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Achievement pvp h 02.png Horde Grunt
Earned <Grunt> title.
For the Warcraft III unit, see Grunt (Warcraft III).

Grunts were the first level of warrior in the service of Orcish Horde during the First War. Trained for close combat, these soldiers make excellent fodder for wading through human forces. Use of the axe and shield is their speciality, and they are hearty fighters with a taste for blood.[1] (W1ManO 48)

Those orcs who distinguish themselves enough in the arts of war to be trained as grunts epitomize the merciless spirit of the Horde. Equipped with mighty axes and battle-worn armor, they are prepared to fight to the death. Devoted to the Horde and to their clans, the grunt lusts for battle — wanting nothing more than to wade into the field of carnage and die a bloody death surrounded by the bodies of his fallen enemies.[2] (W2BnetMan 69)

Grunts are the first and last line of the Horde's defense. These powerful fighters arm themselves with mighty battle-axes and display all of the savagery and cunning of their race. In past generations, grunts were characterized by their depravity and brutality. But now, under the visionary leadership of Thrall, they more closely resemble their savage, yet noble warrior ancestors.[3] (W3Man 86)

In Warcraft I, II, and III they are voiced by Bill Roper.


In Warcraft I and II

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans This section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (aka Warcraft I).

Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness This section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness.

WCI Grunt

WCII Grunt

During the First and Second Wars, the Grunts acted as the main foot soldiers of the Horde and functioned as the Orcish counterparts of the human Footmen.

In Warcraft III

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos This section concerns content exclusive to Warcraft III.

WCIII grunt

Main article: Grunt (Warcraft III)

In Warcraft III, grunts are stronger and have slightly less armor than footmen, but cost more food and resources.

In World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft This section concerns content exclusive to World of Warcraft.

In PvP

Grunt was an old honor system title available to Horde characters; being a Grunt allowed characters to purchase a Team insignia trinket.

NPCs and mobs

Grunts are guards in orcish Horde cities and towns such as Orgrimmar and Razor Hill, but also in Horde orcish settlements throughout Azeroth and Outland. Curiously, their signature horned helmets are absent.

Orc Grunts are used as the pawns in the Karazhan chess event.


External links

  1. ^ W1ManO, 48
  2. ^ W2BnetMan, 69
  3. ^ W3Man, 86