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AllianceHerk Winklespring
Image of Herk Winklespring
Title Cog Captain,
Flight Master
Gender Male
Race Gnome
Level 10-30 Normal / Elite
Resource Mana
Reaction Alliance
Affiliation(s) Gnomeregan, G.E.A.R.
Occupation Captain
Location New Tinkertown; Fizzcrank Airstrip, Borean Tundra; Foot Steppes and Terrace of the Makers, Storm Peaks; Halls of Stone; Boralus; Overspark Expedition Camp, Mechagon Island
Status Alive

Cog Captain Herk Winklespring is a gnome who was formerly a captain in Gelbin Mekkatorque's personal squadron, serving directly under the High Tinker himself.[1] As a member of G.E.A.R., he plays a prominent role in the Heritage of Gnomeregan questline. He later joins Tinkmaster Overspark's expedition to Mechagon.


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Around the time of Operation: Gnomeregan, Herk was part of a group that had been sent to reconnoiter sector 17 in Gnomeregan, the location of the High Tinker's quarters.[2]

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During the Fourth War, Herk was one of the gnomes assembled in New Tinkertown by Captain Tread Sparknozzle and a gnome adventurer to form the Gnomish Elite Aerial Rangers, along with Emaedi Autoblast and Fizzi Tinkerbow.[1] He helped guide the G.E.A.R. Commander through Gnomeregan to retrieve the Prototype Arcane Engine[3] and subsequently traveled with the rest of G.E.A.R. to the Fizzcrank Airstrip in the Borean Tundra to defend it from the Ironbound troggs. When the rangers discovered that the troggs were under the control of a leper gnome, Winklespring identified the enemy leader as Telzo Sparkspanner.[4] G.E.A.R. subsequently traveled to the Storm Peaks—which Tinkerbow had tracked Sparkspanner's signal to—using their prototype bombers but were forced to land on the Foot Steppes when the signal tracker started going haywire. To give Tinkerbow time to figure out the new trajectory, Winklespring set up a cloaking device[5] and instructed the Commander to thin the numbers of the nearby Ironbound using a de-shrinkified assault tank.[6] The rangers subsequently relocated to the Terrace of the Makers closer to the signal's source, from which Winklespring and the Commander set about clearing out Sparkspanner's army outside Ulduar; the Cog Captain piloted one of the bombers while the Commander manned the gun to rain destruction down on the troggs and reprogrammed constructs.[7] After the plane was struck, Winklespring maneuvered it into Sparkspanner's location—the Halls of Stone—where he and the rest of G.E.A.R. confronted Sparkspanner and his giant mech, the Smasher X900, with Winklespring and the Commander fighting the mech head-on while Tinkerbow and Autoblast defended the flanks from waves of troggs. Sparkspanner was finally defeated, after which Winklespring instructed the Commander to return to New Tinkertown and give Captain Sparknozzle a report of the succesful mission.[8][9]

Winklespring later made his way to Boralus and was recruited to Tinkmaster Overspark's expedition to Mechagon.[10] As the most experienced pilots of the team, he and the adventurer flew the lead during the journey from Boralus to Mechagon.[11] After arriving on the island, he can be found in the Overspark Expedition Camp acting as a flight master, but can only be seen by Alliance characters.


Heritage of Gnomeregan



Main article: Gnomeregan's Finest#Notes
Main article: Shadowed Halls and Dusty Cogs#Notes
Main article: The Gnome Behind the Trogg#Notes
Main article: A Signal in Storm Peaks#Notes
Main article: Operation: Troggageddon#Notes


  • Awaiting orders.
  • Do we have a mission?
  • Reporting for duty.
  • We are go for launch.
  • For the Alliance!
  • It's a good day to fly.
  • On your mark, Commander.
  • The skies are clear.



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  1. ^ a b A IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female [50-70] Gnomeregan's Finest
  2. ^ Cut Short, pg. 1
  3. ^ A IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female [50-70] Shadowed Halls and Dusty Cogs
  4. ^ A IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female [50-70] The Gnome Behind the Trogg
  5. ^ A IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female [50-70] A Signal in Storm Peaks
  6. ^ A IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female [50-70] Gnomercy!
  7. ^ A IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female [50-70] Operation: Troggageddon
  8. ^ A IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female [50-70] For Gnomeregan!
  9. ^ A IconSmall Gnome MaleIconSmall Gnome Female [50-70] G.E.A.R. Up
  10. ^ A [50] A Small Team
  11. ^ A [50] The Start of Something Bigger
  12. ^ Wowhead & Wowhead

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