Necromancy is the study of magic involving the dead.[1]

Arcane Mysteries

The arcane mysteries are mysteries stated to be of life and death.[2] Death, in the form of necromantic magic, acts as a counterbalance to life. It is an unavoidable force that breeds despair in mortal hearts and pushes everything toward a state of entropic decay and eventual oblivion. It is said that the sacrifice of life was the only way to ensure the saving of another. Sacrificial magic was considered the greatest violation of life and the energies of life, most commonly known as nature magic, are stated to promote growth and renewal in all things.[3]

The Professions of the Cosmos


In the face of demonic power, most heroes see death. Warlocks see only opportunity. Dominance is their aim and they have found a path to it in the dark arts, the arts of necromancy. According to the Blizzard Historian known as Justin Parker, warlocks aren't necromancers even though they have the abilities of necromancers. It seems that Justin Parker doesn't understand that warlocks can't have the abilities of necromancers without being necromancers themselves and that these voracious spellcasters summon minions to fight beside them.[4]


  1. The Schools of Arcane Magic - Necromancy
  2. Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual - The Rise of the Shadow Council
  3. World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1
  4. World of Warcraft > Game Guide > Classes > Warlock