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Azulon was the ruler of the Fire Nation for the majority of the Hundred Year War, reigning as Fire Lord from 20 AG until his assassination in 95 AG.[2] He was the son of Fire Lord Sozin and the Fire Lord before Ozai. He was the husband of Ilah, the father of Iroh and Ozai, and the paternal grandfather of Prince Lu Ten, Prince Zuko, and Princess Azula.[1] Azulon's reign was marked by an increased efficiency in the Fire Nation war machine and massive territorial conquests; his leadership in several Earth Kingdom campaigns won him great fame as a general. He was also responsible for the destruction of the Southern Water Tribe, which was nearly annihilated under his orders.[3]

However, after ordering Ozai to kill Zuko due to the former's attempt to usurp Iroh's birthright, Azulon himself was murdered after his daughter-in-law, Princess Ursa, made a deal with Ozai and provided the latter with a poisonous substance, which was used to end Azulon's life.[4] Although seen as uncaring and cruel, even toward his own people, he is remembered as one of the Fire Nation's strongest and most effective leaders.[5]


Early life

Azulon received firebending training under the supervision of his father, Fire Lord Sozin.

Born shortly after the beginning of the Hundred Year War, Azulon was the firstborn of Fire Lord Sozin.[5] A firebending prodigy,[1] he received tutelage in the bending art under his father's supervision from a young age.[6] In his time, Azulon was considered to be one of the best firebenders in the world, and no one would dare challenge him.[5] He was favored by his father over another family member, which contributed to Azulon's own views on family.[7] Over time, he grew into a ruthless and frightening man who demanded perfection.[5]

Reign as Fire Lord

The Great Gates of Azulon feature a statue of Azulon in the middle.

Azulon led the Fire Nation to victory in many glorious military campaigns. His military achievements included the conquest of the Hu Xin Provinces and the Battle of Garsai. He assumed the title of Fire Lord at age twenty, following the death of his father, and continued to lead his country in the war.[1] To secure the entrance to the Fire Nation Capital, Azulon commissioned a massive defense structure at an early point of his reign and dubbed it the "Great Gates of Azulon".[8] He continued most of Sozin's policies, ruling the Fire Nation autocratically and through fear. In general, he was regarded as a very capable leader by his subjects.[5]

Eventually, Azulon married a woman named Ilah, who bore two sons: Iroh, his mother's namesake, and Ozai.[1] Azulon left a strong impression on both of his sons, and Iroh would eventually strive to be a great general to honor his father.[9] Azulon generally favored Iroh over Ozai, contributing to the brothers' antagonism.[7] Despite his strong leadership, Azulon cared very little for the people of his nation and was more interested in world domination, a quality he passed down to Ozai.[5]

Azulon secured many victories against the Earth Kingdom during his reign, expanding Fire Nation territory and increasing colonization in the continent. Under his leadership the Fire Nation continued to push the Earth Kingdom forces east toward the capital of Ba Sing Se.[1] Azulon was also responsible for the near-complete destruction of the Southern Water Tribe. Starting around 40 AG, he began ordering attacks on the tribe's main city and villages in an attempt to deprive its people of their ability to resist the Fire Nation.[10] The Southern Raiders were created to carry out the later raids.[11] The raids' main objective was to capture or kill the tribe's waterbenders, who were seen as a threat to Fire Nation dominance in the region. These raids were successful; when Azulon was informed that the alleged last Southern waterbender had been killed, he ordered the raids to cease, satisfied that he had eliminated the Southern Water Tribe's potential to impact the war effort. By the time of his death, the Southern waterbending style was effectively extinct.[10]

Arranging a marriage

Azulon warmly greeted Ursa before telling her the reason for his presence.

When Azulon was in his eighties,[nb 1] he sought to arrange a proper marriage for his second son, Ozai. The Fire Sages had told Azulon that the pairing of the Avatar's granddaughter with his son would yield a bloodline of great power. Believing this prediction, Azulon began to search for the Avatar's family. Roku's descendants proved difficult to find, possibly by his own design.[14]

Eventually the Fire Lord found the family in the small town of Hira'a in the outer Fire Nation. After securing Ursa's location, Azulon and Ozai personally traveled to the backwater village to arrange the marriage. After visiting Ursa's father, the town's magistrate, they waited for the girl's return from her theater rehearsal. Upon Ursa's arrival, Azulon warmly introduced himself and his son to his future daughter-in-law and announced their intention to arrange a marriage. Ursa accepted the proposal, and they prepared to travel back to the capital city.[14]

However, when they departed from Hira'a, a commoner blocked their way, demanding they release Ursa. Azulon ordered his bodyguards to deal with him, but before the conflict escalated, Ursa intervened. She persuaded Ozai to leave the man unharmed and convinced the commoner to go home. After this event, Azulon and his family continued their journey back to the capital. Shortly afterward, Ozai and Ursa married.[14]


Azulon was cremated immediately preceding Ozai's crowning.

In 95 AG, shortly after the death of Iroh's son Lu Ten, Ozai demanded that Iroh be passed over as heir, inciting his father's fury. Ozai declared Iroh was unworthy of the throne by allowing thoughts of his son's death to obstruct victory at Ba Sing Se. He claimed that the royal bloodline no longer continued through Iroh upon his son's death. Azulon was outraged at the suggestion to betray his firstborn son and Ozai's bold ambitions, ensuring he would punish his younger son. As such, he wanted to make Ozai feel the pain of losing a firstborn son by ordering him to take the life of Zuko.[1]

Ozai intended to carry out the orders and take Zuko's life, though his wife, Ursa, discovered the plan and plotted with Ozai to gain the throne while allowing Zuko to live. Ursa crafted an untraceable odor- and colorless poison that Ozai slipped to his father.[4] Azulon passed away that same night.[1]

He received a cremation the following day, during which his many political achievements were mentioned and honored. In the process of cremation by the hands of the Fire Sages, the High Sage crowned Ozai Fire Lord as was Azulon's alleged dying wish.[1] News of Azulon's death and Ozai's ascension devastated Iroh;[15] left as a broken man after the death of his son and father, he did not contest the succession.[2]


Azulon continued to be widely respected in the Fire Nation following his demise.[5] By the time of his death, a play named Azulon's Legacy had been created in his honor, portraying him as military and political genius. However, the play also claimed that Ozai was Azulon's destined successor, ignoring the royal family's succession conflict.[16]

By 124 AG, the secret of Azulon's death by poisoning had become more widely known.[17]


Azulon demanded respect from those around him, including his son, Ozai.

Azulon was a ruthless and militaristic man, who saw power as the highest good. Regarded as a military genius, he personally commanded his army in many battles during his time as Crown Prince and Fire Lord.[5][1] Fitting to his ruthless nature, he did not let the death of innocent civilians restrain his efforts in winning the War. This was exemplified when he ordered his navy to destroy the whole Southern Water Tribe. However, he was also not so cruel as to harry his enemies to exctinction; unlike his father who had tried to kill all Air Nomads, Azulon stopped the deliberate destruction of the Southern Water Tribe once he was convinced that its people no longer posed a threat.[10]

Azulon could even be charming and friendly if he wanted. During his first meeting with Ursa, he behaved very warm, complimenting her on her beauty, even though she was the daughter of a magistrate. At this time, he also seemed to be close to his second son Ozai. However, even the marriage ultimately aimed at winning power, as the Fire Sages had predicted that the pairing of Roku's and his own bloodline would yield powerful descendants who would ensure the Royal Family's rule for coming centuries.[14]

Nevertheless, in his last years, Azulon changed more and more into a bitter and cruel man with little, if any, empathy, as he was willing to sacrifice his own grandson to show Ozai that he should not use Iroh's loss for his own advantages. He also grew distant toward most of his family, especially Ozai. At this time, he no longer seemed to think much of his younger son's family, as he was very angry and impatient with Zuko's failed firebending presentation. He also did not seem very impressed with Azula's advanced firebending talent, unlike many others.[1]

However, Azulon still felt compassion for his firstborn son, Iroh, and did not seem to blame him for the failure of the siege at Ba Sing Se, on account of Lu Ten's death. He also seemed to despise conspiracies, as he was deeply upset and outraged at Ozai's suggestion to betray Iroh by removing his position as Crown Prince.[1]


Azulon was a renowned firebending prodigy as well as a cunning strategist, securing many victories against the Earth Kingdom, expanding Fire Nation territory, and increasing colonization during his reign. Among Azulon's most glorious military campaigns were the conquest of the Hu Xin Provinces and the Battle of Garsai.[1] He was also directly responsible for the near-complete destruction of the Southern Water Tribe.[3]


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Azulon's portrait features him holding two fireballs standing atop a turtle.

  • Azulon reigned as Fire Lord for the longest time during the Hundred Year War, for about seventy-five years as opposed to his father, Sozin, who ruled for twenty years during the war, and his son, Ozai, who ruled for five to six years during the war. He was also the second-longest known reigning Fire Lord, after his father.
  • Azulon ruled the Fire Nation for seventy-five years. However, the Fire Sage crowning Fire Lord Ozai during Azulon's funeral mentioned that Azulon reigned for twenty-three years.[1]
  • Azulon was the only known Fire Lord not to have met an Avatar or airbender.
  • In his official portrait, Azulon stood on top of a turtle, an animal that lives both on land and in water, signifying his military successes over both the Earth Kingdom and the Water Tribes. He also held up two fireballs, reflecting his legendary power in firebending.[19]
  • Princess Azula was named after Azulon.[1]
  • Azulon is the only person other than Azula known to have been named a firebending prodigy.[1]
  • Azulon took an interest in the flowers of magistrate Jinzuk's greenhouse. Notably, his great-grandfather let himself be portrayed standing amidst flowers and several leaves in his official portrait.
  • Azulon was the first known individual in the Avatar universe to die at the hands of a family member, the other two being Amon and Unalaq.
  • According to unverified information by the Avatar: The Last Airbender YouTube channel, Taku's conquest and annihilation was one of Azulon's first grand military victories.[20]
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Heir to the Fire Lord
0 AG - 20 AG
Succeeded by

Preceded by
Fire Lord
20 AG - 95 AG
Succeeded by


  1. According to sketchbook notes of The Search (Omnibus edition), Azulon was eighty-five when Ozai and Ursa got married, which would place the date of the wedding at 85 AG.[12] However, Azulon's age must be a mistake, as Zuko was born in 83 AG.[13] As a result, the dates of The Search can only provide a rough estimate for the events' timing.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & MacMullan, Lauren (director). (May 12, 2006). "Zuko Alone". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 7. Nickelodeon.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Moscoe, Robert (2007-04-06 (date confirmed at site's interview archive)). An Avatar Spring Break with Mike and Bryan (part 2 of 3). AvatarSpirit.net. Archived from the original on April 23, 2007. Retrieved on April 13, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (July 17, 2008). "The Southern Raiders". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 16. Nickelodeon.
  4. 4.0 4.1 DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). The Search Part Two (July 10, 2013), Dark Horse Comics.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Character: Fire Lord Azulon.
  6. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legacy of the Fire Nation, page 11.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legacy of the Fire Nation, page 28.
  8. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Location: The Great Gates of Azulon.
  9. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legacy of the Fire Nation, page 10.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game. Core Book, Version 1.0, 2022, p. 58.
  11. Hedrick, Tim (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (November 9, 2007). "The Puppetmaster". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 8. Nickelodeon.
  12. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). Avatar: The Last Airbender–The Search Omnibus (October 7, 2020), Dark Horse Comics.
  13. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (April 15, 2005). "Winter Solstice, Part 2: Avatar Roku". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 8. Nickelodeon.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). The Search Part One (March 20, 2013), Dark Horse Comics.
  15. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legacy of the Fire Nation, page 24.
  16. Avatar Legends: The Roleplaying Game. Quickstart, Version 1.0, 2021, p. 32.
  17. Avatar: The Last Airbender: Legacy, page 42.
  18. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Hedrick, Tim & Hamilton, Joshua (March 10, 2015). "The Coronation" commentary. Book Four: Balance Blu-ray.
  19. Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (October 26, 2007). "The Avatar and the Fire Lord". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 6. Nickelodeon.
  20. Complete Timeline of the Hundred Year War! 🔥 Sozin ➡️ Ozai - Avatar. Avatar: The Last Airbender (YouTube channel) (November 28, 2020). Retrieved on November 29, 2020.