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This article is about the in-game city. For lore and history of Dalaran, see Dalaran (kingdom). For the area in the Hillsbrad Foothills, see Dalaran Crater.
NeutralDalaran City
Dalaran Concept Art Peter Lee 2.jpg
Concept art of Dalaran.
Type Capital city
Races HumanHuman Human
High elfHigh elf High elf
Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf
Half-elfHalf-elf Half-elf
DwarfDwarf Dwarf
GnomeGnome Gnome
Night elfNight elf Night elf
DraeneiDraenei Draenei
WorgenWorgen Worgen
OrcOrc Orc
TrollTroll Troll
TaurenTauren Tauren
ForsakenForsaken Forsaken
GoblinGoblin Goblin
PandarenPandaren Pandaren
IconSmall DragonBlue2.gif Blue dragon
Ethereal Ethereal
Government Magocracy[1]
Ruler(s) Council of Six
Languages Common, Thalassian, Various languages
Faiths Holy Light, Various
Affiliation Kirin Tor, Magocracy of Dalaran, Silver Covenant, Alliance, Sunreavers, Horde
Former affiliation(s) Alliance resistance, Alliance of Lordaeron, Arathorian Empire
Location Legion Broken Isles
Wrath-Logo-Small.png Crystalsong Forest
WoW Icon update.png Hillsbrad Foothills
PvP status Sanctuary

“Ah, Dalaran. The city of spires perches itself once more between you mortals and the end of your world.”


Dalaran (or the City of Dalaran and Dalaran City, pronounced DAHL-uh-RAWN)[3] is the capital of the magocratic nation of the same name. Founded as a city-state by magi of the Arathorian Empire after the Troll Wars, it is ruled by the Kirin Tor, an elite cadre of the most powerful wizards in the known world, under the leadership of the Council of Six. Originally located near the southern coast of Lordamere Lake in Lordaeron, Dalaran was magically lifted and moved to Northrend at the time of the Nexus War and the war against the Lich King, until it was teleported to the Broken Isles during the third invasion of the Burning Legion. The Violet Citadel, the city's inner fortress described as a sanctum and haven for mages,[4] has served as the focal point for magi and the study of the arcane throughout human history.

By the time of the Third War, Dalaran was home to many of the greatest sorcerers of the time,[5] while most contemporary human and high elven mages of Quel'Thalas bowed to both the sovereignty of the Kirin Tor.[6] However, the Siege of Dalaran by the Scourge forced the Dalaranian people to flee their kingdom, while the Kirin Tor's leadership and its surviving members were scattered after Archimonde destroyed the city. In the aftermath of the Third War, the survivors returned to rebuild the ruins of Dalaran and created a vast, magical dome around the heart of their city. After Dalaran was restored to its former glory, the Kirin Tor magically floated the city so that no ground assault by the undead could ever reach them again.[7] The nation has since become one of the foremost forces standing against the threats posed to Azeroth's survival, with Dalaran serving as a neutral ground where the heroes of every kingdom could join together against their mutual foe; a place where all were welcome, so long as they behaved themselves.[8]

The city of Dalaran has the greatest concentration of magic in the world, other than the lands of Quel'Thalas, and is defended by some of the most powerful magi in Azeroth.[9] The Kirin Tor Guardians patrol and protect the surface of Dalaran, while the Underbelly Guard are the guardians of the Underbelly, the sewer system beneath the capital.


Main article: Dalaran (kingdom)#History

In-game evolution


WoW Icon update.png This section concerns content related to the original World of Warcraft.

Dalaran as seen in original World of Warcraft.

Dalaran was originally "hidden" behind an impassible magic dome in the Alterac Mountains. In truth, the area behind the dome was empty. With Wrath of the Lich King, the area was replaced with the Dalaran Crater since the city had then been added in Northrend.

Wrath of the Lich King

Wrath-Logo-Small.png This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.

The city of Dalaran in Wrath of the Lich King.

In Wrath of the Lich King, Dalaran acts as the shared-faction sanctuary city and can be accessed via the teleport crystal in Violet Stand or through flight. There is a portal trainer at the Violet Gate, but also an arena master and battlemasters in the Underbelly sewer system. Like the Stormwind Stockade and Ragefire Chasm, Dalaran has its own instance within the city: the Violet Hold.

The city contains areas that are faction-specific in the same manner as Shattrath City is divided amongst the Aldor and Scryers. Certain parts of the city can only be reached by Alliance players (Silver Enclave) while others are strictly for Horde use (Sunreaver's Sanctuary). The majority of the city remains neutral. Portals are located within the Alliance and Horde districts of the city, connecting to the factions' main capital city. When first added there were originally no class trainers - with the notable exception of mage trainers, given the city's history.

Dalaran was also originally a no-fly zone, dismounting flying characters when approaching the city's rooftops. Krasus' Landing was an exception, to serve as a landing area for flight paths.


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

The portals to the faction major cities were removed in patch 4.0.3a and replaced by class trainers.[10] However, the portals to Stormwind City and Orgrimmar were restored in patch 4.1.0. The formerly engineering-only auctioneers — Steam-Powered Auctioneer in Silver Enclave and Steam-Powered Auctioneer in Sunreaver's Sanctuary — now serve anyone and flying is allowed in the capital.

Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

During the Purge of Dalaran in Mists of Pandaria, the city had already left Northrend and was in motion.[11][12] However, for game purposes, Dalaran remains unchanged after the questline is completed.


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

Dalaran attacked by the Legion.

During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, Dalaran was moved above Karazhan in Deadwind Pass to protect the Eastern Kingdoms.[13][14][15] It was then teleported to the Broken Isles where it served as the capital city for adventurers. During the Assault on Broken Shore, Kil'jaeden sent Legion ships to destroy the city, but they were repelled by the Azeroth allied forces.[16]

The city's layout was overhauled for Legion with notably the Underbelly being expanded and the center of the city becoming a portal hub.[17] The portals were then largely removed.

Maps and subregions

Wrath-Logo-Small.png Northrend

Map of Dalaran.
Map of the Underbelly.

The Underbelly

Undisplayed locations

Legion Broken Isles

Map of Dalaran.
Map of the Underbelly.

The Underbelly

Undisplayed locations

Lore locations


Instance Name Level Range Group Size
Wrath-Logo-Small.png Instance portal The Violet Hold 63 - 80 5 man
Legion Instance portal Assault on Violet Hold 105 - 110 5 man


Argus, homeworld of the Burning Legion, appearing in the skies of Azeroth over Dalaran.

In Wrath of the Lich King, there are three major reputation factions players can deal with in Dalaran:

Notable residents

Main articles: Dalaran NPCs, Dalaran (Northrend) NPCs

Getting there

Wrath-Logo-Small.png Getting to Dalaran in Northrend

Dalaran is located in the north-central region of the continent of Northrend, floating above the western side of Crystalsong Forest. Players can reach it quickly by using the portal in their faction's portal room to "Dalaran, Crystalsong Forest".

Ships[19] and zeppelins departing from Stormwind and Orgrimmar provide traditional means of access to Northrend from Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms.

Traveling from within Northrend
Traveling from anywhere

Legion Getting to Dalaran in the Broken Isles

All players arrive in Dalaran over the Broken Isles on the quest N [10-45] In the Blink of an Eye and receive a  [Dalaran Hearthstone], allowing them to teleport to Dalaran once every 20 minutes. Characters who have the toy but have not visited Broken Isles Dalaran need to travel there once. Completing the quest, or speaking to Amisi Azuregaze in the Legerdemain Lounge to receive another Dalaran Hearthstone, will enable the toy's use.

Each faction's portal room has a portal to Azsuna, where the player can then fly to Dalaran on a flying mount.

Mages can learn a portal to Dalaran over the Broken Isles from a portal trainer, allowing them to teleport other players there.

Leaving Dalaran

Wrath-Logo-Small.png Travel connections in Northrend

Dalaran city as seen from above in Northrend.


Neutral Ebon Watch, Zul'Drak
Neutral Moa'ki Harbor, Dragonblight
Neutral Wyrmrest Temple, Dragonblight
Neutral Argent Tournament Grounds, Icecrown
Neutral Argent Vanguard, Icecrown
Alliance Fordragon Hold, Dragonblight
Horde Kor'kron Vanguard, Dragonblight


When Wrath of the Lich King went live, Dalaran supplanted Shattrath City as the major hub for player activity, due to easy access to the capital cities in the southern continents, to Outland via Shattrath, and to the high-level content in Northrend. Those portals were removed in patch 4.0.3a, but portals to Orgrimmar and Stormwind City were added in patch 4.1.0.

Teleport crystals

Legion Travel connections on the Broken Isles

Dalaran city above the Broken Shore.


Neutral Watchers' Aerie, Azsuna
Neutral Shackle's Den, Azsuna
Neutral Felblaze Ingress, Azsuna
Neutral Meredil, Suramar
Neutral Crimson Thicket, Suramar
Neutral Hafr Fjall, Stormheim
Neutral Vengeance Point, Broken Shore


Teleport circles

Every class hall has a means of transport to it in Broken Isles Dalaran, with the exception of Trueshot Lodge, which has a special, instant-arrival flight acting effectively as a teleport.

Points of interest

Points of interest.

Film universe

Icon-film-40x16.png This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft film universe and is considered non-canon.

Main article: Dalaran (kingdom)#Film universe

In Hearthstone

Hearthstone This section contains information exclusive to Hearthstone and is considered non-canon.

In Hearthstone, Dalaran is the major setting of the Great Dalaran Heist expansion, being invaded by the League of E.V.I.L.. The Bank of Dalaran (or Dalaran Bank), the Violet Hold, streets of Dalaran, the Underbelly, and Kirin Tor Citadel are areas of battle. At the end of the heist, the League steals the entire city, flying it to Uldum to set up the Saviors of Uldum expansion.

Notes and trivia

An early layout concept by Cory Stockton.[20]
  • Dalaran has a cemetery.[21]
  • The city's foundation has cracks.[22]
  • The Underbelly has a severe rodent problem.[23]
  • The tallest spire in Dalaran City is called Dalaran Spire.[24]
  • Among the ornate spires and enchanted streets of Dalaran, the great Violet Hold stands as a testament to the glory of the city's rulers.[25]
  • A group of high elf engineers helped build Dalaran's original defenses. These engineers later ended up as blood elves in Kael'thas Sunstrider's army.[26]
    • The city is protected by defensive shields based on Antonidas' earlier version of a magical field that destroyed any undead that touched it during the Third War.[27]
    • Dalaran had no trained militia by the time of the Third War.[9]
  • Dalaran used phosphorescent crystals, which beamed with a steady, constant glow, though a research spoke of reflective mirrors, elemental spirits bound within lanterns, and in one case, huge captive fireflies.[28]
  • The city's libraries record up to twenty centuries of human history, though the earliest histories are wrapped in legends.[29]
  • Dalaran has magic schools where young mages and schoolchildren are educated and trained in the use of magic.[30][31]
  • Dalaran has an orphanage, where Alodi was raised.[32] It was originally supposed to appear in-game, at the location of the present-day Sisters Sorcerous's shop.[33]
  • The Dalaranium is a rare metal, named after the city of Dalaran, that can be found in trash heaps of Mechagon Island.[34]
  • Grasses of the Alterac Mountains are still growing around the outskirts of the floating city. They are hearty and impart a strong, earthy flavor to hot tea.[35]
  •  [Jaina's Locket] and the  [Ring of the Kirin Tor] are permanent teleport item to the Northrend version of Dalaran.
  • While in Dalaran, you may randomly get Manabonked by Minigob Manabonk.
  • When night falls, Windle Sparkshine will light most of the lamps in Dalaran, then stand outside the Alliance section of Dalaran, and will sell  [Windle's Lighter] for 50 Silver.
  • Compared to other major cities, Dalaran has very many activities. Examples include /Pet'ing Jones, lighting up the city with  [Windle's Lighter], seeking  [Higher Learning], and fishing for treasures like the  [Giant Sewer Rat].
  • Dalaran is smaller than the other major cities in the game. At the same time, it has a large number of NPCs, doodads, and objects. This accumulates a high amount of players at a small area, along with causing a player's computer to load several city details at once. Back in the day of WotLK, the result was often a mediocre to a large degree of lag when the player was inside the city. The lag experienced within Dalaran was a very common topic within World of Warcraft; some players even dubbed the city "Lagaran" because of it. It was not uncommon for a character in Dalaran to be unable to perform any action at all, use abnormally much time on simple actions such as walking, or be even repeatedly disconnected when attempting to log in if the character was located in the city. The problem was severe enough that Blizzard had to implement the Argent Tournament in Icecrown away from Dalaran, rather than in Crystalsong Forest directly underneath it as originally planned.
  • Since patch 7.0.3, there are five separate "Dalarans" in the game (not counting Dalaran Crater), each reflecting a different time in the city's history: in Northrend, as an instance during the Operation: Shieldwall/Dominance Offensive storyline, over Karazhan (phasing in after the Battle for the Broken Shore), and with Legion, the most recent version over the Broken Isles, as well as an instanced copy with no NPCs that can be seen from the balcony of the Hall of the Guardian.
  • Dalaran can be seen in the End Time dungeon, but not in the Dragon Soul raid.
    • The version of Dalaran seen in the patch 5.1 storylines (the Operation: Shieldwall and Dominance Offensive quest chains) is located in its own instance, similar to Plaguelands: The Scarlet Enclave, rather than being a phased version of the main-world Dalaran. It uses the Violet Hold loading screen rather than the Northrend one and is floating over what looks like a sea. The world map interface bar shows its location in Eastern Kingdoms. Besides the NPC changes, there is no Violet Hold instance portal in this version, flying is impossible (even at Krasus' Landing), and jumping off the Underbelly pipe kills the player before they reach the water below.
    • Dalaran over Karazhan, seen between completing B [10-45] The Battle for Broken Shore and N [10-45] In the Blink of an Eye, is an intermediate version between the Northrend and Broken Isles Dalarans. The Chamber of the Guardian exists in this version but the teleport pad is not working; the Silver Enclave and Sunreaver's Sanctuary still have those names, rather than their new names in Legion (and both are accessible to both factions); the city is full of Kirin Tor Guardians, and most NPCs only offer gossip text instead of their regular services.
  • In an interview with Jesse Cox, Dave Kosak revealed that Dalaran was planned to be in the air above the Siege of Orgrimmar, but technical limitations meant they had to scrap the idea. It is possible this is related to the limitations that prevented the Argent Tournament from being placed in Crystalsong Forest.[36]
  • Strangely, in-game there is no "old gate" on the side of the land mass and the other halves of the houses in Alterac Mountains aren't there either.
  • The decision to have Dalaran as the Legion sanctuary resulted in mixed results among players, with some wondering why the Horde would want to return after the Purge of Dalaran and others feeling that Dalaran has left the Alliance and become neutral.
  • Dalaran and Dalaran Ruins are melee tilesets in Warcraft III and The Frozen Throne, representing the city before and after its destruction by Archimonde.


Warcraft (film)
Fan art

Patch changes

See also


  1. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Sean Copeland 2018-03-07. Sean Copeland on Twitter. Archived from the original on 2018-03-08. Retrieved on 2018-03-08.​ “Confirmed! Here's an excerpt from his research: "...although the term is seldom used these days, magocracy has been used in our games and expanded universe. It is still an accurate description of Dalaran, as the nation is still ruled by magi. It's just not commonly used."
  2. ^ Aluneth#Locations
  3. ^ Hearthstone: Announcing the Knights of the Frozen Throne
  4. ^ The Siege of Dalaran (WC2 Orc)
  5. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, chapter 6
  6. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, pg. 85
  7. ^ Sean Copeland on Twitter (2014-01-30) (dead link)
  8. ^ Exploring Azeroth: Northrend
  9. ^ a b Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, chapter 20
  10. ^ Patch 4.0.3a (world changes)#Dalaran
  11. ^ Vanion's interview with Dave Kosak - "So, in present-day, Dalaran is in motion and we don't say where and we are not sure if we show it in-game somewhere else. Yet we have not decided."
  12. ^ Dave Kosak on Twitter
  13. ^ B [10-45] Calling of the Council
  14. ^ N [10-45] Anomalous Anomalies
  15. ^ N [10-45] In the Blink of an Eye
  16. ^ N [45] Assault on Broken Shore
  17. ^ Dev Interviews, Rogue Order Hall, Blue Posts, Warcraft Movie Prop Contest, DLC #500 (2015-08-11).
  18. ^ N [45] The Thieving Apprentice
  19. ^ The Cataclysm travel guide provides more information on the ship and zeppelin routes to Northrend, item and quest portals to Dalaran, and suggests ways higher level players can shorten travel times between Dalaran and their faction capitals.
  20. ^ Mumper on Twitter (2014-02-07).​ “My 1st pass layout of Dalaran for WotLK. Made a few changes along the way, but it came out pretty damn close.”
  21. ^ Treasure Waking the Dead
  22. ^ Generic Glowing Foundations
  23. ^ Campaign Pesky Pest Problem
  24. ^ Wowhead
  25. ^ The Violet Hold (English) (HTML). Wrath Dungeons. Blizzard Entertainment Inc.. Retrieved on 2009-03-17.
  26. ^ The Crossing (WC3 BloodElf)
  27. ^ The Archmage Antonidas - Part III
  28. ^ The Last Guardian, chapter 1
  29. ^ The Last Guardian, chapter 8
  30. ^ STAY OUT!!!
  31. ^ The Old Wizard's Almanac
  32. ^ Archive of the Tirisgarde#Ebonchill, Greatstaff of Alodi
  33. ^ File:Dalaran early layout concept.jpg
  34. ^ N [50 Daily] One Gnome's Trash
  35. ^ The Fate of Apprentice Argoly
  36. ^ Warcraft Interview: Dave Kosak - 2 NERDS, 1 LORE (Patch 5.4 and beyond)

External links

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