Elekk

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Elekk
Tusker tcg.jpg
Tusker
Classification

Large Mammal

Faction/Affiliation
Homeworld
Environment

Grassy plains

Area(s)

Elekks are a species of large, elephant-like creatures native to Draenor[1] that the draenei commonly employ as mounts. Elekks became sickly and corrupt as a result of Draenor's fel corruption and subsequent transformation into Outland.[2]

Patient and strong, the elekk exemplify the draenei attitude towards the hardships of life.[3] They can live to be over a hundred years old.[4] It is said an elekk never forgets.[5]

Background

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The majestic elekks graze contentedly across the grassy plains of Draenor, relying on their huge size and the support of the herd to keep predators at bay. Draenei explorers have determined that the animals pose no threat, as long as their young aren't endangered or their water supply jeopardized. With the endurance to cover great distances and the ability to defend themselves by ramming or stomping attackers, these beasts have emerged as the draenei transport of choice. Explorers should take note of persistent draenei rumors that the Thunderlord Clan orcs torment and twist terrified elekk into vicious weapons of war, covering them in armor plating and inciting them to rampage when turned loose on their foes.[6]

A herd of elekk in Shadowmoon Valley.

Some legends say the draenei first befriended the elekk after one of the beasts saved an injured scout from a pack of vicious podlings.[7] The draenei perfected elekk husbandry long ago, adorning the creatures with Light-infused crystals to make them more docile.[8] The intelligence and caring nature of elekk calves make them a stalwart lifelong companion.[9]

The elekk's long trunk allows it to sniff out sources of food, avoid danger, and steal snacks from your bags when you're not looking.[10] Elekk tusks continue to grow throughout the elekk's lifetime. Dekorhan, one of the oldest known elekks, therefore has some of the largest and oldest tusks on Draenor.[11]

The recent influx of different races to Outland, particularly the ethereals, has resulted in increased hunting of the native elekk of Nagrand for their prized tusks. Yet in addition to being seen as game, these massive beasts are also valued for their ability to act as mounts. When the draenei fled Outland aboard the Exodar, they carried with them a number of species, including tamed elekk. Upon landing on Azeroth, these tusked-creatures played a large role in helping the draenei establish themselves on their strange new home. While much of Azeroth's own native wildlife has served other races as trustworthy mounts, the draenei still prefer the hearty and unyielding elekk above all else.[12]

They are found mostly in the northern and eastern parts of Nagrand — where neutral Wild Elekk roam its lush plains (while being preyed upon by poachers for their ivory tusks) — and in the southern region near Oshu'gun — where they congregate into large herds of hostile bull elekk with the giant elekk matriarch Tusker at their head.

The rare and elusive pink elekks will only make their presence known to those that have befriended them, or to anyone too intoxicated to harm it.[13]

Uniquely aggressive and pugnacious elekk bulls are culled from the herd and sold to ethereal traders. The traders then train the bulls for combat and sell them to owners unconcerned about safety.[14]

 [Exodar Elekk] are elekk which have been anointed by O'ros, the Naaru who journeyed from Draenor to Azeroth with Velen and his followers.[15]

Never seen in Nagrand, the first red elekk calves were born in Azeroth after the Exodar's arrival. Some breeders theorize that the unique coloration is somehow caused by the same radiation which ravaged Bloodmyst Isle.[16]

Alleria and Turalyon, having spent time on Draenor, introduced elekk to the Army of the Light.[17]

Notable

Types

As a mount

Main article: Elekk mounts
Normal and epic elekk variations.

Elekk are sold by Torallius the Pack Handler located at the exterior elekk stables north of the entrance to the draenei capital of the Exodar. Irisee the Exodar Quartermaster in Icecrown also sells two unique elekks.

Since the introduction of Warlords of Draenor, a few elekk mounts have become available to the Horde.

The Kessel Run

Kessel, the draenei elekk lord in the southern part of Bloodmyst Isle, temporarily allows Alliance players to ride his elekk for 15 minutes in the quest "A [12] The Kessel Run". It provides 100% movement speed, which is enough to get to Stillpine Hold, Azure Watch, Odesyus' Landing, and then back. Players can be dismounted either manually (right-clicking the icon), by jumping into water, by entering a building/cave, or by attempting to travel across the bridge to the main part of Bloodmyst Isle. Certain buffs and spells, such as shaman weapon buffs, also dismount the player.

As a companion pet

Notes

  • It appears that elekk calves have ears, rather than horns. The reason for this is unknown.
  • Some players call elekk "shoopufs" (a reference to a similar creature in Final Fantasy X), much as hawkstriders are called "chocobos". However, since shoopufs aren't as well-known, it's less widespread than the latter nickname.
  • Pink elekks can be found during Brewfest. They can only be seen when you are drunk.
  • The queen of all that dwell in Nagrand is said to be Tusker, a giant elekk.[18]
  • There are accounts of packs of rock flayers taking down even mighty elekk that have wandered into their territory.[19]
  • On the Patch 7.3.0 PTR, some elekk toys appeared on Argus even though they are native to Draenor.[1] When the patch went live the elekk toys had been changed to stuffed humanoid dolls.

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