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We are the HORDE. We are slaves to nothing and no one!
- Garrosh Hellscream

Garrosh Hellscream, son of Grom Hellscream, was the Warchief of the Horde and the Iron Horde. Having grown up on Draenor, Garrosh came through the Dark Portal upon its reopening, and was invited into the Horde by Thrall himself. Quickly ascending through the ranks of the Horde military, Garrosh led troops in the Northrend campaign against the Lich King and was given the position of Warchief with Thrall's subsequent absence during the Cataclysm.

Infamous for his raging hatred for the Alliance, Garrosh had a strong intention to take the Horde to war with its rival power, no matter the cost to his nation and those who stood in his way. During the Horde's invasion of Pandaria, Garrosh unleashed the Sha of Pride, a long-isolated power that tainted untold swathes of land and consumed the bodies and souls of hundreds of people. He also ordered that a mana bomb be dropped on Theramore, a human bastion on the Horde-dominated continent, in an attempt to eliminate Jaina Proudmoore and provoke a war with the Alliance.

Following these and other controversial actions, elements of the Horde led by Vol'jin and Thrall united with the forces of the Alliance and launched a campaign against troops loyal to Hellscream. eventually leading to the Siege of Orgrimmar. Following a personal duel with Thrall, Hellscream was nearly executed by the shaman. Only the intervention of Taran Zhu prevented Hellscream from being martyred on the spot by his predecessor, as Garrosh so desperately desired. Instead, it was decided that a trial would be held in neutral Pandaria and justice meted out equally for those in the Alliance and the Horde who had suffered Hellscream's indescribable cruelty.

Hellscream's ambitions were not tempered by his defeat, however, and the dethroned Warchief had one final trick up his sleeve. Escaping captivity with the aid of a member of the Bronze Dragonflight, Garrosh went back to the moment his race had drank the blood of the demon Mannoroth and become conquerors. His attempts to prevent this consumption led to him founding the Iron Horde, a powerful empire which arose in place of the original, honorable entity; a subsequent invasion of Azeroth by this Iron Horde and the war to stop its advance through time and space led to the deaths of thousands across multiple dimensions.

With the conflict concluded and the Iron Horde routed, Thrall challenged Garrosh to a final duel. Hellscream and his potent weapon, Gorehowl, battled with the elements controlled by Thrall and were defeated. Not willing to risk Garrosh escaping and wreaking more chaos upon the universe, Thrall killed Garrosh Hellscream and left him and his weapon on the field of battle, the place where the former Warchief had valued above all others.

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

He is voiced by Patrick Seitz.[citation needed]


Beyond the Dark Portal

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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

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Garrosh in Nagrand

Garrosh became an important chief among the Mag'har. During his leadership, he was aided by Jorin Deadeye, son of the Bleeding Hollow clan's former chieftain, Kilrogg Deadeye. When heroes first met Garrosh, he was sullen, pessimistic, even depressed. He was concerned about the health of his clan's matriarch, Greatmother Geyah, who was ill. Garrosh knew that when she died, he may be expected to lead the Mag'har, and that troubled him further. Garrosh believed himself fated to repeat his father's mistakes.

His father, the legendary 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.

From the moment Garrosh came onto the scene, it was clear that he carried an immense burden of shame on behalf of his father. The last news that Garrosh had ever received regarding Grom was that he had drank the demon blood. The events that had transpired afterward were initially unknown to Garrosh, and the son did not even know of his father's heroic death until he was informed by Thrall upon the latter's arrival in Nagrand. Learning that his father had eventually overcome his weakness for power, and seeing his father sacrificing himself for his people to liberate them from demonic influence in a vision provided by Thrall, Garrosh appears to gain strength and confidence, believing that he is no longer trapped by the yoke of his father's shame. It is also at this moment, some believe, where he gained his sense of warrior pride, a sentiment already nested in Orc culture and no doubt enhanced by the brave sacrifice of Grom.

Theramore Peace Summit

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Garrosh at the Theramore peace summit.

Thrall brought Garrosh Hellscream with him back to Azeroth to be his advisor. Some time following this return, 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 chose to attend a peace conference with the human King Varian Wrynn, he brought Rehgar, Garrosh and a handful of Kor'kron guards. Reghar, having heard Garrosh's pro-war arguments, recommended Thrall not to bring Garrosh with them. The Warchief, however, hoped that seeing Humans in a peaceful setting and, indeed, their desire to end the long-standing conflict and animosity between the Alliance and the Horde might yet temper the hot-blooded Garrosh.

Alongside the Warchief, Garrosh traveled by zeppelin to Theramore, where Varian and Thrall had an amiable discussion with an eye toward mutual gain. Garrosh grumbled that he believed the Horde ought to take what it needed and desired by force rather than exchanging resources in acts of trade, but he largely kept his sentiments to himself. While the leaders of the Alliance and Horde discussed first their pasts and then problems related to resources, including the Horde's war with the night elves for lumber, Varian offered to provide wood to end the conflict. In exchange, Thrall offered the Alliance copper and exotic hides.

Before an official deal could be reached regarding this transaction, Varian was forced to depart the meeting, as the Scourge was simultaneously threatening the key Stormwind provinces of Goldshire and Southshore. As the troops of both sides trudged out of the meeting place, however, the Twilight's Hammer clan assaulted Theramore. King Wrynn caught a glimpse of Garona among their ranks and, already suspicious of the peaceful overtures proposed by the Horde, believed that Garona had been dispatched by Thrall to assassinate him as she had his father on order of the Shadow Council.

The forces of Alliance and the Horde engaged the Twilight Hammer cultists in a fierce battle, and the casualties of the invaders quickly began to mount. Med'an entered the fray in an attempt to protect his mother, Garona. The cultists, seeing Med'an, abandoned their battles in an attempt to capture the half-orc boy.

Following the conclusion of the skirmish, Garrosh angrily accused the Alliance of having led Thrall and him into a trap. At the same moment, though, King Wrynn blamed Garrosh and the Horde for having inspired the cultists to attack Theramore. Tensions flaring between both factions, Thrall and Garrosh left Theramore without another word. Hellscream complained to the Warchief that Wrynn had insulted the honor of the orcs, and that by departing peacefully rather than engaging in further battle, the orcs were losing face.

Facing the Wrath of the Lich King

Garrosh challenges Thrall

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During the events preceding the invasion of Northrend, Garrosh traveled to Orgrimmar, capital city of the Horde, to attend a summit of the faction's leaders gathered to plan the campaign against the Scourge. Those in attendance included Warchief Thrall, Lady Sylvanas Windrunner, High Overlord Saurfang, Grand Apothecary Putress and Reghar Earthfury. After consulting with both Saurfang and the spirits, Thrall stated that he hoped to take a more cautious approach in combating the Scourge: an advance scouting party would be dispatched to Northrend to assess the magnitude of the corruption before committing more troops as appropriate. More offensive to Garrosh was the second part of Thrall's proposal, which involved the Warchief meeting with the human mage Jaina Proudmoore to find out the Alliance plans regarding the Lich King and what part the Horde might play in those ambitions.

Garrosh felt that dealing with the Alliance in such a manner would endanger the Horde, and spoke out in favor of a plan he had drawn up: he would lead the armies of the Horde to the north, simply crush the armies of Stormwind and the Alliance in open battle, followed by a sweep north through the home of the blood elves, using it as a staging area to launch an invasion of Northrend. Once the forces of the Lich King were summarily crushed by the strength and power of the Horde, the Orcs and their allies would be free to seize control of all of Azeroth. [2] This approach described not only Hellscream's plans regarding the Scourge and, later, many other threats to the Horde, but it also perfectly summarized his sentiments on the Alliance: that they were weak, simply waiting to be crushed, and that the reason they had not been was because of the kind and peaceful nature of Thrall.

Thrall, irritated by Garrosh's recklessness and bold challenges to his authority, answered that the humans were not a threat[2] and that he would not underestimate the Lich King[3] by walking blindly into a Scourge trap.[3] 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.[3][2]

Garrosh Hellscream in Warsong Hold.

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

Thrall and Garrosh led the forces of the Horde in repelling the Scourge attack, with the help of Saurfang, Sylvanas,[3] Reghar,[2] the city defense force and a handful of 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.[3] Garrosh Hellscream was named Overlord of the Warsong Offensive, the main army of the Horde Expedition to Northrend. He resided at Warsong Hold in the Borean Tundra, on Northrend's western coast.

Following the establishment of his stronghold in Northrend, much changed about Garrosh. During his time in his homeland of Nagrand and his residency in Orgrimmar, the orc had been observed as appearing downtrodden and apathetic. Now, however, emboldened by the raw strength found in commanding soldiers in a war and the acceptance of his ambitious plans by Thrall, the son of Grom Hellscream became more hotblooded and reckless than he had already been. High Overlord Saurfang, who had previously advised Thrall to take a more cautious approach to the Northrend campaign and had witnessed Grom drink from the same chalice that corrupted Garrosh's father, warned against the savage tactics that the younger Hellscream had begun to employ. Saurfang feared a resurgence of the bloodlust that had dominated the Horde prior to the death of Mannoroth, but Garrosh would hear nothing of restraint, and the two frequently bickered regarding tactical decisions. A particular sore point between the two involved supply lines between Warsong Hold and the Forsaken vanguard in the Howling Fjord.

Despite his many disagreements with Saurfang, Garrosh seemed to possess some begrudging respect for the elder warrior. When Saurfang warned that the younger Hellscream's brutality against the Alliance might lead the Horde back down a "dark path" and threatens to kill Garrosh should he see this transition taking place, Garrosh does not doubt that he would do it. Instead, Hellscream wryly questions how Saurfang has survived so long in the Horde with his guilt and sense of morality intact.

In spite of the warnings of the High Overlord, Garrosh appointed field commanders who focused more on battling the Alliance than the Scourge and conducted his own tactical decisions in a similar manner. One of these commanders, Conqueror Krenna, Garrosh's proxy at Conquest Hold in Grizzly Hills, ignored the war with the Scourge entirely in favor of launching assaults against the local Alliance stronghold to the point that even her own underlings considered her reckless and a coup was launched against her from the lower ranks, let by Gorgonna. The commander of Orgrim's Hammer, the Horde gunship above Icecrown itself, found defeating the Alliance to be a greater concern than even the appearance of the Lich King's lieutenants around Icecrown Citadel; instead, the commander engaged in a fierce but brief encounter with the famous Skybreaker.

Secrets of Ulduar

At a point during the campaign, Thrall and Garrosh were summoned urgently to Dalaran to speak with Rhonin, head of the Kirin Tor. Arriving before the departure of Varian Wrynn, Garrosh and the King of Stormwind proceeded to forego all rules of etiquette and peace, skirmishing in the Violet Citadel. Rhonin halted the fight with a magical shield before harm came to either party, however, and demanded not only that the two cease fighting, but that they work together to stop a new threat that had arisen and threatened Azeroth perhaps more than the Scourge of Northrend-- Yogg-Saron, an Old God, had returned from dormancy within Ulduar. Despite the magnitude of the threat, Garrosh and Varian were partisan to the concept of an entente, and the latter departed Dalaran immediately thereafter. With Thrall clearly on his mind, Garrosh opined that a true Warchief would never partner himself with cowards.[4]

Crusaders' Coliseum

Garrosh, alongside Thrall, attended the new Crusaders' Coliseum in Icecrown, accompanied by a retinue of champions and representatives from across the domain of the Horde. During the tournament, Garrosh requested that Tirion Fordring send some of his faction's best warriors into the arena so that all in attendance might witness the power of the Horde.

Icecrown Citadel

Garrosh in Icecrown Citadel

Following the siege of Icecrown Citadel and the subsequent events of Wrathgate, Garrosh and his troops fortified a position within the entrance of the Lich King's final bastion and prepared themselves for the conclusive assault. Heroes spearheading the attack against the Lich King's remaining lieutenants and beasts could ask for the blessing of Garrosh, which he would bestow upon them in the form of Hellscream's Warsong.


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Garrosh Hellscream, following his occupation of the throne of Warchief.

Some time after the events in Northrend and the defeat of the Lich King, it came to pass that Deathwing, formerly one of the Dragon Aspects and master of theblack dragonflight, meddler in the affairs of mortals on behalf of the Old Gods and recluse within the elemental plane of Deepholm following his defeat at the hands of the Aspects, re-emerged and sundered the world in a cataclysmic flight across the world. Thrall, a powerful shaman, was summoned by the Earthen Ring to aid in the reconstruction and stabilizing of the very pillars of Azeroth, and so Garrosh was appointed Warchief in his place. His credentials, including his personal tutoring in leadership by Thrall and his experience in battle from his youth to the long campaign of Northrend, meant that there was initially much hope for the young Hellscream.

This hope, however, was shattered by the newly-minted Warchief's first action: to evict the majority of non-orc and non-Tauren citizens from the central citadels of Orgrimmar, believing that only those two races possessed the strength to truly defend the city. Though representatives of every member race of the Horde did remain near Garrosh's throne and Hellscream stated that he valued the assets that each race provided to the Horde, the expelling of so many citizens created much tension in the Horde capital. To further his message of strength through conflict and to renew the appearance of the city as one built in that conflict, Garrosh ordered that the city be remodeled in dark steel, a style eerily similar to Hellfire Citadel in Outland, along with other fortresses that he had designed prior to his appointment as Warchief, including Warsong Hold. [5]

Garrosh Hellscream kills Cairne Bloodhoof.

The ascension of Garrosh to the position of Warchief was applauded by many orcs who saw him as the herald of a new era for the Horde, a return of the old strength and willingness to participate in battle that they had been accustomed to prior to Thrall. Vol'jin, chieftain of the Darkspear trolls, despised Garrosh almost immediately for his warmongering; this resentment was only furthered by a belief that Garrosh had been selected as leader due to his leadership in the war against the Lich King and his status as the son of Grom Hellscream rather than genuine capability. Sylvanas Windrunner, Dark Lady of the Forsaken, held a low opinion of Garrosh, at one point referring to him as an "ogre-headed buffoon".[6]

The strongest opinion against the younger Hellscream was held by Cairne Bloodhoof, High Chieftain of the Tauren, who was under the impression that Garrosh had deliberately interrupted the peace summit that he had previously attended beside Thrall. This led to the end of a possible trade deal between the night elves of Ashenvale and the Tauren. As a result of this apparent outrage, Cairne challenged Garrosh to a duel in the arena of Orgrimmar.

This duel was not intended to be lethal, but Cairne was soon dying on the floor of the arena, much to the outrage of those present. It was later revealed that Magatha Grimtotem had intentionally poisoned the blade of Garrosh's weapon, and that the toxin had incapacitated Bloodhoof, allowing Garrosh to kill him easily. Grimtotem's action earned her the condemnation of the Tauren people and, disgusted with her dishonorable conduct despite its favorable outcome to him, Garrosh refused to defend the Grimtotem bastion of Thunder Bluff from the forces of Baine Bloodhoof, son of Cairne.

It was also during this time that Garrosh began to wield Gorehowl, the weapon of his father.

An enraged Hellscream looms over an Alliance banner on his planning table.

It also came to pass that forces shipwrecked during the time Thrall was stepping down from the rank of Warchief had encountered Trade Prince Gallywix, leader of the surviving goblin faction of Kezan. Following continued engagements on the Lost Isles with Alliance forces hostile to both the shipwrecked orcs and the goblins, Thrall had dispatched the rescued goblins to speak with Garrosh, who offered them a number of contracts related to various troubled regions in the Horde and accepted the goblins as a new racial faction within the Horde.

One of Garrosh's defining moments as Warchief would come after the goblins, now ensconced in the Horde, had blasted Talondeep Pass through the mountains of Stonetalon. Seeing the abundant resources among the peaks, Garrosh dispatched Overlord Krom'gar and his troops to conquer the region for the Horde. Much like the commanders under the employ of Garrosh during the Northrend campaign, however, Krom'gar was obsessed with warring against the Alliance, and he encouraged among his troops great acts of cruelty against both the defending night elves and noncombatants who lived in the region. Krom'gar proceeded far beyond the traditional savagery of his people, however, and with his second-in-command, General Grebo, conspired to destroy Thal'darah Grove, a druid academy that Krom'gar saw as a storage facility for "weapons of mass destruction." High Chieftain Cliffwalker, a local Tauren tribal leader and forced ally of the forces of Krom'gar and Grebo, protested strongly against the destruction of the Grove, claiming correctly that the residents were peaceful and had no intentions to wage war against the Horde garrison. Seeking to justify the destruction of the grove, Krom'gar allowed the chieftain to send his son under the premise of investigating the grove and ensuring that no weapons were present. Krom'gar dispatched Grebo to sneak into the grove as well, however, and the general murdered Cliffwalker's son, as well as several night elf witnesses. Following the discovery of this atrocity, Cliffwalker and his wife, Masha, confronted Grebo and were attacked by him and his guards, who they slew. Krom'gar, enraged by the death of his subordinate, led a party of soldiers to Cliffwalker Post and personally killed Masha before ordering the bomb to be dropped on the grove. Following the utter destruction of Thal'darah, Krom'gar proceeded to taunt the High Chieftain and seemed intent on killing him.

Warchief Garrosh stands before a trembling Overlord Krom'gar. The devastated Cliffwalker Village burns in the background.

By the time news of savagery in Stonetalon reached the Warchief, it was too late to prevent the full magnitude of Krom'gar's atrocities from taking place. Hurrying from his throne, however, Garrosh intercepted the Overlord before he could kill the High Chieftain and delivered a speech regarding his experiences in Northrend and a tidbit of wisdom given to him by a supreme warrior encountered there: "Honor...never forsake it." Garrosh then

took the groveling Krom'gar by the throat and threw him from Cliffwalker Post, the Overlord's body landing on the rocks far below. Hellscream intended to go further by executing a nearby adventurer who he saw as having been a lackey of Krom'gar, but at the last moment, Cliffwalker fell to his knees before the Warchief and informed him that the adventurer had discovered the corruption and the death of his son.

The Warchief was shocked by this; his instincts in such a situation would demand vengeance and the word "mercy," uttered by the High Chieftain in his plea, would never have crossed his mind. Commenting on all that Cliffwalker had lost on that day, Garrosh calmed himself and looked upon the kneeling tauren. "Mercy?" the warchief asked. "On this day, I learn from you."

Garrosh dismissed the adventurer, informing him that Krom'gar's army was no more, that the remaining troops would be withdrawn from the mountains and the campaign concluded. He then returned to Orgrimmar, and despite this moment of calm, it would be soon afterward that the legacy of Garrosh would return to haunt him.

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.[7]

The Destruction of Theramore

Preceding the arms race between the Alliance and Horde in Pandaria, the Battle of Theramore was the culmination of Hellscream's old ambitions that his faction should have complete dominance over their home continent. Theramore, a human bastion on the coast of Kalimdor, was permitted by Thrall as part of the diplomatic ties that had under his rein bound Orgrimmar and Stormwind, and preserved a sometime peace between the two sides. Garrosh dispensed with this fragile alliance, however, and his forces engaged with the the valiant but outnumbered defenders of Theramore.

The desecration of Theramore.

Jaina Proudmoore, leader of Theramore and close friend of King Varian Wrynn, hurried to her fortress home along with members of the Kirin Tor, including Ronin, in an attempt to rescue those trapped in the city from the onslaught of the Horde. However, goblins under the direct command of Garrosh had dropped a terrible device upon the city-- a Mana bomb-- which had ended almost all life within the protective walls of the bastion, killing both soldiers and civilians, and even members of the Horde unfortunate enough to be close to or within Theramore. Among the dead were some of Jaina's closest friends; she stood among their remains, preserved standing by the magical fury of the mana bomb, and swore that the blood shed in Theramore would be repaid in full.

Public opinion went strongly against Garrosh as a result of the use of the mana bomb, with many calling it a war crime and even traditionally merciless members of the Horde condemning it as an atrocity. For many in the Horde, this was their final straw regarding Garrosh, and a schism in the ranks saw many of the client races, including the trolls, tauren, Forsaken and some goblins and orcs, departing sections of Kalimdor and joining with Alliance forces already en route to reinforce the devastated Theramore.

In the Mists of Pandaria

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It was following the re-discovery of the isles of Pandaria and the subsequent race between the Alliance and Horde for the resources, artifacts and powers laced among those ancient lands that would usher in his downfall.

Following in the footsteps of his father, Garrosh desired further power for himself. His ambitions, which had led not only to warmongering on a nearly unprecedented scale but also the slaughter of innocents on Theramore Isle, shattered the Horde and led to the Darkspear Rebellion as, one by one, the Horde's client races could no longer stand beside their leader; even some Orcs shed their oaths of loyalty to him as their Warchief and sided with the rebellion, which united with the Alliance and launched an armada to prevent Hellscream's ambitions.

Garrosh confronts Zhu.

As a result of this schism, loyal troops scoured the land of Pandaria for valuable artifacts to eliminate the Warchief's multiplying enemies and, eventually, came upon the sealed heart of Y'Shaarj, an Old God worshiped by the Mantids and destroyed by the Titans centuries prior. The great monster's body was destroyed and various pieces hidden to prevent its return. A terrible relic secreted away deep beneath the peaceful lands of Pandaria, Garrosh saw within the heart a horrible potential. Upon arriving at the mining site where the heart had been uncovered, the Warchief observed that the heart "thirsted," and ordered that the chest containing it be escorted to the Vale of Eternal Blossoms, where its thirst might be slaked by pools of blessed water.

The armada dispatched to end the ambitions of Garrosh Hellscream.

As Garrosh leads his retinue to the fonts of power in the Vale, Taran Zhu attempts to stop him. A brief duel between the two precipitated by a taunt from the Pandaren that compared Garrosh to his father concludes with Zhu terribly injured and laying beside the waters. Claiming that he "answer[ed] to no one," the Warchief of the shattered Horde dumped the heart of Y'shaarj into the sacred waters, unleashing the Sha of Pride with his supreme arrogance and sundering the land in a manner that had not been seen since the Cataclysm some years prior.

Following this act, Garrosh was corrupted by the Sha and the powers of the Heart. As he had claimed in his prior duel with Zhu, the Warchief was "counting on" reprisals from the Alliance and the rebellious elements of his own faction; he hoped that his newfound power and gathered allies would be enough to crush the oncoming armies as they surrounded Orgrimmar...

Garrosh is the final boss in the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria 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

During the Siege of Orgrimmar, Garrosh served as the commander of forces loyal to his faction of the Horde. Empowered by Y'shaarj, the Dark Heart of Pandaria, he believed that he would emerge victorious from the siege and wage war upon Azeroth and beyond as he saw fit. However, Thrall, disgusted by the actions of his former protege, engaged in battle alongside the forces of Vol'jin and Wrynn alongside various mercenaries, adventurers and hangers-on gathered from around the world to end the reign of Garrosh.

A defeated Garrosh, humbled by the powers of Thrall.

At the climax of the Siege of Orgrimmar, a final duel ensued between Garrosh and Thrall, with the latter using his mastery over the elements to emerge victorious. Hellscream, robbed of his great powers and with his armies beaten and relics shattered, fell to the floor of the throne room as his enemies gathered around. Thrall, who had seen the immense suffering inflicted upon the world by Garrosh and had suffered an immense betrayal of trust by an apparent friend into whom he had vested great authority and levity, prepared to strike the killing blow. Shockingly, it was King Varian Wrynn of Stormwind, the old rival of Garrosh, who blocked Thrall's hammer at the final moment, preventing the execution.

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

Wrynn claimed that he had a greater right to carry out the execution than Thrall did, with his people having suffered greater losses against Hellscream's campaigns and the mana-bombing of Theramore. The tension between the Alliance and Horde elements in the throne room began to rise until Taran Zhu intervened, claiming that his people had suffered as well, and that his homeland was where the crisis had its most profound effects. Zhu offered that Garrosh stand trial on the island of Pandaria, where representatives of all affected by Hellscream's crimes could come and make their case, and justice could be meted out properly. The leaders of the Horde and Alliance begrudgingly agreed to this, and a ceasefire was called between the two factions.

Garrosh had been denied what he desired most-- not only power, but, upon his defeat, he had been prevented from a warrior's death, and would instead be forced to endure a demeaning and prolonged trial. He was forced to watch from the floor of his former throne room as his title was, to the surprise of many present, not returned to Thrall, but instead handed to Vol'jin, rival of Garrosh and leader of the rebellion against him. However, the ambitions of the deposed Warchief had not yet concluded.

Before the Trial

This was a moment of innumerable machinations for both major factions of Azeroth. The Alliance, led by Wrynn, had stood victorious in the capital of their great foe and not exploited the opportunity to annihilate a weakened Horde. Jaina Proudmoore, powered at that time by a need to avenge Theramore, had advised the King of Stormwind to pursue war against their fragmented foe, while Anduin Wrynn, son of the king, had proposed that a course of peace be maintained, and that the bloodshed end. Varian had chosen the latter, though not entirely out of a sense of mercy. He sought an alliance with Pandaria; they would most assuredly not participate in any kind of negotiations or treaties with Stormwind were they to witness such a wholesale slaughter as would surely take place had the Alliance gone to war that day in Orgrimmar. Furthermore, the king earnestly desired justice for his people, and knew that prolonging the suffering inflicted by the Cataclysm and the campaigns in Pandaria by engaging in a costly war against the Horde in their homeland would only lead to the empowerment of rebellious factions, including the Defias Brotherhood.

Members of the Horde had their own ambitions at the same time. Vol'jin, needing to cement his authority as the new Warchief, was not eager to pursue a course of war against the Alliance. At the end of the Siege of Orgrimmar, Varian Wrynn had curtly informed the troll chieftain that, were his reign to take the same course as that of Garrosh, the Alliance would intervene and "end [him]". This was no idle threat, and Vol'jin did not take it lightly as he considered his options regarding the trial of Garrosh. At the same time, Sylvanas Windrunner had been sidelined and insulted by Hellscream, and so saw a gap with his departure from power to return to her own plans and preserve her people, no matter the cost.

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With this and much more on their minds, the leaders and legends of both factions assembled in the Temple of the White Tiger, a location in Pandaria chosen as the perfect neutral site for the trial to be held. As part of the agreement between the Alliance and Horde, all members of both in attendance had to give up their physical weapons, while a field cast around the temple would prevent those within from casting spells. Despite this, there was still a desire for blood among almost all those in attendance; they were hardly a fair jury pool, and so the leaders of neutral Pandaria decided that their own should serve in the trial. The August Celestials became Hellscream's jury, while his former opponent Taran Zhu stepped up as judge. Harder to decide was who would serve as the courtroom defender of Garrosh, and who would prosecute.

The representatives of the Horde selected Baine Bloodhoof as the deposed Warchief's defender. This seemed an impossible task for the young Tauren; Garrosh had killed Baine's father, Cairne Bloodhoof, in the Orgrimmar arena shortly after becoming Warchief, and the Tauren people had suffered greatly under Garrosh, including the massacre of their people at Cliffwalker Post at the hands of troops dispatched by Hellscream to conquer Stonetalon. Despite these factors of influence, Baine somberly accepted the responsibility of defending his father's murderer, just as he had taken up the mantle of High Chieftain following Carine's death. The Alliance at White Tiger accepted Baine as defender, knowing his history with Hellscream and having been offered the chance to veto the choice by the Pandaren mediators.

Baine, however, needed to make full peace with his duty, and so he privately communed with the spirit of his father to seek advice. The slain High Chieftain asked Baine if, considering the treachery that had led to his death, the younger Bloodhoof could aspire to anything less than "perfect truth and integrity" in his task as defender. Tears streaming down his face and uncounted questions tossing about his mind, Baine accepted his father's words and the responsibility with which he had been charged. The image of his father gave a final blessing and faded from view, as Cairne no longer belonged in the world of the living.

The Alliance put forward King Wrynn as their choice for prosecutor, but the Horde immediately utilized its own veto to negate this option. Many in the Horde did not trust the King of Stormwind, seeing him as a warhawk and not willing to believe the overture of peace he had made following the Siege of Orgrimmar. However, this was exactly as expected and, the Horde having expended their only veto, the Alliance selected Tyrande Whisperwind as their new and true choice for prosecutor; she was even less likely than Wrynn to show any kind of mercy to the deposed Warchief, a sentiment of concern for the Alliance, as they were not sure whether the factional leaders of the Horde held any kind of reserved loyalty to him. Tyrande saw her prosecution of Garrosh not as a task of vengeance, but one of justice that would lead to healing among all involved.

The stage seemed set for the trial until the arrival of Kairozdormu, a member of the Bronze Dragonflight who offered the services of his kin; with their temporal powers, the dragons were able to present visions of the past to those assembled for the trial, superseding the simple words of witness testimony. Kairozdormu (simply Kairoz) joined the Horde section of the assemblage, while Chromie, another member of the flight, went to the side of the Alliance. They each offered their talents and wisdom to the respective 'lawyers,' and both accepted.

When the trial itself finally began, it was a sobering inception. Taran Zhu, who had suffered not only grave personal injuries at the hands of Garrosh but had also seen his homeland and his people ravaged by the Warchief's untamed ambitions, led off a long list of crimes for which the defendant was responsible. These crimes included "genocide, murder, forcible transfer of population, enforced disappearance of individuals, enslavement, the abduction of children, torture, the killing of prisoners [of war], forced pregnancy, [and] the wanton destruction of cities, towns, and villages not justified by military or civilian necessity." Garrosh was then asked his response to these charges, and to the infuriated horror of those around him, he began to applaud, claiming that "the show" had only just begun, but that he already gave it a standing ovation.

"This promises," Garrosh said to the assembly, "to be more entertaining than the Darkmoon Faire!"

The deposed Warchief went on to say that he claimed neither guilt nor innocence for his actions, as the former denoted shame, while the latter was something he had long lacked. Instead, he simply demanded that "the comedy begin!"

Several individuals had to be removed from the courtroom to preserve peace, so outraged were those in attendance at the mocking words of Hellscream. Taran Zhu demanded order in the courtroom, though it took some time for all to settle. Following this initial outburst, the proceedings of the trial continued, with witnesses from within and beyond the two factions being called to provide testimony on the barbarous actions of Garrosh Hellscream.

Witness Testimony

The Charge of Forced Pregnancy

Change is inherent in life. As long as something lives, it can grow.
- Alexstrasza, the Life-Binder

Alexstrasza, aspect of the Red Dragonflight, whose damning testimony against Garrosh was one of the highlights of the trial.

Some among the audience, even those familiar with the actions of Garrosh, were surprised to hear the charge of "forced pregnancy" levied against him. However, as Taran Zhu had described before the reading of the charges, Garrosh was not merely being accused of crimes that he as an individual had committed, but also those perpetrated by his various allies. Among these cohorts was the Dragonmaw clan, who had forced Alexstrasza, the Life-Binder and aspect of the Red Dragonflight, to lay additional eggs with the intention of utilizing the dragons within as weapons of war against the Alliance. Alexstrasza herself took the stand at the trial and testified on these actions and the trauma they had caused her. Members of the clan had, upon becoming enraged, smashed a number of her eggs and smeared her face with the remains. This was one of the most profound testimonies of the trial, and it scarcely left a dry eye in the room by its conclusion.

Baine began questioning the Life-Binder, keeping his inquiries short and curt. He asked as to her current sentiment regarding the orcs who had imprisoned her and committed these atrocities to both herself and her children. Alexstrasza gave a reply unanticipated by those in the courtroom, however, when she claimed that she had no quarrel with any race on Azeroth and that, though her powers as aspect had been drained following the defeat of Deathwing, her heart remained the same. "Do you like them?" she asked. "I love them."

Jaina Proudmoore was particularly taken aback by this response, having suffered similarly to Alexstrasza from the actions of Garrosh. The human mage noted that Baine seemingly spoke for her and nearly all others present when he asked if the former aspect truly loved those who had wrought such suffering upon her. "Few beings are truly evil," claimed Alexstrasza, "and even they are not necessarily beyond redemption....It is only when [an individual] chooses the darkness so completely that life itself is endangered that I would say there is no hope."

Baine asked a final question of the Life-Binder: if the orcs who had committed such grand offenses against her were to ask forgiveness, what would she do? As many in the courtroom considered what they would do in such a position, no doubt contemplating methods of terrible vengeance, Alexstrasza merely replied as though she was speaking to a child, telling Baine that "I would forgive [them], of course."

Hidden Preparations

Grim Batol, the secret bastion of the True Horde.

Unknown to those assembled at the Temple of the White Tiger, an army was assembling that threatened to eclipse what peace and stability had returned to Azeroth. Warlord Zaela, loyal servant of Hellscream, had assembled the tattered remains of the Dragonmaw clan following the Siege of Orgrimmar and had assembled them in Grim Batol, the same location where they had earlier tortured the captive Alexstrasza. Zaela formed a new organization, the True Horde, with the guiding mission of liberating Garrosh from imprisonment and following his message of eternal warmongering through a conquering of Azeroth and beyond.

In order to usher in this new era of bloodshed, however, Zaela would need assistance. She found support in numerous individuals who similarly supported the message of Garrosh, including the sharpshooter Shokia and Thalen Songweaver, traitor to the Kirin Tor who had created the mana-bomb used to devastate Theramore. The forces of the Dragonmaw were still far from Pandaria, however, leading to an ambitious jailbreak of the goblin Harrowmeiser, whose zeppelin would carry an elite team to the misty isles. In addition, Zaela was able to supplement the weakened Dragonmaw forces by hiring a variety of mercenaries and pirate outfits to join her cause.

It would take some days for this force to make its way to Pandaria, however, and in the meantime, the trial continued. The plot of Warlord Zaela was not the only disruptive element, however, as further dissent came from within the walls of the Temple itself.

Vengeance of the Banshee Queen

A brooding Sylvanas Windrunner, one of the many at the trial who feared that justice would not be properly done.

Behind the scenes of the trial, there was much concern that the punishment dealt by the Pandaren judiciary might not result in the execution of Garrosh Hellscream. To this end, Sylvanas Windrunner conspired with her sister, Vereesa, to ensure that the deposed Warchief did not survive the trial. Both sisters had lost things of import to the warmongering of Garrosh. Sylvanas lost valuable members of the dying Forsaken, and was denied the ability to use her Val'kyr to create new undead. Vereesa's husband, Rhonin, had perished in the mana-bombing of Theramore; ironically, Rhonin, leader of the Kirin Tor, had earlier debated with Garrosh before his ascension to the throne of Warchief as to how peace between the Alliance and the Horde might have been possible. Together, the sisters created a plan: they will poison Garrosh's food.

Vereesa's eager participation in this endeavor somewhat surprised Sylvanas, and the Banshee Queen asked her sibling why, not knowing the fate of her brother-in-law. The youngest of the Windrunner sisters broke down in tears and, from the floor, proclaimed that Garrosh "took my Rhonin. That was all. That was everything."

The Warchief and The Prince

Prince Anduin Wrynn of Stormwind--- Garrosh Hellscream's unexpected confidante.

As the trial continued, Garrosh ceased his gloating and informed his jailers that he would speak to only one individual: Prince Anduin Wrynn of Stormwind. Though the son of Varian did not initially accept this duty, he admitted to his father that it would have felt wrong, not in the spirit of the Light, to deny the request of someone "in trouble."

The two had several discussions under the watchful eye of Pandaren guards. During one of these talks, Garrosh, possibly reflecting on the words of Alexstrasza, asked the prince if he believed that the Light had chosen him, or if he had chosen the Light-- and whether or not he could choose to reject the gift of the Light and end his duties as a priest. Anduin was vexed by this, asking why anyone would want to shirk their duties;

the Warchief, grinning, reminded the son of Varian that another young, blonde human prince had shirked his duties to the Light and embraced darkness. Outraged and insulted, Anduin stated that he was not the same as Arthas, to which Garrosh simply replied, "Maybe I am."

After the discussion had ended, Anduin thought about these words and about the testimony of Alexstrasza. He wondered if there were truly destinies for all beings set in the invisible stone of the universe, and if there was more to Garrosh than merely the projected image of a power-hungry dictator.

The Ending Statement of Tyrande Whisperwind

The proceedings of the court had gone on for some time. All witnesses from both sides had been heard, all testimonies given, all evidence accrued and shown. The members of the Bronze Dragonflight had done their work and illustrated the cruelty of Garrosh and his subordinates in terrifying detail. Both the defense and the prosecution had made their cases to the Pandaren jury, and it was time for their final arguments.

Garrosh, in chains, awaits his sentencing. His former allies and longtime enemies linger in the background, each hoping for their own form of justice.

Tyrande brought with her to the stand nine stones, each of them collected from a location where an atrocity had been committed by Garrosh or in his name. The stones came from:

As Tyrande described the horrors wrought by the will of Hellscream, she detailed the agony etched into the very earth by the suffering of the lava elemental, the specks of lifeblood spilled from Cairne Bloodhoof in the arena, the exploitation of natural resources in autumnal Azshara, the demise of so many innocents at the hands of the Forsaken in Gilneas...

She concluded her final argument with simple words, a directive that even the peaceful Pandaren would understand the need for:

"End this. End him. Now."

The Last Statement of the Defense

Following these damning statements and facing insurmountable evidence, Baine Bloodhoof stood before the courtroom. All eyes were upon him, the ears of an attentive audience drinking every word, as the young tauren admitted that he envied Whisperwind's infinitely superior position in regard to the trial; her victory, he said, was all but assured. It was not this victory for which Bloodhoof yearned, however.

The confidence, Baine stated, was what he desired more. He gestured toward the stones that Whisperwind had brought before the court and spoke of their definitive nature, how Tyrande must have sat with Chromie and ensured the history behind each of these stones, ensuring that every count against Garrosh was proven by their existence. The courtroom, shocked, listened as he went on to say that he had returned to Thunder Bluff, home to his youth, and had spoken with the spirit of his father, a deeply private experience to reveal to the world. It was at this moment that the younger Bloodhoof trembled; he spoke of ethereal pleas delivered by his father, pleas for understanding and to dispense with the loathing for Garrosh that had become such a strong part of Baine's soul.

Baine Bloodhoof, reluctant defender of the deposed Warchief Hellscream.

The young High Chieftain took up the stone speckled with his fathers' blood and observed it for a silent moment before he crushed it in his hand.

Across the courtroom, whispers and murmurs sprung up. Had he intended to destroy that symbol of his father's death? Why would he do such a thing? Jaina Proudmoore seemed the most aghast, memories of Theramore still blazing hot in her mind, reminded as she was by the stone Tyrande had brought before the jury. Taran Zhu, despite his own private astonishment, took up his gavel and prepared to silence the chattering audience when Baine spoke again, regaining their lost attention.

The tauren looked into the weathered dust in his palm and spoke a few simple truths: that, in the end, every living thing, every great mountain range, even the world of Azeroth itself-- would become dust someday. What mortal struggles mattered so much as the inevitable?

"It does not matter that we die," said Baine. "It matters that we lived."

Bloodhoof concluded his statements with observations from his time as the defender of Garrosh. Through the abilities of Kairozdormu, he had seen many things: members of the elite Kor'kron division turn away from their rank in shame at being ordered to commit dishonorable acts against younglings; Durotan, father of Thrall, who attacked Telmor, but was later exiled for his beliefs; King Varian Wrynn, who had once held his sword to an unarmed woman clad in only a nightgown, and how that woman had embraced forgiveness and become a friend to Wrynn. Going on to extol the forgiveness of Alexstrasza and the ability of even Jaina Proudmoore, filled with fury though she was, to show restraint and prevent herself from becoming more like Garrosh, Baine concluded that his opponent had spoken of true justice, and that he believed that it would come to all present on that day.

The Last Meal of the Condemned

Vereesa Windrunner had made herself known in the kitchens of the Temple, indulged herself in friendships with the Pandaren and nestled herself in the hearts, her grief a club to batter down their usual defenses. By the time the Celestials had been dispatched to deliberate, Vereesa was a well-known figure among the staff and was allowed to participate in the preparation of meals for all staying at the Temple-- including Garrosh.

The meal following the final remarks from the defender and accuser was assumed by many to be the last time Hellscream would ever dine on mortal food, and the cook encouraged Vereesa, her aide for the evening, to prepare him extra. Despite a dour remark, Windrunner complied, as this was the perfect opportunity for her to deposit the poison she had been given into the former Warchief's food.

Without hesitation, Vereesa did the deed and prepared to depart from the kitchens when the cook casually remarked that she should someday return to Pandaria, and bring her sons, Giramar and Galadin, with her. This made Windrunner pause-- she had not thought of her boys, truly thought about them, since the death of her husband at Theramore. Rescinding her conviction, Vereesa chose to instead betray the plot to Anduin Wrynn himself, who was on his way to his final visit with Garrosh, and hurry home to Dalaran, where her boys awaited.

Anduin, hesitating for only a moment in surprise at Vereesa's actions, hurried to the cell of Garrosh, whom he found to be an intensely "disagreeable" mood. One of the guards remarked that the former Warchief was not facing "the sort of death he had envisioned for himself," and though he attempted to dissuade the young prince from seeing Garrosh, Anduin was insistent. His reception from Garrosh, though, was made up mostly of stinging rebukes, including an offhanded remark by the enraged orc about Wrynn's mother, the deceased Queen Tiffin of Stormwind.

Garrosh was insistent that the Light and its servant-- "an adolescent human boy"-- were intentionally mocking him and attempting to transform him from a warrior to something less, something that Hellscream refused to be. The deposed Warchief mocked Anduin fiercely, insulting not only him, but his whole race and the Alliance. Claiming that he would rather spend the remainder of time in the Twisting Nether than be twisted to the will of the Light, Hellscream went on to claim that, the moment Anduin ascended to the throne of Stormwind, the Horde would come for him and his people in their capital and "impale [the prince's] peace-craving body on a spike," and that the spirits of Varian and Tiffin would wish that the latter had miscarried.

These savage, barbarous words did not sway the young prince, who pushed the dish of food from Garrosh's hands as the orc lifted it to his lips. Believing that he had inspired a victorious anger in Wrynn, Hellscream disbelieved the claim that the dish was poisoned until a nearby rat conveniently ate from the spilled food and perished at Garrosh's feet, blood and foam streaming from its orifices. The Warchief and the Prince looked at each other for another moment before the latter departed the room.

Anduin spoke again to the pair of guards outside the cell and asked of them a favor: that the chains binding Garrosh's legs be removed for the ceremony that would see the verdict delivered. The Pandaren looked at one another, simply replying that they would take the request before Taran Zhu.

In Dalaran, Vereesa, reunited with her young sons, received a message from Anduin informing her that Garrosh had not consumed the poison. When prompted for a reply by the messenger, she only stated: "Rhonin thanks him."

Hellscream's Words

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.


Garrosh's body and weapon.

Garrosh left a strong legacy of death, horror and fear. Among members of the Horde, he is remembered in the Horde as a madman who, by his hubris and hatred, nearly destroyed their nation.

The Alliance will never forgive Garrosh for his destruction of Theramore and the hundreds that were murdered with the dropping of the mana bomb.

In Pandaria, a nation only just re-emerging onto the world stage, Garrosh will be known forevermore as the one who released the Sha of Pride and corrupted a large portion of the Vale of Eternal Blossoms as a result.

Garrosh left an imprint on the world that remains impossible to erase, and has since become a subject of controversial debate over his complex dualistic personality and achievements. Like despite his warmongering, his insistence on warrior honor to the point of executing Overlord Krom'gar for cruelly harming an innocent night elf town. Or his later embrace of older darker powers counteracting his previous disdain for "unnatural" necromancy and his hatred of demons. And from his successful command in Northrend to defeat the Lich King to his unjust attacks against Theramore, and Pandaria as well as creating the Iron Horde in an alternate timeline. The lasting effects of his final actions will reverberate through time with lasting animosity between the Alliance and Horde. 


Grommash Hellscream

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.


Garrosh can be found in the following locations:

In Outland

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In Northrend

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In Mists of Pandaria

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In Warlords of Draenor

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Grommash Hold, Orgrimmar


Garrosh challenging Thrall.


  • "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!" [8] (TCGSW 175)

Comic quotes

  • "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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dominance Offensive quests

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

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 examines the contents of the chest

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

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 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.

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!

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.

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

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


  • The PvE server, Garrosh US, is named after Garrosh Hellscream.
  • The news on Garrosh Hellscream becoming warchief when World of Warcraft: Cataclysm 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- World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King 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.
  • His favorite food is sunfruit, as indicated by his last meal while on trial in Pandaria. [9]
  • 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 World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor 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 Pride 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]


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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.




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