For the Abyssal Depths mob, see Merciless One.
Merciless one
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Faction/Affiliation Old Gods' forces
Racial leader(s)  N'Zoth (presumed)
Homeworld Azeroth
Environment Underwater
Area(s) Vashj'ir, Dread Wastes, Suramar, Tiragarde Sound, Nazjatar
Sources: World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Merciless ones, also called mindbenders,[1][2] mind-squids,[1] mindstealers,[3] and zoatroids,[4] are octopus-like cyclopean[5] parasitic aberrations[2] related to the Old Gods, primarily found alongside naga forces. They are capable of attaching themselves to (and/or devouring)[6] 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.[1] Merciless ones have beaks.[7][8] Apparently they are also quite smelly.[6]

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,[1] 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.


Merciless ones fought alongside Ozumat and faceless ones against the kvaldir in the past.[9]

In the present, the merciless ones were first seen by the adventurer before the assault on the Abyssal Maw, recruiting/possessing gilgoblins.[6] Following Neptulon's capture,[10] Erunak Stonespeaker was abducted by the naga and enslaved by the merciless one Mindbender Ghur'sha within the Throne of the Tides.

The Sashj'tar naga used Writhing Willbreakers to control captured vrykul from Jandvik.[11]

Merciless ones infected shipments at Anglepoint Wharf in Tiragarde Sound,[12][13] latching onto the workers who are then controlled to in turn spread more merciless ones into the shipments.[3]

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.[14]




Name Role Status Location
Mob  Julak-Doom <The Eye of Zor> Controlling a flesh giant Killable Twilight Highlands
Boss  Mindbender Ghur'sha Controlling Erunak Stonespeaker Killable Abyssal Halls, Throne of the Tides
Boss  Orgozoa Protecting merciless hatchery for Queen Azshara Killable Eternal Palace
Boss  Ulmath Enthralling the restless spirits of Nazjatar, attempting to amass an unstoppable undead force Killable Zin-Azshari, Nazjatar


As a companion pet

Main article: Syd the Squid

 [Syd the Squid] has a chance to drop from  [Greater Darkmoon Pet Supplies], although it's possible it's simply a squid that uses the merciless one model, rather than an actual merciless one.

Notes and trivia

Dead merciless. Note the mouths filled with sharp teeth.

  • While the merciless ones have been referred to as "demon squids"[6] and described as "demonic",[5] 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 [Mindbender] talent.
  • The Mob 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.