Burrow (Warcraft III)

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For lore about burrows, see Burrow.
Orc Burrow


Race Orc
Hit points 600
Gold 160 Gold
Lumber 40 Lumber
Build time 50 sec.
Hotkey O
Normal attack: 25 avg
Can attack: Air, Ground, Structure, Debris, Item, Ward
Range 70
Attack type Piercing
Cooldown 2.0 (0.8*) sec.
Weapon type Missile
Armor Type Heavy (Fortified*)
Armor 5
Day Sight 80
Night Sight 80
This article or section contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

Burrows are orc structures that served dual purposes: they act not only as farms for the harvesting of various roots and crops, but also as fortified bunkers for the peon workers to hide in during times of attack. Increasing numbers of these structures provide food to support the amassing of additional troops. Once Thrall began ordering Burrows to be built instead of Pig Farms, he saw how they could be beneficial to his workers. Spears, bows, and other long-ranged weaponry are stored within a burrow with it's store of food. Peons are not... particularly effective... with these weapons, but peons are better at fighting behind a stone wall, rather than on the front lines.

Spells and abilities

Battle Stations

Causes nearby Peons to run into the Burrow so that they can defend their base.
The more Peons in a Burrow, the faster it attacks. Burrows can hold a maximum of four Peons.­

Stand Down

Causes Peons within the Burrow to return to work.


Reinforced Defenses
Upgrades Burrows and Watch Towers so that they have Fortified armor.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
50 Gold 200 Lumber War Mill Fortress 60 sec.
Spiked Barricades
Surrounds Orc buildings with spikes that damage enemy melee attackers. Deals 4 damage per attack.
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
25 Gold 75 Lumber War Mill 60 sec.
Improved Spiked Barricades
Increases the amount of damage inflicted on melee attackers by 6.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
50 Gold 175 Lumber War Mill Stronghold 75 sec.
Advanced Spiked Barricades
Further increases the amount of damage inflicted on melee attackers by 6.
Research Cost Researched At Requirements Upgrade Time
75 Gold 275 Lumber War Mill Fortress 90 sec.

Patch changes

  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.12 (2003-07-31):
    • The Frozen Throne
      • Burrow armor has been increased from 2 to 5 and damage has been reduced from 1d8+33 to 1d5+22.
  • WC3tFT-logo.png Patch 1.10 (2003-07-03): An "Occupied" graphic now appears over Orc Burrows, Goblin Zeppelins, Entangled Gold Mines, etc. This allows players to quickly tell how many units are currently occupying a structure or transport.


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