The Warsong clan is an orcish clan, formerly led by Grommash Hellscream and by his headstrong son Garrosh Hellscream. The clan's Warsong Outriders form the Horde faction in the Warsong Gulch battleground — where they are attempting to defend their logging operations in Ashenvale from the Silverwing Sentinels, a group of night elves unwilling to have their forest continue to be cut down. Additionally, the Warsong Offensive spearheads the Horde's assault against the Scourge in Northrend. Their clan color is red (in Warcraft II and WoW) or purple (in Warcraft III and Chronicle).
Grommash Hellscream and the rest of the Warsongs hail from the fertile grasslands of Nagrand, where hunting is rich and the plains stretch to the horizon. They were at war with the local ogres.
One of the strongest and most violent clans, the Warsong clan was also one of the most distinguished clans on Draenor and was able to evade Alliance expedition forces at every turn. Depicted as Grunts, they have mastered the use of swords and blades and a few of them have even attained the rank of a blademaster. The clan is named for the high-pitched battle cries of its leader Grommash Hellscream and the rhythmic songs they chant in battle.
During the First War, the Warsongs remained on Draenor.
While the Warsong clan was spared the defeats of the Second War, it was used with effectiveness by Ner'zhul in the aftermath of the conflict. The Warsong forces combined with those of the Bleeding Hollow clan led by Kilrogg Deadeye, and were used in strategic hit and run raids to retrieve some of Azeroth's most powerful magical artifacts. The Warsong specifically were charged with guarding the Dark Portal on the Azerothian side, and keeping the forces of Nethergarde Keep at bay. Possession of the Dark Portal switched sides quite often during Ner'zhul's invasion and the Warsong was forced to retreat to a neighboring valley for periods of time.
Ultimetly Ner'zhul betrayed the Warsong, and they were stranded on Azeroth. With the destruction of the Dark Portal the Warsong clan retreated to Stonard where they paused to consider their options. Grom and the Warsong clan were forced into hiding in the wilds of Lordaeron. They eked out an existence on the edge of human civilization for nearly 15 years.
During this time, Grom was constantly battling the demonic curse on the orcs that had left him and his race weakened and listless. Where other orcs gave in to this malaise, Grom fought it to the end of his days. As the number of free orcs diminished by conflict and old age, their situation looked more and more hopeless. The young and weak were unable to thrive in their harsh environment and the day of reckoning looked to be coming soon for the Warsong clan.
Fortunately, the Warsong clan lead was reunited with Orgrim Doomhammer and Thrall's lost clan, the Frostwolves. Battling against the Human internment camps surrounding the stronghold of Durnholde Keep, the two clans set about freeing and reinvigorating the Orcish nation.
While the Orcish horde was looking for settlement land in Lordaeron, they were instead instructed by the new Warchief Thrall, acting on the warnings of the Prophet and Last Guardian Medivh, to journey across the seas to the strange new continent of Kalimdor.
During their time in Kalimdor, Grom and the Warsong clan were manipulated by Mannoroth, who made their bloodlust so strong that they gave in to their urges and fought the Night Elves in Ashenvale with vicious strength. They caused such destruction of the forests there that the demigod Cenarius came to stop them. Instead, they killed Cenarius.
Eventually, Thrall (who realized that they had succumbed to their bloodlust) was forced to take stern action against the rampaging Warsong clan. With Thrall's help, Grom was able to overcome the bloodlust, and the two faced and killed Mannoroth, finally ending the demonic hold on the orc race, but Grom was killed in the battle.
- Main article: Warsong Outriders
Many Warsong orcs now reside in Ashenvale Forest, where they operate a lumber camp near Demon Fall Canyon, where a monument to Hellscream now sits. The night elves still hold animosity towards the Warsong clan and they frequently clash in the area known as Warsong Gulch.
Wrath of the Lich King
This section concerns content exclusive to Wrath of the Lich King.
Garrosh Hellscream leads the Warsong clan starting in the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. His main presence is in the Warsong Hold in Northrend. The Warsong faction dedicated to destroy the Scourge in Northrend is called the Warsong Offensive, a part of the combined forces known as the Horde Expedition.
This section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
With the outbreak of the Alliance-Horde War, the Warsong clan continued to invade Ashenvale with full force.
Mists of Pandaria
This section concerns content exclusive to Mists of Pandaria.
During Battlefield: Barrens, warsong banners were present near Kor'kron settlements in the Northern Barrens, suggesting that at least some Warsong members stayed loyal to their Warchief during the civil war. By the end of the Siege of Orgrimmar, Garrosh is brought down and taken back to Pandaria for judgement. With Garrosh gone, it's unknown who now leads the clan.
This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
The Warsong are presumably represented by Gargok who, along with other notably leaders of the Horde, attends a ceremony hosted by Sylvanas Windrunner to celebrate the adventurers victories over the Alliance.
|Former Chieftain. Liberator of the orcs from the demonic blood pact with Mannoroth.||Deceased||Buried in Demon Fall Canyon, Ashenvale|
|Son of Grom. Former Chieftain und Warchief of the Horde. Mastermind behind the Iron Horde in alternate Draenor.||Deceased||Draenor|
|Presumed leader of the Warsong Outriders.||Alive||Mor'shan Base Camp, Northern Barrens|
|Iskar||Advisor to former chieftain Grom Hellscream.||Unknown|
|Rekshak||Leader of a group of Warsong orcs encountered by Thrall.||Unknown|
|Tragg||One of Rekshak's group.||Unknown|
- It is expected that an orc of the Warsong clan wear the bones of his or her first kill, and inscribe them with personal runes.
- Relying on shock and awe to overwhelm their enemies, the Warsong earned their name from their fearsome battle cries and thunderous drum marches. These macabre drums are constructed of Talbuk leather stretched tightly over what appear to be ogre skulls, celebrating the clan's freedom from the ogre empire.
- A bullroarer is an arm-length piece of rigid wood affixed to the end of a long rope and spun over the wielder's head to generate a droning noise capable of traveling long distances. This example was grooved by the Warsong to emit a high-pitched whistling noise rather than the low hum used by most other clans.
- The riders of the Warsong clan are always on the move. In camp, a family's tent is marked with a long pike thrust into the ground - often adorned with the skulls of defeated enemies. This example is over a hundred years old and is branded with the names of several key battles.
- The Warsong clan have long hunted the Bloodhoof clefthoof to use their crimson-hued skin for battle standards.
- In Beyond the Dark Portal the clan was shown to have several holdings on Draenor, including an island dubbed "Warsong Island" by the community. The island hasn't been mentioned ever since.
- In the canceled Warcraft Adventures, the Warsong clan was said to play ceremonial war drums during battle.
In Beyond the Dark Portal
Leader: Grom Hellscream
Ripping into every combat crying epic battle-hymns of blood and death, the Warsong clan is the most distinguishable of the Draenor clans. Led by the ravenous Grom Hellscream, the Warsong clan awaits Ner'zhul's order to invade Azeroth and bathe in the blood of their enemies.
This violet sashimono banner is worn only by the chief of the Warsong clan. It provides the wearer with great physical ability and inspires those around him. As a gift to the orcs who rescued them, Darkspear shadow hunters recently improved its capabilities.
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2
- ^ Lords of War
- ^ Rosenberg, Aaron; Christie Golden. Beyond the Dark Portal, 410. ISBN 978-1-4165-5086-0.
- ^ Rise of the Horde, pg. 87
- ^ Mount Journal entry for
- ^ File:Draenor map.jpg
- ^ Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, Clans of Draenor, Warsong Clan
- ^ Shadows & Light, 168