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Image of Pepe
Race Bird (Critter)
Level 1
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Lunarfall, Frostwall
Status Alive

Pepe is a small bird that (most of the time) lives in the commander's garrison. Pepe can also be found out in the world of Draenor, and finding Pepe's four costumes is the objective of the achievement Ability garrison orangebird [I Found Pepe!].

Pepe can be accessed anywhere with Icon orangebird toy [Trans-Dimensional Bird Whistle], a reward from Ability garrison orangebird [What A Strange, Interdimensional Trip It's Been].



  • Players can right-click him, thereby causing him to ride on their heads for 1 hour. The effect does not persist through death.
  • Since Pepe is a critter, he can be affected by various toys:
    • He can be coaxed into following the player around using Inv misc flute 01 [Panflute of Pandaria]. However, he will not flap his wings and will instead simply be found floating in mid-air behind the player as long as the Panflute's effect lasts.
    • The Inv weapon rifle 43 [Automated Critter Defense Cannon] will shoot Pepe. However, he will not die.
  • There are several additional Pepes found throughout Azeroth or Draenor but cannot be targeted or interacted with and does not appear to serve any actual purpose:


Jordan Powers and Pepe

Jordan Powers and Pepe.

  • Pepe was created by 3D artist Jordan Powers.[1][2] Powers first created Pepe almost two years prior to the release of Warlords, to "help breathe some life into a 3D project".[2] Powers began including the little bird in all of his work, later giving him a name and eventually a personality.[2]
  • Pepe's "birthday" is 24 February 2013, when he was first revealed on Powers' Facebook. Powers accompanied the image with the comment, "My scene was looking kinda dull, so I added a bird to it. I have named him, 'Pepé' and he is TOTALLY BOSS."[3]
  • Since his discovery by players in the garrison, Pepe has gone on to become a celebrated icon in the community, with players frequently including the tiny bird in selfies, as well as in various memes on social media. One notable example of this popularity was a series of fan art images created by ZHArDoom (扎尔杜姆) that envisioned the bird dressed as, at the time, all thirty-three playable characters in Heroes of the Storm, and which was featured in a blog post on the official Heroes of the Storm website.[4] This popularity appears to have been responsible for the later expansion of the character with the addition of the Ability garrison orangebird [I Found Pepe!] NPCs and achievement, as well as the Pepe plush toy, the release of which was announced in a special blog, accompanied by an #IFoundPepe Twitter hashtag campaign.[5]
  • The official Pepe plush is available from the Blizzard Gear Store, and can grip onto various surfaces such as hats and monitors, mimicking Pepe's tendency to sit on adventurers' heads.[6]
  • On October 14th World of Warcraft's official Facebook page uploaded an album titled #IFoundPepe including a lot of pictures with both the in-game Pepe and the plush version.[7]
  • Ability garrison orangebird [Crate of Bobbers: Wooden Pepe] was added in Legion, allowing the fishing bobber to be replace by a wooden Pepe.
  • Inv misc cape 16 [Pepe's Shroud of Pacification] is a cloak that drops in Battle for Mount Hyjal. There is likely no connection to Pepe the bird aside from the name.
  • The Pepe craze apparently reached even Suramar's nobility during the events of Legion.[8]
  • An animated Pepe spray is available in Heroes of the Storm.
  • Pepe makes a cameo appearance in one of the first full Hearthstone television commercials.[9]
  • The unused creature concepts for the Hearthstone expansion Kobolds & Catacombs include a monstrous, humanoid version of Pepe. In the words of Dave Kosak, "[...] the giant hulking Pepe bird did not make it into the set, but did find a place in my nightmares."[10]


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See also[]

  • Inv feather 11 [Petey], another bird with a habit of sitting on player characters


  1. ^ Jordan Powers' Twitter profile. Retrieved on 2014-11-22. - "3D Artist for World of Warcraft. Nerf blaster enthusiast. Connoisseur of bad sci-fi movies. Creator of Pepe."
  2. ^ a b c Jordan Powers on Tumblr. Retrieved on 2014-11-22.
  3. ^ File:Pepe early facebook.jpg
  4. ^ Blizzard Entertainment Vaeflare 2015-05-02. The Fan Art of ZHArDoom. Retrieved on 2017-01-13.
  5. ^ It’s All About Pepe: New In-Game Outfits and Plush! (2015-10-13).
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  8. ^ Ly'leth Lunastre#Court of Stars - In lighter news, there is a new fashion trend sweeping the palace. There is an obsession with placing ornamental orange birds on their heads. Baffling, truly.
  9. ^ Yong Woo on Twitter: "Plus 100 points for noticing the Pepe!"
  10. ^ Medievaldragon 2017-11-18. BlizzCon 2017 Hearthstone: What’s Next Panel Transcript. Blizzplanet. Retrieved on 2019-05-09.

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