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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.

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]

Contents

Mythos

-147,000
-65,000
-64,001
-24,969
-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
-10,250
-10,000
-9,000
-7,300

The New World

-6,800
-2,800
-2,700
-2,500
-1,200
-1,000
-823
-818
-370
  • Last gnome royalty.
-230
-170

Doom of Draenor

-200
  • The draenei arrive on Draenor.[16]
-100
-46
-45
-40
-19
-1

Alliance and Horde

First War

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

Second War

6
8
10
18
19

Return of the Burning Legion

Third War

20
21

Rise of the Lich King

The Founding of Durotar

22
23
24

World of Warcraft

25[18]

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[20]

Echoes of Doom

Wrath of the Lich King

Secrets of Ulduar

Call of the Crusade

Fall of the Lich King

Cataclysm

28

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,[23] and that the sources which suggest otherwise are just estimating.

Mists of Pandaria

30[24]

Mists of Pandaria

Landfall

The Thunder King

Escalation

Siege of Orgrimmar

Warlords of Draenor

31 ADP, Timeline A / 4 BDP, Timeline B (Timeline collision)
  • Garrosh Hellscream escapes from custody in Pandaria with the help of Kairoz and Zaela, then is sent to Draenor.
    • 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.

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. ^ http://www.wowhead.com/item=20415 "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. ^ a b 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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Timeline (from official site, 2007)
  19. ^
  20. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20080905151151/http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/story/timeline.html Timeline snapshot from web.archive.org: 5 September, 2008
  21. ^ A [14] Evidence Collection
  22. ^ A [15] A Vision of the Past
  23. ^ http://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/zqm8d/world_of_warcraft_developer_ama/c66woag?context=3 "Matoclaw was just estimating when she says "a decade ago." It was closer to ... what, seven years I think?"
  24. ^ Warcraft Ultimate Visual Guide
  25. ^ http://us.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/characters/lorthemar-theron