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For other appearances of Thrall, see Thrall (disambiguation).

Thrall represents the Shaman icon.png Shaman class in Hearthstone.

Official overview[edit | edit source]

Thrall, wielding the legendary Doomhammer

From his humble beginnings as a slave to his rise as Warchief of the Horde, Thrall has cut a path through the history of Azeroth through his courageous actions, unfaltering will, and his mastery of the Elements as a Shaman.

Thrall has been one of the most influential characters in the Warcraft universe; his intelligence, wisdom, and rationality has helped shaped the Horde into a unified force to be reckoned with.

Thrall founded the lands of Durotar and its capital city, Orgrimmar, as a sanctuary for orcs who pledged their loyalty to the Horde. Through his wisdom, Thrall has brought different races and backgrounds together under a banner of honor and strength, combining their might to give them hope for the future.

Tested time and again, Thrall has led his people through many pivotal points in Azeroth’s history, including the freeing of the orcs and their journey to Kalimdor, the Burning Legion’s attack on Mount Hyjal, and the fall of the Lich King.

After the Shattering of Azeroth that heralded Deathwing’s return, Thrall took the noble and courageous path to bring peace to the raging Elements, endangering himself to save the lands and people he holds dear. Thrall entered the chaotic Maelstrom to stabilize the rift between the Elemental Plane and Azeroth.

Thrall, alongside the dragon aspects Alexstrasza, Ysera, Nozdormu, and Kalecgos, led the army that defeated Deathwing and prevented the final Cataclysm that would bring about the end of Azeroth.

Before the razing of Azeroth from the Black Dragon, Deathwing, Thrall made the decision to appoint Garrosh as Warchief of the Horde. This brought about a sudden shift to the Horde as a whole, and Garrosh’s rash leadership only served to break the carefully forged alliances that Thrall worked so tirelessly to build over the years. Thrall’s quest to end injustice and tyranny was seemingly never-ending, as someone he once considered an ally and worthy of leading took the Horde into a brutal, war-mongering direction within the normally peaceful lands of Pandaria and beyond. Nevertheless, Thrall is determined to overcome all obstacles and bring peace to his people and all allies to the Horde’s cause.

Thrall is rarely without Doomhammer, a stout and imposing weapon that embodies the strength of the orcish people. Despite its intimidating name, Thrall brings hope to the orcish people when he wields it in battle.

Background[edit | edit source]

Thrall, Guardian of the Elements
"Thrall" was the moniker bestowed on the young orc Go'el in his first home--an internment camp created to keep the orc prisoners of the Second War from ever threatening Azeroth again--and the name could not be less fitting. When Go'el escaped his prison, he traveled in search of not just aimless freedom but his roots, eventually finding wisdom in the shamanic beliefs of his ancestors.
Thrall's shamanism guided his actions as he re-formed the Horde, becoming its warchief and leading his people to settle in an arid land that he called Durotar, in honor of his father, Durotan. Thrall led the Horde through a seemingly unceasing series of trials: the lifting of the demonic blood-curse that had tainted the orcs, a Burning Legion attack on Mount Hyjal, and the fall of the dreaded Lich King. When Deathwing returned and shattered the world, Thrall stepped down from his role as the Horde's warchief, instead joining the Earthen Ring, a powerful shamanic group, in an attempt to put the elements to rest and stop the Destroyer. Thrall chose Garrosh Hellscream as his successor, and that decision continues to haunt him as the ruthlessness of the new warchief brings the Horde to the point of insurrection.[1]

Raised by humans as a gladiator, Thrall later escaped from Durnholde, and fought under Orgrim Doomhammer, the name sake of the Horde capital, Orgrimmar, to liberate the orcs interned after the Second War. During the liberation of the last of the camps, Orgrim fell in combat bestowing his black plate, the title of Warchief, and the Doomhammer upon Thrall. Thrall then gathered his Horde and sailed to Kalimdor, and settled Durotar, the new home for the orcs. After joining the Earthen Ring shamans to help repair the elements of the world from the Shattering, Thrall, with the help of the dragon aspects and a group of mortal heroes, used the Dragon Soul to destroy Deathwing, and save Azeroth from destruction.

Thrall was born as the son of Durotan, whom Durotar is named after, and Draka. According to the World of Warcraft novels, Thrall was found as an infant in close proximity to the slaughtered corpses of his parents by Aedelas Blackmoore. Blackmoore then named him "Thrall", which in human tongue is another word for "slave". Blackmoore then took Thrall to Durnholde Keep, raising him as a gladiator. Thrall had both the intelligence of a human, and the ferocity and savagery of an orc. Thrall grew to befriend Taretha Foxton, a human woman who can be seen in World of Warcraft at the Caverns of Time instance Escape From Durnholde Keep, in which the player aids Thrall in his escape from Durnholde. Taretha later allowed for Thrall to escape by creating a diversion with fire. Thrall was then taken to an internment camp, where he met fellow members of the Horde, and learned of the corruption of Gul'dan, an orcish warlock. Thrall, with the help of Grom Hellscream, father to Garrosh Hellscream, later created a Horde army, which he used to return to Durnholde and confront Blackmoore, only to have Taretha's severed head thrown at his feet.

As well as his close friendships with Rexxar and the troll leader Vol'jin, Thrall was also a great friend of Cairne Bloodhoof, before his demise at the hands of Garrosh.

"My parents... murdered before I could know them! Betrayed… Gul'dan! If I must burn my way across the afterlife, I will find you in whatever hell you have hidden. I will have my revenge! Do you hear me?" - Thrall

Flavor text[edit | edit source]

When viewed in the Collection, Thrall has the following flavor text:

Thrall quit his former job as Warchief to save the world and spend more time with his family.

Emotes[edit | edit source]

Thrall, full hero art
Thrall 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 I thank you.
Well played Well played.
Greetings Greetings, friend.
Mirror Greetings Good to see you.
Wow That's incredible!
Oops That was a mistake.
Threaten The Elements will destroy you!
Attack Elements guide me!
Concede You win this one, friend.
Opening remark For Doomhammer!
Mirror start For the Frostwolves!
Thinking [1] Hmmm...
Thinking [2] I wonder...
Thinking [3] Hmm... What to do...
Running out of time There is little 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 Storm, earth and fire - heed my call!
Lunar New Year Greetings Greetings, friend.
Winter Veil Greetings Happy Feast of Winter Veil!
Midsummer Fire Festival Greetings A festival for the elements!
Pirate's Day Greetings Yar, matey. It be Pirate, uh, Day.

Unused[edit | edit source]

Type Emote
Sorry Sorry that happened.
Good game Good Game.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Thrall's art was chosen to emphasise his shamanistic aspects. As much of his earlier appearance more closely resembled a warrior, with its spiked plate armor, for Hearthstone the choice was made to use art which depicted him in his later more shamanic form, first seen in Cataclysm.[2]

Voice[edit | edit source]

Thrall is voiced by Chris Metzen.

Artist[edit | edit source]


Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

Patch changes[edit | edit source]

  • 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): "Happy Feast of Winterveil!" changed to "Happy 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
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
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