- Raider can also mean a person in a raid.
Raiders are traditionally wolf-riding warriors of the Horde and the orcish clans. Some orc raiders are capable of fighting on foot as well, supported by their dire wolves companions. Beware that many other races and organizations raid for plunder but are not to be considered in the same way.
Rise of the Horde
Raiders of the Sythegore Arm
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- Main article: Raider (Warcraft I)
During the First War, the raiders were the most vicious of the Orcish hordes, these minions of Blackhand were trained to show no mercy. Riders of the darkwolves, these savage warriors used the speed and ferocity of their mounts to make them a deadly enemy. Faster than those who attacked on foot, they had perfected the tactics of tearing through columns of enemy soldiers like a hot wind.
As an organization, they were referred to as the Sythegore Arm and Blackhand himself was a prominent member. It is unknown whether the Frostwolf clan, also known for their raiders, were a part of the Sythegore Arm or a rival organization. The Frostwolves were exiled by Gul'dan for refusing to submit to demonic corruption.
The Second War
When rumors that the wolf raiders of the Horde intended to betray Orgrim Doomhammer to Blackhand's sons: Rend and Maim, came to light, Gul'dan had Orgrim disband the vast majority of them, and subsequently replaced them with ogre enforcers.
The majority of the former wolfriders were then sent into the various arms of the grunt forces. Other raiders remained in Draenor; where they ultimately fell under the dominion of Fenris the Hunter and his Thunderlord clan. By the beginning of the Second War, raiders were thus extremely rare within the ranks of the Orcish Horde.
- Main article: Raider (Warcraft III)
After many years of inactivity, the young Warchief Thrall decided to create a new generation of wolf riders. These mighty warriors carry hefty warblades into combat and rely greatly upon the cunning and ferocity of their faithful dire-wolf mounts to defeat their enemies. As such the return of the Frostwolf clan under the banner of the Horde gave a renewed presence to raiders during the Third War, serving as both scouts and agile warriors to plunder enemy bases.
Thrall's head of security, Nazgrel, is one of the most prominent of the new generation of raiders.
The mounted raiders of the Warsong favor speed and manoeuvrability in battle—they move quickly, strike swiftly, and are away before their enemies know what hit them.
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- Blackrock Raider - Burning Steppes
- Bloodaxe Raider - Blackrock Spire
- Scarshield Raider - Blackrock Spire
- Frostwolf Wolf Rider - Alterac Valley
- Frostwolf Wolf Rider Commander - Alterac Valley
- Bonechewer Raider - Hellfire Peninsula
- Thrallmar Wolf Rider - Hellfire Peninsula
- Garadar Wolf Rider - Nagrand
- Rok'nah Raider - Theramore's Fall
- Horde Raider - Krasarang Wilds
- Dominance Raider - Krasarang Wilds
- Bloodhilt Raider - Lion's Landing
- Kor'kron Caravan Raider - Northern Barrens
- Ironmarch Raider - Blasted Lands
- Wolf Rider - Ashran
- Aspiring Wolfrider - Nagrand
- Nagrand Raider - Nagrand
- Warsong Raider - Nagrand
- Mok'gol Raider - Nagrand
- In the canceled Warcraft Adventures, it was shown that the Frostwolf clan did not disband their wolf rider corps, unlike the other clans of the Old Horde.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, page 64
- ^ Warcraft: Orcs & Humans manual, Orcish Horde of the First War, Raider
- ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, The History of Orcish Ascension, The Mastery of Forces - Medivh and Blackhand
- ^ a b Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, The History of Orcish Ascension, The First War of Orcish Ascension
- ^ Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, Clans of Draenor, Thunderlord Clan
- ^ Blizzard Entertainment. Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Manual, 87.
- ^ Where Wyverns Dare