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NeutralHemet Nesingwary
Image of Hemet Nesingwary
Title Enemy of Nature,
The Great Game Hunter,
The Butcher of Badlands,
The Stranglethorn Ripper,
Old Man Death,
Ol' Dirty,
Ol' Dirty D,
Father of the Bounty,
The Extinctionator,
The Target of D.E.H.T.A.,
Greatest Hunter in all of Azeroth,[1]
Gender Male
Race Dwarf (Humanoid)
Class Marksmanship hunter
Resource Mana
Affiliation(s) Nesingwary Safari, Unseen Path
Former affiliation(s) Alliance
Occupation Cart driver
Former occupation(s) Skinner[3]
Leader of the Nesingwary Safari and Nesingwary Base Camp, Champion of the Unseen Path;
Former leader of Nesingwary's Expedition
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Hemet Nesingwary Jr. (son)
Student(s) Addie Fizzlebog
Companion(s) Stampy, Gibby, Kroshik, Stompy, silkwing, ironhide bull, direhorn, cypress condor (pets)

“Listen to me, lad, and I'll teach you everything you'll ever need to know.”

Trading Card Game: Icecrown: Hemet Nesingwary

Hemet Nesingwary is a dwarven game hunter seen in Nagrand, Sholazar Basin, Valley of the Four Winds, alternate Nagrand, Highmountain, and Zuldazar. Considered the greatest hunter on Azeroth, he led safaris to hunt the wildlife of Azeroth and beyond, and is the author of The Green Hills of Stranglethorn. He is generally to be found in the wild, camped out with a group of fellow hunters, surrounded by a variety of grizzly trophies collected from the native game of the area. Nesingwary and his cohorts tutor adventurers on the hunting and trapping of wild creatures.

Hemet fought in many battles alongside Ajeck Rouack's father, and has been described by his servant Barnil Stonepot as a war hero of the Alliance.[4] Nesingwary is the father of Hemet Nesingwary Jr., who has taken over some of his father's duties in Stranglethorn, in order to allow him to focus on new and even more exotic game in newly discovered lands.

By the time of the expedition to the Dragon Isles, Hemet has retired and now spends his golden years as a cart driver.


Legends: The Thrill of the Hunt[]

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Hemet was hired by the night elves of Nighthaven to track down a crazy furbolg that was terrorizing the elves. He chased him into Winterspring where he almost caught him not for the interference of Creedy's hunters. The furbolg escaped but one of the hunters recognized him to be the most famous hunter. They told him they were hunting a fox and Hemet joined them. After they found the animal's tracks, he immediately realized they were not after a fox and left them. He went after the tracks only to be attacked by a large cat, who turned out to be Teleena, a night elf druid. She explained that her nightsaber mount, Isis, had been killed by Creedy's group, who were bounty hunters. Isis had just given birth to three cubs which the bounty hunters intended to poach; their markings, which would fade as they got older, made their hides valuable to the unscrupulous that were willing to pay high prices for them.

Outraged that the bounty hunters would slaughter young animals that had no way or chance to defend themselves, Hemet immediately decided to help Teleena and her three cubs. They successfully escaped Creedy but the cruel hunter was able to shoot Teleena. Hemet took her to a nearby cave and managed to remove the bullet, but she later succumbed to her wound, asking him to take care of the three cubs before she died.

Nesingwary began with constructing traps and fashioned a bow and arrows from the bush for silent takedowns, killing Creedy's hunters one by one. Hemet managed to pull Creedy into a trap and bound him to a tree. The furbolg Hemet had been hunting appeared and he allowed it to kill Creedy before shooting it. Hemet then collected Teleena's body, the cubs, and the furbolg and turned them over to her people.

He would once visit The Blue Recluse and recounted his story to Flint Broadshot and his cronies, having learned the true meaning of an honorable kill and the "thrill of the hunt". He then claimed the corpse of a tiger the cowardly Flint had trapped before shooting it, leaving Stormwind to bury the animal out in the wild.[5]

World of Warcraft[]

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At some point, Hemet was in battlefields in Lordaeron.[6]

Hemet also visited Kravel Koalbeard Shimmering Flats in Thousand Needles and ordered ammunition from him.[7] He also arrived to Desolace in Kalimdor and befriended the tauren Roon Wildmane, spending several days hunting beasts. When he left for Stranglethorn, Roon vowed to invite him back.[8]

Hemet Nesingwary was stationed in Nesingwary's Expedition in Stranglethorn Vale and directed young adventurers to hunt local game. He later left for Outland to hunt bigger game. The Stranglethorn Vale quests he used to offer are now given by his son Hemet Nesingwary Jr.

The Burning Crusade[]

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Hemet Nesingwary

Hemet in Nagrand.

With the opening of the Dark Portal, Hemet Nesingwary saw this as an opportunity to hunt new prey. Hemet traveled to Nagrand where set up camp and welcomed everyone who wished to join the hunt. His choice of target there appeared to be the clefthoof and Banthar is their champion. His ultimate target was Tusker.

Wrath of the Lich King[]

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During the war against the Lich King, Hemet Nesingwary returned to Azeroth, moving his operations to the Nesingwary Base Camp, located in Sholazar Basin in western Northrend. The camp here is basically where his ship ended up after crashing through the river's entrance from the North Sea, thinking the Seabreach Flow might be a good river inland and finding too late he was wrong.[9]

A new organization known as D.E.H.T.A. gives players quests to combat the game hunter's butchery, and even go up against Hemet's hunters.[10]

He became respected by the Frenzyhearts, and the wolvar orphan Kekek wanted to see him during Children's Week. Hemet advised him to read The Green Hills of Stranglethorn if he wanted to hunt with him.[11]

After the war against the Lich King, Hemet and the Nesingwary's Safari moved on to other hunting grounds.[9]


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During the Cataclysm, Hemet appeared at Mount Hyjal as one of many well-known characters during the quest N [35 Daily] The Protectors of Hyjal.

Mists of Pandaria[]

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Hemet Senior and Junior in Pandaria

Hemet and his son in Valley of the Four Winds.

In Pandaria, Hemet and his son made an appearance at Nesingwary's Safari near the south-west of the Valley of the Four Winds. They traveled here with a small group, having arrived by hot air balloon, The Killem' Jaro (and not crashing for a change). After he had valley's wildlife hunted, his son wanted to step out of his father's shadow by hunting his own game hunt. Nevertheless, Hemet had to rescue Junior from the spell of Torjar's Bane.[12]

Warlords of Draenor[]

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During the war in Draenor, the Alliance and Horde invited Hemet to come in Nagrand to hunt big game. However, when he got here, they instead told him to hunt the Warsong wolves. This made Hemet disappointed, as he wanted to hunt big game, and felt the domesticated wolves weren't worth the effort. He set up a "camp" in eastern Nagrand, just north of Hallvalor, and began drinking heavily. If an adventurer drinks with him, Hemet may sometimes appear in their garrison.

By using Inv misc horn 03 [Nesingwary's Lost Horn] in Ashran, Hemet's pets - Gibby, Kroshik, Stompy, a silkwing, ironhide bull, direhorn and cypress condor - will begin a stampede towards the enemy faction's base.


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

During the third invasion of the Burning Legion, Nesingwary was up to his tricks again, this time hunting big game in central Highmountain. He also served as a champion for the Unseen Path in Trueshot Lodge.

Spring Balloon Festival[]

During the Spring Balloon Festival, adventurers can visit Hemet Nesingwary in Nesingwary's Retreat for a ride across Highmountain in The Killem' Jaro.

Battle for Azeroth[]

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Hemet Nesingwary Headhunter Lodge

The hunter becomes bait.

At the time of the Fourth War, Hemet Nesingwary was found in Nesingwary's Trek in Zuldazar on Zandalar, where he warmly greeted adventurers who've come to join the hunt.[13] He would subsequently directed them killing Wildtusk, in order to put the riverbeast bull out of its misery.[14] Sometime later he left the Trek in order to carry his own hunt, only to find himself hunted and captured by Headhunter Jo.[15] However rather than the target of Jo's hunt, Nesingwary found himself being used as bait for the adventurers. He barely had time to warn them before Jo attacked, and to his relief, was slain. He subsequently thanked them for freeing him and admitting to being embarrassed by the situation.[16]

He also apparently visited Kul Tiras as his campfire can be found in Stormsong Valley.

Exploring Azeroth[]

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Following the war against the Jailer, the brothers Bronzebeard visited the former grounds of the Nesingwary Base Camp in Sholazar Basin, thinking to see if the jungle had fully reclaimed it. However, they were surprised to find tents and Hemet Nesingwary himself. The greatest hunter of Azeroth explained that he'd been passing through and wanted to take a look at Sholazar for a few days. He was jolly about showing us what bits of rotted wood remained of the ship he crashed in here so many years ago, and all of them did a bit of target shooting for fun in the camp.[9]


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At an unknown point in time, Hemet decided to retire. However, after learning about the Dragonscale Expedition to the Dragon Isles, he decided to join in for a bit of fun. He was accompanied by his son, who was stationed at Camp Nowhere, while Hemet himself gave caravan rides, which serve as a scenic taxi service, throughout the Azure Span on his wagon, pulled by Tiny and Junior.


Location Level range Reaction Notes
Nesingwary's Expedition, Stranglethorn Vale 40 Alliance Horde Appearance removed in TBC.
Nesingwary Safari, Nagrand 15-30 Alliance Horde
Nesingwary Base Camp, Sholazar Basin 20-30 Alliance Horde
Sethria's Roost, Mount Hyjal 35 Alliance Horde As part of N [35 Daily] The Protectors of Hyjal.
Nesingwary's Safari, Valley of the Four Winds 15-35 Alliance Horde
Nagrand 35-40 Alliance Horde
Lunarfall; Frostwall 10-40 Alliance Horde
Nesingwary's Retreat, Highmountain 10-45 Normal/Elite Alliance Horde
Trueshot Lodge 10-45 Elite Alliance Horde
Val'sharah; Broken Shore; Stormheim; Azsuna; Suramar 10-45 Alliance Horde Spawns briefly when assigned as a bodyguard.
Nesingwary's Trek, Zuldazar 10-60 Alliance Horde
Azure Span 65-68 Alliance Horde


Sholazar Basin
  • Ability impalingbolt Arcane Shot — An instant shot that causes (Ranged attack power * 0.15 + 4.29663) Arcane damage and dispels 1 Magic effect.
Mount Hyjal and Valley of the Four Winds
  • Ability hunter chimerashot2 Chimera Shot — You deal 125% weapon damage, refreshing the current Sting on your target and triggering an effect: Serpent Sting - Instantly deals 40% of the damage done by your Serpent Sting. Viper Sting - Instantly restores mana to you equal to 60% of the total amount drained by your Viper Sting. Scorpid Sting - Attempts to Disarm the target for 10 sec. This effect cannot occur more than once per 1 minute.
  • Ability hunter quickshot Serpent Sting — Stings the target, causing Nature damage over 15 sec.
  • Ability marksmanship Shoot — Shoots at an enemy, inflicting Physical damage.
Alternate Nagrand
  • Inv drink 21 Kaja'Cola — Increases the target's Intellect by 2 for 30 sec.
  • Ability hunter improvedsteadyshot Multi-Shot — Fire a volley of arrows, inflicting Physical damage to enemies within a 0-yard cone.
  • Ability marksmanship Shoot — Shoots at an enemy, inflicting Physical damage.
  • Inv boots 03 Bootless — Nesingwary's boots are gone!

As a follower[]

Hiro is a Marksmanship Hunter Class Hall champion with the following abilities:

  • Ability hunter efficiency Big Game Hunter (Ability) — Increases success chance of missions with Bosses by 15%. Counters: Boss Boss
  • Ability hunter focusedaim Marksmanship (Specialization) — A master archer or sharpshooter who excels in countering some Bosses from afar. Counters: Boss Boss
  • Spell fire selfdestruct Explosive Trap (Ability) — Set a fire trap at the target location that explodes to counter a MinionCounters: Minion

Hemet can also be assigned as a bodyguard:

  • Ability hunter snipertraining That One's Mine! — Hemet Nesingwary will sometimes attempt to bag your kill for himself, dealing 0% of an enemy's maximum health.


Hemet in Sholazar

Hemet in Sholazar Basin.

Sholazar Basin
Valley of the Four Winds
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Azure Span
Stranglethorn Vale
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Objective of[]



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Keep a sharp eye, <class>. You never know when some beastie is stalking you instead of the other way around.

Gossip Hemet Nesingwary, what are you doing here in Outland?

Listen lad. I left the expedition in the capable hands of me son, Junior. When you've stalked the finest game in all of Azeroth you start to itch for something more.
And have you seen the size of the beasties here?!
I'm here hunting the most dangerous prey you'll ever lay your eyes on. I mean to bag myself Tusker and take her heart as my trophy!

Valley of the Four Winds[]


Hey there, <name>! It's been a while since we shared a proper hunt, now hasn't it? Let's see if time has softened yer aim.

Alternate Nagrand[]

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Hemet drowning his sorrows at Hemet's Happy Hunting Grounds.

Whatsh do you want? Can't you shee I'm trying to drinksss here? Pour yourshelf one.
Hemetsh, come to Nagrandsss the Alliance and Horde shaid. There'sh big game to hunt shtill.
But, when I got here wasss that what they wantsh me to do? NO!
Hemetsh, hunt the Warshong's wolvesss. Deprive the orcsh of their mountsss.
That'sh no job for Hemet Neshingwary!


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  • Och, ya cannae beat the smell of fresh pine in the breeze.
  • Ah, the thrill of the hunt!
  • I hope ya like ta hunt!
  • It's a fine day for a hunt.
  • Keep that up, and I'll be hunting you next.
  • You're trying ma patience!
  • I don't have time for your nonsense!
  • Happy hunting!
  • May your aim be true.
  • Hey, be safe out there.


Nesingwary's Retreat
It doesn't get much better than this; the smell of fresh pine in the breeze, an abundance of game to be hunted.

After completing N [10-45] Scout It Out:

I won't be forgettin' that hunt anytime soon!
I don't know if we could've taken that beast down without you and Addie.


On approach in the Trueshot Lodge
A fine hall ya have here!
Combat ally[]
  • A clean shot!
  • I've got the target in my sights!
  • This one counts as my kill!


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At Camp Antonidas

You didn't think retirement would keep me out of the game, did you?

My eyes aren't what they used to be, and my hands are certainly less steady... but they can hold these reins!

This whole Dragonscale Expedition is quite the operation, and I've a mind to do my part!

As for the Azure Span, well... it reminds me of some of the best places I've ever been.

Gossip So you're not here to hunt?

I've bagged enough trophies to last me ten lifetimes! Take Tiny and Junior here... Sure, I could put their heads on a wall as easy as pulling a pint of Dun Morogh stout, but it'd make my job as a wagon driver significantly harder!
<Nesingwary laughs.>
I suppose that makes me something of a conservationist!


At Camp Antonidas
  • Let's wait here a spell.
  • Camp Antonidas! I hear there's magic in these ruins...
  • We'll wait here a bit. Junior and Tiny need a break.
  • Don't mind us! Just passing through.
Heading out
  • On the road again! Bound to Camp Nowhere.
  • Iskaara here we come!
  • Off we go to Rhonin's Shield! Keep your wits about you.
  • Let's go check on Theron's Watch.
  • Back to Camp Antonidas and a little bit of civilization!
Speeding up
  • Tally-ho!
  • Giddy-up!
  • Come on lads, show me what you've got!
Arriving at camp Nowhere
Camp Nowhere! Adventurers and explorers all.
We'll be in Camp Antonidas in no time!
Arriving at Iskaara
Iskaara! A cold place with a warm welcome. Try not to slip.
Arriving at Rhonin's Shield
Rhonin's Shield! Keep your weapons handy. These parts are more dangerous than most...
Arriving at Theron's Watch
Theron's Watch! Now we're in the boondocks...
Arriving at Camp Antonidas from the north
Whoa, lads!
Don't want to spook any mages.
Let's wait here a spell.
During the caravan ride
  • My son Junior is back at Camp Nowhere.
I told him I was joining the Dragonscale Expedition as a bit of fun, and he insisted on coming along.
"Yer getting old dad, you need to slow down." Bah, humbug!
Still, it's good to know he's waiting for me with a mug of ale and a leg of mutton.
After his mum his passed, I got lost in the hunt and we drifted apart for... too long.
He's a good son.
Certainly the best an ol' dwarf like me could hope for!
  • Tell me, <name>... do you ever suffer from nightmares?
I don't.
At night, when I close my eyes, I see the faces of every beast I've ever hunted. Waiting. Knowing that one day they'll get their second chance at ol' Nesingwary.
And you know how that makes me feel?
They walk with me in life, and they'll accompany me in death.
Predator and prey. Hunter and hunted. Life and death.
That's the cycle.
  • Hum de dum, three kittens on a drum...
... dancing all around while looking for their mum.
Hoy tee tay, three hunters on their way...
... looking for some pelts and a solid lump of pay.
Buh rah roh, look at Hemet go!
Feed the hunters to some furbolgs, and let the kittens grow!
  • You know, there was a time when people scoffed at the idea of a dwarf hunter.
They said we were too short. That our guns and our gazes were too close to the ground.
I've trained many young hunters who've put that stupid ol' myth to bed, but none more so than the gnome Addie Fizzlebog.
Now there's a lass who knows her business!
Whether with book or blunderbuss, she's pound for pound my equal in every way.
I wonder what she's up to these days?
  • Ah, the great outdoors! What a way to spend your days. A wind on your face and the sun at yer back.
That being said, I don't miss the heat of Stranglethorn for a minute. Or the winds of Nagrand!
This breezy climate makes my old bones sing!
  • Now you might be thinking to yerself, "Hemet, why give up the hunt?", and I'll tell ya.
It occurred to me that, somewhere between feeding opportunists to furbolgs in Winterspring and being strung up in the jungles of Zuldazar, I'd lost me way.
To hunt for yerself, for the rush it gives, is a truly selfish thing. To hunt for others? 'Tis a thing of beauty.
So to answer your question, I haven't given up hunting at all. I'm just more mindful of who I hunt for.
And who I hunt with.

In Hearthstone[]

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Hemet, Jungle Hunter

Hemet during the expedition to Un'Goro.

Hemet appears as a legendary card in the Goblins vs Gnomes expansion for Hearthstone. His flavor text reads: "It's hard to make a living as a hunter in a world where beasts instantly reappear minutes after you kill them."

He is also the fifth and penultimate boss that new players face in the game's initial tutorial. Since his legendary card was only first introduced in Goblins vs Gnomes, he was the last of the tutorial bosses to be added as a collectible minion card to the game.

Hemet reappears in the Journey to Un'Goro expansion in the form of Hemet, Jungle Hunter. His flavor text reads: "The goblin travel agency lost his luggage, but he's still having a great vacation!"

Notes and trivia[]


Patch changes[]

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Appearance in Valley of the Four Winds added.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.2.0 (2011-06-28): Appearance on Mount Hyjal added.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (2008-11-04): Appearance in Sholazar Basin added.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Moved to Nagrand.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05): Replaced by his son, Hemet Nesingwary Jr. in Stranglethorn Vale.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.1.0 (2004-11-07): Hemet Nesingwary and his companions now like Horde players in addition to Alliance players.

See also[]


External links[]

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