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For the hyena of the same name, see Gnarl (hyena). For the Azure Span rare elite mob, see Gnarls.
Image of Gnarl
Title <Ancient of War>
Race Ancient of war (Elemental)
Level 7-30 Elite
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Darnassus
Location Warsong Lumber Camp, Ashenvale[83.8, 63.0]VZ-AshenvaleBlip
Status Alive

Gnarl is a wandering Ancient quest giver located at the Warsong Lumber Camp in Ashenvale. He is the protector of Ashenvale and Forest Song. He aided the draenei in purifying fel-corrupted wood.[1]


World of Warcraft: Stormrage[]

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When the Emerald Nightmare began spreading and claiming new victims, the guardians of Bough Shadow spread out in hope of helping the affected. Soon afterward, Gnarl was the only guardian left to watch over the portal. He performed his duties for days until the High Priestess Tyrande Whisperwind, the druid Broll Bearmantle, and the now redeemed green dragon Eranikus came to Bough Shadow, seeking to gain access to the physical portal into the Emerald Dream.

Gnarl did his duties as guardian, fending of Eranikus from the portal by tossing huge boulders at him, still believing the green dragon to be a corrupted servant of the Nightmare. Tyrande and Broll convinced the Ancient that Eranikus now was free from the Nightmare's grip and explained that he had come to help them on their quest. Gnarl quickly agreed to let them all pass, although warning them first that the Nightmare now was a very potent danger.

As the party prepared to enter through the Portal into the Dream, shadowy figures emerged all around them, quickly followed by the corrupted spirit of Lethon. A serious battle broke out between attackers and defenders, a battle in which Eranikus quickly fled, trying his best to avoid the lurking presence of the Nightmare Lord. The battle quickly turned grim for the defenders with the green dragon's withdrawal, and they were hard-pressed by the shadowy invaders. Gnarl tried his best to defend his allies, but had soon enough received Lethon's attention.

The ancient struggled long and hard but was eventually dragged into the shadows. The priestess and the druid felt sorry for the Ancient, but were too hard-pressed themselves to do anything but keep on fighting. The battle already seemed lost as the invaders kept on pouring forth, but the appearance of Alexstrasza quickly turned the fight to the defenders' advantage, eventually ending the battle. But although the battle was won, the Nightmare had won a new servant in the Ancient once known as Gnarl.

When Tyrande, Broll, Lucan, and Thura entered Azeroth, Gnarl attacked them, though they were able to flee. During the battle against the Nightmare Lord, Gnarl attacked Broll and Thura, though Broll used roots to stop him. When the Nightmare was contained, many creatures and beings that had been recently captured were released from its grip, with Gnarl being one of them.[2]


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

During the Cataclysm, he was moved from Forest Song to the Warsong Lumber Camp. This confirms that he was one of the many freed from corruption with the containment of the Emerald Nightmare.




The forest sings with the seeds of change, but it also cries out in pain.

Our new friends, the draenei, are here to help us, like you. We must put an end to the destruction of my brother and sister trees before all is lost and Ashenvale is no more.


The forest sings with the seeds of change. Our new friends, the draenei, are here, and we will help them to build a place of their own.

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