Ley line

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A damaged ley line with crystallized mana on the surface.

Ley lines (or leylines) are channels of immense power that course through the earth of planets[1][2] like blood vessels carrying arcane magic[3] instead of scarlet fluid.[4]


The Arcanomicon, a map of all ley line intersections on Azeroth.

In Azeroth, the lines are intersected by a series of "anchors"[5] to form a complex arrangement in which the whole planet is draped.[6] Said junctions are catalogued in the Arcanomicon, the map of all ley lines gifted to Malygos by the titan Norgannon.[5]

Ley lines exist all over Azeroth and are sources of deep and natural magic. They are often harnessed for magical purposes, from the creation of moonwells to the portal spells created by magi.[7] The raw energy within ley lines can build and build if the flow is restricted, resulting in a ley fissure. These points become an easy access point for travel and further study.[8] Many places overwhelmed with ley line energy can be deadly to the beginning Dimensional Rifter. In places like these, the sheer number of rifts create instability and the potential for important belongings to be severed from your person.[9]

Archmage Vargoth studied the ley lines of Draenor and discovered several similarities to those on Azeroth. He believed this may indicate a similar genesis.[10]

Ley lines on the surface tend to crystallize in the form of glowing purple mana crystals,[11] but they require time to form.[12] Eating one of these ley crystals can lead to deadly arcane poisoning.[13]

The Azure Dragonshrine, where Malygos was redirecting ley lines.

The Mystic Runesabers feed on magic and have recently emerged from the shadows in search of ley lines.[14]

Stellagosa, and presumably the rest of the blue dragonflight, are capable of seeing the ley lines when they are underground.[15]

Ley lines can also be redirected. Malygos used surge needles to redirect Azeroth's ley lines into the Nexus and to the Twisting Nether[16][17] which triggered the Nexus War.[18]

The  [Sarcen Stone] was created during the War of the Ancients to redirect ley lines and draw power away from the Legion's portal.

The nightborne conduits located in the Arcway can direct the flow of power within ley lines. The Nightfallen use them to direct the power to Shal'Aran.

Ley lines can be used to communicate over long distances by channeling the user's mana through a projected runic construct. It was a technique that Malygos invented.[19]



Before Malygos redirected them,[18][20][21][22] all ley lines on Azeroth led to a location under Karazhan.[23] The Kirin Tor then spent years reversing the damage done to Azeroth's ley lines, eventually restoring them to their former power.[24][25]

Eastern Kingdoms


Broken Isles

  • Suramar is built on ancient ley lines,[40] and arcane coils in the tunnel system running beneath Suramar and the surrounding areas tap into those ley lines' power.[41] Since the creation of the Nightwell, the ley lines have become redundant and the arcane coils abandoned.[42]
  • There are ley lines under the Ley-Ruins of Zarkhenar in Azsuna,[43] and presumably at the Leyhollow as well.
  • Most roads of the Broken Isles are built on ley lines.[44]


Dragon Isles


Most of Outland's ley lines were destroyed or upheaved after Ner'zhul opened so many portals.[50]

In the RPG

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Across the face of the world there flow lines of power - patterns of magical energy that carry vitality of the lands of Azeroth through them, like blood vessels in a creature. These lines of power are recognized subtly by every culture; the races of Azeroth identify them as those places sacred to the Light, the chosen locations of moonwells, haunted places where the power of death has tainted the flow of energy, and natural sites overflowing with elemental power that are sacred to shamans. Most cultures, however, only really focus on those places where the lines converge and meet, seeking to tap the most power from them. Those who seek to understand and master runic power understand that the convergences are not the only important part of this power - the patterns formed by the lines themselves are important as well. These patterns, which resemble letters in a strange alphabet, are called runes.

There are lines of power that run across the land in a select few areas, but these are not the only lines - simply the most obvious. Inside of these thick and corded ropes of power, there are also tiny, web-thin lines that run between these great ley lines, connecting them in a vast net of pulsing, subtle power.

Those with great magical power and ley walkers seek out these sites.[56]

A community which sits on top of a convergence of two or more lines of magical energy is called a "ley line nexus".[57]



  • The ley line pattern of Restoration can be found in the Moonglade in the Valley of Dulvarinn. The rune pattern derived from the ley lines increases resistance to poisons and diseases, and is able to heal wounds at double the normal rate.[58]
  • The ley line pattern of Beast can be found in the Vale of Beasts in Ashenvale. The rune pattern derived from the ley line is the source of all the beast mark spells.[59]
  • Stonetalon Mountains has two known ley line patterns. Mount Farview is the location of ley line pattern, the pattern of Awareness. The rune pattern which is derived from the ley line amplifies the senses of the caster.[59] Another ley line pattern can be found in the Great Maze, known as the Stone pattern. The rune pattern derived from the ley lines can be used to increase the resilience of the caster.[60]
  • The indigenous tauren created a camp south of Mirkfallon Lake, built upon ancient ley lines in the Stonetalon Mountains. It is perhaps due to these ley lines that the elementals are drawn to the area around the Charred Vale.[61]
  • Near the windswept plains of Mulgore, there is a series of hot springs that house the ley lines that originate the healing pattern. The rune pattern derived from the ley lines doubles the natural healing rate of healing spells.[62]

Eastern Kingdoms

  • The Great Bulwarks near Grim Batol is the location of the ley line pattern of shielding. The rune pattern derived from the ley lines allows casters to generate protective wards around themselves.[58]
  • A ley line pattern that forms the basis for the motion pattern can be found in a series of intricate canyons in the Badlands, wherein all manner of fast-moving creatures can be found. Those who move quickly within this area find their movement inexplicably increased. Casters who use the rune pattern derived from the ley lines are able to increase their speed.[62]
  • Blackrock Spire is the site of the ley line pattern of Striking. The rune pattern derived from the ley lines increases the martial prowess of the casters.[60]
  • The ley line pattern of Flame is found deep in the Searing Peak in Redridge Mountains. When the rune pattern derived from the ley lines is used by casters, it increases fire resistance.[62]
  • One ley line pattern exists in the mountains surrounding the city of Stormwind, which causes the great winds from which the city received its name. The rune pattern derived from the ley lines allows casters to unfailingly predict the weather one day in advance.[60]


  • The ley line pattern of Frost, is found in Northrend, in a vale of terrible, biting cold that is said to be the source of all cold in Azeroth. The rune pattern derived from the pattern increases cold resistance.[62]

Notes and trivia


Fan art


  1. ^ Nexus#Description from the official site
  2. ^ Blood of the Highborne, chapter 2
  3. ^ War Crimes, chapter 28
  4. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, chapter 19
  5. ^ a b B [15-30] Projections and Plans
  6. ^ a b Dawn of the Aspects, part II, chapter 1
  7. ^ Thinking with Portals - A Memorandum on Proper Portal Usage
  8. ^ Beginner's Guide to Dimensional Rifting Ch. 6 - Pent up Energy
  9. ^ Beginner's Guide to Dimensional Rifting Ch. 4 - Risks and Rewards
  10. ^ a b Excerpts from the Journal of Archmage Vargoth
  11. ^ N [45] Ancient Mana
  12. ^ N [65-68] Arcane Overload
  13. ^ Sylvie, Steria Duskgrove#Gossip
  14. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Mystic Runesaber]
  15. ^ N [45] Unbeleyvable: Stellagosa says: But I can see the line and the focus of the conduit. You want to put it there.
  16. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 170
  17. ^ N Mage [10-45] A New Threat
  18. ^ a b WotLK Features. Archived from the original on 2008-10-07.
  19. ^ Scrollsage Nola#Gossip
  20. ^ Nexus (instance)#Dungeon Journal
  21. ^ Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects, pg. 358
  22. ^ N [10-30D] Postponing the Inevitable
  23. ^ Archmage Alturus
  24. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 178
  25. ^ World of Warcraft: The Dragonflight Codex, pg. 36
  26. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 118, 120
  27. ^ Blood of the Highborne, chapter 2
  28. ^  [The Founding of Quel'Thalas]
  29. ^ H [14] Dalaran's Intentions
  30. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 87, 91
  31. ^ H [5-30] Ley Energies
  32. ^ N [15-30] Latent Power
  33. ^ N [10-30] Monitoring the Rift: Sundered Chasm
  34. ^ B [15-30] Rifle the Bodies
  35. ^ a b B [15-30] The End of the Line
  36. ^ N [15-30 Daily] Defending Wyrmrest Temple
  37. ^ Letter of Introduction to Wyrmrest Temple
  38. ^ B [15-30] Atop the Woodlands
  39. ^ B [15-30] The Focus on the Beach
  40. ^ [Ancient Mana]
  41. ^ N [45] Network Security
  42. ^ N [45] Tapping the Leylines
  43. ^ N [10-45] Leyline Abuse
  44. ^ N [45WQ] Ley Race
  45. ^ B [50] Disruption of Power
  46. ^ N [65-68] Driven Mad
  47. ^ N [65-68] Calling the Blue Dragons
  48. ^ N [65-68] Urgent Action Required
  49. ^ N [65-68] Realignment
  50. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 195
  51. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 54
  52. ^ a b c N [100] Master vs. Commander
  53. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pg. 375
  54. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 115
  55. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 21
  56. ^ More Magic and Mayhem, pg. 20, 41
  57. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 385
  58. ^ a b More Magic and Mayhem, pg. 46
  59. ^ a b More Magic and Mayhem, pg. 44
  60. ^ a b c More Magic and Mayhem, pg. 47
  61. ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 46
  62. ^ a b c d More Magic and Mayhem, pg. 45
  63. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 39
  64. ^ World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: Kalimdor, pg. 114
  65. ^ World of Warcraft: Legion (Original Game Soundtrack)

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