- 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.
| Various mechagnomes, as seen at BlizzCon 2018. Jeremy Feasel described ones on the right-hand side as the less mechanical ones that inhabit the Junker Wastes, while the ones on the left as the more mechanical ones that serve King Mechagon.|
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 have dedicated themselves to their ruler King Mechagon and his vision to turn anyone of flesh into more pure robotic parts. In this society, the more robot parts one has, the higher one's social standing is.
However, another group of mechagnomes rejected this and now dwell in the outside Junker Wastes where they are beset by death robots. These mechagnomes have fewer mechanical parts and tend to be partially deteriorating. As the Alliance and Horde arrived on Mechagon, they befriended the latter 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.
The mechanization process, as seen in Mechagon
- Main articles: Gnome#Early history, Gnome#Kul Tiras
Some mechagnomes seem to have a mechanocat racing and customizing subculture inspired by the American greasers, complete with sweet pompadours.
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.
- 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.
- References to gnomes wanting to turn themselves into machines in Battle for Azeroth foreshadowed the mechagnomes:
- During the Battle for Azeroth beta, "Junker Gnome Caverns" and "Mechagnome Island" maps were datamined alongside the other island expeditions. Time will tell if it is simply Mechagon or if a mechagnome island expedition is being prepared.
- 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 [110 - 120] Inspection Gadget.
- 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.
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.
Drust Stele: Conflict includes a depiction of a battle between the Drust and small beings resembling gnomes in stature. These may have been the gnomes of Kul Tiras.