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Image of Khadgar
Title Archmage of the Kirin Tor,
Supreme Commander of the Alliance Expedition,
The Apprentice,
Young Trust,
Lord Wizard[1]
Gender Male
Race Human (Humanoid)
Level 71 Elite
Character class Archmage of Kirin Tor, Mage, Wizard
Health 15,081
Mana 21,996
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation Alliance Expedition, Sha'tar, Sons of Lothar, Alliance of Lordaeron, Kirin Tor
Occupation Currently: Member of the Council of Six, Advisor to A'dal[citation needed]; Formerly: Alliance Expedition Supreme Commander, Archmage of Nethergarde, Medivh's apprentice, Ruler of Nethergarde
Location Terrace of Light, Shattrath City (WoW), Dalaran (Lore)[2]
Status Alive
Mentor(s) Guzbah, Medivh
Companion(s) Turalyon, Alleria Windrunner (close friends)
For Khadgar's Warcraft II statistics, see Warcraft II units.

Khadgar is perhaps the most accomplished of all living wizards.[3] He was the apprentice for the Last Guardian, Medivh, and went on to become one of the greatest heroes of the Alliance during the Second War and as a commander of the Alliance Expedition to Draenor. His name is dwarven and means "trust".[4] This gave him an odd dichotomy with Medivh, whose name means "keeper of secrets" in Thalassian.



Perhaps the most accomplished of all living wizards, Khadgar was an apprentice to the Guardian Medivh until he helped defeat his master and destroy the Dark Portal created to summon the orcs to Azeroth. Though cursed with frailty and age, Khadgar nevertheless remains an exemplar for the Alliance, leading counterattacks against the Burning Legion and all who would threaten his world with annihilation.[5]

Apprenticeship with Medivh

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Khadgar with Anduin Lothar.

At the young age of 17, Khadgar was sent by the Kirin Tor to apprentice under the wizard Medivh in his tower at Karazhan. Having travelled from Kul Tiras via a ship, he got to Karazhan where Medivh's servant, Moroes, was already waiting for him. At first, Khadgar believed Medivh to be nothing more than he appeared to be — a kindly, old, if slightly eccentric and curious wizard. After Medivh asked Khadgar everything about the Kirin Tor, Medivh ordered him to clean up the library, the same thing he had ordered to his previous apprentices. While wandering in the tower, Khadgar happened to be in a room where he saw visions. He noticed a human army led by old long white haired mage battling against creatures with green skins and black armors. Khadgar was surprised to see the mage's eyes as they looked like Khadgar's. One day, as he was sorting books, Medivh returned to his tower and attacked Khadgar, because he thought that Khadgar is a thief. However, Medivh has just forgotten that Khadgar was still there. After this, Medivh apologized and together they went atop of the tower. By touching his head, Medivh learned Khadgar how to ride a gryphon and went to explore the southern part of a kingdom - Black Morass. Where he made his first contact with the orcs and warlocks such as Nothgrin and Anduin Lothar. After returning to Karazhan, Medivh left the tower leaving Khadgar alone. Khadgar continued in studying and preparing for a special spell. When he thought the spell was completed he used it and witnessed the epic battle of Aegwynn and Sargeras. After this, Medivh returned and Khadgar was to accompany him to Stormwind to investigate the deaths of Hugarin and Huglar.

However he discovered Medivh was actually a Guardian of Tirisfal, a lineage of incredibly powerful wizards empowered by a council to combat the forces of the Burning Legion. Soon after he began to sense something was drastically wrong with his master, though he never suspected that Medivh was actually being controlled by Sargeras, the Dark Titan, he became suspicious of his master's actions and motives.[6]

Eventually, he unraveled Medivh's plot to open a portal between Azeroth and Draenor, after meeting a Horde emissary, the half-orc assassin Garona. Knowing it was already too late to stop the Dark Portal from opening further, Khadgar and Garona rushed to King Llane Wrynn of Azeroth for help. The pair, along with Lord Anduin Lothar and a group of soldiers, returned to Karazhan and entered its lower part to find Medivh in psychic link with the orc warlock Gul'dan. Khadgar managed to best his master and Sargeras by plunging a sword into Medivh's heart, but not before becoming cursed with frailty and old age. By the end of the events of Last Guardian, Khadgar had gone from a young adult to an old man with a great white beard. After the death of his master, he took the remains of Medivh and the bodies of Moroes and the Cook and buried them behind the tower. After it was done, he finally recognized the vision which had been following him since he first entered the tower - the future-Medivh that was about to collect Karazhan' energies for next battle against the Burning Legion.

The Second War

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Following Medivh's death and the fall of Stormwind to the orcs, Khadgar fled north with Lord Lothar and the rest of the refugees to Lordaeron. He spent the Second War fighting with the Alliance of Lordaeron, all the while studying Medivh's spells and the nature of the Dark Portal. When the tide of the war turned and the Alliance managed to push the Horde back through the Dark Portal itself, Khadgar destroyed the Dark Portal, effectively severing the link between Azeroth and Draenor and cutting the remaining Horde from reinforcements. The rift between worlds remained, however. To guard against a second attack from Draenor, Khadgar oversaw the construction of Nethergarde Keep in the Blasted Lands.[7]

The Alliance Expedition

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Khadgar in Warcraft II.
Khadgar closes the Dark Portal.

While fighting the orcs, Turalyon suggested he'd get some food and rest. During his sleep, Khadgar had a particular dream. He was a giant running in the middle of Lordaeron, with the young appearance he had before being cursed by Medivh. When he noticed Dalaran, he ran towards and slowly began to shrink. When he touched the pavement, he was at his normal size again. There he entered the The Violet Citadel, where a dinner with a host awaited him. It was Antonidas, warning him that the Eye of Dalaran was stolen.

Khadgar's fears would be validated only a year after Nethergarde's completion, when the portal opened again, and orc forces began pouring out, striking strategically to steal powerful artifacts. Fearing a second invasion, Khadgar led an Alliance Expedition to the orc homeworld, where he quickly discovered that the situation was even worse than he had feared. The orcs, under the leadership of the shaman Ner'zhul, were planning on opening doorways to new worlds for the Horde to plunder. Khadgar and his fellows sought the Skull of Gul'dan, finding it in Deathwing's possession. Khadgar was key to defeating the dragon and reclaiming the skull. Unable to stop Ner'zhul from opening his portals, and unable to contain the terrible energies that were unleashed by the many portals, Draenor was being torn apart.

To prevent the potential destruction of Azeroth, the archmage used Medivh's spellbook to close the Dark Portal from the other side, thereby shielding Azeroth from the final cataclysm of Draenor's destruction. Khadgar ushered the survivors into one of the rifts and returned back to the remnants of Draenor.

Khadgar is immortalized in a massive stone statue in the Valley of Heroes in Stormwind, alongside the other leaders of the Alliance Expedition.

The Burning Crusade

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Khadgar in WoW.

In World of Warcraft, Khadgar is a level 71 quest giver in the Terrace of Light of Shattrath City. He is affiliated with the Sons of Lothar and the Sha'tar concurrently, having allied himself with the naaru with the hopes of uniting both Alliance and Horde against their true enemies.

Khadgar, now an advisor to the naaru called A'dal, can be found in the center dome of the Terrace of Light of Shattrath City, located in the western borders of Terokkar Forest. He appears as an NPC representing the need of the Alliance and the Horde to work together to defeat the Burning Legion (much like the Argent Dawn in Azeroth, which encourages the rival factions to ally against the Scourge). It would appear that at some point in their travels, the Expedition encountered the naaru, and have joined their holy quest to stop the Legion in its tracks. Because of Outland's nature, it is a strategic location in the Nether, and is the perfect staging ground for Legion invasions or a resistance.

Khadgar likely also met Vindicator Maraad, a draenei paladin, during this time, and was probably surprised to be informed that Garona was not only half draenei, but was also Maraad's niece. Maraad's explainations of Garona's background gave Khadgar a complete picture of Garona, and a better understanding of her, realizing a parallel between her and Medivh. His experiences in turn furthered along Maraad's search for his niece and knowledge of what happened to her after she left Draenor through the Dark Portal and up until the end of the Second War. The two men apparently also became good friends as the result of meeting each other.

Khadgar explains to the varied races of Azeroth that although they may have withstood the Burning Legion twice, the Burning Legion is still marching across the universe continuing their Burning Crusade, an ongoing war to snuff out life in the universe, burning planets and crushing everyone in their path and that adventurers must join the fight.[8]


He starts the following quests:

See List of Shattrath City NPCs.

Khadgar's story in his own words

After touring Shattrath with his servant, this conversation opens with Khadgar:

Gossip I've heard your name spoken only in whispers, mage. Who are you?

I am Khadgar, former apprentice to the fallen Guardian, Medivh. I'm sure you've heard his name before.
It was I who discovered that Medivh had been possessed by the Evil One, Sargeras - and that he had opened the Dark Portal between this world and Azeroth. Though I honored my Master, I was forced to slay him and put his tortured soul to rest.

Gossip Go on, please.

I fought alongside Lord Anduin Lothar as we drove the Horde from our lands in Azeroth. As the heir of Medivh's legacy, I could do no less.
When the call finally came to invade this grim world - and put an end to the orcs' evil forever - I stepped forward along with my friends Turalyon, Alleria, Danath and Kurdran.

Gossip I see.

My comrades and I called ourselves the Sons of Lothar - in honor of the greatest, most selfless man we ever knew. We gave our all to defeat Ner'zhul and end his madness.
As this doomed world fell apart around us, we shattered the Dark Portal to prevent any further harm from befalling our beloved Azeroth.

Gossip What did you do then?

Trapped in this broken wasteland, we did our best to survive. Over time we sensed that a new evil was closing in around us from the Twisting Nether. More foul than the dark orcs - it was the Burning Legion itself that sought to take hold of this... Outland.

Gossip What happened next?

While my comrades held the line against the encroaching darkness, I used my magic to reach out into the Great Dark Beyond. There, I sensed beings of immense Light - of unfathomable purity.
It was A'dal and his naaru I had found. It was nothing short of... a miracle.

Gossip I see.

<Khadgar grins to himself>
I convinced A'dal and his brethren to return here with me. I believe that only their power can drive the Legion from this universe. But as you will no doubt find - their power must first live in our hearts.
To combat the darkness, we must become beacons of their eternal Light.

Wrath in Shattrath

For quotes and transcript of the video News From Outland: Crisis at Da Portal!, see Gnomeregan Gnews Gnetwork#News From Outland.

One day an unknown odor caused havoc in Shattrath City. Khadgar was interviewed by Strombone and he told that in all his days in Outland he had never smelled such a terrible stench. He said that there were refugees from all over in this city and it would be very hard to know where it comes from.[9]

Strombone then asked if something like that had happened before, and Khadgar told him about Tobias the Filth Gorger. Finally it was discovered that Tobias was, indeed, the source of the odor.[9]

Khadgar in the Comic.

The Son of Medivh

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Maraad would leave for Azeroth with the re-opening of the Dark Portal to continue his search for Garona. He eventually returned briefly with Garona's son, Med'an, whom Khadgar could see a resemblance with Maraad, and immediately saw that the youth was likely the son of his old master, Medivh. Having just recently learned the truth, and feeling ashamed of his heritage, Med'an confirmed this. However, Khadgar explained that he had eventually realized that Medivh and Garona had been doomed even before birth; victims of Sargeras and Gul'dan respectively. Even so, he says that although he personally had not even suspected Med'an's existence, for Med'an to have been born they must have fought against their fate and through him the demonic forces may yet be undone. Now knowing that his parents were not ultimately responsible for the evil they had wrought, Med'an thanks Khadgar for answering the questions he held in his mind.

He refused to join the New Council of Tirisfal but sent the blood elf Dalynnia Wrathscar instead.

Tides of War

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Khadgar is revealed to be a member of the Council of Six and was present during the two meetings between the Council of Six and Jaina Proudmoore, who was requesting for help in defending Theramore from the Horde and later on for attacking Orgrimmar.

Though not specified, Khadgar is "the most likely suspect" to have asked A'dal to sent help to Theramore Isle.[10]

Khadgar was glad that she had survived Thereamore's destruction. As the Council went to discuss Jaina's proposition of destroying Orgrimmar in retaliation for Rhonin's death, it was Khadgar who told Jaina the Six's final verdict - Dalaran will not be helping her in attacking Orgrimmar. Their reasoning being that many innocents who had nothing to do with Theramore's destruction would be caught in the crossfire of Jaina's vengeful retribution and Khadgar appealed to Orgrimmar's orphanage as an example of this. Jaina retorted that the children there will be raised to hate the Alliance anyways.

In the end, it was he who suggested that Jaina Proudmoore be elected as the Kirin Tor's new leader as a replacement for the recently deceased Rhonin; based on scrolls of prophecy that had been written by Krasus himself that indicated that Jaina was destined for the position.

Warlords of Draenor

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Shortly before the invasion of the Iron Horde, Khadgar returned from Outland to warn Azeroth that something was wrong with the Dark Portal.[11] He shuts down the portal on the Draenor side and later leads the allied forces against the Iron Horde to liberate Shattrath City.

At some point Khadgar meets the alternate version of his old friend Garona and is attacked. He survives to say the only thing hurt is his pride.


As would be expected from an experienced and powerful mage, Khadgar has written a number of books and essays, including:

Khadgar's age and appearance

Khadgar in the WoW comic.

Medivh's curse caused Khadgar to grow old and his hair turn snow white, however in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness and Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, when he is first shown, he appears as a middle-aged man with a trimmed goatee and cropped red hair. Later in the game, he is shown to have a strip of white going through his hair and a longer greying beard (much as his appearance in the artwork of Shadows & Light).

From here, one can assume that Khadgar somehow countered or at least reduced the severity of the curse, and went on to age naturally from a middle-aged man to an old man between the destruction of the Dark Portal and the events leading up to the Burning Crusade. It is also possible that he may have cropped and dyed his hair and beard shortly before the end of Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, then let it grow out and lose the color during his time with the Alliance expedition in Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal. However, there is further confusion when we look at the monument erected in his honor in the Valley of Heroes. He is clearly shown as an old man with a long, white beard. This interpretation of him could not have been made unless this was how he was last seen since the closing of the Dark Portal. Thus it is highly likely that Khadgar's appearance in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness' and its expansion has been retconned as seen in the novelizations of the two games.

In Beyond the Dark Portal, Khadgar states that he was cursed at age 17,[12] and at the time the Alliance Expedition entered Draenor (year 8) he was 22 years of age.[13] Based on the latest timeline from the Ultimate Visual Guide provided by Blizzard, this would make him 44 by the time of Mists of Pandaria.

Valley of Heroes monument

Valley of Heroes

Archmage Khadgar has since been immortalized in stone, along with the other leaders from the expeditionary force, in the Valley of Heroes in Stormwind.

Archmage Khadgar of the Kirin Tor

Former apprentice of Medivh. Supreme Commander of the Alliance Expedition that marched into the orc homeworld of Draenor. Presumed deceased.

Never did one so selflessly delve into the dark heart of magic and warfare. We wish you well, bold wanderer. Wherever you are.

- Antonidas - Archmage of Dalaran

In the RPG

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Khadgar was once young and excited to be following the path of magic. Now he understands the dangers; and though he has accumulated incredible magical powers, he has also paid a terrible price that causes him to act as he appears — old before his time. His words are considered and thoughtful; since the corruption of a man he considered near to a father, his trust must be earned. He continues to accumulate arcane power out of a sense of duty calling him to protect Azeroth against an evil he knows all too well, and his pursuit of both knowledge and his enemies occasionally borders on the zealous.[14][15]

Khadgar rarely enters a battle unprepared. He will retreat when needed, only to return with more than enough force to overcome his enemies. In one-on one combat, he will initially probe his opponent while raising his own defenses, then strike decisively. He is driven to utterly destroy demonic and orcish enemies, but often settles combats that arise through circumstance by simply teleporting himself or his enemies far from the field of battle.[15]


Khadgar’s Pipe of Insight

Khadgar’s Pipe of Insight

The innovative archmage Khadgar created the first of these pipes while studying with acolytes in Dalaran. Though the pipe of insight can look like any pipe, it is most often made with a stem of gnarled wood and a deep bowl made of yellowed bone. Sometimes the bowl has mystical lettering or runes carved into it.[16]

Khadgar’s Gem of Health

This is a flawless sapphire, set in a platinum circlet, offset by tiny diamonds. The stones seem to glow with their own mystical life. When held or worn by a character, the flickering matches the owner’s heartbeat. The first of these special jewels was created by the archmage Khadgar to help keep him alive during his trials. Since then, others have been able to duplicate the creation.[17]

Staff of Nethergarde

This simple oak staff is engraved with arcane glyphs and topped by a globe of cloudy crystal 6 inches in diameter. The staff of Nethergarde was crafted by Khadgar while studying portal magic in the Black Morass and protecting Azeroth against another invasion by the Horde.[18]




Patch changes


  1. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal
  2. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
  3. ^ Warlords of Draenor Official Site
  4. ^ The Last Guardian 36
  5. ^ Warlords of Draenor
  6. ^ The Last Guardian
  7. ^ Tides of Darkness
  8. ^ CGW:World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade (English). Computer Gaming World, December, 2005 by Jeff Green (2005-11-16). Retrieved on 2009-07-21. “"The Burning Crusade," says Metzen, "is the Burning Legion's ongoing war to snuff out life in the universe, to put it mildly." Khadgar explains to the varied races of Azeroth that although they may have withstood the Burning Legion twice, the bad guys are still marching across the universe, burning planets and crushing everyone in their path—and that mortal heroes (like you) must join the fight.”
  9. ^ a b c Blizzard Entertainment Inc. 2007-04-19. Crisis at the Portal (English). News From Outland: Crisis at Da Portal. Retrieved on 2009-07-20.
  10. ^ Mickey Nielson's Twitter Account
  11. ^ MMO-Champion
  12. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal Chapter 16
  13. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal Chapter 14
  14. ^ Shadows & Light 41
  15. ^ a b Shadows & Light 42
  16. ^ More Magic and Mayhem 143
  17. ^ More Magic and Mayhem 142-143
  18. ^ Shadows & Light 169
  19. ^ The Dusts of Outland

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Preceded by:
Master of
Nethergarde Keep
Succeeded by:
Quartermaster Lungertz
Preceded by:
Leader of the
Alliance Expedition
Succeeded by:
Mission ended