Nightborne Names Guide & Best 10 Name Suggestions
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During the War of the Ancients, Ancient Kalimdor was thorned apart upon the destruction of the Well of Eternity, leaving most of the mainland in ruins with some sunken in the Great Sea. It was by this time that the resident Highborne of Suramar, one of the largest and important cities of the Kaldorei Empire, created a magical barrier that kept the center of the city intact while the surrounding lands are being sundered. For 10,000 years they were isolated from the rest of the world and, in time, transformed into a different race of Night Elves caused by the Nightwell—the Nightborne Elves.
During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, the Suramar laid down their shield once again to ally themselves with the Burning Legion. This is to preserve their kingdom and the Nightwell against the rampant invasion of the Burning Legion. Not all Nightborne agreed to such a rash decision by the Suramar leaders. A rebellion instigated by First Arcanist Thalyssra against the regime of Grand Magistrix Elisande sprouted leading to a civil war known as the Nightfallen Rebellion. This led to the fall of Elisande’s rule, removing the presence of the Burning Legion from Suramar and eventually, finding a way to cure the Nightborne of their dependence on the Nightwell.
In this guide, we’ll tackle a brief history of the NIghtborne Elves and how they joined the Horde faction. Not only that, but we’ll also include a brief guide on how to unlock the NIghtborne as a playable character in-game, the NIghtborne appearance, and Nightborne racial traits. Readers will be introduced to a list of our Top WOW Male and Female Nightborne Names, a list of some Funny Nightborne Names, and a ranking of our best picked Nighborne names via our Top 10 Best Nightborne Name Suggestions. Exciting, right? Feel free to take a detour and try our WOW Nightborne Name Generator for some quick name references and ideas. And the best part? It’s free!
The Shal’dorei and the Horde
The Nightborne Elf or the Shal’dorei are considered the most powerful of all elves to exist in the current Azeroth. Their seclusion for 10,000 years allowed them to nurture and be one with the Nightwell, a source of power created by the ancient Highborne during the War of the Ancients. For the long years of their isolation, the Nightborne continued to excel in the use of arcane magic, while at the same time, preserving the original culture of the once-great Kaldorei Empire. The Nightborne is said to have achieved the greatest pinnacle of elven magic capabilities and sophistication during their isolation from the rest of the world.
For the past 10,000 years, the Nightborne Elves became heavily dependent on the energies of the Nightwell to survive. During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, Grand Magistrix Elisande decided to ally the Nightborne to the Burning Legion in the hopes of protecting the Nightwell in the coming war. Most of the Nightborne commoners disagreed with such a reckless decision. With their surrender to the Burning Legion, Gul’dan’s demon army and the loyalists of the Grand Magistrix band together in the streets of Suramar as a common army. Fear struck in the populace of the Nightborne and the city became restless. To control the crowd, Elisande controlled the rations of Arcwine, the main source of nutrition of any Nightborne to survive.
Eventually, a resistance of Nightborne and Nightfallen Elves led by First Arcanist Thalyssra was formed underground in the ruins of Shal’aran. The resistance intends to overthrow the Grand Magistrix and remove the presence of the Legion in Suramar.
Unlocking the Nightborne in World of Warcraft
The continuation of the story of the Nightfallen Rebellion and First Arcanist Thalyssra is directly told in-game when players take the Suramar Storyline at level 110. Unlike the other allied races, the Nightborne race can be unlocked with only two easy steps: First is to complete the Suramar storyline and getting the Insurrection Achievement. Second, taking up the special recruitment quest that allows the Nightborne to join the Horde faction. At the start of Suramar Storyline, the Horde adventurer meets Thalyssra recruiting some Nightfallen allies to her cause.
To further help the rebellion of the Nightborne against the Legion and Elisande, Archmage Khadgar issued a call to any race that could spare help. The Kaldorei, the Quel’dorei, and the Sin’dorei responded on the call, each led by Tyrande WHisperwind, Vereesa Windrunner, and Lady Liadrin respectively. In response to this newly-formed alliance of the Elves, Elisande released her Duskwatch and other forces and openly challenged the rebellion. The combined elven army was proven to be uncontested and they easily carved a path towards Nighthold, the inner keep of Suramar. In here, the Horde adventurer fights head-on and face-to-face with Elisande. Despite her effort, she was killed in the process. At the last moment, the rebellion continued to bring the fight to Gul’dan and defeated him after a serious battle.
Allied Races: Nightborne
After the success of the rebellion and the return of Suramar to the rightful NIghtborne Elves, Lady Liadrin suggested to Sylvanas Windrunner, the current Horde Warchief, that the Nightbornes will be an essential addition to the Horde if persuaded into their ranks. She sent Lady Liadrin and the Horde Adventurer to invite First Arcanist Thalyssra into Silvermoon. After a short conversation, it was disclosed that Tyrande first invited Thalyssra to the Alliance but was quickly rejected due to the indifference of the Kaldorei to the Nightborne. In turn, Thalyssra accepted the invitation of Sylvanas Windrunner to Silvermoon. In here, Nightborne officially joined the Horde faction.
Players will receive the Allied Races: Nightborne achievement after completing this series of quest lines. Upon reaching level 50 on a Nightborne Allied Race without a level boost, players are entitled to a Heritage of the NIghtborne Feat of Strength and the Shal’dorei Heritage Armor Set. Do note that these items can only be transmogged by Nightborne characters alone.
The Nightborne’s appearance is very similar to the Night Elves. What makes them identifiable is their darker skin tone. Their skins do not have bright tones of purple or pink but rather have a more pale and dark blue hue. Their hair is not colorful. Their hair colors are either white, gray, black, or pale blue.
WOW Nightborne Racial Traits and Classes
There are eight available classes for the Mechagnome race as summarized in the table below:
Tank or Melee Plate DPS
Ranged Cloth DPS
Melee or Ranged Mail DPS
Ranged Cloth DPS
Melee Leather DPS
Tank, Healer, or Melee Leather DPS
Healer or Ranged Cloth DPS
Tank or Melee Plate DPS
(Available with the Shadowlands pre-order)
The Nightborne Racial Traits are summarized below:
Nightbornes can summon a flying book to act as a mobile mailbox.
Upon activation, conjures an Eldritch Grimoire which allows mail access for 1.5 minutes.
Nightbornes can magically enchant an entire area to damage and snare enemies caught.
Upon casting, deals Arcane damage equal to 200% Attack Power to nearby enemies every 2seconds and snares them by 50%. Lasts 20 seconds.
Nightbornes are versed with the Inscription skill.
Increases Inscription skill by 15 points.
Nightborne’s mastery of arcane allows them to further increase any magical damage they dealt.
Passively increase magical damage by 1%.
Nightbornes are resistant to arcane damage.
Reduces Arcane damage taken from all sources by 1%.
Game Suggestions: Based on the racial traits above, the Nightborne race excels better as magic-based DPS due to the Arcane Pulse (as crowd control) and Magical Affinity. Not only that, they are resistant to magic-based damage too and will not die easily if paired with a magic DPS enemy. With that in mind, a Nightborne Mage and a Nightborne Warlock are recommended. Players may also core their Nightborne characters in healing or support roles by choosing a Nightborne Priest or a Nightborne Monk. A Nightborne Rogue and Nightborne Hunter is ideal for players who still want to core on physical-DPS instead.
The rest of the available classes are free to explore by the players and they may pick a class according to their playstyle.
Nightborne Elf Names
Nightborne names are based on the Shalassian language. It is a derivative of the Darnassian language similar to Thalassian. Their names are most likely similar to the Kaldorei but with few noticeable transitions and changes due to the evolution of their dialect. Their surnames or clan names are Shalassian, rather than taking Common-tongue names like Coldmoon and Fallingstar.
Top 10 Male Nightborne Elf Names
This Nightborne name depicts a prideful yet powerful Nightborne elf born of nobility. He sees outsiders of Suramar as lesser beings compared to the Shal’dorei.
Coming from a once-prominent family of Highborne, Elzerun strongly opposes the rejoining of the Shal’dorei, most especially to the Horde.
This name translates to “Watcheye” in the Common language. He is a notable Duskwatch Ranger who betrayed the Nightborne authority and joined the First Arcanist in her rebellion.
Thalyssra envisioned a society free from the Legion’s influence. Tal’magi wishes the same for he has an ancient hatred with the demons of the Legion.
Known as Nightblade Zeledor, he wields the formidable Nightblade, Drolzor.
Drolzor was said to be an ancient Kaldorei runeblade crafted by the Highborne ancestors of Zeledor.
This name is for a male Nightborne warrior with a noble heart and compassion for his kin.
Few hours before the Insurrection, Elisande ordered the massacre of the Nightbornes in Waning Crescent. Meldoias immediately abandoned his post and convinced some of the Duskwatch to instead join the Insurrection.
This name describes a male Nightborne who became a Nightfallen renegade when he was exiled away from the city.
He was accused of insubordination by the high council when he refused orders in rounding up some powerless Nightfallen and executing them.
A Nightfallen undercover during the Insurrection. During the preparation for the rebellion, he disguised himself with illusion magic in a form of a normal Nightborne citizen.
Ai’dowan is a skilled Nightborne illusionist and can transform his appearance instantly. He gathers news and information for the rebels.
This name describes a male NIghtborne loyal to the Grand Magistrix.
He led the suppressing of the rebellion in Arcway but was met with a powerful combined opposition of the NIghtfallen and the Horde.
A loyalist of the Grand Magistrix and the Legion, this name describes an evil Nightborne Warlock who became obsessed with the new magics and methods of the Burning Legion when they occupied the city.
He was fascinated when he learned that necromancy and fel transformations are possible. He sought to have the same knowledge that Gul’dan has.
This male NIghtborne name describes a skilled Nightborne Rogue who defected the Duskwatch during their defense on the siege of the Grand Promenade.
Dissatisfied with the current leadership of the Nightborne, he quickly disobeyed the orders of the Grand Magistrix to defend the Grand Promenade against the advances of the elven army. He joined the so-called Rebel Agents and successfully disrupted the Burning Legion’s attempt in opening portals to call demon reinforcements.
Also called “The Dark Magister”, he involved himself with the dark and mystical arts of the old Kaldorei.
Norezan, despite learning the demonic practices of the Legion, joined the NIghtfallen Rebellion and used the same dark magics against the Legion and the Grand Magistrix.
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Top 10 Female Nightborne Elf Names
This name describes one of the female NIghtborne huntresses who joined the Nightfallen rebellion in its earlier stages.
Edelith was entrusted with recruiting capable Nightborne warriors among the military ranks of Suramar. She successfully convinced most of the Duskwatch to join the rebellion.
Also known by the title Arcanist Ti’esdra, she is one of the prominent NIghtborne mages who was sent by the Horde in the war in Zandalar.
During the Battle of Dazar’alor, Ti’esdra created a stream of flames to help defrost the frozen Zandalari fleet from the sea, allowing the Horde to turn the tides against the Alliance.
This name describes a young but brave Nightborne citizen.
The young Vithsuvi led the Nightfallen in the ruins of Black Rook Hold to amass weapons and equipment for the Nightborne militia.
This female Nightborne name describes a terrifying and powerful Nightborne Mage belonging to the loyal mages of Grand Magistrix Elisande.
Nu’shara is one of the defenders of the tunnels of Nighthold. She served under the leadership of Star Augur Etraeus. She was ordered to retreat further into the depths of the Nighthold for their position is already lost to the rebels.
Branded as the “Pitlord’s Bane”, she is said to have claimed the tusk of Rozzeleth, the pitlord who intercepted their army on Meredil.
Klarantel struck an arcane-infused arrow in the right eye of Rozzeleth, allowing most of the elven resistance to flank the Legion’s position. She, later on, claimed his head which signaled the end of the battle at Meredil.
This name depicts a heroic and strong Nightborne warrior who joined the rebellion against the Suramar rulers.
Joining the first wave, Ysmirra joined the Blood Elves in their attempt to storm the city’s parameter. She successfully healed and saved numerous Blood Elves who were injured in battle using her healing magic.
A member of the Duskwatch vanguard, she bravely held her line against waves of Night Elves and Nightfallen rebels advancing in the front of the Astravar Harbor.
Although not a loyalist to the Grand Magistrix, she stood by her principles and followed orders from their captain to hold the harbor with their lives. She became a war captive when the harbor fell in the hands of the rebels.
A renowned Nightborne Astronomer, Amelian joined the rebellion with a heavy heart. She was disheartened when the Grand Magistrix decided to enter a pact with the Legion.
Amelian remained loyal to Suramar and, despite doubts, followed the principles and decision of Elisande. When she has known that an uprising is currently in progress, she secretly aided the rebels by providing them valuable information on how to access the Nighthold itself.
This name describes a high-ranking noble in Suramar who secretly aided the NIghtfallen rebellion and participated in the Insurrection.
Noble families of Suramar are expected to expend undying loyalty to the Grand Magistrix and the Legion. Despite this, the house of the Farenborr defied them and was, one by one, exiled and turned into Nightfallen. During Milandria’s exile, she met the group of Thalyssra and aided them with information and valuable resources that her family can provide.
This Nightborne name became memorable to the eyes of the rebellion for she was the first Nightfallen to eat the magical fruit of Arcan’dor.
Despite doubts about the effects of consuming the fruit, Emeiah took the courage to test the fruit on herself—little did she know that this will be the start of their liberation from the Nightwell.
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Funny WoW Nightborne Names
The stories of the Nightborne are, admittedly, fascinating. It circulates their triumph against the oppression of their leader and how they expelled the Legion’s presence in their country. In this section, we’ll try to add some funny name ideas for the Nightborne race.
Before you proceed, please note that the following names are just created to make funny jokes and puns about the Nightborne race. No intentional insults or verbal abuse are intended.
He is NIghtborne suffering from psychogenic amnesia attempting to discover his real identity.
You have to agree, Nightbornes are just Night Elves but paler.
She is a sweet and gentle Nightborne warrior.
He is Barney… but darker!
Why not? You’ll never know if some Shal’dorei is Asian. *winks*
What’s darker than a Night Elf? Yes, a Midnight Elf.
This name is very fitting for almost all kinds of elves in World of Warcraft.
He is a bored NIghtborne.
A master of fist fighting, Nightbonks is an exceptional NIghtborne Monk.
Nightbornes are skilled with arcane magic. They are qualified to be called “dark” magicians.
Top WOW Nightborne Elf Names Suggestions
We now arrived at the ending part of this guide. As a finale, we are going to rank our top suggested male and female names into a list of our Top 10 most suggested Nightborne Elf names. We based the rankings on how Nightborne-related are the names and, at the same time, considering how relevant are the lore provided for each. Check out our rankings below.
To start with, this name sounds elvish and fitting for a prideful or evil character. We see this name for a character who sees other races as lesser beings compared to the NIghtborne. We are placing this name on the top spot for the nice name and the good lore.
Aside from the nice-sounding name for a female Nightborne, we love the characterization of this character from her background lore. She belongs to the house of the Farenborr, one of the noble families of Suramar. They were exiled one by one and turned into Nightfallen for their open opposition to the Grand Magistrix.
The name Klarantel gives us a nice impression of a NIghtborne name. It sounds strong, heroic, and bold. Additionally, we associated her as a heroine who slain a pitlord, Pitlord’s Bane. We think this is a nice backstory as to how the pitlord Rozzeleth was defeated in the battle of Meredil.
Not all loyalists of the Grand Magistrix are ready to turn against their kind and side with the Legion. We created a name for a character who practiced dark and demonic magics but still joined the rebellion and opposed their leader. We find this story unique and heroic for a NIghtborne warlock.
We also included names for Nightbornes who became Nightfallen due to their exile away from the NIghtwell. Iviran is one of them. His backstory tells us of his punishment of exile for disobeying orders of their captain to execute innocent Nightfallen. Apart from that, the name sounds interesting, simple, and noble— just like the character itself.
This name is one of our favorites on this list. We consider the name heroic-sounding and, at the same time, noble. That is why we based his character on being noble-hearted, joining the cause of the rebellion to free it from Legion’s influence.
The Nightfallen and other elven armies combined forces in storming the Nighthold. We portrayed this name as someone who participated in the first wave of attacking the Nighthold. The name sounds elven and it gives off an impression that a character with this name is a support healer.
We are including on the list a name for a NIghtborne who joined the rebellion in its earlier stages. We depict Edelith as a skilled huntress who successfully convinced most of the Duskwatch low-ranking officers to join the rebellion. The name itself is very elvish and we consider this as one of our favorite Nightborne names.
Of course, we are placing names for antagonist Nightbornes loyal to the Grand Magistrix. Dainur’s backstory retells the events on the Arcway where the combined forces of the elven army and the NIghtfallen battle with the Duskwatcher vanguards. The name also sounds nice and is perfect for an antagonist character.
Lastly, we created a NIghtborne name for a character considered to be the first to eat the fruit of Arcan’dor. Although this is not a supported concept from the original Warcraft novel or game, we still think that we lack a backstory or supporting arc on how the Nightfallen discovered the benefits of the fruit. Having this backstory gives us another possible story aside from those given in-game. The name sounds gentle, feminine, and most importantly, brave.
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