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This article is about the titan-forged ancestors of modern gnomes. For the mechagnomes that dwell on Mechagon, see Mechagon mechagnome. For the allied race, see Mechagnome (playable).
Mimiron, the Mastermind
Classification Mechanical, clockwork
Faction/Affiliation Ulduar (Keepers), Titan-forged (Pantheon of Order), Independent
Iron army (Old Gods' forces)
Racial capital Ulduar
Racial leader(s) The Keepers
IconSmall Mechagnome Mimiron (creator)
  Formerly IconSmall Titan Male Loken †
Racial mount IconSmall Mechanostrider Mechanostrider
Homeworld Azeroth
Area(s) Northrend
Language(s) Titan (presumed), Common

Mechagnomes (also called mechanognomes,[1] and clockwork mechagnomes)[2] are a race of titan-forged creatures, resembling clockwork machines, who inhabit the Storm Peaks of Northrend. Creations of the titanic watcher Mimiron, they are the ancestors of the gnome race, having been transformed into them after falling victim to the Curse of Flesh.[3]


Gearmaster Mechazod HS

Gearmaster Mechazod


The mechagnomes were created by Mimiron (also referred to as "The Grand Architect")[3] within Ulduar, apparently as servants and caretakers much like the earthen.[1] When their creator was struck down by the corrupted Keeper Loken, the mechagnomes scrambled to save his fading soul by transplanting it upon a giant mechagnome body, though they could do nothing to help his deteriorated mental state.[4] Alongside the earthen, a number of mechagnomes left Ulduar and became caretakers of the facility of Uldaman.

Like the rest of the titan-forged, the mechagnomes were struck with Yogg-Saron's Curse of Flesh, though the ones at Northrend appear to have been unaffected. The mechagnomes of Uldaman, however, suffered the full brunt of the Curse 3,000 years in the past, where they degenerated into fleshy beings which would later become simply known as gnomes. Physically and mentally debilitated, these creatures lost all sense of purpose, abandoning the halls of Uldaman and fleeing into the surrounding caverns and mountain peaks. Only a handful of mechagnomes remained in the facility, still driven by their titan-forged imperative.[4]

Wrath of the Lich King[]

Wrath-Logo-Small This section concerns content related to Wrath of the Lich King.

At the time of the war against the Lich King, in the Borean Tundra, while a crew of the Fizzcrank Airstrip was siphoning oil off the Fizzcrank Pumping Station in the Geyser Fields, they found a bunch of strange mechanical parts stuck in their pipelines. Since no gnome can turn down a puzzle, they figured out that all those parts belonged together, and they rebuilt them into a robot that looked like a giant gnome. It turned on, called itself Gearmaster Mechazod, and claimed to have been built by the titans. He informed all the gnomes that they were flawed beings, mechagnomes who had been tainted by the Curse of Flesh, and then kidnaped any gnomes he could find in order to convert them into cyborg monstrosities, which took control of the station. Because of his deranged crusade against organic life, both Greatmother Taiga of the Horde and Fizzcrank Fullthrottle of the Alliance have placed a bounty on his head. Fizzcrank lost several people to being turned into angry little robots before Mechazod got stopped by adventurers.[5]

As Keeper Loken fell completely to the whim of Yogg-Saron, the mechagnomes of the Storm Peaks became his servants and allies of the iron dwarves, and were predominantly found around the Inventor's Library. Within Ulduar, a number of mechagnomes guarded the outer defenses of the facility, protecting the path to the Flame Leviathan.

With the death of Loken, the cleansing of Mimiron's mind, and the defeat of Yogg-Saron, the mechagnomes were freed from the influence of the Old Gods and once again serve as loyal servants of the titanic watchers. However, despite the defeat of both Loken and Yogg-Saron, there were still many iron troops throughout Northrend. Consequently, both Thorim and Mimiron were looking for a way to "fix" them.[6]


Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

By the time of the Burning Legion's third invasion of Azeroth, the mechagnomes have been once more integrated into Ulduar's defensive systems, serving the Keepers alongside the iron vrykul, the frost giants, the earthen and the iron dwarves. When Odyn attempted to unify the titan-forged, they were defending Ulduar against the demons.[7]


Attendant Tock

A mechagnome. The light emanating from them may be green, blue, yellow, or even pink.

Mechagnome bodies consist of metallic plates and screws, marked by runic tracks of light. Some of them have mustaches and similar hair-fragments on their heads, also made out of metal. They are all masculine in terms of features, implying female mechagnomes are either non-existent or simply unseen. Being machines, they are likely genderless anyway.

The sounds they make resemble the voices of normal gnomes, just in a "metallic" fashion. Mechagnomes come in various sizes but are usually at the size of a normal gnome. They have three fingers on each hand.


Mechagnomes are immortal.[8] This does not mean they are invulnerable, just that they can't die from aging. They can, however, malfunction. When they do, they require someone else to repair them.[3] Additionally, mechagnomes can be taken apart without being permanently damaged (as long as they are put back together properly).[3]

Matching their appearance, mechagnomes act very robot-like; their behavior is marked by a pragmatic, objective, and sometimes commanding way of thinking, and they seem to have a habit of meticulously analyzing their surroundings."[9][10] While this trait often may seem odd to the mortal races, it often makes it very easy to understand mechagnomes and pick up the information they give. When performing an action or a choice, mechagnomes often utter their reasoning out loud. From what they are saying, the minds of mechagnomes are clearly much similar to a computer program, processing variables and executing commands.[9][10]

Apparently, they have a connection to what could be "titan databanks" - they can sometimes be observed "accessing" these databanks in order to retrieve the information they need. This can be done either directly through the Databanks[11] or through nothing at all, as seen when Attendant Tock attempts to contact them when analyzing a piece of strange metal.

Mechagnomes possess the convenient ability of going into standby-mode. They often do this after completing or being released from a task.[10] Most likely they will stand in standby-mode until their master gives them a new order, as they have little reason to do anything else. It is unknown how long a mechagnome can remain in this state.

They have also been seen riding mechanostriders. The only ones doing this reside at the Inventor's Library, but they seem to have quite a bit of them. The model they use seems to be Ability mount mechastrider [White Mechanostrider Mod B]. They adopted these inventions from the gnomes, for their own mysterious purposes.[12] Other mounts used by mechagnomes are flying machines.[13][14]

Amazingly, normal (fleshy) gnomes today still possess the robotic heritage of their ancestors. Normal gnomes can be reverted back into being mechagnomes, despite those gnomes having been flesh for generations. This is not done by merely adding a supplementary spell on normal gnomes in order to transform them, but oppositely by injecting them with something that removes the Curse of Flesh.[3] Likewise, gnomes who have been turned into mechagnomes may be reverted back to their original fleshy form by injecting them with something that 'reverses the reversion' of the curse. The player has to revert several newly "mechanized" gnomes back to their former self in the quest A [10-30] Re-Cursive. After being mechagnomes, most of these gnomes were apparently not fond of having been so. Then again, some of the gnomes felt that being mechanized had "perfected" them.[15]


Mechagnome Guide HS

Mechagnome Guide in Hearthstone.


Engineers can craft a number of different mechagnomes to perform various services for a limited time.


Blingtrons are a series of diamond-encrusted mechagnome-like robots invented by Gnopetto Bizzfuse, known for their tendency to give out gifts to nearby adventurers.

As a companion pet[]

Clockwork Gnome TCG

Inv misc head clockworkgnome 01 [Clockwork Gnome] in the Trading Card Game.

As a mount[]

Main article: Mimiron's Head

Notes and trivia[]


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 gnomes derive from mechagnomes, their obsession and expertise with mechanics and technology could be explained as a trait from when gnomes were robots. In other words, the gnomes' fascination for making cold steel and electricity into "living" beings may descend from the mechagnomes' sentience of being such constructs themselves. Then again, the mechagnomes' and later the gnomes' interest in engineering may have been implemented by Mimiron in order to make mechagnomes effective workers.
  • While they usually appear to be nearly brain-dead, most mechagnomes seem to have some kind of pseudo-consciousness. In the quest N [25-30] Slaves of the Stormforged where you have to free some mechagnomes from the iron-dwarves, some of the mechagnomes are clearly thankful for being freed (Thank you, <race>. I will join your struggle against the stormforged). A few special mechagnomes, like Gearmaster Mechazod, are furthermore quite conscious of their own actions, talking like "normal" gnomes.
  • Although transforming a normal gnome into a mechagnome (and opposite) somewhat changes the gnome's personality, it seems that they don't lose any of their memories in the process. This assumption is based on Fizzcrank Fullthrottle's tale of how the mechagnomes his crew had been transformed into "recognized" him and the other normal gnomes.
  • Even though most of the mechagnomes that have been reverted back into normal gnomes apparently didn't like their "new" metallic shape, it doesn't necessarily mean that being a mechagnome feels bad, just very different from being a flesh-gnome. Otherwise, it would be strange that most original mechagnomes act rather relaxed (when they are not fighting) and affectionate towards their master.[10][17]
  • Gearmaster Mechazod was found in the Borean Tundra within a pipe during the process of draining water away from the Geyser Fields. It is unknown how he ended up underground in the first place, but as the traces of the titans are found all over Azeroth, it could imply that there are several other mechagnomes buried around the world.
  • How the mechagnomes of Northrend escaped the Curse of Flesh is unknown. It can be presumed that around the time the titans returned to deal with the curse in the earthen, Mimiron likely used this information to create new mechagnomes that were immune to the curse as well, which is why there are still mechagnomes that exist today.



  1. ^ a b Inv misc head clockworkgnome 01 [Clockwork Gnome]
  2. ^ Tales of the Hunt
  3. ^ a b c d e A [10-30] The Mechagnomes
  4. ^ a b c World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. ??
  5. ^ Exploring Azeroth: Northrend, pg. 103
  6. ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume II Issue I
  7. ^ N Warrior [45] Ulduar's Oath
  8. ^ Mob Gearmaster Mechazod: But, I can see it in your eyes, hear it in your pulse rate. You would destroy me despite my offer of immortality!
  9. ^ a b N [25-30] The Armor's Secrets
  10. ^ a b c d N [25-30] Slaves of the Stormforged
  11. ^ Mob Library Guardian: Assessing database integrity ...
  12. ^ Cut Short, pg. 2
  13. ^ Mob Fumblub Gearwind
  14. ^ Mob Mechanostriker 54-A
  15. ^ Alliance Fizzcrank Airstrip Survivor: But... but... I was perfect!
  16. ^ World of Warcraft: The Magazine Volume 2 Issue 1, pg. ??
  17. ^ Mob Archivist Mechaton