Elemental Lord

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The current Elemental Lords during the third invasion of the Burning Legion.

The Elemental Lords are the most powerful elementals in existence and the leaders of their respective types. Their purpose was to keep the world of Azeroth in a perpetual state of chaos, thriving in such a state. In primordial Azeroth, they were defeated and enslaved as part of the armies of the Old Gods.

Note: Not all "lords" found among elementals are Elemental Lords (capital). For example, there are many firelords, but only one fire Elemental Lord, Smolderon.

The Elemental Lords


Name Element Title(s) Description Status
IconSmall WaterLord.gif Neptulon Water The Tidehunter,
Lord over all waters,
Lord of all water elementals,
Lord of Tides
The first Elemental Lord of Water and former lieutenant of the Old Gods. He and his fellow water elementals were imprisoned in the Abyssal Maw by the titan-forged armies of the Pantheon, which he now rules over. He did not ally himself with Deathwing after the Cataclysm and has rallied his servants to defend Azeroth on several occasions. Alive
IconSmall Smolderon.gif Smolderon Fire The Firelord,
Lord of the Firelands
The second Elemental Lord of Fire and ruler of the Firelands who succeeded Ragnaros during the third invasion of the Burning Legion. He later made an alliance with Fyrakk and attacked Amirdrassil, as he sought to unleash the powers of the Firelands to expand and incinerate the Emerald Dream. He was later defeated by the adventurers, and his essence was absorbed into  [Fyr'alath the Dreamrender]. His current status is unknown. Defeated
IconSmall EarthLord.gif Therazane Earth The Stonemother,
The Earthmother
The first Elemental Lord of Earth and former lieutenant of the Old Gods. She and her fellow earth elementals were imprisoned in Deepholm by the titan-forged armies of the Pantheon, which she now rules over. She did not ally herself with Deathwing after the Cataclysm and worked with the mortals of Azeroth several times against her former masters and their servants. Alive
IconSmall ThunderaanNew.gif Thunderaan Air The Windlord,
The Wind Seeker
The second Elemental Lord of Air and ruler of Skywall, he was formerly known as the Prince of Air until he succeeded Al'Akir during the third invasion of the Burning Legion. Alive


Name Element Title(s) Description Status
IconSmall AirLord.gif Al'Akir Air The Windlord The first Elemental Lord of Air and lieutenant of the Old Gods. After their masters' defeat, he was imprisoned within Skywall, which he ruled over. He was defeated by the adventurers after he allied with Deathwing during the Cataclysm. Deceased
IconSmall FireLord.gif Ragnaros Fire The Firelord,
Lord of Fire,
Lord of Flame,
The Great Fire
The first Elemental Lord of Fire and lieutenant of the Old Gods. After their masters' defeat, he was imprisoned within the Firelands, which he ruled over. He was defeated by the adventurers after he allied with Deathwing during the Cataclysm. Deceased


Primordial Azeroth

Map of Azeroth under the Black Empire's control.

The elemental spirits of Azeroth became more and more erratic as the fifth element, Spirit, became less available. The slumbering world-soul consumed much of it, rendering the elements of Azeroth extremely violent and destructive. This great imbalance of spirit allowed the other elements to rampage unchecked, eventually giving rise to the elemental lords.[1]

During the elemental wars, the elementals raged freely on primordial Azeroth, waging war upon one another for endless millennia, and the four Elemental Lords reigned supreme over innumerable lesser spirits. Al'Akir used to send his minions to spy on his enemies and sow distrust to weaken them. Ragnaros embraced brute force, seeking to boil the seas, reduce mountains to slag, and choke the skies with ash. Therazane was reclusive, entrenching herself behind towering mountain ranges before attacking her exhausted foes. Neptulon fought strategically, allowing the forces of the other elements to clash, before crushing his divided rivals.[2]

When the Old Gods plummeted down from the Great Dark Beyond, they slammed into Azeroth's surface and embedded themselves in the continent of Kalimdor. For the first time in history, the four Elemental Lords banded together in an attempt to fight the Old Gods' fledgling empire. Though the elementals were mighty, they could not stand against the constant swarm of n'raqi and aqir, and they were enslaved by the Old Gods.[3] Without the native spirits of Azeroth to counter the Old Gods' influence, the borders of the Black Empire crept over much of the world.[2]

The original Elemental Lords during the war between the titans and the Old Gods.

The titan-forged armies of the Pantheon would eventually come to assault the Old Gods, defeat them and sealing them deep beneath the surface of the planet, after having imprisoned the elemental armies in the Elemental Plane, divided into four regions: the Abyssal Maw, the Firelands, Deepholm, and Skywall.[4][5]

Elemental Sundering

Even while locked within the Elemental Plane, the Elemental Lords continued to war with each other. The Elemental Sundering was a 5,000-year-long battle at the core of Azeroth. The Lieutenants of Ragnaros, Geddon and Garr, perpetrated the betrayal against Thunderaan, Prince of Air, who was caught unaware. The Firelord's advances were wholly unknown to Thunderaan, and before he could react, Sulfuras, legendary hammer of Ragnaros, struck an unmerciful blow, and Thunderaan fell, utterly defeated.

The Firelord feasted upon the essence of Thunderaan but was unable to consume him entirely. He stored what little remained of Thunderaan's essence within a talisman of elemental binding. Ragnaros then shattered the talisman into two flawless pieces, called the  [Bindings of the Windseeker], and assigned them to his lieutenants.[6]

War of the Three Hammers

Thaurissan summons Ragnaros into the world.

During the War of the Three Hammers, 230 years before the Dark Portal, Ragnaros the Firelord was summoned to the Redridge Mountains by Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan. It was his intent to use the Firelord for domination of the other dwarf clans. Ironically, however, Ragnaros enslaved them for his own purposes. His violent entry into the world scarred the surrounding area, creating Blackrock Mountain, the Burning Steppes, and the Searing Gorge.[7]

Recent events

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In Blackrock Mountain, Ragnaros and his fire elemental armies were locked in a war for control of Blackrock Moutain with the black dragon Nefarian.

Neptulon, then at war with Ragnaros, seemed to use mostly mortal races to weaken the forces of the other three Elemental Lords. His agent, Duke Hydraxis, leader of the Hydraxian Waterlords, sought to bring others to his side. He sent adventurers into the Molten Core to fight against the Firelord. Another agent, Tsunaman at Sun Rock Retreat, also sought to destroy Ragnaros's elementals in the Charred Vale.


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When Deathwing entered Azeroth from Deepholm, the World Pillar was shattered, causing the Elemental Plane to collapse onto Azeroth, and parts of it to manifest in the real world. While Al'Akir and Ragnaros accepted Deathwing's offer of sowing destruction, Neptulon and Therazane refused to do so.

Ragnaros's armies launched a full-scale assault on Mount Hyjal in an attempt the World Tree Nordrassil. The Guardians of Hyjal led by Cenarius, Malfurion Stormrage and Hamuul Runetotem along with the adventurers of the Alliance and Horde pushed his minions back into the Firelands, where he was slain.

Neptulon the Tidehunter was attacked by the naga and the n'raqi that worked with the Twilight's Hammer cult, while Therazane was also at odds with the Twilight's Hammer that had intruded in Deepholm.

Al'akir called the Conclave of Wind, ancient wind elementals nearly as powerful as Al'Akir himself, to aid in the elemental invasion of his former home.[8]

He assisted Deathwing's efforts at reclaiming the ancient re-origination device and lent his elemental forces to crush Uldum's native defenders and his old enemy, the Tol'vir. One of his first acts after the Cataclysm was destroying the inhabitants of Orsis in revenge for having refused Deathwing's offer of curing their Curse of Flesh.[9] The armies and strongest minions of Al'Akir resided within the Vortex Pinnacle, training in formation and torturing tol'vir as they prepared to lash out yet again at Uldum.[10] At some point prior to his death, Al'Akir ensnared and twisted Hagara the Stormbinder with new powers for trying to bind elementals to her will.[11] Dwelling in the Throne of the Four Winds, Al'Akir was slain in his home plane, the Skywall.


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the Earthen Ring managed to make the four Elemental Lords band together against the Legion. Shaman and elementals worked actively to fight the Legion off the Broken Isles. They also helped new ones to replace Ragnaros and Al'Akir: Smolderon and Thunderaan respectively.

After deciding that the power of the Doomstone was too great, all four elemental lords agreed that the Earthen Ring should keep the artifact under their watch at the Heart of Azeroth.[12]

Battle for Azeroth

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During the Fourth War, the Cult of Ragnaros comprised of dark iron dwarves began attempting to revive him, preferring his rule to the rule of Moira Thaurissan. During this time Smolderon went missing for unknown reasons.[13]

Neptulon was later present in Nazjatar during the Alliance and Horde's efforts against Queen Azshara, though the  [Tidestone of Golganneth] kept him from being able to help much.[14]


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During the war against the Primalists, Smolderon made his return, allied himself with Fyrakk, and invaded the Emerald Dream to attack Amirdrassil, as he sought to unleash the powers of the Firelands to expand and incinerate the Emerald Dream.[15] After he was defeated by the adventurers, his essence was absorbed into  [Fyr'alath the Dreamrender] by Fyrakk. It is unknown if he returned to the Firelands to regenerate or not.

Elemental powers

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Elemental Lords have the power to take control over specific elementals of their own type, but only when those elementals are within the area of its divine presence. This ability does not work on primal or elder elementals. All smaller elementals will obey their Lord unquestioningly. Larger ones usually do also, but should they wish to resist the Lieutenant's commands, they may attempt to do so, but it is unlikely for that to happen. The Elemental Lord can also break another being's control of a summoned or enchanted elemental; those who have control over the elemental will have a difficult time maintaining control. Should the controller maintain command of the elemental, the Elemental Lord may not make another attempt to control or command that elemental for one full day.[16]

Whenever a spell is cast of the same magic type within the area of the Lord's presence, it becomes instantly aware and can take control of the magic as he wishes. The spell can be countered, transferred to another target or area, or reflected back at the caster. This ability also functions against elemental spell-like abilities employed by other creatures, elementals or otherwise, with the sole exception of those used by creatures more powerful than the Elemental Lord. In much the same vein, the Elemental Lords can exert their control over magical items which employ spell or spell-like abilities, with the sole exception of those imbued within major artifacts.[16]


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.
  • A common theory is that Therazane is the Earthmother that the tauren worship. While it is likely that the Earthmother is a goddess similar to Elune, Therazane is well known as the most benevolent of the Elemental Lords (all things being relative), unlike the chaotic Ragnaros and Al'Akir.

Elemental lords

(Not to be confused with Elemental Lords such as Neptulon and Therazane)

Amphitheater of Anguish

Lords which can be found in the Amphitheater of Anguish in Northrend:[22]


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