Playable races in World of Warcraft
Human · Night Elf · Dwarf · Gnome · Bc icon Draenei · Cata-Logo-Small Worgen
BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small Lightforged Draenei · BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small Void Elf  · BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small Dark Iron Dwarf
Mists-Logo-Small Pandaren
Orc · Undead · Tauren · Troll · Bc icon Blood elf · Cata-Logo-Small Goblin
BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small Highmountain Tauren · BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small Nightborne · BattleForAzeroth-Logo-Small Zandalari Troll
"Darkness covered us in the beginning, and we could not see. We cried for guidance and the moon shone down bright upon us. Her soft light not only illuminated the night for us but also gave comfort. Her light touched us from within, enabling us to see even when the moon was not visible..."
—Tyrande Whisperwind
Night Elf Crest
Night elves (or kaldorei, for "Children of the Stars" in Darnassian), are a powerful and mystical race whose origins extend back to ancient times.

The ancient and reclusive night elves have played a pivotal role in shaping Azeroth’s fate. The night elves of today still remember the War of the Ancients over ten thousand years ago, when they halted the Burning Legion’s first invasion of Azeroth. When the Legion’s remnants rallied together with the vile satyrs centuries later, the night elves again opposed the threat, ultimately vanquishing the forces that set out to wreak havoc on their world.

Night Elf History

The Legion’s emergence had forever changed night elven society. Under the leadership of Tyrande Whisperwind and Malfurion Stormrage, they cultivated a peaceful civilization, and shunned the use of arcane magic, which had attracted the Legion to Azeroth.

But the night elves’ tranquility was shattered anew when the Legion and its terrifying undead Scourge launched a new invasion of Azeroth in the modern times--a conflict known as the Third War. The Night Elves fought alongside the Horde and Alliance to defeat the Legion, but their victory was only made possible through an explosion that damaged the blessed World Tree, which had long granted the night elves immortality and protection from aging and disease.

Against Malfurion’s warnings, renegade druids created a new World Tree in hopes of restoring the night elves’ immortality. But this new World Tree eventually became tainted by a dark malady called the Emerald Nightmare, which the night elves were able to combat with Malfurion’s aid.

Although the night elves still struggle to cope with the loss of immortality, the fate of Azeroth rests on their resilience and willingness to aid other races; qualities which the Burning Legion will surely test again.