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A guard is a type of NPC that protects towns, cities, and certain roads within their territory. Most guards in major cities will answer questions about the city they protect.

A player's character will not receive an Honorable Kill when killing a guard of the opposing faction.

Guards are tagged for PvP combat and automatically attack players of the enemy faction on sight, regardless of whether PvP is enabled on the player. They also attack hostile creatures that come nearby.

Attacking a guard (as with any enemy NPC) automatically tags a player for PvP combat. The Territory is under attack! message will appear in the enemy's LocalDefense chat box.

Getting close to an NPC in an opposing faction's town will often make them call out for help, which will spawn 1-3 guards immediately. The spawned guards' levels are often higher than that of the other normal guards that are there by default, especially true in Darkshire, Hammerfall, and Menethil Harbor as well as several other towns.[citation needed] The spawned guards disappear after some time.

Each faction with a capital city has a race-specific guard. Major cities each have 3 elite named guards, except the cities introduced in World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade: Exodar and Silvermoon City. In addition, each race has a different kind of guard.

Guards in all major cities and starting areas also serve as guides and offer directions to points of interest. The only exception to this is Dalaran, which has no normal guards; local wizards instead offer directions.

In Patch 2.3, your pointer will change to look like a map when moving over a guard who will answer questions about the local city or town.


Stormwind (Human)

Stormwind Guard, Stormwind City Guard, Stormwind City Patroller, Stormwind Royal Guard, Officer, The People's Militia, Night Watch, Stromgarde Defender, Kul Tiras Marine

Northshire, Goldshire, Lakeshire, Nijel's Point, Southshore (wears town tabard)

  • Towns protected by other types of militia:

Darkshire (Night Watch), Hillsbrad (Hillsbrad Footman), Sentinel Hill (The People's Militia), Refuge Pointe (Refuge Pointe Defender), Stromgarde (Stromgarde Defender, Stromgarde Cavalryman), Tiragarde Keep (Kul Tiras Marine), Theramore (Theramore Guard - not affiliated with Stormwind)

Their uniqueness comes from their shields, and that they can improve their chance to block.

Ironforge (Dwarf)

Dwarven Mountaineer, Ironforge Guard, Thief Catcher (Ironforge Elite)

  • Towns protected by Mountaineers:

Anvilmar, Kharanos, Thelsamar

Their uniqueness comes from their ability to use storm clap.

Some mountaineers can also shoot in addition to their melee attacks.

Gnomeregan Exiles (Gnome)

None as of patch 2.4.1

Darnassus (Night elf)

Teldrassil Sentinel, Darnassus Sentinel, Sentinel, Huntress (Darnassus Elite), Darnassian Protector (Treants, Darnassus only), Ancient Protector

  • Towns protected by Sentinels:

Aldrassil, Dolanaar, Auberdine, Astranaar, Feathermoon Stronghold

Exodar (Draenei)

Exodar Peacekeeper, Shield of Velen


  • Menethil Harbor — Sentry/Elite


Orgrimmar (Orc)

Orgrimmar Grunt, Scout, Kor'kron Elite, Troll Roof Stalker

Towns protected by Grunts: Valley of Trials, Razor Hill, Splintertree Post, Zoram'gar Outpost, Hammerfall, Kargath

Their uniqueness is that they use a two handed weapon and enrage.

Darkspear Trolls (Troll)

Sen'jin Watcher

Towns protected by Watchers: Sen'jin Village, Shadowprey Village

Thunder Bluff (Tauren)

Brave, Bluffwatcher

Towns protected by Braves: Bloodhoof Village, Camp Narache, Shadowprey Village, Ghost Walker Post, Sun Rock Retreat, Freewind Post, Camp Mojache

Undercity (Forsaken)

Deathguard, Undercity Guardian (abominations), Seeker (Undercity Elite), Royal Dreadguard

Towns protected by Deathguards: Deathknell, Brill, Sepulcher, Tarren Mill

Their uniqueness is their abominations, which have plague cloud, a buff which regularly damages foes around them.

Silvermoon (Blood elf)

Silvermoon Guardian, Arcane Guardian, Royal Guard

Towns Protected By Guardians: the Falconwing Square of western Silvermoon City, Fairbreeze Village, Tranquillien, Sunstrider Isle

Their uniqueness is that the model of their guards is unique compared to other blood elves.



In Mists of Pandaria

World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

It is planned that guards will function differently depending on the type of server a player is on. For PvE servers, there will be no apparent change. On PvP servers, guards will be slightly weaker and respawn less frequently.[1]


  1. ^ Nethaera 2012-06-05. The Future of PvP in Mists of Pandaria. Official World of Warcraft Community site (US).

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.7.0 (13-Sep-2005): Casting spells on your pets and summons will no longer cause guards in neutral towns to attack you.
  • World of Warcraft Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005): You no longer stay in combat while guards are assisting you.