Timeline (unofficial)

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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 25 year standard because it is the standard used in both official timelines from Blizzard's website in 2004 and 2007, and in more recent publications.

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.

The RPG books have been disregarded from official lore and have been removed from this list accordingly.[1]

Mythos

-147,000
-65,000
-64,000
-25,000
-16,000
-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.
-12,000
-10,000
  • The War of the Ancients.[3]
    • The Well of Eternity, The Demon Soul and The Sundering (Past)
    • Sargeras senses the Highborne's use of the Well of Eternity and decides to invade Azeroth. Corrupting Queen Azshara and her followers, a portal is opened through which the Burning Legion enters the world and laids waste to the night-elven civilization.
    • Shaohao, the last emperor of the Pandaren Empire, has a vision of the upcoming Burning Legion. He isolates his empire through the some magical mists, which protect it from the war and the ensuring disasters, but also leave it hidden from the rest of the world for thousands of years.
  • The Sundering of the World
    • Several night elves led by Malfurion Stormrage are able to destroy the Well of Eternity, preventing Sargeras from entering the world, and stopping the invasion. However, this also creates a massive cataclysm, called the Sundering, where eighty percent of Kalimdor's landmass is plunged between the waves, leaving only a handful of isolated continents.
  • Mount Hyjal and Illidan's Gift
  • The Lunar Festival is created.[4]
-9,000
-7,300

The New World

-6,800
-2,800
-2,700
-2,500
-1,200
-1,000
-823
-375 (Approx.)
  • Last gnome royalty.[15]
-230
-170[citation needed]

Doom of Draenor

For events taking place in the alternate Draenor timeline in Warlords of Draenor during this period, see the Warlords of Draenor section.
-200
  • The draenei arrive on Draenor.[18]
-100
-46
-45
-40
-26
-19
-10 (Approx.)
-1


Grommash was an adult and Warsong chieftain in Lords of War.[21]

Alliance and Horde

First War

0 (Year 592 by the King's Calendar)
4
  • Llane is assasinated. Lothar concedes that the war is lost and begins gathering people, ships, and supplies from the entire kingdom.[23][24]
5

Second War

6
8
10
18
19

Return of the Burning Legion

Third War

20
21

Rise of the Lich King

22[25]

The Founding of Durotar

22
23
24

World of Warcraft

25[22]

World of Warcraft

Mysteries of Maraudon

Ruins of the Dire Maul

  • Dire Maul
    • Warpwood Quarter
    • Capital Gardens
    • Gordok Commons

Battlegrounds

Assault on Blackwing Lair

Rise of the Blood God

Dragons of Nightmare

The Gates of Ahn'Qiraj

Shadow of the Necropolis

Drums of War

The Burning Crusade

26

Before the Storm

The Burning Crusade

The Black Temple

The Gods of Zul'Aman

Fury of the Sunwell

Wrath of the Lich King

27[28]

Echoes of Doom

Wrath of the Lich King

Secrets of Ulduar

Call of the Crusade

Fall of the Lich King

Cataclysm

28[29]

The Shattering

Rise of the Zandalari

Rage of the Firelands

The Hour of Twilight

29[32] [33]

Mists of Pandaria

30

Mists of Pandaria

Landfall

The Thunder King

Escalation

Siege of Orgrimmar

Warlords of Draenor

-4, Timeline B

Warlords of Draenor

31[35], Timeline A / -4, Timeline B (Timeline collision)
  • Grom rejects the demon blood, kills Mannoroth, and captures Gul'dan.
  • The Dark Portal on Draenor in Timeline B is connected to the one on Azeroth in the present of Timeline A; Timeline A's connection to Outland is severed. The portal's glow turns from green to red, and both timelines' events run simultaneously from this point.
  • The Iron Horde's initial invasion of Azeroth.
  • A band of heroes passes through the Dark Portal to Draenor in Timeline B and succeeds in crippling Iron Horde's forces in Tanaan Jungle.

References

  1. ^ http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/2283549208
  2. ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume 2 Issue 1
  3. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-1/6#readmode
  4. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/8441649
  5. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-1/9#readmode
  6. ^ World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen
  7. ^ a b http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-1/10#readmode
  8. ^ a b http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/1
  9. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/2#readmode
  10. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/3#readmode
  11. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/4#readmode
  12. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/5#readmode
  13. ^  [The War of the Shifting Sands] "It has been nearly a thousand years since the 'War of the Shifting Sands.'"
  14. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/6#readmode
  15. ^ World of Warcraft manual, 174. "The gnomes have not had a proper king or queen for over four hundred years."
  16. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/7#readmode
  17. ^ Races of World of Warcraft: Gnome
  18. ^ BlizzCon 2013 – World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, The Adventure Continues Panel Transcript
  19. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/8#readmode
  20. ^ https://twitter.com/Loreology/status/501395234547183618
  21. ^ Lords of War - Episode 2
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Timeline (from official site, 2007)
  23. ^ a b c Sean Copeland on Twitter
  24. ^ Anne Stickney on Twitter
  25. ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide
  26. ^ The Alliance of Lordaeron
  27. ^
  28. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20080905151151/http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/story/timeline.html Timeline snapshot from web.archive.org: 5 September, 2008
  29. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
  30. ^ A [14] Evidence Collection
  31. ^ A [15] A Vision of the Past
  32. ^ The Deathwing Raid: Interview with Scott Mercer
  33. ^ Chris Metzen on Twitter, "DW death till end of Pandaria is a year."
  34. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/characters/lorthemar-theron
  35. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter