Merciless one

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Merciless one
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Racial leader(s)

N'Zoth (presumed)



Sources: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Merciless ones are aquatic parasitic aberrations[1] in all likelihood related to faceless ones. They are cycloptic, squid-like creatures with a body shape similar to Ozumat. They attach themselves to the heads of things to enslave them, and can affect their host's mind even when "dead." As the Beak of the Merciless One shows, they have beaks.


Merciless Ones were seen in the past during B [81] Visions of the Past: The Slaughter of Biel'aran Ridge fighting alongside Ozumat and N'Zoth's Faceless ones against the Kvaldir.

In the present, the Merciless were first seen during B [82] Those Aren't Masks where they were recruiting/possessing gilblins for the assault on the Abyssal Maw. In B [81] Put It On, it was shown that a Merciless still carries the will of the Old Gods even when its physical body dies. Following Neptulon's capture in B [82] Defending the Rift,Erunak Stonespeaker was abducted by the Naga and enslaved by the Merciless one Mindbender Ghur'sha within the Throne of the Tides. In the Twilight Highlands, the giant Merciless one Julak-Doom is controlling a flesh giant.

On an alternate Draenor, there are creatures identical to Merciless known as Amorphic Cognitors who not only posses sentient beings, but leap from humanoid to humanoid to "learn" as much as possible from each one in order to "evolve." During B [100 Daily] Assault on Lost Veil Anzu, these creatures are seen possessing and attacking goblins, ogres and pale orcs.



As a companion pet

 [Syd the Squid] has a chance to drop from  [Greater Darkmoon Pet Supplies], although it's possible it's simply a squid that uses the Merciless one model, rather than an actual Merciless one.


  • The Combat Parasitoid Sha uses the merciless one model, but is considered to be a sha nonetheless.
  • The merciless ones resemble unarmored Daleks from the popular British science fiction program, Doctor Who.


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.
  • They may be a cousin species to the Faceless Ones, also an ancient aquatic like species who serve the Old Gods.
  • They may also be related to the kraken. Ozumat is a kraken, but given his ability to attach to victim's heads and control them, he is also thought to be a large variant of merciless one. Also, the Jiao Spawn of Jiao are merciless ones (which is likely not just model re-usage due to the spawns' telekinesis).