|Title||Ancient, The Great Wolf, Demigod|
|Race(s)||Wild God (wolf)|
|Affiliation(s)||Guardians of Hyjal|
Goldrinn, also known as Lo'Gosh ("Ghost Wolf" in Taur-ahe), 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. Lo'Gosh has also appeared on Draenor as a companion to the orcs and as a constant part of their instincts and blood.
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.
War of the Ancients
During the War of the Ancients, the white wolf Ancient slaughtered hundreds of demons before he fell to their great numbers. 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.
War of the SatyrThis section concerns content exclusive to the World of Warcraft comics.
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 . In an attempt to control it, 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 . 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.
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Goldrinn's spirit seems to live on, favoring and inhabiting the human king, . 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.
CataclysmThis section concerns content exclusive to Cataclysm.
Players will find the shrine of the wolf god Goldrinn, inhabited by corrupted worgen, and recover it. After recovering the shrine, the player must purify the shrine by summoning and slaying the dark ancient , who is the twisted version of Goldrinn. Thereafter, his spirit will appear to aid Hyjal's defenders in routing the Twilight's Hammer.
LegionThis section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
Goldrinn chose 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 and the Archdruid of the Dreamgrove, who had been sent by . 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.
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|Gates of Sothann||??||1,787,160|
QuestsThis section concerns content exclusive to Legion.
- 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.
Notes & trivia
- During the War Against the Nightmare, when the dreamform army entered the Emerald Nightmare, thought he saw Varian's countenance change into that of a wolf, and Goldrinn's name immediately came to his memory. The archdruid wished the wolf Ancient would watch over the army and concluded that what he had seen was likely his imagination.
- An Image of Goldrinn appears under Nordrassil.
- During the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm beta a was watching over .
- In Heroes of the Storm, the description for Rehgar's Storm Wolf skin is "Long ago the spirit of Lo'gosh revealed itself to the orc clans of Draenor. To this day his ferocity and feral instincts still serve as a guide to the shaman of the Earthen Ring."
- The , 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.
- 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.