Grunty showing off his rifle.

Grunty firing into the air.

Grunty the Murloc Marine is a companion that was given out to attendees of BlizzCon 2009, purchasers of the DirecTV pay-per-view of the event,[1] and purchasers of the internet streamed video of the event.[2] This baby murloc wears Terran Marine armor and wields a gauss rifle, which he'll occasionally fire around at perceived enemies.[1]


Grunty will be delivered by in-game mail to every character on a player's account that has been attached to a Grunty code, much like collector's edition companions. If you merged your World of Warcraft account with your account after purchasing the stream, you will not get the pet.

Accompanying letter

The letter delivered with Grunty is from Master Handler Sylvester:

Blizzcon 2009

Thank you for your attending BlizzCon 2009! As a special gift of appreciation, we would like to present you with this small, heavily-armed friend. May he lead you to new adventures across the face of Azeroth and beyond!

Previously, the letter's subject was "Special Delivery".

Pet Journal

Only the rarest of murlocs is able to successfully cross dimensional barriers. Fewer still return with the kind of advanced armor and weaponry possessed by Grunty.


humanoid Humanoid: Recovers 4% of their maximum health if they dealt damage this round.
+50% damage from Undead -33% damage from Critter
Level 1 Level 2 Level 4
[Gauss Rifle] [Stimpack] [Launch]
▲▼ ▲▼ ▲▼
[U-238 Rounds] [Shield Block] [Lock-On]
Level 10 Level 15 Level 20

In Heroes of the Storm

The Grunty hero in Blizzard DOTA.

Grunty Murky in Heroes of the Storm.

Heroes of the Storm This section concerns content related to Heroes of the Storm and is considered non-canon.
  • Grunty was a hero in early versions of Heroes of the Storm (then known as Blizzard DOTA). His description read: "Grunty was sucked into a magic vortex and whipped across the dimensions when he battled a 25-man raid one Tuesday night. Deposited in the Koprulu sector, Grunty often finds himself among the zerg as murlocs are the only creatures the zerg have ever refused to infest."[3]
  • In Heroes of the Storm, Murky has a skin named "Grunty Murky."

Notes and trivia

  • If Grunty gets near a Zergling or Zeradar companion, he'll either kill them or be killed by them.
  • The pet battle abilities Gauss Rifle and Stimpack are only available to Grunty. U-238 Rounds was originally only available to Grunty as well, but a few other pets with this ability have since been added.
  • He can assist the player in Failoc-alypse by dropping nuclear bombs.[4]


Patch changes


  1. ^ a b Blizzard Entertainment Frost 2009-05-11. BlizzCon 2009 Exclusive Pet. Archived from the original on 2009-09-19.​ “Everyone who attends BlizzCon 2009 or purchases the BlizzCon Pay Per View event via DIRECTV will be joined by a new World of Warcraft in-game companion, Grunty the murloc marine. This tiny terror is fully armored and comes equipped with a gauss rifle, which he'll occasionally fire into the air to make sure no invisible spacecraft are swooping in to attack.”
  2. ^ 2. Re: Live streaming | 2009-05-11 by Blizzard Entertainment Nethaera | Original link
  3. ^ Grunty profile - Blizzard DOTA
  4. ^ YouTube - Fail-ocalypse (0:06)

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