- Turn your back on these tiny terrors at your own risk.
Imps are small, cackling, mischievous demons. Creatures of felfire and trickery considered lowly among demons, they do not pose a large threat alone, and are often underestimated due to their singular lack of toughness. However, when in a group they can quickly replace their fallen and overwhelm their opponents, and their real threat is in how difficult it is to kill every single one of them. Imps emerge from the stomachs of imp mothers.
Despite their lack of physical strength, imps possess powers and a cleverness that serve warlocks well, and the simplest of the summoning spells a would-be warlock can learn is that of the imp. Before they are imparted to this, the warlock must prove that they have the necessary magical and physical ability.
Imps can phase shift into the Twisting Nether. All imps are afraid of rainbows. Some imps speak exclusively in rhyme. Many imps prefer to bring their own cup with them. Some theorize that an ancient imp-like race revered their drinking vessels as something sacred, and part of that ritual remained even after they were indoctrinated into the Burning Legion. There is a legend claiming that Azeroth may be home to ancestors of the imp race who never joined the Burning Legion.
Fel imps appear to be a larger and more powerful type of imp. They are easily distinguishable from their cousins by their wings and massive horns.
The fel imps of Felspark Ravine in Hellfire Peninsula are remarkably chatty. They're just as easy to contract into service as their names are to learn. The ritual to summon one is trivial, at best.
Notable fel imps
Other similar creatures
- The forest spirits known as grell are very similar to imps. Though they resemble the mischievous demons, found no demonic traces among the ones he studied. They are, as far as he could tell, uncorrupted.
- To the untrained eye, flamekin, a brand of fire demon, will look exactly like imps.
- Flame Imps are creatures that roam the Molten Core in large packs.
- The Homunculi of Karazhan are constructed beings that resemble pale-skinned grell. The Fiendish Imp, which appears identical to a homunculus, is called an imp.
As a warlock minion
As a companion pet
- Imps bear a great resemblance to the homunculi in Karazhan, demons that can be created or constructed.
- Imps might be grell that have been infused with, and mutated by, fel energy. Grell look just like imps but have no sign of corruption. The ones on Teldrassil are tainted by fel moss while the grell in Darkshore possess the same that satyrs possess.This theory is supported by the legend that imp ancestors may be found on Azeroth.
In Germanic folklore, imps are mythological beings similar to diminutive fairies or demons, but are often more mischievous than evil or harmful. Imps are commonly seen as the familiars of witches and sorcerers.
Imp art by Samwise.