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The History of Warcraft (also known as the "history of the Warcraft universe") is a comprehensive account of lore created by Blizzard as background information to the World of Warcraft universe, and was made up of the entirety of Blizzard's published record so far.[1] The full text was available on the official World of Warcraft site, but was removed for some unknown reason. In the absence of lore on the official sites, most (perhaps all?) of this material can be read within the World of Warcraft itself as in-game books.

Want to know more about the lore of World of Warcraft? Although the game doesn't require any prior knowledge of Warcraft lore to enjoy, you may appreciate the broader understanding of the setting and characters in the game that you will gain from learning about the lore. Here are some resources that are available:

History of Warcraft

Note: Certain chapters below are outdated and may therefore conflict with other pieces of lore or stories. There may have been a plan on updating this section by Blizzard someday to bring it up to date, but it appears to have been abandoned.[1]

Timeline

Chapter I: Mythos

Chapter II: The New World

Chapter III: The Doom of Draenor

Chapter IV: Alliance And Horde

Chapter V: Return of the Burning Legion

Official Web Site

Past samples of online official World of Warcraft lore.

Encyclopedia

  • Warcraft Encyclopedia
    • Around the release of Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm, the US version was taken offline. The EU version was still accessible for several months, but is now offline also.

Since the release of the first Warcraft game, the lore of the Warcraft universe has been evolving and expanding at an incredible rate. Today, Warcraft lore is spread across four games and three expansions as well as a number of novels, a pen-and-paper roleplaying game, and even a manga series. Now you can find all there is to know about Warcraft in one official source of all things Warcraft: The Warcraft Encyclopedia. In time we hope it will grow to be the ultimate resource for all your Warcraft story and lore needs.

Lack of update activity (as of early 2008) seems to indicated that Blizzard put this project on hold or temporarily removed resources committed to expanding it. With the transition to Battle.net the encyclopedia was effectively removed.

World of Warcraft

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The Burning Crusade

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Wrath of the Lich King

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Cataclysm

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Mists of Pandaria

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Previous Warcraft games

The single-player Warcraft III campaigns and the accompanying game manuals provide a wealth of information about events in the world of Azeroth.

Novels

WoW-novel-logo-16x62 This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.

EBooks

Manga

WoW-manga-logo-16x68 This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft manga (or manhwa).

RPG

The RPG Icon 16x36 This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft RPG, and thus unlikely to be canon.

Warcraft Role-Playing Games provide a wealth of information about Warcraft lore.

References

  1. ^ a b both US/EU areas now defunct World of Warcraft - Expanded Universe (US, EU) at the Official sites
  2. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-11-07. Troll Compendium (official site US). Archived from the original on 2010-11-07.
  3. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2009-12-14. Troll Compendium (official site EU). Archived from the original on 2009-12-14.
  4. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-11-07. The Undead Plague (official site US). Archived from the original on 2010-11-07.
  5. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-09-23. The Undead Plague (official site EU). Archived from the original on 2010-09-23.
  6. ^ Micky Neilson 2011-01-01. Unbroken (official site US).
  7. ^ Micky Neilson 2011-01-01. Unbroken (official site EU).
  8. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-08-07. The Story So Far (Burning Crusade site US). Archived from the original on 2010-11-07.
  9. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-06-24. The Story So Far (Burning Crusade site EU). Archived from the original on 2010-09-26.
  10. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-08-07. Shamans and Paladins (Burning Crusade site US). Archived from the original on 2010-08-07.
  11. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-06-24. Shamans and Paladins (Burning Crusade site EU). Archived from the original on 2010-06-24.
  12. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-08-07. Blood Elves (Burning Crusade site US). Archived from the original on 2010-08-07.
  13. ^ Bad link Blizzard Entertainment. Blood Elves (Warcraft Encyclopedia US).
  14. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-06-24. Blood Elves (Burning Crusade site EU). Archived from the original on 2010-06-24.
  15. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. Blood Elves (Warcraft Encyclopedia EU). Retrieved on 2011-03-24.
  16. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-06-24. History of the Blood Elves (Burning Crusade site EU). Archived from the original on 2010-06-24.
  17. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-08-07. Draenei (Burning Crusade site US). Archived from the original on 2010-08-07.
  18. ^ Blizzard Entertainment 2010-08-12. Draenei (Burning Crusade site EU). Archived from the original on 2010-08-12.
  19. ^ Bad link Blizzard Entertainment 2010-08-07. Rise of the Lich King (Wrath of the Lich King site US).
  20. ^ Bad link Blizzard Entertainment 2010-06-21. Rise of the Lich King (Wrath of the Lich King site EU).

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