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For the character from an alternate universe, see Garad (alternate universe).
For the character from the Warcraft film universe, see Garad (film universe).
Image of Garad
Gender Male
Race Orc
Character class Warrior
Affiliation(s) Frostwolf clan
Occupation Chieftain of the Frostwolf clan
Location Unknown
Status Deceased[1]
Relative(s) Geyah (mate)
Durotan, Ga'nar, Fenris Wolfbrother (sons)
Draka (daughter-in-law)
Thrall (grandson), Durak (great-grandson)

Garad was the chieftain of the Frostwolf clan many years before the rise of the Horde. He was the father of Durotan, Ga'nar and Fenris Wolfbrother.


Legends: A Warrior Made 1

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Kelkar and Zuura showed the clan their newly born daugher, Draka. As a chieftain of the clan, he blessed her. Years later, there was a large fire in the Frostwolf village when Blackhand once visited it. Blackhand saw Draka hardly able to lift a bucket of water, and took it as sign of weakness in the Frostwolf Clan. Blackhand added that If she had been born to Blackrock Clan they would have killed her. To save face Garad exiled Kelkar, Zuura and Draka to the outskirts of the village. Years later, months before the Kosh'harg festival, Garad forbade them to attend the festival.[2]

Chronicle Volume 2

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Garad pressed ideals of family and tradition on his three sons - Fenris, Ga'nar, and Durotan. Fenris, however, defied his father's wishes and hunted with the neighboring Thunderlord clan. Fenris was victorious and continued to hunt with the Thunderlords as well as with the Frostwolves. During a Kosh'harg festival, Garad declared in front of everyone that his son's pursuit of fame was hollow and without honor. Fenris then challenged Garad to a mak'gora and was defeated but not killed. Humiliated, Fenris left his native Frostwolf clan and joined the Thunderlords.[3][4]

Fenris earned the renown he craved, and would eventually become the Thunderlord clan's chieftain.[5] When Fenris vanished, Garad chose Durotan as the heir of the Frostwolf clan instead of the hot-headed Ga'nar.[6]

When the ogres of the Bladespire clan and their mok'nathal armies began seizing resource-rich land from the orcish clans, Garad called on the other clans of Frostfire, the Thunderlords and the Whiteclaws, unite with his clan to end the threat. Due to Fenris' influence, the Thunderlords refused, making their own war upon the ogres. The Whiteclaws, having similar customs and traditions as the Frostwolves, agreed to rally to Garad's banner. Naming his sons Ga'nar and Durotan as his lieutenants, Garad struck at the Bladespire, capturing a number of mok'nathal, including their elder, Leoroxx. To Garad's surprise, Leoroxx revealed that the mok'nathal fought for the ogres not out of loyalty, but out of fear; the ogres threatened to kill their families if they refused.

Garad made an agreement with Leoroxx to liberate the mok'nathal. Leoroxx returned to Bladespire Hold and incited his people into open rebellion, setting fire to the stronghold, while Garad and his army attacked from the outside. The Battle of Bladespire lasted a full day and cost the lives of hundreds of orcs, including Ga'nar, who had been killed helping young mok'nathal escape the fortress. Garad was broken-hearted, and would never fully recover from his second son's death.[7]

Family tree.

Garad later contracted the red pox that regularly plagued his people for centuries. Reluctantly, Garad was convinced to remain behind in Nagrand, at a village of the sick, in order to avoid risking bringing the sickness to his clan. He died several weeks later, and the other pox victims would name their village Garadar in his honor.[8][9] Their isolation from the rest of their people allowed them to avoid becoming corrupted by the Blood Curse, remaining Mag'har - uncorrupted.[10][11] He was succeeded as chieftain by his only surviving loyal son, Durotan, who would be among the few voices of dissent against the corruption of the orcish people.


Alternate timelines

An alternate Garad is featured on the alternate Draenor in the past during the war in Draenor.

Garad from a separate timeline[15] appears in the movie continuity.


Preceded by:
Chieftain of the Frostwolf clan
Succeeded by: