Merciless one

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For the Abyssal Depths mob, see Merciless One.
Merciless one
Merciless one.png
Racial leader(s)

 N'Zoth (presumed)



Sources: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Merciless ones, also called zoatroids,[1] are octopus-like cyclopean[2] parasitic aberrations[3] related to the Old Gods, primarily found alongside the naga forces in Vashj'ir. They are capable of attaching themselves to (and/or devouring)[4] the heads of sapient beings in order to enslave them. Their psionic abilities appear to come from an psychic organ they are born with.[5] They have beaks.[6][7] Apparently they are also quite smelly.[4] They are the children of Ozumat.[citation needed] 

Shadow priests, known for utilizing the powers of the Old Gods and the Void, can temporarily summon a merciless one through the [Mindbender] talent.


Merciless ones were seen in the past during B [81] Visions of the Past: The Slaughter of Biel'aran Ridge, fighting alongside Ozumat and faceless ones against the kvaldir.

In the present, the merciless ones were first seen during B [82] Those Aren't Masks, where they were recruiting/possessing gilgoblins for the assault on the Abyssal Maw. Following Neptulon's capture in B [82] Defending the Rift, Erunak Stonespeaker was abducted by the naga and enslaved by the merciless one Mindbender Ghur'sha within the Throne of the Tides. In the Twilight Highlands, the giant merciless one Julak-Doom is controlling a flesh giant.

The Sashj'tar naga used Writhing Willbreakers to control captured vrykul from Jandvik.

Merciless ones infected shipments at Anglepoint Wharf in Tiragarde Sound, latching onto the workers who are then controlled to in turn spread more merciless ones into the shipments.

During the Blood War, a great many merciless were seen in the service of Queen Azshara and N'Zoth during Nazjatar storyline. Called "zoatroids," they are bred in massive numbers in two locations: The Chamber of the Harvesters in the deep tunnels of northern Nazjatar and watched over by the Shirakess naga, and The Hatchery which is protected by the massive merciless known as Orgozoa.[8]


Orgozoa who tends to Queen Azshara's naga hatchery.
Ulmath in Zin-Azshari.
Name Role Status Location
Mob  Julak-Doom <The Eye of Zor> Controlling a flesh giant in the Twilight Highlands Killable Twilight Highlands
Boss  Mindbender Ghur'sha Controlling Erunak Stonespeaker in the Throne of the Tides Killable Abyssal Halls, Throne of the Tides
Boss  Orgozoa Protecting merciless hatchery in the Eternal Palace Killable Eternal Palace
Boss  Ulmath Enthralling the restless spirits of Nazjatar, attempting to amass an unstoppable undead force bound to its malevolent will. Killable Nazjatar


As a companion pet

Main article: Syd the Squid

 [Syd the Squid] has a chance to drop from  [Greater Darkmoon Pet Supplies], although it's possible it's simply a squid that uses the merciless one model, rather than an actual merciless one.

Notes and trivia

  • While the merciless ones have been referred to as "demon squids"[4] and described as "demonic",[2] there is no other evidence pointing to a connection to true demons, and it's most likely just intended as a simple descriptive term.
  • The Mob Parasitoid Sha use the merciless one model and share the ability to attach themselves to their victims' heads, but are considered to be sha nonetheless.
  • The merciless ones resemble unarmored Daleks from the popular British science-fiction program Doctor Who.


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.
  • The merciless ones may be related to the n'raqi or "faceless ones", another ancient aquatic species loyal to the Old Gods.
  • Due to their physical similarities, they may also be related to the squid-like kraken. Ozumat, a kraken patriarch enslaved by the naga, attached himself to the head of Neptulon to enslave him, and is therefore thought to be an enormous merciless one. The spawn of the kraken Jiao are also merciless ones (besides using the same model, they share the merciless' telekinesis).