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The Dragonmaw clan (Nelghor-shomash, "Cry of the Beasts" in Orcish)[1] is one of the orcish clans dating back to the time of the Rise of the Horde. Unlike the other clans, however, the Dragonmaws relied more on magic and cunning than brute force. This wayward orc clan was once empowered by Deathwing himself to enslave red dragons, including Alexstrasza. Under the command of the shaman Zuluhed the Whacked, the Dragonmaws swore fealty to Blackhand the Destroyer with the other clans of the Horde upon Blackhand's ascension as Warchief. When Blackhand was assassinated by Orgrim Doomhammer, Zuluhed and the Dragonmaws maintained their fealty to Blackhand by pledging their loyalty to his sons, Rend and Maim, Chieftains of the Black Tooth Grin clan.[2] Defeated and pushed back to the Wetlands and Twilight Highlands, the Dragonmaw clan has been relatively dormant until the events of Cataclysm, when Garrosh Hellscream allowed the former (and current) dragon riders to join the Horde.



The Dragonmaw clan lived in southwestern Gorgrond, near the border to Frostfire Ridge.[3] They were called the Nelghor-shomash, or "Cry of the Beasts", a name they earned after learning to tame the fearsome rylaks which they called nelghor, "loyal beasts."[1]

Activity on Azeroth

The Dragonmaw clan standard in Classic World of Warcraft.

Manipulated by the Black Scourge, Deathwing, the Dragonmaw found an artifact of immense power known as the Demon Soul - created by Deathwing himself ten thousand years earlier, but forever forbidden from his grasp as the result of the spellwork of the other Aspects. Zuluhed entrusted the Demon Soul to a warrior/warlock named Nekros Skullcrusher, who used it to capture the Dragonqueen Alexstrasza - much to his surprise, and certainly to Alexstrasza's. The Dragonmaw used Alexstrasza's young to fight for the Horde - and fight they did, through much of the Second War. Operating out of the abandoned Wildhammer capital of Grim Batol, the Dragonmaw maintained their control over Alexstrasza and her flight after the Horde was defeated, using them to raid Alliance ports in the surrounding Wetlands. Yet the Dragonmaw also had forces away from Grim Batol (notably in the Black Morass defending the Dark Portal)[4] and many were captured by the Alliance at the time of the Horde's defeat.[5] The Dragonmaw began to refer to the dragons as nelghor just as they had the rylaks on Draenor, and eventually all orcs would as well.[1]

The Kirin Tor high councilor Krasus - the humanoid form of the red dragon Korialstrasz, one of Alexstrasza's consorts - sent the mage Rhonin to free Alexstrasza from the Dragonmaw in Grim Batol by somehow destroying the Demon Soul - which, using one of Deathwing's scales, he did. In her fury, Alexstrasza then tore Grim Batol apart and ate Nekros whole. However, some elements remained both alive and free, and to this day live in the Wetlands and Twilight Highlands. The Wetlands Dragonmaw are led by Nekros' son, Nek'rosh, who serves the self-styled Warchief of the Dark Horde, Rend Blackhand.

Activity in Outland

At some point during the Second War, Zuluhed and much of his clan returned to Draenor and survived the destruction that led to the creation of Outland. Now they are in the service of the Lord of Outland, Illidan Stormrage. Their attempts to subjugate dragons have continued — only this time, they are targeting a brood of nether drakes called the Netherwing. In what appears to be a repeat of their capture of Alexstrasza, the Dragonmaws have captured the matriarch of the Netherwing, the nether dragon Karynaku, and hold her prisoner in their fortress. Karynaku is held with a magical ball and chain, and only Zuluhed himself has the key.

In World of Warcraft

Dragonmaw Port.

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The rest of the Dragonmaw clan on Azeroth have established an encampment in the Wetlands, led by Chieftain Nek'rosh Skullcrusher.

The Burning Crusade

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Dragonmaw Fortress, where Zuluhed and much of the Dragonmaw clan resides, is located south of the Black Temple and east of the Netherwing Fields in Shadowmoon Valley. Certain members of the clan in this area can turn into Drakonids, including Zuluhed.

When the Dark Portal reopened a numbers of Dragonmaws were forced to serve the death knight Ragnok Bloodreaver.[6]

After the player completes the questline associated with the Netherwing, Zuluhed was killed, along with masses of peons and other Draongmaw soldiers. Illidan was outraged because the Dragonmaw revered a person that was attempting to destroy the entire clan from within and failed to seize this betrayer.


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Bloodgulch, heart of the Dragonmaw empire.
This wayward orc clan was once empowered by Deathwing himself to enslave red dragons, including Alexstrasza. Currently less numerous and powerful, the Dragonmaw make their home in the Twilight Highlands.

In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm it is revealed that Mor'ghor was able to survive Illidan's wrath and flee to Azeroth. Mor'ghor now styles himself as the Warchief of the Dragonmaw Clan; using his fel orcs to keep the regular orcs in control. When Horde forces arrived in the Twilight Highlands to negotiate with the clan, Mor'ghor killed the negotiator and decided to keep the player as a bargaining chip. However, thanks to Zaela the player was able to escape and inform Horde command of the tensions between the regular orcs and the fel orcs with in the clan. Using this information, the Horde forces lay siege to Dragonmaw Port from the shore and the Dragonmaw themselves take up arms against the fel orcs with supplies sent by the Horde fleet. The fight is eventually taken directly to Mor'ghor, and with the help of the Horde, he is disposed of. Zaela announces that a new Dragonmaw dawns with his death. After the Horde and Dragonmaw route out the remaining fel orcs, Garrosh Hellscream arrives and meets with the new leader of the Dragonmaw Clan: Zaela, and welcomes the clan into the Horde. Following the Cataclysm, Azeroth's situation has become increasingly dire, and the soldiers of the new Horde are now presented with an opportunity to redeem their old allies. Despite their past crimes, it is the will of the warchief that the once-maligned Dragonmaw join the Horde in battle once again.

Those members of the Horde who endorse the Dragonmaw clan will find themselves rewarded with masterfully crafted pieces of armor and mystic trinkets that reflect the clan's history of domination.[7]

The Dragonmaw Clan will battle the Wildhammer clan in the Twilight Highlands battleground called the Twin Peaks.[8]

The Dragonmaw with the aid of the Demon Chain (an item that once carried the Demon Soul and still carries a portion of its power) have been able to create powerful Black Dragon air support for the clan and the Horde. Though it seems that the demon chain must be kept close by or the dragon could regain their will as seen with Torth. Following the end of Cataclysm and Deathwing's death it is revealed that Wrathion is the last known black dragon alive on Azeroth. As such it seems as if the rest of the black dragons under the command of the Dragonmaw perished either in the fighting between the Horde, Alliance, and Twilight Hammer within the Twilight Hammers. Alternatively the rest of the black dragons could have regained their own will like Torth did, which would force the Dragonmaw to put them down. Which ever scenario (perhaps even a combination) occurred it is known by the time of the Darkspear Rebellion that Dragonmaw no longer use or have black dragons under their command.


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Zaela, the chieftain of the Dragonmaw, was summoned by Garrosh to help put down the burgeoning Darkspear Rebellion. She can be found at the Dranosh'ar Blockade projecting her will via the Demon Chain onto an enslaved proto drake. During The Secrets of Ragefire scenario, the Gob Squad finds a large amount of Proto-drake eggs in the cave, suggesting that the Dragonmaw now use proto-dragons as flying mounts instead of black dragons and that they use their powerful air forces to support Garrosh.

Siege of Orgrimmar

Zaela and some of her finest soldiers were tasked by Garrosh to defend Bladefist Bay against the fleets of both the Alliance and the Rebels during the Siege of Orgrimmar. Zaela leads her forces from the back of her proto-drake, Galakras, into the battle.

Ultimately, Garrosh's forces were defeated by the combined forces of the Darkspear Rebellion and the Alliance with Zaela being able to hide after the battle.

War Crimes

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Zaela and other Dragonmaw orcs still loyal to Garrosh fled to Grim Batol following the Siege of Orgrimmar, where they successfully hid from scouts sent by Vol'jin to look for them in the Twilight Highlands. Kairozdormu contacted Zaela and tasked her with gathering Shokia, Thalen Songweaver, and Harrowmeiser.

Later, Kairozdormu provided the Dragonmaw with Infinite dragons to attack the Temple of the White Tiger and provide a distraction while he freed Garrosh and escaped to Draenor.

Warlords of Draenor

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Zaela and her loyalists later captured Upper Blackrock Spire and joined forces with the Ironmarch force led by Ironmarch Commander Tharbek, creating Black Iron army, and becoming a member of the Iron Horde. Zaela and her armies were destroyed by the adventurers of the Alliance and Horde, stopping her plan to blow up Stormwind City.


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Following the deaths of Nek'rosh Skullcrusher and later Warlord Zaela, Gorfax Angerfang may have become a leader among his people as he is present at the ceremony held when a Horde player reaches Prestige Rank 2.


In World of Warcraft, Dragonmaw clan members originally all had the same chartreuse yellow skin color already accessible to orc player characters, giving them a distinct look as a group. This skin color can still be seen on Garneg Charskull and Ma'ruk Wyrmscale. Nek'rosh Skullcrusher was another example before his death and Zuluhed the Whacked, despite being in Outland, has not been corrupted into a fel orc.

In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, the Dragonmaw orc received a new unique model, with gray skin (similar to that of the Blackrock clan), special facial features and distinctive tattoos.

However, after the player character revamp in Warlords of Draenor, the Dragonmaw have seemingly lost these dragon tattoos, and their eyes now glow a bright yellow. The reason for this is unknown.

Reputation rewards

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Item Cost Type
Friendly  [Tabard of the Dragonmaw Clan] 1g Tabard
Honored  [Bone Fever Gloves] 24g 90s 80c Cloth Hands (caster)
 [Helm of the Brown Lands] 56g 24s 22c Mail Head (spirit)
 [Leggings of the Impenitent] 62g 5s 42c Leather Legs (agility)
 [Spaulders of the Endless Plains] 56g 37s 45c Leather Shoulder (spirit)
Revered  [Band of Lamentation] 21g 37s 37c Ring (caster)
 [Gauntlets of Rattling Bones] 45g 81s 56c Plate Hands (strength)
 [Grinning Fang Helm] 62g 15s 95c Plate Head (tank)
 [Snarling Helm] 53g 18s Mail Head (agility)
Exalted  [Boots of Sullen Rock] 81g 83s 7c Plate Feet (tank)
 [Liar's Handwraps] 43g 22s 4c Leather Hands (agility)
 [Withered Dream Belt] 39g 32s 73c Leather Waist (spirit)
 [Yellow Smoke Pendant] 21g 37s 37c Neck (caster)


Mark of the Dragonmaw, which all non-fel orc members of the clan have.
Name Role Status Location
Combat  Zuluhed the Whacked Former chieftain of the Dragonmaw Deceased-Killable Dragonmaw Fortress, Shadowmoon Valley
Horde  Nekros Skullcrusher Second-in-command to Zuluhed, wielder of the Demon Soul and warden of Alexstrasza Deceased Unknown
Combat  Nek'rosh Skullcrusher Son of Nekros, leader of the Dragonmaw forces in the Wetlands Deceased Formerly Angerfang Encampment, Wetlands
Combat  Mor'ghor Former Warchief of the Dragonmaw, former overlord of Netherwing Ledge Deceased-Killable Various Locations
Neutral  Warlord Zaela Warlord of the Dragonmaw after Mor'ghor's death, Warlord of the Ironmarch Deceased-Killable Various Locations
Horde  Gorfax Angerfang Chief of the Angerfang Dragonmaw, apparent leader of the clan after Zaela's death Alive Angerfang Encampment, Wetlands
Horde  Artesh Shaman, helps open a portal between Dragonmaw Port and Orgrimmar Alive Dragonmaw Port, Twilight Highlands
Horde  Bradok One of the first dragon riders during the Second War, killed by Gul'dan over the Great Sea Deceased Unknown
Horde  Brogas Chief handler of dragons at Grim Batol after the Second War Unknown Unknown
Neutral  Corlok the Vet Participant of the Dragonmaw flying race Alive Dragonmaw Base Camp, Shadowmoon Valley
Combat  Master Cannoneer Dagryn Lieutenant of Zaela Killable Dranosh'ar Landing, Siege of Orgrimmar
Combat  Garneg Charskull Shaman Killable Angerfang Encampment, Wetlands
Horde  Gorosh the Pant Stealer Stealer of Bahrum Forgehammer's pants Killable Gorshak War Camp, Twilight Highlands
Horde  Gralok In charge of fighting off the Blackscale naga Alive Slithering Cove, Twilight Highlands
Horde  Gregor Medicine man Alive Dragonmaw Port, Twilight Highlands
Horde  Warlord Halthar "Terror of the shire", Dragonmaw commander in the Thundermar Ruins Killable Thundermar Ruins, Twilight Highlands
Horde  Herezegor Flametusk Patron of the Wyvern's Tail, formerly led legions of Dragonmaw warriors Alive The Wyvern's Tail, Orgrimmar
Horde  Grot Deathblow Dragonmaw quartermaster Alive Bloodgulch, Twilight Highlands
Neutral  Drake Dealer Hurlunk Nether drake vendor Alive Dragonmaw Base Camp, Shadowmoon Valley
Neutral  Ja'y Nosliw Skybreaker General Alive Dragonmaw Base Camp, Shadowmoon Valley
Horde  Karkrog the Exterminator Dragonmaw commander in the Thundermar Ruins Killable Thundermar Ruins, Twilight Highlands
Horde  Koak One of the few remaining Horde-loyal Dragonmaw, friend of the cloud serpent Steel Alive Unknown
Combat  Korgra the Snake Lieutenant of Zaela Killable Dranosh'ar Landing, Siege of Orgrimmar
Combat  Lieutenant Krugruk Lieutenant of Zaela Killable Dranosh'ar Landing, Siege of Orgrimmar
Combat  Ma'ruk Wyrmscale Dragonmaw Warlord Killable Dun Algaz, Wetlands
Horde  Mallia Seer Alive Bloodgulch, Twilight Highlands
Neutral  Chief Overseer Mudlump Beater of peons Alive Dragonmaw Base Camp, Shadowmoon Valley
Neutral  Murg "Oldie" Muckjaw Participant of the Dragonmaw flying race Alive Dragonmaw Base Camp, Shadowmoon Valley
Horde  Narkrall Rakeclaw Drake-tamer, wielder of the Demon Chain Deceased-Killable Bloodgulch, Twilight Highlands
Neutral  Ronag the Slave Driver Slave driver Alive Netherwing Mines, Shadowmoon Valley
Combat  Captain Skyshatter Champion of the Dragonmaw flying race Killable Dragonmaw Base Camp, Shadowmoon Valley
Combat  High Enforcer Thranok Lieutenant of Zaela Killable Dranosh'ar Landing, Siege of Orgrimmar
Horde  Torg Drakeflayer Dragonmaw champion, Crucible of Carnage gladiator Killable Crucible of Carnage, Twilight Highlands
Horde  Torgus Well-known dragonrider during and after the Second War Unknown Unknown
Neutral  Taskmaster Varkule Dragonbreath Netherwing Ledge taskmaster Alive Dragonmaw Base Camp, Shadowmoon Valley



  • One of the realms in World of Warcraft is named after the Dragonmaw clan.
  • The Dragonmaw clan is the only known clan to serve in every incarnation of the Horde: Old Horde, Dark Horde, Fel Horde, and the most recent for them to join, New Horde (aka, Thrall's Horde) as well as True Horde and Iron Horde.
  • The exact details of the Dragonmaw orc skin color are not known. It's possible their grey skin tone is a full body tattoo, or that (like the Blackrock clan) years of dwelling underground without light has altered them. It could also be natural pallor already present to a degree before the Blood Curse.
  • After Overlord Mor'ghor returned from Outland, he seemed to have brought some other fel orcs with him, reuniting the clan, but after the clan joined the New Horde the fel orcs are nowhere to be seen, presumably all killed by Garrosh's forces.
  • The dark skin color of the clan members on Azeroth can be explained by the years they spend in Grim Batol; they might have been "fundamentally altered".[9]
  • The clan is the only member of the Iron Horde to not have an alternate Draenor equivalent.
  • The clan's name was odd as there were no dragons on Draenor, though dragon-like creatures were a part of orcish folklore, and popular as a myth.[10] Some speculated that their name might've come from the fey dragons, or the rylaks. This caused issue for the developers as their clan identity could not have existed, and it's the reason why they did not appear in Warlords of Draenor.[11]
    • Chronicle Volume 2 reconciled this by establishing that their original clan name in Orcish referred to rylaks.

In Warcraft II

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Chieftain: Zuluhed the Whacked

Clan Colors: White

Background: Led by the Shaman Zuluhed, the Dragonmaw clan is a small but elite faction within the Horde. With its legacy dating back into the time before the Warlocks, the Dragonmaw was quick to become one of Blackhand's strongest supporters in Azeroth. After his demise, the Dragonmaw honored its fealty to Blackhand by pledging itself into the service of his sons and The Black Tooth Grin. Using ritualistic magiks dowered by the ancient Shaman, the Dragonmaw clan was responsible for the capture of the Dragon Queen Alexstraza[sic] and the Horde's current subjugation of the Dragons of Azeroth.[12]

Domain: Grim Batol, Khaz Modan


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.


It is unknown if the Dragonmaw clan ever reconciled with the red dragonflight during their time in the Horde.

On the alternate Draenor

There are several orcs using the new Dragonmaw model (with gray skin and glowing golden eyes) in the Ring of Trials on the alternate Draenor. Lieutenant O'rok also uses that model. Security Guards in the Blackrock Foundry also use them. It is unknown whether they represent the clan, or if it is just a developer mistake. Hefty Metal's objective is a Blackrock scout named Iron Flameseer, who uses the Dragonmaw model. Commander Tharbek of the Warsong clan also uses the Dragonmaw skin.

The existence of the clan may be hinted in the appearance of Fel Overseer Mudlump.


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