Watch towers (also spelled watchtowers) are insubstantial but highly useful lookout posts mostly used by the Horde. The role of defending orcish settlements is shared between them and the bunker-styled burrow.
- Main article: Watch Tower (Warcraft II)
Rising high above the treeline, watch towers resembled primitive huts laced with animal bones and giant tusks of every kind. These insubstantial - but highly useful - lookout posts were ideal for spotting the cowardly and deceitful human forces from above, making them a desired part of any orcish settlement's defenses. These emplacements could be upgraded to loose deadly projectiles upon any approaching enemies, or to rain explosive death down upon their foes on land and sea...
- Main article: Watch Tower (Warcraft III)
Unlike during the events of the Second War, the orcish watch tower started already armed and couldn't be upgraded to a guard tower or a cannon tower. Also, the Centaur Marauders had access to their own watch towers.
World of Warcraft
Orcish watch towers are extremely common in World of Warcraft and can be found all over Azeroth, Outland and alternate Draenor, anywhere orcs also are. A named one is the Razor Hill Watchtower. Fortified towers can also be found in the Alterac Valley battleground, like the Iceblood Tower. Finally, the Mag'har are known for having a different architecture, including their own watch tower style.
The humans are also known to build tall wooden structures resembling the orcish watch towers. There is no way to get up into them and they are strictly used for show. Examples of these can be found in Fray Island, Alcaz Island, Light's Point, Scalawag Point and Marshal's Stand.
- In the canceled Warcraft Adventures, it was shown that some watch towers had been repurposed into windmills in the orcish reservations.
- The early alpha watch tower model in World of Warcraft was more primitive. One such example of tower can be found at Brackenwall Village. Troll villages also use it sparingly.
The watch tower seen in the Cataclysm cinematic.