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MobHigh General Rakeesh
Image of High General Rakeesh
Gender Male
Race Man'ari eredar (Demon)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Burning Legion, Rakeeshi
Former affiliation(s) Eredar of Argus
Occupation General
Location Various
Status Deceased (lore)
Killable Legion
Relative(s) Velen (father),
Nuuri (mother)[1]
"In my master's house smolder the burning husks of a thousand worlds.
I am here now to prepare a place for you amidst the ruin of tomorrow."

High General Rakeesh is a high-ranking eredar commander in the demonic Burning Legion and overlord of the Rakeeshi. Rakeesh was originally the son of Prophet Velen, but was kidnapped by the demon lord Kil'jaeden in a revenge scheme ages ago and broken by the Demonic Inquisition[2] to serve the Legion.

During the Legion's third invasion of Azeroth, Rakeesh was tasked by Kil'jaeden with launching an assault on The Exodar and destroy the naaru O'ros to prevent it from unlocking Inv jewelcrafting taladitecrystal [Light's Heart]. He succeeded, but was slain moments later by Velen and order champions.


Echo of Rakeesh

A young Rakeesh with his mother.

It is unknown what Rakeesh was named before he joined the Burning Legion. As a child, he attended Kil'jaeden's announcement to the eredar about Sargeras. He was off to the side with his mother, Nuuri.[1]

13,000 years ago, when Velen was leading his people away from Argus, he asked Talgath to bring his family. Unfortunately for Velen, Talgath instead went to Kil'jaeden.[3] On that day, both Velen's son and his mate were taken from him.[4] It is unknown what fate befell Nuuri, but their son was submitted to the mental and physical torture of the Demonic Inquisition.[2] He became a man'ari named "Rakeesh", meaning butcher in Eredun, and served the Burning Legion, unbeknownst to Velen who likely thought him deceased.


Rakeesh 07

Rakeesh destroys O'ros.

Velen Rakeesh

Velen holding Rakeesh's body.

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During the Burning Legion's third invasion of Azeroth, Rakeesh is High General and was ordered by Kil'jaeden himself to launch an assault on the home of the draenei people, leading to the Battle for the Exodar. The goal of the attack was the destruction of the naaru O'ros who dwelled within the core of the The Exodar, for he was the last of Xe'ra's line and as such he was capable of deciphering Light's Heart, which represented a major threat to the Legion's plans.[4]

Caught by surprise, the draenei of the Exodar were quickly overwhelmed by Rakeesh and his Rakeeshi forces, who seized much of the city early on. Rakeesh himself made his way to the Seat of the Naaru and began directing the demons' efforts to wipe out any remaining resistance. Before long, however, Prophet Velen arrived with the order champions in tow. With their aid, and that of the Light's Chosen, the draenei began to retake the city from the Rakeeshi, closing the Legion's portals and rescuing lost draenei. Upon finding out about Light's Heart, Velen moved to O'ros's aid, who was being held and beaten by Rakeesh.

As Velen arrived, Rakeesh killed the naaru by summoning in a Fel Annihilator, crushing the holy being upon arrival. A battle ensued between Rakeesh, Velen, and the Prophet's allies, until Velen realized who the man'ari really was. Frantic, Velen attempted to stop his allies from harming Rakeesh—who he now recognized as his son—but it was too late. Rakeesh died, in his father's arms, much to the Prophet's sorrow.


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
N [10-45] Bringer of the Light ?? 8,022,340
Echo of Rakeesh 110 3,117,801


Main article: Bringer of the Light#Notes
Main article: Nobundo's Last Stand#Notes

Notes and trivia[]

  • Rakeesh means "butcher" in Eredun.[4]
  • The bed Velen is found kneeling before in N [45] A Non-Prophet Organization is implied to be Rakeesh's from when he was young. It has a stuffed doll resting upon it and when approached Velen states "Forgive me, my son."
    • On the PTR, the stuffed toy was an elekk. This was likely changed since elekk are from Draenor, not Argus,[5] and so the eredar couldn't have known about them.
  • Rakeeshi demons can be found on the Broken Shore.
  • The echo of Velen's son that appears during N [45WQ] Bully Pulpit is named "Echo of Rakeesh" as well, even though this wasn't his name at the time. Quest designer Jennifer Klasing later admitted that this is because she forgot to give him a pre-demonic name.[6]
  • During the final confrontation with Kil'jaeden, the demon lord sarcastically asked Velen if Rakeesh hated the father who had abandoned him.[7]
  • At Eredath on Argus, Talgath taunted Velen for leaving his wife and child behind.[8]
  • Rakeesh is voiced by Patrick Seitz.
  • Rakeesh's quote, "In my master's house smolder the burning husks of a thousand worlds. I am here now to prepare a place for you amidst the ruin of tomorrow." is a twisted form of John 14:2, "My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?" — New International Version.
  • Rakeesh is also the name of a paladin in the Quest for Glory series, who was injured in a battle against a demon wizard.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Given Velen's reaction to Rakeesh's death, it is likely that he has died permanently, due to being extremely close to the fel-portal to Argus and the Twisting Nether with fel energies spewing right above his head.

Patch changes[]


  1. ^ a b N [45WQ] Bully Pulpit
  2. ^ a b Demonic Inquisition#Quotes
  3. ^ N [45] A Floating Ruin
  4. ^ a b c N [10-45] Bringer of the Light
  5. ^ Ornyx official post
  6. ^ Jennifer Klasing on Twitter (2021-11-19). Retrieved on 2022-02-19.​ “It's Nuuri btw. She's on Argus as a ghost with their young son (who I totes forgot to give a pre Rakeesh name woops)
  7. ^ Kil'jaeden (Tomb of Sargeras tactics)#Quotes
  8. ^ N [45] Across the Universe

External links[]

Present day Echo