Jungle troll

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This article is about the jungle trolls' lore. For the playable race, see Troll (playable). For trolls in general, see Troll.
Jungle trolls
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Neutral  Mar'li †
Horde  Vol'jin †

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The jungle trolls are a troll subspecies, mainly found in Stranglethorn Vale. They are sometimes referred to as Gurubashi trolls, after the ancient empire of the same name. Their capital, Zul'Gurub, is located in Stranglethorn Vale, along with many smaller towns, cities, and villages, many of which are in a state of ruin or disrepair. The largest jungle troll settlement outside Stranglethorn is Sen'jin Village[citation needed]  — founded by the Darkspear tribe, who had been displaced from their exile on the Broken Isles and Echo Isles. The jungle trolls share the same pantheon of gods with the other troll subspecies, and practice the same Voodoo religion, with an emphasis on the power of spirits. The god Hakkar, a bloodthirsty troll spirit god of that can be evoked by ritual sacrifice, played a very important role in jungle troll history, but fell out of favour due to his bloody demands of sacrifice. During the ancient times when the Gurubashi Empire was trying to reclaim its power by making Hakkar their patron, those who would not give up his worship, the Atal'ai priests, were exiled to the Swamp of Sorrows, where they built a temple in his name. Hakkar's avatar can still be summoned from this temple, a very dangerous prospect.

Jungle trolls are superstitious creatures who revel in the hunt and the rigors of personal combat. In ancient times, they reigned over the lands south of the Redridge Mountains. Though their glorious kingdoms fell to ruin long ago, they seek to reclaim their lost majesty. Equipped with voodoo magics and unparalleled combat skills, these trolls have been relentless in their efforts to regain their jungle homeland.[1]


Jungle troll Gurubashi Empire territory on Ancient Kalimdor (yellow).

The history of the jungle trolls begins at the dawn of civilization when the Gurubashi Empire (jungle trolls) and Amani Empire (forest trolls) ruled the south and north of Azeroth respectively, with only the Insectoids of the far-west posing any significant threat. After numerous catastrophic events that were beyond the control of the two Empires, such as the night elf war, and the subsequent invasion of the Burning Legion, the Gurubashi Empire lost most of its lands outside Stranglethorn, and fell into a state of isolationism and collapse following the rebellion surrounding the god Hakkar. (The Temple of Atal'Hakkar in the Swamp of Sorrows still contains the trapped Hakkar). During Hakkar's original rule[citation needed] , the Darkspear was exiled from their home in Stranglethorn and escaped the bloodthirsty environment making their home on an uncharted island. Eventually, the naga drove them away and they wound up in the jungle-climate Echo isles of Durotar, where eventually they joined the new Horde and helped them make their home on Kalimdor.


Thanks to the massive interaction with the Horde, the Darkspear Tribe has gained huge diversity and expertise, employing not only the troll roles in society, but also taking to the training and vending of the Horde. The tribes of Stranglethorn still hold on to the ancient roles of the trolls, including the usual shamanistic and priestly casters, hunters, warriors and scouts. The tribes of Stranglethorn are amongst the most bloodthirsty of any troll tribes, including many cannibals, other hunters and barbaric consumers of flesh. The Atal'ai exiles are heavily made up of priests of Hakkar the Soulflayer, but many of them have been turned into undying corpses, mummies and skeletons, all enthralled to Hakkar's power. Many exist only as spirits still in service of Hakkar.[citation needed] 

Companions and mounts

  • Stranglethorn's Gurubashi trolls often capture powerful snakes to keep as pets or to cook as meals.[2]
  • The jungle trolls train hyacinth macaws to mimic calls for help in order to lure unsuspecting travelers into traps.[3]
  • Parrots can't get enough of the fresh fish the Bloodscalp trolls eat. They're less interested in dry flatbreads.[4]
  • Razzashi raptors are among the cleverest predators in the jungle, making them favored by the Gurubashi trolls.[5] The only known Razzashi Raptors were said to have been in the custody of Bloodlord Mandokir in Zul'Gurub. This species of raptor has not been seen in many years.[6] The purebred royal raptors of Zul'Gurub, these mounts have become a rare sight in Stranglethorn Vale. The Gurubashi have been known to fly into a rage at the sight of any non-troll riding one of their precious beasts.[7]


Female Warrior

Jungle trolls' bodies are covered in short, soft fur that causes the trolls to appear purple or gray. Jungle trolls are also unusually lithe relative to most other troll subspecies.[8]
Though like most other beings, there is physical variation in jungle trolls with some individuals being more muscular like the Berserker trolls from Warcraft III and a few jungle trolls (batriders also from Warcraft III) who appear to lack tusks.

Tribes and groups

  • The Atal'ai - The rebellious followers of Hakkar, who did not give up his worship after the fall, they reside in the Swamp Of Sorrows, where the Temple of Atal'Hakkar has been sunk by the green dragonflight in an attempt to keep Hakkar from being unleashed upon the world.
  • Bloodscalp tribe - A powerful tribe of Stranglethorn, led by Gan'zulah, they are currently at war with the Skullsplitter tribe.
  • Darkspear tribe - Once exiled from Stranglethorn to the distant islands of the great ocean, the Darkspear tribe, led by Vol'jin is now one of the most powerful troll tribes again, and has formed an alliance with the Horde.
  • Gurubashi tribe- The tribe that ruled the Gurubashi Empire and now rules only the city of Zul'Gurub. They worship Hakkar, due to the influence of the Ata'lai.
  • The Hakkari
  • Shatterspear tribe - The Shatterspear were one of two tribes on Kalimdor before the Darkspear ventured to the Echo Isles.
  • Skullsplitter tribe - A powerful tribe of Stranglethorn, led by Ana'thek the Cruel, they are currently at war with the Bloodscalp tribe.

Notable jungle trolls

Vol'jin, Chieftain of the Darkspear.
Name Role Affiliation Status Location
Horde  Vol'jin Chieftain of the Darkspear tribe and first non-orc Warchief of the Horde Darkspear tribe, Horde Deceased Various Locations
Neutral  Sen'jin Former chieftain of the Darkspear and father of Vol'jin Darkspear tribe Deceased Unknown
Horde  Rokhan Lead scout of the Darkspear Darkspear tribe, Horde Alive Various Locations
Combat  Zalazane Traitor of the Darkspear and self-proclaimed ruler of the Echo Isles Himself Deceased
Boss  Jin'do Ruler of Zul'Gurub Gurubashi tribe, Zandalari Killable Zul'Gurub
Boss  Bloodlord Mandokir Lord of the Gurubashi tribe Gurubashi tribe Killable Zul'Gurub
Combat  Gan'zulah Chieftain of the Bloodscalp tribe; corpse used to resurrect Mandokir Bloodscalp tribe Killable Ruins of Zul'Kunda, Northern Stranglethorn
Combat  Ana'thek the Cruel Chieftain of the Skullsplitter tribe Skullsplitter tribe Killable Northern Stranglethorn
Boss  Jammal'an the Prophet Leader of the Atal'ai Atal'ai tribe, Hakkari Killable Lair of the Chosen, Temple of Atal'Hakkar
Boss  High Priestess Mar'li High Priestess of Shadra, Gurubashi representative on the Council of Elders Gurubashi tribe, Zandalari Killable Throne of Thunder

In the RPG

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Trolls are monstrous in appearance. Skin color varies greatly based on subspecies, and jungle troll hides tend to be light blue to dark gray. Trolls have pointed, almost elf-like ears, long noses, and elongated, sharp faces. Troll teeth are myriad and pointed. They are lean and wiry, averaging 7 feet tall and 200 pounds. A troll’s body has no excess fat. They are remarkably acrobatic, able to perform back flips from a standstill.[9]


Jungle trolls are the most civilized of troll species. They are organized around tribes, with bloodlines led by the most powerful warriors. Family houses rise and fall with the battle honor of their members. Witch doctors and shadow hunters act as spiritual and legislative leaders, judging matters of law and handling administrate duties. Most regulations focus on maintaining the honor of the individual, the family, the tribe, and the troll species as a whole. Punishment for breaking troll laws or causing dishonor to one's kin can range from ritual scarring or dismemberment to banishment or even death. Often, the actual punishment is secondary to the loss of honor, which jungle trolls prize above all. Jungle troll leaders are witch doctors or honored warriors. The eldest member of a family is respected, but he is expected to step down should his combat ability falter. Jungle trolls lack a king at present; witch doctors claim that no jungle troll is worthy of such a title unless he can unite all the tribes and reclaim their rightful lands. Until then, pretenders are considered without honor. Jungle trolls believe that the spirits of their ancestors guide the universe from beyond the veil of death. Witch doctors teach that worthy trolls receive dominion over various aspects of nature upon their death - whether plants, weather, beasts, or even disease. When witch doctors exhibit their supernatural powers to cure the sick, control nature, or assist in battle, it is said that ancestral spirits are riding them. Jungle troll rituals can be very elaborate, including hours of dancing and chanting. Witch doctors paint themselves and other participants with sigils and wear finely embroidered costumes. There are rituals for all events: a change of season, a child's birth, an impending battle. Troll youth do not receive public names until they have earned a name in battle. Until then, they are referred to by generic diminutives.[10]


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