HordeHorde navy
Horde fleet 1.png
Main leader Unknown
  Formerly IconSmall Sylvanas.gif Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner
IconSmall Vol'jin.gif Warchief Vol'jin †
IconSmall Garrosh.gif Warchief Garrosh Hellscream †
IconSmall Thrall.gif Warchief Thrall
Secondary leaders IconSmall Undead Female.gif Dread-Admiral Tattersail
IconSmall Tauren Male.gif Admiral Hagman
Race(s) OrcOrc Orc
Jungle trollJungle troll Jungle troll
TaurenTauren Tauren
ForsakenForsaken Forsaken
GoblinGoblin Goblin
Blood elfBlood elf Blood elf
NightborneNightborne Nightborne
Highmountain taurenHighmountain tauren Highmountain tauren
Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har orc
Zandalari trollZandalari troll Zandalari troll
Capital Orgrimmar
Other major settlements Echo Isles, Bilgewater Harbor, Port of Zandalar, Shatterspear War Camp, Shadowprey Village, Vengeance Landing, Zoram'gar Outpost
Theater of operations All major oceans of Azeroth as well as alternate Draenor, Northrend, Deepholm and the Broken Isles
Language(s) Orcish, Zandali, Gutterspeak, Taur-ahe
Sub-group(s) Golden Fleet, Hellscream warfleet, Windrunner Fleet
Affiliation Horde
Status Active

The Horde navy is the collective maritime military force of the various members of the Horde. As the naval wing of the Horde military, these combined navies protect the Horde's interests throughout Azeroth and beyond, and have seen particularly frequent service against the Alliance and its navy.


Warchief Thrall's new orcish Horde escaped the internment camps of Lordaeron in stolen ships from the Alliance of Lordaeron. In fact, throughout the entire Third War the Horde would produce little to no ships of their own, instead hiring mercenary transport boats from goblin shipyards when necessary.[1] However, after the second invasion by the Burning Legion had ended, the Horde could instead focus on expanding their presence on land as well as on sea.

After the Cataclysm

Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

The Cataclysm led to the war against Deathwing, in which Warchief Garrosh Hellscream ordered the Bilgewater Cartel to build an armada that he would name Hellscream warfleet, hoping to use it to persuade the Dragonmaw clan to ally the Horde.[2] However, corruption and delays in Bilgewater Harbor meant poor quality despite high costs,[3] but intimidating the Bilgewater Foreman in charge helped get the warfleet done in time for the Horde to successfully launch an incursion into the Twilight Highlands.[4] The Warchief, on board the warfleet, ordered the Horde air guard to seize the opportunity and attack the Alliance armada while it was in close formation. Though the Alliance apparently inflicted heavy casualties,[5] the fleet was left seriously damaged following this ambush. The Horde's zeppelins too would pay for the sudden attack, when they were soon afterwards wiped out by a group of twilight dragons led by Deathwing, having dispatched all their close air support to deal with the Alliance.[6]

Elsewhere, the Horde's sea fleet was also attacked by Alliance naval forces in open waters en route to the Twilight Highlands, inflicting heavy damage.[7]

Captain Skullshatter commanded the gunship Storm's Fury into Deepholm where it was shut down and crashed.

Mists of Pandaria

Mists of Pandaria This section concerns content related to Mists of Pandaria.

During the Attack on Theramore Isle, the Horde erected a naval blockade around Kalimdor,[8] with the Warchief's Fist engaging with the Alliance ship Elwynn.[9]

Later, the Horde navy was victorious at the coasts of Tanaris and Tol Barad. A southern fleet encountered an Alliance envoy and an uncharted landmass.[10]

Garrosh Hellscream sent Admiral Hagman to control the Horde fleet confronting Admiral Hodgson of the Alliance in a battle on the High Seas.


Horde ships heading to the Broken Shore.

At the start of the third invasion of the Burning Legion, Horde navy assaulted the Broken Shore.[11]

Alliance with the Zandalari

Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.

After the Argus Campaign, too many of the Horde navy's ships were destroyed either by the Legion or by the Alliance. Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner had Horde dockmasters working overnight.[12]

During the Fourth War, much of the Horde's naval power was docked in the Echo Isles. Alliance champions were sent to infiltrate the troll capital, and set fire to the ships.[13]

The Horde fleet grew a great deal in size after the Zandalari trolls introduced their Golden Fleet to the Horde. However, it was almost entirely destroyed by the Alliance during the Battle of Dazar'alor as the ships had been sabotaged and later detonated.


Name Description Examples Image
Orc destroyers Standard ship used by the Horde navy, forming the bulk of many Horde fleets, these ships are small spiked craft and have also been called "gunships",[14] though that name normally refers to the flying crafts. Draka's Fury
Gorrok's Lament
Galerek's Remorse
The Iron Reaper
Stygian Bounty
The Sea Wolf
Warchief's Fist
Bladefist Reaper
Stygian Scar
Zeppelins Are flying contraptions created by the goblins, using a lighter-than-air design, with their machines employing bags filled with gas to make them buoyant in the air, compared to heavier-than-air designs, which employ wing surfaces and movement to produce lift, either using a fixed wing, or a spinning rotor. Spear of Durotar
Garrosh's Airship
Heart of Orgrimmar
The Indomitable
The Impervious
The Skyshredder
The Iron Eagle.jpg
Gunship Highly versatile and complex airships that can act as mobile command centers during battle. First used during the war against the Lich King, eventually becoming common in all major Horde campaigns. Kept aloft and powered by two zeppelin-inspired hot air balloons. The design heavily incorporates goblin engineering. Heavily armored and possessing extremely heavy firepower. Hellscream's Fist
Storm's Fury
Hellscream's Fist.jpg
Forsaken flagship Largest ships in the Forsaken navy. The Forsaken flagship have been equipped with the New Plague and Dread Ballistas. More decks and levels also make these vessels one of the largest battleships in the Horde navy. Death's Advance
The Swift Vengeance
Forsaken battleship The Forsaken navy is composed of ships dredged up from the bottom of the ocean. Most of them were once among Lordaeron's fleets.[15] Despite this, Forsaken battleships can be built at the Frostwall Shipyard. The Forsaken battleships have been equipped with Forsaken catapults, providing their ships with projectile weapons and blight anti-air. According to Sylvanas Windrunner, the Bilgewater Cartel have modified the catapults to be faster and more powerful.[16] The Windrunner
The Oblivion
The Dark Defiance
The Queen's Reprisal
The Blightbringer
The Casket Carrier
The Banshee's Wail
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Blood elven destroyers Elven destroyers of the trireme hull type employ "junk sails" in a "schooner rig". This sail configuration is characterized by good windward handling and generally good speed across all sailing points (but less from running with the wind). This is consistent with the idea that the elven destroyer is a fast, highly maneuverable warship. The Crimson Dawn
The Firehawk
Crimson Treader
Crimson Treader.jpg
Goblin ships Goblin yachts are light, fast sailing ships capable of carrying out many different types of operations. Kezan Runner Kezan Runner Kezan.jpg
Goblin submarine Submersible craft of goblin design, capable of carrying out many different types of operations, these vessels are capable of striking both surface and underwater targets, and can even take to the land and function as a ground assault craft. Greasy Eel
The Verne
Goblin Submarine.jpg
River boat Are a type of goblin sailboats used for small distances like rivers. Riverboat.jpg
Carrier Large warships of the Iron Horde, and later, of the Mag'har Clans, very similar in appearance to dreadnaughts. Used during the war in Draenor by the Horde navy, and later reintroduced after the Mag'har exodus to Azeroth. These ships dedicated as mobile bases for gyrocopters and bombers. Heavily armored and generally effective against battleships, but vulnerable to submarines. Dreadnaught Nazmir.jpg
Iron boat Are a small seagoing watercraft, used to convey a landing force from the sea to the shore during an amphibious assault. Iron Boat.jpg
Zandalari flagship Largest ships in the Golden Fleet, and sometimes accompanied by a smaller battleship. They are equipped with two rows of ballistae on each side, as well as being more heavily armored in the front than other vessels. More decks and levels also make these vessels one of the largest battleships in the Horde navy. Gral's Call
Rastakhan's Might
Breath of Pa'ku
Rezan's Claw
Rastakhan's Might.jpg
Zandalari battleship Medium-sized warships, possess a single row of ballistae and one main mast. Though capable of battle, they are also frequently used as transport, cargo, and trade vessels in around Zandalar and beyond. The Golden Skipper
Rezan's Wake
Gral's Bounty
The Golden Skipper.jpg

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