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For the clan from the main universe, see Shattered Hand clan.
HordeShattered Hand clan
Shattered Hand Crest
Main leader Horde Unknown
  Formerly Iron Horde IconSmall Bladefist Kargath Bladefist †
Secondary leaders Horde Unknown
  Formerly Iron Horde IconSmall OrcGray Male Bagdoth Goredrinker †
Iron Horde IconSmall OrcGray Male Val'dune Fleshcrafter †
Iron Horde IconSmall OrcGray Male Gardul Venomshiv †
Race(s) IconSmall OrcGray MaleIconSmall OrcGray Female Mag'har orc
Capital Horde Orgrimmar
  Formerly Iron Horde Bladefist Hold
Other major settlements Horde Hall of the Brave
  Formerly Iron Horde Camp Thornscar
Iron Horde Harvesting Pits
Iron Horde Kargathar Proving Grounds
Base of operations Horde Orgrimmar Embassy
  Formerly Iron Horde Shattered Rise
Theater of operations Azeroth
  Formerly Spires of Arak, Talador, Tanaan Jungle, Draenor
Language(s) Orcish
Affiliation Mag'har Clans
  Formerly Iron Horde
Status Active

The Shattered Hand clan, sometimes called the Bladefist clan,[1] is an orc clan led by the twisted Kargath Bladefist and makes their home among the Spires of Arak and Talador. Following the symbolic severing of one's hand from the chains binding him in order to earn freedom, as Kargath himself desperately demonstrated while he was chained under the Highmaul arena, these former slaves have been drawn together through a macabre joy of pain both self-inflicted and imposed upon others. It is through this pain that they believe they gather strength,[2] and their reputation as relentless and dirty fighters is well-earned.

The Shattered Hand clan is made up of orcs who can call no other clan home. They are sadistic warriors who maim their bodies, perhaps in a show of solidarity or perhaps because they simply enjoy the pain.[3]




Birth of the Shattered Hand.

These orcs were raised as slaves by the ogres of Gorian Empire. They were imprisoned and held beneath Highmaul for many years. Striving for their own freedom, they became gladiators fighting in the Highmaul arena. The price to earn their freedom was to take one hundred orcish lives while fighting in the arena. Among them, Kargath fought in the arena for his freedom. Having won every battle against his opponents, Kargath marched out of Highmaul, only to discover the promise of freedom to be a lie. Kargath was thrown in a dungeon beneath the arena, and desperately severed his hand, which was bound by shackles, in frustration and rage. The other orc slaves, seeing his resolve, followed in his footsteps and did the same. They followed Kargath in his uprising against the ogres and helped him slay the emperor. Kargath showed the severed head of the emperor to his followers, and they raised their severed hands, armed with blades, cheering at him. This moment marked the birth of the Shattered Hand clan.[4]

Warlords of Draenor[]

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The Shattered Hand was one of the clans that responded to the call of the Iron Horde. While the previously claimed no specific territories, they were able to firmly establish themselves within the swampy Spires of Arak under their new alliance. Several members of the clan, including Kargath Bladefist himself, assisted in the defense of the Dark Portal in Tanaan Jungle. Later, the clan was assaulted by the Alliance, Horde, and Arakkoa Outcasts. An avatar of Terokk himself attempted to defeat Kargath but failed. Kargath was confronted once again in Highmaul, where he returned to gladiatorial combat of his own will, holding some authority over the ogres that once enslaved him. It was here where Kargath met his death, where he was once imprisoned.

It is assumed they are recovering with the rest of Draenor after Archimonde's fall.

Battle for Azeroth[]

Battle for Azeroth This section concerns content related to Battle for Azeroth.

In time, the Shattered Hand clan joined with the other Mag'har orc clans under the command of Warchief Grommash Hellscream.[5] As the Mag'har and Lightbound clashed, events on Azeroth would see to a new war between the Horde and the Alliance. In the midst of this, Eitrigg sought to travel to the alternate Draenor and call upon the debt the Mag'har owed to the Horde for liberating them from Garrosh Hellscream's meddling and the Burning Legion's corruption.[6]

As the entire Lightbound army was marching towards the Mag'har, Grommash ordered for the Mag'har to follow Geya'rah and fallback to Azeroth. Thus, when Warchief Hellscream and Lantresor of the Blade charged at the Lightbound, Eitrigg activated the shard of the Inv relics hourglass [Vision of Time] in his possession in order to return to Azeroth with his new allies.[7] After their arrival on Azeroth, Overlord Geya'rah took her place as leader of the Mag'har and pledged the loyalty of her people to Warchief Sylvanas Windrunner and the Horde.[8]



Name Role Status Location
IconSmall Bladefist Kargath Bladefist Leader Killable Bladefist Hold, Spires of Arak, later Highmaul
IconSmall OrcGray Male Bagdoth Goredrinker Killable Bladefist Hold, Spires of Arak
IconSmall OrcGray Male Val'dune Fleshcrafter Killable Bladefist Hold, Spires of Arak
IconSmall OrcGray Male Taskmaster Banegore Killable Writhing Mire, Spires of Arak
IconSmall OrcGray Male Durkath Steelmaw Killable Camp Thornscar, Spires of Arak
IconSmall OrcGray Male Malrok Thornscar Assassin Killable Veil Akraz, Spires of Arak
IconSmall OrcGray Male Gardul Venomshiv Master Assassin Killable Shattered Rise, Spires of Arak
IconSmall OrcGray Male Poisonmaster Bortusk Poisonmaster Killable Shattered Rise, Spires of Arak
IconSmall OrcGray Male Gor'thul Blood Mage Killable Bloodmane Pridelands, Spires of Arak
IconSmall Mag'har Female Blaak the Painmaker Deceased Bladefist Hold, Spires of Arak


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  • The Shattered Hand celebrate victory in battle with self-mutilation. Their most celebrated warriors are covered with scars and piercings, and it becomes increasingly difficult with age to tell which were inflicted by enemies or by the triumphant orc.[9]
  • Taking their namesake literally, warriors of the Shattered Hand clan will ritualistically smash their own hand before cutting it off. The stump is cauterized and replaced with one of many varieties of weaponry.[10]


  • During the World of Warcraft: Legion alpha, an orc called The Hood and with the title <Leader of the Shattered Hand> was part of The Uncrowned.
  • Most members of the Shattered Hand clan use an entirely custom model that is unable to load equipment, unlike the other clans which simply use a custom skin. The Shattered Hand members who do not use a unique model such as the Brawlers and Stalkers use the same skin tone as Laughing skull clan in the game.


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.

The Shattered Hand orcs all have a very pale, almost white skin tone:

  • It is possible that this skintone is a result of them living and working underground in the ogre mines for most of their lives.
  • This may also be a reference to the fact that the clan was depicted in white in Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal.[11]


Fan art

See also[]


  1. ^ Garrison Mission: Combat Beyond the Pale
  2. ^ Combat Hurts So Good
  3. ^ N [30-40] New Neighbors
  4. ^ Lords of War
  5. ^ [[Bonds Forged Through Battle]
  6. ^ H [40-70] Vision of Time
  7. ^ H [40-70] Tyranny of the Light
  8. ^ H [40-70] The Uncorrupted
  9. ^ Inv misc skinningknife [Hooked Dagger]
  10. ^ Inv archaeology orcclans hookeddagger [Weighted Chopping Axe]
  11. ^ Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal manual, Clans of Draenor, Shattered Hand Clan