This article is about general information on gladiators. For the Maldraxxi race, see Maldraxxi gladiator. For the alternate Nagrand NPCs, see Gladiator (Nagrand). For the title, see  [Gladiator]. For the achievement, see  [Gladiator].

Orc gladiator

Gladiators (or pitfighters) are combatants forced to fight in arenas or pits. They use morningstars, halberds and trap-nets. Many slaves and prisoners are forced into gladiatorial fights.

During the early decades of the Age of Order, a sly ogre chieftain decreed that disputes in his clan would be settled via proxy in one-on-one combat between gladiator slaves. The mortality rate amongst the ogres plummeted, leading to a golden age of expansion.[1]

Two most iconic characters of Azeroth were gladiators during their enslavement, Thrall and Varian Wrynn. Kargath Bladefist is a famous gladiator of Highmaul Coliseum who led a revolt against the ogres from the Gorian Empire and formed the Shattered Hand clan from former orc gladiator champions.[2]

The Crimson Ring and Brawler's Guild are gladiatorial organizations. The demonic group called the Champions of Draenor operate on a floating ruin of Draenor, known as the Outland Arena.

Gordunni clan of Dire Maul enslaved murlocs and other individuals to fight in their gladiatorial fights for pleasure.[3]

Brother Malach runs a Forsaken gladiator ring in the outer ring of the War Quarter in the Undercity. There the Forsaken gladiators test their mettle against the Forsaken's captives.

The ogre Stonemaul clan on the alternate Draenor captured several individuals from various races and forced them to fight in the arena.

Prince Oceanus in Oceanus Cove of Azsuna on the Broken Isles had gladiator slaves some of whom revolted.

Gladiators in WoW

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In the RPG

Gladiator prestige class icon in WoW: The RPG.

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A gladiator has devoted himself to the mastery of close combat. This single-minded devotion to weaponry and fighting styles makes him much feared by his enemies who cross him, and close allies to those who manage to befriend him. A gladiator prides himself on having equal proficiency over every weapon imaginable. Most also strive to become peerless experts in a weapon of their choice. This chosen weapon weaves and sings in the gladiator's hand, carving a swath through all foes.

Most gladiators come from the ranks of fighters, warriors, or barbarians, who find the discipline and rigors of training a welcome challenge to master. Other classes require much more work to become a true gladiator.

Among the Horde, gladiators are known as blademasters.[4][5]


Name Owner
IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Brlee Gordunni
IconSmall Magni.gif Magni BronzebeardIcon-RPG.png Himself
IconSmall Rehgar.gif Rehgar Earthfury Lord Agrovane
IconSmall Ogre Male.gif Giago Gordunni
IconSmall Grom.gif Grom HellscreamIcon-RPG.png Himself
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Maggore Sparkeye
IconSmall Human Male.gif MarcusIcon-RPG.png Himself
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Bloodeye Redfist Rehgar Earthfury
IconSmall Valeera.gif Valeera Sanguinar Rehgar Earthfury / Helka Grimtotem
IconSmall Orc Male.gif Hyku Steeledge Rehgar Earthfury
IconSmall Thrall.gif Thrall Aedelas Blackmoore
IconSmall Troll Male.gif Trusk Sparkeye
IconSmall OgreMage2.gif Two-Heads Gordunni
IconSmall Varian.gif Varian Wrynn Rehgar Earthfury
IconSmall Undead Male.gif Walking scabbard Sparkeye
IconSmall Undead Male.gif Tyler Brother Malach
IconSmall Undead Male.gif Edward Brother Malach
IconSmall Taunka Male.gif Gaur Icehorn Spiketooth
IconSmall Naga Female.gif Ghislania Spiketooth
IconSmall Worgen Male.gif Griswold Hanniston Spiketooth


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