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]


  • 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.

The New World

  • Last gnome royalty.

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.
  • The draenei arrive on Draenor.[16]
-10 (Approx.)

Grommash was an adult and Warsong chieftain in Lords of War.[19]

Alliance and Horde

First War

0 (Year 592 by the King's Calendar)
  • Llane is assasinated. Lothar concedes that the war is lost and begins gathering people, ships, and supplies from the entire kingdom.[21][22]

Second War


Return of the Burning Legion

Third War


Rise of the Lich King


The Founding of Durotar


World of Warcraft


World of Warcraft

Mysteries of Maraudon

Ruins of the Dire Maul

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


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


Before the Storm

The Burning Crusade

The Black Temple

The Gods of Zul'Aman

Fury of the Sunwell

Wrath of the Lich King


Echoes of Doom

Wrath of the Lich King

Secrets of Ulduar

Call of the Crusade

Fall of the Lich King



The Shattering

Rise of the Zandalari

Rage of the Firelands

The Hour of Twilight

29[30] [31]

Mists of Pandaria


Mists of Pandaria


The Thunder King


Siege of Orgrimmar

Warlords of Draenor

-4, Timeline B

Warlords of Draenor

31[33], 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.


  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. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/7#readmode
  16. ^ BlizzCon 2013 – World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, The Adventure Continues Panel Transcript
  17. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/story-so-far/chapter-2/8#readmode
  18. ^ https://twitter.com/Loreology/status/501395234547183618
  19. ^ Lords of War - Episode 2
  20. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Timeline (from official site, 2007)
  21. ^ a b c Sean Copeland on Twitter
  22. ^ Anne Stickney on Twitter
  23. ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide
  24. ^ The Alliance of Lordaeron
  25. ^
  26. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20080905151151/http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/story/timeline.html Timeline snapshot from web.archive.org: 5 September, 2008
  27. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
  28. ^ A [14] Evidence Collection
  29. ^ A [15] A Vision of the Past
  30. ^ The Deathwing Raid: Interview with Scott Mercer
  31. ^ Chris Metzen on Twitter, "DW death till end of Pandaria is a year."
  32. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/characters/lorthemar-theron
  33. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter