A dragon is a reptilian creature, usually winged, with magical or unusual abilities.
Dragons were one of the first intelligent life forms to appear in Azeroth. It is not clear whether the titans created them or if they somehow evolved prior to the titans' arrival. At one time, their numbers were uncountable, but in present-day Azeroth there are very few left. Originally, there were many different dragonflights, with many different colors to be seen. The five most influential, however, were the reds, the greens, the bronze, the blacks, and the blues, and eventually most (if not all) of the other flights disappeared.
Chosen by the titans, each of the five dragonflights were given domain over a certain aspect of the world, ranging from the earth to time itself. During the War of the Ancients, the dragonflights sought to fulfill their duty and strike against the invading Burning Legion. Over time, the dragons have endured much hardship and only a handful still remain, hostile to all that may tamper with the titans' creations.
The dragons of Azeroth are far more intelligent even than the humans who hunt them; they struggle to reconcile their metaphysical nature with the reality of the savage world they inhabit. While each dragon is a powerful entity, dragons also represent the origins of the world and were given care over various parts of Azeroth’s creation since time immemorial. Today, the dragons still remember their original natures and attempt to use their powers to continue their original purposes: for some, to shape stone and raise mountains; for others, to protect the forests or expand the realm of magic.
The dragons of Azeroth reach maturity after a mere hundred years have passed. They are very cunning and magical, using spells to complement their powerful physical capacity. Because each creature has an intimate connection with the world around it, the death of a dragon is never a simple thing; it is a metaphysical event, driven by the creature’s natural connection to the spirit of the world. A dragon’s death can cause massive upheaval in the natural surroundings — earthquakes, surface lava explosions, a new lake flooding forth from a sudden crack in the earth‘s crust, and so on. Even young dragons, those who have not established as close a bond to the spiritual world, still make ripples in the fabric of reality when they die. Although these ripples are not always seen or felt by other races, a young dragon’s death nonetheless garners the attention of other dragons in the area — and creatures particularly attuned to the natural state of being that surrounds them.
When proto-dragons were rediscovered as the mounts of the vrykul, it could easily be seen that they bore a striking resemblance to many kinds of carnivorous dinosaurs. This may be coincidence, or it could link dinosaurs to dragons in evolution.
Dragon is both the name for the race as a whole and the short title for the mature-aged dragon (aka "mature dragon").
- Black dragon
- Blue dragon
- Bronze dragon
- Green dragon
- Red dragon
- Infinite dragon
- Nether dragon
- Twilight dragon
- Chromatic dragonflight
- Infinite dragonflight
- Netherwing dragonflight
- Plagued dragonflight
- Twilight dragonflight
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The Dragon Aspects
- Main article: Dragon Aspects
The titans chose a member of each of the five dragonflights to watch over Azeroth in their absence. The ones they chose were the original Dragon Aspects and leaders of each dragonflight:
- Nozdormu the Timeless One
- Aspect of Time Good Order Lightning Justice Fate and Judgment
- Bronze Dragonflight
- Alexstrasza the Life-Binder
- Aspect of Life Creation Shining Dreams Hope Health Order Good Fire Day Midnight Light and Mercy
- Ysera the Dreamer
- Aspect of Dreams Nature Poison Moon Hope Life Health Anti-Magic Mind Good and Order
- Malygos the Spell-Weaver
- Aspect of Magic Wisdom Intelligence Ice Mana Lores Knowledge Secrets Mysteries Foresight Innovation Logic Afterlife Order and Good/Chaos and Evil
Blue Dragonflight (who was eventually replaced by Kalecgos)
- Neltharion the Earth-Warder
- Aspect of Earth Protection Deep Renewal Mountains Valor Order Good and Fire
Later called Deathwing
The Aspects are aided in their tasks by their consorts, who are their companions, partners, siblings-in-law, and lovers. Typically, the consorts are chosen by traditional draconic courtship rituals; though a consort may be smarter or more powerful than the average dragon, only those loved by the Aspect will rise to the position. The consorts at any given time are led by the Prime Consort, the one who has held the position longest, or is else the most capable. Typically, an Aspect would have three or four consorts at any time.
- Soridormi, Prime Consort of and Queen of the Bronze Dragonflight; Most sensitive to changes in the timestream apart from Nozdormu himself; Participated heavily in the War of the Ancients.
- Three other unnamed consorts.
- Tyranastrasz, King of the Red Dragonflight known as the Scholarly One; Older than his queen and wife and served as her Prime Consort and husband for tens of thousands of years; Killed by Deathwing at the Battle of Grim Batol.
- Korialstrasz, King of the Red Dragonflight Alexstrasza's second consort; "First in loyalty and love"; Currently her Prime Consort and Husband.
- Two other unnamed consorts who both perished during the Second War. At least two Ruby Consorts.
- Eranikus, King of the Green Dragonflight taken by The Nightmare, later freed, and returned to fight along Ysera's side.
- Number and names of other mates unknown. At least two Emerald Consorts.
- Sindragosa. Prime Consort and Queen of the Blue Dragonflight; Perished during the War of the Ancients; Raised by the Lich King to lead the Frostbrood into war.
- Haleh, Matron Protectorate of Mazthoril.
- Saragosa, Queen of the Blue Dragonflight guardian of Coldarra; Killed by Keristrasza as revenge for her imprisonment.
- Keristrasza, Queen of the Blue Dragonflight taken captive by Malygos, his forced consort.
- Number and names of other mates unknown. At least two Azure Consorts.
- Sintharia, Prime Consort and Queen of the Black Dragonflight; Only consort to have survived mating with Deathwing; Mother of Nefarian and Onyxia. Later known as Sinestra; Experimented with twilight dragons, which ultimately led to her death by her own creation, Dargonax.
- Number and names of other mates unknown, all perished after mating with Deathwing. At least two Obsidian Consorts.
Other notable dragons
|Anachronos||Son of Nozdormu and Soridormi and Bronze Dragonflight heir and prince. Led the Brood of Nozdormu in the War of the Shifting Sands. Holder of the Bronze Scepter Shard. Located outside the Caverns of Time.||Bronze||Alive|
|Azuregos||Son and Lieutenant of Malygos Guardian of the ruins of the ancient highborne city of Eldarath in Azshara. Holder of the Blue Scepter Shard.||Blue||Killable|
|Chronormu||Bronze agent working to preserve critical timelines, and ambassador to the Wyrmrest Accord. Simultaneously found in Andorhal, Wyrmrest Temple, and Stratholme Past in the guise of Chromie.||Bronze||Alive|
|Galakrond||Largest known dragon, Father of Alexstrasza Ysera Malygos Nozdormu and Neltharion the progenitor creator and king of dragonkind. Remains can be found in the Dragonblight where the Scourge is attempting to reanimate him.||Unknown||Deceased|
|Kalecgos||Agent sent by Malygos to investigate the lost energies of the Sunwell. Meets up with Anveena Teague, avatar of the Sunwell, and vows to defend her. Later enslaved by Kil'jaeden.||Blue||Alive|
|Nefarian||Son of Deathwing and Sintharia and Prince of the Blue Dragonflight. Rules the black dragonflight on Azeroth from Blackwing Lair. Controls the Dark Horde, via puppet Warchief Rend Blackhand, in the guise of Lord Victor Nefarius.||Black||Deceased|
|Onyxia||Daughter of Deathwing and Sintharia. Broodmother Quee and Princess of the black flight on Azeroth. Lair hidden in the Wyrmbog in Dustwallow Marsh, but she was often in Stormwind in the guise of Katrana Prestor until recently.||Black|| Deceased(Lore)|
|Sapphiron||Ancient Servant of Malygos. Lair was invaded by Arthas, who then slew and raised him as a frost wyrm. Placed under Kel'thuzad's command to guard his inner sanctum in Naxxramas.||Blue||Undead-Killable|
|Tyrygosa||Intended Mate of Kalecgos Princess of the Blue Dragonflight and Daughter of Malygos and Sindragosa. Assisted her future mate in restoring the Sunwell to the Elves of Quel'Thalas. Now found at the Celestial Ridge in Netherstorm studying the nether dragons.||Blue||Alive|
|Vaelastrasz||Prince of the Red Dragonflight and Son of Alexstrasza and Tyranastrasz Agent secretly working against his rival, Nefarian, and his minions in Blackrock Spire. Ultimately succumbs to Nefarian in Blackwing Lair. Holder of the Red Scepter Shard.||Red||Deceased|
Dragons have a number of reasons for fighting; they are territorial, and numerous factions hunt them for a variety of different reasons. With the exception of black dragons, most dragons do not attack random groups of mortals on sight; although like mortals, each dragon has a different personality and some are more aggressive than others.
Each of the dragonflights fights slightly differently, but their overall tactics are relatively similar. Fearsome alone, groups of dragons are nearly impossible to combat; all five dragonflights are intelligent, and they use everything they can think of to their advantage. When possible, the dragonflights use dragonspawn troops to open the way into combat, allowing these ground-based troops to draw their enemies’ attention while they strike from above or a distance. Even when bereft of dragonspawn support, dragons prefer to fight from the skies, resorting to melee only when necessary or when enraged. Dragons are highly intelligent and, due to their long lives, possess vast experience. Thus, they are excellent judges of when to call a tactical retreat. Yet if dragons decide that the cause is worthy, they will fight to the death for it, however hopeless the battle might be.
Blue dragons open combat with magic to disrupt their enemies, such as creating illusions or walls of force. Red and black dragons focus on offensive magic and breath attacks, using spells like chain lightning and blazing column to eliminate waves of weaker enemies. Green and bronze dragons use spells to allow them to maneuver around their opponents, or directly incapacitate their enemies; greater invisibility and charm monster are popular.
When facing a large group of enemies, dragons attempt to affect as large a group as they can with an individual spell or attack. In the battles against the qiraji a thousand years ago, dragons focused their efforts on taking down wave after wave of lesser qiraji with their breath weapons; the mortals had the responsibility of dealing with enemy commanders. This does not mean that if the opportunity presents itself a dragon won’t take a bite out of an enemy commander; however, they are more likely to wreak as much havoc as they can than spend their time hunting a specific opponent.
When fighting against a single target, dragons use spells to complement each other; one dragon might serve as a healer or cast enhancement spells like brilliance aura, while another decreases their target’s defenses with bestow curse and detrimental magic, while the third attacks directly. In this respect, dragons work together in ways similar to a mortal adventuring party, but due to their inherent abilities they can switch roles and last longer in an extended battle.
Other draconic species
- Dragon golem
- Faerie dragons
- Fel dragons
- Undead dragons
- See also Manual of Monsters Appendix Three