Hydras are three-headed amphibious beasts native to both Azeroth and Outland. Historians have long disagreed about whether the immense hydras of Azeroth and Outland share a common ancestor. What is clear, however, is that these ruthless creatures have existed on both realms since ancient times. Each head appears to display a level of independent behavior. The forms of hydras vary somewhat between the two worlds.
- 1 Two-legged Azeroth hydras
- 2 Outland hydras
- 3 Hydras with submerged bodies
- 4 Four-legged hydras
- 5 Other creatures
- 6 Other meanings
- 7 As a hunter pet
- 8 As a companion pet
- 9 In the RPG
- 10 Trivia
- 11 Gallery
- 12 References
Two-legged Azeroth hydras
Hydras in Azeroth are found along the coasts of Darkshore, Ashenvale and Dustwallow Marsh, and were also found in Azshara before the Shattering. Some seem to be intelligent and might be the favored pets or servants of the Old Gods. Aku'mai carries within her a small measure of the Old Gods' power. This three-headed hydra is greatly feared for her mindless savagery and insatiable hunger for living flesh, but the Twilight's Hammer worships her as a divine sign that the Old Gods will soon return. They are reportedly difficult to kill, both because their wounds heal quickly and, when another creature would die from similar wounds, they split into two smaller hydras. This phenomenon is not observed in World of Warcraft, however. Some savage creatures discover ways to use hydras as guardians, though these creatures are by no means domesticated.
The hydras of the Broken Isles, however, look similar to those found on Draenor (see below).
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Before its destruction, Draenor's hydras resembled Azeroth's but had four legs and longer bodies.
Outland hydras have a more alien appearance. The outer two of their heads are small and have horns growing out the sides, several small eyes on each side, and no visible lower jaw. The middle head is larger and is notable for a single eye in the center of its face. They are commonly found in the lakes and pools of Zangarmarsh, such as the famous Ghaz'an, a boss in the Underbog.
In Netherstorm's Ethereal Eco-Domes, there is a single hydra called Markaru whose natural growth has been accelerated by the Ethereal technology. Aurine Moonblaze, an envoy of the Cenarion Expedition that was sent to investigate the technology, tasks you with retrieving its heart for study.
Notable Outland hydras
Outland hydra species
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Hydras with submerged bodies
Four-legged hydras are found on both Azeroth and Draenor.
- Gahz'ragon <Spawn of Gahz'rilla>
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The hydras of Draenor are large, three-headed, four-legged reptiles with various elemental or natural breath abilities. Most hydras live on Draenor's shores, but some can be found in swampy areas inland. Despite often living among the mushrooms growing near many of the shores, they are not always resistant to the infestation.
The different broods are often named after the brood's matriarch or patriarch. The main broods are named after four large hydras: Lernaea whose brood is green and use poison-based attacks, Echidna whose brood is dark purple and use earth-based attacks, Keravnos whose brood is blue and use lightning-based attacks and Typhon whose brood is red and use fire based attacks.
These hydras are captured by the Shattered Hand orcs, who use their venom as poison on their blades.
Notable Draenor hydras
Draenor hydras species
- Child of Keravnos
- Echidnaean Broodmother
- Echidnian Hydra
- Echidnaean Monitor
- Echidnaean Rockjaw
- Keravnos Broodmother
- Keravnos Monitor
- Keravnos Scout
- Keravnos Wanderer
- Lernaea Vilescale
- Lernaean Broodmother
- Lernaean Monitor
- Lernaean Scout
- Lernaean Strider
- Lernaean Venomscale
- Sulfurscale Hydra
- Typhon Broodmother
- Typhon Scout
- Varashian Vilefang
As a hunter pet
The Spirit of Atha, a ghostly hydra and part of the three Spirits of Sholazar which are summoned as part of the daily Oracles quest , was briefly tamable between Patch 3.0.0 and Patch 3.0.8. This was due to all three of the spirits being labeled as crocolisks despite Atha using the hydra model.
According to a post on MMO-Champion, the Patch 4.1.0 PTR contained a tamed pet passive with a hydra icon and the ability Bellowing Roar, which had the following description: "The hydra lets out a bellowing roar, increasing the critical strike chance of all party and raid members by 5%." Despite this strong evidence that hydras were being considered as hunter pets, when Patch 4.1.0 was released they did not become tamable.
- Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Hydras are now tamable as hunter pets.
As a companion pet
- was sold by Ravika <Darkspear Rebellion Quartermaster> at Razor Hill Watchtower for one . As of Patch 5.4.0, it can not longer be purchased; it now rarely drops from the Kor'kron mobs located in Northern Barrens.
- The drops from the treasure Varasha's Egg in the Writhing Mire, located in western Spires of Arak.
- has a chance to drop from High Warlord Naj'entus in Black Temple.
In the RPG
Hydras are three-headed beasts that dwell in marshes and in damp underground areas. They are notoriously difficult to kill, both because their wounds heal quickly and, when another creature would die from similar wounds, they split into two smaller hydras. Some savage creatures discover ways to use hydras as guardians, though these creatures are by no means domesticated. Hydras are fearless, because they know they are tough customers. They charge with little intelligence or tactics. Multiple hydras (such as those created when a large hydra becomes two smaller hydras) use flanking tactics and attempt to overwhelm a single opponent before moving on to the next.
- Draenor hydras are known as "Thunder hydras" in the game files. This is presumably because they share file location with the graphics for Megaera, who is called "Thunder Hydra Boss" in the files. Newly hatched Draenor hydras also resemble the heads of Megaera.
A hydra as seen in a piece of Hearthstone artwork.