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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.

This article provides an unofficial timeline of recorded important events in the Warcraft universe compiled from official timelines and all sources published by Blizzard. Blizzard has used two standards when establishing dates in various official timelines, both based on the opening of the Dark Portal.

Numbering is based on the opening of the Dark Portal, as this is the method used by the latest sources. Some sources have the opening of the Dark Portal as about 25 years before the start of World of Warcraft, and other dates state that it was about 30 years before the start of World of Warcraft. This timeline is based on the 30 year standard.

All dates are considered to be spans of time from one to the next since many events are only given vague ordering and estimated dates. Warcraft products are displayed in italics.

It should not be considered as an official timeline, but should be as accurate as, and more complete than, whatever Blizzard has provided.

Beginning of Azeroth Edit

-147,000
-65,000
-64,001
-25,000
-24,969
-16,000

Age of the elves Edit

-14,000
-13,500
  • The Kaldorei begin to actively study and practice arcane magic. They bend magic to their will and use it to build beautiful cities, craft artifacts and reshape the land. Some Kaldorei resist the lure to use the Well of Eternity’s power and warn others of the dangers of abusing it. Their warnings go unheeded.
  • A group of upper-class Kaldorei begin to refer to themselves as the Highborne and revel in the use of magic.


-10,250
-10,000
  • Start of the War of the Ancients[1]
-9,999
-9,998


-9,000
-7,300
-6,800
-4,000

Age of the mortals Edit

-2,800
-2,700
-2,500
-1,200
-1,000
-818
-370
-230
-170

Rise of the Horde Edit

-100
-46
-45
-40
-19
-18

First War Edit

0 (Year 592 by the King's Calendar)
1
4
5

Second War Edit

6
7
8
18
20

In Between the Second and Third Wars Edit

23

Third War and the Scourge Edit

25
26
28
29

Rise of the Qiraji Edit

30
32

Siege of Outland Edit

War against the Scourge Edit

34
36

Post-apocalyptic Azeroth Edit

39 (Five years after the start of Wrath of the Lich King, three years since Arthas' death)


After Cataclysm ended Edit

41 (2 "Dragon"-years after The Cataclysm)

Warlords of Draenor (NYR) Edit

Future? Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ The War of the Ancients
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Anne Stickney 2011-08-04. WoW Insider's chronological guide to Warcraft novels, manga, comics, and short stories.
  3. ^ Expanded Universe (US) → The History of Warcraft, Chapter I: Mythos - The World Tree and the Emerald Dream
  4. ^ Expanded Universe (EU) → The History of Warcraft, Chapter I: Mythos - The World Tree and the Emerald Dream
  5. ^ Expanded Universe (US) → The History of Warcraft, Chapter I: Mythos - Exile of the High Elves
  6. ^ Expanded Universe (EU) → The History of Warcraft, Chapter I: Mythos - Exile of the High Elves
  7. ^ Expanded Universe (US) → The History of Warcraft, Chapter I: Mythos - The Founding of Quel'Thalas
  8. ^ Expanded Universe (EU) → The History of Warcraft, Chapter I: Mythos - The Founding of Quel'Thalas
  9. ^ Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg 33
  10. ^ Alliance & Horde Compendium, pg 9


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