Not to be confused with daemon.

Demons are creatures known only as evil to most mortals. Most of the demons in Azeroth or Outland are members of the Burning Legion. Most demons are not born as such, but were converted to demonic beings by the Burning Legion after their worlds were conquered.[1]

The change to a demon being includes a powerful command of arcane energy. Similar to sorcerers and wizards, demons control their power with the force of their will, but their magic is innate. The demonic magic that infuses them also confers certain immunities and resistances (acid, cold, electricity, and fire among others) and they radiate an aura that induces fear into the weak willed.[2]

There are many types (see below) and races, most of whom typically serve either their own agenda or that of the Legion (they are often the same). For a description of the most important/famous demons visit the race pages or the Legion page.

Not all demons are aligned with the Burning Legion. Other demons have chosen to "abandon" the Burning Legion and yield their allegiance to others, such as the demons that pertain to Illidan's forces.

Characteristics in World of Warcraft Edit

  • Cannot be skinned except for felhounds, darkhounds and their variants, and helboars.
  • Medium Level (24 upwards) demons can drop Silk Cloth.
  • Higher level demons in the 50-60 range can drop Felcloth.
  • Enchanters can enchant weapons with Demonslaying which gives the player bonus attack power against demons and also causes their weapon to become engulfed in flames.
  • Some can be banished or enslaved by warlocks
  • Can be feared by a Paladin's Turn Evil
  • Warlocks in metamorphosis form are considered demons and can be affected by abilities such as Turn Evil.
  • According to Altruis, knowing the true name of a demon will grant a certain amount of power over that demon.
  • Apparently, demons are somehow able to know the names of random individuals they encounter.[3] It is unknown if this is related to the power concerning their own names.
  • It is possible that demons can be purified. For example, Aviana's blood purifies and blesses the Doomguard that "slay" her. Furthermore, the ata'mal crystals is said to turned the dark eredars from the arcane magic to the Holy Light that are granted by the Na'aru.

Notable demonic races Edit

  • Pit lords — Gigantic generals who lead the armies of the Legion, the pit lords are surpassed in power only by the demonic eredar.

Demonically corrupted races Edit

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Notable demons Edit

Name Role Condition Location Race Allegiance
Pilt:IconSmall Archimonde.gif Archimonde Legion Field Commander Dead Unknown Eredar Burning Legion
Pilt:IconSmall Kil'jaeden.gif Kil'jaeden Supreme commander of the Burning Legion, Chief lieutenant of Sargeras Defeatable Sunwell Plateau Eredar Burning Legion, Eredar
Pilt:IconSmall Dreadlord.gif Tichondrius Leader and the most powerful of all the Dreadlords; Chief Infiltration Specialist, Legion Intelligence Dead Unknown Nathrezim Burning Legion, Scourge
Hakkar the Houndmaster Master of the Felhounds Dead Unknown Unknown Burning Legion
Pilt:IconSmall PitLord.gif Mannoroth King of the Pit lords, General of the Burning Legion Dead Orgrimmar (Remains) Annihilan Burning Legion
Pilt:IconSmall PitLord.gif Magtheridon Former Lord of Outland Killable Hellfire Citadel Annihilan Burning Legion
Pilt:IconSmall Doomlord.gif Kazzak Lord of the Doomguard demons, Doom Lord Killable Throne of Kil'jaeden, Hellfire Peninsula Ered'ruin Burning Legion
Pilt:IconSmall Satyr.gif Xavius First of the Satyrs, Satyr Lord, Lord of the Satyrs Eternal Unknown Satyr Burning Legion, Queen Azshara
Pilt:IconSmall Varimathras.gif Mal'Ganis Leader of the Scarlet Onslaught (while in the form of Barean Westwind) Defeatable Culling of Stratholme, Caverns of Time or Hidden Hollow, Icecrown Nathrezim Burning Legion, Scourge, Scarlet Crusade / Scarlet Onslaught

Demon or dae'mon? Edit

There is some question as to the origin of the name "demon" in Azeroth. In Christie Golden's Rise of the Horde, it is insinuated that the word "demon" came from the Orcish word "dae'mon", meaning a soul that was evil, twisted, not right...much the same as the eredar word "man'ari". However, in the War of the Ancients Trilogy, the night elves refer to them as demons at the first coming of the Burning Legion — thousands of years before Rise of the Horde. Additionally, "daemon" without the apostrophe is a term used by both Horde and Alliance in varying sources, such as Warcraft I, Warcraft II and World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, including documents predating the First War. No matter the origin of the word, the meaning is still the same.

Demonic traits Edit

"If I have wings, why am I always walking?" - Dreadlord in Warcraft III

"Wings, horns, hooves...what are we saying, is this Diablo?" - Illidan Stormrage in Warcraft III

Usually demons have one or more of a set of demonic physical traits.

Character(s) Horns Scales Bat Wings Hooves Fangs Red Skin Flames
Man'ari eredar Yes Yes One (Kil'jaeden) Yes Yes Some Some
Nathrezim Yes No Yes Yes Yes Some No
Sargeras Yes Yes Once Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sayaad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Some No
Annihilan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Some
Ered'ruin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Some No
Illidan Stormrage Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Mo'arg No No No No No Some No
Felhunter Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No
Fel orc No No No No Yes Yes No
Satyr Yes No No Yes Yes Some No
Imp Yes No No No Yes Some Yes
Voidwalker No No No No No No No
Infernal No No No No No No Yes
Void terror Yes Yes No No Yes No No
Shivarra No No No No No Some Yes
  • Only one eredar, Kil'jaeden, has been seen with wings (it is unknown if this is part of his illusions or if he has become greatly mutated). Eredar also display a variety of skin tones, including but not limited to demonic red.
  • Gul'dan saw Sargeras in the Tomb of Sargeras and had wings, however, he is shown without them in the artworks.
  • Not all pit lords have been observed to possess flames. Mannoroth is an example of one characterized by flames.
  • Illidan's flames are a result of his triggered immolation ability and not a result of anatomy, though his arcane tattoos have been known to smolder on occasion, as do his hoofprints (they also bubble when in or on water)

Dungeons & Dragons Edit

In Monster Manual there is a distinct breed of demons which use the "demonic" subtype.[2] This kind of demons are described in Manual of Monsters Appendix Three and as told before the description doesn't match the demons described in the Warcraft Universe.[4] Throughout the Manual fo Monsters the term "demon" refers to the minions of the Burning Legion,[2] but in the section of "demons" of the Appendix Three they refer to the demons of D&D.[4] However, the validity of the Appendix Three is disputed.

Media Edit

Video Edit

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References Edit

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