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Turn your back on these tiny terrors at your own risk.[1]

Imps are small, cackling demons[2] that possess powers and a cleverness that serve warlocks well despite their lack of physical strength.[3] The simplest of the summoning spells a would-be warlock can learn is that of the imp. Before they are imparted to this, they must prove that they have the necessary magical and physical ability.[4] All imps are afraid of rainbows.[5] Imps can [Phase Shift] into the Twisting Nether.[6][7][8]

Not much is known about the imps' background or history, but at least some of them are known to dwell on Xoroth.[9]


Fel imps

Imp Lord Pinprik, a fel imp in the TCG.

Fel imps appear to be a larger and more powerful type of imp. They are easily distinguishable from their weaker cousins by their wings and massive horns.

Notable fel imps

Other similar creatures

  • The forest spirits known as grell are very similar to imps. Though they resemble the mischievous demons, Anchorite Avuun found no demonic traces among the ones he studied. They are, as far as he could tell, uncorrupted.[10]
  • To the untrained eye, flamekin, a brand of fire demon, will look exactly like imps.[11]
  • Flame Imps are creatures that roam the Molten Core in large packs. Though they are called imps, they are more reminiscent of burning red grell, since they lack horns.

As a warlock minion

A warlock's imp minion.


Main articles: Imp (warlock minion), Summon Imp

[Summon Imp] is a warlock ability used to summon a controllable Imp to be your minion. It is learned automatically upon character creation. The Fel Imp is a demonic Minion, available at level 75. It is unlocked by the talent [Grimoire of Supremacy] and replaces [Summon Imp].

Fel Imp

Main articles: Fel Imp (warlock minion), Summon Fel Imp

The Fel Imp is a demonic Minion, available at level 75. It is unlocked by the talent [Grimoire of Supremacy] and replaces [Summon Imp].

As a companion pet


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.
  • Imps might have been grell infused with, and mutated by, fel energy. Grell resemble imps[10] and the ones on Teldrassil are tainted by fel moss[12] while the grell in Darkshore possess the same  [Foul Ichor] that the demons known as satyrs possess.
  • Imps also bear a great resemblance to homunculi, demons[13] that can be created or constructed.[14] Imps might be constructed homunculi, not truly living things.[15]


Imps are mythological beings similar to fairies or demons, frequently described in folklore and superstition. They were often mischievous rather than evil or harmful.



  1. ^ TCG Reign of Fire, 133
  2. ^ Tides of War, pg. 569
  3. ^ H Warlock [4] Piercing the Veil
  4. ^ A [4] Beginnings
  5. ^ N [46] Open Their Eyes
  6. ^ [Phase Shift]
  7. ^ N [46] See the Invisible
  8. ^ TCG card: Rulrin
  9. ^ Combat Xorothian Imp
  10. ^ a b A [55] Breath of Mist
  11. ^ B [51] Latent Demons of the Land
  12. ^ A [3] Fel Moss Corruption
  13. ^ Jeremy Feasel on Twitter
  14. ^ Grubb, Jeff. The Last Guardian, 30-1. ISBN 978-0-6710-4151-9. 
  15. ^ The Sundering pg. 46 - They revealed that the beast had been a construct, not a true living thing.