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Image of Bwonsamdi
Title Great Spirit,[1]
Loa of Death,[2]
Loa of Graves[3]
Gender Male
Race Loa (Humanoid)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Various
Status Alive

Bwonsamdi (pronounced "BWAWN-sawmb-dee")[4] is a powerful loa that controls the spirits of the dead, primarily trolls. His face is described as looking like a rush'kah mask.[5] Bwonsamdi's temple is the Necropolis in Nazmir on Zandalar. The spirits of all trolls on Zandalar go to him upon death.[6] Bwonsamdi grows more powerful the more souls are in his care.[7]

After someone undergoes the rite of binding, a ritual "as old as the world itself", the soul of anything they kill goes to Bwonsamdi.[8]


Although he appears to be a troll, Bwonsamdi has said that he came before trolls.[9]

Zalazane's Fall

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Bwonsamdi in Wrath of the Lich King.

Before driven away from the Echo Isles by Zalazane and his hexed trolls, the Darkspear tribe once worshiped the great spirit. During the liberation of the Echo Isles, Vol'jin tried to recruit Bwonsamdi to his side for the battle against Zalazane. After Vol'jin and his fellow Horde warriors proved themselves worthy, Bwonsamdi agreed to help them against Zalazane, personally assisting in breaching his protection barrier.

Vol'jin: Shadows of the Horde

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After Garrosh Hellscream's assassins crippled Vol'jin, the troll found that his shadow hunter powers were being withheld by the loa. In his dreams, Bwonsamdi contacted Vol'jin and told him that his injuries, self doubt, and conflicting loyalty toward the Horde has made the loa forsake him. Bwonsamdi showed him various visions, including a future of Vol'jin using the Horde to destroy the Alliance, and turning the Horde into an empire that would rival even the ancient troll civilizations. The Death Loa wished Vol'jin would use his influence to create as much strife and war as possible, for that would mean more souls would be sent to the other side on his behalf. Vol'jin refused to go down the path of the Zandalari conquerors, believing it was not the Darkspear 'way'. Vol'jin eventually proved his conviction and reaffirmed his identity, regaining both Bwonsamdi's respect and his powers.

Bwonsamdi received the souls Vol'jin sent from the battles between the Shado-Pan and the Thunder King's forces with great satisfaction. At the end of the war, Vol'jin's companion Tyrathan Khort was near death. Vol'jin pleaded with Bwonsamdi to spare Tyrathan. The loa complied, knowing he would have his soul now or later, it did not matter.

Battle for Azeroth

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Bwonsamdi will play a role in Nazmir on Zandalar as the Horde enlists the help of loa to battle the blood trolls.


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
H [75] Zalazane's Fall 82 - 83 8,000,000
Nazmir  ??  ??


Main article: Zalazane's Fall#Scripted event

Notes & trivia

  • Despite being the caretaker of deceased trolls, he is willing to put other races into his care. When Vol'jin tried to negotiate to him to spare Tyrathan Khort, he told him it is not Vol'jin's authority to decide who he will take and who does not.[10] It is likely that he took some deceased pandaren and mogu to his care during the Shado-Pan Monastery battle.
  • Many of the Sandfury tribe's fallen members were offered no protection after death from Bwonsamdi, as their tortured spirits obeyed Zum'rah, a cruel witch doctor who used his dark magic to force the city's dead into unending service.[11]
  • Bwonsamdi sees undead as abominations and cannot stand their "unbearable taint" in his temple.[12] Despite this, he himself raised undead to fight Zalazane.
  • If a player dies on Zandalar, Bwonsamdi serves as the Spirit Healer.
  • Bwonsamdi was voiced by Dave Fennoy in Wrath of the Lich King.
  • Bwonsamdi's model resembles Ryuk from Death Note, who is also a god of death.
  • Mueh'zala is another loa of death, one worshiped by the sand trolls.
  • Bwonsamdi seems to be inspired by the real Haitian Loa Baron Samedi. The RPG and H [98] The Blessing of Samedi mentions another troll Loa inspired by Baron Samedi known as Samedi.
  • Bwonsamdi referring to his domain as the "Other Side" may be a reference to Dr. Facilier, the vooodoo-using villain of the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog, who was partnered with spirits known only as the "Friends on the Other Side". Like Bwonsamdi, Facilier's appearance was inspired by Baron Samedi.



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  • Because of the similarities between the troll loa Samedi and Bwonsamdi, as well as both being based on the same real world loa, it is possible that the two are one and the same, just being addressed by different variations of his name.

Patch changes

Event activated September 7/8, 2010.


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