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Draenei construct concept
Concept art.
Faction/Affiliation Grand Army of the Light, Burning Legion
On alternate Draenor:
Council of Exarchs, Auchenai, Sha'tari Defense, Sargerei, Lightbound
Racial capital The Vindicaar, Antorus, the Burning Throne
Alternate Draenor:
Auchindoun, Shattrath, Karabor
  Formerly Hellfire Citadel
Racial leader(s) IconSmall Turalyon High Exarch Turalyon
Alternate Draenor:
IconSmall Yrel High Exarch Yrel
DraeneiDraenei Council of Exarchs
  Formerly IconSmall Velen Prophet Velen †
IconSmall FelVigilant Socrethar
Homeworld Draenor, Argus
Language(s) Eredun, Draenei

Vigilants are armored mechanical constructs[1] inhabited by the souls of the greatest warriors of the eredar. Originally created by the Wakeners on Argus, vigilants can also be found as protectors of the draenei civilization on Draenor.[1]


Vigilants were originally invented on Argus by High Wakener Aargon, under whom the Wakeners delved deeply into the mysteries of soulbinding. However, the vigilants only represented a mere fraction of what the Wakeners could do.[2] Nobles in Eredath used household vigilants powered by crystals to protect their estates.[3] To this day, some vigilants can still be found in Eredath, where knowledge to create more vigilants still rests within the Wakener's Enclave.[4] Some vigilants on Argus have not aged well, and where an ancient eredar soul was once stored in their cores, the constructs' long vigil have left behind nothing but a crystalline shell.[5][6]

The draenei continued the use of vigilants on Draenor. As they stand on the precipice of the afterlife, the greatest warriors of the draenei may be called upon for one final service:[1] through the holiest of rituals,[7] their souls are imbued into eternal vigilants that serve as defenders of their people[1][7] and protectors of the draenei's cities and temples,[8] particularly Auchindoun.[1] Miniature vigilants were created to protect domesticated elekks from pests, though they also turned out to be really good at giving back massages.[9] The high arakkoa of Skyreach closely observed the civilization of the draenei, taking a keen interest in the towering vigilants, and eventually set out to create their own superior version in the form of Araknath.[8] Following his defeat in Talador, Socrethar perverted the vigilant ritual and used a warped fel construct to preserve his own soul.[7]

Following the third invasion of the Burning Legion, Vigilant Quoram relocated to the Vindicaar above Azeroth and joined the Army of the Light, he was apparently being given a "new prime directive", as watching over the Conservatory of the Arcane on Eredath was no longer deemed an effective use of his time.[10]

Decades after the downfall of the Burning Legion on Draenor, Lightbound Vigilants accompanied the armies of the Lightbound as they invaded Gorgrond.


Elodor Vigilant

A vigilant in World of Warcraft.

Vigilant Quoram

Vigilant Quoram.


As a companion pet[]

The Inv eng gizmo2 [Draenei Micro Defender] can be bought from Vindicator Nuurem in Stormshield at a cost of 1,000g and 2,000 Apexis Crystal upon reaching revered reputation with Council of Exarchs.

Notes and trivia[]

  • The Abstract Nullifier is the only vigilant found on Azeroth.
  • Vigilants use the male draenei model's skeleton. The shields that serve as their forearms are separate models wielded as weapons.
  • Vigilants are similar to protoss dragoons and stalkers from StarCraft. Dragoons are mechanical constructs generally piloted by revered protoss veterans, and were created as a way to ensure that fallen protoss can continue fighting for their people even after suffering severe injuries. Stalkers, inspired by dragoons, are transplanted Dark Templar souls, placed into mechanical bodies to better aid their people.
    • In Heroes of the Storm, Yrel compares the dragoon Fenix to a vigilant, stating: "Your soul lives on inside this construct? Just like my people's vigilants! I hope you can fight like them."


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

The Draenei Tomb Guardian, the only draenei arcane golem (before the Crystalforged Demolisher), may have been a vigilant. It too was related to the maintenance of Auchindoun.