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Archbishop Benedictus
Title Archbishop of the Church of Light
Gender Male
Race Human (Humanoid)
Level ?? Boss
Character class Priest
Health 504,000
Mana 352,000
Affiliation Alliance, Church of Light, Kingdom of Stormwind, Twilight's Hammer clan
Occupation Leader of the Church of Light
Location Cathedral of Light
Status Alive
Mentor(s) Alonsus Faol
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Archbishop Benedictus (formerly Jarl, surname unknown) is the leader of the Church of the Holy Light based out of Cathedral of Light in the city of Stormwind.


Archbishop Benedictus as seen in World of Warcraft.

The current archbishop is a middle-aged man named Jarl, though following Church tradition he gave up his birth name when he was elected to this high position, and adopted a new, holy name.

In his youth, he was the younger son of a wealthy Lordaeron merchant, and was raised to join the family business. He found religion instead, discovering the Holy Light after meeting an old traveler one night and almost dying when a pack of mercenaries attacked them both. After recovering, Jarl petitioned to join the Church, and was accepted immediately. The kindly Jarl was the student of Lordaeron's religious leader, Archbishop Alonsus Faol. Jarl spent many years learning from his pious master. He rose quickly to the rank of senior priest, and had charge of a large town in Lordaeron when the Scourge appeared. Jarl did his best to evacuate his parishioners and then joined them in their flight to Azeroth. The Church settled him in a town there, but soon promoted him to Stormwind City instead. While there, he helped the Church of Light construct its most striking monument: the Cathedral of Light in Stormwind. He was being considered for promotion to bishop when Archbishop Faol died, and the council chose to elevate him to archbishop instead.[1] The newly named Benedictus took charge of the Church and swore to continue the good work his mentor had begun so many years before.


Benedictus is a soft-spoken man of average height and stocky build who looks more like a farmer than a religious leader. He still hates the Scourge for destroying his homeland, and has vowed to direct the Church in destroying that threat forever. Despite his quiet ways, Jarl is surprisingly adept at politics — at least in avoiding confrontation and forming alliances — and he has managed to keep the three bishops in check since his elevation.[2]

In World of Warcraft

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Archbishop Benedictus

Archbishop Benedictus is a level 60 elite quest giver located in the Cathedral of Light in Cathedral Square, in the human city of Stormwind.


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Not an extremely deadly foe, a small well-planned raid can easily take him out.

Besides melee with his staff, he uses 2 types of Holy Smites, one being 1.5 sec casting time and the other being instant. Both do 1400-1600 Holy damage. He also uses Holy Nova when there are at least 2 targets within melee range of him. He also has a Power Word: Shield spell which he'll use throughout combat.

Really easy fight if you have shaman and warlock in your group. Shaman casts purge if Archbishop Benedictus uses PW:shield and spams Grounding Totem. Warlock casts Felhunters Devour Magic when Benedictus cast shield and holy fire. Warrior is good tank because warriors can use Spell Reflection to reflect his spells. Use any AoE to kill his Adds. Try to pull him to catacombs so guards and players wont help him.



Sacrilege! Defend the cathedral!


Light be with you. What can I do for you today?
Welcome to the Cathedral of Light.
Be at peace.
You are welcome here.


  • "Benedictus" (or "Benedict") is a Latin name that has been the regnal name of sixteen popes of the Catholic Church, including the current Pope Benedict XVI. Given that Archbishop Benedictus' position as head of the Church of Light is similar to that of a pope, it is possible that the Archbishop's name was influenced by the traditional latin name. However, Archbishop Benedictus was created when John Paul II was the pope, long before the reign of Benedictus XVI and so Archbishop Benedictus could not have been named after the current pope.
  • A Benediction is a prayer that is usually said at the end of a service. It is also an in-game item.

Patch changes

  • Patch 1.5.0 (patch date:2005-06-07): Archbishop Benedictus is no longer the Stormwind faction leader. 
  • Patch 1.4.1 (patch date:2005-05-05): Archbishop Benedictus staged a temporary coup, and has taken the title of NPC leader of Stormwind City from Highlord Bolvar! Horde seeking to take out the leader of Stormwind should focus their efforts on Archbishop Benedictus for the duration. These changes will remain until the next content patch, when Highlord Bolvar reclaims his rightful throne:
    • Archbishop Benedictus should be respawning every 2 hours.
    • Archbishop Benedictus will give 15,000 contribution points. 


  1. Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 153-4
  2. Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 154

See also

  • List of Stormwind NPCs

External links


Preceded by:
Alonsus Faol
Archbishop of the Church of Light
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Bolvar Fordragon
(as Regent Lord to
Anduin Wrynn)
Ruler of Stormwind
Succeeded by:
Bolvar Fordragon
(as Regent Lord to
Anduin Wrynn)

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