Lore of Wrathion, the Black Prince
Wrathion, also known as the Black Prince, is one of the few black dragons that are known to be unaffected by the corruption of the Old Gods, and following the fall of Deathwing, one of the last known black dragons alive in Azeroth. In his humanoid form, Wrathion disguises himself as a human with dark skin, persian clothing, and glowing red eyes.
Wrathion claims to have witnessed a future where Azeroth falls, and has helped the Horde and the Alliance to gain power to impede Azeroth's destruction many times. Wrathion believes he is the last black dragon alive, and as such, the titan's mandate of the Black Dragonflight to protect Azeroth now falls to him. As such, Wrathion will go to any lengths to ensure Azeroth is protected from any menaces.
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Wrathion was born from a black dragon egg laid by
in the Badlands.
, an ambitious red dragon, performed an experiment where she captured Nyxondra and forced her to lay eggs. With the help of
and an ancient titan device, Rheastrasza created a purified black dragon egg. Rheastrasza did move around the Badlands to hide the egg from Deathwing's wrath, but she was eventually found and killed by the Aspect of Death. However, the purified egg at that point was already safely away from the Badlands, under the care of the Red Dragonflight in the Twilight Highlands.
Rheastrasza, in her humanoid form, walks to the Badlands cave that would
end up serving as her grave during
Fangs of the Father
Sometime after, the egg was stolen from the Red Dragonflight. A rogue adventurer and the red drake Mostrasz tracked the egg and found it at Ravenholdt Manor, where Wrathion had already hatched out of the egg. Wrathion was put in charge of an operation to free Azeroth from the last corrupted black dragons - Creed (
), Nalice (
), and finally, Fahrad, the master of Ravenholdt Manor, who is revealed to still have the voices of the Old Gods on his head (
Wrathion in his humanoid form in Ravenholdt Manor. He would end up commanding
operations within the Rogue order.
During this series of missions, Wrathion aided Rogues by giving them a pair of daggers that would eventually be empowered to legendary levels -
After the last black dragons and Deathwing are killed, Wrathion disappears.
Mists of Pandaria
Wrathion resurfaces in Mists of Pandaria, making his home base at the Tavern in the Mists by the Veiled Stair. Once found by the player, Wrathion mentions that he foreseen a vision of Azeroth's destruction, and travelled to the land "beyond the mists of the sea" to avert it. Wrathion also reveals that in his vision, he saw that the Burning Legion was planning a new Azeroth invasion, and this was a threat that Azeroth could not hope to stand against divided. He advises in favor of ending the war between the Alliance and the Horde, and gives the adventurer unending support, no matter what faction he stood with.
Wrathion creates powerful artifacts to empower adventurers during the Pandaria campaign.
Wrathion would then aid adventurers by giving them augments to their gear, such as gems for their Sha-touched weapons.
Wrathion returns with more tasks to the players. This time, he wants to further test their prowess in the battlefield, by proving they're worthy of winning the war by defeating soldiers of the opposing faction, and eventually the opposing faction's commander in Pandaria. After the player proves themselves with Wrathion, he talks about each faction leader, your role in your faction, and also talks about a future threat: the Thunder King.
Wrathion: You have proven to be an exemplary hero. A champion for your cause.
Wrathion: Do you recall our earlier conversation?
Wrathion: We discussed the merits of your High King. I have been observing him closely.
Wrathion: It is true: he has the spirit of the wolf. And he fights like a wolf.
Wrathion: Having seen him in action, I now know what that means.
Wrathion: Wolves are pack animals.
Wrathion: Your king is calling his pack to him, assembling an Alliance in the truest sense of the word.
Wrathion: His journey is long. He has only taken the first steps.
Wrathion: But with heroes like you in his pack, there is little your Alliance cannot accomplish.
Wrathion: You have proven to be an exemplary hero. A champion for your cause.
Wrathion: Do you recall our earlier conversation?
Wrathion: We spoke of your Warchief. His inner conflicts and his outer conquests.
Wrathion: I asked you: Who is the soul of the Horde?
Wrathion: Your efforts on Pandaria's southern shores and elsewhere have given me my answer.
Wrathion: YOU are the soul of the Horde.
Wrathion: Your actions in the coming weeks will come to define your people.
Rise of the Thunder King
Wrathion can be met once more at the Tavern in the Mists. This time, he is accompanied by Sunwalker Dezco, some Alliance guards, and the prince Anduin Wrynn. Anduin and Wrathion engage in conversation about the threat of the Thunder King, and end up talking about how to lead. The conversation ends in disagreement, as Anduin thinks Wrathion has too much of a cutthroat attitude, and Wrathion thinks Anduin is too soft to be a worthy leader. After this, Wrathion tasks the players to terrorize the minions of the Thunder King, and eventually leads to the creation of a new empowering tool, the
Anduin strongly advises the player, no matter the faction, against putting the crown on their head, as he heavily distrusts Wrathion. After this, Wrathion tasks the players with killing Lei Shen, the Thunder King, and bring him his heart. Once Wrathion receives Lei Shen's heart, the black dragon eats it. Once he does, he's overtaken by a blinding light and enters a trance, and talks about the Titans in a different tone, only to swiftly forget about what he said once he gets back to normal.
Wrathion: Ahh - the heart of a king. The powers of a God.
Anduin Wrynn: What are you doing? You're not seriously going to eat that-
Wrathion: It is filled with Titan magic, the language of creation...
Wrathion: Oh, I see them - a million, million worlds - glittering in their perfection - but one above all others - oh -
Wrathion: WE HAVE FALLEN. WE MUST REBUILD THE FINAL TITAN. DO NOT FORGET.
Anduin Wrynn: What are you trying to pull?
Wrathion: It is gone. I don't remember any of it. Oh! None of them remembered. The irony!
Anduin Wrynn: What are you talking about? I don't trust you.
Wrathion: You are wise not to.
Wrathion: Champion, I need time to..."digest" what I have learned. But soon, we will take action.
Lei Shen was killed and his artifacts are now wielded by the Horde and the Alliance, but Wrathion claims he is not ready to strike yet. Instead, Wrathion sent players to obtain the blessings from all four August Celestials: Chi-ji would test their hope; Xuen would test their strength; Niuzao would test their fortitude, and Yu'lon would test their wisdom. After all blessings are obtained, Wrathion aided the players in creating a cloak blessed by the Celestials.
Wrathion uses the blessings of the four August Celestials to create a legendary cloak.
Siege of Orgrimmar
Wrathion was ecstatic with the discovery of Timeless Isle, as he figured the land would hold the secrets of imbuing the celestial cloaks he created with his own draconic energy. The cloak's upgrade would allow them to fight the powerful demigod
, but this was not Wrathion's goal - He hoped to send the adventurers wielding the empowered Celestial cloaks into the bowels of Orgrimmar to overthrow the Warchief gone corrupt, Garrosh Hellscream.
After all Celestials are defeated in honorable combat at the Timeless Isle, Wrathion sits down with Lorewalker Cho atop the Seat of Knowledge. Cho and Wrathion then start telling a story about the player, with very different perspectives - Cho talks about the player as honorable hero and protector of Pandaria, while Wrathion refers to them as a conqueror forged by the black dragon, using of his destruction to help shape Azeroth. After their story ends, Wrathion tasks you to go to Orgrimmar and overthrow Garrosh.
Lorewalker Cho: Wait wait wait - let me make sure I get the story right.
Lorewalker Cho: Pandaren will tell this tale for generations!
Wrathion: It starts with a hero.
Lorewalker Cho: An outsider, from beyond the mists!
Wrathion: Conquering a strange new land!
Lorewalker Cho: Must we use the word, "Conquer?"
Wrathion: Venturing into forgotten vaults...
Lorewalker Cho: Mantid and mogu alike were brought low by the hero's fury.
Wrathion: Their power and wisdom seized for a greater glory!
Lorewalker Cho: When war came to Pandaria's shores, our hero was ready.
Wrathion: A faction standard-bearer, beloved by the people and feared by their foes.
Lorewalker Cho: Even the mighty Thunder King fell before our champion's might.
Wrathion: One by one the secrets of an ancient empire were laid bare.
Lorewalker Cho: Yes, knowledge uncovered for the benefit of the world.
Wrathion: POWER acquired for WAR and CONQUEST!
Lorewalker Cho: Let us stop a moment - what kind of hero are we talking about?
Wrathion: An agent of destruction, forged by my will to forever change the face of Azeroth.
Wrathion: Behold! Latent Titan power, imbued with my own draconic essence, tempered by the wisdom of the Pandaren celestials.
Wrathion: Overwhelming power. Use it to heal or to destroy! To protect or annihilate!
Lorewalker Cho: My friend, please think carefully about the legacy you will leave behind.
After Garrosh's defeat, the player returns to Wrathion, who is not happy at the outcome of Garrosh not being killed, instead being judged by the denizens of Pandaria. Wrathion blames this outcome on Varian Wrynn, calling him a fool for siding with Anduin and allowing the Horde's continued existence. After an argument with the Veiled Stair's bartender (who mentions that the Horde and the Alliance are strong because of each other, not despite each other), Wrathion leaves for places unknown once more, proclaiming that he would not leave anything to chance in the battles to come.
Wrathion attended Garrosh's trials, frequently talking with Anduin during the trial intermissions. Wrathion came to accept Anduin as a personal friend, but still believed Anduin's soft and peaceful nature would eventually lead to his demise. Wrathion would sit alongside his bodyguards as far away from Alexstrasza as he could.
Eventually, Wrathion revealed that he was working with the bronze dragon Kairozdormu, who wanted to free Garrosh and send him back to Draenor, 35 years into the past. As Wrathion incapacitated guards and went to lock up Chromie for daring to investigate Kairoz, Wrathion was confronted by Anduin, who tried to defer the black dragon from freeing the warchief. Wrathion then proclaimed that the protection of Azeroth was now his task, as the last black dragon alive, and knocked Anduin out, leaving once more.
Wrathion left the scene believing that his actions in freeing Garrosh would help Azeroth in the upcoming conflict against the Burning Legion, and hoped that Anduin would one day understand his decision, and why not, even stand with him as an ally when the time comes.
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Anduin whirled, sickened as his heart contracted at yet another betrayal on this dismal day. "Two females with crossbows," he said, bitterly. "One orc, one human, weren't they, Li? I should have known."
"Perhaps you should have, but it is not yet within you to suspect treachery, Anduin Wrynn," said Wrathion with a sad smile. If it is any consolation at all, I am deeply sorry for what I now must do.
Anduin laughed scornfully. "Sure you are."
The Black Prince shrugged. "Believe what you will, but it is the truth. We are friends, you and I."
"Friends? Friends don't kill each other!"
The dragon's glowing eyes widened and he looked almost hurt. "Why would I do that? Look at the Chu brothers. They are alive, though admittedly with rather terrible headaches, and I care far less about them than I do you.
"Wrathion, what is going on here? What are you
The young black dragon sighed. "You once asked me to watch and listen, and to make up my mind as to what is best for Azeroth. I have done exactly as you bid. You are the heir to the throne of Stormwind. You have a duty - to keep your kingdom safe. You do what you believe is best for it and its people. As the last black dragon, the former charge of my flight - to keep Azeroth safe - falls solely to me. I must honor that charge."
"Don't listen to him, Anduin!" cried Chromie.
Anduin gestured towards the still-chained pandaren. "
is keeping Azeroth safe?"
"In this case, I assure you, the end does justify the means. It is my deep hope that one day you will understand. And on that day, you and I will face a terrible enemy. Perhaps even do so as brothers."
Desperately, Anduin reached out his hand. "You don't have to do it this way. Tell me what's going on. We can work together. We can find some day to-"
"Farewell for now, young prince," said Wrathion. He lifted a hand, and Anduin knew no more.
Warlords of Draenor
Wrathion is not seen for most of Warlords of Draenor, his journey through the Spires of Arak is instead documented on
After the Dark Portal became connected to the Draenor of the past, Wrathion traveled to the Spires of Arak, where he sought asylum in Admiral Taylor's Garrison. Lying that he had angered the ogres of Spires of Arak, Wrathion was kept in the Garrison as a "guest" by Admiral Taylor, as long as the guards there kept full watch on the black dragon.
Wrathion helped the construction of the Garrison by providing enough resources to build barracks and an armory. When asked about the resources, Wrathion simply said to keep an eye on an individual named Ephial. Taylor agreed that he did not like the individual. Taylor then tried to raise some guards' pay to have them keep an eye 24/7 on Wrathion, but they had revealed that Wrathion was already paying them to keep an eye on Taylor instead.
When Taylor left to participate in the Ring of Blood event in Nagrand, Wrathion fled Admiral Taylor's Garrison, bringing some of Taylor's best soldiers with him. Wrathion remained in hiding for some time, only appearing once more while the adventurer returns the Tomes of Chaos to Cordana Felsong, watching the adventurer and then flying away.
Wrathion wandered around Azeroth through most of Legion, only making a cameo at the
Deaths of Chromie scenario
Deaths of Chromie
When Chromie discovered that she was going to die in the near future, she and an adventurer started researching who would be behind said assassination attempt, their investigations starting at the Dragonshrines in Dragonblight. They found Wrathion looking over the Obsidian Dragonshrine, musing that Deathwing would have never approved of the skeletons littering the shrine. Chromie confronted Wrathion, thinking he would know something, but Wrathion rebutted that Chromie should feel ashaming for thinking he could be responsible simply for being a black dragon.
Wrathion overlooking the Obsidian Dragonshrine, during the Deaths of Chromie scenario.
Wrathion then explained he didn't know anything about it, as he was simply visiting Northrend for fun, although he was very surprised to see a demonic infestation at the Obsidian Dragonshrine. Wrathion advised them to look at the undead and whoever was controlling them, as they would take resentment with the black dragons. Chromie agreed with Wrathion, and Wrathion left her and the adventurer to once more fly off to the unknown.
Battle for Azeroth
Wrathion has not appeared in the beginning portions of Battle for Azeroth, only slight clues leading to his presence in the future of Azeroth.
Players exploring Island Expeditions can come across an
while defeating black dragons. The adventurer knew Wrathion would want to know about the existence of more black dragons and attempted to find him in Blackrock Mountain. At the entrance to Blackrock Descent, they found one of his Blacktalon Agents, who claimed that Wrathion was searching for the Dragon Isles, failing to get information from other dragons.
Rise of Azshara
Although Wrathion was not spotted in Rise of Azshara, more of his
Blacktalon Agents were spotted in Azeroth
. One of them in Neltharion's Lair, overlooking the player and Spiritwalker Ebonhorn obtain a black dragon scale that belonged to Deathwing from one of the earth elementals overlooking the area, and a second one overlooking the Eternal Palace in Nazjatar. When spoken to, both of them mention that they're in missions that the player should not worry about, as the player already has a lot on their hands.
Wrathion's Blacktalon Agents monitoring adventurer activity at Neltharion's Lair and Nazjatar.
Wrathion is settled to return in Patch 8.2.5, with an entirely new model. It is currently not known where Wrathion is, but there is a
short questline that involves pinpointing the black dragon's location
At the Chamber of Heart in Silithus, the black dragon Ebyssian, also known as Spiritwalker Ebonhorn, is reportedly falling victim to the maddening whispers of the Old Gods. Kalecgos sends players to find Wrathion, as he is both another uncorrupted black dragon and also a research of the Old God's forces. The search first starts at the Veiled Stair in Pandaria, where his bodyguards are stationed at. Arriving at the Veiled Stair, they tell the player that Wrathion told his bodyguards to expect them.
However, the player is not alone - N'Zoth's followers are also looking for Wrathion. After defeating the spies, the bodyguards tell the player to go to Blackwing Descent, as Wrathion has been monitoring the area for a long time. In Blackwing Descent, the player sees an agent of N'Zoth torturing a Blacktalon Watcher. Although the agent is defeated, the Watcher warns the player that the interrogator got to his mind, and discovered that Wrathion was last seen in the Karazhan catacombs.
Arriving in Karazhan, a fight has already broken out between Wrathion's bodyguards and N'Zoth's agents. After the player clears the Catacombs out of N'Zoth's presence, they find a potion and a page of Wrathion's journal: The research within the Karazhan library, as well as conversations with the lingering spirit of Medivh, allowed Wrathion to create a tonic that clears up a minor portion of Old God corruption. He also reviews that he predicted the entire wild goose chase the player went through and was glad his bodyguards managed to deliver notes as instructed, leading the player to the Catacombs and the tonic.
Wrathion also wrote directions for the tonic: He knew Ebonhorn was likely falling to the whispers of the Old Gods and directs the player to give the potion to Ebonhorn. After the potion is administered and Ebonhorn is saved, MOTHER uploads Wrathion's journal to her database and destroys it as instructed. Although it seems like Wrathion does not want to be found right now, he has found a way to at least partially cleanse Old God corruption, and has promised to personally thank the player for his efforts soon. Magni assures he will find Wrathion, as there aren't that many places you can hide within Azeroth when the Speaker is after you.
Visions of N’zoth
WARNING: STORY SPOILERS! Do not continue on if you don't want to be spoiled!
After supporting Wrathion’s corruption cleansing efforts involving Ebonhorn, players are finally able to meet him in person in 8.3.
Wrathion plays a starring role in the fight against Old Gods corruption and N’Zoth himself, and similar to Mists of Pandaria, the Black Prince doesn’t come unprepared. Besides his
very special backpack
which points towards new cloak models in 8.3, he also provides
for all class archetypes once again.
Ashjrakamas, Shroud of Resolve
helps players withstand the corrupted whispers within the challenging solo and group content called Horrific Visions; in addition to that, it will also support players when fighting N’Zoth himself in Ny’alotha, the Waking City. The story behind the aquiring the legendary cloak involves the adventurer as well as
and his continuous efforts to cleanse Azeroth from Old Gods corruption. After a series of events involving the Forge of Origination of Uldum and the Engine of Nalak'sha in Pandaria, the Speaker and the Black Prince try to track down N'Zoth.
In Uldum they find a manifestion of one of N'Zoth's visions; seeing this new kind of threatening menace in the real world, Wrathion decides to take the adventurers
to corrupted Blackwing Descent to find ways to protect themselves from these visions, aquiring black dragon scales to craft Ashjrakamas
However, Wrathion could not do what we did for the citizens of Azeroth, and eventually we will encounter his corrupted dragon form, Wrathion the Black Emperor, as the first raid boss in Ny’alotha. Thankfully for both players and Wrathion, the corruption of the Black Prince only happens to be a vision produced by N’Zoth, as we learn in the aftermath of the fight:
Wrathion yells: Azeroth... is doomed...
The players and the Black Emperor are transported to another part of Ny'alotha. The real Wrathion walks in.
N'Zoth says: You tread within a vision of what was... and what will be.
N'Zoth says: My empire is this world's inevitable destiny.
MOTHER says: Signal interference negated. Connection restored.
Magni Bronzebeard says: Yer back! What happened?
The corpse of the Black Emperor dissolves, revealing it to actually be a n'raqi.
Wrathion says: I learned that it doesn't take much for my friends to believe I betrayed them.
Wrathion says: Champions, that vision was as much for me as it was for you. N'Zoth wants us to believe that my corruption is inevitable.
Wrathion says: Doubt me if you must, but know that I will not rest until his smoldering corpse lies at my feet.
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