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Ankoan concept art shown at BlizzCon 2018.
An ancient species of deep sea warriors, the Ankoan traverse the deepest and most dangerous parts of the ocean.
— In-game faction description

The Ankoan are an offshoot of jinyu[1] that hunt in the deep seas. Over the generations, they have been nearly hunted to extinction by the naga. So few of them remain[2][3] that they know they can never rebuild their tribe's population, and those who remain have dedicated their lives to slaying naga.[2][4] When Alliance forces arrive in Nazjatar, they befriend the Ankoan while the Horde allies with the Unshackled.[2][4]


The Ankoan are former jinyu who left Pandaria a long time ago. Now their clans hunt in the depths of the ocean.[1] They have been nearly hunted to extinction by the naga. The Waveblade clan has been fighting back against the naga, and recently took the fight to the naga's doorstep in Nazjatar after the naga killed the Waveblade leader.[5]

The Ankoan worship Neptulon.[6][7] They have a natural affinity for the sea, so training local wildlife like waverays was a natural strategy in their battles against the naga.[8]



Notes and trivia

  • The ankoan resemble a cross between jinyu and deep sea murlocs.
  • Ankoan use the jinyu animation skeleton, which itself is a modified male night elf skeleton.
  • Their sound files are named "deep_jinyu".

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See also


  1. ^ a b Where the Road Leads - "A people called the jinyu aided the Alliance in Pandaria. Are they your kin?" "My people are known as the ankoan. We left the land behind long ago."
  2. ^ a b c Medievaldragon 2018-11-04. BlizzCon 2018 World of Warcraft: What’s Next Panel Transcript - Page 4 of 4. Retrieved on 2019-05-10.
  3. ^ Utama's Vengeance
  4. ^ a b World of Warcraft 2019-04-11. Rise of Azshara Content Preview. YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-05-10.
  5. ^ Bound by Honor (quest)
  6. ^ Blademaster Okani greeting: Neptulon grant us strength.
  7. ^ Farseer Ori bodyguard description
  8. ^ Ankoan Waveray