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This article is about the character biography of Dranosh Saurfang. For information on how to defeat him in Icecrown Citadel, see Deathbringer Saurfang.
Dranosh Saurfang
Title <Kor'kron Warlord> [1]
Gender Male
Race Orc (Humanoid)
Level 70 Elite
Character class Death knight, Warrior(formerly)
Health 202,500
Affiliation The Scourge, formerly the Horde, Mag'har
Occupation Death Knight of the Scourge, formerly Commander of the Kor'kron Vanguard
Location Mag'hari Procession, Nagrand; Kor'kron Vanguard, Dragonblight; Icecrown Citadel, Icecrown
Status Deceased; raised as The Deathbringer; buried in the Ancestral Grounds, Nagrand
Relative(s) Varok (father), Broxigar (uncle), Thura (cousin)
See Icon-3D-48x48.png
"Your son fought with honor. He died a hero's death. He deserves a hero's burial."
King Varian Wrynn

Dranosh Saurfang, often called Saurfang the Younger, was the son of Varok Saurfang and nephew of Broxigar the Red. His mother's identity is not known. Dranosh was very much like his father and uncle, a fierce warrior to the end.

After he fell to Frostmourne at the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate, he was raised in undeath by the Lich King and brought to Icecrown Citadel, where he bars the path of any champions seeking to lay siege to his new master's fortress.

Dranosh Saurfang is voiced by Chris Metzen.[2]


Dranosh means "Heart of Draenor" in orcish. Before his mother died, his father promised her that their son would remain safe and untainted. Before Varok crossed the Dark Portal, he had the elders of Garadar hide Dranosh away so the orcish warlocks would not find him.

The Burning Crusade

Dranosh in Outland

Dranosh Saurfang first appears in Nagrand. Though he is not the leader of the Mag'har, he is classified as a level ?? Boss.

Following a murkblood raid, a group of adolescent orcs from Garadar formed a war party and set out to seek vengeance. They reached Sunspring Post, but most of them were killed by the broken. Dranosh was one of the few survivors of that party - he sustained severe injuries and narrowly escaped.

After he recovers, Dranosh decides not to return to Garadar, as he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Upon hearing this, Farseer Corhuk says, "The son is the father... May the spirits have mercy on those that stand in his way".[3]

  • Quest Complete 16x16.pngH [67] The Missing War Party
  • Quest Avail 16x16.pngQuest Complete 16x16.pngH [67] Once Were Warriors
  • Quest Avail 16x16.pngH [67] He Will Walk The Earth...

Wrath of the Lich King

Dranosh in Northrend

Dranosh Saurfang later appears in Northrend alongside the Warsong Offensive.[41, 18]


His father, High Overlord Varok Saurfang, has placed him in command of the Kor'kron Vanguard, a fortress at the base of Angrathar the Wrathgate. He was also given his father's armor and axe.

During the Battle of Angrathar the Wrathgate, Dranosh charged the Lich King. With a single blow, Frostmourne shattered his axe, struck him down, and stole his soul.

Though his body disappeared in the aftermath of the battle, Horde players are asked by Alexstrasza to retrieve his shattered armor and deliver it to his father.

  • Quest Complete 16x16.pngH [73] The Kor'kron Vanguard!
  • Quest Avail 16x16.pngH [74] Audience With The Dragon Queen
  • Quest Complete 16x16.pngH [74] Return To Angrathar


Deathbringer Saurfang

Main article: Deathbringer Saurfang

One of the visions in the Yogg-Saron encounter shows the Lich King alongside an Immolated Champion and a Turned Champion, which were believed to be visions of Bolvar Fordragon and Dranosh Saurfang respectively. This would ultimately be confirmed as the Deathbringer in Icecrown Citadel is in fact Dranosh Saurfang raised from the dead in the service of the Scourge. He is described as the Lich King's most powerful death knight.[4]


After being defeated by players, Dranosh's grieving father claims his body. He promises to give him a proper burial in Nagrand, next to the pyres of his mother and his ancestors.


  • "I believe that my destiny lies elsewhere - that I will serve a greater purpose someday."
  • "My father has gifted me with his battle armor and axe. Soon I put it to good use."
  • "Rise up, sons of the Horde! Blood and glory await us! Lok'tar ogar! For the Horde!"
  • (To Bolvar Fordragon after arriving at Angrathar the Wrathgate with the Kor'kron Guard) "I couldn't let the Alliance have all the fun today".
  • Enough talk! Let it be finished!
  • Join me, father. Join me and we will crush this world in the name of the Scourge - for the glory of the Lich King!



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  2. World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Collector's Edition. Blizzard Entertainment. WotLK Behind-the-Scenes DVD
  3. H [67] He Will Walk The Earth...

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