Warcraft Timeline and Chronology

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Warcraft started as a strategy game and quickly evolved into one of the most expansive and popular gaming franchises of all time, particularly with World of Warcraft, the RPGMMO. This is the Warcraft timeline.

What’s on the Warcraft Timeline?

This is the unofficial Warcraft timeline that includes the main games, the novels, the comics, and the 2016 feature film and its tie-ins. This timeline also includes many of the short stories that can be found online.

Many of these stories take place over multiple eras, but we keep to the house rule that a story is placed on the timeline based on where it ends, and we do not split up the media. This makes the timeline easier to follow and read. So with that said, we hope you enjoy this timeline and reading order for all of the Warcraft stories in chronological order.

Where to Start?

There are a number of good places to start with the Warcraft franchise, and it’s not an exact science. In large part, it will depend on your tastes. If you’re a fan of strategy games, we recommend Warcraft III, which has recently been remastered. But if you’re an MMO fan, start with World of Warcraft. In both cases, we don’t recommend you read the books or comics until you’re familiar with at least one of these games.

The film is another good place to start for those who don’t want a heavy time commitment, but keep in mind that the film does not fully represent the expansive scope of the franchise, nor will it represent the joy you may or may not have with the games themselves.

1BuyWarcraft SagaComic IssueChris Metzen2014-08-01PrehistoryCollected in World of Warcraft: Annual 2015
2Death From AboveShort StoryRobert BrooksUnknown-13,000Found online.
3BuyThe First GuardianComic IssueLouise Simonson2009-09-01-2,600Collected in Legends: Vol. 5
4BuyA Warrior Made, Part 1Comic IssueChristie Golden2009-06-16-45Collected in Legends: Vol. 4
5BuyA Warrior Made, Part 2Comic IssueChristie Golden2009-09-01-45Collected in Legends: Vol. 5
6BlackhandComic IssueRobert Brooks2014-10-10-45Found online.
7Blood and ThunderComic IssueRaphael Ahad2015-03-05-45Found online.
8BuyFamily ValuesComic IssueAaron Sparrow2008-11-11-1Collected in Legends: Vol. 2
9BuyWarcraft: Orcs and HumansGameBill Roper1994-11-230
10BuyThe Last GuardianNovelJeff Grubb2016-11-150
11BuyWarcraft: Bonds of BrotherhoodGraphic NovelPaul Cornell2016-06-070
12BuyDurotanNovelChristie Golden2016-05-030
13BuyWarcraftFilmDuncan Jones2016-06-100
14BuyWarcraft: The Official Movie NovelizationNovelChristie Golden2016-06-070
15BuyWarcraft II: Tides of DarknessGameChris Metzen1995-12-096
16BuyTides of DarknessNovelGlenn Rane2007-08-286
17BuyWarcraft II: Beyond the Dark PortalGameDuane Stinnett1996-05-168
18BuyBeyond the Dark PortalNovelAaron Rosenberg2008-06-248
19BuyDay of the DragonNovelRichard A. Knaak2001-02-0110
20UnbrokenShort StoryMicky NeilsonUnknown10Found online.
21Road to DamnationShort StoryEvelyn FredericksenUnknown10Found online.
22BuyOf Blood and HonorShort StoryChris Metzen2006-10-2419
23BuyLord of the ClansNovelChristie Golden2016-11-1519
24BuyWarcraft III: Reign of ChaosGameNicholas S. Carpenter2002-06-2520
25Vol'jin: The JudgementShort StoryBrian KindreganUnknown20Found online.
26BuyWarcraft III: The Frozen ThroneGameNicholas S. Carpenter2003-06-0122
27BuyThe Sunwell TrilogyGraphic NovelRichard A. Knaak2007-10-1623
28BuyWar of the Ancients: The Well of EternityNovelRichard A. Knaak2004-04-0123Frame story takes place here.
29BuyWar of the Ancients: The Demon SoulNovelRichard A. Knaak2004-11-0123Frame story takes place here.
30BuyWar of the Ancients: The SunderingNovelRichard A. Knaak2005-08-0123Frame story takes place here.
31BuyA Cleansing FireComic IssueEvelyn Fredericksen2009-09-0124Collected in Legends: Vol. 5
32BuyCycle of HatredNovelKeith R. A. DeCandido2006-02-0124
33BuyWorld of WarcraftGameMichael Chu2004-11-2325
34The War EffortShort StoryUnknown25Found online.
35War of the Shifting SandsShort StoryMicky NeilsonUnknown25Found online.
36BuyThe Thrill of the HuntComic IssueTroy Lewter2009-03-1025Collected in Legends: Vol. 3
37BuyBloodsail BuccaneerComic IssueDan Jolley2009-06-1625Collected in Legends: Vol. 4
38BuyHow to Win FriendsComic IssueDan Jolley2008-08-1225Collected in Legends: Vol. 1
39BuyMiles to GoComic IssueDan Jolley2008-11-1125Collected in Legends: Vol. 2
40BuyAn Honest TradeComic IssueTroy Lewter2008-08-1225Collected in Legends: Vol. 1
41BuyWarrior: DividedComic IssueGrace Randolph2008-11-1125Collected in Legends: Vol. 2
42BuyWarrior: UnitedComic IssueGrace Randolph2009-09-0125Collected in Legends: Vol. 5
43BuyShadow Wing, Vol. 1: The Dragons of OutlandGraphic NovelRichard A. Knaak2010-06-0126
44BuyShadow Wing, Vol. 2: Nexus PointGraphic NovelRichard A. Knaak2011-03-0126
45BuyWorld of Warcraft: The Burning CrusadeGameMichael Chu2007-01-1626
46BuyRise of the HordeNovelChristie Golden2006-12-2626Ends at this point in the timeline.
47BuyThe JourneyComic IssueTroy Lewter2008-08-1226Collected in Legends: Vol. 1
48BuyCrusader's BloodComic IssueDan Jolley2009-03-1026Collected in Legends: Vol. 3
49BuyI Got What Yule NeedsComic IssueChristie Golden2009-03-1026Collected in Legends: Vol. 3
50BuyBlood Runs ThickerComic IssueTim Beedle2009-06-1626Collected in Legends: Vol. 4
51BuyWorld of Warcraft - The Comic, Vol. 1Graphic NovelWalter Simonson2008-08-1226
52BuyNight of the DragonNovelRichard A. Knaak2008-11-1827
53BuyWorld of Warcraft - The Comic, Vol. 2Graphic NovelWalter Simonson2009-09-0127
54BuyArthas: Rise of the Lich KingNovelChristie Golden2009-04-2127
55BuyWorld of Warcraft - The Comic, Vol. 3Graphic NovelWalter Simonson2011-04-0527
56BuyWorld of Warcraft - The Comic, Vol. 4Graphic NovelWalter Simonson2011-08-3027
57BuyMageComic IssueRichard A. Knaak2010-06-0127
58In the Shadow of the SunShort StorySarah PineUnknown27Found online.
59BuyFallenComic IssueRichard A. Knaak2008-08-1227Collected in Legends: Vol. 1
60BuyFearComic IssueRichard A. Knaak2008-11-1127Collected in Legends: Vol. 2
61BuyFiendComic IssueRichard A. Knaak2009-03-1027Collected in Legends: Vol. 3
62BuyFateComic IssueRichard A. Knaak2009-06-1627Collected in Legends: Vol. 4
63BuyWorld of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich KingGameBrigitte Burdine2008-11-1327
64BuyDeath KnightComic IssueDan Jolley2009-12-0127
65Li Li's Travel Journal (parts 1-4)Short StoryN/A2012-08-3127Found online.
66BuyPearl of PandariaComic IssueMicky Neilson2012-09-2527
67GloryShort StoryEvelyn FredericksenUnknown27Found online.
68Heart of WarShort StorySarah PineUnknown27Found online.
69BuyStormrageNovelRichard A. Knaak2010-02-2327
70BuyShamanComic IssuePaul Benjamin2010-09-2827
71BuyThe Shattering: Prelude to CataclysmNovelChristie Golden2010-10-1927
72Cut ShortShort StoryCameron DaytonUnknown28Found online.
73BuyDark RidersComic IssueMike Costa2014-05-1328
74BuyCurse of the WorgenComic IssueMicky Neilson, James Waugh2012-10-0928Ends at this point in the timeline.
75Edge of NightShort StoryDave KosakUnknown28Found online.
76Seeds of FaithShort StoryValerie WatrousUnknown28Found online.
77Fire and IronShort StoryMatt BurnsUnknown28Found online.
78BuyWorld of Warcraft: CataclysmGameMarc Messenger, Terran Gregory2010-12-0728
79BuyBloodswornComic IssueDoug Wagner2014-08-1228
80Trade Secrets of a Trade PrinceShort StoryGavin Jurgens-FyhrieUnknown28Found online.
81As Our Fathers Before UsShort StoryStevie NixUnknown28Found online.
82Lord of His PackShort StoryJames WaughUnknown28Found online.
83BuyWolfheartNovelRichard A. Knaak2011-09-1328
84Prophet's LessonShort StoryMarc HutchesonUnknown28Found online.
85Blood of Our FathersShort StoryDan AreyUnknown28Found online.
86BuyThrall: Twilight of the AspectsNovelChristie Golden2011-07-1928
87Charge of the AspectsShort StoryMatt Burns2011-12-0628Found online.
88Quest for PandariaNovelSarah Pine2012-09-2430Found online.
89BuyJaina Proudmoore: Tides of WarNovelChristie Golden2012-08-2830
90BuyWorld of Warcraft: Mists of PandariaGameTerran Gregory2012-09-2530
91Li Li's Travel Journal (parts 5-11)Short StoryN/A2012-08-3130Found online.
92The Trial of the Red BlossomsNovelCameron Dayton2013-02-1530Found online.
93Bleeding SunShort StoryMatt BurnsUnknown30Found online.
94Dawn of the AspectsShort StoryRichard A. Knaak2013-11-1930Short story anthology connected by a frame story that ends here.
95BuyVol'jin: Shadows of the HordeNovelMichael A. Stackpole2013-07-0230
96The Blank ScrollShort StoryGavin Jurgens-FyhrieUnknown30Found online.
97The Strength of SteelShort StoryRaphael AhadUnknown30Found online.
98The Jade HuntersShort StoryMatt BurnsUnknown30Found online.
99Over WaterShort StoryRyan QuinnUnknown30Found online.
100The Untamed ValleyShort StoryRobert BrooksUnknown30Found online.
101BuyWar CrimesNovelChristie Golden2014-05-0630
102HellscreamShort StoryRobert BrooksUnknown30Found online.
103Gul'dan and the StrangerComic IssueMicky Neilson2014-08-0731Found online.
104Code of RuleShort StoryRyan QuinnUnknown31Found online.
105BuyWorld of Warcraft: Warlords of DraenorGameTerran Gregory2014-11-1331
106ApocryphaShort StoryMatt BurnsUnknown31Found online.
107BuyIllidanNovelWilliam King2016-04-1231
108BuyTravelerNovelGreg Weisman2016-10-2531
109BuyTraveler: The Spiral PathNovelGreg Weisman2018-02-2731
110BuyTraveler: The Shining BladeNovelGreg Weisman2019-12-2631
111BuyWorld of Warcraft: LegionGameTom Chilton2016-08-3031
112BuyBefore the StormNovelChristie Golden2018-06-1231

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