Garrosh Hellscream

104,809pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Talk162 Share
We are the HORDE. We are slaves to nothing and no one!
- Garrosh Hellscream


Garrosh as seen in the Warlords of Draenor Cinematic Trailer.

Garrosh Hellscream was the son of Grom Hellscream and former chieftain of the Warsong clan. With the reopening of the Dark Portal, Garrosh was invited into the Horde by Thrall himself, quickly advancing to the position of personal adviser of the Warchief. Garrosh led the Horde troops into Northrend and was given the position of acting Warchief in Thrall's absence.

Garrosh was well known for his fierce hatred of the Alliance and frequently expressed his desire for the Horde to go to war with its rival faction.

Garrosh is the main antagonist of Mists of Pandaria and the secondary antagonist of Warlords of Draenor.

He is voiced by Patrick Seitz.[citation needed]

Biography Edit

Beyond the Dark Portal Edit

0000WoW-novel-logo-16x62 This section concerns content exclusive to the Warcraft novels or short stories.

During the human invasion of Draenor, many Mag'har - the uncorrupted orcs who settled in Garadar, a stronghold in Nagrand - were ill due to the red pox. Garrosh was among them.

Kargath Bladefist visited them at Garadar in search of warriors to aid him. Garrosh asked him about his father, and wanted to fight with him, but Kargath ignored him at first, calling the Mag'har weaklings and not orcs any more, and they could do the Horde a favor by dying.

Later on Garrosh asked Greatmother Geyah about his father, but the answer caused him to enter a deep depression.[1] (BtDP #?)

The Burning Crusade Edit

0200Bc icon This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.
Garrosh Hellscream

Garrosh in Nagrand

Garrosh became an important chief among the Mag'har. He was aided by Jorin Deadeye, son of the Bleeding Hollow clan's former chieftain, Kilrogg Deadeye. When our heroes first meet Garrosh, he is sullen, pessimistic, even depressed. Undoubtedly he is worried about the health of his clan's matriarch, Greatmother Geyah, who is ill. Garrosh knows that when she dies, he may be expected to lead the Mag'har, and that troubles him as well. Garrosh believes himself fated to repeat his father's mistakes.

His father, the great and fearsome warrior Grommash Hellscream (also known as "Grom") lusted for power. Despite his awareness of this weakness, Grom nevertheless drank Mannoroth's blood, which made him stronger and fiercer, but also damned him and the rest of his clan to servitude under Mannoroth.

Early on, it is clear Garrosh is ashamed of his father. The last news Garrosh had of his father was that he (Grom) had drank the blood. Everything that transpired after this event is initially unknown to Garrosh. Indeed, Garrosh does not learn of his father's heroic death until Thrall arrives in Nagrand and re-enacts events for Garrosh's benefit. Learning that his father had eventually overcome his weakness for power – Grom gave his life so that the orcs would be free of demonic influence – Garrosh appears to gain strength and confidence, believing he is no longer fated to fail himself and his people.

Theramore Peace Summit Edit

0000WoW-comic-logo-16x68 This section concerns content exclusive to the World of Warcraft: The Comic or other Warcraft-related comics.
Garrosh comic

Garrosh at the Theramore peace summit.

Thrall brought Garrosh Hellscream with him back to Azeroth to be his advisor. Later on the retired gladiator master Rehgar Earthfury also became one of Thrall's advisors. Rehgar and Garrosh had a great discussion: while Garrosh wanted to destroy the Alliance, who he considers the Horde's enemies, and take Azeroth for their own; Reghar wanted to remain open to diplomacy with the Alliance and conserve their treaty of non-aggression with Theramore.

When Thrall decided to go to a new meeting with the human King Varian, he brought with him his two advisers Rehgar and Garrosh and some Kor'kron. Reghar recommended Thrall not to bring Garrosh with them but the Warchief thought it would be a good idea as it would help Garrosh to re-think his attitude toward the humans.

Garrosh alongside Thrall traveled in a zeppelin to Theramore, where Varian and Thrall had a peaceful discussion with an eye toward mutual gain; though Garrosh thought it better for the Horde to take what they needed by force rather than exchange their resources. They first talked of their pasts and then discussed resource problems, like the Horde's war against the night elves for lumber. Varian offered to provide Thrall's people with the lumber and in exchange the Warchief offered copper and exotic hides in return. Varian had to leave early as Goldshire and Southshore were said to be under simultaneous distress by the Scourge. Upon exiting Theramore, the Twilight's Hammer clan invaded the city. After catching a glimpse of Garona, Varian thought that Thrall had sent her to assassinate him as the Shadow Council had done to his father. After a time battling, the Twilight's Hammer's casualties began to rise. Med'an then entered to protect his mother, and in seeing this, the cultists appointed their attention to the kidnapping of Med'an, while leaving Garona to die. Garrosh accused the Alliance of plotting the attack in an attempt to lure him and Thrall into a trap while Varian blamed the Horde; specifically Garrosh. Though tempers flared between Varian and Garrosh, Thrall and Garrosh left Theramore peacefully. Garrosh however felt that Varian had insulted the orcs' honor and that by leaving peacefully the orcs were losing face at the summit.

In Wrath of the Lich King Edit


Garrosh challenges Thrall

0300Wrath-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

Garrosh travels to Orgrimmar to meet with Thrall, Lady Sylvanas Windrunner, High Overlord Saurfang, Grand Apothecary Putress and Rehgar Earthfury to discuss what to do about the Scourge. After consulting Saurfang and the spirits, Thrall favored a more cautious approach to dealing with the Scourge: an advance scouting party to the frozen continent before committing troops, as well as meeting with Jaina Proudmoore to find out what the Alliance were planning to do about the Lich King.[2] Garrosh however, felt that dealing with the Alliance would put the Horde in danger and wanted to take the Horde's armies and conquer the humans and then march to Northrend and crush the Scourge; advocating that the Horde should rule all of Azeroth.[3] Thrall, irritated by Garrosh's recklessness and bold challenges to his authority, answered that the humans were not a threat[3] and that he would not underestimate the Lich King by walking blindly into a Scourge trap.[2] Thrall then provoked Garrosh to challenge him to a duel by saying that he would not make the same mistakes as his father, Grom Hellscream. Frustrated with his leader's apparent lack of action and the insults to his father, Garrosh challenged Thrall to a duel in the Ring of Valor to settle the matter.[2][3]


Garrosh Hellscream in Warsong Hold.

The two orcs fought for some time until it seemed Garrosh had gained the upper hand.[2] He began to taunt Thrall, but the battle was interrupted by a Herald of the Lich King threatening Orgrimmar with destruction.[2] Hearing this, Thrall used Chain Lightning on Garrosh[3] and both left the ring, with Thrall telling the younger Hellscream that they would settle their dispute later.[2][3] The city was attacked by countless abominations and frost wyrms[2] and a few death knights.[3]

Thrall and Garrosh led the forces of the Horde in repelling the Scourge attack, with the help of Saurfang, Sylvanas,[2] Reghar,[3] the city defenders, and some adventurers. After the Scourge assault force had been dealt with, Garrosh asked to be sent to Northrend again. This time, Thrall agreed and ordered Saurfang to begin preparations for war.[2]

0300Wrath-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

Garrosh Hellscream was named Overlord of the Warsong Offensive, the main army of the Horde Expedition to Northrend. He resides at Warsong Hold in the Borean Tundra, on Northrend's western coast.

Unlike his appearance in Nagrand, where he was downtrodden and apathetic, Garrosh is much more hotblooded and reckless in his role as Horde commander in Northrend. His chief adviser, High Overlord Saurfang - who drank from the same chalice that corrupted Grom Hellscream - warns against Garrosh's savage tactics, fearing a resurgence of the bloodlust that had dominated the Horde prior to the death of Mannoroth. The two often spar over tactical decisions, particularly in regards to supply lines between the Hold and the Forsaken forces in Howling Fjord. Even if he disagrees with Saurfang, Garrosh appears to have at least a grudging respect for the old warrior. When Saurfang warns Garrosh that if he goes too far against the Alliance and lead their people down a "dark path", Saurfang threatens to kill Garrosh himself. Garrosh neither questions nor challenges Varok of whether he would actually carry out his threat but sarcastically questions how he managed to survive so long without falling victim to his guilt and sense of morality.

Despite Saurfang's warning, Garrosh seems to have appointed commanders and be conducting the war in such a manner as to focus strongly on battling the Alliance. In particular, Conqueror Krenna, the commander at Conquest Hold in the Grizzly Hills, bucks completely the war with the Scourge in favor of making war with the Alliance. Like Garrosh, she is hotblooded to the point of recklessness in pursuing the Alliance, so much so that she must be deposed by Gorgonna, an underling at Conquest Hold. The commander of Orgrim's Hammer above Icecrown is also concerned with defeating the Alliance in Icecrown, and even within Icecrown Citadel, the Horde faces off against the Alliance, as the Skybreaker and Orgrim's Hammer do battle as well.

Secrets of Ulduar Edit

Thrall and Garrosh were summoned urgently to Dalaran to speak with the leader Rhonin. Arriving before the human King Varian Wrynn has departed, Garrosh and the king proceed to skirmish in the Violet Citadel, but Rhonin halts the fight with a magical shield before harm comes to either. Rhonin suggests that the Horde and Alliance work together against the new threat of Yogg-Saron in Ulduar, but Garrosh and Varian are partisan to the idea and Wrynn is portalled out. Garrosh expresses the opinion that a true Warchief would never partner himself with cowards.[4]

Crusaders' Coliseum Edit

Garrosh, alongside Thrall, is in attendance at the new Crusaders' Coliseum in Icecrown, surrounded by various champions and representatives of the Horde. Garrosh requests that Tirion uses warriors of the Horde to challenge the heroes in the tournament and to show the strength of the Horde.

Icecrown Citadel Edit

Garrosh in Icecrown Citadel

Garrosh in Icecrown Citadel

As of patch 3.3.2, Garrosh can be found at Light's Hammer inside Icecrown Citadel. He provides the Hellscream's Warsong buff for Horde raiding parties. If you speak to him and tell him he is not needed, you will need to reset the instance (provided you are not already saved to it) in order to gain the buff again.

Cataclysm Edit


Garrosh Hellscream's New Model

0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

After Thrall steps down to join the Earthen Ring in stabilizing a world shattered by the Cataclysm, Garrosh is named to succeed him as Warchief of the Horde. Now in charge, Garrosh evicts the majority of non-orc and non-tauren citizens from central Orgrimmar, believing only the Orcs and Tauren possess the strength to truly defend the city. However, every race is still accounted for and while being a tough leader, Garrosh sees value in all the races that belong to the Horde and uses them to the best of that value.[5] He also begins remodeling the city with dark metal, similar to the Hellfire Citadel in Outland, along with Warsong Hold and other Horde bases in Northrend.[6] At Blizzard's Comic-Con 2010 panel, it was revealed that a story was in production that would delve into the complicated relationship between Thrall and Garrosh, explaining exactly where Thrall's faith in him comes from; the story will be available to read for free on the official website.[7]


Garrosh Hellscream kills Cairne Bloodhoof.


Garrosh under the corrupting influence of Y'Shaarj.

Garrosh's ascension to the Warchief's throne has been applauded by the orcs, but is less than popular with the other races of the Horde, including the two closest allies of the orcs. Vol'jin, chieftain of the Darkspear tribe, absolutely despises Garrosh, condemning him as a warmonger and believes that his status as the son of Hellscream and as a hero of the war against the Lich King was the only reason that Thrall chose Garrosh to succeed him. Cairne Bloodhoof, High Chieftan of the Tauren, under the impression that Garrosh has deliberately undermined an attempt to peacefully obtain resources from Ashenvale, challenges Garrosh to a duel in Orgrimmar. Cairne is defeated, and it is later revealed that Magatha Grimtotem deliberately poisoned Garrosh's blade, and that the poison incapacitated Cairne allowing Garrosh to slay him. Garrosh condemns Magatha to whatever fate the Earthmother deems fair and refuses to aid her in defending Thunder Bluff from Baine.[8] Sylvanas Windrunner, Dark Lady of the Forsaken, also seems to have a low opinion of the new Warchief, referring to him as an "ogre-headed buffoon".[9]

Garrosh, in his updated character model, now wields Gorehowl, the axe of his father, Grom Hellscream.

Thrall sends new goblin players to meet with Garrosh after they leave the Lost Isles.

In the Stonetalon Mountains after Garrosh "dismisses" Overlord Krom'gar he learns the art of mercy from High Chieftain Cliffwalker.

Growing up, Garrosh only knew his father, Grom Hellscream, by the stories that cast him as the one who had doomed his people. But after learning of Grom's redemption and heroic sacrifice to free the orcs from demonic corruption once and for all, Garrosh embraced his father's legacy as a fearless warrior and natural leader. At times, Garrosh's renewed zeal has put him at odds with the Horde's warchief. Frustrated by Thrall's decision to scout Northrend instead of mobilizing the Horde right away, Garrosh challenged the warchief to a duel in the Ring of Valor, but an assault by the Lich King's minions cut their bout short. Garrosh and the warchief still have some unfinished business... and Garrosh's hot-headed recklessness is fast becoming a concern to those who know the inherent danger in a Hellscream's fury.[10]

Mists of Pandaria Edit

0500Mists-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
Garrosh MoP

Garrosh as seen from World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4

Garrosh is the final boss in the 0500Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria expansion. As both the Horde and the Alliance recognize his growing instability and lust for power, they join forces to invade the Garrosh-controlled Orgrimmar.

Siege of Orgrimmar Edit

In Patch 5.4.0 Garrosh is empowered by the power of Y'shaarj, the Dark Heart of Pandaria as he corrupted the Vale of Eternal Blossoms using the Heart of Y'Shaarj. The act turns the vale into the Vale of Eternal Sorrows and unleashes the Sha of Pride. This was the final straw which convinces both factions to begin the Siege of Orgrimmar. Following the events of the Siege of Orgrimmar, Taran Zhu holds Garrosh for trial on Pandaria. The title of Warchief is then placed upon Vol'Jin.

Warlords of Draenor Edit

0600Warlords-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

Garrosh wielding Gorehowl as seen in Warlords of Draenor.

Garrosh escapes his trial by receiving help from a friend called Kairozdormu, a member of the Bronze Dragonflight who has secret aspirations of his own. They both travel back in time to the Rise of the Horde and stop the Orcs from drinking the Blood of Mannoroth. Garrosh helps influence his father, Grommash Hellscream to unite the clans under the banner of the Iron Horde in order to get his vengeance.

Uninterested in his goals and no longer needing his help, Garrosh kills Kairozdormu shortly after arriving on Draenor. He meets with all the leaders of the orc clans of Draenor, including his own father Grom Hellscream. Using his knowledge of the future and his expertise with weapon and forging technology, Garrosh gives the clans the ability to create new, advanced armor and weapons, and reveals to them Gul'dan and the Shadow Council's plot to enslave the orcs. On the night of Gul'dan's attempt to have the orcs drink the blood of Mannoroth, Grom publicly rejects the blood, prompting Mannoroth to arrive in person and prepare to destroy him for his insolence. Using the new weapons that Garrosh gifted them, the orcs subdue the demon lord long enough for Grom to drive Gorehowl into his skull. With Mannoroth dead, Garrosh unites all the clans under the banner of the Iron Horde, using his lust for vengeance to assist the new and "stronger" Horde in constructing the Dark Portal, permitting him to lead an assault on the present day Horde and Alliance back in Azeroth.


Garrosh Hellscream's final moments.

When Grom becomes Warchief of the Iron Horde, Garrosh is granted the mantle of Warlord of the Warsong Clan in his father's stead. Taking up residence in Nagrand, Garrosh commands his clan from the stronghold of Grommashar, until a party led by Yrel or Durotan (including the player) assaults the fortress and attacks Garrosh. After a brief fight, Garrosh gains the upper hand and prepares to finish off the party before Thrall arrives, challenging him to a Mak'Gora. Garrosh accepts the challenge, and the two reconvene at the Stones of Prophecy for their final battle. As Garrosh takes the upper hand in the fight he taunts Thrall. Garrosh claims that all he did, he did for the good of the Horde and to follow and clean up Thrall's actions, but Thrall rejects the notion, claiming that he chose his own destiny. Thrall once again and calls on the power of the elements to defeat Garrosh. Thrall traps Garrosh in a hand of stone and uses a strike of lightning to end the former Warchief, leaving Garrosh's crushed body and Gorehowl behind at the site of the battle.

Legacy Edit


Garrosh's body and weapon.

Garrosh left a large legacy of death, horror and fear. He will be remembered in the Horde as a madman who, by his hubris and hatred, nearly destroyed their nation. The Alliance will clearly remember him for his destruction of Theramore and the hundreds that were consumed with it, and will be remembered in Pandaria for releasing the Sha of Pride and corrupting a large portion of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms due to his actions. He left a serious imprint on the world similar to his father, and will likely become a question of serious debate, given the complex, seemingly dual nature of his character and his achievements. His insistence on warrior's honor, despite his warmongering. His disdain for "unnatural" necromancy and his hatred of demons, despite his eventual embrace of older, darker powers. His arguably successful command in Northrend, contributing to the victory against the Lich King, the unprovoked destruction of Theramore, the ravaging of Pandaria, and the creation of the Iron Horde from an alternate, aborted timeline; and whether or not all of this was truly justified; this is why he will remain a controversial figure, both in lore and among players, for years to come.


Grommash HellscreamEdit

Garrosh had a strong bond with his father. When Garrosh was infected with a serious disease, Grom was forced reluctantly to quarantine his son, though he stayed in regular contact with him via letters. The last he heard of his father, was that he had drank the blood of Mannoroth and had joined the Horde. When he learned about Grom's actions from Geyah, he went into a deep depression and denounced his father. Upon learning of his father's heroic actions, Garrosh gained pride in his heritage and became determined to honor his legacy (which has actually hurt him more than helped him), as shown when Thrall called him a hothead, and when Taran Zhu mocked him over the fact that Grom had died dabbling in powers similar to the Sha. Garrosh eventually developed a friendship with his father when he traveled back in time to Draenor, though he purposely hid their kinship and his redemption. Out of gratitude, Grom appointed Garrosh to Warchief of the Warsong Clan. It is heavily implied that Grom was saddened and angered at his death.


"YOU made me what I am!" - Garrosh telling Thrall with his last breath that Thrall was the one responsible for all he had done.

When Garrosh met Thrall, Thrall mentored him and increasingly trusted him, hoping to try to persuade him to abandon his hardliner warmongering attitude, appointing him as advisor, and later head of the Horde offensive against the Scourge. He later appointed Garrosh as Warchief of the Horde, as he himself needed to step down, and was confident Garrosh could make the correct decisions. Their relationship took a serious downturn in Tides of War, when Garrosh obliterated Theramore, sending Jaina temporarily insane, and wrecking his friendship with Thrall. Thrall denounced the act as cowardly, and soon learned of his actions in Pandaria. Thrall became disgusted with how low Garrosh had brought the Horde, and increasingly rallied the Horde against him. In Orgrimmar, Thrall tried to reason with Garrosh one last time, but Garrosh just mocked his willingness to use diplomacy. Thrall then said making Garrosh warchief had been a mistake he needed to correct, but was simply knocked out. After the adventurers defeated Garrosh, Thrall attempted to kill him, but Varian halted it. Knowing that the Alliance would kill him on the spot, Thrall angrily replied that he wouldn't let the Alliance execute him, and it very likely could have enabled Garrosh to escape had it escalated. Taran Zhu convinced Thrall and Varian to allow Garrosh to stand trial in Pandaria. After escaping, Garrosh ruled again on Draenor, and Thrall decided to settle it personally in a Mak'Gora. During the battle, Garrosh mocked Thrall with his weak physical strength, but Thrall countered that with the elements. As the winds wailed, Garrosh shouted out that Thrall had made him what he had become, but Thrall told him that he had chosen his own fate and killed him with a lightning bolt. Thrall afterwards refused to speak, presumably out of respect, or perhaps out of guilt that Garrosh had been correct in the fact that had they not met, Garrosh's crimes never would have occurred.


Garrosh and Vol'jin initially had a good relationship upon his arrival, but the two very quickly inspired each other's ire as Vol'jin believed that Garrosh was reckless, a warmongerer and someone who would lead the Horde to ruin. Garrosh on the other hand, saw Vol'jin's peaceful intents as mockeries to the Horde, and banned him from Orgrimmar. Vol'jin came to blows with him when he annihilated Theramore, and increasingly hated the Warchief's recklessness, and began to use his influence to keep Garrosh in check as Thrall had appointed him to, as implied in one of their conversations. By the Pandaria campaign, Garrosh and Vol'jin were at each others throats and Vol'jin saw the battle in Pandaria as a senseless waste of lives and time. This was the last straw for Garrosh, and ordered Vol'jin assassinated. Vol'jin, who survived thanks to the adventurers, faked his death in order to rally more support. When it became known that Vol'jin survived and Thrall was in league, Garrosh ordered their execution and Vol'jin declared open rebellion. When Garrosh was defeated and Vol'jin was appointed Warchief, Garrosh showed disgust. It is unknown what the reaction Vol'jin had when he learned of Garrosh's death.

Locations Edit

Garrosh can be found in the following locations:

In Outland Edit

0200Bc icon This section concerns content exclusive to The Burning Crusade.

In Northrend Edit

0300Wrath-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.

As of Cataclysm Edit

0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.

In Mists of Pandaria Edit

0500Mists-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
Patch 5.1
Patch 5.4

In Warlords of Draenor Edit

0600Warlords-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.

Quests Edit

Grommash Hold, Orgrimmar

Quotes Edit

Garrosh Challenging Thrall

Garrosh challenging Thrall.

Greetings Edit

  • "Live by these words: lok'tar ogar. Victory... or death."
  • "Hellscream's eyes are upon you."
  • "Only the strongest may dwell in Orgrimmar."
  • "You will serve the Horde... or be crushed beneath it."
  • "After all that he did for YOU and OUR people? MAK'GORA!" (To Thrall, following a situation in which Thrall mentions Grom Hellscream being a hothead)
  • "Treacherous Alliance DOGS! You summon a Demon Lord against Warriors of the HORDE?! Your deaths will be swift!" (To Jaina and Varian inside the Argent Coliseum)
  • "The Lich King sought to sow the seeds of fear. Let me be the first to show him the Horde fears nothing!" [11] (TCGSW 175)

Comic quotes Edit

  • "Kalimdor should be home to the orcs, Rehgar. All of Kalimdor!"
  • "Bah! A discussion fit for merchants! Why should we orcs make concessions when we have the strength to take what we want?"
  • "By your "statecraft" you turn the orcs to weaklings, Warchief! We should conquer the humans, who are as nothing—then send our forces on to Northrend to crush the Lich King as his undead army! The Horde should rule all of Azeroth!"

Full dialogue with Saurfang in Warsong Hold Edit

This is the full transcript of the dialogue between Garrosh and Saurfang:

High Overlord Saurfang says: We are surrounded ... Our enemies press in from all sides, young Hellscream. The Scourge descends like locusts from the north. The Alliance holds the only secure shipping lane in this region and even that is at risk of being lost to those dreaded mists. Our only viable port for resupply is held by the Forsaken on the other side of this blasted continent! Anything our zeppelins cannot haul must be brought in by ship and travel the length of Northrend to reach us.
Garrosh Hellscream grunts.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Shipping lanes ... supplies ... You bore me to death! We need nothing more than the warrior spirit of the Horde, Saurfang! Now that we are firmly entrenched in this frozen wasteland, nothing shall stop us!
High Overlord Saurfang says: Siege engines, ammunition, heavy armor ... How do you propose to shatter the walls of Icecrown without those?
Garrosh Hellscream says: Propose? I will show you what I propose!

Garrosh crushes the figures and flag indicating Valiance Keep on the map.

Garrosh Hellscream says: There... Now we now have a shipping lane. And just for good measure...

Garrosh crushes the figures and flag indicating Valgarde and Westguard Keep.

High Overlord Saurfang says: So the prodigal son has spoken! Your father's blood runs strong in you, Hellscream. Impatient as always... Impatient and reckless. You rush headlong into all-out war without a thought of the consequences.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Do not speak to me of consequences, old one.
High Overlord Saurfang says: I drank of the same blood your father did, Garrosh. Mannoroth's cursed venom pumped through my veins as well. I drove my weapons into the bodies and minds of my enemies. And while Grom died a glorious death - freeing us all from the blood curse - he could not wipe away the terrible memory of our past. His act could not erase the horrors we committed.
High Overlord Saurfang says: The winter after the curse was lifted, hundreds of veteran orcs like me were lost to despair. Our minds were finally free, yes... Free to relive all of the unthinkable acts that we had performed under the Legion's influence.
High Overlord Saurfang nods.
High Overlord Saurfang says: I think it was the sounds of the draenei children that unnerved most of them... You never forget... Have you ever been to Jaggedswine Farm? When the swine are of age for the slaughter... It's that sound. The sound of the swine being killed... It resonates the loudest. Those are hard times for us older veterans.
Garrosh Hellscream says: But surely you cannot think that those children were born into innocence? They would have grown up and taken arms against us!
High Overlord Saurfang shakes his head.
High Overlord Saurfang says: I am not speaking solely of the children of our enemies...
High Overlord Saurfang says: I won't let you take us down that dark path again, young Hellscream. I'll kill you myself before that day comes...
Garrosh Hellscream says: How have you managed to survive for so long, Saurfang? Not fallen victim to your own memories?
High Overlord Saurfang says: I don't eat pork...
High Overlord Saurfang spits.

Dialogue at the Argent Tournament Grounds Edit

Herald Beluus yells: The Warchief of the Horde, Thrall, and Overlord Garrosh Hellscream have arrived upon the tournament grounds! Clear the way to the entrance!

Thrall, Garrosh and their escort appear from inside the Sunreaver Pavilion and walk along the path following the Ring of Champions. Here, they stop between the Ironforge and Gnomeregan banners and observe.

Thrall says: Garrosh, I expect you to control yourself here. I do not want a repeat of the Violet Citadel.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Pah! That was a show of strength, worthy of a leader. I only regret I did not kill that human before the mage interfered.
Thrall says: We are guests here, Garrosh, and you will conduct yourself honorably.
Garrosh Hellscream says: What honor is there in thrashing about with blunted sticks? This is a waste of time.

The group proceeds to the western entrance of the Crusaders' Coliseum, where Highlord Tirion Fordring awaits.

Highlord Tirion Fordring says: Welcome, Warchief Thrall. Overlord Hellscream.
Thrall says: Thank you for the invitation, Lord Fordring. We look forward to observing these games.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Speak for yourself, Thrall.
Highlord Tirion Fordring says: I hope you'll see the merits of these events in time, Garrosh. We cannot win against the Scourge if we continue to war against one another.
Thrall says: Wise words.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Words of a fool, you mean. The Horde will destroy the undead without your aid, human, or that of the pompous king.

Thrall immediately turns to face Garrosh and rebukes him directly.

Thrall says: Garrosh, enough!
Highlord Tirion Fordring says: Under my roof, gentlemen, I trust you will behave.

Thrall turns back to Tirion.

Thrall says: Of course, Tirion. I apologize for his outburst. It will not be repeated.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Bah.
Highlord Tirion Fordring says: If you will follow me, then.

The group then walks in to the coliseum proper and disappears inside.

Trial of the Crusader Edit

Introduction to Faction Champions, if playing as Alliance:

Highlord Tirion Fordring yells: The next battle will be against the Argent Crusade's most powerful knights! Only by defeating them will you be deemed worthy!
Garrosh Hellscream yells: The Horde demands justice! We challenge the Alliance! Allow us to battle in place of your knights, paladin. We will show these dogs what it means to insult the Horde.
Highlord Tirion Fordring yells: Very well, I will allow it. Fight with honor!
Garrosh Hellscream yells: Show them no mercy, Horde champions! LOK'TAR OGAR!

Horde victory in Faction Champions:

Garrosh Hellscream yells: That was just a taste of what the future brings! For the Horde!
Highlord Tirion Fordring yells: A shallow and tragic victory. We are weaker as a whole from the losses suffered today. Who but the Lich King could benefit from such foolishness? Great warriors have lost their lives, and for what? The true threat looms ahead. The Lich King awaits us all in death.

Garrosh's ascension Edit

Thrall says: Let us begin.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Are we not going to have more witnesses?
Thrall says: I do not wish to make an event of this. Such frivolities are expensive and merely serve our vanity. But if you wish to have a celebration…
Garrosh Hellscream says: No, Warchief, this is enough.
Thrall says: You know that these are troubling times for the Horde. Our supplies dwindle. Our lands barren. Our warriors in need of rest. These are tasks that must be addressed for the good of the Horde.
Vol'jin says: Da people be happy with our success in Northrend.
Garrosh Hellscream says: “Our” success? Troll, you played no part in the Horde’s victories in Northrend. While I led our warriors against the Lich King, you merely took back a few scattered islands.
Vol'jin says: Watch yourself, young one. You don’t-
Eitrigg says: Garrosh! Vol’jin! Hold your tongues. There are larger issues at stake.
Vol'jin says: Forgive my outburst. Warchief, please, continue.
Thrall says: Despite our success in Northrend, we face serious problems that cannot be solved simply by axe and sword. Earthquakes shake every region. Elementals ravage the countryside. I can hear our land, Azeroth, cry out in pain.
Garrosh Hellscream says: These are the reasons you must leave.
Thrall says: Yes, I leave for Nagrand to learn from the elements there. They have suffered and seen many of the same symptoms.
Vol'jin says: How long you gonna be gone?
Thrall says: It may take time to learn what I must. I trust I will not be gone too long, but it could be weeks- even months.
Thrall says: In my absence, I am instructing you, Garrosh Hellscream, to lead the Horde. You have the strength and courage that our people need to survive in these troubling times.
Garrosh Hellscream says: I am honored, Warchief. But I feel unprepared for the life of a ruler.
Thrall says: You will not be alone. You will have advisors: Cairne, Eitrigg, Vol’jin. They will help guide you.
Thrall says: And though I am leaving soon, I can also instruct you.
Vol'jin says: A good first test may be dealin’ with dese cultists. Da people be scared. Dey aren’t sure what’s goin’ on.
Garrosh Hellscream says: But even we are not sure of all that is happening. Should we capture these cultists and force their silence? But that may anger the rest of the people… Still, we cannot allow the cult to spread fear and lies…
Eitrigg says: Now you are thinking like a ruler, Garrosh. You must look at all sides of a problem. Consult with your advisors and act with confidence.
Thrall says: They will help you Garrosh. And I will help you. I will find the answers that we need to assuage the fears of the people and soothe the elements.
Garrosh Hellscream says: I will not fail you, Warchief. I will lead as well as I can, and I will consult with the advisors you suggest. I know what a tremendous honor you do me, and I will strive to be worthy of it.
Thrall says: Then it is done.
Thrall says: Let everything you do be done for the Horde.
Vol'jin says: For da Horde!
Eitrigg says: For the Horde!
Garrosh Hellscream says: For the Horde!

Conversation with Vol'jin Edit

Garrosh's image appears.

Image of Garrosh says: Don't talk back to me, troll. You know who was left in charge here. Haven't you stopped to ask yourself why Thrall chose me instead of you?

Vol'jin's image appears.

Image of Vol'jin says: Dere be no question why, Garrosh. He gave ya tha title because ya be Grom's Son and because tha people be wantin' a war hero.
Image of Vol'jin says: To which I tink ya be even more like ya father den he thought, even without ya havin' da demon blood.
Image of Garrosh says: You are lucky I don't gut you right here, whelp. You are foolish to think that you can speak to your Warchief in such ways.
Image of Vol'jin says: Ya be no Warchief of mine. Ya've not earned my respect and I'll not be seein' tha Horde destroyed by ya foolish thirst for war.
Image of Garrosh says: And what exactly do you think that you'll do about it? Your threats are hollow. Go slink away with the rest of your kind in the slums. I will endure your filth in my throne room no longer.
Image of Vol'jin says: I know exactly what I'll be doin' about it, son of Hellscream. I'll be watchin' as ya people slowly become aware of ya ineptitude. I'll laugh as dey grow ta despise ya as I do. And when tha time comes dat ya failure is complete and ya "power" is meaningless, I will be dere to end ya rule, swiftly and silently. Ya will spend ya reign glancin' over ya shoulda and fearin' tha shadows, for when tha time comes and ya blood be slowly drainin' out, ya will know exactly who fired da arrow dat pierced ya black heart.
Image of Garrosh says: You have sealed your fate, troll.
Image of Garrosh spits at Vol'jin's feet.
Image of Vol'jin says: And you yours, "Warchief".

Garrosh's image fades.
Vol'jin's image fades.

Meeting in Silverpine in Cataclysm Edit

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Where is that Ogre headed buffoon?
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Ah, speak of the devil ...

Portals from Orgrimmar arrive with Hellscream, Hellscream's elite, and High Warlord Cromush.
Hellscream jumps from the portal down to Sylvanas.

Garrosh Hellscream says: This better be important, Sylvanas. You know how I detest this place and its foul stench. Why have you called for me?
Garrosh Hellscream says: And more importantly, what are those Scourge fiends doing here?

Garrosh makes a gesture at the Val'kyr.

Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Warchief, so glad you could make it.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: With the death of the Lich King, many of the more intelligent Scourge became...unemployed. Those 'fiends,' as you so delicately put it, are called val'kyr. They are under my command now...
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: ...and they are part of the reason that I asked to see you.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Get on with it Sylvanas.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Very well, Warchief. I have solved the plight of the Forsaken!
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: As a race, we Forsaken are unable to procreate.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: With the aid of the val'kyr, we are now able to take the corpses of the fallen and create new Forsaken.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Agatha, show the Warchief!

The Val'kyr Agatha proceeds to resurrect fallen corpses as Forsaken.

High Warlord Cromush says: ABERRATION!
Garrosh Hellscream says: What you have done here, Sylvanas... it goes against the laws of nature. Disgusting is the only word I have to describe it.
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Warchief, without these new Forsaken my people would die out ... Our hold upon Gilneas and northern Lordaeron would crumble.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Have you given any thought to what this means, Sylvanas.?
Garrosh Hellscream says: What difference is there between you and the Lich King now?
Lady Sylvanas Windrunner says: Isn't it obvious, Warchief? I serve the Horde.

Sylvanas mockingly salutes Garrosh.

Garrosh Hellscream says: Watch your clever mouth, bitch.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Cromush, you stay behind and make sure the Banshee Queen is well "guarded." I will be expecting a full report when next we meet.
High Warlord Cromush says: As you command, Warchief!
Garrosh Hellscream says: Remember, Sylvanas, eventually we all have to stand before our maker and face judgment. Your day may come sooner than others...

Stonetalon Mountains finale in Cataclysm Edit

Overlord Krom'gar says: Watch now, Cliffwalker, as this battle comes to its glorious conclusion.
High Chieftain Cliffwalker says: You are about to cross a terrible threshold, Krom'gar. May the Earth Mother have mercy on your soul.

Overlord Krom'gar unleashes a bomb on the night elven settlement.

Overlord Krom'gar says: Look upon the world, Cliffwalker, and see the might of the Horde!

Portal to Orgrimmar appears and Garrosh arrives at the scene.

Garrosh Hellscream says: What have you done, Krom'gar?
Overlord Krom'gar says: Warchief! I... I was carrying out your command!
Garrosh Hellscream says: My command?
Garrosh Hellscream says: Was my command to murder innocents, Krom'gar?
Overlord Krom'gar says: Warchief... Sir... I...
Garrosh Hellscream says: Am I a murderer, Krom'gar?
Overlord Krom'gar says: No, Warchief!
Garrosh Hellscream says: Then I ask you again: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!
Garrosh Hellscream says: I sent you to Stonetalon Mountains with an army. Your orders were to secure this land for the Horde.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Instead, you laid waste to the land. Murdered innocents, children even...
Garrosh Hellscream says: I spent a very long time in Northrend, Krom'gar. I learned much about the Horde at that time.
Garrosh Hellscream says: While there, a wise old war hero told me something that I would carry with me forever...
Garrosh Hellscream says: "Honor," Krom'gar, "No matter how dire the battle... Never forsake it."
Garrosh Hellscream says: Overlord Krom'gar, you have disgraced the Horde.
Garrosh Hellscream says: You have brought shame to us as a people.
Garrosh Hellscream says: By my right as Warchief, I here by relieve you of duty.

Garrosh Hellscream grabs Overlord Krom'gar.

Garrosh Hellscream says: YOU ARE DISMISSED.

Garrosh Hellscream throws Overlord Krom'gar off the ledge.

Garrosh Hellscream says: And you, <race>!
High Chieftain Cliffwalker says: Wait, Warchief! Please! <name> was the hero responsible for uncovering this corruption. He tried to stop Krom'gar!
High Chieftain Cliffwalker says: Have mercy, Warchief.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Mercy... Your wife and child were murdered. Your kin wiped out. Your home burned to the ground.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Mercy... Chieftain, on this day I learn from you.
Garrosh Hellscream says: <name>, Krom'gar's army is no more. Your rank no longer has meaning. If you wish to truly help the Horde, your considerable power could be used in Desolace or in Southern Barrens.
Garrosh Hellscream says: The choice is yours to make.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Let honor guide you, <name>. Do not forget that Hellscream's eyes are always upon you.

Mists of Pandaria Edit

0500Mists-Logo-Small This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.

Dominance Offensive quests Edit

Garrosh Hellscream says: Do you see, champion? There is little my Horde cannot accomplish. What is this?
Garrosh Hellscream says: Vol'jin, what are you doing here? Shouldn't you be on your island kissing frogs?
Vol'Jin says: The question is, what are WE doin' here? Yeh bring dis war to anudder corner of Azeroth
Garrosh Hellscream says: Your lack of vision is why your people are still primitives, and your lack of loyalty is why I did not summon the Darkspear for this campaign.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Look around you, Vol'jin. This land is rich in resources: wood, stone, iron, fuel. And people.
Garrosh Hellscream says: A show of might on these shores will make the Pandaren think twice about joining the Alliance.
Garrosh Hellscream says: This is the difference between me and you, Vol'jin. I won't let MY people starve to death in the desert. I will stop at nothing - NOTHING - to ensure a proud and glorious future for the orcs and anyone with the courage to stand with us. Wait here.
Garrosh HellscreamAll dis bloodshed make everyone tink twice 'bout joinin' da Horde.
Garrosh Hellscream: whispers to Rak'gor Bloodrazor
Garrosh Hellscream says: There is something you can do, troll, to demonstrate your value to the Horde. A mission in the heart of this continent.
Vol'Jin says: I will go, but only as a witness for my people. Someone's gotta keep you in check, Garrosh.

Patch 5.4 Edit

The Trailer for the Siege of Orgrimmar dialogue

A chest is wheeled out in a chest to Garrosh Hellscream, standing in the excavation site in the Veil of Eternal Blossoms.

Garrosh 4 000000

Garrosh examines the contents of the chest

Garrosh Hellscream says: Hmmmm, it thirsts!
Garrosh Hellscream says: Bring it to the pools!

Garrosh 5 000000

A wild Taran Zhu appears!

Garrosh walks past the fight between Garrosh's Horde and the Pandaren, Horde and Alliance.
A wild Taran Zhu appears! From a shroud of mist.
Taran Zhu yells: Enough!
Taran Zhu says: You have run rampant for far too long, Hellscream! But that stops now!

Garrosh 1 000000

Garrosh is not happy

Garrosh Hellscream says: Mwahahahaha, step aside Pandaren, you confront a force beyond reckoning.
Taran Zhu says: Your father dabbled in powers beyond reckoning. Where is he now?
Garrosh Hellscream yells: AAAAAARRGGHHH!
A fight breaks out, Garrosh is physically stronger, but Taran Zhu is a ninja, so it's all good. Garrosh charges and swings Gorehowl but embeds it in the wooden planks below. Taran Zhu swings back with his staff, only for Garrosh to grab it! Taran Zhu then attempts to blast Garrosh back with magic, but Garrosh is too powerful, and Taran Zhu slides back along the planks.

Garrosh roars again, and swings at Taran Zhu, Taran Zhu catches the blow in his staff, and forms a quick disarming maneuver. Gorehowl slides past Taran Zhu. Garrosh doesn't like this, not one bit, Taran Zhu looks up, only to see Garrosh's first coming towards him. Garrosh punches him in the face! Taran Zhu falls off the plank, he's about to hit the water when he ninja jumps upwards and returns the blow with an upward strike on Garrosh's jaw.

Taran Zhu says: I have fought beside the Trolls, Tauren and others, you are nothing like them.
As Taran Zhu launches himself in the air, to perform a final ninja kick blow. However Garrosh leaps aside, and Taran Zhu gets his foot stuck in the planks.

Garrosh grabs a nearby chain and whips it round at Taran Zhu.
Garrosh Hellscream yells: They are no longer a part of my new Horde!
Garrosh then uses the chain to pull Taran Zhu to him, impaling him on Gorehowl.
Taran Zhu says: The world will... hear of this... they will... come for you
Garrosh Hellscream says: Yes! I'm counting on it

Vision of many ships coming for Garrosh, Horde, Alliance, Mercenaries, and all other associated hanger ons.

Garrosh 2 000000

Impaled upon the spires of Orgrimmar

Garrosh Hellscream says: The armies of the world will come for me, and within my fortress they will face all the terrible creatures I have wrought, the boundless power I have mastered. And one by one they will fall at my feet. Any who would rise against my new Horde will be impaled upon the spires of Orgrimmar!

Garrosh Hellscream says: You Pandaren try to bury your hate and your anger, but such power cannot be contained.
Garrosh Hellscream yells: It must be unleashed!

Garrosh 6 000000

Yshaarj's heart

Garrosh breaks open the chest, showing Y'Shaarj's beating heart, Taran Zhu watches saddened, as a butterfly turns the colour of a sha, and then turns to dust.
Taran Zhu says: A time will come, when you will answer for your crimes!
Garrosh tips the chest into the waters.

Garrosh 3 000000

The Vale is destroyed

Garrosh Hellscream yells: I answer to no one!
A massive vortex of evil Sha energies erupts from the pool, making a terrible mess of the Veil. Garrosh walks along the planks as the massive Sha explosion takes place behind him.
Garrosh Hellscream says: All who challenge me will burn in the fires of my hatred!

Warlords of Draenor Edit

Gul'dan yells: This... was not our destiny....
Garrosh then brings Gul'dan up.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Times Change

Notes Edit

  • The PvE server, Garrosh US, is named after Garrosh Hellscream.
  • The news on Garrosh Hellscream becoming warchief when 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Cataclysm launched was followed by a large number of players objections. One player posted on the WoW forums a long list of warchiefs that would be better than Garrosh.
  • Though Thrall calls Garrosh "boy" in the pre-0300Wrath-Logo-Small event, looking at the timeline and reading Beyond the Dark Portal suggests Garrosh is actually older.[citation needed]
  • Garrosh's appearance (bulky with a shaved head) is practically the inverse of Grom's (lean with long hair).
  • Garrosh initially appears to be a Fury Warrior, dual wielding Bleeding Crescents. After his extended tour of duty in Northrend and receiving Gorehowl from Thrall, however, he appears in Cataclysm wielding his father's axe alone; presumably, he was taught the finer point of Arms from the best.
  • After discarding Gorehowl at the resting place of the Sha of Pride, Garrosh wielded [Xal'atoh], the desecrated image of Gorehowl. Presumably gifted to him by Y'Shaarj.
  • The tattoo on his chin is meant to represent his status as chieftain, all other known Warsong clan chiefs have had a similar mark or tattoo to represent their status.
  • In his battle with Thrall, Garrosh states that all he did was for the Horde's benefit. However, the fact that Garrosh nearly destroyed the Horde, the world, and even the Orcish race, justifies Thrall's statement that Garrosh failed the Horde. Garrosh also states that Thrall had made him Warchief, had left him to pick up his pieces in the wake of the Cataclysm and that Thrall had failed him (referring to the fact that Thrall had not given him enough guidance). He also mocks Thrall for not having the strength of a true soldier and leader, implying that he views Thrall's willingness to use diplomacy and his use of magic was a weakness. Ironically, this "weakness" led to Garrosh's ultimate defeat at the hands of Thrall moments later. Garrosh finally said that Thrall had made him into what he had become, as he knew all too well that this would never had happened had Thrall not met him. Thrall's reply (with a hint of remorse) was that Garrosh had chosen his own fate.
  • Because of his actions and the atrocities that he committed during his career as Warchief and to the last of his days, Garrosh is considered by some fans to be the Horde's version of Arthas. However, there are a few differences between the two: Unlike Arthas, Garrosh did not become a pawn of his enemies. Unlike Arthas, Garrosh commited most of his atrocities out of sheer hatred instead of attempts to save his people. Also, unlike Arthas who killed his father, Garrosh actually saved his father from death (or at least corruption) in the 0600Warlords-Logo-Small alternative timeline.
  • Garrosh has been well liked by several fans, primarily due to his tragic fall. Several of his fan supporters have clearly stated that Garrosh was merely a victim of events and circumstances that he could not control, and many have largely blamed Thrall choosing Garrosh as both the fans and several people in universe have stated that Garrosh was a bad idea for Warchief, and others believe he was corrupted by the Sha of Prima and Y'Shaarj almost immediately during Mists of Pandaria, causing them to state that Garrosh was merely the fake antagonist while Y'Shaarj was the real main antagonist. Others have also blamed Thrall for allowing Garrosh to escape when the tribunal clearly stated that they were no less guilty than Garrosh and that he would live.[citation needed]

Speculation Edit

This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Garrosh on a number of occasions wonders if his father would be proud of what he had done, and in the trailer for Patch 5.4, when Taran Zhu tells Garrosh that his father's decision to meddle in dark powers had resulted in death, Garrosh instantly went berserk over that remark, implying that throughout his time in Azeroth, Garrosh has been trying to live up to his father's legacy, although Thrall and a number of other people pretty much say that he is not worthy of inheriting the legacy Grom had left.

  • Garrosh also was afraid of inheriting his father's mistakes and damning the orcs again, something he actually managed to accomplish in Mists of Pandaria and again in Warlords of Draenor.

Media Edit

Images Edit

Videos Edit

Patch changes Edit

References Edit

External links Edit

Note: This is a generic section stub. You can help expand it by clicking Sprite-monaco-pencil Edit to the right of the section title.
Nagrand Borean Tundra Icecrown Icecrown Citadel Siege of Orgrimmar
Official lore

Preceded by:
Grom Hellscream (Gargok [Interm] presumed)
Chieftain of the Warsong Clan
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Warchief of the Horde
Succeeded by:
Vol'jin 0500Mists-Logo-Small
Preceded by:
Grand Empress Shek'zeer
Ruler of the Mantid
Succeeded by:

Ad blocker interference detected!

Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.