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Zar'jira <The Sea Witch>, known in Warcraft III as Sea Witch, was a goddess that the Underworld Minions, including a band of murlocs, worshiped on the Darkspear islands in the Maelstrom prior to Thrall's destruction of their cavern of worship. She was a powerful naga spellcaster who had used magic to gain the murloc followers.[1]


GhostSeaWitch.jpg (Echo Isles) Zar'jira.jpg

Warcraft III

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

The Sea Witch demanded regular sacrifices from her murloc worshipers, which led them to capture visitors to their island chain. Thrall, his soldiers, the Darkspears, and Kul Tiras Marines were captured by her followers to be sacrificed.[2] The Horde and Darkspears managed to escape due to Thrall's efforts, though they lost Sen'jin. The Kul Tiras soldiers weren't so lucky.[3] Afterwards, Thrall managed to hold back her followers and escape on the boats. Afterwards, the volcano on the island began to erupt — which started the sinking of the island. Thrall's forces and the remaining Darkspears quickly repaired their ships as they held the line against attacks. They successfully escaped, and as they left, the Sea Witch taunted Thrall that the "Dark Tide" would soon claim him.[4]


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

On the official Cataclysm site, it is mentioned that there is a sea witch on the Echo Isles.[5] Questing in the zone reveals that this is Zar'jira, the same Sea Witch who appeared in Warcraft III, has come back to claim her revenge. The fight to vanquish her involves Vol'jin and multiple "phases".[6]


  • Interestingly, in the results after the level is completed, the Underground Minions team has an icon of a night elf. Later, they have an icon of a human soldier.
  • After significant speculation, it was confirmed that she was indeed a naga by the Horde Player's Guide. However, it was not clear if she was actually a banshee, or if her nature has been retconned. A possible explanation is that she was a undead naga banshee. In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the two natures are combined, providing an explanation.

Warcraft III Statistics

She is an intelligence-based ranged hero with Brilliance Aura, Water Elemental, and Earthquake. She is resurrected at the murloc Altar of the Deep.