Mag'har orc

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For the faction, see Mag'har.
Mag'har orcs
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The Mag'har orcs[1] (also called brown orcs)[2][3][4] hail from the harsh, alien world of Draenor, now Outland. All orcs were once a noble shamanistic people cultivating a mighty tribal society that was centered around survival, regulating themselves through ritualized combat and personal honor. Tragically betrayed by one of their spiritual leaders and delivered into the hands of the Burning Legion, the orc clans fell deep into demonic enslavement and were led into Azeroth as an unholy vanguard of the Legion meant to destroy everything in their path. However some orcs, who would later be called "mag'har", remained uncorrupted and continued to follow the old ways. Many years later, Thrall recruited them with open arms into the New Horde where they taught the orcs of their past and culture.


Years prior to the Blood Pact with Mannoroth,[5] a virulent plague known as the red pox spread throughout the Horde, and Geyah established a quarantine village in Nagrand, seasonal homeland of the Frostwolf clan. For reasons unclear, the orcs managed to avoid the corruption that plagued even their parents and the rest of the world. The orcs, and Nagrand, came to be referred to as "mag'har" — which in Orcish means, literally, "uncorrupted". They eventually recovered and constructed the stronghold of Garadar.

Burning Crusade

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The mag'har have never been corrupted by either Mannoroth or Magtheridon, and thus remained untouched by the Blood Curse. Unlike their former clan-mates who live in the ruins of their once-mighty holds, the mag'har are made up of members of many different orc clans who escaped corruption. The current leader of the mag'har, venerable Greatmother Geyah, is an old and wise orc, yet she has recently fallen extremely ill. Garrosh Hellscream, son of the mighty Grommash Hellscream, served as the mag'har's military chief, aided by Jorin Deadeye, son of the venerable chieftain of the Bleeding Hollow clan, Kilrogg Deadeye. Dranosh Saurfang is also a mag'har.

Wrath of the Lich King

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Several mag'har orcs joined Azeroth and the Horde, including Garrosh Hellscream and Dranosh Saurfang, with more mag'har being seen in the ranks of the Horde since Garrosh became the Warchief, and participating in the Alliance-Horde war.

Warlords of Draenor

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The Iron Horde was originally technically composed of mag'har orcs since in that timeline the orcs never entered the Blood Pact thanks to the meddling of Garrosh Hellscream. The term mag'har was thus not used in this timeline, as they simply called themselves orcs. However, alternate Gul'dan eventually managed to convince the remains of the Iron Horde to accept the fel gift.


Name Role Condition Location Allegiance
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif Garad Father of Durotan. Former Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan Deceased Unknown Frostwolf clan, Horde
IconSmall Geyah.gif Greatmother Geyah Mother of Durotan. Spiritual leader of the Mag'har Alive Garadar, Nagrand Mag'har, formerly Frostwolf clan
IconSmall OrcBrown Female.gif Mother Kashur Previous elder shaman of the Frostwolf Clan. Drek'Thar's mentor Ghost Spirit Fields, Nagrand Mag'har, Frostwolf clan
IconSmall Garrosh.gif Garrosh Hellscream Son of Grom Hellscream. Former warchief of the Horde. Mastermind behind the Iron Horde on alternate Draenor. Deceased Draenor Iron Horde formerly Mag'har, Warsong Offensive, Horde
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif Garm Wolfbrother Last Chieftain of the Thunderlord Clan. Deceased Thunderlord Stronghold, Blade's Edge Mountains Mag'har, Thunderlord Clan
IconSmall Dranosh.gif Dranosh Saurfang Son of Varok Saurfang. Killed at the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate. Soul claimed by Frostmourne and raised as a death knight. Slain by adventurers. Deceased Buried in the Ancestral Grounds, Nagrand The Scourge, formerly Horde, Warsong Offensive
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif Jorin Deadeye Son of Kilrogg Deadeye. Chieftain of the Bleeding Hollow Clan Alive Garadar, Nagrand Bleeding Hollow Clan, The Mag'har
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif Ishi Blademaster and champion of Warchief Garrosh Hellscream. Deceased Garrosh'ar Advance, Kun-Lai Summit Horde
IconSmall OrcBrown Female.gif Aggra Member of the Earthen Ring and wife to Thrall Alive Several locations Horde, Mag'har, Earthen Ring


The architecture of the mag'har seems to be based off the buildings from Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. This suggests that during the First War, orcs used similar building types to those back at home on Draenor. However, over time, their buildings become more and more "warlike" and less nomadic. Those back on Draenor/Outland never changed their building style.



  1. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 118
  2. ^ Jorin Deadeye#Quote: "Do you know who we are, stranger? We are Mag'har - brown orcs, as I have heard your kind call us."
  3. ^ H [63D] Heart of Rage
  4. ^ H [63D] Heart of Rage
  5. ^ Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 115