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Image of Tortolla
Title The Wise[1]
Gender Male
Race(s) Turtle ancient (Beast)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Guardians of Hyjal
Occupation Demigod
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Children, Eggs

Tortolla is the turtle demigod and, much like Malorne and Goldrinn, an Ancient guardian. He is the patron ancient to all creatures who move effortlessly between land and sea. According to Hamuul Runetotem, he is one of the oldest of the Ancients, having been alive since the time of the Titans. Due to that, he speaks in an old language that has been long forgotten, which proves incomprehensible (at least initially) to players.


War of the Ancients[]

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Tortolla, fighting demons during the War of the Ancients.

Like many of Azeroth's ancients, Tortolla took part in the War of the Ancients in order to defend his world. Initially, the Burning Legion took little heed to him, as he was both non-threatening and sluggish. However, this proved a fatal mistake, as he was able to easily crush hundreds of his enemies with his sheer weight and powerful jaws. Not only that, but his stony skin and hardened shell proved impossible for even the most powerful of the Burning Legion to pierce. He was one the few, if not the only, ancient to not fall during the war, being able to cover the retreat of the mortal races so that they could ultimately regroup and seal the portal. According to Hamuul, after the war he was found underneath a mountain of demon corpses, and slowly asked if they had won once he had shaken them off.[2]


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.
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Tortolla in TCG.


Tortolla, captured by the Twilight's Hammer.

Although Tortolla apparently wasn't seriously injured, he needed time to recover from the war and chose to slumber in the healing silt of Hyjal. He did not awaken until the Shattering itself roused him, and so when the Twilight's Hammer came to capture him he was not ready, so the cultists were able to create the dark ancient Nemesis, replacing Tortolla. After players free him and his unborn children, he is prepared to bring down his wrath and that of his children alongside the Guardians of Hyjal.

Tortolla later assisted adventurers in closing a portal of the Twilight's Hammer to the Firelands in a burning night elf town in Mount Hyjal.[3]


Freeing Tortolla
Tortolla's Revenge


Notable appearances
Location Level range Health range
Mount Hyjal 84 322,480
N [30-35] Magma Monarch ?? 1,340,370


  • Inv misc armorkit 05 Crushing Bite — Snaps at the target, causing 200% weapon damage and reducing the targets armor by 50% for 10 sec.
  • Inv gauntlets 05 Headbutt — Inflicts normal damage plus 9 to nearby enemies and knocks them back.


  • "Groans"
  • "Thinks and Groans"
  • You may speak.
  • I am listening.
  • Vengeance will come, in time.
  • You begin to irritate me!
Gossip at The Regrowth
<The ancient turns to gaze at you with eyes larger than your entire head. Peering into them is like falling into a deep blue ocean.>


  • During the PTR, his name was Tortollus.
  • Tortolla is voiced by Dave Mallow.
  • Tortolla was planned to appear in Legion with the same model as Tortos, but he was removed.[4]
  • It's not clear what relation Tortolla has to the similarly-named tortollan race. In their original appearance in Hearthstone, the tortollans seem to worship Tortolla.[5] However, the canonical version of tortollans introduced in Battle for Azeroth (who differ significantly from how they were depicted in Hearthstone) are never mentioned to have any relation to Tortolla and instead worship another turtle god, Torga. On the other hand, the tortollan district in Dazar'alor is named Little Tortolla.


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.

An unnamed reptilian warrior ancient with a shell was mentioned in one scene of The Sundering.[6] This may have been Tortolla.


Cenarius' Resurrection

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