This article is about the mutated orcs sometimes called berserkers. For the enraged melee warriors, see berserker. For missile-throwing trolls, see troll berserker. For large trolls also known as berserkers, see dire troll.
Dire orcs
Hulking Brute.png
Faction/Affiliation Illidari, Horde, True Horde, Iron Horde, pale orcs, Shadow Council
Character classes Warrior, Shaman, Brawler, Berserker
Racial capital Neutral Black Temple
Horde Orgrimmar
Iron Horde Emblem.png Hellfire Citadel
Homeworld Outland / Draenor (alternate)
Language(s) Orcish, Common

“That's... one big orc.”

Lorna Crowley describing Korm Bonegrind[1]

Dire orcs, also known as berserkers,[2] abominations,[3] horrors[4] and brutes, are heavily mutated orcs. Dire orcs are created through Bleeding Hollow clan blood rituals,[2] though the Twilight's Hammer seem to know how to create them as well; it is unclear if the Twilight's Hammer has their own methods or have adopted the Bleeding Hollow's.


The first dire orc was seen in the Black TempleGurtogg Bloodboil, a leader and presumed member of the local Bonechewer clan fel orcs. After the Cataclysm, Raz Skullcrusher was captured by the Twilight's Hammer and empowered into a dire orc by magic energies. Later, a group known as the Dark Shaman tried to recreate the Twilight ascension process, but the experiment failed and resulted in Lava Guard Gordoth becoming transformed into a dire orc or rather, mutated into a "hideous form".[5]

In Mists of Pandaria, Garrosh Hellscream was in need of a subject to be infused with the powers of Y'Shaarj. Out of sheer loyalty, Malkorok volunteered and was twisted into a hulking, mutated orc.[6]

In Warlords of Draenor, Grulkor investigates a fungal infestation in the Mistcreep Mire located on the east coast of Gorgrond. Throughout the quests he slowly becomes more and more obsessed with trying to harness the power of the mushrooms in the mire, eventually leading him to absorbing the power of a strange fungus. After consuming all the different mushrooms found in the mire as well as the strange fungus, all the spores eventually overtook his mind and mutated his body into a hulked orc monstrosity; causing him to attack the adventurer.[7][8]

Additionally, in Tanaan Jungle and within the Stygana Cavern, the Bleeding Hollow Clan and their herbalists are experimenting with infusing orc brutes with mushrooms, affecting them similarly to Grulkor in Gorgrond.[4] There are also several failed experiments laying dead on the ground nearby. An alternate version of Gurtogg Bloodboil is also encountered, and killed, in Hellfire Citadel.

There exist dire pale orcs as well. They are created through the Ritual of Destruction.[9][10][11]


Name Role Affiliation Status Location
Horde   Ariok Son of Eitrigg and member of the initial expedition to Draenor; transformed himself into a dire orc during his battle with Kilrogg Orgrimmar Alive Various
Mob  Bleeding Hollow Horror Bleeding Hollow clan Killable Stygana Cavern, Tanaan Jungle
Boss  Borka the Brute Assistant of Pauli Rocketspark Blackfuse Company, Iron Horde Killable Grimrail Depot
Mob  Dorg the Bloody Bleeding Hollow aberration Bleeding Hollow clan Killable Zeth'Gol, Tanaan Jungle
Boss  Franzok Twin brother of Hans'gar Iron Horde Killable Slagmill Press, Blackrock Foundry
Mob  Gnaw Bloodseeker Dire pale orc assaulting Eventide Landing Pale orcs Killable Eventide Landing, Shadowmoon Valley
Mob  Gorg the Host Pale orcs Killable Forgotten Caves, Gorgrond
Neutral   Grulkor Laughing Skull Headtaker Laughing Skull Killable Heart of the Fen, Gorgrond
Mob  Grute Iron Horde Killable The Iron Bulwark, Hellfire Citadel
Boss  Gurtogg Bloodboil Servant of Illidan Illidari Killable Halls of Anguish, Black Temple
Boss  Hans'gar Twin brother of Franzok Iron Horde Killable Slagmill Press, Blackrock Foundry
Mob  Korm Bonegrind Machinist of a Horde gunship in Gilneas Orgrimmar Killable Gilneas
Mob  Krull Assaults Karabor during a vision of Prophet Velen Iron Horde Killable Defense of Karabor, Shadowmoon Valley
Boss  Lava Guard Gordoth Dark Shaman transformed into a dire orc when attempting to become an ascendant Dark Shaman Killable Ragefire Chasm
Neutral   Malkorok Former bodyguard of Garrosh Hellscream and leader of the Kor'kron, infused with the power of Y'Shaarj True Horde, Kor'kron, Blackrock clan Killable Various
Mob  Maniacal Madgard Iron Horde Killable The Pit, Gorgrond
Mob  Ogom the Mangler Iron Horde Killable Iron Siegeworks, Frostfire Ridge
Neutral   Raz the Crazed Bodyguard of Pip Quickwit, captured and transformed by the Twilight's Hammer Pip Quickwit Deceased Circle of Cinders, Mount Hyjal; Blackrock Caverns
Mob  Uk'urogg Deckhand of Marak the Blooded Iron Horde Killable Dread Grotto, Blackrock Foundry


Notes and trivia

  • The name "dire orc" is taken from the game files as no other name is known. Technically, the model name is "felorcdire", but not all of them are fel orcs. In Warlords of Draenor the dire orc model is named "hulkedorc" & "felorcbrute" for the dire fel orcs.
    • Although it seems most NPCs and spells referring to dire orcs since Warlords of Draenor are hinting towards "hulked orc" being a more proper name,[2][12] as it is also the name of the model.
    • There is not a single mention of what dire orcs are actually called. All quest text and adventure guides avoid referring to them as dire orcs, preferring names and derogatory terms like "abomination".
  • Pre-Warlords of Draenor dire orcs use the same skeleton and animation as wights (which was also formerly used by dire trolls prior to patch 5.2.0). Dire orcs in Warlords of Draenor and after instead use the new dire troll skeleton.
  • Gul'dan in Nighthold turns into an appearance[13][14] that is similar to a dire orc.


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 Bonechewer Behemoths of the Black Temple may be different forms of dire orcs.
  • Some infested orcs are much larger and more heavily mutated than others, as such they may actually be some form of plant dire orcs as they have similar traits. Heavily mutated by flora (similar to mushrooms in Gorgrond and Tanaan Jungle) resulting in huge, hideous abominations.