The (almost) Complete History of World of Warcraft

18. juli. 2020
1 288 412 Ganger

Have you ever wondered who that raid boss you just killed was, how all those Hordes are different, or why Khadgar can't keep a portal closed? Well wonder no more, because in this episode I'm explaining the entire history of Azeroth!
This is a video I've been planning for over a year and after a month of work I'm incredibly proud of the result. Enjoy!
All writing, editing, and recording was done by me.
Cinematics, models, and the artistic depictions of Sargeras and the Burning Legion are made by Blizzard Entertainment.
The depictions of the Titan Azeroth and the Alliance of Lordaeron were graciously provided by Hipnosworld on Deviantart (
In game models were isolated using the Narcissus addon or the Wowhead model viewer.
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And as always, thanks for watching!
0:00 Ordering of Azeroth
0:40 The Burning Legion
1:09 Fall of Argus
1:46 Zandalari Empire
2:07 Kaldorei Empire
2:20 The War of the Ancients
3:14 The Sundering
3:42 Rise of Humans
4:24 Aegwynn and the Dragon Hunt
4:56 Azeroth Before the First War/Creation of the Horde
6:33 The First War
7:08 The Second War
8:17 Azeroth After The Second War
8:42 Destruction of Draenor
9:29 Creation of the Lich King
9:43 Formation of the Horde (the big one)
10:00 The Scourge of Lordaeron
10:13 The Third War
12:34 The Frozen Throne
13:40 Azeroth Before World of Warcraft
14:14 World of Warcraft
14:54 The Burning Crusade
15:44 Wrath of the Lich King
17:08 The Cataclysm
18:09 Mists of Pandaria
19:02 Warlords of Draenor
20:25 Legion
21:43 Battle for Azeroth
22:42 Buildup to Shadowlands
22:53 Ending

  • If the audio is too fast, I recommend setting the custom speed to 0.9, it slows me down a bit without making me sound drunk like 0.75 does. Enjoy!

    Hidden AzerothHidden Azeroth6 måneder siden
    • This is by far the best explination i've seen, amazing and funny video 👌🏻

      Alberto Fernandez ArceAlberto Fernandez Arce4 dager siden
    • If you're watching this the first time, and if you're only familiar with the stories of Warcraft 1, 2, and 3, like myself, a 0.5 speed will be perfectly fine. Sorry for making you sound so funny. :D

      szbszigszbszig10 dager siden
    • your still slurring your words!

      Justin PfrunderJustin PfrunderMåned siden
    • Slowing it down isn't helping. You need to actually open your mouth and articulate the words not just skim them.

      mastathekmastathekMåned siden
    • I challenge you to repeat this story using all the same words in half the time :)

      SuperGreenqueenSuperGreenqueenMåned siden
  • Seeing it all like that...that's a large pile of depressingly bad writing with a ton of hype and extremely drawn out stakes. Man, writing for games is hard. You're told to sell a game to as large a crowd as possible and inevitably end up with plot points that belong in a tabloid mag.

    tenou213tenou2132 dager siden
  • Ummmm....what, I'm so confused

    The Nerd DirectorThe Nerd Director2 dager siden
  • Wait but we know now that the Jailer made the Helm of Domination and Frostmourne... Well not him himself but like he was the one who had the plans to make it... So how does this affect what we know about Ner'zhul being the helm?

    Thomas BuelensThomas Buelens4 dager siden
  • 20:48 “Anduin is now high king of the Alliance and also kind of hot!” Lmfao that was great

    Dylan HeitkampDylan Heitkamp7 dager siden
  • Nice! couldn't understand a thing due to your blazing speed. Glad that I already know some lore.

    Salman JavedSalman Javed8 dager siden
  • Ain't no way you talked that fast for 20 mins without catching a deep breath

    To Real96To Real968 dager siden
  • New cool Horde with their secret ingredient of Racism is just fucking America.

    Bryan lozano leonBryan lozano leon8 dager siden
  • 1:29 'race of sentient chandeliers' Lmao

    Realistic optomysticRealistic optomystic8 dager siden
  • This sounds an awful lot like scientology Hormone Monster: "Yeah, out of all o' them they got the closest."

    Jayman493Jayman4938 dager siden
  • The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. (Psalms 34:18 [KJV]) - & - When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Mark 2:17 [KJV]) - & - For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13 [KJV])

    contrite sinnercontrite sinner11 dager siden
  • Close enough!

    S0ulFlay3rS0ulFlay3r11 dager siden
  • This video must have taken years to make

    Ece Cansu ErtuğrulEce Cansu Ertuğrul12 dager siden
  • And the they killed him... for real this time!!!

    Cloudy ClarkCloudy Clark12 dager siden
  • I love this video so much. Could maybe do a video where you explain the whole thing about Shadowlands? And you know what plotholes it filled for example why sylvannas becomes the warchief etc?

    Alphatatze_ YTAlphatatze_ YT12 dager siden
  • holy shit this is absolutely incredible !!! @.@

    luxlux13 dager siden
  • its a shame most of the lich king stuff was retconned lol.

    Sock MonkeySock Monkey13 dager siden
  • God, this is amazing. Watched several of these from others and didn't understand sh**. The little animations make a world of a difference.

    PumplymoozePumplymooze14 dager siden
  • "So both factions begin to recruit new soldiers from among their citizens to depopulate the local wildlife." 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

    JustAGuyfromLDNJustAGuyfromLDN15 dager siden
  • Dude, that portion of the story where it is essentially the plot of the warcraft movie is way more interesting than what they showed. That whole thing where the orc woman killed the king against her will etc, I dont know, I just feel they could have done better.

    Ashwinn MyburghAshwinn Myburgh15 dager siden
  • Speed: 0.75

    Silv3rbackSilv3rback16 dager siden
  • way too fast...

    ToyBoxToyBox16 dager siden
  • C-could you repeat that?

    LL16 dager siden
  • Damn, this was amazing! Thank you so much! Now all of it makes a lot more sense. Also really funny!

    JPortaJPorta17 dager siden
  • As someone who just recently got into WoW I appreciate this video and see the Warcraft universe in a different light - kinda deep, 25 years of history (if you count the initial ideas of Morhaime and his crew it might even be older than that) and it's still evolving and not at its end. The initial stages seem more coherent, later on it gets really messy and difficult to grasp (not a big fan of time travel medium to convey a plot amongst other tbh). I highly recommend to watch this video on 0.75x speed, made it way more bearable and understandable to me (not a big fan of speaking too fast, would rather have a 35 minute video than listen to this, hence the play-back speed feature came in super handy on that one and turned a rather unlikeable video into a very likeable one)

    Илья Я.Илья Я.17 dager siden
  • Fantasy Utah, holy fuck. XD

    Heather ShieldsHeather Shields17 dager siden
  • Cool Dan

    Frenzy PriestFrenzy Priest19 dager siden
  • this is the one origen tale that the titans and gods are reversed lmao

    UPDF DrakkellUPDF Drakkell19 dager siden
  • 9:32 is this still accurate..? I thought we found out that the Jailer made the sword and helm.

    Enigma VortexEnigma Vortex19 dager siden
  • lol "so edgy and cool"

    A SporkA Spork20 dager siden
  • This answered so many question yet made so many more. I swear the story team at blizz must get drunk and throw darts at a wall covered in random words and make up a story for that.

    BradyT918BradyT91820 dager siden
  • hey check out this streamer he has pretty good content and plays several games:

    gun jitsugun jitsu21 dag siden
  • *Confused Screaming*

    Oscar EricOscar Eric21 dag siden
  • Thank you lol I been trying to piece my life as if I'm a real tauren paldian in this world of warcraft.

    Isaiah PraterIsaiah Prater21 dag siden
  • wow

    LaurajanehahnLaurajanehahn22 dager siden
  • Man this more complicsted than lord of the rings

    rexhunter 27rexhunter 2722 dager siden
  • lmao "Cool Dan" instead of Gul' Dan (Subtitles at the end)

    Alex WaiteAlex Waite22 dager siden
  • so basicly when irl human kill themself its just to kick the ass of irl silvanas ? understandable

    NyhamNyham24 dager siden
  • ok we need to turn the video from "for some reason Vol'jin makes Sylvanas warchief" to "Vol'jin makes Sylvanas warchief because some monkey god told him to"

    Dan In WoWDan In WoW24 dager siden
  • Lamo Shadowlands already reckoned half of this fml

    C JohnstonC Johnston24 dager siden
  • That was awesome, very long story in the most entertaining way possible

    JoJo-2ne2ne1JoJo-2ne2ne125 dager siden
  • Man I cant wait to beat up the grim reaper tho

    Bradley LockwoodBradley Lockwood25 dager siden
  • I just watched this whole thing and I still don't get the full history of this game. It's just as confusing as the Kingdom Hearts game!

    Coach LombardiCoach Lombardi25 dager siden
  • All this is taught me is to not eat grain

    Dean MockettDean Mockett26 dager siden
  • at this point you gotta call it lore of warcraft 1 2 and 3 + WOW cuz it's like more than half the vid.

    invalidbonsai49invalidbonsai4927 dager siden
  • yeah, this needed at the very least a second part. Its more silly than it is informative because youre always on the verge of choking on your own saliva.

    Wilford BrimleyWilford Brimley27 dager siden
  • Me, after 23 full minutes: .....I'm still confused lmao

    Aynessa ValerionAynessa Valerion27 dager siden
  • how many times did you actually try to record thins video?

    Levie RamseyLevie Ramsey28 dager siden
  • Wait, what?

    Matt MeadMatt Mead28 dager siden
  • All the people surprised that World of Warcraft begins at almost the 15 minute mark are all the people that didn't know that there were 3 Warcraft games made before World of Warcraft...

    Whiskey SquaredWhiskey Squared29 dager siden
  • Amazing work!! thank you for this!!

    Dammit BobbehDammit Bobbeh29 dager siden
  • what

    lakeofirelakeofire29 dager siden
  • bruh....

    Michael TheosMichael TheosMåned siden
  • Elves are trolls ? 😂😂😂

    lilsabinlilsabinMåned siden
  • So the Argus section is basically Final Fantasy IX

    Mr. DootMr. DootMåned siden
  • For the alliance!

    TrueMan v3TrueMan v3Måned siden
  • .......You know what? Fuck it. I'll stick with Dunkey's video on Metal Gear Solid.

    Me King TigerMe King TigerMåned siden
  • Gilneas is a furry convention, haha

    Julio MoleroJulio MoleroMåned siden
  • Fuck. Sakes. LMFAO that is all.

    aJRediaJRediMåned siden
  • We need this as a quest. I would come back if i could play the story like this.

    K1ssingBoysK1ssingBoysMåned siden
  • What if... he recorded the audio in one take?

    Kevin FPKevin FPMåned siden
  • I cant wait getting an update on this with Shadowlands lore 😃

    Kristóf WéberKristóf WéberMåned siden
  • My favorite Part is when Illidan Disenchants Gul'dan lmao

    Lucifon KnightwolfLucifon KnightwolfMåned siden
  • I think my brain just melted

    TimTimMåned siden
  • this really explains alot in my eyes, i wish i could reply all of it from start to finish

    Gamer4PeaceGamer4PeaceMåned siden

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  • I lost it at the Lich King alarm clock

    DIESELDIESELMåned siden
  • Wonderfully done! Thank you so much

    hendrik blauwhendrik blauwMåned siden
  • Who else slowed the video in the first minute? :_D Anyway good vid

    Zefr4elZefr4elMåned siden
  • you talk too fast

    XianenbergXianenbergMåned siden
  • Muhahaa ! So good ! Big Like and Big LOL :D

    Thorsten FrenchThorsten FrenchMåned siden
  • Lol I shouldn’t have to play a video on slower speeds... make a slower video or I’m not watching it!!!

    Enthusiastic AizawaEnthusiastic AizawaMåned siden
  • garona is not an orc she’s a half orc smh

    Lizzy HandlinLizzy HandlinMåned siden
  • WOW!

    AMPkhanAMPkhanMåned siden
  • HuH?

    DanDanMåned siden
  • This was an absolutely amazing video, I give it 10/5. Thank you Hidden Azeroth you got a subscribe and like from me!

    Warrior CityWarrior CityMåned siden
  • Archimonde's one weakness: *Dead Elf Grandpas*

    VentroliquistVentroliquistMåned siden
  • after all the epic havoc that guldan had done for 4ish minutes of vid content - "Illidan disenchants Guldan" he dies in 1 second love it

    Justin PfrunderJustin PfrunderMåned siden
  • best video ever

    Justin PfrunderJustin PfrunderMåned siden
  • Will you do an update for shadowlands?

    TheD1fficultTheD1fficultMåned siden
  • I'm so far behind in the game it makes me depressed lol...

    Nicholas CareyNicholas CareyMåned siden
  • What does this have to do with collecting 15 wolf meat?

    TheFluffyDuckTheFluffyDuckMåned siden
  • Is it intentionally that this womanish orc looks like fiona from shrek? Xd😁😁

    Δημήτρης ΑυλωνίτηςΔημήτρης ΑυλωνίτηςMåned siden
  • thatwasfast

    Liane TanLiane TanMåned siden
  • So much was retconned and changed in shadowlands, quite refreshing, and a lot makes sense in the new lore

    Deathwing IncarnateDeathwing IncarnateMåned siden
  • Why does this have dislikes????This requires a lot of diction and knowledge!!!!!

    Paslaru Florin-AlexandruPaslaru Florin-AlexandruMåned siden
  • shadowlands in 5 secs

    Jose fernando De Melo CruzJose fernando De Melo CruzMåned siden
  • Huh? I'm sorry I asked.

    Sephiroth JirenSephiroth JirenMåned siden
  • Remember Warcraft III? Just simple but epic story without most of this bullshit.

    SanyaBaneSanyaBaneMåned siden

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  • why speaking so fast?

    TOP10 in 5 LanguagesTOP10 in 5 LanguagesMåned siden
  • Dude after 16 years i got it all in 1 place and in 23 minuts :). I peed my pants loling. Wreally Great jobe!!! Love it!!!

    Piotr MasrePiotr MasreMåned siden
  • UH WOW (no pun intended) Nicely Done!

    MaddMikey RMaddMikey RMåned siden
  • this guy deserves a medal

    Umutcan KaracaUmutcan KaracaMåned siden
  • Near the end. Wow what a twisted weird and exciting journey it has been.

    DracowingesDracowingesMåned siden
  • Ooh so thats why the Icecrown and Frostmourne are so powerfull, Ner'zull is powering them.

    DracowingesDracowingesMåned siden
  • There's so much to get through, I recommending watching on 2x speed

    MrLackerMrLackerMåned siden
  • A pain to listen to, for a non native english speaker

    BadMiscuitBadMiscuitMåned siden
  • "Varian gets disenchanted by Guldan" I literally split my drink

    Christy MurphyChristy MurphyMåned siden
  • I’m 14 minutes in and now he says this is the beginning of world of Warcraft I’m perplexed

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