When it comes to the World of Warcraft storyline, we immediately think of Sargeras and the Burning Legion as the be-all and end-all villains of the series, right?

We might be wrong.

After listening to recent Lorewalker Cho sound files I started thinking…

Though Sargeras is and has been a name synonymous with the phrase “main antagonist of WoW,” Blizzard seems to be building up N’Zoth to match or be set upon an even higher pedestal of malevolence than the Fallen Titan.

Will Sargeras be but a stepping stone to the real villain of WoW: N’Zoth?

N’Zoth’s Accomplishments:

Although we don’t know much about the third named Old God, Chris Metzen, the Vice President of Creative Development at Blizzard Entertainment said the following about him at a 2010 Blizzcon Lore Panel:

You haven’t seen who signs Deathwing’s paychecks yet… The third Old God is N’Zoth, and we’ve suggested I think directly that, uh, he was the critter responsible for the spark of the Emerald Nightmare, and he’s got all sorts of other weird shit goin’ on, so, he’s a real problem.

We already know N’zoth is responsible for:

1. Corrupting Deathwing

2. Saving the High Elves and Azshara and morphing them into the Naga.

3. The True Master of the events of Cataclysm

4. The cause of the Emerald Nightmare.

It’s alluded he’s somewhere in the ocean and most likely in the same location as Azshara who is comparable to Archimonde or Kil’Jaeden in strength.


“You haven’t seen who signs Deathwing’s paychecks yet…”

All of this though isn’t my main reasoning for saying that N’zoth may be the true villain of Warcraft. Think about the following:

1. N’Zoth is hinted at having been free this entire time and in fact slumbering. This means instead of aiding his Old God brethren he decided to stay hidden (C’thun’s death, Yogg Saron’s death).

2. It was explicitly stated in the dungeon journal for Warlord Zon’ozz that C’thun and Yogg’Saron were actually at war with N’Zoth.

3. Now, even when we’re actually aware of his existence, he still doesn’t act and allows the final fragment of existence that was Y’Shaarj to be purged from this world.

4. Instead of introducing N’zoth as the next big bad guy, Blizzard chose to bring us to Pandaria and finish off Y’Shaarj.

5. There is only (as far as we know) one more Old God left imprisoned aside from N’Zoth (IF he’s imprisoned).

N’Zoth may have us right where he wants us. He’s letting each and every one of his “comrades,” or rather enemies, be killed off to bide him more time and maybe even build more power.

Not just that, but N’Zoth is letting US kill off his competition instead of doing it himself.


Although we don’t know exactly which character from Lovecraft lore N’Zoth is based upon — if it is based on Nyarlathotep, it could very well end up looking like this.

Or this.

N’Zoth is planning something massive; the TRUE Hour of Twilight. Leaving a slumbering Old God unchecked, imprisoned or not, especially one who has caused most of the misfortune that the universe of Warcraft has suffered through, is horrible in the long run. This has been N’Zoth’s plan all along.

He has WANTED us to kill off the other Old Gods, thus leading to more and more corruption flooding through the veins of the planet.

He has been distracting us after all this time, building up something: What this something may be, we can’t know yet. But it will be something unspeakably malign, baleful, and malevolent. Blizzard is hinting at the fact N’zoth may either be the penultimate or ultimate enemy for the Warcraft universe. Based on everything he’s capable of, he may even be on par with Sargeras in strength.

If that’s the case, you’re probably wonder why this giant squid hasn’t killed us all already?

He thinks he’s smarter than us. Actually, I think he IS smarter than us. Whether N’Zoth’s hubris proves to be a key component in taking the fight back to him or not, the pieces are certainly in place for Blizzard in terms of building up this Old God to maybe usurp Sargeras as the “final”, or rather “main”, antagonist of World of Warcraft.

Want to read more WoW musings by Adventures in Poor Taste authors? Head to our World of Warcraft page.

WoW Lore lovers: Craving more info about N’Zoth’s pulling of strings behind the scenes or the War of the Ancients and the events that lead up to the Great Sundering of Azeroth 10,000 years ago? Pick up Warcraft: War of the Ancients #3: The Sundering (Bk. 3) from Amazon.

About The Author

Anthony is a 19 year old creative writing major and communications minor. Video games, especially their stories, have been a passion of his since he was a child. He has been allocating a way to put out some of his fantasy-oriented writings and other works for a solid amount of time now, and is glad he finally gets to express some of his ideas to you, the reader.

  • KZMach

    But was Sargeras ever the real enemy? The Old Gods knew about him, and manipulated Azshara and her Highborne into drawing the attention of the Burning Legion, and then into trying to summon Sargeras. As is said in the WOTA books, the Old Gods (or at least one of them) thought that Sargeras coming into Azeroth would free them/him… Who knows they even had a hand in corrupting him,

    • aernath

      That’s quite logical actually, after all it was Titans who enslaved the Old Gods, therefore corrupting a Titan may very well be their only way to salvation.
      And this also explains Sargeras may not be the biggest baddest dude either, he’s just some greater corrupted agent; a higher level version of Deathwing.

  • A Dog

    I wrote this in an article about a year ago and it was posted to mmo-champ. I have since then deleted the blog because I didn’t update it enough to pay for the domain name, but hey, stay original you guys!

    • ChristinaRiccisUncle

      Let me guess, you’re the person who sued the Wachowski Brothers because you really wrote the script for The Matrix too, right?

      Loved that scene where you made Keanu say, “I know kung-fu!”

    • SplashRange

      Well i hope since then you have learned the meaning of penultimate.

    • SplashRange


  • MagmaScythe

    First off, N’Zoth was not the one responsible for the Naga. That was the doing of the Old God that resides under the seas who will be based off of Yig. An intresting thing is Yig was based off of Quetzalcoatl who Hakkar was modeled after, meaning that Zul could play a roll here. I wouldn’t say N’Zoth is the end all boss of the Old Gods. They are all on the same terms of power, were stuck in an endless cycle of chaos, war and destruction with each other pre-titans, and we have only been able to defeat them at a fraction of their true forms. I do agree that Sargeras will not be the final villain in Warcraft, but I believe there is something more to Azeroth’s true identity that the Titans may fill us in on after we take down the fallen one(Azathoth).

    • Grandpasoul

      That’s right! But Azshara made a pact with the old gods turning all of her people into the Nagas.

    • Niftu Cal

      http://wowpedia.org/N'Zoth except that is speculated to be N’Zoth…


    Hold on. Are you telling me that WoW still has some story / lore left ? I thought that the “story” part ender with WC3 / Vanilla WoW, From that point they just raped the storyline every possible way, bottomlining it to another “greatest threat ever, no place to run and hide” scenatio

    • Asphyxiate9

      All the story has been great, people just skim over it and say “lol dragons” or “lol pandas”.

  • Podd Socks

    the trials and tribulations of azeroths ever changing world are always an interesting read.

  • Ryan

    So WoW just took a bunch of H.P. Lovecraft shit and put it in their game?

    • John Belrose

      Basically, however, the same could be said about Lovecraft taking things from other mythologies and giving them a darker and more sinister slant.

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  • Metronil

    people still play this game? LOL!

    • Neil deGrasse Bison

      Look out, everyone: We got a real MMO bad-ass on our hands. He must have moved on to “bigger and better” things — like sitting on his right hand for twenty minutes before masturbating instead of his left.

    • duh

      we all know if you spent time reading this you probably still play

  • Hands

    Didn’t Metzen say in a panel once that the third old god is under Ashenvale in the Blackfathom Depths?

  • Dudemeister

    I’m pretty sure they’re building up N’zoth to make him the boss of the next expansion or so, they’ve only started their emphasis on him within recent times, I guess that means they want to try and build up his reputation before letting you kill him.

    I don’t doubt that Sargeras, a being that of which we knew about since early years of Warcraft (not world of warcraft, just warcraft in general) is going to be something of what we’ll be calling the “end boss” and main antagonist of WoW.

  • disqus_ECVAu1dP3O

    I’ll save you the trouble: New Raid: N’Zoth is raid boss, random heroes go in and kill it.

    That’s WoW’s storyline for you: Big fucking whoop.

    • Alex Romero

      Yeah, it’s almost like it was a videogame or something.



  • Blade

    N’Zoth is the next Old God to be revealed in WoW period…whoever dislikes this will have to get over it

  • meow

    Blizzard Entertainment employees are responsible for anything that happens in the game, no fictional character.

    • Blizztarded

      Why does anybody post comments like this, ever?

      Holy SHIT, N’Zoth isn’t a sentient being? Warcraft is a story written by human beings on Earth?! Next you’re gonna tell me Santa Claus isn’t real!

      • meow

        Santa Clause is real, he was a saint.