Maybe we’ve been going about this all wrong. Everything we know about Wrathion seems to be a contradiction of motives. He showed up in Mists and appeared to be very concerned with the fate of the world. Yet when things didn’t go according to plan, he helped orchestrate Garrosh Hellscream’s escape. For someone so bent on the defense and protection of our world, that felt a little odd, to say the least.
Given his activity in Mists of Pandaria, we were flat out expecting to see Wrathion in Warlordsand Legion. In both expansions, it seemed almost a given we’d see him. Everything we knew about him, about his task suggested it was a certainty. But maybe we’ve been mistaken all this time. You see, we’ve been looking at Wrathion as if he’s a dragon.
And he’s not. …not exactly.
— Know Your Lore, Tinfoil Hat Edition: Wrathion’s task
Wrathion is one of the more enigmatic lore figures in Warcraft lore. He made an incredible debut in the Rogue legendary quest chain, and followed that up with an expansion-long role that all players got to experience. We spent a lot of time running Wrathion’s errands. We spent even more time wondering exactly what he was up to. And then he faded away, right when it seemed his role would be most relevant.
We didn’t see Wrathion in Warlords, other than a brief mention and a cameo appearance with no dialogue. It made little sense, given his role in Garrosh’s eventual escape. And now that we’re finally fighting the fight he warned us about, he’s nowhere to be seen. But Wrathion’s story is full of strange holes — and the more we look at his story, the stranger it becomes.
— Know Your Lore: Wrathion’s tale