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Med'an, son of Medivh and Garona Halforcen, whose blood is half-human, quarter-draenei, and quarter-orc.

Half-breed[1][2][3] (or halfbreed[4] and cross-breeds[5]) is a term denoting rare mixed heritage. Half- is a prefix attached to the offspring of races sharing a mixed ancestry. Half-breed does not denote percentage of one's heritage, but rather refers to one's mixed-heritage, and thus, any species or individual biologically related to at least two separate species. Half-races are so rare in the Warcraft universe that Blizzard don't really have any established lore about their potential longevities.[6]

As stated by Huga of the Council of Tirisfal, rare hybrids such as half-elves are sometimes prodigiously talented and have great potential.[7] However, due to their mixed heritage, half-breeds are often victims of prejudice and rejections in society.[8][9][10]

While some custom character models may be created for especially notable half-breeds, they are typically represented in World of Warcraft by existing models.

Types of half-breed[]

Known individuals[]

Half-elf, half-human[]

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Half-draenei, half-orc[]

Half-ogre, half-orc[]

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  • IconSmall Mok'Nathal Male Gaz Boartusk
  • IconSmall Mok'Nathal Male Gish Eagle Eye
  • IconSmall Mok'Nathal Male Gorsh Talonfang
  • IconSmall Mok'Nathal Male Mag Bearmaul
  • IconSmall Mok'Nathal Male Maxx Rocmane
  • IconSmall Mok'Nathal Male Mok Rocksnout
  • IconSmall Mok'Nathal Male Tagar Bearclaw
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  • IconSmall NightElf Male Lelior, whose mother was jokingly called a "half-troll" by Ciarin. Although a Sand troll, the "Christal Merchant" in Hearthstone is depicted clearly with 5 fingers (the thumb is behind the Christal), making her one of the few Trolls with this trait. Since normally Trolls have 3 fingers on their hand and two front toes. She might be Lelior's mother or another unknown Half-troll and Half-night elf.
  • IconSmall Mag'har Female Orhan Ogreblade (speculated to be a mok'nathal)
  • IconSmall Mag'har Female Lucretia (speculated to be a mok'nathal)
  • IconSmall Mag'har Female Uda the Beast (speculated to be a mok'nathal)

In the RPG[]

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Hybrid races,[12] hybrid creatures or hybrids[13][14] are creatures that resemble two different species (though sometimes more) put together.[12] Azeroth has many of such races.[12] Half-breeds[15] also known as crossbreeds,[16] are hybrids, it is unlikely that most hybrid races formed through the coupling of their parent races. Half-breed races are true hybrid races.

Half-breed does not denote percentage of one's heritage, but rather refers to one's mixed-heritage. Thus, for example the offspring of a half-elf who coupled with a human, would still be considered half-elf itself.[17] In rare cases, an individual may be so far removed from one of their ancestral heritage, that they may be considered a full member of their parent's race. For example, Commodore Jessi Falrevere may have a hint of dwarven blood flowing in her veins.[18] This would suggest, that one of her parents was distantly related to dwarfs, but had enough human blood to be considered human, rather than a hypothetical 'half-dwarf'. However, in general, since the term 'half-'"race"' is passed onto the offspring of a half-breed, and since mixed races tend to congregate and create their own cultures and society, it is possible for half-breeds to propagate and ensure the continuation of their 'race'. For example, the half-elves, that wanted to be given their own land, separate from the Alliance, so they could live there own way.[17]

The magnataur are considered unique among the hybrid races for many reasons, including their large size. While they obviously resemble centaur, dryads and other hybrid races, they do not appear to be descendants of Cenarius.[12]

Types of half-breeds[]

Hybrid races[]

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See also[]


  1. ^ Lantresor of the Blade#Quotes
  2. ^ B [35-40] Challenge of the Masters: Azuka Bladefury yells: (to Lantresor) You remain a half-breed...
  3. ^ H [20-30] Reunion
  4. ^ Said by the Stonemaul ogres in Old Hatreds
  5. ^ Warcraft Interview with Jesse Cox and Dave Kosak “We don't have that many cross-breeds in the universe."
  6. ^ Dave Kosak on Twitter: "Half-races are so rare in Warcraft that we don't really have any established lore. (That I'm aware of)."
  7. ^ The First Guardian.
  8. ^ Archive of the Tirisgarde
  9. ^ Night of the Dragon, chapter 14
  10. ^ 'World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 57
  11. ^ A [1-30] Seize the Ambassador - Ambassador Slaghammer says: That halfbreed runt will never be my emperor!
  12. ^ a b c d Lands of Mystery, pg. 125
  13. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 142
  14. ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 142
  15. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 34, 36, 132.
  16. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 195
  17. ^ a b Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 133
  18. ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 181
  19. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 209
  20. ^ N [20-30] Maxnar Must Die!
  21. ^ Monster Guide, pg. 117
  22. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 23
  23. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 22
  24. ^ "...the mammoth half-men...", Lands of Mystery, pg. 85
  25. ^ Lands of Mystery, pg. 142
  26. ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 30
  27. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 47
  28. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 82
  29. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 17
  30. ^ Alliance & Horde Compendium, pg. 21
  31. ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 195
  32. ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 104
  33. ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. ??
  34. ^ Magic & Mayhem, pg. 75
  35. ^ Horde Player's Guide, pg. 157
  36. ^ Manual of Monsters, pg. 179
  37. ^ Illidan Stormrage Quote: "Demon type: Unique"
  38. ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 78