Varok Saurfang

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HordeVarok Saurfang
Image of Varok Saurfang
Title High Overlord of the Kor'kron Guard,[1]
Supreme Commander of the Might of Kalimdor,
Saurfang the Elder[2]
Gender Male
Race Orc
Character class Warrior
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Horde, Orgrimmar, Might of Kalimdor, Warsong Offensive, Kor'kron
Former affiliation(s) Old Horde, Blackrock clan
Occupation Leader of the orcs,[3] Leader of Durotar and Orgrimmar, High Overlord of the Kor'kron, Second-In-Command of the Horde Expedition;
Formerly Supreme Commander of the Might of Kalimdor, Formerly Chief Advisor to Garrosh Hellscream, Formerly Second-In-Command to Warchief Orgrim Doomhammer
Location Various Locations
Status Alive
Relative(s) Broxigar (older brother),[4] unnamed brother or half brother, Dranosh (son), Thura (niece), deceased wife
Student(s) Garrosh Hellscream, Dranosh Saurfang
Companion(s) Makka (wyvern mount)
"I am he who watches they. I am the fist of retribution. That which does quell the recalcitrant. Dare you defy the Warchief? Dare you face my merciless judgement?"

High Overlord Varok Saurfang[5] is a famed veteran of the First, Second, and Third Wars. He served as Orgrim Doomhammer's second-in-command during the Second War, and as Supreme Commander of the combined Might of Kalimdor, rallying the army against the qiraji of Ahn'Qiraj in Silithus.[6] He later led the Kor'kron against the Scourge in Northrend, and he assisted Thrall during the Siege of Orgrimmar.

Following the tragic battle on the Broken Shore and Sylvanas Windrunner's promotion to warchief, Saurfang was elected as leader of the Orgrimmar orcs, now residing in Grommash Hold.


Early life

Varok Saurfang was a member of the Blackrock Clan[7] and has served with the Horde ever since he drank the blood of Mannoroth alongside Grom Hellscream. Varok led forces in the sacking of Shattrath, Stormwind, and everything between, never losing in battle until the Horde was routed at the end of the Second War.

When Orgrim Doomhammer seized control of the Horde in the First War, he chose Varok Saurfang as his second-in-command after witnessing Varok's efficient and brutal tactics on the field. After the demonic bloodlust had been lifted from the orcs due to Grom Hellscream's sacrifice, Varok helped dozens of veterans come to grips with their previous atrocities, ultimately saving the lives of many great Horde soldiers.[8]

Although the Blood Curse drove him to murder many innocents, Varok refuses to use that as an excuse: like many others, he made the decision to drink freely. Drinking the blood and his actions under the blood curse haunt him, and to this day he deeply regrets both events. Although orcs are said to be fond of pork, the sound of swine being killed when they are ready for slaughter remind him of the death screams of the draenei children, and older veterans like Varok are often troubled by the memory. It disturbed Varok so deeply that he has refused to eat pork ever since. He will not shy away from war, or hesitate to defend his people and the Horde. However, he refuses to start a war, and if it is within his power, he will prevent a warmongering spirit from doing so. Whether through actions or by words, he will stop them anyway he can... no matter what.

His brother Broxigar traveled back in time to the War of the Ancients and died in glorious battle against the Burning Legion. Varok's mate apparently died around the time the Dark Portal opened and was burned in Nagrand.[9] Having promised his mate that their son would not be exposed to the warlocks or cross the Dark Portal, their son Dranosh was hidden away at Garadar in Nagrand, and lived there until Wrath of the Lich King.

World of Warcraft

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Saurfang was initially stationed in Orgrimmar's Valley of Strength, where he enforced the rule of Warchief Thrall. He was the one who announced the death of Nefarian when his head was turned in.

During the Second War of the Shifting Sands, Saurfang traveled to the front lines in Silithus. He acted as the Supreme Commander of the Might of Kalimdor in the war against the silithid and their qiraji masters.

War against the Lich King

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Saurfang in Warsong Hold.

Varok was present when Scourge attacked Orgrimmar and helped defend the city. After the battle, Thrall pronounced that Varok will go to Northrend.

Saurfang is stationed in Warsong Hold as advisor to Garrosh Hellscream. He commands the Kor'kron in Northrend and remains wary of the resurfacing bloodlust of the orcs, due to its employment in Hellscream's savage but successful tactics. Varok also assisted adventurers in killing Varidus the Flenser but insisted on not telling Garrosh about this.[10]

During the battle for Angrathar the Wrathgate, the main entrance to Icecrown, Dranosh Saurfang fell to the Lich King shortly before the treachery of Grand Apothecary Putress. Adventurers brought Dranosh's shattered armor back to his father at the behest of Alexstrasza.

After the The Battle For The Undercity, Varok reminds Thrall, who is lamenting the broken peace between the Alliance and the Horde, of his duty to lead their people.

Varok delivered a message from Korm Blackscar to Garrosh and Thrall that arrived to the Warsong Hold after the Dalaran meeting.[11]

Fall of the Lich King

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Horde players can find him standing near Tirion Fordring inside Icecrown Citadel at Light's Hammer. High Overlord Saurfang commands the gunship Orgrim's Hammer during the Gunship Battle in Icecrown Citadel.[12]

Once the undead form of his son (now called the Deathbringer) is defeated, Varok is first engaged with Muradin Bronzebeard to not permit him to pass. Varian and Jaina arrive and Varian tells Muradin to let him pass and claims his son's body. Varok will not forget the King's kindness before leaving. He promises to give his son a proper ceremony in Nagrand, next to the pyres of his mother and ancestors. He ends with saying to the Horde players: "Honor, young heroes. No matter how dire the battle, never forsake it."

The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

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Some months before the Cataclysm, Cairne Bloodhoof traveled to Warsong Hold to meet with Garrosh. It was revealed that Saurfang will remain within the hold as part of the Horde's Northrend skeleton crew and as the leader of the Warsong Offensive and the Horde Expedition. As Cairne bid Saurfang farewell, he could see in the orc's eyes that he knew that there would be plenty of ghosts to haunt him, if only in his memories.[13]

Siege of Orgrimmar

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Thrall mentioned that he would head over to Orgrimmar to find any orcs that wish to rebel against Garrosh, specifically Eitrigg and Saurfang.[14]

Saurfang arrives at the siege to fulfill the promise he made to Garrosh many years before. He met with Thrall and attempted to enter Orgrimmar, but was stopped by Nazgrim. Nazgrim sent the Kor'kron army away and let the two orcs inside, but could not guarantee their safety. Varok then followed Thrall to the lair of Hellscream below Orgrimmar. However, he becomes injured in a battle against mantid, and insists that Thrall continues without him. He is later encountered by heroes seeking to destroy Hellscream and end his reign, and asks them about the fate of General Nazgrim. He is saddened to hear of Nazgrim's demise and laments the loss of the great leader and warrior Nazgrim has been. He then retrieves his axe from a dead mantid and returns to the surface.

War Crimes

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Saurfang accompanied Go'el and Eitrigg to the trial of Garrosh Hellscream. He agreed with Baine as Garrosh's defender. Acknowledged as a hero by Horde and Alliance alike, he was called upon by Tyrande Whisperwind as the third witness, and told the court of his conflicts with Garrosh in Northrend. His threat to kill Garrosh should he take the orcs down another dark road (and his subsequent uprising against Garrosh in the Siege of Orgrimmar) was key testimony, and seen as proof by many that Garrosh had gone too far in the eyes of some fellow orcs.

However, Saurfang did not desire the court to give Garrosh a death sentence. Were it up to him, Garrosh's love for his people would have earned him a trial tied to orcish customs, and a mak'gora against Saurfang to determine whether he would live and repent or perish for his crimes.[15]

Warlords of Draenor

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Varok is one of the several Garrison visitors that can appear every day. Upon entering Frostwall he will inform the the Commander of various threats to the Draenor campaign and will direct them to deal with dungeon and raid bosses.


Saurfang in Grommash Hold.

Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

Back in Orgrimmar, Varok became commander of the city's defenses.[16] Following the Battle for the Broken Shore Varok barred the entrance to Grommash Hold to a select few, and allowed the adventurer entry to see the dying Vol'jin. Following Vol'jin's death, Varok was present as the warchiefs' funeral ceremony at the Dranosh'ar Blockade. When Sylvanas Windrunner took the mantle of Warchief,[17] Varok was stationed inside Grommash Hold presiding over Orgrimmar.[18] Varok also personally lead the defense of the Northern Barrens during the Legion Invasion event from the Crossroads.

Varok later traveled to the Broken Shore with a warrior adventurer, believing that he needed to regain his valor after the disastrous battle on the island. Unfortunately, he got shot by a fel cannon mid-air, asking the adventurer to proceed and make them pay. Master Smith Helgar of the Valarjar later sent the warrior adventurer to find Varok and duel him on the Broken Shore as he is believed to be the greatest axe wielder on Azeroth and could be an inspiration to forge  [The Arcanite Bladebreaker].

When a Horde player reaches Prestige Rank 2, Varok can be found in the Undercity alongside other notable leaders of the Horde. During H [100] A Royal Audience, he is present at the ceremony hosted by newly-elected Warchief Windrunner that congratulates the character for their battles against the Alliance, following their receiving of the  [High Warlord's Medal of Valor] from the Warchief, as well as an artifact appearance.

During Brewfest, Saurfang will ride out of the city to the festival grounds at 6 a.m and 6 p.m each day for the ceremonial tapping of the keg. Players present when he does this will receive a 2 hours Brewfest Enthusiast buff that increases experience gained by 10%.


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Borean Tundra 83 2,789,000
Battle for the Undercity  ?? 2,819,000
Icecrown Citadel  ?? 4,183,500
Gunship Battle  ??
10 2,440,375
10H 4,880,750
25H 6,972,500
Siege of Orgrimmar 90 295,455,744
Frostwall 100 29,356,200
Grommash Hold  ?? 626,703,616
Legion Invasion 100 1,467,810
H Warrior [98] A Desperate Plea 100 4,486,980


  • Ability warrior charge.png  Charge — Charges an enemy, knocking it back, and inflicting normal damage plus 150.
  • Ability warrior cleave.png  Cleave — Inflicts weapon damage plus 50 to an enemy and its nearest allies, affecting up to 10 targets.
  • Ability warrior savageblow.png  Mortal Strike — Inflicts 500% weapon damage and leaves the target wounded, reducing the effectiveness of any healing by 50% for 5 seconds.
  • Trade engineering.png  Saurfang's Rage — Saurfang's rage comes in the form of a mighty round-house kick, followed by a sweeping strike that deals 8,000 to 12,000 damage.
  • Spell nature bloodlust.png  Saurfang's Rage — Increases melee, ranged, and spell casting speed by 35% for all party members. Lasts 20 seconds.
  • Ability devour.png  Terrifying Roar — Causes nearby enemies to flee in fear for 5 seconds.
  • Ability whirlwind.png  Whirlwind — Attacks nearby enemies in a whirlwind of steel that lasts 15 seconds and inflicts normal damage plus 100.


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Grommash Hold

I am he that watches they. I am the fist of retribution. That which does quell the recalcitrant. Dare you defy the Warchief? Dare you face my merciless judgment?

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Scourge Invasion

I understand Garrosh's desires. The urge for battle is strong within every orc, especially against a foe that has killed our people. But, the warchief has proven time and again that strategy is as important as strength in a battle.

We will set out when the time is right. We are no longer a band of mindless, demon-manipulated savages. This is the new Horde.

"I am Saurfang. Brother of Broxigar. You know me to be the Supreme Commander of the Might of Kalimdor. An orc - a true orc warrior - wishes for one thing: To die in the glory of battle against a hated enemy. Some of you have fought in battles. Peace has been with us for many years. Many years we sat idle but many years we battled. In those years - where strife the land and Legion and Scourge sacked our homes, killed our families - these insects dwelled beneath us. Beneath our homes - waiting. Waiting to crush the life from our little ones. To slay all in their path. This they do for their god. And for our gods? We defend. We stand. We show that as one. United. We destroy. Their god will fall. To die today, on this field of battle, is to die an orcish death. To die today is to die for our little ones. Our old ones. Our… loved ones. Would any of you deny yourselves such a death? Such an honor?"
- addressing the Might of Kalimdor during the Second War of the Shifting Sands

Dialogue with Garrosh in Warsong Hold

Saurfang scolds Garrosh Hellscream's impatience and lust for killing, reminding him of their race's history during a strategy conference in Warsong Hold:

Varok Saurfang turns around to speak with Garrosh.
High Overlord Saurfang says: We are surrounded... Our enemies press in from all sides, young Hellscream.
Saurfang walks to the central and Borean Tundra portions of the hide map of Northrend on the floor, kneeling to point them out, then walks off the map to stand before Garrosh.
High Overlord Saurfang says: The Scourge descends like locust from the north.
High Overlord Saurfang says: The Alliance holds the only secure shipping lane in this region, and even that is at risk of being lost to those dreaded mists.
High Overlord Saurfang says: Our only viable port for resupply is held by the Forsaken on the other side of this blasted continent!
High Overlord Saurfang says: Anything our zeppelins cannot haul must be brought in by ship and travel the length of Northrend to reach us.
Saurfang walks back to his usual spot.
Garrosh Hellscream grunts.
Garrosh walks up to the map and kneels.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Shipping lanes... supplies... You bore me to death! We need nothing more than the warrior spirit of the Horde, Saurfang! Now that we are firmly entrenched in this frozen wasteland, nothing shall stop us!
High Overlord Saurfang says: Siege engines, ammunition, heavy armor... How do you propose to shatter the walls of Icecrown without those?
Garrosh stands.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Propose? I will show you what I propose!
Garrosh crushes the figures and flag indicating Valiance Keep on the map.
Garrosh Hellscream says: There... Now we now have a shipping lane.
Garrosh Hellscream says: And just for good measure...
Garrosh crushes the figures and flags indicating Valgarde and Westguard Keep. Garrosh walks back to his usual spot.
High Overlord Saurfang says: So the prodigal son has spoken!
High Overlord Saurfang says: Your father's blood runs strong in you, Hellscream. Impatient as always... Impatient and reckless.
High Overlord Saurfang says: You rush headlong into all-out war without a thought of the consequences.
Garrosh Hellscream says: Do not speak to me of consequences, old one.
High Overlord Saurfang says: I drank of the same blood your father did, Garrosh. Mannoroth's cursed venom pumped through my veins as well.
High Overlord Saurfang says: I drove my weapons into the bodies and minds of my enemies.
High Overlord Saurfang says: And while Grom died a glorious death - freeing us all from the blood curse - he could not wipe away the terrible memory of our past.
High Overlord Saurfang says: His act could not erase the horrors we committed.
High Overlord Saurfang pauses.
High Overlord Saurfang says: The winter after the curse was lifted, hundreds of veteran orcs like me were lost to despair.
High Overlord Saurfang says: Our minds were finally free, yes... Free to relive all of the unthinkable acts that we had performed under the Legion's influence.
High Overlord Saurfang nods.
High Overlord Saurfang says: I think it was the sounds of the draenei children that unnerved most of them... You never forget...
High Overlord Saurfang says: Have you ever been to Jaggedswine Farm? When the swine are of age for the slaughter... It's that sound. The sound of the swine being killed... It resonates the loudest. Those are hard times for us older veterans.
Garrosh Hellscream says: But surely you cannot think that those children were born into innocence? They would have grown up and taken arms against us!
High Overlord Saurfang shakes his head.
High Overlord Saurfang says: I am not speaking solely of the children of our enemies...
High Overlord Saurfang pauses.
High Overlord Saurfang says: I won't let you take us down that dark path again, young Hellscream. I'll kill you myself before that day comes...
Saurfang turns away and looks at the map instead.
Garrosh Hellscream says: How have you managed to survive for so long, Saurfang? Not fallen victim to your own memories?
Saurfang turns around for a moment to answer.
High Overlord Saurfang says: I don't eat pork...
High Overlord Saurfang spits.

Borean Tundra

Main article: Quest:Foolish Endeavors#Notes

Icecrown Citadel

Main article: Light's Hammer#Quotes
Main article: Gunship Battle#Quotes
Main article: Deathbringer Saurfang#Quotes

The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm

  • "High Overlord," Cairne rumbled, bowing. "As a father myself, I grieve for what you have had to endure. But know that your son died a hero, and what you have wrought here honors his memory. Anything else is borne away on the winds."
    Saurfang grunted acknowledgment. "It is good to see you again, High Chieftain Cairne Bloodhoof. And... I know what you say is true. I am not ashamed to say, though, that I am glad this campaign has finally come to an end. We have lost too much."
  • "I [Garrosh] leave a skeleton crew with Saurfang." [...] "It is my belief that my former advisor will sit and watch spiders spin cobwebs and fully enjoy the peace he so obviously craves."
    "We have both done our duties. We serve the Horde. If I serve by watching little spiders instead of fighting large ones, then I am well content."

Siege of Orgrimmar

High Overlord Saurfang says: Ah, more of Vol'jin's revolutionaries. You've made it.
High Overlord Saurfang says: Have you found Thrall? I am badly hurt, he insisted on going ahead alone.
High Overlord Saurfang says: Tell me, how goes the battle up above? What of Nazgrim? Speak to me!
High Overlord Saurfang says: Ah, Nazgrim. A great leader and a fine warrior. He valued his oath to the Warchief more than his life.
High Overlord Saurfang says: I tried to tell him... to tell him that Hellscream betrayed us, cast aside a Warchief's responsibility to his own people. But Nazgrim... too loyal... too proud.
High Overlord Saurfang says: Damn Hellscream. His ambition tore our Horde apart.
High Overlord Saurfang says: Go on, find Thrall. Finish this. I will live.

Horde [Fight for the Horde] letter

For the Horde!

We orcs came to this world decades ago, driven by demonic bloodlust, pillaging and carving a swath of destruction. Now free of the Blood Curse, we stand proudly alongside the greatest warriors of Azeroth, defending family and homeland with our dying breath. But we must never forget that dark past, lest it overtake us once again. Take these arms as a reminder of our origins, the foe we now face, and what it means to be of Horde. Lok'tar Ogar!


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Main article: Legion Invasion#Stages
Main article: Quest:A Desperate Plea (Legion)#Notes
Main article: Quest:Return to the Broken Shore (Horde)#Notes


  • His weapon seems to be an enchanted  [High Warlord's Battle Axe].
  • During the Legion Invasion, Saurfang rides a Kor'kron war wolf.
  • Kingslayer Orkus once met Varok: Did I ever tell you about the time I met Varok Saurfang? I asked him to sign my massive pectoral muscles. He backhanded me instead, which is why I sometimes forget things now. It was totally worth it.
  • Sometime after the Ahn'Qiraj gate events, Saurfang became a pop icon to Horde players, who affectionately create "facts" about him in the style of other pop culture icons such as Vin Diesel and Chuck Norris.
  • His appearance in Siege of Orgrimmar may be in reference to his icon status, as he single handedly defeated an army of mantid and made it out alive (though badly wounded, with a strike to the neck).
  • During BlizzCon 2013, Chris Metzen named Saurfang as his personal favourite choice for the new orc racial leader. This would later be realized in Legion when Saurfang replaced Vol'jin in Grommash Hold.
  • At one point, he was able to be mind-controlled by Alliance players. Due to a bug, they could then use his [Execute] skill with a full rage bar, leading to some of the most magnificent crit videos ever seen in WoW.
  • Varok Saurfang is voiced by Alan Shearman.[19]
  • In the early Warlords of Draenor beta, Saurfang served as the player's garrison assistant, but was replaced with General Zog.
    • It was initially possible for Horde players to take Varok for a patrol while he was present in the Frostwall garrison. It was later hotfixed: "Visiting High Overlord Saurfang no longer offers to accompany Horde players on patrol over concerns that he may cleave the Garrison in half."



Patch changes

See also


  1. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
  2. ^ World of Warcraft: Stormrage, pg. 5
  3. ^ H [21] Meeting the Orcs
  4. ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm, pg. 14
  5. ^ The Battle For The Undercity - Notes, Thrall says: It's good to have you back, Varok, old friend. I'm sorry about your boy.
  6. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide
  7. ^ Chris Metzen, Quests & Lore Panel, BlizzCon 2010
  8. ^ Ask CDev #1
  9. ^ Deathbringer Saurfang - Quotes, High Overlord Saurfang says: I made a promise to his mother before she died: that I would cross the Dark Portal alone
  10. ^ H [71] Foolish Endeavors
  11. ^ Heart of War
  12. ^
  13. ^ The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm
  14. ^ Escalation
  15. ^ War Crimes
  16. ^ H Demon hunter [100] Audience with the Warchief
  17. ^ H [100] The Warchief Beckons
  18. ^ Alliance [Orgrimmar Offensive]
  19. ^

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Preceded by:
Commander of the Kor'kron
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Garrosh Hellscream
Leader of the orcs
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