Dranosh Saurfang

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This article is about the character biography of Dranosh Saurfang. For information on how to defeat him in Icecrown Citadel, see Deathbringer Saurfang.
NeutralDranosh Saurfang
Image of Dranosh Saurfang
Title Deathbringer,
The Younger
Icon-TCG.png Kor'kron Warlord,[1]
Race Mag'har orc (Humanoid)
Class Death knight, Warrior (formerly)
Affiliation(s) Scourge
Former affiliation(s) Horde, Kor'kron, The Mag'har, Blackrock clan
Occupation Death knight of the Scourge
Former occupation(s) Commander of the Kor'kron Vanguard
Location Buried in the Ancestral Grounds, Nagrand (lore)
Status Deceased[2] (lore)
Killable as The Deathbringer Wrath of the Lich King
Relative(s) Varok (father),
Deceased mother,
Broxigar (uncle),
Unnamed uncle,
Thura (cousin)
The son is the father... May the spirits have mercy on those that stand in his way.
Farseer Corhuk

Dranosh Saurfang, often called Saurfang the Younger, was the son of Varok Saurfang and nephew of Broxigar the Red. His mother's identity is not known. Dranosh was very much like his father and uncle, a fierce warrior to the end. He was a strong believer in the ideals of honor espoused by his father.

After he fell to Frostmourne at the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate, he was raised in undeath by the Lich King as Deathbringer Saurfang, also known as the Turned Champion. He was then brought to Icecrown Citadel, where he barred the path of any champions seeking to lay siege to his new master's fortress. He was killed for good in the ensuing battle.

Dranosh means "Heart of Draenor" in orcish.


Before his mother died, his father promised her that their son would remain safe and untainted. Before Varok crossed the Dark Portal, he had the elders of Garadar hide Dranosh away so the orcish warlocks would not find him.

The Burning Crusade

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Dranosh Saurfang first appeared in Nagrand. Though he is not the leader of the Mag'har, he is classified as a level ?? Boss.

Following a Murkblood raid, a group of adolescent orcs from Garadar formed a war party and set out to seek vengeance. They reached Sunspring Post, but most of them were killed by the broken. Dranosh was one of the few survivors of that party - he sustained severe injuries and narrowly escaped.

After he recovers, Dranosh decides not to return to Garadar, as he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Upon hearing this, Farseer Corhuk says, "The son is the father... May the spirits have mercy on those that stand in his way".[3]

Wrath of the Lich King

Dranosh and Bolvar fought together against the Scourge in the Wrathgate.

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Having been reunited with father, Dranosh Saurfang later appears in Northrend alongside the Warsong Offensive.[41, 18]

His father, High Overlord Varok Saurfang, has placed him in command of the Kor'kron Vanguard, a fortress at the base of Angrathar the Wrathgate. He was also given his father's armor and axe. He also seemed to be on relatively good terms with Bolvar Fordragon, keeping peace with the Alliance base nearby.

During the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate, Dranosh charged the Lich King. With a single blow, Frostmourne shattered his axe, struck him down, and stole his soul.

Though his body disappeared in the aftermath of the battle, Horde players are asked by Alexstrasza to retrieve his shattered armor and deliver it to his father.[4]

Fall of the Lich King

Main article: Deathbringer Saurfang

One of the visions in the Yogg-Saron encounter shows the Lich King alongside an Immolated Champion and a Turned Champion, which were believed to be visions of Bolvar Fordragon and Dranosh Saurfang respectively. This would ultimately be confirmed as the Deathbringer in Icecrown Citadel is in fact Dranosh Saurfang raised from the dead in the service of the Scourge. He is described as the Lich King's most powerful death knight.[5]

After being defeated by adventurers, Dranosh's grieving father arrives and claims his body. He promises to give him a proper burial in Nagrand, next to the pyres of his mother and his ancestors.

When Varian Wrynn allowed his father to take Dranosh's body, Varian commented that many Alliance soldiers had been impressed by Dranosh's heroism.


Dranosh in the Old Soldier cinematic, held within his father's arms.

Following Dranosh's death, Varok's parting words were to tell Dranosh that he had received a warrior's death, but Varok also lamented that he had been denied his own. Since then, Varok has worn his son's necklace with him as a reminder.[6]

Varok later took the corpse of his son and buried him in the Ancestral Grounds of Nagrand.[7]


Dranosh's necklace.

Shortly before the Cataclysm, Thrall prepared to leave for Nagrand in order to learn more about the elemental unrest. As such, he was unable to retain his position of Warchief, and began to consider a temporary successor. Among the possible candidates were Cairne Bloodhoof and Varok, though Thrall privately bemoaned that the younger Dranosh would have been the ideal Warchief and his first choice, having inherited his father's might and wisdom.[8]

Later, the Dranosh'ar Blockade would be constructed.

Dranosh is referenced in Varok's memories in Northrend. By the time of the Battle for Lordaeron, his father left Dranosh's necklace in a fireplate as he was prepared to claim his own death. While walking towards the Alliance encampment, he was stopped by Zekhan who returned him the slightly burned necklace and convinced him to live another day.[6]


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Nagrand  ?? 349,300
Dragonblight 70 349,300
Deathbringer Saurfang  ??
10 8,785,350
10H 12,299,490
25 31,376,250
25H 43,926,752




Dranosh in Northrend.

Burning Crusade

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They died. All of them...
As the Murkbloods cut through us, something took hold of me that I cannot understand. Tell me, have you ever felt a rage so great that whole of your being burns? A heat that wilts the living? A heat that incinerates the blood in your veins? That is what I felt.
<Saurfang's eyes glow red for a brief moment.>
I was the last one left alive. 30 of them surrounded me... Murkbloods... I remember nothing beyond that vision. I blacked out and awoke some time later.

Wrath of the Lich King

Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.

  • I believe that my destiny lies elsewhere - that I will serve a greater purpose someday.
  • My father has gifted me with his battle armor and axe. Soon I put it to good use.
Main article: Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate#Transcript
Main article: Deathbringer Saurfang#Quotes

Notes & trivia

  • As a Horde commander, he used an  [Arcanite Reaper]. As a death knight, his weapon was  [Ramaladni's Blade of Culling], which can be looted on his body.
  • Dranosh draws a number of parallels with Garrosh Hellscream. Both are considered Orcish prodigies, and both are the sons of renowned Orcish heroes - Varok Saurfang and Grom Hellscream, respectively. While Dranosh inherited much of his father's might and wisdom, along with his warrior spirit and strong sense of honor, Garrosh inherited similar traits that Grom had possessed, including his own sense of honor. Garrosh seems to have gleamed some of Grom's less flattering traits, however, such as his recklessness, something picked up on by a number of his critics.
  • Dranosh is the only character to have two infoboxes in the Ultimate Visual Guide book, one for his living state and the second for his undead state.
  • Dranosh Saurfang is voiced by Chris Metzen.[9]



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