- "From the dawn of its reshaping by the mysterious titans, Azeroth had been guarded by beings who were tied to the world as no other creatures could be. The dragons had been empowered by the titans, but Azeroth itself gave rise to the spirits and demigods, creatures eternal in nature yet capable of ultimate sacrifice."
Wild Gods are primal manifestations of life and nature. Being creatures of two realms, the Wild Gods inhabit the physical world of Azeroth, but their spirits are bound to the ethereal Emerald Dream. Many of them appear in the form of gargantuan animals, such as wolves, bears, tigers, or birds.
As the titan-forged began shaping Azeroth, Keeper Freya wandered the world, creating enclaves of life and nature in the places where the waters of the Well of Eternity had coalesced, such as Un'Goro Crater, Sholazar Basin and the Vale of Eternal Blossoms. The greatest creatures to emerge from Freya's enclaves were the colossal Wild Gods. Seeing these creatures as her own children, Freya and the Wild Gods often wandered side by side through the primal forests and grasslands of early Azeroth. The area that they spent the most time at was the massive forested peak known as Mount Hyjal, and it was upon the slopes of Hyjal that Freya bound the spirits of her beloved Wild Gods to the Emerald Dream. Forever after, Hyjal would remain a sacred refuge to the Wild Gods.
- Wild Gods are immortal and ageless. Their spirits will return to the Emerald Dream when killed in the physical world, after which they can be ushered back into the world.
- Not all Wild Gods are capable of speech, as this ability was a gift bestowed by Freya only to certain chosen Wild Gods. Notable examples include the August Celestials, who were chosen for their intelligence, and the twin Bear Lords and , who were chosen for their stubborn bravery.
- Much like dragons, the August Celestials have the ability to shift into humanoid forms. During the trial of , appeared as a red-haired blood elf, as a glowing tauren and as a pale blue human. has assumed the form of a pandaren child named on several occasions, including the aforementioned trial, while Chi-Ji has also been known to use the form of , a red-haired pandaren brawler. , one of 's children, uses the disguise of a pandaren elder named .
- The stresses on the land from the Scourge and the death of many Wild Gods in Zul'Drak caused the wall between worlds to weaken, and water elementals to emerge at Drak'Sotra Fields.
- Consuming a Wild God's blood grants the consumer a portion of their powers.
Different cultures around Azeroth have referred to the Wild Gods by various names:
- Main article: Ancient Guardian
The Ancient Guardians are Wild Gods found in Kalimdor that are greatly revered by druids. Famous Ancients include , , , , and . When they are killed, their spirits return to the Emerald Dream where they are restored.
- Main article: August Celestial
- Main article: Loa
"Loa" is the name given by trolls to the beings they worship. The early troll tribes referred to Kalimdor's elusive Wild Gods as "loa" and worshipped them as deities, but trolls have also been known to refer to wisps, Ancient Guardians, and other spirits such as or Zanza as "loa". Countless loa exist, most weak, but some very powerful. Most are shapeless, whereas others have animal or creature forms. The Zandalari believe that powerful, enlightened members of their tribe can become loas upon their death. Some loa, like , can enter the Emerald Dream.
Though the different early troll tribes all had different customs, they all shared a common religion that centered around the loa. The Zandalar mountain range was treated as sacred by the early tribes, for it was home to many of their honored loa. Zandalari and Darkspear families often worship their own family loas. Zandalari cities usually have their own civic deities, and the greatest loa are worshiped by the Zandalari nation as a whole. These spirits are central to the Zandalari worldview: so say the loa, so go the Zandalari.
A few of the more famous loa include Hakkar, , , , , , and .
Known Wild Gods
- <The Mother Wisp>
- <The Razorboar>
- <Mistress of Birds>
- <Lord of the Forest>
- <The Red Crane>
- <The Moonspirit>
- <The Great Wolf>
- <The Great Hunter>
- <The Soulflayer>
- <God of Tigers>
- <The White Stag>
- <The Black Ox>
- <Eagle Spirit>
- <God of Spiders>
- <The Wise>
- <The Mighty>
- <The Wise>
- <The White Tiger>
- <The Jade Serpent>
The Twilight's Hammer feared that the Ancient Guardians may someday rise up to oppose them. They created twisted versions of the Ancients, summoned to replace them. They were a primal force of nature, but their origins were from a darker place. Those who birthed these beasts reached deep into the blackness, channeling powers never intended for this world. The Twilight's Hammer dreamed of creating their own pantheon of twisted ancients to rule over the land, sea, and air, though only two were summoned before the Twilight's Hammer was stopped.
has confirmed that several races originate from the Ancients:
- Cenarius' descendants are the magnataur, centaur, keepers of the grove, and dryads (along with their forest and frost offshoots).
- Something created the pandaren
- Agamaggan created the quilboar
- Aviana created the harpies
- Ursoc created the furbolg. Chronicle Volume 1 revealed they came from the jalgar, but Ursoc may have created the jalgar.
- Gorloc and a frog Ancient
- Wolvar and a badger Ancient
- Tauren and a bull Ancient. It is possible this might have been . Chronicle Volume 1 revealed they came from the yaungol, but the bull may have created the yaungol.
- Tuskarr and a walrus Ancient
- Aessina might have created the grell (she told Brann "maybe")
- Gnolls and a hyena Ancient
- Makrura and a lobster Ancient
- The term "wild god" first appeared in and in Zul'Drak. The Adventure Guide entry for Gundrak mentions the term "wild deities". The proper version of the term ("Wild Gods") was first mentioned by Dave Kosak on Twitter in 2014 as a categorization for the Ancient Guardians and the August Celestials. The concept was elaborated and expanded upon with the release of World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, which also established most major loa as being Wild Gods as well.
- Although the worgen are actually night elves or humans afflicted with a curse, the curse drew upon Goldrinn's fury. Thus, in a way, it can be said that worgen originate from Goldrinn.
- Since it is unknown if they visit the Emerald Dream, it is possible that Freya never linked the August Celestials to it like she did the other Wild Gods. Though if this is the case, it's unknown why she wouldn't have done so.
- Likewise, 's spirit is seen in the Shadowlands instead of the Emerald Dream and so he may also have never been linked to it. is another wind serpent Wild God whose spirit is inside the Shadowlands instead of the Emerald Dream. This appears to be the case for as well, yet another wind serpent who was driven to the spirit world.
Possible Wild Gods
The following beings may or may not be Wild Gods.
- While the primal gods of Draenor, including , , and , were born from a large amount of spirit as opposed to the coalesced power of the Well of Eternity, they have similarities with Wild Gods such as massive size, age, speech, and even Rukhmar creating the arakkoa like some Wild Gods made races of their own. Matt Burns is hesitant to specifically refer to the arakkoa gods as Wild Gods, since the term has direct ties to the Keepers on Azeroth, but does think they're part of a greater set of similar creatures.
- It is unclear whether or not the more humanoid-looking loa, such as and Zanza, are actually Wild Gods or if they are some other kind of powerful spirit. Trolls have been known to use the term "loa" in reference to these beings as well as others such as wisps and C'Thraxxi.
- , consort of Aviana.
- is believed by some pandaren to be an ancient Zandalari loa left behind to guard the waters south of 's island citadel.
- is a devilsaur deity fervently worshipped by the Skumblade saurok and who may be a Wild God. The Skumblade saur-priests claim that the saurok were not the result of mogu flesh-shaping but that they instead evolved from the great creator, Kros. While this claim is false, the and the blessings invoked by the tribe's brutes suggest that the entity very much exists.
- , mate of .
- is described as an "ancient spirit" that has lingered in Highmountain "as long as any tribe", and states that his presence is required to carry out the cycle of life and death that keeps nature in balance. This may mean that he is a Wild God.
- , a tuskarr sea goddess, asks adventurers if they are working with "the trolls of this land" and if they have come to kill her and take her power, indicating that she is a loa akin to the Drakkari loa that were killed by their worshippers.
- Nozronn is a large skeletal rhino worshiped by the Oracles. His size and ability to speak suggest that he is a Wild God.
- may be a Wild God given his colossal size, his ability to speak, and his long lifespan.
- ^ Wolfheart, chapter I
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 14
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 39-40
- ^ a b Tome of the Ancients
- ^ The Warcraft Encyclopedia: Demigods
- ^ The Jade Hunters
- ^ Dave Kosak on Twitter (2013-03-12): "The August Celestials are very much like the ancients (Goldrinn, Tortolla, etc). Unclear if they visit the dream, tho"
- ^ War Crimes, pg. 16
- ^ Adventure Guide
- ^ a b c Dave Kosak on Twitter (2014-05-08)
- ^ Legion: Druid Artifact Reveal
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 70
- ^ Ask CDev#Ask CDev Answers - Round 2
- ^ a b c Shadows of the Loa
- ^ Zen'tabra#Gossip text
- ^ Wavespeaker Valoren while inside
- ^ The Sundering, pg. 185-186, 210-214
- ^ , referring to
- ^ a b c World of Warcraft: The Magazine Issue 5
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, 144-5.
- ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, 119
- ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 21
- ^ Matt Burns on Twitter
- ^ Matt Burns on Twitter