This article or section contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and official bonus maps.
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The Defense of Strahnbrad

Countdown to Extinction
Campaign: Exodus of the Horde
Place: Darkspear Islands
Outcome: Horde escapes with the Darkspear Tribe to Kalimdor

Underworld Minions


Countdown to Extinction is the chapter five (5) of the demo campaign and the chapter three (3) of the custom campaign, Exodus of the Horde. During the battle, the Darkspear trolls and the Horde managed to escape the Sea Witch and her murlocs.


Loading ScreenEdit

Sunlight greets Thrall and his companions as they escape the underground lair and make their way back to the surface.

Quests Edit

Main Quests Edit

20px Hold the Line Edit

  • Objectives
    • Survive for 20 minutes
  • Description

Optional QuestsEdit

20px Island Trolls Edit

Note: When the quest is completed, this quest is also called "Trolling for Trolls".
  • Objectives
    • Rescue the Trolls for reinforcements.
  • Description
    • The Trolls who remain scattered across the island will surely perish unless you bring them to safety before time runs out.

Mission FailsEdit

  • All of your buildings have been destroyed.


New unit acquiredEdit


Intro cinematicEdit

Optional quest discoveredEdit

Between the battleEdit

  • 18px Grunt: "We still need more time to finish the repairs, Warchief!"
  • 18px Grunt: "It won't be much longer now, Warchief. The ships are nearly ready!"

Ending cinematicEdit

  • Pilt:IconSmall Banshee.gif Sea Witch: "Sail on, land-dwellers. Flee! The Dark Tide is coming to swallow you all, and once it begins, there will be nowhere to hide!"
  • Pilt:IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall: "I don't know exactly what the witch was talking about, but I do know that our destiny lies elsewhere. For now, we set sail for Kalimdor. That is where our future will unfold."

Unused quotesEdit




The battleEdit

As Thrall escapes, he is chased by the Sea Witch and her murloc warriors. The repairs to his storm-damaged ships are not done and he must rally his forces to hold the line and protect the ships until they are repaired. Unfortunately, the volcano on the island is also erupting and the whole island appears to to be sinking into the sea. Some imprisoned trolls around the island are rescued to provide reinforcements against the Sea Witch and her warriors.

The ships are repaired and Thrall's forces continue on to Kalimdor, beginning the Invasion of Kalimdor.



Reference listEdit

  1. Depending of the skill of the player and the difficulty the number of deaths, however, they must be less than the enemy in order to win.
  2. More enemy units than owned units have to die in order to win.