives: Bastion
  35. ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, chapter 25
  36. ^ a b The High Prophet Barim Adventure Guide calls it "realm of darkness", while the descriptions of the individual abilities in the fight, that are not in the Adventure Guide, call it "spirit world"
  37. ^ H [30-35] Night Terrors
  38. ^ N [35H] Break the Godbreaker
  39. ^ Jin'do the Godbreaker#Adventure Guide
  40. ^ A [10-35] Rest in Peace
  41. ^ N [10-35] Pei-Back
  42. ^ N [90 Daily] Free Spirits
  43. ^ H [40] Seeking the Truth
  44. ^ N [20-40] Aruumel's Rest
  45. ^ N [35-40] Golmash Hellscream
  46. ^ N Death knight [10-45] Salanar the Horseman
  47. ^ N Death knight [10-45D] Neltharion's Lair: Braid of the Underking
  48. ^ Campaign Fallen Steeds: Reins of Shadow
  49. ^ B Shaman [1-10] A Shaman's Duty
  50. ^ H [40-70] Minions of the Darkness
  51. ^ H [30-60] The Curse of Mepjila
  52. ^ H Herbalism [25-50] Seeking More Knowledge
  53. ^ H [50] Where He Died
  54. ^ H IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female [50-70] A Small Retreat
  55. ^ H IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female [50-70] Storm in Bloodhoof
  56. ^ H IconSmall Tauren MaleIconSmall Tauren Female [50-70] Answer the Call
  57. ^ N [50] A Doorway Through the Veil
  58. ^ World of Warcraft Official Strategy Guide, pg. 28
  59. ^ King Rastakhan (tactics)
  60. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Shadowlands Features Overview
  61. ^ Shadowlands Afterlives: Animated Series Trailer - video description. YouTube (2020-08-24). Retrieved on 2020-08-24.
  62. ^ Inv helmet 47 [Spectrecles], Inv helmet 70 [Evoker's Helmet of Second Sight], Inv helmet 04 [Druidic Helmet of Second Sight], Inv helmet 73 [Stealther's Helmet of Second Sight], Inv helmet 12 [Shamanistic Helmet of Second Sight], Inv helmet 01 [Stalker's Helmet of Second Sight], Inv helmet 10 [Overlord's Helmet of Second Sight]
  63. ^ Timeless Spirit#Abilities
  64. ^ a b N [15-30] See You on the Other Side
  65. ^ N Death knight [10-45] Salanar the Horseman and Campaign Salanar the Horseman
  66. ^ Lady Alistra#Quotes
  67. ^ H Shaman [60D] The Darkreaver Menace
  68. ^ Inv knife 1h pvppandarias1 c 01 [Shao-Tien Spirit Dagger]
  69. ^ A buff during N [90 Daily] Free Spirits - Spell warlock demonsoul Spirit Void — Partly immersed in the Spirit Void. Any interaction with the living will return the caster to the living world.
  70. ^ Day of the Dead
  71. ^ Zarhym (NPC)
  72. ^ H [5-30] Easy is Boring
  73. ^ The King & The Queen
  74. ^ World of Warcraft: Grimoire of the Shadowlands and Beyond#Description
  75. ^ Warcraft: Sylvanas#Description
  76. ^ a b H [15-30] The Power to Destroy
  77. ^ A [10-30] Into the World of Spirits
  78. ^ World of Warcraft 2019-10-07. Watch the New Developer Content Update Preview (03:20). YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-10-07.
  79. ^ N [30-40] Behind the Veil
  80. ^
  81. ^ H [40-70] Walking in Their Footsteps
  82. ^ N [67D] Everything Will Be Alright
  83. ^ World of Warcraft Diary