- “Beware the Shudderwock, my son. We're fresh out of vorpal daggers.”
- — Flavor text
The Shudderwock is an unknown creature featured in the The Witchwood expansion for Hearthstone. The earliest mentions of this bizarre entity were recorded in nonsensical children's rhymes, and thus initial reports of the Shudderwock in the woods were dismissed as the hysterical prattle of an unhinged mind. The poor soul was indeed unhinged, but the Shudderwock lurking in the Witchwood is nonetheless terrifyingly real. Much like Baku the Mooneater, Shudderwock is unique to the Witchwood and seems to exist somewhere on the edge of reality, defying easy description as well as physical and arcane laws. In fact, it is unclear if the Shudderwock is "real" in the way that one generally uses the word, though it certainly exists, but it is unknown if it was always so or if the creature is yet another testament to the power of Hagatha the Witch. At best guess, the creature was a green dragon before Hagatha got her claws into him. In any case, the Shudderwock is incredibly dangerous, warping reality wherever it walks, leaving those who meet it jabbering wrecks forced to speak in rhyme.
- My jaws that bite, my claws that catch!
The Shudderwock is a reference to Lewis Carroll's nonsense poem "Jabberwocky" and its eponymous creature, the Jabberwock. More specifically, it pays homage to John Tenniel's illustration of the Jabberwock.