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Is Garrosh Hellscream in Shadowlands?

Garrosh Hellscream's soul undergoing torture in Shadowlands.
Garrosh Hellscream's soul undergoing torture in Shadowlands. / Photo courtesy of Blizzard

Is Garrosh Hellscream in Shadowlands? Garrosh Hellscream's tenure as Chieftain of the Horde provided the fuel for much of World of Warcraft's conflicts over the past few years, and he's one of the most divisive characters in the game's story. He may have died in a final conflict with Thrall back in Warlords of Draenor, but that didn't stop Blizzard from bringing him back (after a fashion) in Battle for Azeroth. Does Blizzard do the same in Shadowlands?

Is Garrosh Hellscream in Shadowlands?

The short answer is that, yes, Garrosh Hellscream is in Shadowlands. Garrosh died in a mak'gora with Thrall, who struck him down with a bolt of lightning in Warlords of Draenor. Despite this, players encountered an Echo of Garrosh in Battle for Azeroth in the Inner Sanctum of Orgrimmar, where they had to destroy the Echo.

In Shadowlands, we learn that Garrosh's soul was ultimately sent to Revendreth, where the venthyr extracted his anima for a time. His soul was then sent to the Maw and imprisoned in the Sanctum of Domination, where Soulrender Dormazain tortured it.

When Azeroth's champions defeat Dormazain, Garrosh's soul breaks free and manages to murder Dormazain in an explosion of anima that also vaporizes him.