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Image of Putress
Title Grand Apothecary
Gender Male
Race Forsaken (Humanoid)
Level ?? Elite
Class Apothecary
Resource Mana
Affiliation(s) Burning Legion
Former affiliation(s) Royal Apothecary Society, Forsaken, Warsong Offensive, Horde
Occupation Chief Apothecary of the Society, Alchemist[1]
Location Shadowlands[2]
Status Deceased

“Did you think we had forgotten? Did you think we had FORGIVEN?”

— Putress at Angrathar the Wrathgate

Grand Apothecary Putress was a chief apothecary of the Forsaken's Royal Apothecary Society. He played a vital role in the development of the "New Plague" the Forsaken sought to create.



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In life, Putress' great passions were experimentation, creation, and discovery. During the Scourging of Lordaeron, he was amongst those who became mindless Scourge only to have their free will restored and joined the Forsaken under Sylvanas Windrunner. After the Forsaken secured the Undercity, he sought out their new Queen but was rebuffed by Varimathras. Not deterred by the demon, Putress was able to successfully track down Sylvanas and follow her, a feat which impressed her enough to give him an audience.[3] Putress, who remembered little of his old life and mourned for nothing in it, cast off his mortal name upon rising as Forsaken. He eagerly embraced the new identity Sylvanas had given him and balked at the mere mention of a potential "cure" for undeath, as he considered his new existence a boon rather than a curse.[4]

His conviction and declaration to use the Plague of Undeath that had created the Forsaken and tame it as their own convinced Sylvanas to create the Royal Apothecary Society with him as their Grand Apothecary. He was then ordered to seek out Varimathras in order to receive whatever or whoever he required to craft this weapon.[3] Sylvanas consented to this undertaking on two conditions: whatever his plans for the living, Putress was to ensure the perfected plague also slays the Scourge; and that should the situation ever present itself, he was to seize the moment and destroy Arthas with it. She swore her grand apothecary to secrecy, knowing many would consider his work unconscionable.[5]

Scourge Invasion[]

Putress Shattrath

Putress, as seen during the Scourge Invasion.

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Grand Apothecary Putress was an important figure during the second Scourge Invasion, researching the zombie infestation from an apothecary camp in Shattrath City.[6] Eventually, he began sending Horde members back to their capital cities with severed Scourge heads that had zombie brains containing both the plague and his anti-plague compound which partially cured them. Putress believed his research on the Scourge contagion held the secret to curing the Plague of Undeath[7] and also would facilitate their fight against the Scourge.[8] As he expected, his research eventually helped to end of the zombie invasion. When Warchief Thrall called for a meeting in Orgrimmar with other Horde leaders to discuss how to deal with the Scourge, Putress was present. Sylvanas offered Putress's services to Thrall citing that his knowledge of the plague would make him a valuable asset in the campaign against the Lich King.[9]

Battle for the Undercity[]


Putress oversees the destruction wrought upon the Wrathgate by the new plague.


Grand Apothecary Putress in the Battle for the Undercity.

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In the early stages of the Northrend Campaign, the Royal Apothecary Society put the finishing touches on the Forsaken blight, a new plague that not only killed living creatures but also destroyed the undead. In the middle of the battle at Angrathar the Wrathgate, after Dranosh Saurfang was slain by the Lich King, Putress appeared on a cliff overlooking the battlefield and used Forsaken catapults to unleash the blight on the unsuspecting forces gathered below, indiscriminately killing Scourge, Horde, and Alliance alike and forcing the Lich King to retreat back into Icecrown Citadel. The losses on all sides were great, and perhaps the greatest loss of all was the presumed death of Highlord Bolvar Fordragon.

In the aftermath of the battle, it was revealed that Putress and several members of the Royal Apothecary Society had betrayed Sylvanas,[10] and sided with Varimathras, who had secretly remained loyal to his nathrezim brothers and the Burning Legion while serving under the Dark Lady. Together, they had orchestrated a coup d'état and forcefully taken control of the Undercity, nearly killing Sylvanas in the process. While the Horde banded together with Thrall and Sylvanas to kill Varimathras and retake the Undercity, assaulting it directly, the Alliance joined with King Varian Wrynn and Jaina Proudmoore, embittered by the loss of Bolvar, to invade the city via the sewers to deal with Putress and retake Lordaeron. Ultimately, Putress was killed in Varian's manhunt, and the king was left to gaze at the full horror of the Royal Apothecary Society's work. Putress' head was then severed from his body and Varian tossed it to Thrall's feet.


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Upon his death, his soul entered the Shadowlands where it was later harvested of its essence by the death knights of the Ebon Blade.[2]


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Shattrath City[]

His first appearance was as a level 80 elite at the new apothecary camp on the Terrace of Light in Shattrath City during the Echoes of Doom Scourge Invasion, where he was involved with the following quests:


Scourge Invasion[]

In Shattrath City

What a landmark discovery! The Royal Apothecary Society has spent years working to break the secrets of the Lich King's plague, and I've finally done it!

Despite this turning point in history, there is still so much to discover. I have more experiments to conduct... test subjects to acquire...

At least I don't have to worry about Scourge necropoli. The Alliance is dealing with that problem. This leaves me plenty of time to delve into the secrets of the plague and uncover what I can.

Before an invasion in Orgrimmar

<Putress looks you over in a very unsettling fashion.>

Aren't you a remarkable specimen....

Have you considered making a sacrifice for the greater good?

During an invasion in Orgrimmar

Do you know who I am?! I'm a very important person! You're supposed to be protecting me from the Scourge, no dilly-dallying with pointless conversation!

I'm no fighter, but you are. So get out there!

The Wrathgate[]

  • Did you think we had forgotten? Did you think we had forgiven? Behold, now, the terrible vengeance of the Forsaken! Death to the Scourge! And death to the living!
  • Now, all can see this is the hour of the Forsaken.

The Battle For Undercity[]

  • Do not let them pass minions!
  • KILL THEM! My work must not be interrupted!
  • Stare into the abyss and watch as it blackens your souls!
  • You are no match for my creations!
  • This cannot be happening!
  • It will not end like this! I've worked too hard! So many years... I... I will consume more energy!
  • The power washes through me! I see... EVERYTHING!

Notes and trivia[]

  • He was one of two known grand apothecaries in the Society, the other being Doctor Sintar Malefious.
  • His mask may be a reference to the crow masks worn by plague doctors during the Black Death, though it looks more like a horse skull in art.
  • Both versions of Deathbringer Garb, the warlock Tier 8 set, are recolors of Grand Apothecary Putress's outfit.
  • His armor resembles that of the Avatar of Grenth from Guild Wars.
  • Putress' Wrathgate quote, "death to the Scourge and death to the living!", has become somewhat iconic among some Forsaken players.
  • In the League of Explorers adventure of Hearthstone, Putress' vial is located in the Hall of Explorers wing. Elise Starseeker says that "It says "DRINK ME", but we found it in Naxxramas, so no one's wanted to try."[11]
  • Had Putress' attempt to kill Arthas at the Wrathgate succeeded, Sylvanas would have considered it worth the price.[12]
  • Putress is voiced by David Lodge.



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Shattrath City Undercity
Preceded by:
None (Creation of the faction)
Chief Apothecary of the Royal Apothecary Society
Succeeded by:
Master Apothecary Faranell