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

  • The draenei arrive on Draenor.[16]

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.[19][20]

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

While most sources seem to indicate that Cataclysm occurs a year after Wrath, there are a couple which would suggest it's three years instead. Dave Kosak confirmed on Reddit that the Battle for Hyjal was about seven years ago,[27] and that the sources which suggest otherwise are just estimating.

Mists of Pandaria


Mists of Pandaria


The Thunder King


Siege of Orgrimmar

While most sources seem to indicate that Mists of Pandaria occurs a year after Cataclysm[29], there is one which suggest it's two years instead[30]

Warlords of Draenor

31 ADP, Timeline A / 4 BDP, Timeline B (Timeline collision)
  • Garrosh's interference with Draenor's past changes the course of history, creating Timeline B.
    • Azeroth in Timeline A and Draenor in Timeline B become connected through a dimensional bridge in the form of the Dark Portal by Kairoz, its original connection between Azeroth and Draenor of Timeline A (now Outland) is shut down. The portal's glow turns red in the result.
  • Iron Horde's initial invasion of Azeroth
    • Time travellers enter Draenor in Timeline B.
    • The Dark Portal connection between alternate Draenor and original Azeroth is severed from Draenor's side of the rift by the Azerothian strike force in order to halt the Iron Horde's advance.
  • Expeditionary forces presumably become stranded in Draenor.
    • The Horde expedition arrives at Frostfire Ridge and claims the ogre stronghold, Bladespire Citadel. They also establish contact with the alternate reality's Frostwolf Clan during their mission.
    • The Alliance expedition ventures into Shadowmoon Valley and establish contact with the draenei defending Karabor from the Iron Horde's onslaught. The temple eventually becomes their main base of operations, having united their forces with the draenei.


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  2. ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume 2 Issue 1
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  6. ^ World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen
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  13. ^ "It has been nearly a thousand years since the 'War of the Shifting Sands.'"
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  16. ^ a b BlizzCon 2013 – World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, The Adventure Continues Panel Transcript
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  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Timeline (from official site, 2007)
  19. ^ a b c Sean Copeland on Twitter
  20. ^ Anne Stickney on Twitter
  21. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
  22. ^ The Alliance of Lordaeron
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  24. ^ Timeline snapshot from 5 September, 2008
  25. ^ A [14] Evidence Collection
  26. ^ A [15] A Vision of the Past
  27. ^ "Matoclaw was just estimating when she says "a decade ago." It was closer to ... what, seven years I think?"
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  29. ^ Jaina Proudmoore: Tides of War
  30. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide