Underworld Minions

This article contains lore taken from Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

The Underworld Minions were servants of the naga sea witch Zar'jira on and below one or more of the Darkspear Islands near the Maelstrom. Thrall, his warriors, and a group of humans were captured by them during the Third War.[1]

Their goal was to end the Darkspear tribe.[2]


The bulk of the Underworld Minions consisted of a group of various murlocs who inhabited a huge cave below the surface. A troll explained to Thrall that the murlocs were once peaceful, but had recently begun to capture the trolls for sacrifices. Apparently, if the sacrifices were not met, the Sea Witch would destroy the island.[3] The murlocs' society was highly organized compared to other murlocs, including buildings that made fighting units, heroes, and attack tower buildings. They seemed to have a high tolerance for heat, as their hero wielded fire magic and their cave home was afire with great braziers and rivers of lava. The Murloc Sorcerer appeared to be their leader next to the Sea Witch and, unlike most murlocs, he was capable of fluent speech.

They captured members of the Horde, Darkspear tribe, and Kul Tiras Marines. Thrall managed to break out and free the Horde and Darkspear prisoners, while the Kul Tiran prisoners' bid for freedom led only to their deaths at the hands of the underground denizens. Thrall was too late to help Sen'jin, who was killed by the Murloc Sorcerer. Enraged, Thrall and his troops destroyed both the sorcerer and his forces. The Underworld Minions later failed in preventing Thrall and his allies from escaping the island.

In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm the Sea Witch returns, now revealed as the naga Zar'jira. She leads the Spitescale naga in an invasion of the Echo Isles, where she is ultimately slain by the trolls. Her Underworld Minions, however, are nowhere to be seen, leaving their fate a mystery.


  • Other Underworld Minions included a Ghost Spirit, ghosts, a Tome Wraith, sludges, skeletal archers, giant skeleton warriors, black spiders (led by Black Widow, salamanders, salamander hatchlings, mud golems, rock golems, and various gnolls including a Gnoll Gold Miser. Any land-dwelling minions likely met their end when the island sunk, although they could have all lived in the underground complex. The Sea Witch seemed not to worry about the island sinking either.
  • Interestingly, there are statues of knights located in their sanctum.
  • One of their buildings in Warcraft III: Reforged has been changed to a naga Altar of the Deep from which the Sea Witch is resurrected throughout the chapter.


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.

Since they do not appear alongside Zar'jira in Cataclysm, it is possible that the Underworld Minions have met their end in the Darkspear Isles after the eruption of the island's volcano. Alternatively, the Sea Witch could have left them behind to guard the subterranean halls of her domain, where they still await the deliverance of the dark promises she made years ago.