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Blood troll
Nazmani Bloodweaver HS
Classification Humanoid
Faction/Affiliation Independent
Character classes Blood witch, Necromancer, Warrior
Racial capital Zul'Nazman
Racial leader(s) IconSmall BloodTroll Female Grand Ma'da Ateena †
IconSmall Zul Zul (post-revival) †
Racial mount IconSmall Bat2 Bat
IconSmall BloodTick Blood tick
IconSmall Crawg Crawg
IconSmall SkeletalDevilsaur Skeletal devilsaur[1]
Homeworld Azeroth
Environment Swamplands
Area(s) Nazmir
Language(s) Zandali
Organization(s) Tribal
Sources: Battle for Azeroth

Blood trolls are a troll subgroup who inhabit the swamps of Nazmir on Zandalar and worship the blood god G'huun. They use forbidden blood magic, which corrupts the creatures around them and turns them into blood beasts.[2] The blood trolls originate from Zandalari trolls who long ago clung to the use of blood magic.[3][4]

The blood trolls of Nazmir are the monsters that haunt every Zandalari child's nightmares, and for good reason. In the Zandalari capital of Zuldazar, stories are passed down from generation to generation cautioning children to behave, lest Nazmir's twisted practitioners of blood magic come to snatch them from their beds, and those who dare brave the swamp have a habit of disappearing, never to return.[5] The blood trolls can therefore be regarded as the "boogeymen" of Zandalari children.


During the final era of the Council of Tribes, millennia ago, a foolish troll summoned Hakkar the Soulflayer to the island of Zandalar,[6][7] which released a plague of corrupted blood killing thousands of trolls. It was deemed that the bodies, too polluted for proper burial, would instead be burned and kept in special urns. As time progressed, this method became commonplace among the Zandalari in disposing of their dead.[8] After the great plague, there were still those who clung to the magics of the blood god. They tested their magics and perfected them. One such relic was a totem, which when concentrated upon, would drain not just the life from their enemies, but also their blood, infusing the caster with it and altering them in unusual ways. This was the dawn of who the Zandalari call "the blood trolls".[3]

At some point, the blood trolls started worshiping G'huun. Because G'huun has no need for technology, the blood trolls regressed into a more primitive state compared to other troll races.[9] Centuries ago,[10] The worship of G'huun also appeared among the Zandalari still living in Nazmir and worshipping Bwonsamdi, these heretics then decided to corrupt, kill and defile the old worshippers of the loa,[11] then joining the blood trolls.

The blood trolls fashioned their home within Nazmir, with Zul'Nazman serving as their capital. In the wake of the Cataclysm earthquakes and tidal upheaval rocked the Zandalari trolls, causing widespread devastation on Zandalar.[12] Following these natural disasters, the blood trolls began assaulting the Blood Gate within Zuldazar.[13]

Battle for Azeroth[]

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Nazmir 3

Blood trolls in a ritual.

By the time of the Fourth War, the blood trolls were led by Grand Ma'da Ateena, who under G'huun's orders directed the blood trolls to strike against the loa within the region.

By the time Princess Talanji of the Zandalari launched an expedition to deal with the blood trolls Torga would be slain, Krag'wa under assault, and Hir'eek corrupted into serving G'huun.[14] After discovering that the blood trolls sought to unleash Taloc on Zuldazar, Talanji and Rokhan sought to enlist the aid of the loa to aid them in the battle against the blood trolls. As they sought the aid of Bwonsamdi, Horde adventurers would encounter his worshiper Hanzabu who brought them to the Necropolis to meet with him. After tasking the adventurer with cleansing his temple of the spirits who had abandoned Bwonsamdi for G'huun, Bwonsamdi agreed to pledge his powers to the fight against the blood trolls in exchange for one million souls. The ritual to finalize their contract was interrupted by the blood trolls and their matriarch, who were successfully fought off. For being attacked in his own temple, Bwonsamdi declared that the blood trolls would be mighty sorry.[15]

While seeking the aid of Hir'eek, Horde adventurers would discover his grim fate and with the aid of Jo'chunga and his poison end the corrupted loa. The death of their loa enraged the blood trolls causing Grand Ma'da Ateena to declare after Zuldazar fell the Horde would be next.[16] After discovering Torga's death, the Horde would strike back against the blood trolls and later witness the reincarnation of Torga.[17] Seeking the aid of the final loa within Nazmir, the expedition discovered the blood troll assault on Krag'wa. The blood trolls drained his children of their blood and planned to sacrifice Krag'wa himself.[18][19] They slew every last one of his worshipers in Nazmir. From all of this, Krag'wa was greatly weakened and had to be made strong again.[20] After restoring his power by eating a feast and releasing the power sealed in his totems, Krag'wa unleashed his fury on the blood trolls.[21]

With the aid of the loa and Horde reinforcements, Talanji's expedition launched an assault on the blood troll capital that saw to the death of Grand Ma'da Ateena and Taloc being blasted into Uldir itself. Some time after the death of their matriarch, an army of blood trolls launched an attack on the Blood Gate.[22] Though the blood troll army would fall to the combined might of the Zandalari and the Horde, King Rastakhan was aware that the blood trolls could surge forth once again.[23]

Blood trolls under the command of Ma'da Renkala joined with Zul in attacking Zuldazar with the goal of breaking the final seal keeping G'huun imprisoned. Though both Zul and Renkala would be slain the final would seal would be broken by Mythrax the Unraveler.[24] With G'huun now free from his imprisonment a number of blood trolls came to reside within Uldir. Following the rebirth of Zul, the blood trolls would follow his commands in the battle against enemies of their dark god. Unwilling to let G'huun free himself a group of adventurers stormed Uldir doing battle against the blood trolls, Zul, and even G'huun himself, ultimately killing the blood god.

The state of the blood trolls following the death of their god and leaders is unknown.

During the Faction Assault on Nazmir, High Warlord Cromush was confident that the Alliance could never take Nazmir and would likely get themselves killed by blood trolls.[25] This seems to suggest that even with their losses the blood trolls still have a capable army.

Seeking to sever the bonds between the Zandalari and the Horde, the Alliance sought to strike at Dazar'alor itself. However, the Alliance sought to trick the Zandalari and the Horde that they were going to attack from Nazmir. To this end, the Alliance wrested control of Zalamar away from the blood trolls in order to establish their forces within the village.[26]

Culture and people[]

Natha'vor Banner

A blood troll banner.

The blood trolls' culture is very harsh and the most primitive troll culture there is because their god G'huun has no need for technology. Their society is also matriarchal; males follow the orders from females without question lest they get chained up and punished or outright sacrificed.[27] Male blood trolls use the word "ma'da" (Zandali for "mother") as a term of respect for the females of their society.[5][28] Males are usually just said to be "drudges".

Blood trolls are cannibals, the whispers of their god telling them that eating flesh makes them stronger.[29] Females of the Natha'vor tribe cannibalize particularly on the males within the tribe,[30] and call their three most powerful witch doctors "corpse mongers".[31]

The Amaki tribe keep their men as slaves while bloodsingers drain male "volunteers" for blood to use to turn Krag'wa's tadpoles into crawgs.[32]

Blood trolls fuel their voodoo with profane blood rituals, harnessing undead monstrosities to do their bidding. Many who enter the swamps do not leave, instead, become a sacrifice to G'huun.[5] Their mastery of blood magic trumps that of other trolls.[33]

Blood troll poisons are made to paralyze, not kill because they want prisoners alive.[34]

Female dire trolls appear to be highly regarded within blood troll society and are often referred to as "Warmothers"; some, like Warmother Nagla and Warmother Boatema are the leaders of a tribe.[35][36]




Name Role Affiliation Status Location
Mob IconSmall BloodTroll Female Grand Ma'da Ateena Matriarch of the Blood Trolls Old Gods Killable Various
Boss IconSmall BloodTroll Female Elder Leaxa Voice of G'huun Old Gods Killable Ruin's Descent, Underrot
Mob IconSmall BloodTroll Female High Priestess Zenja High Priestess of Hir'eek Old Gods Killable Zalamar, Nazmir
Mob IconSmall BloodTroll Female Ma'da Renkala Disciple of G'huun Old Gods Killable Dazar'alor, Zuldazar
Mob IconSmall BloodTroll Male Xu'ba The Bone Collector Old Gods Killable Kazai, Nazmir

Notes and trivia[]

  • Blood trolls have four different skin colors: a pale pinkish white, a pale blue, a pale green and a dark gray.
    • All blood trolls are covered in blood red markings.
    • The crawg have similar four different skin colors.
  • Blood trolls are not currently planned as an allied race.[37]
  • Reckless Diretroll from Hearthstone: Rastakhan's Rumble appears to be a male dire blood troll.


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.
  • It's possible that when Zul returns as Zul, Reborn that he has become a blood troll, as he physically resembles one by his color.
  • The lack of blood troll presence during the clash between the Horde and Alliance during the events Tides of Vengeance could suggest that the blood trolls have lost control of eastern Nazmir.


Fan art


  1. ^ H [30-60] Zandalar Forever!
  2. ^ The Art of World of Warcraft - MMO-Champion (2017-11-04). Retrieved on 2018-06-12.
  3. ^ a b Inv archaeology 80 zandalari sanguinetotem [Sanguinating Totem]
  4. ^ N [20-60] Kel'vax's Home, shows Zandalari Nazmani tribe ghosts during a flashback.
  5. ^ a b c Blizzard Entertainment Blizzard Entertainment 2018-06-06. Battle for Azeroth Preview: Nazmir Visitor’s Guide. Retrieved on 2018-06-12.
  6. ^ The Golden Serpent#Adventure Guide
  7. ^ Kings' Rest#Hall of the Honored Dead
  8. ^ Inv archaeology 80 zandalari urn [Urn of Passage]
  9. ^ BlizzCon 2017, World of Warcraft Demo | Nazmir Zone
  10. ^ Shinga Deathwalker#Quotes
  11. ^ N [20-60] Kel'vax's Home visions
  12. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 3, pg. 209
  13. ^ H [10-60] Offensively Defensive
  14. ^ H [20-60] Isolating Zalamar
  15. ^ H [20-60] Soulbound
  16. ^ H [20-60] Hir'eek, the Bat Loa
  17. ^ H [20-60] Torga's Eternal Return
  18. ^ H [20-60] Hunt the Hunter
  19. ^ H [20-60] A Poisonous Touch
  20. ^ H [20-60] The Last Witch Doctor of Krag'wa
  21. ^ H [20-60] Krag'wa the Terrible
  22. ^ H [10-60] The Blood Gate
  23. ^ H [10-60] Prepare for a Siege
  24. ^ H [30-60] Zandalar Forever!
  25. ^ H [10-50] Romp in the Swamp
  26. ^ A [60] Repurposing Their Village
  27. ^ BlizzCon 2017, World of Warcraft Demo | Nazmir Zone
  28. ^ Bloodhunter Drudge#Quotes
  29. ^ Corpse Monger Jal'aka#Quotes
  30. ^ N [20-60] Killing Cannibals
  31. ^ N [20-60] Just Say No to Cannibalism
  32. ^ H [20-60] Bad Juju
  33. ^ Offensively Defensive#Notes
  34. ^ H [10-60] They Want Us Alive
  35. ^ H [20-60] Off With Her Head
  36. ^ H [20-60] Hunt the Hunter
  37. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Ornyx 2018-06-12. Blood Troll Allied Race - World of Warcraft Forums. Retrieved on 2018-06-12.​ “Just to clear the confusion, there was a small segment in yesterday's E3 interview with IGN in which we weren't entirely clear - but we want to clarify that Blood Trolls are not currently planned as an Allied Race.