"Bonechewer" redirects here. For the polearm, see  [Bonechewer]. For the vulture, see Bonechewer (carrion bird).
Not to be confused with Bone Chewer.
NeutralBonechewer clan
Bonechewer clan banner in Warcraft II
Main leader  Tagar Spinebreaker
  Formerly  Hurkan Skullsplinter
Race(s) OrcOrc Orc
Fel orcFel orc Fel orc
Affiliation Fel Horde, Illidari
  Formerly Horde of Draenor, Old Horde
Status Unknown

The Bonechewer clan (or Bonechewers clan)[1] was an orc clan that dwelled in northern Tanaan Jungle. Named after their willingness to resort to cannibalism in times of hardship,[2] the Bonechewers were known for ornamenting themselves with the broken bones and ruined organs of their enemies. They were well respected by the rest of the Horde and inspired fear and terror in all who beheld them in battle.[3]

It is unknown if there are any remaning members of the clan that haven't been turned into fel orcs.



Roughly 800 years before the First War, some of the orcs who migrated out of Gorgrond settled in the jungles of Tanaan, later known as Hellfire Peninsula. Though there was no shortage of wild game, Tanaan was tremendously perilous, filled with Primals, poisonous plants and venomous animals. Furthermore, there were dark caves and hollows that seemed to vibrate with sinister, shadowy power. Sometimes the orcs who tapped into this essence found glory, but other times they found madness. Tanaan's orcs adopted a savage, superstitious mindset. Those who kept their sanity called themselves the Bleeding Hollow clan, while those who truly lost themselves to the dark impulses of the wilds were exiled and, over time, formed another, smaller clan known as the Bonechewers. The two clans were never allies, but were also rarely at war. The jungle was a dangerous enough enemy for both.[2]

Rise of the Horde

WoW-novel-logo-16x62.png This section concerns content related to the Warcraft novels, novellas, or short stories.

The Bonechewers were present at Oshu'gun when Ner'zhul announced the draenei as the enemies of the orcs.[4] Shortly after Blackhand was named Warchief of the Horde, he assigned specific roles to the various clans. The Bonechewers were among the clans assigned to act as scouts, raiders and auxiliary forces that could quickly move from one region of Draenor to another.[5] Later, the clan was present during the drinking of the Blood of Mannoroth atop the Throne of Kil'jaeden.[6]

After the Horde had conquered much of Draenor, the threat of starvation caused many orcs to grow more agitated and turn on each other, clashing in short-lived battles that left hundreds dead. Several clans, among them the Bonechewers, completely lost themselves to the depths of madness. To protect the rest of the Horde, Blackhand banished the violent clans from Hellfire Citadel to the remote areas of Hellfire Peninsula in order to preserve some of the Horde's dwindling strength.[7]

When the Horde prepared to invade Azeroth, Blackhand ordered the troublesome clans to remain on Draenor, since he believed that they would become liabilities if allowed to participate in the invasion. He knew that the clans would grow restless on Draenor, but a few months of waiting while hearing only stories of the lush new world and seeing only scraps of the war spoils would force them to be on their best behavior. If the clans were still uncontrollable, they could stay on Draenor and rot, for all Blackhand cared.[8] After the fall of Stormwind City, the new Warchief Orgrim Doomhammer sent messengers to Draenor to call up the remaining clans in order to replenish the Horde's numbers, but the messengers later returned to inform the Warchief that the clans on Draenor had descended deeper into bloodlust and had begun fighting with one another, allowing only a few orcs and ogres to bolster the Horde.[9]

Beyond the Dark Portal

WoW-novel-logo-16x62.png This section concerns content related to the Warcraft novels, novellas, or short stories.

By the time that Ner'zhul was preparing to create the Horde of Draenor, the Bonechewers were led by Hurkan Skullsplinter, who possessed the Skull of Gul'dan as a trophy. One day, Grommash Hellscream of the Warsong clan attacked the Bonechewers and slaughtered Hurkan in order to claim the Skull for the Horde before offering the rest of the clan a choice between joining the Horde or being destroyed. Tagar Spinebreaker stepped up and became the new leader of the clan in service to the Horde.[10]

Shortly afterwards, Tagar was sent to the Tomb of Sargeras alongside Fenris Wolfbrother and Ragnok Bloodreaver in order to retrieve the Jeweled Scepter of Sargeras.[11]

The Burning Crusade

Bc icon.gif This section concerns content related to The Burning Crusade.

The Bonechewer Ruins in Terokkar Forest.

A large number of Bonechewers were transformed into fel orcs by the Illidari, and to this day they can be found scavenging used equipment in Hellfire Peninsula, presumably to gather war machine parts for their masters in Hellfire Citadel. Although these scavengers are the lesser of the fel orc clans, their strength is the match of any green-skinned orc.[12] Tagar Spinebreaker himself can be found wandering near the Path of Glory, and the Hellfire Ramparts in particular are filled with Bonechewers. Horde adventurers were tasked with killing Bonechewers and collecting their blood for Apothecary Zelana so that she could research the origin of the fel orc taint.[13]

Despite the efforts of the Alliance and Horde to stop the Fel Horde in Hellfire, a number of Bonechewers escaped to the Bonechewer Ruins in Terokkar Forest.[14] They wasted no time in constructing fortifications and repairing the buildings, day and night.[15] These Bonechewers were allies of the Firewing blood elves and were tasked with keeping the Alliance and Horde forces occupied while the Firewing completed their mana bomb at Firewing Point.[16][17] Lisaile Fireweaver was employed as a contact between the fel orcs and the Firewing, and she gave orders to the fel orc leader.[18]

Shadowstalker Kaide and Theloria Shadecloak were dispatched by the Horde and Alliance, respectively, to end the threat. They could both have informed their superiors about the situation and received reinforcements, but Theloria thought that asking the Allerian Stronghold officers to dispatch members of their garrison in an attack on the orcs would leave the stronghold too vulnerable to attack,[19] while Kaide didn't want the extra attention that would result from informing Thrallmar.[20] Instead, adventurers were employed with thinning the Bonechewer ranks and hampering the fel orcs' part in the mana bomb project.

In the Black Temple, the Halls of Anguish and the Illidari Training Grounds are home to a large number of Bonechewers, with the former also being the lair of Gurtogg Bloodboil, a powerful dire orc.

Known members

Name Role Status Location
Neutral  Hurkan Skullsplinter Former chieftain Deceased Unknown
Mob  Tagar Spinebreaker Last known chieftain Killable Path of Glory, Hellfire Peninsula
Neutral  Krun Spinebreaker (presumed) Assassin Deceased South of Mag'har Post, Hellfire Peninsula


In Warcraft II

WC2BnE-logo.png This section concerns content related to Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness or its expansion Beyond the Dark Portal.


Leader: Tagar Spinebreaker

Color: Green

The ravaging, cannibalistic warriors of the Bonechewer clan are well respected by the rest of the Horde. Ornamenting themselves with the broken bones and ruined organs of their enemies, the Bonechewers inspire fear and terror in all who behold them in battle.[3]


The following events were retconned by the novel Beyond the Dark Portal:

The Bonechewers stayed in Draenor when the orcs first crossed the Dark Portal, and were spared the defeat that ended the Second War. When Ner'zhul was preparing the Horde of Draenor to reopen the Dark Portal, the Bonechewers were attacked by his clan, the Shadowmoon, because one of their captains possessed the Skull of Gul'dan as a trophy. Their camp was obliterated and the skull reclaimed.[21] Shortly afterwards, Tagar Spinebreaker decided to attempt a foray into Azeroth alongside Fenris Wolfbrother, rising to the challenge and succeeding where their predecessors failed. Ner'zhul refused their suggestions and their clans were slaughtered. Despite the clan's destruction, orc forces with Bonechewer colors were seen assisting the Horde during the retrieval of the Jeweled Scepter of Sargeras, as well as being part of the Horde of Draenor's forces in the human campaign.

Notes and trivia

See also