Gonk, the Great Hunter, is a raptor loa in ancient Zandalarian tales; he's mentioned by as the loa that taught them how to reconnect to the spirits in a different way, thus allowing them to serve all the nature spirits at the same time instead of only one at a time as they used to do as loa priests (witch doctors). The other loa, such as Shirvallah, were against this but Gonk forced their hands in order to defeat , who had trapped several loa inside the Emerald Dream. Through this method they became druids, though the other loa are not happy about it and want the trolls to continue worshiping them one at a time.
Gonk is likely named after the player Gonktarget, who is an orc hunter with the guild Elitist Jerks and is a frequent poster on the EJ forms. Gonktarget has been very outspoken about his hatred of druids for years. Naming the NPC who is responsible for the creation of troll druids Gonk is likely an example of Blizzard poking some fun at a member of its player base.
Another possible origin of the name could be the character, Gon, the Dinosaur (known in some region as Gonk).
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