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For other appearances of Gul'dan, see Gul'dan (disambiguation).

Gul'dan represents the Warlock icon.png Warlock class in Hearthstone.

Official overview[edit | edit source]

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Once called “Darkness Incarnate” and “Destroyer of Dreams,” Gul’dan was the first orc warlock and is considered one of the most powerful warlocks to have ever existed. He lived to amass power by any means necessary—even betraying his kin to those that sought to enslave them.

Gul’dan’s tale began on the planet Draenor, the homeworld of the orcs. The most spiritual of Draenor’s orcs were the Shadowmoon Clan, which was led by the orc shaman Ner’zhul. Ner’zhul was Gul’dan’s mentor, and he taught the young Gul’dan how to harness the elements. Gul’dan was a talented pupil, and with his intelligence and cunning he took to shamanism readily.

Gul’dan’s hunger for power only grew when he encountered the demon lord, Kil’jaeden. Gul’dan was promised unfathomable power in the form of mastery over fel magic—the ways of the warlock—if he would only swear fealty to the demon lord and usurp his mentor. However, Gul’dan would pay a terrible price for such power. His actions would damn the orcs, binding them to the will of the Burning Legion. Gul’dan accepted Kil’jaeden’s terms without hesitation, and the empowered Horde would later decimate their enemies—and their world.

The warlock led his orcish horde to Azeroth, with the aid of the sorcerer Medivh and the Dark Portal that connected the two worlds. The bloodthirsty orcs spread across the Eastern Kingdoms like a storm, conquering the lands far and wide with Gul’dan plotting and waiting for his chance to claim ultimate power.

Gul’dan’s thirst for power would eventually be his own downfall; he would stop at nothing less than becoming a god. The warlock set out to find a magical artifact of great power: the Eye of Sargeras, dark titan and creator of the Burning Legion. The Eye was hidden away within the long-forgotten Tomb of Sargeras at the bottom of the Great Sea. Gul’dan eventually discovered the tomb, but was wholly unprepared for what lurked inside. Instead of unearthing the Eye, Gul’dan and his minions were torn apart by the demons that had long ago been drawn to the tomb through the dark magics that emanated from Sargeras’s remains. Gul’dan finally realized that he was a pawn for Sargeras’s machinations all along.

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You can harness Gul’dan’s fel magic in Hearthstone as the warlock hero. Gul’dan’s hero power, Life Tap, takes a small sacrifice of his own life and turns it into card drawing power! The Burning Legion’s demons are at the warlock’s beck and call, which can be unleashed on your opponent when they least expect it. Demons are not one to lend their power freely, so be warned! If too many minions start to rally against Gul’dan, he can unleash the devastating power of the Twisting Nether and send them spiraling into the Abyss![1]

Lore[edit | edit source]

"Behold those who have power, and who are not afraid to wield it. Behold... the warlocks!" - Gul'dan

Gul'dan is the creator of the Shadow Council and the first death knights, and is acknowledged as one of the most powerful beings to have ever lived. Gul'dan was at fault for the orcs' descent towards demonic enslavement. He was also a primary factor in the orcish Horde invading Azeroth, earning him the title "Betrayer of the Orcs".

The spirit of Gul'dan is trapped in Shadowmoon Valley in what is now Outland - the remnants of Draenor. He appears to be trapped around the period of the opening of the Dark Portal, nearly forty years earlier.

All of the knowledge Gul'dan had was sealed in his skull. His skull would later be used as a channeling totem for demonic energies. Gul'dan's skull has been used countless numbers of times by both Ner'zhul and the Burning Legion to create havoc on both Draenor and Azeroth. That was until Illidan Stormrage found the skull. He held the Skull of Gul'dan until his untimely demise within the Black Temple. It can be looted by players in World of Warcraft. Gul'dan was also responsible for creating the fel volcano known as the Hand of Gul'dan. It was created when he cut the orcs' ties to the shamanistic magics of Draenor.

Flavor text[edit | edit source]

When viewed in the Collection, Gul'dan has the following flavor text:

Talented, persuasive and hard-working. Too bad he wants to feed your soul to demons.

Emotes[edit | edit source]

Gul'dan, full art
Gul'dan golden hero portrait

Each hero has their own selection of audio and written emotes that are produced in response to specific events. For more information, see Emote.

Type Emote
Thanks Thank you.
Well played Well played.
Greetings I greet you.
Mirror Greetings And I, you.
Wow Extraordinary.
Oops That was a mistake.
Threaten Your soul shall suffer!
Attack Suffer!
Concede You win... this time.
Opening remark Your soul shall be mine!
Mirror start I am your nightmare!
Thinking [1] Hmmm...
Thinking [2] I wonder...
Thinking [3] So many possibilities...
Running out of time I'm almost out of time!
Almost out of cards I'm almost out of cards!
Out of cards I'm out of cards!
Error: Too many minions I have too many minions.
Error: Generic I can't do that.
Error: Hand already full My hand is too full!
Error: Hero already attacked I already attacked.
Error: Minion not ready Give that minion a turn to get ready.
Error: Minion exhausted That minion already attacked.
Error: Not enough mana I don't have enough mana.
Error: Need a weapon I need a weapon.
Error: Can't play that card I can't play that.
Error: Can't target stealthed minions I can't target Stealthed minions.
Error: Not a valid target That's not a valid target.
Error: Must attack taunt minion A minion with Taunt is in the way.
Selection in Arena Embrace the shadow.
Lunar New Year Greetings Happy New Year!.
Winter Veil Greetings Pleasant Feast of Winter Veil....
Midsummer Fire Festival Greetings Burn the fires.
Pirate's Day Greetings Pirate's Day? I don't get it.
When playing Kara Kazham! Kara Kazham

Unused[edit | edit source]

Type Emote
Sorry Sorry.
Good game Good Game.

See also[edit | edit source]

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • Ashes of Outland logo.pngPatch (2020-06-09): New animation added for Life Tap.
  • Whispers of the Old Gods logo.png Patch (2016-04-24): Wow emote added. Sorry emote no longer available.
  • The League of Explorers logo.png Patch (2016-03-14): "Pleasant Feast of Winterveil...." changed to "Pleasant Feast of Winter Veil...."
  • The League of Explorers logo.png Patch (2015-12-04): Winter Veil emote added.
  • The League of Explorers logo.png Patch (2015-11-10):
    • Mirror start emote added.
    • Taunt error message changed from "I must attack the minion with Taunt." to "A minion with Taunt is in the way."

References[edit | edit source]

Playable heroes
Default heroes
Icon Demon Hunter 32.png Icon Druid 32.png Icon Hunter 32.png Icon Mage 32.png Icon Paladin 32.png Icon Priest 32.png Icon Rogue 32.png Icon Shaman 32.png Icon Warlock 32.png Icon Warrior 32.png
Illidan 64.png
Malfurion 64.png
Rexxar 64.png
Jaina 64.png
Uther 64.png
Anduin 64.png
Valeera 64.png
Thrall 64.png
Guldan 64.png
Garrosh 64.png
Alternate portraits
Icon Demon Hunter 32.png Icon Druid 32.png Icon Hunter 32.png Icon Mage 32.png Icon Paladin 32.png Icon Priest 32.png Icon Rogue 32.png Icon Shaman 32.png Icon Warlock 32.png Icon Warrior 32.png
1,000 wins portraits
Demonic Illidan 64.png
ShandoMalfurion 64.png
WandererRexxar 64.png
FireMageJaina 64.png
Fire Mage
LightforgedUther 64.png
KingAnduin 64.png
CapnValeera 64.png
WarchiefThrall 64.png
ShadowGuldan 64.png
CorruptGarrosh 64.png
Rewards Track portraits
Demonbane Illidan 64.png
Cenarion Malfurion 64.png
Giantstalker Rexxar 64.png
Arcanist Jaina 64.png
Uther Lawbringer64.png
Anduin of Prophecy 64.png
Nightslayer Valeera 64.png
Earthfury Thrall 64.png
Felheart Guldan 64.png
Garrosh of Might 64.png
Tavern Pass portraits
Apprentice Jaina 64.png
Archmage Jaina 64.png
Kul Tiran Jaina 64.png
Kul Tiran
Thrall, Son of Durotan 64.png
Son of Durotan
Alterac Thrall 64.png
Wolfrider Thrall 64.png
Book of Heroes portraits
WarsongRexxar 64.png
ScholarJaina 64.png
SecondWarUther 64.png
Second War
SI7Anduin 64.png
GladiatorValeera 64.png
NagrandGarrosh 64.png
Seasonal portraits
HorsemanUther 64.png
GuanYuUther 64.png
Guan Yu
ZhugeLiangAnduin 64.png
Zhuge Liang
DiaoChanValeera 64.png
Diao Chan
LüBuGarrosh 64.png
Lü Bu
Alternate heroes
Icon Demon Hunter 32.png Icon Druid 32.png Icon Hunter 32.png Icon Mage 32.png Icon Paladin 32.png Icon Priest 32.png Icon Rogue 32.png Icon Shaman 32.png Icon Warlock 32.png Icon Warrior 32.png
Promotional and special events
Lunara 64.png
Liadrin 64.png
Arthas 64.png
Tyrande 64.png
Maiev 64.png
Morgl 64.png
Nemsy 64.png
Annhylde 64.png
Purchasable heroes
Aranna 64.png
Elise 64.png
Hazelbark 64.png
Hamuul 64.png
Alleria 64.png
Sylvanas 64.png
Medivh 64.png
Khadgar 64.png
Kel'Thuzad 64.png
Annoy-O 64.png
Lazul 64.png
Rastakhan 64.png
TheThunderKing 64.png
Thunder King
LadyVashj 64.png
Jaraxxus 64.png
Magni 64.png
Deathwing 64.png