- "Out of nowhere, he was grabbed by stony talons and whisked away into the night sky ..."
The dreaded gargoyles of Northrend are voracious flying creatures who revel in slaughter and mayhem.
Brought from the frozen north by the armies of the , these strange, wiry flyers have rough, crystalline hides which protect them from all manner of attacks. Gargoyles make effective scouts and can be deadly if left to rain attacks from the air, but they have a very obvious weakness. Most of them have to go through long periods resting as stone to maintain the energy they need to carry their heavy bodies through the air. In times of great peril, gargoyles also land and condense their crystalline hides into the stone-like surface to make themselves nearly impervious to any forms of attacks. Though they are unable to attack in this state, they can take time to regenerate their wounds and replenish their energies. The grotesque is a smaller gargoyle that is used to divert the flow of rainwater on Scourge buildings to prevent mausoleum flooding.
As a companion pet
- Main article: Grotesque Statue
- is an Unholy death knight ability that summons a gargoyle to aid the death knight.
- Some gargoyles are used by the Knights of the Ebon Blade as flight masters.
- Many gargoyle mobs have an ability called Gargoyle Strike inflicting nature damage.
- has no flying mount, but shifts into "Gargoyle Form".
- , a vampiric undead, could transform into a gargoyle.
- Hir'eek, the bat loa of the Gurubashi trolls, takes the form of a shadowy gargoyle in .
In contemporary fiction, Gargoyles are typically depicted as a (generally) winged humanoid race with demonic features: generally horns, a tail, and talons. The term technically refers to any stone carving used as a waterspout, and not a specific creature at all.
In the RPG
Gargoyles are not undead creatures in the Warcraft RPG. They are marked as undead in Warcraft III and WoW. Appendix Three of Manual of Monsters describes a diferent type of gargoyle which is described as formed of stone and earth and a proto-golem, however, the validity of the source is disputed. Although, it does say that they are part of the Scourge and gargoyles are known to use their Stoneform in Warcraft III and WoW. Many kinds of gargoyles can be found around Azeroth, some of the more common types include the subspecies of gargoyle represented by various groups of mobs, as well as Dire gargoyle (subspecies, possibly to differentiate from the normal gargoyle in Appendix Three). In Manual of Monsters Appendix Three, there are other subspecies of gargoyles: Four-Armed Gargoyle, Green Gargoyle, and Margoyle, however, the validity of the source is disputed.
Drawing of a gargoyle by Samwise Didier.