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Main leader IconSmall Leoroxx Leoroxx
Race(s) IconSmall Mok'Nathal MaleIconSmall Mok'Nathal Female Half-ogre
OgreOgre Ogre
OrcOrc Orc
Character classes Beastmaster, Hunter, Shaman, Warrior
Capital Mok'Nathal Village
Theater of operations Outland, Azeroth
Language(s) Orcish, Goblin, Taur-ahe, Zandali
Affiliation Horde
Status Active

The mok'nathal (also spelled Mok'Nathal[1][2] or Mok'Nathal Clan)[3] are half-ogre, half-orc hybrids.[4] Most mok'nathal are part of a clan found in Outland, though it is nearly defunct. Rexxar, the disowned son of chieftain Leoroxx, was the only remaining one left on Azeroth. Their last remaining settlement is Mok'Nathal Village in the eastern area of the Blade's Edge Mountains.

According to Warrith, the mok'nathal are bitter enemies of all draenei, having hunted them all but to extinction.[5]



After battles with the Warsong clan and the rebellion of the Shattered Hand clan, the Gorian Empire was losing power on Draenor and their hold on Nagrand was broken forever. Imperator Kelgrok of the Bladespire clan was greatly troubled by these events and determined to keep his hold on Frostfire Ridge. He did not only mean to keep defenses up but to expand. To make up for the ogres' low numbers, Bladespire sorcerers had conducted cruel experiments to create new creatures that could be used as labor, and the greatest result came from selective breeding between ogres and enslaved orcs. The children of these forced unions were called mok'nathal, possessing the strength of ogres and intelligence of orcs. The Bladespire kept the mok'nathal in chains and bred them together to create even more. To ensure their loyalty, the ogres threatened to kill entire families if even one of the members rebelled.

Imperator Kelgrok unshackled many of these mok'nathal and ordered them to make war on the orcs of Frostfire Ridge. The mok'nathal formed the bulk of the Bladespire army that rampaged across Frostfire, seizing many tracts of resource-rich land. Chieftain Garad of the Frostwolf clan called upon the Whiteclaw and Thunderlord clans that lived nearby to unite, but the Thunderlords - led by Garad's estranged son Fenris Wolfbrother - rejected the offer. Thunderlord orcs raided Bladespire settlements alone in the dead of night, slaughtering young and old alike. In the meantime, the united Frostwolf and Whiteclaw army fought the Bladespire and managed to capture a number of mok'nathal, including their elder Leoroxx.

Garad was surprised to learn that Leoroxx and the other mok'nathal were not willing servants but slaves. Garad and Leoroxx came to an agreement to help each other destroy the Bladespire clan forever. Leoroxx returned to Bladespire Hold and incited open rebellion among the mok'nathal. They rose up against their oppressors and set fire to the stronghold as the Frostwolves and Whiteclaws crashed into Bladespire's outer defenses. The Battle of Bladespire dragged on for a full bloody day before the orcs and mok'nathal drove the ogres out. In the heart of the fortress, Leoroxx strangled Imperator Kelgrok with the chains he had worn for so much of his life.

The orcs and mok'nathal had won but at the cost of many lives including Garad's son Ga'nar, who had sacrificed himself to let many young mok'nathal escape. Afterward, Garad offered Leoroxx and his people land in Frostfire, but Leoroxx declined because he knew the half-breeds would never truly be accepted by the orcs. The mok'nathal settled in a remote corner of Gorgrond. Resources were scarce, but they were able to live in peace. They swore off fighting, only taking up arms to defend their meager lands from threats.[6]

The mok'nathal pushed the Bladespire ogres to Bladespire Outpost.[7] Whether this refers to this battle or another one is unclear.

Rise of the Horde[]

Eventually, a force of orcs known as the Horde arose on Draenor. Warchief Blackhand offered ogres and mok'nathal a place in the Horde to increase his numbers.[8]

After the fall of Shattrath City and the draenei, Blackhand considered annihilating the mok'nathal but stayed his hand. Rexxar, son of Leoroxx, had joined the Horde and convinced Blackhand to spare his people. Rexxar had not agreed with his father's isolationist policies and longed for battle, as well as believing the Horde could help the mok'nathal find sources of water and food. However, in time Rexxar would learn the Horde's purpose was not noble.[9]

In the novel Cycle of Hatred, Rexxar is described as "the last of the Mok'Nathal Clan", and it further says that he was "Born of orc and ogre blood both, as most of his now-defunct clan."[10] With the revelation that they still exist in Outland, it's likely Rexxar simply believed he was the last one.

The Burning Crusade[]

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Mok'nathal village

The Mok'Nathal Village in Blade's Edge Mountains.

Following the opening of the Dark Portal, the Horde claimed Thunderlord Stronghold and from there Rexxar wished to find more of his people and perhaps make peace with his father. In time Garm Wolfbrother revealed that the Mok'nathal were at Mok'Nathal Village within the eastern Blade's Edge Mountains, while warning that the Mok'nathal were in danger.[11] Though Leoroxx had refused to cooperate with the Old Horde he was willing to work with the New Horde, provided that they proved their worth by slaying Vekh,[12] Gnosh Brognat,[13] and Dreadwing.[14] Leoroxx congratulated them and remarked that slaying the chiefs of the three greatest threats the mok'nathal faced was something to be proud of.

Meanwhile, Rexxar had discovered that the gronn were directing the Ogres against the Mok'nathal, and with Horde champions by his side would eventually kill Gorgrom the Dragon-Eater [15] and Goc. With their deaths, Rexxar declared the Mok'nathal free.[16]


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The mok'nathal were invited to attend the first Kosh'harg festival held on Azeroth at Razor Hill by Thrall, which greatly surprised Leoroxx as the mok'nathal were considered half-breeds, lesser than true orcs, by the Old Horde. Seeing how times have changed, Leoroxx decided that the time had come to reconnect with his son, with Silmara hoping their inclusion to the festival would see the mok'nathal end their isolationist policy.[17]


Beastmaster Leoroxx

Beastmaster Leoroxx art in Hearthstone.



All of these people, with the exception of Rexxar, can be found in Mok'Nathal Village in the Blade's Edge Mountains. Rexxar is located at nearby Thunderlord Stronghold.

As beastmasters, the Mok'nathal are known to tame various pets, including quilbeasts.

Warcraft III[]


Beastmaster in Warcraft III.

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Other named half-ogres who may or may not be mok'nathal include Mag Bearmaul, Tagar Bearclaw, Gorsh Talonfang, Maxx Rocmane, Gaz Boartusk, Mok Rocksnout, and Gish Eagle Eye. They are beastmasters that can be hired from Mercenary Camps in The Frozen Throne.

Name meaning[]

In Warlords of Draenor[]

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On the alternate Draenor, only Rexxar is seen with no mention of the other mok'nathals. In an early WoD preview, it is implied that they were to appear in larger numbers.

In the RPG[]

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It had been thought that the mok'nathal half-ogres had been extinct on Azeroth, but after Rexxar's exploits on Azeroth, the mok'nathal are showing up again.[20] They can be wilderness stalkers and bone crushers.

Half-ogres are named mok'nathal by the orcs, which translates to "The Sons of Nath," who is an ogre war god.[20]

The Horde Player's Guide implies that "mok'nathal" (lower-case) is the Orcish term and honorific for "half-ogre", while half-ogre is the Common name for the race.[20]

Notes and trivia[]

Rexxar HotS Master concept

Mok'nathal symbol shown (with text and arrow) on a piece of Heroes of the Storm concept art of Rexxar.


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