Goldrinn

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NeutralGoldrinn
Image of Goldrinn
Title Ancient, The Great Wolf,[1] Demigod[2]
Gender Male
Race(s) Wild God (wolf)
Character class Warrior
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Guardians of Hyjal
Location Various
Status Alive

Goldrinn, also known as Lo'Gosh ("Ghost Wolf" in Taur-ahe),[2][3][4] is one of the Wild Gods. A monstrously powerful white wolf, the legend of Goldrinn extends throughout Azeroth. Worshiped as an Ancient Guardian by the night elves, the tauren know him as Lo'Gosh.

The orcs, when they arrived on Kalimdor, were told of Lo'Gosh by the tauren. They adopted him as their hero on this new world, for they considered that the will of orcs is strong like his and, like him, not even death can stop them. Trolls, goblins, and dwarves all have their own versions of the legend as well. Each tale tells of Goldrinn's unyielding will and sheer ferocity.[3] Lo'Gosh has also appeared on Draenor as a companion to the orcs and as a constant part of their instincts and blood.[5]

It is from a fang of Goldrinn that Belysra and Ralaar created the Scythe of Elune, intended to tame the feral spirits of the Druids of the Scythe, but the power of Goldrinn turned them into worgen.[2]

Biography

Elune the moon goddess was said to be disappointed in Goldrinn's feral insistence. It was his unwillingness to tame his savagery and bloodlust that overshadowed his noble heart. When Elune's great light illuminated the dark during the full moons, it was as if her eyes glared down upon him in judgement. His anger at her conviction caused Goldrinn to become even more bloodthirsty and indomitable than ever.[6]

War of the Ancients

Goldrinn battling against the Burning Legion.

During the War of the Ancients, the white wolf Ancient slaughtered hundreds of demons before he fell to their great numbers.[7] The ghost-spirit of Goldrinn is said to have aided the night elves of Eldre'Thalas in holding their city against the Burning Legion. After the battle, Goldrinn was never seen again.[3]

War of the Satyr

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Goldrinn in Curse of the Worgen.

The Druids of the Pack were a sect of druids who followed Goldrinn. The druidic pack form, which drew on the fury of Goldrinn, was uncontrollable and therefore banned by Malfurion Stormrage. In an attempt to control it, Ralaar Fangfire tried merging Goldrinn's essence with that of Elune by affixing one of Goldrinn's fangs onto a staff that the moon goddess had blessed, creating the Scythe of Elune. This backfired horribly, as Goldrinn rejected the moon goddess. The druids were turned into the feral worgen instead, whom Ralaar led to seek revenge on the satyr and night elves alike. The other druids agreed that these worgen had to be locked away, and thus put them into eternal slumber beneath the Great Tree Daral'nir within the Emerald Dream.[8]

Third War

During the Scourge assault on Gilneas, the archmage Arugal summoned the worgen from the Emerald Dream in order to unleash them upon the undead.[9]

Wolfheart

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Goldrinn's spirit seems to live on, favoring and inhabiting the human king, Varian Wrynn. It is suspected that Goldrinn not only admired Varian's ferocity, but also his ability to tame it; something he himself was never able to do. Whereas Goldrinn's noble heart was overshadowed by his desire for bloodlust and vengeance, Varian's ferocity was tempered by his desire to protect and uphold justice. His choice to champion Varian seems to be another last redeeming act to Elune.[4]

Cataclysm

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Main articles: Spirit of Goldrinn, Spirit of Lo'Gosh

Players will find the shrine of the wolf god Goldrinn, inhabited by corrupted worgen, and recover it.[10][11] After recovering the shrine, the player must purify the shrine by summoning and slaying the dark ancient Lycanthoth, who is the twisted version of Goldrinn. Thereafter, his spirit will appear to aid Hyjal's defenders in routing the Twilight's Hammer.[12]

Legion

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Goldrinn fighting Xargraxach.

Goldrinn chose Varian Wrynn as his champion because of his ferocity, but also because of his ability to conquer his bloodlust to uphold his beliefs and protect his people. After Varian's death at the Battle for the Broken Shore, Goldrinn retreated to the Stormrage Barrow Dens in Moonglade to reflect. While sleeping within the Emerald Dream, the Burning Legion attempted to corrupt his physical body but were stopped by Thisalee Crow and the Archdruid of the Dreamgrove, who had been sent by Aviana. At first Goldrinn was not aware of what had happened, but upon learning the fate he narrowly avoided, Goldrinn realized that he would not be the last Wild God to be targeted. Thisalee and the Archdruid vowed to find the demon responsible for this plot, and Goldrinn ran off into the wilds.[13]

On the Broken Shore, Goldrinn fights alongside many Druids of the Claw and Dreamgrove Menders against wrathguards and the pit lord Xargraxach.[14]

Locations

Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Gates of Sothann  ?? 1,787,160
N [82] The Gatekeeper  ?? 258,600
Screaming Cliffs 110 6,313,548

Quests

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Quotes

Spirit of Goldrinn in Cataclysm.

World of Warcraft

Cataclysm

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Main article: Quest:The Gatekeeper#Notes
Greeting
  • Your work is impressive, mortal.
  • Much is expected of you, friend.
  • The fight continues.
  • Our enemies are Legion, but our courage will not wane.
  • It is a pleasure to fight at your side, mortal. You do your race proud.
Irritated
*growls*

Notes & trivia

Videos

Speculation

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  • The Terokkar Wolf Spirit, once worshipped by the orcs of Terokkar Forest and abandoned upon the formation of the Horde, might be related to Goldrinn. The orcs managed to reconnect with the Terokkar Wolf Spirit during The Burning Crusade.[16]
  • The orcs describing Goldrinn's ability to keep fighting from the afterlife to defend his people is likely metaphorical, since Tyrande's vision, which recounted the events of Goldrinn's death, depicts his mortal wolf progeny continuing his legacy instead by pressing on the fight against the Burning Legion after he fell in battle.[4]

Patch changes

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