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Xug'kzai Tribe
Crest of the Wolf Shaman
Crest of the Wolf Shaman
Vital statistics
Primary Leader(s)

Thrall, Chieftain Xugmar WargSpirit,




???, Xulug

Primary Language


Secondary Language(s)

Low Common


???, Active, at peace

The green-skinned orcs, or Greenskins [2] are one of the most prolific races of Azeroth. Born on the world of Draenor, the orcs were brought to Azeroth through the dimensional gateway known as the Dark Portal and waged war on the humans while under the influence of the Burning Legion.

The orcs once cultivated a noble, shamanistic society on Draenor. Tragically, the proud orc clans were corrupted by the Burning Legion and used as pawns in the Legion's invasion of Azeroth. The orcs managed to rebel, however, and they were ultimately able to help turn the tide against their demon masters. Led by the young Warchief Thrall, the orcs have reclaimed their strength and honor. The orcs moved from the Eastern Kingdoms to Kalimdor, and there they founded the nation of Durotar.

Now, the orcs stand ready to fight not for the sake of conquest, but for their very right of survival in their adopted world.



  • Warcraft is one of the very few fantasy franchises where orcs are put in a positive light. This is still true after two games with the traditional bloodthirsty interpretation. In fact, reviewers often credit the humorous voices and comments of Horde units from Tides of Darkness (making the "bad guys" more fun to play) as the direct influence on the choice to portray their redemption.
  • Orcs have a great influence in the Warcraft game series; an unusual thing to see in fantasy and medieval folk lore, where the orcs are just easily-killable, bestial and brainless enemies.
  • Orcs played a major part in every Warcaft novel up until Night of the Dragon.
  • Several of the orcs' allies — including the ogres, the blood elves, and the Forsaken — were at one time enemies of the Horde.
  • Orcish culture and history has several similarities to the culture and history of the Template:Wplink:
    • They both invaded a new continent and shattered the whole life of the inhabitants.
    • They both have strong shamanistic beliefs.
    • They both conquered nearly the entire world.
    • Both were later pushed (nearly) completely back into their own land.

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