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Laughing Skull clan

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For the clan from an alternate universe, see Laughing Skull Orcs.
Laughing Skull clan
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The Laughing Skull clan is a very deceptive and treacherous clan of orcs that is distrusted by most of the other clans for their kinship of thievery and assassination. Although their loyalty is questionable, their skill and audacity are unequalled.[1] Their treacherous leader, Mogor the ogre, and most of his clan remained in Draenor during both of the crossings.

Known members

Name Role Status Location
CombatIconSmall OgreMage.gif Mogor Chieftain Deceased Laughing Skull Ruins, Nagrand
NeutralIconSmall Orc Male.gif Obris Deceased Black Temple


Rise of the Horde

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The clan was present at the Throne of Kil'jaeden when Gul'dan offered the Cup of Unity.[2]

Beyond the Dark Portal

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The clan battled against the Thunderlord clan at the beginning of Ner'zhul's plans. Eventually, they joined rest of the Horde of Draenor. However, Obris, right after Ner'zhul betrayed the Horde and left Draenor, told Khadgar that the clan was forced to join.[3]

In Farahlon the clan entered a truce with a part of the Alliance Expedition.[4]

Warcraft 2: Beyond the Dark Portal

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Most of the events described in the section were changed or ignored by the novel.

When the elder shaman Ner'zhul first began developing his plan to open more dimensional gateways, he required the knowledge of a specific order of death knights who knew how to rebuild the original Dark Portal. Mogor, the renegade ogre mage of the Laughing Skull clan, had taken control of this group of death knights and was using them for some dark purpose of his own. Ner'zhul ordered a small force of orcs, ogres, and a death knight from the Shadowmoon clan to attack the Laughing Skulls and subjugate Mogor's death knights. Ner'zhul forces rescued Grommash Hellscream and some of his Warsong soldiers, who had been held prisoner by the Laughing Skull clan, and with their help the attack was carried out successfully and Ner'zhul gained the knowledge required to open to portal back to Azeroth.[5]

After the reopening of the Dark Portal a group of Laughing Skull warriors crossed it, they established near the citadel of Nethergarde Keep, there they fought against Danath Trollbane and his army, in this battle all the Laughing Skull warriors on Azeroth were killed by the Alliance of Lordaeron.[6]

When the human armies invaded Draenor, the Alliance Expedition invaded the shipyards of Zeth'kur, with this the clans were driven to new heights of fury, one of the nearby island of Zeth'kur had a Laughing Skull encampment and was destroyed by the Alliance.[7]

After defeating Deathwing, the Alliance attacked the Skeletal Coast, one of the islands near the coast had another Laughing Skull encampment, the clan's warriors were defeated,[8] however they delayed the Alliance and before they could attack the Fortress Shadowmoon, the Laughing Skull stole the Book of Medivh from Ner'zhul.[9]

When the Alliance Expedition went in search of the Book of Medivh, they sided with Mogor and his clan. In exchange for the dominance over the northern clans of Draenor and securing the passes across the Blade's Edge Mountains, he promised to deliver to the humans the Book of Medivh.

Khadgar, Alleria, Turalyon, and their strongest warriors reinforced Mogor and the Laughing Skull clan and stopped the Bonechewer clan, then attacked a stronghold of the Thunderlord clan (possibly Thunderlord Village) and destroyed it, gaining the control of the region.[9]

Mogor was uncharacteristically true to his word, and managed to escape the wrath of the shaman Ner'zhul, when the world of Draenor tore appart, Mogor and his clan went with it.

Burning Crusade

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Following the destruction of Draenor, a brutal pit lord named Magtheridon rallied the surviving orcs under his rule. After Illidan captured Black Temple and imprisoned Magtheridon, the forces of Outland were once again united under one banner, this time Illidan's.

The Laughing Skull clan's ruined home in Nagrand, the Laughing Skull Ruins, is now a large ogre encampment in the northernmost reaches of Nagrand.

Laughing Skull forces can be found throughout the Blood Furnace of Hellfire Citadel, striking from the shadows before adventurers knew they were there. Two Laughing Skull Ambushers and Krun Spinebreaker (possibly a Bonechewer surname) were responsible for the death of Vindicator Sedai.




This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Mogor led the Laughing Skull clan during the Second War, but is not shown to be connected to them in Warlords of Draenor. As the earliest reference to Mogor in the main timeline was in the Second War, it's possible he only took command of the clan around then.

In Beyond the Dark Portal

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Leader: Mogor the Ogre

Color: Yellow

The morose Laughing Skull is perhaps the most treacherous of all the clans. Feeling a kinship to thievery and assassination, the warriors of the Laughing Skull are distrusted by many of their fellow Orcs. Although the loyalty of those in the Laughing Skull are questionable, the skill and audacity of their minions are unequaled.[1]


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