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For the character from the Warcraft film universe, see Kilrogg Deadeye (film universe).
HordeKilrogg Deadeye
Image of Kilrogg Deadeye
Title Bleeding Hollow Chieftain
Gender Male
Race Orc
Class Warrior
Affiliation(s) Horde of Draenor, Bleeding Hollow clan
Former affiliation(s) Old Horde
Occupation Chieftain of the Bleeding Hollow clan
Location Killed in Auchindoun
Status Deceased, killed by Danath Trollbane[1]
Relative(s) Jorin Deadeye (son),
deceased father,
3 deceased sons,
2 deceased grandsons

Kilrogg Deadeye was the chieftain of the Bleeding Hollow clan.[2] He is so named because he lost his left eye.[3] Leading his clan in both the First and Second Wars, Kilrogg was one of the older and more cunning orc chieftains. During the Invasion of Draenor, he was killed in a duel with Danath Trollbane.


Lords of War[]

Tired of watching his clan slowly walking towards extinction because of the arakkoa, Kilrogg went to his father and confronted him about the situation. His father then suggested that he would go through the clan's ancient, sacrificial ritual just as he did. Kilrogg accepted, sacrificing his left eye and receiving a vision of the future. He saw his clan becoming superior again and his own death at the hands of the Alliance Expedition formed by the the Alliance of Lordaeron. He then proceeded to kill his father and take over the clan.

Rise of the Horde[]

Kilrogg was present at the Kosh'harg celebration in Nagrand.[4] Later, when Gul'dan promised the orc chieftains unlimited strength and power, Grommash Hellscream and Warchief Blackhand were among the first to drink the blood of Mannoroth with Kilrogg and the other chieftains, save Durotan, following.[5]

After the destruction of Shattrath City and the defeat of the draenei, the Horde began to attack Draenor's other races. Kilrogg and his forces slaughtered the Primals of Farahlon and burned down its forests.[6]

First War[]

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As an older chieftain, Kilrogg Deadeye had become more unwilling to throw lives away in combat. In orcish politics older orcs become more pragmatic, which is often mistaken for cowardice by the younger generation. Prior to the sacking of Stormwind, Kilrogg had killed three of his sons and two grandsons already who thought they could rule the clan better.[7]

During the First War against Stormwind, Kilrogg and the Bleeding Hollow led a few raiding parties into the western jungles of Stranglethorn Vale, as the region reminded them of their ancestral home and they had aims of claiming it for themselves. However, the Gurubashi jungle trolls who dwelled in the jungles united to fight back against this new threat and began a guerrilla campaign against the orcs. The fighting between the two groups was unspeakably vicious. While the Bleeding Hollow seemed to outnumber the Gurubashi in every skirmish, they were still at a severe disadvantage against the trolls' knowledge of the region. The Gurubashi were willing to give up vast swathes of jungle to draw the orcs deeper into their territory, only to then launch bloody ambushes from all directions, resulting in horrific losses for the Bleeding Hollow. When Blackhand learned how many orcs were dying in Stranglethorn for no apparent gain, he ordered the Bleeding Hollow to retreat and join the fight against the humans. The Horde would deal with the trolls later.[8]

Later still, Blackhand ordered Kilrogg and Cho'gall of the Twilight's Hammer clan to lead an assault against Stormwind City itself. After the Horde bombarded the city's walls with siege engines through the night, Kilrogg and Cho'gall launched their attack at dawn. Orcs charged the battlements while warlocks engulfed Stormwind's soldiers in fel fire, and it seemed like the city would fall by midday. However, Anduin Lothar led a charge of knights through Elwynn Forest and launched an attack on the orcs' rear lines, forcing the Bleeding Hollow and Twilight's Hammer to break off their aggression and try to push back the knights. When Stormwind's gates opened and soldiers poured out of the city, the orcs were forced to flee from the two-pronged assault. It was the biggest disaster the Horde had ever suffered, and Blackhand only restrained himself from executing Kilrogg and Cho'gall because he suspected their clan members would revolt.[9]

Second War[]

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Kilrogg fought under Blackhand, and then later under Orgrim Doomhammer. During the Second War, his clan was stationed throughout Khaz Modan, where it controlled the Horde's vital mining and oil refining operations. When Orgrim Doomhammer was forced to withdraw back into Khaz Modan, after sending a large part of the Horde away to kill the treacherous Gul'dan and regain the lost honor of the orcs, Deadeye was one of the few that agreed with his decision. He also revealed that the dwarves of Ironforge continued to be a problem as he had been trying to reach them for months during the Siege of Ironforge. Doomhammer told him to stay here and slow the enemies down.[10] At the end of the war with the destruction of the Dark Portal and the defeat of the orcs; the aging Kilrogg refused to surrender, even after Doomhammer was captured. Kilrogg escaped and managed to avoid capture by the Alliance forces.[2]

Beyond the Dark Portal[]

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Kilrogg leading the remnants of his clan through the Dark Portal.

Kilrogg and his remaining Bleeding Hollow orcs managed to evade the Alliance for two years. He, like most of the remaining orc leaders, was summoned to the site of the Dark Portal to discover that Teron Gorefiend had reopened the portal, Grommash Hellscream and his Warsongs already being there and that the Horde had united under Ner'zhul's leadership. Kilrogg informed Teron about the status of orcs on Azeroth and returned home.[11] After returning to Ner'zhul in the Hellfire Citadel, the old shaman decided to keep the wise tactician and his orcs with himself acting as his bodyguards. When Ner'zhul was ready to move, Kilrogg insisted to give Hellscream new orders, but Ner'zhul disagreed.

On the way from Hellfire Citadel to the Black Temple to begin the ritual, Ner'zhul — accompanied by Kilrogg and Teron Gorefiend — made a stop in the ruined draenei necropolis of Auchindoun, a prospect that frightened the usually-fearless chieftain, believing that it would doom them if they went there.[12] However, he eventually gave in, accepting that it was necessary to rest there for a time on their way to Shadowmoon Valley.[13] It was there, in the depths of the Shadow Labyrinth — slowing the Alliance forces enough for Ner'zhul to make his escape — that Kilrogg met his end. In a duel with Alliance force commander Danath Trollbane (honorable, to the latter's surprise), the human threw his blade at Kilrogg's throat, taking advantage of the chieftain's half-blindness. Kilrogg's throat was slashed open, but he managed to declare that by his blood the Horde would live and that he was returning to his ancestors. His eye glazed over, and he toppled sideways landing heavily on the floor.[1][2]

Kilrogg's tenacity lives on with his son, the Mag'har Jorin Deadeye.[2]

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After the War[]

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The Warcraft III manual stated that Kilrogg survived his clash with the Alliance forces; this alternative account is chronicled below and is considered non-canon.

When Ner'zhul used the items to open more portals, Grom Hellscream and Kilrogg Deadeye realized Ner'zhul's mad plans would doom their entire race. They abandoned Ner'zhul and rallied as many orcs as they could find, driving them through the Dark Portal to the questionable safety of Azeroth just before Draenor was destroyed.[14] Their clans passed through just before Archmage Khadgar closed it completely. Hellscream and Deadeye hacked their way through the human ranks in a desperate bid for freedom, the Dark Portal exploding behind them. For them, and the remaining orcs on Azeroth, there would be no going back.[14][15] Though Grom Hellscream and his Warsong clan managed to evade capture, Deadeye and his Bleeding Hollow clan were rounded up and placed in the internment camps in Lordaeron.[15][16]

Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans[]

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In the canceled Warcraft Adventures, Kilrogg Deadeye was still the leader of the Bleeding Hollow clan. After Grom Hellscream convoked all the free clans to Grim Batol, Kilrogg met with Thrall, Doomhammer and Kargath on an Altar of Storms. Thrall then convinced them all to work together to free the rest of the orcs and reunite the Horde.


  • I am Kilrogg Deadeye. I am chieftain of the Bleeding Hollow clan. Many humans have I slain. You will not be the last. I am charged with stopping you from passing, and so... you shall not.[17]
  • You did get past me—I give you that. Well fought, but in the end, you have failed, human. My master has gone ahead to the Black Temple to cast his spell. You cannot stop him now, and worlds without end will know the trampling feet of the Horde.[18]
  • By my blood... the Horde... lives. Ances­tors... I come...[1]

Alternate timelines[]

Alternate Kilrogg appears in the alternate Draenor of the past during the war in Draenor.

Kilrogg Deadeye from a separate timeline[19] appears in the Warcraft film universe.

Notes and trivia[]

  • In the original lore, Kilrogg was the leader along Cho'gall of the original attack on Stormwind Keep at the start of the First War. This first attack was an unmitigated disaster for the orcs, and Deadeye and Cho'gall blamed the failure on each other. A rift soon grew that threatened to rip the Horde apart before it had even begun its conquest of Azeroth, which led to Gul'dan stepping in to quell the problem and installing Blackhand as the leader of the invasion.[20]
  • According to Rise of the Horde, the name "Deadeye" is not a family name but instead one that Kilrogg took for himself.[21] It's unclear whether or not this is still canon in light of more recent lore about Bleeding Hollow culture.
  • There is a recurring warlock spell called Spell shadow evileye [Eye of Kilrogg], being named after the renowned chieftain.[22]
  • The Deadeye Shore in Durotar is named after Kilrogg and contains a large patch of sand missing from the desert, shaped like a skull missing an eye - in honor of him.[23]
  • Kilrogg's vision presented in Lords of War is not meant to be taken literally and was just a nod to the players.[24] Maraad does not know the actual contents of Kilrogg's vision,[25] though it was likely his death at the hands of Danath.


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.
  • The lore book, The New Horde, refers to "many veteran [orc] chieftains" being freed from Internment camps and supporting Thrall's ascension to Warchief. This is likely referring to Kilrogg and Kargath Bladefist, as they were on alive and on Azeroth at the time this section of the lore was written, and no other veteran orc chieftains could fit this description.
  • He might be related to Krahl Deadeye.


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  1. ^ a b c Beyond the Dark Portal, pg. 322
  2. ^ a b c d Ultimate Visual Guide
  3. ^ Loreology on Twitter (dead link)
  4. ^ Legends: A Warrior Made--Part 2
  5. ^ Rise of the Horde, chapter 19
  6. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 97
  7. ^ The Last Guardian, pg. 221
  8. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 125
  9. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 132
  10. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 329
  11. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pg. 80-82
  12. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pg. 273-275
  13. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pg. 277
  14. ^ a b The Invasion of Draenor
  15. ^ a b Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual, pg. 19
  16. ^ The Battle of Grim Batol
  17. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pg. 317
  18. ^ Beyond the Dark Portal, pg. 320
  19. ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter (2015-07-12). Retrieved on 2016-06-29.​ “@MickyNeilson Will the Warcraft movie become "canon" lore, or is it like a parallel universe like WoD? except no interaction between the two" "@Zerde3 Separate.”
  20. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, The History of Orcish Ascension, The Mastery of Forces - Medivh and Blackhand
  21. ^ Rise of the Horde, chapter 5
  22. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Ogre-Mage Spells
  23. ^ World of Warcraft: Exploring Azeroth: Kalimdor, pg. 10
  24. ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter: "Yep! Seemed like a fun nod to players."
  25. ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter: "Yeah Maraad doesn't know the specifics of the vision."
Preceded by:
Chieftain of the Bleeding Hollow Clan
Succeeded by:
Jorin Deadeye (as Warchief) (Mag'har)
Grillok "Darkeye" (Fel Horde)