For the Warcraft III unit, see Hippogryph Rider (Warcraft III).

A Kaldorei Hippogryph Rider in Darkshore.

Warcraft III: Reforged concept art of a hippogryph rider.

Hippogryph riders are troops mounted on hippogryphs. The most famous are female night elf archers and scouts of Sentinel Army. The brave hippogryphs respond to the night elven riders as if they shared an empathic bond.[1] Most notably, they participated in the War of the Ancients, the Third War, the Ashenvale war, and the Destruction of Theramore.[2] In recent years, other races became hippogryph riders in the ranks of the Argent Crusade during the war against the Lich King and the Silver Hand during the Burning Legion's third invasion.

Riders do not control so much as work in concert with the hippogryphs as they are allies, not pets. Riders' companions judge where and when they need to rest; experienced riders never assume that they know better than the hippogryphs themselves.[3] According to Handler Tessina, properly trained squadron of hippogryph riders can take on nearly any opposing force.[4]

General Startalon, one of the night elves' finest generals, commanded the hippogryph riders during the War of the Ancients, and is buried at Tel'anor, outside Suramar City.[5]





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  • As the Moon Guard have a long tradition of training hippogryphs for battle,[6] their members may have trained as hippogryph riders.
  • Hippogryph Masters may also be hippogryph riders.