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War Chief from Warcraft I

The Warchief, or War Chief, is the military leader of the Orcish Horde, similar to a king or Supreme Allied Commander among humans. The post is an ancient tradition, but was forgotten during the civil wars that plagued Draenor following the defeat of the Draenei. After the Horde crossed into Azeroth, Gul'dan revived the office to gain control of the orcs. On Draenor, Ner'zhul took the title in the event Gul'dan should ever return. The Warchief is now the title of the Horde's supreme leader, though his duties no longer include simply war.

In Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, it is a rank the player can achieve.

Warchiefs of the Horde

In Warcraft I

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In Warcraft II

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Warcraft III & World of Warcraft

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  • IconSmall Thrall Thrall — Warchief of the Horde and the greatest shaman ever known. Liberator of the orcs and chieftan of the Frostwolf clan. Son of Durotan. Steps down to join the Earthen Ring in stabilizing the world following the Cataclysm. (Lord of the Clans, WoW Icon 16x16, Bc icon, Wrath-Logo-Small)

In Cataclysm

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  • IconSmall Garrosh Garrosh Hellscream — Warchief of the Horde. Son of Grom Hellscream. Reinvited by Thrall to join the Horde after the reopening of the Dark Portal and quickly advancing to the position of personal adviser, he becomes the Warchief in place of Thrall.[1]

In Mists of Pandaria

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It was revealed in the March 2012 Mists of Pandaria Press Event that Garrosh will be the final boss for the Mists-Logo-Small Mists of Pandaria expansion, as both factions recognize his growing instability and lust for power.[2] This means a new Warchief will be appointed and most assume Thrall will return, but Blizz Zarhym has hinted that the new Warchief may not be who everyone expects.[3]

Other Warchiefs

Other organizations have warchiefs as well. At present, there are two individuals who use the title in World of Warcraft — one in Azeroth, the other in Outland. Both are enslaved by a power greater than themselves.

In World of Warcraft

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In Burning Crusade

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In Cataclysm

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  • Mor'ghor - "Warchief" of the Dragonmaw.


  1. ^ Kody 2010-06-13. Cataclysm Press Event - Raids, Guild System, Path of the Titans & More. Archived from the original on 2010-10-17.
  2. ^ Mists of Pandaria 2012 Press Event. Wowhead News. Retrieved on 2012-03-19.
  3. ^ Blizz Zarhym 2012-05-04. #64 - Anduin goes Neutral - Really?. Official Community > General Discussion forum (US)
    I know what was said during the press tour, but don't be so sure yet that you know who the next warchief will be. The information provided during the press tour was... not entirely accurate.

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