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This article is about wolf riders. For the general list of riders, see rider.
Raider can also mean a person in a raid.

A raider in the Burning Steppes.

Raiders (or wolf riders) are traditionally wolf-riding warriors of the Horde and the orcish clans. Some orc raiders are capable of fighting on foot as well, supported by their dire wolves companions. Many other races and organizations raid for plunder but are not to be considered in the same way than in orcish culture.


Rise of the Horde[]

Grommash Hellscream led the wolf riders of his Warsong clan against the Gorian Empire in bold hit-and-run attacks.[1]

First War[]

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Raider of the Sythegore Arm.

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During the First War, the raiders were the most vicious of the Orcish hordes, these minions of Blackhand were trained to show no mercy. Riders of the darkwolves, these savage warriors used the speed and ferocity of their mounts to make them a deadly enemy. Faster than those who attacked on foot, they had perfected the tactics of tearing through columns of enemy soldiers like a hot wind.[2]

As an organization, they were referred to as the Sythegore Arm and Blackhand himself was a prominent member.[3] It is unknown whether the Frostwolf clan, also known for their proximity with wolves, were a part of the Sythegore Arm or a rival organization. The Frostwolves were exiled by Gul'dan for refusing to submit to demonic corruption and possibly didn't disband their raider corps.

Second War[]

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When rumors that the wolf raiders of the Horde intended to betray Orgrim Doomhammer to Blackhand's sons: Rend and Maim, came to light, Gul'dan had Orgrim disband the vast majority of them,[4] and subsequently replaced them with ogre enforcers.

The majority of the former wolfriders were then sent into the various arms of the grunt forces.[4] Other raiders remained in Draenor; where they ultimately fell under the dominion of Fenris the Hunter and his Thunderlord clan.[5] By the beginning of the Second War, raiders were thus extremely rare within the ranks of the Orcish Horde.

Third War[]

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Raider in Reforged.

After many years of inactivity, the young Warchief Thrall decided to create a new generation of wolf riders. These mighty warriors carry hefty warblades into combat and rely greatly upon the cunning and ferocity of their faithful dire-wolf mounts to defeat their enemies.[6]

Thrall's head of security, Nazgrel, was one of the most prominent member of this new generation of raiders. It is possible that the return of the Frostwolf clan itself under the banner of the Horde gave a renewed presence to raiders during the Third War.

Some raiders got corrupted into Fel Orc Raiders in northern Kalimdor and on Outland.

World of Warcraft[]

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Horde Raiders in World of Warcraft.

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Raiders can also be found in the ranks of the other Hordes, such as the Dark Horde and Iron Horde. The mounted raiders of the Warsong orcs favor speed and maneuverability in battle — they move quickly, strike swiftly, and are away before their enemies know what hit them.


Name Clan Status
IconSmall Nazgrel Nazgrel Frostwolf Clan Alive
IconSmall Blackhand Blackhand Blackrock Clan Deceased
IconSmall Rend Rend Blackhand Blackrock Clan Deceased
IconSmall OrcGray Male Maim Blackhand Blackrock Clan Deceased
IconSmall Mag'har Male Fenris Wolfbrother Thunderlord Clan Unknown
IconSmall Mag'har Female Wolf-Rider Gaja Unknown Unknown
IconSmall Orc Male Raider Captain Kronn Unknown Alive
IconSmall Orc Male Raider Bork Unknown Alive
IconSmall Orc Male Raider Jhash Unknown Alive
IconSmall Orc Male Raider Kerr Unknown Alive



In the RPG[]

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Howling and barking in harmony with his lupine steed, the wolf-rider holds one hand on his reins, the other lifting an evil-looking blade above his head. At his side, several nets rest on the wolf’s flank, ready to be thrown at attractive prey[7]

Orc mounted warriors are called raider or wolf rider.[8][9]

A raider is among the most feared members of the Horde, for he can strike at any time, relying on the stealth of his steed and his skill with nets to entrap his prey. It’s unlikely he’ll be encountered in a pitched battle, but when the Horde wishes to raid supplies or send a force to pursue a routed army, he will be sent out of his kennel, and the Alliance will know fear. Raiders are swift shock troopers, adept at outflanking enemies to strike at vulnerable war machines, spellcasters, supply lines and buildings. Under a capable commander, raiders save their nets to ensnare flying prey; but if left to their own, raiders are notoriously trigger happy with their nets, frustratingly wasting them against enemies who really don’t need to be netted.

Orc raiders tear paths through tough opposition, often leaping through the lines of battle to cripple stronger foes, and create channels where raging death can flow. On Draenor, orcs tamed and rode dire wolves, and the cleaver-like blades of these raiders are just as deadly as any knight’s lance.[10]


  • In Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, Raider is also a rank the orcish commander can achieve. In Warcraft II the rank was replaced by the one of Knight, even for the Horde, presumably due to a mistake.
  • In the canceled Warcraft Adventures, it was shown that the Frostwolf clan did not disband their wolf rider corps, unlike the other clans of the Old Horde.
  • Their description during the Warcraft III alpha was as such: "The Orcs have discarded demonic magics and now practice the ancient Shamanistic magics of their noble ancestors. While Orc Shamans are capable of summoning the fury of nature to strike at their enemies, the once-abandoned Order of Wolf Riders have reformed their ancestral bond with the ferocious beasts of the winterlands and are prepared to again ride into battle and strike fear into the hearts of their enemies."[11]


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