- Not to be confused with Gryphon Rider (character boost).
Gryphon riders (or gryphon-riders) are mounted warriors who serve as air support in the armies of the Alliance's nations. Most of them are dwarves of the Wildhammer clan, known to wield deadly stormhammers and to have a special bond with their gryphon mounts, but recently Ironforge dwarves and humans alike have started deploying gryphon riders of their own.
- Main article: Gryphon Rider (Warcraft II)
From the ominous and foreboding peaks of Northeron came the dwarven gryphon riders. Mounted upon their legendary beasts and wielding the mystic stormhammers forged deep within the secret chambers of their aviaries, these feral dwarves feared no enemy - and relied upon no friend. They had allied themselves only with the elves of Quel'Thalas, distrusting both their dwarven cousins and the humans alike. When the call to battle was sounded, however, they could be counted upon to fight alongside any who opposed the Horde.
- Main article: Gryphon Rider (Warcraft III)
The daring dwarves of the Wildhammer clan had responded once again to the call and brought the mighty gryphons of the Aerie Peaks to aid the Alliance in its time of need. Armed with their trusty, lightning-powered stormhammers, the fearless wilddwarves sought to keep the skies of Lordaeron free from enemy forces. The proud gryphons shared their riders' implacable resolve and stood as noble symbols of the Alliance's fortitude.
In the RPG
Gryphon riders are the air power of the Alliance, the men who fly through the air and risk their lives in an aerial blitzkrieg. To a man (or woman), they describe their job as the most exhilarating in the Alliance. Wearing a breastplate and a jaunty leather cap, the stout, friendly Wildhammer dwarf stays close to his steed. In combat, the gryphon rider's tactics are surprisingly similar to those of normal cavalry; they charge in, strike a blow, and get out before the opponent can launch a counterattack. As one gryphon rider puts it: "If they've got no spellcasters or missile troops, battle's a picnic." They usually use an axe as a weapon, and they are never without their stormhammers.
World of Warcraft
Though gryphon rider characters already existed in the original release of World of Warcraft, it is only with the The Burning Crusade expansion pack that flying mounts and the mechanics for flying NPCs were added. Special town guards able to counter flying adventurers also had to be created. In Outland, all of the Alliance villages were protected by the same Gryphon Rider Guards from the Wildhammer clan.
Notable gryphon riders
- Kurdran Wildhammer
- Falstad Wildhammer
- Gryphon Master Talonaxe
- Rhapsody Shindigger (formerly)
- Wing Commander Vipore - Alterac Valley
- Wing Commander Slidore - Alterac Valley
- Wing Commander Ichman - Alterac Valley
- Wing Commander Dabir'ee - Hellfire Peninsula
- Wing Commander Gryphongar - Hellfire Peninsula
- Gryphoneer Leafbeard - Hellfire Peninsula
- Gryphoneer Windbellow - Hellfire Peninsula
- Wing Commander Nuainn - Shadowmoon Valley
- Gryphonrider Kieran - Shadowmoon Valley
- Gryphonrider Nordin - Shadowmoon Valley
- Gryphon Commander Urik - Dragonblight
- "Wyrmbait" - Dragonblight
- Thordun Hammerblow - Twilight Highlands
- Iain Firebeard - Twilight Highlands
- Keeland Doyle - Twilight Highlands
- Sergeant Parker
- Commander Stevens
- Marshal Fallows
- 2nd Lieutenant Wansworth
- Maz Drachrip
This section concerns content related to the original World of Warcraft.
- Gryphon Rider Guard - Outland
- Honor Hold Gryphon Rider - Hellfire Peninsula
- Aldor Gryphon Guard - Shattrath City
- Wildhammer Gryphon Rider - Shadowmoon Valley
- Scarlet Gryphon Rider - Plaguelands: The Scarlet Enclave
- Valgarde Gryphon Rider - Howling Fjord
- Wintergarde Gryphon Rider - Dragonblight
- Fordragon Gryphon Rider - Dragonblight
- Risen Gryphon Rider - Dragonblight
- Forgotten Captain - Dragonblight
- Onslaught Gryphon Rider - Icecrown
- Stormwind Gryphon Rider - Stormwind City
- Ironforge Gryphon Rider - Ironforge
- Wildhammer Mercenary - Southern Barrens
- Victor's Point Wildhammer - Twilight Highlands
- Wildhammer Hellion - Twilight Highlands
- Doyle Gryphon Rider - Twilight Highlands
- Firebeard Gryphon Rider - Twilight Highlands
- Moore Gryphon Rider - Twilight Highlands
- Mullan Gryphon Rider - Twilight Highlands
- Thundermar Gryphon Rider - Twilight Highlands
- Shieldwall Gryphon Rider - Krasarang Wilds
- Wildhammer Gryphon Rider - Dun Morogh
- Alliance Gryphon Rider - Broken Shore
- Skyfire Gryphon Rider - Stormwind City
- Stromgarde Gryphon Rider - Stromgarde Keep
Falstad from Heroes of the Storm.