Ooze

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Not to be confused with Oozeling.
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Oozes are a type of mindless slime creatures. They are known to adapt to their environments, taking on aspects of their surroundings, which may account for the variety of oozes seen on Azeroth and beyond.[1]

History

These strange creatures share an elemental heritage, but have been corrupted by the powers of chaos. Now they exist as tortured masses of semi-sentient goo.[2] No one knows what their motivations are or if there is any specific ecology behind their existence. An unproven and unpopular theory belonging to Laris Geardawdle is that oozes and slimes are tied to the creation of Azeroth, almost like a secretion of the planet.[3]

Oozes in the world

Felwood

In Felwood slimes are found all around pools of water blessed by the touch of Fel. The Scourge decimated the area with attacks of Infernals and other demonic magics—the slimes supposedly crept up through the earth during these attacks.[4]

Winna Hazzard was a forsaken apothecary at Bloodvenom Post, researching ways to use the demonic ooze here against the Alliance.[5]

The player can take a sample of slime from Felwood and place some of it into the various tubes and beakers on the table. As things begin to boil and spurt, the slime changes colors.[6]

Un'Goro Crater

According to Chemist Fuely, the slimes in Un'Goro Crater seem to be elemental in nature, but also something more. He stated that they remind him of the Old Gods.[7]

Pools of Aggonar

The felblood of the demon Aggonar spawned slimes.[8]

Night of the Dragon

An ooze which has consumed a skull and a couple of arrows.

In Night of the Dragon, a group of dwarves encounter an ooze in the Wetlands. The creature is attacked by one of the dwarves, but as the dwarf's axe sinks into the ooze, the dwarf falls onto it and is sucked in. Their leader Rom tried to save him, but in moments, the dwarf's head was already turned into a skull, and they could see the thick beard begin to wither and dissolve. The victim could only twitch once as he was being dissolved to death.[9]

The mass of oozes apparently can douse flaming arrows, unless the flame is fueled by oil, which will turn it into an inferno and kill them. Its mass will then also feed the flames. When faced with such an assault, other oozes will try to escape into water.[10]

Vordrassil

An ooze in Hearthstone.

Hierophant Thayreen's ancestors once planted a tree in the middle of the Grizzly Hills. It was called Vordrassil and it was to become a world tree. For reasons long forgotten, after the tree was fully grown, they decided it needed to be destroyed. Its giant trunk splintered at three locations in the area to the north. Where the tree touched the ground, foul ooze began to crawl the earth.[11] This slime is foul with a darkness far more ancient than their worldly forms would indicate. The land itself has a memory of this evil for as long as it has existed.[12] Eventually, the Spirit of Ursoc states the druids of old were wise to tear down Vordrassil, for its roots seep deep into the dwelling of an ancient evil. He warns that the Old God Yogg-Saron's evil extends past Vordrassil's roots.[13]

Properties

No magical properties have been found to exist within the slime, but nature is often a magik unto itself. This icor will literally drain the life from its victims, as heat is what it uses as food.[14]

Loot

The following items are commonly dropped by oozes.

Notable

Types

Another ooze in Hearthstone.

Types of greater slimes

Notable greater slimes

As a companion pet

Subspecies

In the RPG

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An ooze is a mindless, amorphous or mutable creature. They are also blind. Some oozes have the ability to deal acid damage to objects. Oozes eat and breathe but do not sleep.[16]

Notes

Speculation

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The appearance of oozes appears to possibly be correlated to the presence of Old Gods (and thus, potent Void energies) on a planet, as speculated by Chemist Fuely.[7] In Outland's Shadowmoon Valley, ooze mobs called the Black Blood of Draenor are found in the Netherwing Mines. This is reminiscent of how saronite is often referred to as the "Black Blood of Yogg-Saron". On alternate Draenor, it is stated that the appearance of oozes also referred to as the "Black Blood of Draenor" is a result of the Void's influence on the planet becoming more pronounced.[17] Thus, it can be speculated that Outland's Black Bloods appeared due to the attempted summoning of an unnamed Old God a short distance away by the Dark Conclave, which was thwarted by adventurers in N [69] Thwart the Dark Conclave.

Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): Oozes once considered uncategorized are now classified as Aberrations and Elementals.

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