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For his The Frozen Throne statistics, see Detheroc (Warcraft III).
Image of Detheroc
Gender Male
Race Nathrezim (Demon)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Sire Denathrius
Former affiliation(s) Burning Legion, Dreadlord Insurgents, Scourge
Occupation Agent of Sire Denathrius
Former occupation(s) Agent of the Burning Legion, Leader of the Dreadlord Insurgents, Custodianship of the Plaguelands, Jailor and executor of the Lich King
Location Twisting Nether (lore)
Status Alive Shadowlands
Defeatable Legion
Relative(s) Balnazzar, Varimathras (brothers)

The dreadlord Detheroc, and his two brothers, Balnazzar and Varimathras, were left to watch over the Legion's holdings in Lordaeron when Archimonde and the main force of the Legion left for Kalimdor to deal with the fleeing orcs and humans, as well as the night elves who had defeated them in ages past. While Detheroc was the leader of the three Dreadlord Insurgents,[1] he was not necessarily the most powerful.[2]


The breaking of Ner'zhul[]

At Kil'jaeden's command a group of dreadlords consisting of Detheroc, Tichondrius, Balnazzar, Mal'Ganis, and Varimathras tortured the orc shaman Ner'zhul after he had escaped from Draenor to the Twisting Nether. Eventually, Ner'zhul, his sanity cracking, would agree to serve Kil'jaeden. Kil'jaeden passed the orc's spirit through death and revived as a spectral entity. The dreadlords bound his disembodied spirit to a specifically crafted set of armor and a mighty runeblade called Frostmourne. These items were locked in a diamond-hard block of ice to imprison Ner'zhul.[3] The Lich King and the dreadlords who had tortured him were then sent to Azeroth in order to weaken any resistance that the Burning Legion would face during the Third War. While the Lich King gathered his strength, Detheroc and his fellow dreadlords would serve as jailors and executors meant to hasten the Lich King's task by any means necessary. To this end, they would construct the Icecrown Citadel within Northrend. Though seemingly broken by the dreadlords, Ner'zhul sought vengeance and was able to play on the dreadlord's fears of Kil'jaeden in order trick them into allowing him to hurl Frostmourne out of the Frozen Throne.[4]

Third War[]

WC3RoC-logo This section concerns content related to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos or its expansion The Frozen Throne.

Detheroc's original appearance in The Frozen Throne.

In the aftermath of the Third War, Detheroc began to notice that much time had passed without hearing a word from Archimonde. One day, Arthas Menethil stormed into the palace and informed them that their Legion was defeated and that their deaths would seal that fate. They were able to flee before he could strike.[5] Hiding in Tirisfal Glades, they coerced Sylvanas Windrunner into assisting them, and planned a coup to take back Lordaeron and rule what were now known as the Plaguelands.[6] Detheroc and his brothers assumed control of the Capital City and ambushed Arthas, but the resilient death knight battled his way through their forces[7] and fled across the sea to his master in Northrend.

With Arthas gone, Detheroc and the other dreadlords concentrated their power in Lordaeron. When Varimathras asked Sylvanas to join their new order she refused, butchered his forces, and turned him to her own side.[8] Detheroc was not so easily defeated. He used his powers of domination to control the human general, Othmar Garithos, and when Sylvanas launched her next attack upon him in a city in the Plaguelands, he turned Garithos and his forces loose on her. With Varimathras at her side, Sylvanas managed to keep Garithos at bay as she stormed into Detheroc's base and tore him apart.[9]


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.
Detheroc Legion

Detheroc in Legion.

While leading an attack on Balnazzar in Stratholme, Eligor Dawnbringer remarked that any dreadlord slain on the mortal plane is merely banished to the Twisting Nether and opined that Detheroc and his brothers may return some day.[10] His theory proved true several years later when, just before the battle for the Broken Shore, SI:7 discovered a trap set by the Burning Legion. Before they could warn the Alliance, Detheroc ambushed the SI:7 agents and captured their leader, Mathias Shaw, and impersonated him.[11] Amber Kearnen managed to get away and tried to warn the Uncrowned but Detheroc, posing as Shaw, ordered SI:7 agents to kill her.[12]

Detheroc (Stormwind City)

Detheroc unveiled

As Shaw, Detheroc spoke lies to Anduin Wrynn about the Horde and manipulated the new king into preparing Stormwind's armies to attack them, intent on instigating another conflict between the Alliance and Horde when the world could least afford it. To cover his tracks, Detheroc placed wanted posters of the members of the Uncrowned all over Stormwind, claiming they had conspired with the Burning Legion and offering rewards for their deaths.[13] After a member of the Uncrowned freed the real Mathias Shaw, Fleet Admiral Tethys snuck them and Taoshi into Stormwind during the night. The three rogues made their way to SI:7 headquarters, where they exposed and killed Detheroc.[14]


Shadowlands This section concerns content related to Shadowlands.

Following his rebirth, Detheroc joined his fellow nathrezim in invading Revendreth in order to rescue Sire Denathrius. He was personally warned that if he failed again, he would be flayed, and was responsible for recovering an asset.[15] It was left unclear if the asset in question was Denathrius, who the nathrezim successfully liberated from his prison, or someone else.


  • Spell shadow carrionswarm Carrion Swarm — A cresting wave of chaotic magic splashes over enemies in front of the caster, dealing Shadow damage and additional Shadow damage every 2 sec for 8 sec.
  • Spell nature nullifypoison Deadly Poison — Inflicts Nature damage to an enemy every 3 seconds for 15 sec.
  • Ability rogue fanofknives Fan of Knives — Deals Physical damage.
  • Spell shadow unholyfrenzy Mind Blast — Inflicts Shadow damage to an enemy.
  • Spell nature sleep Slumber Fog — Created clouds of sleeping gas under up to 3 nearby enemies.

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Warcraft III[]

WC3RoC-logo This section concerns content related to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos or its expansion The Frozen Throne.
Main article: King Arthas (WC3 Undead)#Transcript
Main article: A Kingdom Divided (WC3 Undead)#Transcript
Main article: King Arthas (WC3 Undead)#Transcript
Main article: The Flight from Lordaeron (WC3 Undead)#Transcript
Main article: Dreadlord's Fall (WC3 Undead)#Transcript

World of Warcraft[]

Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.
Main article: Deciphering the Letter#Notes
Main article: The Imposter#Notes

Notes and trivia[]

  • With Balnazzar permanently killed in the Netherlight Temple and Varimathras killed in Antorus, the Burning Throne, Detheroc is the last living sibling.
  • In Warcraft III: Classic, all dreadlord characters use the same model. They were given different colors out of concern that players wouldn't be able to tell them apart.[16] In Warcraft III: Reforged, the major dreadlords have unique models. Detheroc is portrayed as highly overweight with a prominent belly. According to Lead Producer Pete Stilwell: "Detheroc seems the schemer of the three brothers, waiting in the wings for opportunity. That sloth over thousands of years resulted in him… putting on a few 'eL Bees'."[17] This appearance was subsequently reflected in his description in the novel Sylvanas, in which he is described as the most "oafish" of the three brothers, with a large, soft belly and tiny eyes.[18]
  • A realm in World of Warcraft, Detheroc US, is named after the dreadlord.



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