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World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide, Updated and Expanded
Ultimate Visual Guide2
Author(s) DK Publishing
Pages 216
Publisher(s) DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date May 1, 2016
Format(s) Hardcover
Retail price US: $30.00
CAN: $37.00
UK: £17.99
ISBN 10 0241245737
ISBN 13 978-1-4654-4420-2
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The World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide, Updated and Expanded is an official Warcraft timeline book of events, locations, and characters that have made up the game since its release. It contains stunning artwork and even some previously unknown lore. It is the successor of the first Ultimate Visual Guide.


Welcome to the realm of Azeroth. Shaped by titans, ruled by ancient magic. Beset by demons and earth-shattering cataclysms. Where good, evil, the living, and the undead battle for supremacy.
Created in close collaboration with Blizzard, World of Warcraft®: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Updated explores the major characters, key locations, and epic history of this battle-scarred realm, and will capture any adventurer's imagination with its breadth of detail. With 16 more pages, this updated guide delves into the new games and expansions from the world's most popular online role-playing game.
Packed with original images and featuring the latest lore, World of Warcraft®: The Ultimate Visual Guide, Updated is both an ideal introduction and the perfect guide to the World of Warcraft universe.
From Blizzard[1]
Created in close collaboration with Blizzard, World of Warcraft®: Ultimate Visual Guide explores the major characters, key locations, and epic history of this battle-scarred realm, and will capture any adventurer’s imagination with its breadth of detail. Players will find a treasure trove of game knowledge, as the book delves deep into the series’ lore and even goes be yond the game, giving readers a peek at the behind-the-scenes development of Blizzard’s vivid fantasy world. This detailed guide is the perfect companion for any adventurer, Alliance or Horde.


Retcons, discrepancies, and mistakes[]

While several mistakes from the first book have been corrected, some remained and new ones appeared:

  • Despite several previous sources stated that the Icecrown Citadel was constructed some time after Ner'zhul the Lich King was sent to Northrend, the guide states that the Citadel was constructed some time after Arthas Menethil placed the Helm of Domination upon his head. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3 reinforces the original sources.
  • Malfurion Stormrage said that Archimonde wanted the energies of the world tree.[2] The same was said by Matoclaw in Cataclysm.[3] The UVGs later changed it to ripping Nordrassil in order to access the second Well of Eternity.
  • The sentence regarding Jarod Shadowsong leading the Watchers was changed to leading a new security force of the night elves, which is closer to the wording from the Wolfheart book, but the title that was introduced in the first UVG, Leader of the Watchers, remained.
  • Although Baine Bloodhoof no longer leads the Bloodhoof Village according to Ahmo Thunderhorn, he is still listed as the leader of the village.
  • It says that Dalaran was "formerly" ruled by the magocracy of the Kirin Tor. The Council of Six, the ruling council of archmages, never stopped ruling Dalaran as seen in Wrath of the Lich King, Tides of War and Legion. It was also confirmed by Sean Copeland.[4]
  • Prophecy about Liadrin is said to be a naaru prophecy. In the game, A'dal said that the prophecy was foretold by Velen.
  • On page 86, it says that Gul'dan compelled Garona Halforcen to murder Llane Wrynn. However, Gul'dan was in a coma at the moment and it was the warlocks of the Shadow Council who controlled Garona.
  • The book says that when Sylvanas took control of the city of Lordaeron, she renamed it to the Undercity. However, the Undercity is the name of the underground complex beneath the city.
  • Kezan was depicted to be located southeast of the Isle of Thunder. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1 later changed its position to being northwest of it.
  • While Liam Trollbane is listed as Danath's grandfather, he is not listed as a relative to Galen, which is presumably an oversight.
  • Lorewalker Cho's ancestors are not listed in his entry.
  • When speaking about Rommath, it says that "Garithos learned the arts of siphoning magic."
  • The revealing of Katrana Prestor's true identity is listed under the Year 25. According to The Comic, it happened shortly before the events of Wrath of the Lich King.
  • Ash'alah is referred to as both a nightsaber (page 101) and a frostsaber (page 102).
  • The order of events of the First War entry doesn't seem to go chronologically. It has the order: Medivh's death, Llane Wrynn's assassination, Durotan's death, Blackhand's death.
  • Durotar was established right after Thrall and the Horde arrived to Kalimdor, before Medivh convinced Kalimdor's defenders to unite. In previous sources, Durotar was established after the Third War. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3 reinforces the older sources hinting that the UVG descriptions are inaccurate.
  • Grommash Hellscream is listed as aligned with only the old Horde and not the new Horde. Golka, Golmash and deceased Garrosh are not listed in his entry.
  • Neema is not listed as a relatives to Ner'zhul or alternate Ner'zhul.
  • Drek'Thar was born blind, yet other accounts state that he was blinded later in life.
  • Fenris Wolfbrother, a confirmed relative to Durotan's family, is absent. So are Lokra and Karg Bloodfury.
  • Med'an is absent from Maraad's entry.
  • Exarch Akama and Vindicator Nobundo are with the main universe characters, despite alternate characters having their own chapter.
  • Despite being killed in a quest, Arnak Grimtotem is not stated to be deceased.
  • The entries of Gazlowe, Millhouse Manastorm, and Amnennar are not updated to reflect their Warlords of Draenor appearances.
  • On page 62, it says that Vol'jin's assassination attempt happened after the death of Lei Shen and after Garrosh sent goblins to dig the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. It happened before these events.
  • The Pantheon is still described as active, despite Chronicle Volume 1 revealing that they are, in fact, long dead.
    • This may not be an oversight as the two books came out two months from each other.
    • With Antorus, the Burning Throne raid in Legion revealing further information about the status of the Titans, and the reveal by Ion Hazzikostas that Chronicle, Volume 1 while canon, is told from "a specific point of view"[5] (and therefore fallible) this point being inaccurate is highly debateable.
  • Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian is said to still be in Med'an's hands, even though Khadgar claims in Legion that he is actually wielding the real staff (hence his ability to turn into a raven).
  • The book describes Onyxia's death in Year 25, just like the quest-line was available in World of Warcraft. The Comic retconned Onyxia's revelation and death to happen shortly before the events of the Wrath of the Lich King.
  • War Crimes states that Anduin Wrynn is 15 years old which should be year 30. UVG put the trial to Year 31.
    • As long as Anduin's 16th birthday took place later in the year than the trial of Garrosh did, this information could well be accurate.
  • Destruction of Theramore is listed in year 30 but Anduin was stated to be 14 which should be Year 29.
    • Like the last point, if his birthday happened after Theramore's destruction, Anduin's age could be accurate.
  • The book's timeline places the fall of the Lich King in Year 27. Legion later changed it to Year 28.[6] World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3 later returned to Year 27.
  • While Shandris Feathermoon is listed as Illidan's niece-in-law in his entry, Illidan is not listed as a relative in her entry.

See also[]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Eternity's End: The Druids Arise", Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos. Blizzard Entertainment. Malfurion Stormrage: "No doubt Archimonde will make his way to Hyjal Summit and attack the World Tree. If he succeeds in draining the tree's energies, this world will be doomed.".
  3. ^ If You're Not Against Us...#Notes
  4. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Sean Copeland 2018-03-07. Sean Copeland on Twitter. Archived from the original on 2018-03-08. Retrieved on 2018-03-08.​ “Confirmed! Here's an excerpt from his research: "...although the term is seldom used these days, magocracy has been used in our games and expanded universe. It is still an accurate description of Dalaran, as the nation is still ruled by magi. It's just not commonly used."
  5. ^ Blizzcon 2019 Q&A, "Chronicle is written from a specific point of view (titans) but it is canon - more stuff did happen behind the scenes though, and you'll find some explained in Shadowlands."
  6. ^ N Death knight [10-45] A Pact of Necessity

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