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For the character featured in the Warcraft movie, see Blackhand (movie).
For the character from an alternate universe, see Blackhand (alternate universe). For other uses, see Blackhand (disambiguation).
Image of Blackhand
Title The Destroyer,[1]
Blackrock Chieftain
Gender Male
Race(s) Orc
Character class Warrior, Raider
Affiliation(s) Blackrock clan, Sythegore Arm Horde, Shadow Council
Occupation Warchief of the Horde, Chieftain of the Blackrock clan
Location Various locations
Status Deceased[2]
Relative(s) Urukal (mate), Rend and Maim (sons), Griselda (daughter)

Blackhand was the chieftain of the mighty Blackrock clan and the first Warchief of the Horde[1] until he was killed by Doomhammer near the end of the First War. He was known throughout Draenor and Azeroth alike as a brutal tyrant.


Legends: A Warrior Made

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Blackhand once visited the Frostwolf Village only to witness a large fire. Blackhand saw Draka hardly able to lift a bucket of water, and he took it as a sign of weakness on the part of the Frostwolf clan. He told that if such a frail child had been born in Blackrock clan they would have killed her. Because of this, Garad exiled Kelkar, Zuura, and Draka to the outskirts of the village.[3]

Rise of the Horde

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Artwork of Blackhand.

As all the chieftains, Blackhand was present during a Kosh'harg festival in Nagrand. Later on he went to a meeting to Oshu'gun, where Ner'zhul told them that draenei were their enemies. At first, Blackhand roared in distrust to Ner'zhul's declaration, but changed his mind after learning that other shamans had visions similar to the one described by Ner'zhul. After this, Blackhand then started to attack draenei hunters.[4]

A Raider of the Sythegore Arm, and one of the most honored warriors in the Horde, Blackhand became the renowned chieftain of the powerful Blackrock clan on Draenor.[5] Known as a tactical genius and a ruthless dictator who demanded respect from his warriors, his ego and lust for power made him very easy to manipulate — a fact which Gul'dan discovered very quickly. Through political manipulation and by stoking the embers of Blackhand's ego, Gul'dan was able to convince the Blackrock chieftain that he was a respected equal in the warlock's dark scheme, both the public leader of the Horde and a member of the secret Shadow Council; he was in fact merely a means to an end for the evil warlock. With popular support — no doubt manipulated by Gul'dan — Blackhand was elected Warchief of the newly-formed Orcish Horde, but kept in line with Gul'dan's objectives through subtle bribery and outright blackmail.

Blackhand eagerly offered all of his shamans, cut off by the spirits for waging their demon-incited war against the draenei, to become the first Horde warlocks. In order to increase the number of warriors the Horde would be able to field against the draenei, Blackhand even had his own children's ages accelerated, making them battle-ready. He commanded Durotan to do the same with his frostwolves, but refused. So Blackhand gave him another task - to lead an attack on Telmor. After its fall, Blackhand's family moved to the town. He also enlisted the aid of ogres led by Krol. Commanding from the Hellfire Citadel, Blackhand directed the later campaigns against the draenei, including the invasion of Karabor. After its fall, the orcish clan gathered at the Throne of Kil'jaeden where everyone was sure he will be the first to drink the blood. Grom Hellscream stepped first. Blackhand also refused Griselda to drink the blood. After this, Shattrath City fell and Blackhand searched for the body of the Prophet Velen in the ruins, with no success.[6]

The First War

Doomhammer holding the severed head of Blackhand.

Leading the Horde through the Dark Portal after defeating the draenei and after the first failed attack on Stormwind Keep, Blackhand conducted the entire war effort against the Kingdom of Stormwind in what became known as the First War. During the War, his daughter disobeyed him and fled to the Deadmines with Turok and his ogres. Blackhand learned about this and sent a group of warriors to kill Griselda and her new friends.

Soon after Gul'dan fell into a coma after attempting to steal information pertaining to the Tomb of Sargeras from the mind of Medivh, Blackhand was left vulnerable. Seizing the opportunity provided by the powerful warlock's incapacitation, Blackhand's second-in-command, Orgrim Doomhammer — later known as the Backstabber for the deed he was about to commit — decided to seize power from the puppet Warchief, hoping he could lead his wayward people from the path they had taken. Orgrim wasn't pleased at forced to kill as he served him as his second-in-command and was sworn to fight beside him. But tradition allowed a warrior to challenge his chieftain for supremacy and Doomhammer was forced to do that. Doomhammer defeated Blackhand and crushed his skull[7] becoming both Warchief of the Horde and Chieftain of the Blackrock. Orgrim then led the Horde to the victory in the First War.[8]


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Chess Event 70 92,306


  • The Horde's king piece in Karazhan's Chess event takes the form of Blackhand. His antlered helm is strangely missing.
  • His depiction in Warcraft: Legends - A Warrior Made is identical to his Chess event model.
  • In a vision during the fight with Yogg-Saron, Garona can be seen reporting to King Llane that Blackhand is leading the assault upon Stormwind City, but the Ultimate Visual Guide implies that it was Orgrim who led the assault.
  • It's unknown what his original name was.
  • In the original lore from the Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Gul'dan learned about Blackhand and installed him as the Warchief of the Horde right after the Dark Portal was opened and after the Horde failed in their first assault on Stormwind Keep. The Rise of the Horde novel set a different time of Blackhand's ascension as the Warchief.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

According to the Blackhand comic, the Blackrock chieftain only gained that name after his fist was encased in stone and the clan achieved victory over the ogres. This is seemingly a retcon, as he is already called Blackhand in A Warrior Made--Part 1, which would probably take place before Blackhand, considering Draka and Durotan are depicted as children (Orgrim would be around the same age as Durotan).

Alternate timelines

Alternate Blackhand appears in the alternate Draenor in the past during the war in Draenor.

Blackhand from a separate timeline[9] will appear in the Warcraft film.


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Preceded by:
Chieftain of the Blackrock Clan
Succeeded by:
Orgrim Doomhammer
Preceded by:
Ruler of the Blackrock Spire
Succeeded by:
Orgrim Doomhammer
Preceded by:
Warchief of the Horde
(conjointly with Gul'dan)
Succeeded by:
Orgrim Doomhammer