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- "The world belongs to us. Its vastness is tamed, its greatness revealed, only because we master it as the Forgers did. If you would share our power with slaves, would let them mold the earth, you are no ogre."
- — Imperator Mar'gok
Ogres are large, brutish humanoids of notable strength originally native to Draenor, now Outland, which they call Dawgar ("the Known Earth" in their language).. They are descendants of the various stone giants known as Breakers and were originally enslaved by the gronn, even worshipping the enormous beings as gods. Eventually, the ogre hero Gog showed that it was possible to kill the giants, and he became the founder of the Gorian Empire that would come to rule much of Draenor for centuries until the arrival of the draenei. Once an alliance between ogres and orcs was made, the ogres accompanied the Old Horde through the Dark Portal to Azeroth to participate in the First and Second Wars.
Following the Second War, the ogre clans scattered across Azeroth. During the Third War, the Stonemaul clan re-joined the New Horde after the half-ogre Rexxar killed their former chieftain. After the Cataclysm, the Dreadmaul tribe was partially re-enslaved by Horde forces, while the Dunemaul clan was brought into the Horde by Megs Dreadshredder.
Ogre society is based on a clan structure in which physical strength is greatly respected, and besting a rival is usually the only way to advance within the clan. Though ogres are generally seen as unintelligent brutes, the ancient Gorian Empire was ruled by a succession of powerful sorcerers, and during the Second War, many more two-headed ogre magi came into existence due to the magical intervention of the orc warlock Gul'dan. These ogre magi often enjoy an elevated position among the clans.
- 1 History
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Culture
- 4 Clans and organizations
- 5 Subspecies and half-breeds
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Notable ogres
- 8 In the RPG
- 9 Trivia
- 10 Gallery
- 11 Patch changes
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Origins and early history
Ogres, gronn, ogron and magnaron all share a common lineage, descending from the colossals. Ogres in particular descend from the ogron, which in turn descend from the gronn. Ogron were at one point thought of as the evolutionary step between ogres and mud by Imperator Mar'gok. The ogre lords of Outland are the only ogres known to retain some of the physical traits of their gronn progenitors, such as the bony, calcified protrusions on their head and back, as well as a portion of the gronn's immense size and strength.
According to the ogres themselves, they were born "at the beginning". When the great Forgers squeezed the light from the ball of fire that would become Draenor, they also shaped the ogres from the same smoking clay, granting them dominion over stone and earth. Thus, the ogres consider themselves the rightful rulers of Draenor.
The first great technological innovation in ogre society was the concept of attaching a rock to the end of a very long stick to smash your enemies, rather than attempting to bash them with a rock held in your hand. The schism this innovation created amongst ogre society resolved itself only when the now-forgotten tribe broke in to the Warmaul and Boulderfist clans.
During the early periods of ogrish history, they were all subjects to the gronn, until Gog showed that it was possible to kill them, thus proving they were not gods. This eventually led to the foundation of the Gorian Empire, which would come to rule Draenor for generations until the arrival of the draenei. Many ogres still serve the gronn in the Blade's Edge Mountains of modern-day Outland.
The ogres of the Gorian Empire were cruel and intelligent (though this is still a somewhat relative term), and were ruled by powerful masters of arcane magic. Ogre territory extended into an unnamed southern continent that was apparently their homeland. The Gorian Empire's capital, Highmaul, was situated on a peninsula in Nagrand, but did not survive Draenor's destruction. Ogres were quite plentiful in Gorgrond and Frostfire Ridge, living in outposts such as Bladespire Citadel, and remained there after Draenor's destruction when the locations became the Blade's Edge Mountains.
On Draenor and the First War
- Main article: Ogre (Warcraft I)
The ogres were blood enemies of the orcs for generations and ogre raiding parties in northern Nagrand were not an uncommon sight. Many orcs had died at the hands of ogres, including Durotan's father Garad, and Garrosh's mother Golka. Despite this a group of ogres and orcs at some point interbred and created the Mok'nathal.
The gronn Gruul lorded over a small number of ogres in Gorgrond. During the war against the draenei, Blackhand, under Gul'dan's instruction, allied the Horde with a group of Gruul's ogres adding their strength to the orcs in exchange for food, weapons and shelter from their gronn masters. The ogres went on to be powerful weapons in the orc's war taking part in many battles, including the assault on Shattrath.
During the orcs' war against the draenei, most ogres joined the Horde. That is, except for the ogres of their capital Highmaul, and Blackhand wanted the last holdouts dead. After the orcs destroyed Shattrath, the Warsong clan and Twilight's Hammer clan went to Highmaul, with their chieftains Grommash Hellscream and Cho'gall (the latter an ogre himself, exiled from Highmaul) also part of the siege. Eager to exact vengeance, Cho'gall personally killed Imperator Mar'gok, the emperor. With the powers of fel and the Void, he bound Mar'gok to his throne and burned him alive.
The ogres were for the most part not used in the Horde's war against Stormwind but some ogres did pass through the Dark Portal, including a band led by Turok and the daughter of Blackhand, Griselda who took refuge in the Deadmines.
Ogres in the Second War
- Main article: Ogre (Warcraft II)
The ogres were brought through the Portal after the First War to act as enforcers in an effort to quell needless infighting between the Orc clans. They also had the the difficult task of keeping in check the demented warriors of the Burning Blade clan. Besides this role of enforcer, the ogres also generally took part in many of the major battles of the war and Orgrim Doomhammer himself had a bodyguard of loyal ogre warriors.
A group of loyal ogres were subjected to experiments by the warlock Gul'dan using the stolen runestones of Quel'Thalas in an effort to produce new spellcasters for the Horde to replace the fallen necrolytes and warlocks. Gul'dan's work bore fruit and lead to the creation of the ogre-magi. This new generation of ogres were two headed, an extreme rarity among ogres before this, more intelligent and more magically gifted than normal ogres, they were used to devastating effect on the Alliance.
Third War and beyond
Following the defeat of the Horde the ogres left the orcs to their fate and spread out across Azeroth, though most remained in locations they fought over during the first and second wars. Some, however, managed to travel to all the way to Kalimdor. The ogres played no part in the defeat of the Burning Legion during the Third War, however, during Admiral Proudmoore's invasion of the new orcish kingdom of Durotar one tribe of ogres, the Stonemaul clan, did rejoin the Horde under their leader, Rexxar, who overthrew the previous chieftain Kor'gall. Despite this most ogre tribes have remained independent and are now hostile to alliance and horde alike.
Other ogre tribes continue to exist on the ruins of Draenor. Most of these are still enslaved to the gronn and are in conflict with each other and other races over the diminishing resources of the shattered world. By this time, Gruul's "small amount" of ogres he ruled during the Horde's rise seems to have expanded, now including clans that were once among the Gorian Empire such as the Bladespire clan. One tribe - the Ogri'la have freed themselves from their demi-god oppressors and are trying to forge a new, more peaceful existence for their race.
Following the Cataclysm on Azeroth, Cho'gall has re-emerged and brought ogres legions into the Twilight Hammer. Meanwhile the Dunemaul band have been recruited into the Horde by Megs Dreadshredder and a portion of the Dreadmaul tribe have been subdued and enslaved by the orcs in the Blasted Lands.
Warlords of Draenor
This section concerns content exclusive to Warlords of Draenor.
On the alternate Draenor, the Gorian Empire, led by Imperator Mar'gok, was forced to ally with the Iron Horde, supplying them with knowledge of magic breakers in exchange for their lives. As a result, the forces of the Alliance and the Horde raided the ogre capital of Highmaul, slaying Mar'gok and many other high-ranking members of the Empire.
Several ogres can also be found among the ranks of the alternate Shadow Council.
While most ogres are born with two eyes, a handful in every generation regress and are born with a single eye. All but a few clans recognize these ogres are exceptional and destined for great things. The average male ogre stands at over 8 ft., while the average female stands at around 7 ft. tall. The smallest of ogre children tend to stand at around 5 ft. tall.
Many other races are coming to realize that ogres are not the stupid, lumbering two-headed beasts they once seemed to be. In fact, many of the ogre lords have rallied the remnants of their people that were scattered when the Old Horde fell. Though their plans are unknown, there is no doubt that these powerful, deceptively cunning warriors will gather their forces once more.
At first glance, they may look lazy and fat, but they're actually incredibly strong. Their skin tones range in color from shades of peach to red, to deep blues and ashen black. They frequently have at least one horn on their head, and can have either one or two eyes.
Ogres have many as the same hairstyles as orcs and can grow hair on the chin and upper lip, even full beards.
While ogres excel in strength, they are also rather slow-witted; this doesn't mean that they should be underestimated however, since they can possess a surprisingly brutal cunning. Still, most ogres are best suited to melee clobbering, though the two-headed ones are proficient in the mystical arts as shamans, magi and priests.
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- See also: Ogre mage
In Tides of Darkness, two-headed ogres were said to be incredibly rare; Cho'gall was said to be the first in several generations and Blackheart the Inciter was known to be another rare instance. However, in World of Warcraft they seem to be quite common. Many two-headed ogre-magi were created by Gul'dan's Altars of Storms during the Second War. It is unknown whether or not additional two-headed ogres were created by any other means at any other time.
Ogre females have not appeared in the games and only a few have been mentioned in the lore, although they were decsribed as being just as common as male ogres when Aramar Thorne visited Dire Maul. The few ogre females mentioned in lore include the unnamed wife of Tharg, who died by the claws of the black dragonflight, and an unnamed young female who served King Gordok in Dire Maul. Both the Alliance and Horde versions of mention, but do not show the island of Ogrezonia, which is inhabited by giant female ogres.
An is available during Hallow's End.
Ogre women are mentioned in passing in Code of Rule.
Ogres are straightforward in combat and often suffer as much punishment as they dish out, relying on their strength and stamina to carry them to victory. They are a vicious opponent, with the strength to rip off a warrior's limbs should they so choose. They favor huge, spiked clubs that they use to bash in the skulls of their enemies and to bring down the large prey they hunt. Ogres favor lands not frequented by the orcs, and are seldom seen near the encampments.
Their society is based on a clan structure, each clan acting independently of the others. Within the clan, besting a rival is usually the only way to advance. Ogre magi often enjoy an elevated position among the ogre clans. Chieftains rule small bands of ogres with an iron fist, and are never short on challengers.
Ogre society is based on violence and domination. The head of a tribe holds his position through sheer brute strength. Any member of the clan can challenge the leader to a battle to the death. The victor of this duel is declared the new ruler (or retains the position, if the incumbent emerges victorious). This ogre often takes to decorating himself garishly with whatever stolen armor and weapons he can get his hands on. Loot in a ogre clan is distributed by whoever can defend their claim. Thus, the strongest members are usually easily identified by their better armaments.
Besides their own tribes, ogres are often found employed as mercenaries, especially by the Goblin cartels, who see their extreme strength and slow wits as an asset. In Outland, ogre lords rule over the weaker and less intelligent ogres.
Ogres prefer to live in mounds, which are little more than caves or piles of stone built around steam vents, implying that ogres seem to prefer hot areas. Some ogre villages exist, but they are less common. Ogres are extremely destructive to their environment, and any area that they have lived in for some time can be distinguished by the piles of waste and excrement that they leave in plain view. Often, the dismembered remains of enemies and prey are hung on meat hooks, strewn about the ground, or otherwise left out for all to see.
- Among ogres, a robust waistline is seen to symbolize great wealth.
- Preferring to show off their physique, ogres eschew garments that cover too much skin. In order to look more fearsome to their enemies, they adorn their bodies with warpaints created using a mortar and pestle.
- Among the Highmaul clan, it was customary to treat lone visitors with curiosity.
- During the Second War, ogres typically increased their great strength by engaging in contests which involved the hurling and crushing of giant rocks. This served to increase their already formidable strength and resilience.
- Ravagers are favored ogre snacks when they are small and less deadly.
- Ogre royalty often enjoy a rare fruit that resembles a pomegranate.
- Ogres enjoy eating roasted quail as a light snack, polishing off a whole quail in a single crunchy bite, though smaller races find it's most easily eaten with one's hands.
- One ogre ritual involves cupping a in their hands and shaking vigorously. The venom increases strength and invokes vivid imagery.
- The deep purple wings of the Royal Moth are highly sought after by ogre magi believing that they can bring prolonged life when added to potions.
- Ogres enjoy eating meat, to the point of them often resorting to cannibalism.
Ogres usually speak Low Common, though some of the more intelligent ones may speak Common or Orcish. Some ogre tribes had their own language unique to the ogres on Draenor. For ogres, comparing a female's hair to a clefthoof's shaggy coat is a term of great endearment.
Whilst the ogres believe they were the first beings created by the Forgers, and thus consider themselves the rightful rulers of Draenor, they do not appear to worship their creators as gods, unlike other Titan-shaped races (such as vrykul or dwarves). During the negotiations in Grommashar between the Gorian Empire and the newly-formed Iron Horde, Imperator Mar'gok even appeared to look down upon the orcs' worship of the elements, thinking to himself "How typical of little beings to look for something outside themselves to praise". Notable is that before Gorgog the Gronnslayer showed that it was possible to kill a gronn, the ogres apparently worshipped the giant creatures as deities. The ogres of the Blade's Edge Mountains in the main universe still worship Gruul the Dragonkiller as a deity.
Whilst Ogri'la is a faction of intelligent ogres in the Blade's Edge Mountains, enhanced by the power of the Apexis crystals in the area, the ogre clans of that region also appear to consider Ogri'la to be some kind of "promised land". This is supported by the fact that several of them utter phrases such as <King/Queen> think... there really is... an Ogri'la? and Me go to... Ogri'la upon being killed.
- Borrok the Devourer
The Grimfrost clan of Grimfrost Hill, located in eastern Frostfire Ridge, apparently worship a giant lava worm named Borrok the Devourer, who lives in a lava pit nearby. Grimfrost Wormpriests can even be found sacrificing members of their own clan to the massive creature.
Clans and organizations
- Dunemaul — Found in Tanaris. Recruited into the Horde by Megs Dreadshredder.
- Mok'Nathal clan — A clan consisting mostly of half-ogres, found mainly in Blade's Edge Mountains. Led by Leoroxx.
- Stonemaul clan — Found in Feralas and Dustwallow Marsh. Recruited into the Horde after Rexxar killed their former chieftain, Kor'gall.
- Twilight's Hammer — Formerly an orc clan, transformed by Cho'gall into a worldwide doomsday cult fiercely loyal to the Old Gods.
- Bloodeye clan — Found in Twilight Highlands. Allies of the Twilight's Hammer.
- Firegut — Found in Burning Steppes. Members of the Dark Horde. Led by Gorlop.
- Mo'grosh — Found in Loch Modan. Allies of the Twilight's Hammer. Led by Gor'kresh.
- Spirestone — Found in Lower Blackrock Spire. Members of the Dark Horde. Led by Urok Doomhowl.
- Highmaul clan — Main clan of the Gorian capital of Highmaul. Led by Imperator Mar'gok.
- Bladespire clan — Based in Bladespire Citadel in Frostfire Ridge. Led by Gorr'thog.
- Bloodmaul clan — Based in the Bloodmaul Slag Mines in Frostfire Ridge. Infamous as brutal slavemasters. Led by Borgal Doomfist.
- Dreadmaul — Found in Blasted Lands. Partially enslaved by the Okril'lon but later allied with the Iron Horde during the Iron Horde Incursion.
- Grimfrost clan — Based in Grimfrost Hill in Frostfire Ridge. Fervently worship the great lava worm Borrok. Led by Guttra Wolfchew.
- Gordunni clan — Based in Gordal Fortress in Talador. Led by Witch Lord Morkurk.
- Stonemaul clan — Found in Gorgrond. Led by Kor'gall.
- Ango'rosh tribe — Found in Zangarmarsh. Led by Overlord Gorefist.
- Ashmaul clan — Found in Ashran.
- Bladespire clan — Found in Blade's Edge Mountains. Rivals of the Bloodmaul clan. Led by Gorr'Dim.
- Bloodmaul clan — Found in Blade's Edge Mountains. Rivals of the Bladespire clan. Led by Dorgok.
- Boulderfist clan — Found in Arathi Highlands and Nagrand. Led by Lantresor of the Blade.
- Crushridge — Found in the Alterac Mountains. Led by Mug'thol.
- Deadwind ogres — Found in Deadwind Pass.
- Dustbelcher tribe — Found in the Badlands. Led by Tho'grun.
- Glopgut — Found in Glopgut's Hollow in the Twilight Highlands. Led by Brogg Glopgut and Thog.
- Gordunni — Found in Dire Maul in Feralas and in the Barrier Hills in Terokkar Forest. Led by King Gordok (Azeroth) and Slaag (Outland).
- Gordok — The "upper class" of the Gordunni.
- Gor'vosh clan — Found in Ashran.
- Mosh'Ogg — Found in Northern Stranglethorn.
- Ogre Legion — A faction of unclear nature, members of which were seen during the Third War.
- Ogri'la — A peaceful organization of ogres whose intellect has been enhanced by Apexis crystals. Found in Blade's Edge Mountains.
- Servants of Koroth — Servants of the ettin known as Koroth the Hillbreaker. Found in Gilneas.
- Splinter Fist — Found in Duskwood. Led by Zzarc'Vul.
- Warmaul clan — Found in Nagrand. Led by Cho'war the Pillager.
Subspecies and half-breeds
- Ogre mage — Two-headed ogre spellcasters with higher intelligence than their one-headed brethren. Though many existed on Draenor, ogre magi become much more common during the Second War, when Gul'dan created them en masse using the magic energies of a high elven runestone.
- Ogre lord — Larger and more intelligent ogres believed to be more closely related to their gronn ancestors than their lesser brethren. Easily recognizable by the bony, calcified protrusions on their head and back.
- Half-ogre — Half-breeds with both orc and ogre blood in their veins. Most are members of the Mok'Nathal clan.
Quotes from World of Warcraft:
- "Me smash! You die!"
- "I'll crush you!"
- "RAAAAAAAAAAAAAR! Me smash <race>!"
- "Stupid puny thing! Me smash!"
- "Rah! Me angered!"
- "Me mad! You get smash in face!"
- "You no take mushroom!"
Quotes from Warcraft II: See Warcraft II ogre quotes.
- Main universe
|Leader of the Twilight's Hammer||Twilight's Hammer, Old Gods' forces||Deceased-Killable||Various Locations|
|Enforcer of Ner'zhul||Horde of Draenor, Shadowmoon clan||Deceased||Unknown|
|Member of the Cabal||Cabal, Shadow Council||Killable||Refectory, Shadow Labyrinth|
|Bodyguard of Silas Darkmoon||Darkmoon Faire||Alive||Darkmoon Island|
|Two-headed rogue and mercenary||Independent||Alive||Unknown|
|King of the Gordok||Gordok||Killable||Dire Maul|
|Former warlord of the Stonemaul clan, slain by Rexxar||Stonemaul clan||Deceased||Unknown|
|Captain and leader of the Boulderfist clan, the first ogres to join the Horde||Boulderfist clan, Old Horde||Unknown||Unknown|
|Pacifist ogre||Independent||Alive||Searing Gorge|
|Hero of the Warmaul clan, former chieftain of the Laughing Skull clan||Warmaul clan||Killable||Ring of Blood, Nagrand|
|Leader of the Crushridge ogres, former servant of Sylvanas Windrunner||Crushridge||Killable||Ruins of Alterac, Hillsbrad Foothills|
|Leader of a renegade ogre band, lover of Griselda Blackhand||Independent||Deceased (presumed)||Unknown|
- Alternate universe
In the RPG
Ogres were one of the last races of Draenor's giants. Many ogre clans were enslaved by the Old Horde, rather than the Gronn. These enslaved clans were often used in experiments. According to the RPG books, there are about 6350 ogres on Azeroth (Although certain tribes are not factored in). Still, they can be a significant and furious army if marshaled.
Many assume the ogres are insensate brutes, liking nothing more than destruction. Ogres have changed since the days of the Horde, however, possibly also due to their freedom from the influence of demons. More cunning than most give them credit for, ogre tribes keep somewhat at a distance from the other races as they have built a civilization. Villages are established in foothills, allowing ogres access to plains and forested areas.
The new civilization of ogres has somewhat of a patchwork quality to it. Tribes are experimenting with different approaches, observing the other races as they seek to find their own way. Some groups are nomadic, while others have started small agrarian communities. All hunt, either as a primary or supplementary source of food. While rivalries and conflicts occur, ogres place great stock in listening to elders and allowing moderation of disputes. There is a loyalty to the race and at least some respect for the other races, though ogre interests are always addressed first and foremost.
Ogres value endurance and insight more than simple strength. As strong as they are, they know that something out there is always stronger. Rangers are common among ogres, combining skill with the knowledge of the land.
Ogres test unfamiliar groups to determine their power and possible intentions. They try to avoid conflict, often by having ogre warriors make displays of aggression, smashing the ground and shouting at opponents, out of range of whatever weapons the opponents possess. As a last resort, ogres have some skill in formation fighting and will use a combination of charges and withdrawals to try to surround enemies. Ogres will throw spears at a distance in waves combined with the use of clubs, with possible magical support from ogre magi. When committed to a fight, these giants are completely dedicated, only breaking from an engagement if their leader commands it.
Despite their size and ferocious appearance, ogres are curious about the wider world and often seek to spread a more positive understanding of ogre culture. At the very least, an ogre hero can gain resources and allies for her tribe.
There is a great variety in the ogre species. Ogres average between 6 feet and 7 feet in height at adulthood, but continue to grow two inches to a foot at a time through a portion of their lives, as well as continuing to put on weight. A fully grown ogre would be between 8 feet and 25 feet; the average for the larger ogres is 15 feet, though some ogres are small, barely larger than 6 or 7 feet.
"Some ogres have two heads. Unfortunately, two ogre heads are not better than one — the heads rarely get along with each other, and two-headed ogres are just as dumb as their one-headed brethren."
Two-headed ogres often have compound names, which are actually the names of their two heads. For example, the famed ogre mage Cho'gall has two heads — Cho and Gall.
Faith - Nath
- It was theorized that orcs evolved from the ogres, and this was confirmed in Chronicle Volume 2.
- Apparently, "ogre" can sometimes also be used as the plural form, as seen in the garrison mission Big Hands, Big Swords. However, since this is the only known occasion where "ogre" is used as plural, it may simply be a typo.
- Goblin alchemists used ogres as mounts in Warcraft III. Rumblefitz rode Blokk.
- A brilliant ogre once had a thought that riding a rylak would make travel much faster than using pack animals or walking. Roughly crafted from thick leather and utilizing an excessive number of knots, a special seat could comfortably accommodate an ogre. However, it could only be saddled on a rylak the size of a small mountain which seems to explain why no one has ever seen ogres fly.
- In Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, ogres resembled giant barbarians. They took on the chubby and horned appearance in Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, which has stuck ever since. This is not unusual as many races have changed appearances over the years.
- Unlike most humanoids in World of Warcraft, ogres do not flee when their health is low — this is likely related to their (lack of) intelligence and Warrior mentality.
- Chris Metzen has stated in an interview that he would like ogres to be playable one day along with naga and goblins (the latter of which became a playable race in Cataclysm). During an interview in 2012 the developers stated that "We considered them for Cataclysm instead of goblins. Figuring out the females and the two-headed mages would be (fun!) challenges. Maybe someday."
- Like humans and broken, ogres have their own aggro sound: Mua haha!
- Before World of Warcraft was released, Blizzard announced that two-headed ogres would be a playable race as an April Fools joke.
- The stinkbug is a desert-dwelling insect which defends its eggs by spraying a foul, ogrelike scent.
- In the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion of Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, there are several ogre and ogre-themed cards, all with some variation of "50% chance to attack the wrong enemy".
- In the real world, ogres (derived from name of Orcus, the Etruscan god of the underworld) are hideous, man-eating giants frequently seen in mythology, folklore and fiction.
An ogre from a Warcraft II cinematic.
The ogre warlord Kor'gall.
An ogre on Draenor.
An ogre warlord enjoying a rare fruit.
Zog, Herald of Death, an ogre death knight.
Warlords of Draenor concept art
- Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): Ogres in Azeroth have undergone a visual upgrade.
- ^ a b The Old Wizard's Almanac
- ^ a b c d e f g h Code of Rule
- ^ Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 12
- ^ a b c Rise of the Horde
- ^ a b Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 178
- ^ Beasts of the Savage Lands - Frostfire Ridge
- ^ The Burning Crusade Townhall/The Burning Crusade Bestiary
- ^ Adventure Guide entry for Draenor world bosses
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 98
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 96-97
- ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Ground Units of the Orcish Horde, Ogre
- ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Clans of the Horde, Burning Blade
- ^ Tides of Darkness
- ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Ground Units of the Orcish Horde, Ogre-Mage
- ^ Warcraft III, Old Hatreds
- ^ World of Warcraft: Traveler, pg. 93
- ^ World of Warcraft: Traveler, pg. 263
- ^ World of Warcraft: Traveler, pg. 263
- ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual
- ^ World of Warcraft: Traveler, pg. 265
- ^ Beyond the Dark Portal
- ^ World of Warcraft: Traveler, pg. 307
- ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual, Creatures of the Land, Ogre
- ^ a b Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Orc Buildings, Ogre Mound
- ^ Jeremy Feasel on Twitter (2014-07-10)
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Official Cookbook, pg. ??
- ^ Royal Moth
- ^ Clefthoof Runt
- ^ Gruul's Lair — Game Guide
- ^ Ogri'la Storyteller#Quotes
- ^ a b Horde Player's Guide, pg. 156
- ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg. 27
- ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 73-74
- ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg. 27, 214
- ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 74
- ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg. 29
- ^ a b Horde Player's Guide, pg. 214
- ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg. 26
- ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 42
- ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 68
- ^ Horde Player's Guide
- ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 60
- ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume II Issue I (lineage chart)
- ^ Pearl of Pandaria
- ^ Burning Crusade Behind The Scenes - The Draenei (around 7:43)
- ^ Best Buy Live Chat
- ^ Stinkbug