|Faction/Affiliation||Old Gods' forces|
|Area(s)||Vashj'ir, Dread Wastes, Suramar, Tiragarde Sound, Nazjatar|
|Sources: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm|
Merciless ones, also called mindbenders, mind-squids, mindstealers, and zoatroids, are octopus-like cyclopean parasitic aberrations related to the Old Gods, primarily found alongside naga forces. They are capable of attaching themselves to (and/or devouring) the heads of sapient beings in order to enslave them. Part of the process involves using an internal organ to assail their victim's minds with a deafening psychic scream. The creatures themselves seem to be built for the sole purpose of serving the Old Gods and harassing the minds of mortals. Merciless ones have beaks. Apparently they are also quite smelly.
Merciless ones are apparently somehow related to the squid-like kraken, who physically resemble them but are far larger. Artisan Itanu refers to mindbenders as the "children" of the kraken patriarch Ozumat, who once attached himself to the head of Neptulon in a manner similar to a merciless. In addition, the spawn of the kraken Jiao are also merciless ones.
In the present, the merciless ones were first seen by the adventurer before the assault on the Abyssal Maw, recruiting/possessing gilgoblins. Following Neptulon's capture, Erunak Stonespeaker was abducted by the naga and enslaved by the merciless one Mindbender Ghur'sha within the Throne of the Tides.
A great many merciless ones were seen in the service of Queen Azshara and N'Zoth during Nazjatar storyline. Called "zoatroids," they are bred in massive numbers in two locations: The Chamber of Harvesters in the deep tunnels of northern Nazjatar and watched over by the Shirakess naga, and The Hatchery which is protected by a massive merciless one known as Orgozoa.
|Julak-Doom <The Eye of Zor>||Controlling a flesh giant||Killable||Twilight Highlands|
|Mindbender Ghur'sha||Controlling Erunak Stonespeaker||Killable||Abyssal Halls, Throne of the Tides|
|Orgozoa||Protecting merciless hatchery for Queen Azshara||Killable||Eternal Palace|
|Ulmath||Enthralling the restless spirits of Nazjatar, attempting to amass an unstoppable undead force||Killable||Zin-Azshari, Nazjatar|
- Amorphic Cognitor
- Ancient Mindbender
- Deep Subjugator
- Infesting Mindeater
- Jiao Spawn
- Lesser Zoatroid
- Merciless Aberration
- Merciless Mindeater
- Merciless One
- Parasitic Mindstealer
- Primordial Mindbender
- Sunken Terror
- Writhing Willbreaker
- Zoatroid (Nazjatar)
- Zoatroid (Eternal Palace)
- Zoatroid Harvester
As a companion pet
- Main article: Syd the Squid
Notes and trivia
- While the merciless ones have been referred to as "demon squids" and described as "demonic", there is no other evidence pointing to a connection to true demons, and it's most likely just intended as a simple descriptive term.
- Priests can temporarily summon a merciless one through the talent.
- The Parasitoid Sha use the merciless one model and share the ability to attach themselves to their victims' heads, but are considered to be sha nonetheless.
- The merciless ones resemble unarmored Daleks from the popular British science-fiction program Doctor Who.
Mindbender Ghur'sha with Erunak in the TCG.