Raider

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Raider can also mean a person in a raid.
Raider of the Sythegore Arm
A raider in the Burning Steppes.

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.

In Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, Raider is also a rank the orcish commander can achieve.

Rise of the Horde

Grommash Hellscream led the wolf riders of his Warsong clan against the Gorian Empire in bold hit-and-run attacks.[1]

Raiders of the Sythegore Arm

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Main article: Raider (Warcraft I)
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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.[2]

As an organization, they were referred to as the Sythegore Arm and Blackhand himself was a prominent member.[3] It is unknown whether the Frostwolf clan, also known for their raiders,[citation needed] 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

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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,[4] and subsequently replaced them with ogre enforcers.

The majority of the former wolfriders were then sent into the various arms of the grunt forces.[4] Other raiders remained in Draenor; where they ultimately fell under the dominion of Fenris the Hunter and his Thunderlord clan.[5] By the beginning of the Second War, raiders were thus extremely rare within the ranks of the Orcish Horde.

Renewal

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Main article: Raider (Warcraft III)
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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.[6] 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[7] 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.

An orcish raider in the TCG.

Iron Horde

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.

Notable raiders

Name Clan Status
 Nazgrel Frostwolf Clan Alive
 Blackhand Blackrock Clan Deceased
 Rend Blackhand Blackrock Clan Deceased
 Maim Blackhand Blackrock Clan Deceased
 Fenris Wolfbrother Thunderlord Clan Unknown
 Wolf-Rider Gaja Unknown Unknown
 Raider Captain Kronn Unknown Alive
 Raider Bork Unknown Alive
 Raider Jhash Unknown Alive
 Raider Kerr Unknown Alive

Types

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Quotes

Trivia

  • 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.
  • Their description during the Warcraft III alpha was as such: "The Orcs have discarded demonic magics and now practice the ancient Shamanistic magics of their noble ancestors. While Orc Shamans are capable of summoning the fury of nature to strike at their enemies, the once-abandoned Order of Wolf Riders have reformed their ancestral bond with the ferocious beasts of the winterlands and are prepared to again ride into battle and strike fear into the hearts of their enemies."[8]

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