Teron Gorefiend

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For information on how to defeat Teron Gorefiend in World of Warcraft, see Teron Gorefiend (tactics). For the Warlords of Draenor character, see Teron'gor. For the boss in Hellfire Citadel, see Gorefiend.
For Teron Gorefiend's Warcraft II statistics, see Teron Gorefiend (Warcraft II).
NeutralTeron Gorefiend
Image of Teron Gorefiend
Gender Male
Race(s) Orc spirit, undead human body
Character class Death knight; Warlock[1] & Shaman (formerly)
Affiliation(s) Illidari, Shadowmoon
Former affiliation(s) Old Horde, Horde of Draenor, Death knight order, Shadow Council
Occupation Leader of the death knights of Draenor, former warlock of the Shadow Council
Location Various Locations
Status Deceased (lore)
Killable TBC

Teron Gorefiend was one of Gul'dan's followers and a member of the Shadow Council. In death, he became the first of the necromantic terrors that became known as death knights — the warriors promised by Gul'dan to appease Orgrim Doomhammer and combat the human mages' powerful magic. Gorefiend convinced Ner'zhul to unite the Horde of Draenor and invade other worlds but was slain by Turalyon at the Black Temple as the planet tore itself apart. Years later he was resurrected once more and returned to the Black Temple where he allied with Illidan Stormrage.


Before Undeath

Teron Gorefiend was a member of the Shadow Council, Gul'dan's clandestine conclave of warlocks and necrolytes that had ruled the Horde through the puppet Warchief Blackhand.

When the Horde assaulted the Temple of Karabor, many draenei clerics were taken prisoner and were told that they were being marched to Hellfire Citadel far to the north. Outside the walls of the temple, Teron took the lives of every last one of them. The spirits of the clerics of Karabor remain outside the walls to this day.[2]

Tides of Darkness

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Teron Gorefiend in WC2.
Teron Gorefiend in the Warcraft II manual.

When Gul'dan was incapacitated as the result of being in Medivh's mind when he was killed, the Shadow Council was discovered by Orgrim Doomhammer. Doomhammer had recently come to power through the assassination of Blackhand, and tortured Garona Halforcen to discover the Council's location. The majority of its members were killed by Doomhammer's furious surprise attack, including Gorefiend by Doomhammer himself.

When Gul'dan recovered from his catatonic state and was on the verge of joining the Shadow Council in death, he "submitted" to Doomhammer's authority and promised to create warriors to fight for the Horde and counter the powerful magic of the humans. Doomhammer allowed him to live, to carry out this promise. Gul'dan took the corpses of the fallen Knights of Stormwind, and intended to imbue the rotting corpses with the souls of the Shadow Council. Nothing worked until he decided to sacrifice the necrolytes and cut out their hearts. He transmuted these hearts into powerful jewels, which were then affixed into truncheons. Upon making this stride, Gul'dan informed Doomhammer of his success. Placing the first truncheon into the hand of one of the corpses, the warlock and the Warchief watched as the energies of the necrolyte's heart that powered the weapon coursed through the corpse, until its eyes finally opened. Teron Gorefiend had returned.

Gorefiend remained with Doomhammer, when Gul'dan abandoned the orcish Horde for the Tomb of Sargeras.

Beyond the Dark Portal

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Teron Gorefiend.
Teron Gorefiend.

Gorefiend, Gaz Soulripper, and the other death knights swore allegiance to Doomhammer and fought for the Horde where their powerful energies aided in many battles. When Gul'dan betrayed the Horde, Gorefiend remained in the service of the Warchief until he was defeated. Leading the death knights beyond the Dark Portal before its destruction, Gorefiend remained on Draenor until he convinced Ner'zhul, Gul'dan's former master, to come to the forefront and unite the remaining clans into the Horde of Draenor. Ner'zhul intended to open new dimensional gateways to other worlds, and Gorefiend desired to claim a world for his own,[3] but both needed powerful items to stabilize their portals. To that end, Ner'zhul sent Gorefiend through a reconstructed Dark Portal to claim two powerful artifacts required for his spell: The Book of Medivh and the Eye of Dalaran.

At first, Gorefiend entered the Royal Library in Stormwind City only to find the Book gone and the guard slain with an Alterac blade.[4] After failing to gain the support of the sons of Blackhand, Gorefiend encountered Deathwing, the insane and scheming Aspect of the black dragonflight, who offered aid in exchange for being allowed to travel to Draenor, where he could safely hide the prized eggs of his brood.[5] Gorefiend rode on Deathwing's back as they traveled to Alterac, where Gorefiend demanded the book from its imprisoned king, Aiden Perenolde. Perenolde agreed to turn over the book in exchange for the Horde slaying their Alliance wardens.[6] Upon securing the Book of Medivh, Gorefiend — again, with Deathwing providing transport, his dragons carrying the warriors — flew to Dalaran where he was able to take the Eye from its secure vault. He tossed a gold coin into the Eventide's fountain, which he claims was not for a wish, but as 'payment' for what he took up and fled away.[7] Gorefiend rejoined the Horde in Draenor and made the march with Ner'zhul to the Black Temple to perform the ritual. In the end, it was all for naught; Ner'zhul escaped to the Nether with his chosen followers, leaving the Horde leaderless and stranded on Draenor as it tore itself apart from the unstable rifts he had created. Gorefiend himself fell in battle against Turalyon on that fateful day, but his spirit rose from his broken death knight corpse and escaped into the skies.[8]

After this defeat, the remaining death knights traveled to Shadowmoon Valley. The death knights, showing their allegiance, knelt before Gorefiend or whatever was left of him after his physical demise; in response, Gorefiend beheaded them (they rose once more, as the Ghostriders of Karabor). His spirit, however, became trapped and eagerly seeks a willing host to free him...

The Burning Crusade

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Gorefiend and Karsius.

At the Altar of Shadows in Shadowmoon Valley, there resides an Ancient Shadowmoon Spirit, a ghostly orc who appears to be an expert on the history of Teron Gorefiend. After completing the early quests with the  [Spectrecles] in Wildhammer Stronghold (Alliance) or Shadowmoon Village (Horde), you are sent to the Altar of Shadows to speak to this orc ghost who does indeed know of Gorefiend.

The Ancient Shadowmoon Spirit sends you on a set of three quests to locate Gorefiend's regalia, items that he used in his "life", that may aid in locating him.

The locations of Gorefiend's Regalia

Gorefiend triumphant, preparing to ride to the Black Temple.

Two of the three items can be found at or near the walls of the Black Temple.

  •  [Gorefiend's Cloak]: The easiest item to obtain, Gorefiend's cloak drops from the spirits of the Clerics of Karabor that line the walls of the Black Temple. The drop rate is somewhat low, so you will have to kill many of the Clerics in order to obtain the cloak.
  •  [Gorefiend's Truncheon]: The jeweled truncheon that was the source of Gorefiend's necromantic powers is held by the Ghostriders of Karabor, who patrol the roads around the Black Temple. There are four riders present, so it is recommended that you have a friend to aid you in slaying them. However, you can also just kill one, loot the truncheon, and run away to safety (or die in the process).
  •  [Gorefiend's Armor]: This item is the most difficult to obtain. The armor is in the possession of Vhel'kur, an undead spawn of Deathwing, who flies in a circle around the floating island of Netherwing Ledge. Vhel'kur is a 70 elite, and it recommends a five-man group. In addition, flying mounts (or a warlock and two others with flying mounts) are required to reach Netherwing Ledge.

A Dark Secret Revealed

The Ancient Shadowmoon Spirit claims to be using the items to divine Gorefiend's location. Upon returning the items to the spirit, you find out the truth: the spirit IS Gorefiend, and he managed to convince you to return his gear to him.

After taking back his regalia, Gorefiend possesses your body, trapping your spirit in the Altar of Shadows. Upon being possessed, Karsius the Ancient Watcher, Gorefiend's ethereal draenei jailor, spawns, and the battle begins once you attack him. While you are possessed by Gorefiend, a small bar appears with Gorefiend's spells - Unholy Armor, Death Coil, Death and Decay, and Haste, powers he is seen to wield in Warcraft II. It is recommended that in the battle with Karsius, you use Unholy Armor and Death Coil as often as you are able, and Death and Decay periodically as well; Death Coil will heal you significantly and drain Karsius' HP.

After you defeat Karsius, you are freed, and Gorefiend mounts his undead steed and rides off towards the Black Temple, shouting that he has returned. With a heavy heart, you return to the quest giver in Wildhammer Stronghold or Shadowmoon Village, and are tasked with destroying Gorefiend (seeing as it was your actions that unleashed him).

The Black Temple

Gorefiend found a place for himself within the Black Temple, which opened in Patch 2.1. The reasons for Gorefiend joining Illidan — if he did so at all — were unclear, but he must have been at least tolerated by Illidan to have been allowed to remain in his fortress.

Gorefiend was ultimately defeated by adventurers. He said the "wheel of death" had spun many times for him, and when struck down he remarked that the wheel was spinning again;[9] it remains to be seen if he will return once more.


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Shadowmoon Valley 72 22,140


  • In The Burning Crusade, Teron Gorefiend was voiced by David Lodge.
  • Prior to Patch 2.1, when he possessed the bodies of players, Gorefiend appeared to be an orc wearing a modified version of the Corruptor Raiment, the warlock Tier 5 armor. When that patch went live, his model in the Black Temple was changed to give him an appearance that better fit the lore — the spirit of an orc trapped in the body of a dead human knight. This model was accordingly used for the Altar of Shadows event.
  • Teron Gorefiend is often shown in art to be wearing a yellow cloak, just like he appeared in Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal.
  • Teron Gorefiend was the second playable character from Warcraft II to be an instance boss in World of Warcraft (after Kargath Bladefist).
  • [Gorefiend's Grasp] is a Blood death knight ability.


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.


While not clearly stated, it is possible that Teron was originally a member of the Shadowmoon clan given the fact that his spirit was called Ancient Shadowmoon Spirit and he seemed to command the Shadowmoon orcs in the Black Temple.


Teron's alternate universe counterpart was known as Teron'gor. After consuming hundreds of draenei souls and becoming a bloated abomination, he gave up that name and went only by Gorefiend.[10] In the main timeline, Orgrim Doomhammer recognized the name "Gorefiend" as belonging to a Shadow Council warlock.[1] In Auchindoun, Teron introduced himself to Vorpil as "Teron Gorefiend", and his "old friend" (who had not seen Teron since he was a living orc) recognized the name.[11] That suggests the character changed his name (from "Teron'gor" to "Teron Gorefiend") at some point before or during his time on the Shadow Council. Alternatively it may be intended that Teron'gor only began to refer to himself as Teron Gorefiend after his resurrection (much as his alternate counterpart began using moniker after his transformation), which would retcon the various accounts in the novel.

True allegiances?

Note: While the version of Teron Gorefiend seen on an alternate Draenor prior to his status as a Death Knight does not apply to these rules, that version's true allegiances lying only with himself, the same may not be true of the main timeline Teron Gorefiend.

Gorefiend's actions throughout the Second War and later the events on Draenor bring his loyalties into question. He had sworn loyalty to Orgrim Doomhammer, and unlike Gul'dan was never at any point shown to try and subvert or act against the warchief's, or the Horde's interests. Gul'dan brought his most trusted allies with him to raise the Broken Shore from the bottom of the sea and enter the Tomb of Sargeras, yet strangely left Gorefiend behind. It's possible it was due to him being under the direct command of Orgrim Doomhammer, or perhaps due to recognizing that Teron Gorefiend could not be trusted to side with Gul'dan against the Horde as a whole.

When crossing the Dark Portal back into Draenor, he was asked what was going on and what had happened by Ner'zhul, and Gorefiend seemed enraged by Gul'dan's betrayal of the Horde, rather than any personal slight of being left out of the plan.

He personally was the one to convince Ner'zhul to rally the Horde and allow the Horde to travel to other, fertile worlds that could save their people. These all point to an allegiance towards the Horde and the orcs, rather than any one person, or even himself. As a death knight, food, water, and other things needed by the orcs were not needed by him- he could easily survive on a planet devoid of all life, and live on indefinately. His own personal survival was not dependent on that of the orcs or even Draenor's survival. He was even willing to give his life in order to give Ner'zhul the time he needed to open the portals and escape Draenor, something that a selfish warlock or orc, like Gul'dan, would never have done.

It is entirely possible that his membership in the Shadow Council prior to his death could even be interpreted as loyalty to those who led the Horde - more specifically, Gul'dan, the true leader of the Horde rather than the puppet warchief, Blackhand. When Orgrim Doomhammer became Warchief, he was the true leader of the Horde, and thus, if this theory is true, it is where Gorefiend's true loyalties would lie - with the orc that had the Horde, and the orcs, best interests in mind. Gul'dan was never shown to have any true trust in Gorefiend, and it may have been due to the fact that Gorefiend was loyal to the orcs and the Horde, rather than any single individual.

His actions in Shadowmoon Valley do bring this into question, yet at the same time he is never shown actually acting against the Horde specifically, only fighting against those who tried to hunt him down, especially since the Horde simply saw him as a great threat rather than a potential ally.


Patch changes


  1. ^ a b Rosenberg, Aaron. Tides of Darkness, 94. ISBN 978-1-4165-3990-2.  "Welcome back, Teron Gorefiend," Gul'dan replied, trying to keep the laughter from his voice. "Yes, I have brought you back, to further serve the Horde." Doomhammer stepped forward, studying the strange creature before him. "Gorefiend? One of your warlocks from the Shadow Council? I killed him myself."
  2. ^ N [70] Divination: Gorefiend's Cloak
  3. ^ Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, Legends of the Land, Teron Gorefiend
  4. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 109. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0. 
  5. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 119-120. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0. 
  6. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 149. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0. 
  7. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 165. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0. 
  8. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 373. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0. 
  9. ^ Teron_Gorefiend_(tactics)#Quotes
  10. ^ Gorefiend#Dungeon Journal
  11. ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 238. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0.  Gorefiend stepped forward now, for he had also been part of Gul'dan's Shadow Council. "Vorpil?" he whispered. "How came you here, old friend?" ... "Be easy," soothed Gorefiend, lifting his hands in a calming gesture, "It's me, Teron Gorefiend."

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