Rastakhan

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For his Battle of Dazar'alor boss encounter, see King Rastakhan (tactics).

HordeRastakhan
Image of Rastakhan
Title God King,[1]
King,
Little King[2]
Gender Male
Race Zandalari troll (Humanoid)
Level ??
Health 3,890,700
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Zandalari Empire
Occupation King of the Zandalari Empire
Location Zuldazar, Zandalar
Status Alive
Relative(s) Talanji (daughter), Tezlekhan (great-grandfather)

God King Rastakhan (pronounced "RAH-stuh-kawn")[3] is the ruler of the Zandalari Empire. He was blessed by the loa Rezan with a long life, swift healing, and strength beyond most trolls.[4]

Biography

Background

King Rastakhan rests on a golden throne, lording over all of the Zandalari. Empowered by the Zandalari gods themselves to act as their voice, he has ruled over two hundred years. King Rastakhan is consulted before every battle or major decision by the Zanchuli Council, which both advises the King and ensures his every command is executed.[5]

Rastakhan prefers that his opponents–some of which hail from the Zanchuli Council–are not able to get their hands on information meant for his ears. And while they underestimate him, his cleverness has resulted in him creating a special code that only he himself and his closest bodyguards, Zolani and her brother Habutu, understand.[6]

Forty-six assassination attempts have been made on his life, whereof the latest assassin had also been his wife.[7]

World of Warcraft

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When the word of Hakkar the Soulflayer's presence in Zul'Gurub reached the Zandalar tribe in the South Seas King Rastakhan sent emissaries to Yojamba Isle. There the trolls recruited champions from Azeroth's many races to defeat Hakkar.[8]

Cataclysm

A vision of Zul warning Rastakhan

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Years ago Zul warned King Rastakhan of a terrible Cataclysm. For Zul had seen a vision of a great armored dragon clenching the world in his ferocious jaws. Months later Zul returned, bearing more grim news from his visions. Still, King Rastakhan did nothing. Finally, mere months before the Cataclysm, Zul returned. He described the golden capital of Zandalar slowly sinking beneath the waves in the aftermath of the Cataclysm, its once-great people drowning as their mighty works slipped forever beneath the sea.[9] Zul advised the council and King Rastakhan to unite with the other troll tribes and to abandon their doomed homeland. Despite Zul's infamy, the council refused to believe in the scope of the disaster to come. Many felt that Zul was grandstanding to increase his own status and power.[10] King Rastakhan grew tired of Zul and his troubling nightmares. To be rid of the prophet, he granted Zul the use of his largest ships, so that he and his followers could seek a new land if his visions came to pass.[9] They scoffed as he and his followers began assembling a war fleet and reaching out to the lesser troll races.[10]

But Zul's vision were visions of the truth. Deathwing's Cataclysm rocked Zandalar to its foundation. The spine of the land broke in two, and soon, the city and all its riches began to slide into the hungry sea. The Zandalari people turned to their King for help, but there was only one Zandalari equipped to help them: the prophet Zul. Even now the mighty and enigmatic troll empire slides into the sea, and Zandalari peasants and warriors alike flock to Zul for guidance on what to do next.[10] Led by Zul, the Zandalari have issued a call to Azeroth's embattled troll populations: unite into a single mighty empire and save their race from extinction.[11] Meanwhile Rastakhan is still sitting on his throne in Zandalar as the island sinks around him.[12]

Rastakhan's empire was sinking into the sea, and Zul had a way out - Rastakhan supported the Zandalari's efforts to make a new troll empire.[13][14] Vol'jin has said that it was Rastakhan's plan to unite the troll tribes.[15] However, he was against the plan to resurrect Lei Shen.[16]

Battle for Azeroth

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Rastakhan pushes Zul off a ledge to his death

Seeking the Zandalari's legendary navy, the Horde arrived in Zandalar with Zul and Talanji, who had in turn sought the Horde out in secret to aid them against threats to the trolls. While General Jakra'zet of the Zanchuli Council was disgusted by the Horde presence on Zandalar, Rastakhan allowed them to stay because they saved Talanji from the Stormwind Stockades. He names a Horde adventurer the Speaker of the Horde, and assures them that while Talanji says he is ignoring the threats to his kingdom, he is not as blind as she thinks.[17]

Seeing Rastakhan as a weak king and the loa as weak gods, Zul sought to overthrow Rastakhan and create a new troll empire with G'huun as its god. He also planned on reviving the first king, Dazar, to rule in Rastakhan's stead.[18] Zul attacked Rastakhan and nearly killed him, but Rastakhan was saved by Pa'ku who brought him to Zeb'ahari.[19] With Rastakhan unconscious, Bwonsamdi, the loa of death, claimed his soul. The Zandalari contacted Rezan, loa of kings, who forced Bwonsamdi to give up the king's soul, but Bwonsamdi promised he would be seeing Rastakhan again soon.[20] At Rezan's temple, Zul's followers sought to drain Rezan of his power in the same way the Drakkari once did to their loa. Rastakhan and an adventurer slew Vilnak'dor, the troll performing the ritual, and once he was freed Rezan unleashed his fury upon the Atal'zul and their Kao-Tien allies. Afterward, Rezan convinced Rastakhan to realize he had grown soft and Rastakhan swore to take Zul's head.[21]

When the time came to hunt Zul, Rastakhan gathered together the loa of Zuldazar and led the charge into Atal'Dazar atop Mount Mugamba. However, during the confrontation with Zul, Rezan was slain. Without his power keeping Bwonsamdi at bay, Rastakhan began aging fast.[22] After a blood troll attack on Zuldazar, Rastakhan made a deal with Bwonsamdi: If Bwonsamdi gave him the power to take back his empire, then Rastakhan would elevate Bwonsamdi above all other loa in the Zandalari pantheon. Bwonsamdi accepted the deal on one condition: that the king's bloodline would be devoted to Bwonsamdi, to serve him in life and in death. Later, as Dazar'alor came under attack from Zul and Mythrax, Bwonsamdi empowered Rastakhan to kill Zul. He happily congratulated Rastakhan on taking back their empire.[23]

Tides of Vengeance

Rastakhan, empowered by Bwonsamdi, serves as a boss for Alliance players during the Siege of Zuldazar raid.

Quotes

Greetings
  • Be you predator, or prey?
  • Welcome to Zuldazar!
  • You stand before king Rastakhan!
  • <Laughter> It is good to be the king.
Pissed
  • Hey, hey, hey, hey. Are all members of the Horde so.. touchy?
  • <Laughter> That reminds me of the forty-sixth assassin that tried to kill me. Ah, she was a good wife.
  • I find your lack of modesty... amusing.
  • <Laughter> But do not make promises your body cannot keep.
  • Do not throw off my groove.
Farewell
  • Rezan grant you strength.
  • Zandalar forever.
  • May your foes tremble in your presence.

In the RPG

The RPG Icon 16x36.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

King Rastakhan is king of all trolls on Azeroth. He is an ancient and formidable witch doctor and keeper of troll lore. He is ancient and hoary, but his wire-hard muscles speak to his strength. A string of shrunken heads hangs from his neck, and a humanoid skull is impaled on his spear. He rules from Zuldazar on the island of Zandalar. While he technically is the king of all trolls throughout the world, it is not an entirely accurate description. This is because trolls often have trouble working with each other, despite conferences on Zandalar.[24] King Rastakhan is strong, wise, insightful, cunning and visionary. He is a big part of the reason that Zandalar's influence is again felt in the world, as he is instrumental in organizing the 6-year troll conferences and in sending representatives to work against Hakkar. Most other trolls respect him as a powerful and wise leader. Numerous loyal priests and witch doctors assist Rastakhan, and he shows his wisdom in which advice he heeds and which he ignores. Rastakhan is a patient but decisive ruler.[25]

Rastakhan, as king of all Azeroth's trolls, rarely enters combat when not accompanied by a host of barbarians, warriors, shamans, witch doctors and other support. He prefers to remain out of melee, decimating his foes from a distance with his spells. If he has time to prepare before battle, he doles out potions and alchemical concoctions to his elite: brews to increase their defenses and combat efficiency.[24]

While he is the leader of the Zandalari trolls, it appears he is only a jungle troll.[24][25]

In Hearthstone

Hearthstone This section contains information exclusive to Hearthstone and is considered non-canon.

King Rastakhan is an unlockable, alternate hero for the shaman class in Hearthstone, and the thirteenth alternate hero to be revealed. He is obtainable by purchasing the Rastakhan's Rumble "Rastakhan's Rumble!" pre-order bundle. His flavor text reads: "King Rastakhan rained over Zandalar for two hundred years. (It was a rain of frogs.)"

Notes and trivia

Gallery

Patch changes

References

  1. ^ N [90] The Zandalari Prophecy
  2. ^ H [110 - 120] The Will of the Loa
  3. ^ BlizzCon 2017, World of Warcraft | What's New
  4. ^ H [110 - 120] In Bwonsamdi's Shadow
  5. ^ For Council and King
  6. ^ H [110 - 120] Royal Report
  7. ^ Rastakhan#Quotes
  8. ^ The Troll Compendium: Zandalar Tribe
  9. ^ a b N [90] The Zandalari Prophecy
  10. ^ a b c The Dark Prophet Zul
  11. ^ Patch 4.1 Content Preview: Rise of the Zandalari
  12. ^ Interview mit Lead Quest Designer Dave Kosak (English translation)
  13. ^ 2013 Developer Q&A
  14. ^ N [] Vol'jin, Son of Sen'jin
  15. ^ Outside Zul'Aman: Vol'jin says: King Rastakhan, he be plannin' to unite da troll tribes under his Zandalari.
  16. ^ H [110 - 120] Crumbling Apart
  17. ^ H [110 - 120] Rastakhan
  18. ^ The Word of Zul II
  19. ^ H [110 - 120] The Prophet's Ploy
  20. ^ H [110 - 120] The Will of the Loa
  21. ^ H [110 - 120] To Sacrifice a Loa
  22. ^ H [110 - 120] The King's Gambit
  23. ^ Zandalar Forever! (quest)
  24. ^ a b c Lands of Mystery, pg. 80-82
  25. ^ a b Dark Factions, pg. 167
  26. ^ A [29] Ghaliri
  27. ^ N [90] The Zandalari Prophecy
  28. ^ H [110 - 120] They Want Us Alive
  29. ^ Andrea Toyias on Twitter - "Of course! I have been waiting soooo long to share these amazing new actors with you!! Both STILL give me chills every time I hear them. Both are out of the UK. Rastakhan: @KayiUshe . Rokhan: @Abzybabzy . You can't know how great it was to work with them!!! They gave us soo much!"

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Preceded by:
Earliest known: Tezlekhan
Position:
King of the Zandalari
Succeeded by:
Incumbent