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Gronn Skullcracker TCG.jpg
Racial leader(s)
Primary language(s)

Giant, Low Common; Orcish (presumed)

Secondary language(s)

Draenei, Common (presumed)

Average height

20 feet[citation needed]

Native to Outland, the gronn are a race of immense, brutal giants. They were members of the Breakers, a faction of related species who sought to turn Draenor into vast, treeless wastelands. They gave rise to the ogron, who would in turn give rise to the ogres; yet they show little love for their children, ruling the ogre clans with a brutal iron fist. Gronn wield fearsome power; however, they are not famed for their intelligence.[1]

Adolescent gronn are known as gronnlings.[2] Gronn blood is black in color.[3]


The gronn are descended from the magnaron, who in turn descended from the earth giants. Whatever the giants were, the only signs of their passing are the temples of the damned built during the Second War and the colossal skeletons that rest in Frostfire Ridge.

Long ago, all of ogrekind was enslaved by the gronn, until an ogre later known as Gog Gronnslayer broke their bodies, opened their bones and ate their marrow to prove they were not gods, and raised up their skeletons so others could see his victory. He built his hall too large for any family to fill, and soon his home was an empire.

Prior to the orcish invasion of Azeroth, the ogres of the Breakers told the orcs that they were beaten and whipped by the gronn (many ogres bore whip scars on their backs). The ogres under Krol rebelled against the gronn with the assistance of Blackhand and the Orcish Horde. The gronn later came under attack by the black dragonflight when they attempted to settle Frostfire Ridge and Gorgrond. With some unexpected help from the heroes of the Alliance Expedition the gronn and their ogre slaves sent the black dragons flying. Since then gronn seem to have become rather fond of dragon hunting — there are several fully grown adult black dragons found impaled on stone spikes within Frostfire Ridge, whilst some gronn take related titles such as "Gruul the Dragonkiller" and "Gorgrom the Dragon-Eater". Baron Sablemane, a black dragon in disguise at the Circle of Blood in the Blade's Edge Mountains has this to say: "My loathing of interruptions is overshadowed only by my hatred of Gruul the Dragonkiller and his seven sons!".

Today Gruul the Dragonkiller is worshiped as a deity by the ogres of Blade's Edge Mountains. His powerful sons ravage both the spires of their home and the plains of Nagrand. Gruul's unparalleled strength and experience in battle would pose a serious threat if he ever chose to attack Horde or Alliance forces in Outland.[4]

Warlords of Draenor

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On an alternate Draenor, the gronn have largely been enslaved by the Iron Horde. Garrosh knew that the surest path to breaking the gronn lay in subjugating their great father, Gruul, who has been put to haul pallets of fuel to the furnace in Blackrock Foundry and has lost one of his hands.[5] Subjugated gronn appear to be used as living siege weapons with immense cannons strapped to their backs in Tanaan Jungle.

A number of "wild" gronn still remain in the wastes of Gorgrond, where they fight alongside the rest of the Breakers in their eternal war with the Primals.

In Gorgrond, the Burning Blade resurrected several ancient gronn alongside Gorgorek, the former magnaron alpha.[6]

Many subjugated gronn in Iron Horde have been defeated or killed during the war,[7] even the powerful Gruul.

Notable gronn

Main universe
Name Role Status Location
Boss  Gruul the Dragonkiller Great father of the gronn, ruler of the Outland ogres Deceased-Killable Gruul's Lair
Combat  Durn the Hungerer Son of Gruul, ord of the Spirit Fields Killable Spirit Fields, Nagrand
Combat  Goc Son of Gruul, master of the Bladespire ogres Killable Blade's Edge Mountains
Combat  Gorgrom the Dragon-Eater Son of Gruul, master of the Bloodmaul ogres Killable Boulder'mok, Blade's Edge Mountains
Combat  Grulloc Son of Gruul Killable Cursed Hollow, Blade's Edge Mountains
Combat  Maggoc Son of Gruul, warden of the eastern mountain range Killable Razor Ridge, Blade's Edge Mountains
Combat  Oggax Used by Garrosh Hellscream to test the might of Ji Firepaw and the Huojin Pandaren Killable Brawl'gar Arena
Combat  Skullcrusher the Mountain Chosen of Cho'gall Killable Twilight Citadel, Twilight Highlands
Combat  Skulloc Soulgrinder Son of Gruul Killable Soulgrinder's Barrow, Blade's Edge Mountains
Combat  Slaag Self-exiled son of Gruul, master of the Gordunni ogres Killable Barrier Hills, Terokkar Forest
Combat  Thuk the Defiant Held captive in an ethereal stasis chamber Killable Bash'ir Landing, Blade's Edge Mountains
Alternate universe
Name Role Status Location
Boss  Gruul Great father of the gronn, enslaved by the Iron Horde Killable Gruul's Lair, Blackrock Foundry
Combat  Durn the Hungerer Son of Gruul, enslaved by the Warsong clan Killable Grommashar, Nagrand
Combat  Durp the Hated Enslaved by the Iron Horde in the Pit Killable The Pit, Gorgrond
Combat  Duurg Unleashed by Azuka Bladefury after awakening Gorgorek Killable Gorgorek's Rest, Gorgrond
Combat  Gagrog the Brutal Savage gronn whose skull is wanted by Gazmolf Futzwangler Killable Earthshaker Gorge, Nagrand
Combat  Goc Son of Gruul, enslaved by the Iron Horde Killable Iron Approach, Gorgrond
Combat  Gogluk Guardian of the Iron Worldbreaker Killable Path of Glory, Tanaan Jungle
Combat  Grondo Mad gronn wandering the Crackling Plains Killable Crackling Plains, Frostfire Ridge
Combat  Grulloc Son of Gruul, enslaved by the Thunderlord clan Killable Grulloc's Lair, Frostfire Ridge
Combat  Maggoc Son of Gruul, enslaved by the Thunderlord clan Killable Thunder Pass, Frostfire Ridge
Combat  Rolkor Slave who has seemingly broken free from his captors Killable Gronn Canyon, Gorgrond
Combat  Skog Mother and/or father of the gronnlings at Frostwall Killable Frostwall, Frostfire Ridge
Boss  Skulloc Son of Gruul, enslaved by the Iron Horde Killable Blackhand's Might, Iron Docks


  • On the Burning Crusade teaser site gronn were once described as immortal demi-gods. It was also stated that only seven were thought to be in existence.[8]



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.

Given that most of the named gronn are described as Gruul's sons, Gruul may be the first gronn, or else the being who created them.

Patch changes


  1. ^ The Burning Crusade Bestiary
  2. ^ Vindicator Maraad Says: Merely adolescent gronn, Khadgar. Nothing that Commander <name> couldn't handle.
  3. ^ H [92] The Battle of Thunder Pass cinematic
  4. ^
  5. ^ Dungeon Journal entry for Gruul
  6. ^ B [100] Garrison Campaign: Awakening
  7. ^ B [100] And Justice for Thrall
  8. ^ WoW Stratics