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This article or section contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and official bonus maps.

Burrows were orc structures that served dual purposes: they act not only as farms for the harvesting of various roots and crops, but also as fortified bunkers for the peon workers to hide in during times of attack. Increasing numbers of these structures provide food to support the amassing of additional troops.

Burrows can be found in Horde and orc lands in World of Warcraft, usually used as guardposts.

Peon combat

Once positioned inside a burrow for protection, peons would fire spears and projectiles. Not being proefficient at melee combat and not being well-armored, peons could not defend themselves outside. Once Thrall began ordering Burrows to be built instead of Pig Farms, he saw how they could be beneficial to his workers. Spears, bows, and other long-ranged weaponry are stored within a burrow with it's store of food. Peons are not... particularly effective... with these weapons, but peons are better at fighting behind a stone wall, rather than on the front lines.


Battle Stations

Causes nearby Peons to run into the Burrow so that they can defend their base.
The more Peons in a Burrow, the faster it attacks. Burrows can hold a maximum of four Peons.­

Stand Down

Causes Peons within the Burrow to return to work.



Spiked Barricades

Surrounds Orc buildings with spikes that damage enemy melee attackers. Deals 4 damage per attack.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
25 WC3gold.gif 75 WC3lumber.gif War Mill None 60 sec.
Improved Spiked Barricades
Increases the amount of damage inflicted on melee attackers by 6.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
50 WC3gold.gif 175 WC3lumber.gif War Mill Stronghold 75 sec.
Advanced Spiked Barricades
Further increases the amount of damage inflicted on melee attackers by 6.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
75 WC3gold.gif 275 WC3lumber.gif War Mill Fortress 90 sec.
Reinforced Defenses
Upgrades Burrows and Watch Towers so that they have Fortified armor.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
50 WC3gold.gif 200 WC3lumber.gif War Mill Fortress 60 sec.

The orc burrow as seen in the Burning Steppes.

Patch Changes

Patch 1.12 (07/30/2003)

The Frozen Throne

  • Armor increased to 5 from 2.
  • Damage has been reduced to 1d5+22 from 1d8+33.

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