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Faction/Affiliation Primals
Racial leader(s) Various
Homeworld Draenor
Area(s) Gorgrond, Shadowmoon Valley, Nagrand, Ashran, Tanaan Jungle; Thaldraszus
From seed to flower, a tiny terror is grown.[1]

The podlings are a race of small, wide-eyed and extremely vicious plant-creatures native to Draenor. They are members of the Primal faction.


Podling Concept Art

Podling concept art.

Podlord Wakkawam

Podling with a weapon

In the aftermath of Botaan's destruction, spores from the Sporemound's corpse settled in the wilds, giving sentience to existing forms of plants. The jungles stirred as new beings took shape and walked the land, among which were the small and simpleminded podlings and sporelings.[2]

A number of Draenor's indigenous species blur the line between plant and animal, and the so-called podlings are the most vicious and chaotic of their ilk. Small and seemingly harmless, they work together to capture their prey, attacking only when they have numerical superiority. Explorers who pay attention to the color of podlings' flowering buds can ascertain whether they favor poison, ensnaring, or physical attacks to incapacitate their victims. Once podlings have overwhelmed their quarry, they will drag the unlucky creature down into the weeds to fertilize a new generation. The clear lesson for adventurers: looks can be deceiving![3]

Podlings appear in a wide range of bright and eye-catching colours. Lively creatures with an aggressive demeanour, podlings often use simple spear-like weapons — crudely adorned with thorns and twigs[4] — to attack enemies. Usually found in groups, these tiny warriors do not seem afraid of taking on prey several times larger than themselves. Podlings are capable of overwhelming and devouring humans and other larger humanoids.[5] Podlings also lay traps for prey such as squirrels, rooting them in place until the podlings return.[6]

Podlings are able to communicate with the other races, including those from Azeroth, but speak in slightly broken language.[5][7] Some podlings such as Phlox have been known to speak exclusively in rhyme.[5]

Some say the podlings of Gloomshade Grove bow to the mad king of the east, Mad "King" Sporeon.[8]

The "Star Root Sniffer" podlings of Ashran's Gorian Falls seem to be drawn to the Inv misc food 55 [Star Root Tuber] that grows there.

A group of podlings, driven mad by elemental energy, is found attacking the Gardens of Unity in Thaldraszus on the Dragon Isles of Azeroth.[9]

Known groups[]

  • Spiteleaves
Removed from game The subject of this section did not make it out of the beta stages.
  • Spinebloom


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As a companion pet[]

Notes and trivia[]

  • Rumor has it that podlings are extremely allergic to the spores of fungal giants.[10]
  • Podlings hate fire.[11]
  • Some legends say the draenei first befriended the elekk after one of the beasts saved an injured scout from a pack of vicious podlings.[12]
  • Players can turn into a podling for a short time using Inv podling red [Podling Camouflage].
  • Drinking Ability vehicle plaguebarrel [Bottomless Stygana Mushroom Brew] turns all nearby humanoids into podlings.
  • Podlings are voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz.
  • In the early beta, they were referred to as the foreling,[13] with the unused NPCs having the podling and sporeling models.
  • Podlings may derive their name from the podlings of The Dark Crystal, similar to the arrakoa, another native Draenor race that draw influence from the movie.


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.

While fungi are not actually a type of plant (despite common misconception), the podlings of Shadowmoon Valley can be seen dancing around an image of a sporeling, projected by Leaf-Reader Kurri, hinting at some sort of connection. Kurri exclaims, Mushroom show future. Believe! hinting that podlings may have become sporelings, likely due to being infected by the Zangar encroachment (seemingly despite their apparent allergy to spores). This seems to be supported by Blizzard's statement that the sporelings were not always mushroom creatures.[14]



  1. ^ Inv podling yellow [Sun Sproutling], Inv misc herb wldsteelbloom petal [Captured Forest Sproutling], Inv podling purple [Nightshade Sproutling]
  2. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 20
  3. ^ Beasts of the Savage Lands — Shadowmoon Valley
  4. ^ Inv spear 05 [Wooden Spear]
  5. ^ a b c A [10-40] Gloomshade Grove
  6. ^ A [10-40] Captured Critters
  7. ^ King Deathbloom
  8. ^ Patrol Podlings of Unusual Size
  9. ^ N [68-70] Azeroth Pest Control
  10. ^ Inv misc food 96 zangarcaps [Gloomshade Spore]
  11. ^ A [15-40] Rescue Rangari
  12. ^ Mount Journal entry for Ability mount elekkdraenormount [Shadowhide Pearltusk]
  13. ^ A [90] The Friendly Foreling
  14. ^ Jeremy Feasel on Twitter (2014-07-09). Retrieved on 2017-04-09.​ “@GotobeTroll @Loreology @SpringTheElf @Miatog @Arakkoa #15: The Sporeggar were not always made of mushroom.