- Not to be confused with Gon.
The Great Hunter|
Lord of the Pack
Loa of the Hunt
|Level||110 - 120 / ?? Normal / Elite|
|Affiliation(s)||Zandalari Empire, Warpack|
|Relative(s)||Child of Gonk (offspring)|
Gonk, the Great Hunter, is the ancient raptor loa of shapes and master of the hunt. The Darkspear trolls heard many of the Zandalari's tales about Gonk. He taught both tribes how to be druids, and the Zandalari druids serve him as the Raptari. Gonk's high priest is Wardruid Loti. The followers of Gonk and Pa'ku do not get along.
This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.
Gonk taught the Darkspear tribe how to contact the loa in a different way than they had before, thus allowing them to serve all the nature spirits at the same time instead of only one at a time as they used to do as loa priests (witch doctors). The other loa, such as Shirvallah, were against this but Gonk forced their hands in order to defeat Zalazane, who had trapped several loa inside the Emerald Dream. Through this method the Darkspear became druids, though the other loa are not happy about it and want the trolls to continue worshiping them one at a time.
Battle for Azeroth
This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.
Unlike the Darkspear druids, Gonk did not just speak to the Zandalari. For his Raptari, Gonk is not just a fragment or piece of him, but physically there, a real voice they can listen to in person.
While aiding Wardruid Loti and Hexlord Raal against the Crimson Cultist within of Zanchul, the Speaker of the Horde became imbued with the powers of Gonk and Pa'ku. Following the death of Dregada, the Speaker was informed that they had to choose between the loa. Those who chose Gonk sought him out within his den within the Garden of the Loa, where in exchange for them raising a shrine in his honor at the steps of Dazar'alor, he accepted them into his pack.
When the Atal'zul began their uprising against Rastakhan, Loti hurried to save Gonk only to find that Gonk had already slain the attackers who sought to kill him and drain his power. When the time came to hunt Zul, Gonk was among the army that King Rastakhan gathered. He was tasked to lead his followers to the Temple of the Prophet and slay any foes he found. Following the death of Rezan, Gonk ordered for a full retreat from Atal'Dazar. Noting that only Rezan's power could keep Bwonsamdi from claiming King Rastakhan, who was sorely wounded and aging fast due to Rezan's death, Gonk revealed that he would offer Rastakhan his own power if not for the fact that it was not Gonk's domain to challenge the loa of death.
Tides of Vengeance
During the assault on Zuldazar Gonk discovered that the void elves sought to corrupt his children with their dark magics. In response, he granted his boon to those who would follow his command to bring him their heads.
Ah, a <class> walks in my den. Tell me little <race>, have you come to bargain?
Long ago I decided to let my followers choose any loa to follow. But for a boon, well, for that I require you to be a symbol of my power to the people of Zuldazar.
If you wish for my boon, return to the steps of Dazar'alor, and raise a shrine to me worthy of the gods.
Do this, and I shall consider you one of my pack. Do we have a bargain?
The elven puppets of the void have come to infest my children with their dark magics. Gather my children and then bring me the heads of these pious abominations.
Tales of the Loa
Lithe and soundless with padded paw,
He's quick of mind, and sharp of claw.
He fills de heart with honor and awe.
He is Gonk!
In defense or on attack,
He de one dat has ya back.
De mighty master of de pack.
He is Gonk!
Be it hoof or paw or hand,
He roams de sea and sky and land.
With dis loa we will stand.
He is Gonk!
In the Hearthstone expansion Rastakhan's Rumble, Gonk serves as the patron of Gonk's Raptors, a dinosaur-themed team of troll druids, and personally appears as a legendary druid card. His flavor text reads: "There's a word for Zandalari druids who refuse to pledge loyalty to Gonk: "Delicious.""
Notes and trivia
- Gonk is described by Zen'tabra as not caring much for his fellow loa, teasing them as they taught the first Darkspear druids.
- Gonk's name may be a reference to the manga and video game dinosaur character Gon.
- Gonk could also be named after the player Gonktarget, an orc hunter of Ion Hazzikostas's guild "Elitist Jerks" who frequently posts on their forums. Gonktarget has been very outspoken about his hatred of druids for years. Naming the NPC who is responsible for the creation of troll druids Gonk could be an example of Blizzard poking some fun at a member of their player base.
- The daughter of Gonk, Nechala, was apparently planned to appear.
Based on being the "loa of shapes" and the part in Tales of de Loa: Gonk that says "Be it hoof or paw or hand/He roams de sea and sky and land", Gonk may be capable of shapeshifting like his druid followers.
- Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Added.