Ice troll

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Ice troll
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 Zol'Maz †

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Ice trolls are massive, barbaric trolls of pale skin who can be found in frigid lands. They are more than twice the girth of their southern counterparts.[1] The Drakkari can be found in the frozen continent of Northrend where they founded the nation of Zul'Drak. Ice trolls also live in Dun Morogh, of which they once ruled the surface before the dwarves conquered it from them.[2]


Aftermath of the Aqir and Troll War.
Interior of Drak'Tharon Keep.

Ice trolls are a troll subspecies that live in cold climates. They have angular features, bright blue eyes, and skin that ranges from blue to white. With many different hair colours. They stand taller and much more muscular than most other trolls.[3]

Like their evil forest troll cousins, ice trolls revel in carnage and wickedness. Driven into the desolate wastes of Northrend in ancient times, the ice trolls carved out a meager society for themselves amongst the cold stone and lifeless plains. Cannibalistic by nature, ice trolls are renowned for their love of eating their recently slain enemies raw. Their social structure is very similar to that of their forest dwelling cousins.[4]

Ice trolls were once Zandalari who, after winning the war with the aqir, split off and began inhabiting the northern parts of Ancient Kalimdor. Where these once-upon-a-time Zandalari adapted and became the first ice trolls, forming the Drakkari empire. While smaller than the forest troll and jungle troll empires, the ice trolls still ruled enough land to be recognised as an empire of their own.[5]

The ice trolls of Dun Morogh — the Frostmane tribe — who are currently fighting a guerilla war against the dwarves, have been forced to live in caves and small encampments surrounding Iceflow Lake. It is unknown where the location of their former capital was, however the seat of their power now lies in the large cave complex of Frostmane Hold. In the hills of Shimmer Ridge, the ice trolls grow  [Shimmerweed] and have several encampments. (Encampments include: Frostmane Hold, Shimmer Ridge, and the troll settlements near Anvilmar). Like other trolls, the ice trolls follow the Voodoo traditions, with a focus on priestly rather than shamanistic Voodoo.


Ice trolls are noted to be unusually large among trolls, rivaling the Zandalari in height.[6] The skin of ice trolls can range from white to blue in color. A few green-skinned ice trolls have also been observed, but they are very rare, for such cases are matters of pigmentation alone (not plant growth, as with the forest trolls). Ice trolls typically have thick manes of hair, and despite being called ice trolls, they have little to no trouble living in other climates.[7]


The ice trolls of the Frostmane tribe had been the enemies of the dwarven kingdom since the dwarves invaded the surface of Dun Morogh and took it from the trolls hundreds of years ago. Before this catastrophe befell them, the ice trolls had controlled a small empire in Dun Morogh.[8] Recently, in their ongoing ancestral holy-war against the dwarves, they have been content to let the troggs wear down their enemies for them.

The ice trolls of Northrend are also a troubled civilization, first being the target of hostilities from the ancient empire of Azjol-Nerub, and now the land of Northrend is dominated by the Scourge.


Frostmane society is geared around their state of guerilla war, with even the whelps and novices of their tribe being enlisted into the battle. Headhunters, Hideskinners, and Snowstriders form the core of their warrior force, making up the hunter-killer and ranger type warriors of their armies, and Seers and Shadowcasters act as their magic users and spiritual advisors. In the last great war it was observed that the ice trolls of Northrend also had Trapper, Berserker, Priest, High Priest, and Warlord type martial units, similar to most other troll military forces, and many of them acted as mercenaries for the Alliance forces of Prince Arthas in the belief that the Lich King was their common enemy. Unfortunately Arthas framed and betrayed the Ice Troll mercenaries, having his men kill them.


Ice trolls have been observed to live in both igloo-like structures and simple tents. Their igloo structures are skilfully crafted and range widely in design, many being equipped with doors. Ice trolls generally live in small villages, usually located in areas shielded from icy winds.


Notable ice trolls

Drakkari tribe

Name Role Status Location
Combat  Frost King Malakk Frost King of the Drakkari Killable Throne of Thunder
Combat  Warlord Zol'Maz Drakkari Warlord Killable Zul'Drak
Neutral  Drakuru Betrayed his people to the Lich King for power. Deceased Granite Springs (Grizzly Hills); Drak'Tharon Keep, Voltarus, (Zul'Drak)
Combat  Kutube'sa First of the three leaders of Jin'Alai. Opposed the Zandalari in Zul'Drak. Killable Pools of Jin'Alai, Zul'Drak
Combat  Gawanil Second of the three leaders of Jin'Alai. Opposed the Zandalari in Zul'Drak. Killable Pools of Jin'Alai, Zul'Drak
Combat  Chulo the Mad Third of the three leaders of Jin'Alai. Opposed the Zandalari in Zul'Drak. Killable Pools of Jin'Alai, Zul'Drak

Frostmane tribe

Name Role Status Location
Combat  Grik'nir the Cold Former chieftain of the Frostmane tribe Deceased Dun Morogh
Combat  Great Father Arctikus Chieftain of the Frostmane tribe Killable Dun Morogh
Combat  Skullcrusher Gundu Killable Blood in the Snow
Combat  Bonechiller Barafu Killable Blood in the Snow

Winterax tribe

Name Role Status Location
Combat  Korrak the Bloodrager Chieftain of the Winterax tribe Killable Alterac Valley WoW Icon update.png, Zul'Drak Wrath of the Lich King

Locations in World of Warcraft


Wrath of the Lich King This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.

The Ice trolls are featured in Wrath of The Lich King. They reside mainly in Zul'Drak but can also be found in Grizzly Hills and Dragonblight.


Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

Frost King Malakk and his forces can be found in the Throne of Thunder and Hekima the Wise leads the Frostmane tribe in the Blood in the Snow scenario.

In the RPG

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Ice trolls are generally evil and like most trolls, they are fierce protectors of their homes and may attack travelers to gain weapons, materials, clothing and food. They practice cannibalism and sometimes eat their slain enemies raw.

Their spellcasters wield voodoo, and their culture is primitive and tribal. Also like other trolls, ice trolls seek to reclaim their lost empire. The Frostmane have a particular hatred for Ironforge dwarves, who they believe drove them out of their lands in ages past. Ice trolls in Khaz Modan take advantage of the current chaos there to strike against their ancient enemies. However, ice troll mercenaries and slaves are not unknown; an adventurer who purchases the services of an ice troll mercenary can usually count on him to be a steadfast ally, and some such mercenaries take extended contracts. Ice trolls enjoy killing, and as long as their employers allow them to keep doing so, they serve well. Some ice troll mercenaries and slaves reach Lordaeron and Kalimdor through the goblin merchant empire. Ice trolls like to get to grips with their enemies, and most throw themselves into melee combat. Ice troll spellcasters stay behind to cast spells. Some ice troll warlords are charismatic and savvy enough to impose more sophisticated tactics on their warriors.[9]


  • Before the release of Chronicle Volume 1, the ice trolls were said to have been exiled by the original Zandalar tribe due to their highly unnatural bloodlust and brutality which included a hatred for their own kind.[10]
    • In World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, they are described as having been a power-hungry yet ambitious tribe of Zandalari origin that pushed up into the frigid north where they eventually settled, adapted to the environment and grew into an empire.[11]


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