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"Pit Lord" redirects here. For the Warcraft III hero, see Pit Lord (Warcraft III).
Not to be confused with Annihilon.
Faction/Affiliation Burning Legion
Character classes Overlord, Commander, General, Ground commander
Racial leader(s) IconSmall DarkTitan Male Sargeras
IconSmall PitLord Mannoroth[1]
Homeworld Twisting Nether
Language(s) Eredun

The annihilan, commonly known as pit lords (or pitlords),[2] are a powerful species of demon recruited by Kil'jaeden[1] to serve the Burning Legion. Their leader, the most feared of them all, is Mannoroth the Destructor, also known as the Demon King of the Pit Lords.

These colossal destroyers serve as the Legion's military commanders. They are as cruel as they are powerful - and revel in the destruction of all that exists.[3] They are known to use felhounds to sniff out sources of magic wherever they be found.[4]


The annihilan are one of the demonic species that were naturally born from the chaotic astral realm known as the Twisting Nether. Unlike the cunning nathrezim, who preferred to infiltrate and manipulate mortal civilizations, the pit lords took a more direct approach to conquering worlds. Existing only to brutalize and torture any mortal crossing their path, the annihilan often enslaved the lesser demons of the Nether, using them as fodder to besiege the mortal civilizations of the Great Dark.[5]

At some unspecified point in time, Kil'jaeden recruited the annihilan into the Burning Legion, an invitation the pit lords readily accepted.[1] Though they were recruited by Kil'jaeden, it was Archimonde who empowered the pit lords to serve as living siege engines and inspire dread in all those they faced.[6][7][8] Annihilan are rarely seen on the battlefield, since they are too important to simply waste in combat. The only two annihilan that entered Azeroth during the War of the Ancients and the Third War were Mannoroth and Azgalor, so it is presumed that the annihilan are either generals for smaller forces of the Burning Legion or are still on the Legion's homeworld.

Mannoroth's blood was used to forge a blood-pact with the corrupted orcs on Draenor, making their corruption permanent — only one clan, the Frostwolves, escaped. During the Burning Legion's second invasion, Thrall and Grommash Hellscream defeated Mannoroth, and broke the blood pact he had forged and thus freed the Orcs from demonic corruption. Hellscream did not survive the encounter.


Azaloth TCG


The Pit Lords who serve under Mannoroth the Destructor are some of the most cruel, barbarous butchers to ever roam the trackless wastes of the Twisting Nether. These hulking engines of hate and death love only to kill and bring sorrow to all living creatures. Fanatically loyal to Mannoroth, the pit lords will stop at nothing to see the will of the Legion upheld.[9] These massive demons take sadistic pleasure from instilling crazed terror, and then slaughtering their enemies.[10]

As a demonic species, pit lords, after being defeated, return to the Twisting Nether to reconstruct themselves.


The annihilan pit lords are described as engines of destruction. They are driven by pure rage and bloodlust. Their bodies resemble massive lizards, with six powerful limbs (four legs, similar in nature to the children of Cenarius), a tail, and wings sprouting from their backs (the wings are vestigial and occasionally used for defense — even with eredar magic, pit lords are far too heavy to fly, except in the non-canon RPG). Their upper torsos are more humanoid, with a large chest, two arms and a large horned head. Their mouths are filled with rows of teeth, their eyes are on fire and even their tongues are studded with fangs. Two long, mammoth-like tusks sprout from both sides of their mouth. The preferred weapon of the pit lords is a massive double-bladed polearm. Though they may look fat and lazy, they are unimaginably powerful. The Warcraft III model had beards, but the cinematic and WoW models do not.

A handful of annihilan, such as Mongrethod or Brutallus, have been shown with a different, more battle-scarred and somewhat corpse-like. They possess no wings or forearms, the former being torn off completely, and the latter being replaced with massive blades in a manner similar to the Shattered Hand orcs. They also feature a broken tusk, and spikes impaling the other tusk, and multiple burning scars. These annihilan seem possibly even more wrathful and murderous, perhaps as a side-effect of their deterioration. This look does appear to be a permanent alteration as well, as Brutallus still features this look when he returns at the end of the Broken Shore.

Annihilan blood has been shown to be extremely potent. As noted above, Mannoroth's blood was used to seal the pact with the orcs; Magtheridon's was used to create fel orcs; Aggonar's corrupted a sacred draenei area; and Brutallus' raised the blue dragon Madrigosa from the dead in the form of Felmyst.

The hide of Magtheridon is described as thick, with the Warglaives of Azzinoth wielded by Illidan barely able to penetrate more than a few inches.[11] This, and the portrayals of first deaths of Mannoroth and Azgoth show their bodies are thick and when damaged, cause explosions and they die.


Like all demons, annihilan blood contains tremendous fel power,[12] and is used to make powerful fel inks,[13] demonic sigils,[14] and is highly valued for demon hunter rituals.[15]

Annihilan hide can be crafted into armor,[16] and their fel glands can be extracted to make a very deadly poison.[17]


Magtheridon unleashed TCG


As with other demonic races, the precise hierarchy of the annihilan is unknown. However, there is information on a few of the annihilan pit lords, as several fought in the Third War and died on Azeroth.

Name Role Status Location
Neutral IconSmall PitLord IconSmall PitLordSkeleton Mannoroth Demon King of the Pit Lords[18] Killable Destructor's Rise, Hellfire Citadel
Neutral IconSmall PitLord Magtheridon Former Lord of Outland; was defeated by Illidan and his blood was used to create fel orcs Defeated-Killable Magtheridon's Lair
Neutral IconSmall PitLord Aggonar Deceased pit lord whose demonic essence corrupted the Pools of Aggonar in Hellfire Peninsula Defeated Pools of Aggonar, Hellfire Peninsula
Mob IconSmall PitLord Agogridon Leader of the Burning Legion forces in Desolace Killable Shadowbreak Ravine, Desolace
Boss IconSmall Brutallus Argaloth Prisoner of Baradin Hold Killable Baradin Hold
Mob IconSmall PitLord Azaloth Held captive by the Sunfury blood elves Killable Ruins of Karabor, Shadowmoon Valley
Neutral IconSmall PitLord Azgalor Leader of the ground forces during the Battle of Mount Hyjal Killable Hyjal Summit; Black Gate, Hellfire Citadel
Neutral IconSmall PitLord Azgoth Annihilan doom lord killed by the Illidari Defeated Unknown
Boss IconSmall Brutallus Brutallus Killed the blue dragon Madrigosa, and his blood raised her corpse as Felmyst Killable Dead Scar, Sunwell Plateau; Wrynnfall, Broken Shore
Mob IconSmall PitLord Destromath Leader of the Legion attack on Nordrassil during the third invasion Killable Nordrassil, Mount Hyjal
Mob IconSmall PitLord Galvanoth Defender of Forge Camp: Wrath Killable Forge Camp: Wrath, Blade's Edge Mountains
Mob IconSmall PitLord Garnoth, Fist of the Legion Leader of the Legion forces at the Gates of Sothann Killable Gates of Sothann, Mount Hyjal
Neutral IconSmall PitLord Hellmondath Summoned by High Warlock Xi'lun to take over Redridge Mountains but ran rampage Defeated Dreadmaul Rock, Burning Steppes
Mob IconSmall PitLord Jagganoth Overlord of the Dreadscar Rift Killable Jagganoth's Lair, Dreadscar Rift
Mob IconSmall PitLord Makazradon One of two pit lords wielding an anti-demon glaive Killable Legion Hold, Shadowmoon Valley
Mob IconSmall Brutallus Mongrethod Destroyer of Xandros Killable Remains of Xandros
Mob IconSmall PitLord Morgroron One of two pit lords wielding an anti-demon glaive Killable Legion Hold, Shadowmoon Valley
Neutral IconSmall PitLord Ra'Adoom Henchman of Xaxion Drak'eem Defeated Unknown
Neutral IconSmall PitLord Ronokon Leader of the Legion's efforts in Suramar during the War of the Ancients, killed by Ashamane Defeated Unknown
Mob IconSmall PitLord Silroth Apparent leader of Forge Base: Gehenna Killable Forge Base: Gehenna, Netherstorm
Mob IconSmall PitLord Trelopades Legion Commander Killable Blade's Edge Mountains
Neutral IconSmall PitLord Xaxion Drak'eem ShadowLord of The Soulless Defeated Unknown
Mob IconSmall PitLord Xirkos, Overseer of Fear Overseer of Forge Camp: Fear Killable Forge Camp: Fear, Nagrand
Mob IconSmall Goroth Goroth The Blighted Killable Chamber of the Moon, Tomb of Sargeras

Other named annihilan include:

In the RPG[]

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

After Mannoroth's death, Azgalor became the new general of the Legion's ground forces on Azeroth at the Battle of Mount Hyjal.[19] They are known to be barbarians.

Pit lord rangers find fel stalkers and train them.[20]




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 term "pit lord" may be a class or rank within the annihilan species or the Common name for the species.[3]


Nothing is known of the culture of the annihilan, but it is likely one where raw power is valued above all else. While Mannoroth was certainly quite powerful, he probably rose to become their leader through his cunning and magical knowledge — he is said to have been as skilled as a mid-level eredar. Besides Magtheridon, no other pit lord has shown particular affinity for the arcane arts, though many of them know the 'fel firestorm' spell.


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  1. ^ a b c Ultimate Visual Guide, pg. 38
  2. ^ N [45] Trial by Demonfire
  3. ^ a b Exodar Holographic Emitter
  4. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual, pg. 136
  5. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 22
  6. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 52
  7. ^ Matt Burns on Twitter (2016-03-15).​ “Also I think the KJ thing can still hold true. Arch might have empowered them and given them a specific "job" in the Legion tho.”
  8. ^ Matt Burns on Twitter (2016-03-15).​ “KJ probably had a role in that, but we're saying Arch did as well.”
  9. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual, pg. 137
  10. ^ a b Warcraft III - Neutral -> Neutral Heroes -> Pit Lord
  11. ^ World of Warcraft: Illidan, chapter 5
  12. ^ H [10-30] In Need of Felblood
  13. ^ Trade alchemy potiond6 [Vial of Felsoul Blood]
  14. ^ N Paladin [10-45] Blood of Our Enemy
  15. ^ N [10-45] Blood On Your Hands
  16. ^ Inv misc leatherscrap 13 [Fel Hide]
  17. ^ N [25-30 Daily] A Slow Death
  18. ^ Warcraft III manual: Heroes and Villains
  19. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 177
  20. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 122