War against the Jailer
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Location Shadowlands (main battlefield), with battles in Azeroth
Begin Death Rising

Mortal victory

  • Anima drought all across the Shadowlands
  • Zovaal claims all five covenant sigils
  • Zovaal is defeated and the veil above Icecrown Citadel closes

Coalition against the Jailer


Forces allied with the Jailer

Commanders and leaders

Coalition against the Jailer


Forces allied with the Jailer

Previous Black Empire Campaign

“...Beyond the veil lies darkness, where every soul has its place.”

The Jailer[1]

The war against the Jailer is a conflict between the Mawsworn led by the Jailer, and the Covenants of the Shadowlands.


After the end of the war against the Lich King, Sylvanas Windrunner hurled herself from Icecrown Citadel in order to commit suicide. Instead, she met with the Jailer, an ancient evil who rules the Maw of the Shadowlands, and started working with him.[2]

When Warchief Vol'jin died during the start of the third invasion of the Burning Legion, he heard whispers from a dark entity which told him to make Sylvanas the new warchief.[3] After the troll's death, Sylvanas said that "in the end, death claims us all" and accepted her new title.[4]

After the end of the demonic invasion, Sylvanas started the Fourth War in order to kill as many people as possible in order to feed their souls to the Maw which allowed Sylvanas and the Jailer to both grow greater in strength.[5][6]



  1. ^ Beyond the Veil
  2. ^ The Jailer is the Main Villain of Shadowlands - Working with Sylvanas Since "Edge of Night"
  3. ^ Mueh'zala yells: It be Mueh'zala who brought Helya to da Jailer's side... struck a deal for ol' Odyn's eye... and made da Banshee warchief with a whisper!
  4. ^ H [10-45] Fate of the Horde
  5. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment 2019-11-01. BlizzCon 2019 - World of Warcraft: What's Next. Retrieved on 2019-11-02.
  6. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment 2019-11-01. World of Warcraft: What’s Next Panel Recap. Retrieved on 2019-11-02.