This event runs from July 24, 2018 until the release of Battle-Logo-Small Battle for Azeroth, August 13 - 14, 2018.
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War of the Thorns (ends with the "Burning of Teldrassil") is an in-game event that takes place with the last patch release of Legion-Logo-Small Legion, the pre-patch for World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth. It is a limited time event that will disappear upon the launch of Battle for Azeroth in August.

Once players have completed the entire questline on a single faction's character, all other characters of the same faction will be able to skip it to go directly to the world quests.


Sylvanas Windrunner, current Warchief of the Horde, has deduced that Anduin Wrynn and the Alliance will use Darnassus as a staging area for their supplies of azerite. Knowing how powerful the substance is, Sylvanas decides that the only way to thwart these plans is to attack the Night Elves, with her ultimate goal to kill Malfurion Stormrage.

The events of this in-game event are expected to reveal the background behind the burning of Teldrassil. You can supplement the in-game lore with the novel, Before the Storm, the novellas, A Good War and Elegy, the animated shorts in Warbringers, and the short cinematic, Old Soldier.

The following rationale for Sylvanas' actions are offered in a conversation Horde players can elect to have with her upon accepting The Warchief Commands:

You would ask a question of me, <name>?

Gossipgossipicon Warchief, may I ask why we want to capture Teldrassil?

Time is not a luxury we possess, but I respect your desire to know more.
<Sylvanas points to Silithus on the map.>
THIS has forever altered the balance of power in Azeroth.
Deposits of Azerite are being located across the world, <name>. Though we do not yet understand its full potential, it is clear that this substance has vast destructive capability.
What will war look like in twenty years? In a hundred?
How can the Horde hope to defend its borders if the Alliance controls the flow of Azerite?

Gossipgossipicon It is uncertain, Warchief.

What IS certain is that the Alliance will use Darnassus as a safe harbor for funneling Azerite into the Eastern Kingdoms. Anduin Wrynn will build powerful new weapons, and sooner or later he will turn them upon our homelands. First he will strike at the Undercity and Silvermoon, then his gaze will fall upon Kalimdor.
For the sake of the Horde's future, we must be the first to act.
By occupying Darnassus, we will control the flow of Azerite and ensure it cannot be used against us. The Alliance will dare not attack its own city for fear of harming civilians.
With a single stroke, we will guarantee generations of peace.

Gossipgossipicon The night elves will fight us at every step.

The kaldorei will defy our occupation... unless we break their spirits.
We must inflict a blow that will show them what is at stake. They need to lose something... someone... in whom they have absolute trust and faith. A symbol of hope.
<The Dark Lady narrows her eyes.>
Malfurion Stormrage must die.


Both Alliance and Horde players have a quest line to follow. The first of these is introduced with the July 24, 2018 pre-patch. This follows with another segment introduced on July 31st.


Quest chain

Part One
  1. Alliance 15 [110] A Short-Lived Peace
  2. Alliance 15 [110] The Horde Uprising
  3. Alliance 15 [110] A Disturbance in Ashenvale
  4. Alliance 15 [110] The Light of Elune / Alliance 15 [110] Knives of the Forsaken
  5. Alliance 15 [110] A Soft Glow
  6. Alliance 15 [110] Hidden Amongst the Leaves / Alliance 15 [110] Mercy for the Mad
  7. Alliance 15 [110] Garden Grove
  8. Alliance 15 [110] Enraged Furbolgs / Alliance 15 [110] Elves in the Machine
  9. Alliance 15 [110] The Wake of Something New
  10. Alliance 15 [110] Azerite Denial / Alliance 15 [110] No Horde Allowed
  11. Alliance 15 [110] Malfurion Returns
  12. Alliance 15 [110] "Rock" The World
  13. Alliance 15 [110] Long Away
  14. Alliance 15 [110] A Looming Threat
Part Two
  1. Alliance 15 [110] A Threat from the North
  2. Alliance 15 [110] Rescue Effort / Alliance 15 [110] Defending Lor'danel
  3. Alliance 15 [110] Action This Day
  4. Alliance 15 [110] The Guidance of Our Shan'do
  5. Alliance 15 [110] A Flicker of Hope
  6. Alliance 15 [110] From the Ashes...

World quests


Quest chain

Part One
  1. Horde 15 [110] The Warchief Awaits
  2. Horde 15 [110] The Warchief Commands
  3. Horde 15 [110] A Quick Diversion
  4. Horde 15 [110] Everybody Has a Price
  5. Horde 15 [110] A Timely Arrival
  6. Horde 15 [110] Zoram'gar Outpost
  7. Horde 15 [110] On The Prowl
  8. Horde 15 [110] Into the Woods
  9. Horde 15 [110] Ripe for the Picking
  10. Horde 15 [110] A Quick Flyover
  11. Horde 15 [110] An Unstoppable Force
  12. Horde 15 [110] Clearing Them Out / Horde 15 [110] A Glaive Misunderstanding
  13. Horde 15 [110] Blurred Vision
  14. Horde 15 [110] The Trees Have Ears
  15. Horde 15 [110] The Blackwood Den / Horde 15 [110] Aggressive Inspiration
  16. Horde 15 [110] The Start of Something Good
  17. Horde 15 [110] Fueling the Horde War Machine / Horde 15 [110] A Very Clear Message
  18. Horde 15 [110] A Gift of Azerite
  19. Horde 15 [110] A Wild Ride
  20. Horde 15 [110] A Looming Threat
Part Two
  1. Horde 15 [110] Saurfang Returns
  2. Horde 15 [110] No Small Mercy / Horde 15 [110] Seaside Rendezvous / Horde 15 [110] Driving Them Out
  3. Horde 15 [110] Killer Queen

World quests


Both the Alliance and Horde players who complete the entire line will receive exclusive mounts: Alliance 15 Inv hippogryphmountnightelf [Smoldering Reins of the Teldrassil Hippogryph] or Horde 15 Inv felbatmountforsaken [War-Torn Reins of the Undercity Plaguebat].

Additional rewards can be attained by completing the World quests associated with the event, but players must first complete the first quest series (part 1) in order to unlock those. World quest reward gear starts around ilvl 210.



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