Azerothian Orca
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General Information
Universe Warcraft
Aliases Killer Whale
Classification Orcinus orca
Homeworld Azeroth
Environment Howling Fjord, Northrend
Kelp'thar Forest, Vashj'ir
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Biological Information
Reproduction Sexual; give live birth
Locomotion Powered swimming
Feeding Behavior Carnivorous
Predators Humans
Distinctive Features Bony protrusions
Skin Color Black and white
Lineage Information
Subspecies Glimmer Bay Orca, Shadowprey Orca
Related Species Orca
Cultural Information
Alignment True Neutral
Sociocultral characteristics
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Deuterostomia
Phylum Chordata
Subphylum Vertebrata
Infraphylum Gnathostomata
Superclass Tetrapoda
Class Mammalia
Subclass Theria
Infraclass Eutheria
Superorder Laurasiatheria
Order Cetartiodactyla
Infraorder Cetacea
Superfamily Odontoceti
(Toothed Whales)
Family Delphinidae
(Oceanic Dolphins)
Subfamily Orcininae
Genus Orcinus
Species azotha (Somarinoa, 2016)
Other Information
Status Data Deficient
Creator The Titans
First Sighting Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
Last Sighting World of Warcraft: Cataclysm

Azerothian Orcas, also known as Azerothian Killer Whales (Orcinus azotha) are relatively small cetaceans indigenous to the planet Azeroth, where they appear in the Howling Fjord of Northrend and the Kelp'thar Forest in Vashj'ir. Roughly 30ft long, they are vicious predators and unlike the Orcas of Earth they will attack virtually anything they detect. Naturally however they feed upon fish, squids, pinnipeds, and other whales.

They can sometimes be summoned by Druids, who can also transform into a physical manifestation of an Orca for their aquatic form through the usage of a Glyph of the Orca.

They may not be as social animals as typical orcas. They are closely related to the Glimmer Bay and Shadowprey Orcas found in Glimmer Bay of Northrend and Desolace of Kalimdor, respectively.

Distribution[edit | edit source]

The Azerothian Orcas are found in both arctic and tropical waters, and may in fact be migratory like other cetacean species. They are primarily common around the icy continent of Northrend, where they are found around the Howling Fjord: specifically they are known to appear around Daggercap Bay, Garvan's Reef, and the Isle of Spears. They avoid the Glimmer Bay, which is instead inhabited by the closely related Glimmer Bay Orcas.

Those found around the Kelp'tar Forest of Vashj'ir have become frenzied in recent years, but can be found mostly around Gorrok's Lament, but also as far north as Smuggler's Scar and as far south as Gnaws' Boneyard.

Another subspecies, the Shadowprey Orca, spend their lives along the western continent of Kalimdor off of Desolace, especially around the Sar'theris Strand and Shadowprey Village where they feed upon local Jungle Trolls.

Notable members[edit | edit source]

  • "Scoodles"
  • Big Shirl
  • Glrggl
  • Blackfin
  • Blubbergut
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