- This article is about the mechagnomes that inhabit Mechagon. For the allied race's page, see Mechagnome (playable). For the original titan-forged race, see mechagnome.
Small semi-mechanical humanoid
Mechagnomes (previously referred to as junker gnomes by Blizzard but not in-game) are a race of partially mechanical to fully mechanical gnomes that inhabit the island of Mechagon and are descended from the regular gnomes of Gnomeregan. They span a variety of different types. The higher-caste gnomes live in an advanced society inside a huge vault, where they previously dedicated themselves to their ruler King Mechagon. Under King Mechagon's society, the more robot parts one has, the higher one's social standing is.
Having lived for centuries in relative peace, a group of mechagnomes rejected King Mechagon's vision of a mechanical world as his ambitions turned from invention and advancement to mechanizing the entire planet. Known as the Rustbolt Resistance, this group was led by Mechagon's own son, Erazmin. Setting up in the outside Junker Wastes, they were beset by death robots and other Mechagnomes who sought to end the resistance one way or another. The Rustbolt had fewer mechanical parts and tended to be partially deteriorating. As the Alliance and Horde arrived on Mechagon, they befriended the group in an effort to break into the mechagnomes' city and stop King Mechagon.
Following Operation: Mechagon, the mechagnomes re-joined Gnomeregan under High Tinker Gelbin Mekkatorque and joined the Alliance. Following the ascension of Gelbin Mekkatorque as King of Gnomes with Prince Erazmin as his advisor, the goal of the Mechagnomes shifted from mechanization and removal of flesh to finding harmony between flesh and metal. 
Based on the dialogue between Mechagnomes, their speech patterns are less casual than other races. They often speak imperatively, akin to stereotypes concerning robots in fiction. Their society has an extreme emphasis on upgrading and innovating, akin to regular gnomes.
Mechanization is accomplished through surgical removal of a body part and replacement with a desired mechanical equivalent. Within Mechagon, this process has been streamlined so that it can largely be automated with machines and completed within a short period of time. At least when it comes to arms or legs, no form of sedation or anesthesia is bothered with presumably because such replacement pretty much takes no time at all. However, that doesn't mean that the patient doesn't experience any pain - far from it, in fact.
Notes and trivia
- The names "junker gnome" and "mechagnome" are inconsistently used:
- At the BlizzCon 2018 World of Warcraft What's Next panel, "junker gnome" and "mechagnome" were seemingly used interchangeably to refer to this race, despite the fact that "mechagnome" is already the name of a separate existing race.
- In a June 18, 2019 developer live stream, Ion Hazzikostas described the Rustbolt Resistance as a "scrappy group of junker gnomes" and King Mechagon as the "leader of the mechagnomes", implying that "junker gnome" is specifically used for the members of the Rustbolt Resistance while "mechagnome" is used for the Arcforged.
- It seems most likely that the "junker gnome" term had some sort of cross-development inspiration with the ultimately unused area name "Junker Wastes", and used internally by Blizzard as a convenient way to prevent confusion when discussing the Rustbolt Resistance and the Arcforged during development.
- In the Mechagon Island Visitor's Guide blog post, published on June 19th, "mechagnome" is used to refer to both the Arcforged and the Rustbolt Resistance, and the name "junker gnome" is not mentioned at all.
- There are several mobs and NPCs called "Junker" that were added but not released in the patch 8.2 PTR.
- References to gnomes wanting to turn themselves into machines in Battle for Azeroth foreshadowed the mechagnomes:
- In , Kelsey Steelspark states Machines.... <sigh> Sometimes I wish I WAS a machine...
- While piloting a mechano-tank in , Kelsey comments that It's almost like being a machine!
- In , Jastor Gallywix mocks Gelbin Mekkatorque by saying Seriously, this guy is really obsessed with machines. Makes me think he wants to be part robot or somethin'!
- During the Battle for Azeroth beta, "Junker Gnome Caverns" and "Mechagnome Island" maps were datamined alongside the other island expeditions.
- The description of the Mechanical Prairie Dog pet ("This adorable mass of whirlers, cogs, and sprockets wasn't assembled in Gnomeregan. Where then?") is a reference to Mechagon since the pet can only be obtained after completing .
- The concept of gnomes enhancing themselves with robotic parts is an old one: in classic World of Warcraft, Gerenzo Wrenchwhistle was stated to have replaced some of his limbs with mechanical ones.
- ^ a b c d e Medievaldragon 2018-11-04. BlizzCon 2018 World of Warcraft: What’s Next Panel Transcript - Page 4 of 4. Blizzplanet. Retrieved on 2019-04-09.
- ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment 2018-11-02. World of Warcraft: What's Next Panel Recap. Retrieved on 2019-04-09.
- ^ a b World of Warcraft 2019-06-18. Rise of Azshara Arrives June 25 and Dev Insights w/ Ion Hazzikostas (04:55). YouTube. Retrieved on 2019-06-20.
- ^ Mechagnome (playable) creation dialogue, Prince Erazmin
- ^ Cork Stuttguard#Quotes
- ^ Marvelous Martini#Quotes
- ^ Mechagon, page 8
- ^ Squishei 2018-01-25. Battle for Azeroth Datamining - 8.01 Beta Build 25902. Wowhead. Retrieved on 2019-04-09.