This article is about the lore of the Mag'har orcs. For information about the playable Mag'har allied race, see Mag'har orc (playable). For other uses, see Mag'har (disambiguation).
Mag'har orcs
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Grommash Hellscream, a Mag'har orc
Faction/Affiliation Horde, Warsong Offensive, The Mag'har, Mag'har Clans (Blackrock clan, Bleeding Hollow clan, Burning Blade clan, Frostwolf clan, Laughing Skull clan, Shadowmoon clan, Shattered Hand clan, Thunderlord clan, Warsong clan), Lower City, True Horde, Iron Horde
Character classes

WoW Icon update.png Hunter, Mage, Monk, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warrior

Beastmaster, Berserker, Blademaster, Bonecrusher, Dark shaman, Far seer, Gladiator, Grunt, Peon, Raider, Scout
Racial capital Horde Garadar (Outland)
Horde Orgrimmar
Neutral Hellsreach Citadel (Draenor)
Racial leader(s)

Horde  Geyah

Alternate Draenor:
Horde  Geya'rah

Neutral  Grommash Hellscream †
Racial mount IconSmall Worg.gif Wolf
IconSmall Rylak.gif Rylak
IconSmall Clefthoof.gif Clefthoof
IconSmall Talbuk.gif Talbuk
Homeworld Draenor, alternate Draenor
Area(s) Outland, Azeroth, alternate Draenor
Language(s) Orcish
Organization(s) Clans

“Do you know who we are, stranger? We are Mag'har - brown orcs, as I have heard your kind call us. The Mag'har are survivors: Survivors of a fallen dynasty; Survivors of the Red Pox; Survivors of a shattered world...”

Jorin Deadeye[1]

The Mag'har orcs[2][3] ("uncorrupted" in Orcish), also known as "brown orcs",[1][4][5] are the orcs that escaped the corruption of the Burning Legion and thereby retained their natural brown or gray skin color. On Draenor, they were a result of isolation from the Horde due to being quarantined in Garadar. They have a noble shamanistic tradition cultivating a mighty tribal society that was centered around survival, regulating themselves through ritualized combat and personal honor. On the alternate Draenor, the orcs did not take up the fel because of the intervention of Garrosh Hellscream, causing them to remain uncorrupted.


Outland Mag'har

Years prior to the Blood Pact with Mannoroth, a virulent plague known as the "red pox" spread among the orcish clans, and Geyah established a quarantine village in Nagrand, naming it Garadar after Garad.[6] Those that were quarantined managed to avoid the corruption that plagued even their parents and the rest of the world. The orcs, and Nagrand, came to be referred to as "Mag'har" — which in Orcish means "uncorrupted".[7]

The Burning Crusade

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The current leader of the Mag'har, the venerable Greatmother Geyah, is an old and wise orc, yet she recently fell extremely ill. Garrosh Hellscream, the son of Grommash Hellscream, served as the Mag'har's military chief, aided by Jorin Deadeye, son of the venerable chieftain of the Bleeding Hollow clan Kilrogg Deadeye. Garrosh was to succeed Geyah as chieftain of the Mag'har should she pass. Warchief Thrall of the New Horde met with the Mag'har and reconnected with the old traditions. The Mag'har joined the Horde, and taught the orcs about their past and the old ways.

Several Mag'har orcs also traveled to Shattrath City, allying with Lower City.

Wrath of the Lich King

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Garrosh was the first Mag'har to set foot in Orgrimmar. A number of Mag'har joined the Horde's war effort, notably during the campaign against the Lich King and the Alliance, Deathwing and in the Pandaren Campaign. Mag'har orcs in the Horde became a more common sight once Garrosh became its Warchief.

Among the Mag'har who joined Garrosh on Azeroth are Dranosh Saurfang, Cromush, Grebo, Glubgok, Lucretia, Saurboz, Gash'nul, Rok'nah, Dalgan, and Ishi. Even children like Namond and Gogu ventured beyond the Portal. Korgol Crushskull can be found at the Darkmoon Faire. Mag'har war drummers also participate in the assault on the Seething Shore.

Mists of Pandaria

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While many members of the Horde rebelled against Garrosh's reign as Warchief, many loyal Mag'har sided with him and could be found in Orgrimmar and the Underhold as part of the True Horde.

Alternate Draenor Mag'har

Main article: Iron Horde#History

For untold generations, the orc clans of Draenor battled one another in endless war. But when Gul'dan offered them the blood of his demonic masters, the disparate tribes of Mag'har—the orcish word for "uncorrupted"—refused the dark bargain and banded together to drive out the Burning Legion. United under the leadership of Grommash Hellscream, the Mag'har pledged to one day repay Azeroth's heroes for aiding their cause. As war against the Alliance intensifies, the Horde must call upon the might of the Mag'har to seize victory.[8]


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

Several Mag'har orcs were captured on the Broken Shore during the Burning Legion's third invasion.

Battle for Azeroth

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A lot of Mag'har from the alternate Draenor, enough to field a significant force,[9] have joined the Horde through efforts of Eitrigg.


Mag'har of Outland

Name Role Condition Location Allegiance
IconSmall Aggra.gif Aggralan Member of the Earthen Ring and wife to Thrall Alive Various Horde, Frostwolf clan, The Mag'har, Earthen Ring
IconSmall Geyah.gif Geyah Mother of Durotan. Spiritual leader of the Mag'har Alive Garadar, Nagrand The Mag'har, formerly Frostwolf clan
IconSmall OrcBrown Female.gif Kashur Previous elder shaman of the Frostwolf clan and Drek'Thar's mentor Ghost Spirit Fields, Nagrand The Mag'har, Frostwolf clan
IconSmall Garrosh.gif Garrosh Hellscream Son of Grom Hellscream, former warchief of the Horde, mastermind behind the Iron Horde on alternate Draenor Deceased Various Iron Horde formerly The Mag'har, Warsong Offensive, Horde
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif Garm Wolfbrother Last Chieftain of the Thunderlord clan Deceased Thunderlord Stronghold, Blade's Edge Mountains The Mag'har, Thunderlord clan
IconSmall Dranosh.gif Dranosh Saurfang Son of Varok Saurfang, killed at the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate, Soul claimed by Frostmourne and raised as a death knight, Slain by adventurers Deceased Buried in the Ancestral Grounds, Nagrand The Scourge, formerly Horde, Warsong Offensive
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif Jorin Deadeye Son of Kilrogg Deadeye and Warchief of the Bleeding Hollow clan Alive Garadar, Nagrand Bleeding Hollow clan, The Mag'har
IconSmall OrcBrown Male.gif Ishi Blademaster and champion of Warchief Garrosh Hellscream Deceased Garrosh'ar Advance, Kun-Lai Summit Horde
IconSmall Cromush.gif Cromush Warlord of the Horde Alive Hillsbrad Foothills Horde

Mag'har of alternate Draenor

Name Role Condition Location Allegiance
IconSmall Durotan2.gif Durotan Chieftain of the Frostwolf clan Deceased Various Frostwolf orcs, Horde
IconSmall Grommash.gif Grommash Hellscream Warchief of the Mag'har, former warchief of the Iron Horde Unknown Various Mag'har, Warsong clan, formerly Iron Horde
IconSmall Geya'rah.gif Geya'rah Overlord of the Mag'har Alive Mag'har, Frostwolf clan, Horde
IconSmall Draka2.gif Draka Durotan's mate and mother of Geya'rah Alive Various Frostwolf orcs, Horde


The architecture of the Mag'har seems to be inspired from the orcish buildings from Warcraft: Orcs & Humans. This suggests that during the First War, orcs used similar building types to those back at home on Draenor. However, over time, their buildings become more and more "warlike" and less nomadic. Those back on Draenor/Outland never changed their building style.

Notes and trivia

  • Geyah once called the land of Nagrand itself "mag'har", uncorrupted.[10] As such, the term does not apply only to orcs.
  • The adjective derived from "Mag'har" is "Mag'hari".[11][12]
  • Representatives of the alternate universe Mag'har orcs appeared in Orgrimmar with the 8.0 pre-patch, before they were supposed to show up and be made available, due to an unintentional phasing error.[13] They were removed shortly after.
  • A large number of skins for orc characters in Heroes of the Storm make them look like Mag'har, such as Mag'har Shadow Council Gul'dan, Warsong Hellblade Samuro, and Mag'har Johanna.
  • Mag'har, being a type of Orc, are also largely based upon Balkan, West Asian (particularly Turkish), with other varied and specific elements from other cultures.
    • For general Orc cultural inspiration, see Orcs#Notes and trivia
    • Mag'har is pronounced similar to the name Hungarians have for themselves, "magyar".
    • The seven clans of the Iron Horde resemble the seven clans of the Magyar tribes, as well as the dynamic between the clan chieftain and farseer shaman resembles the balance between the magyar gyula, which means warchief, and kende, which means sacred prince and oversaw spiritual matters.
    • The unification of the Iron Horde's seven clans through a blood oath resembles the Hungarian blood oath unifying the seven magyar tribes.
    • The Shadowmoon clan's lunar basis may be based upon the lunar calendar used by Mongolians, Turkic peoples traditionally, and others.
    • Likewise the "moonwillow" in the area whose roots extend into the Shadowmoon Burial Grounds may be based upon the recurring death-related myths and practices involving willow trees.


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.

Since mok'nathal and Mag'har orcs largely look the same, the ethnicity of characters like Orhan Ogreblade, Uda the Beast, and Lucretia is unclear.


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