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Image of Ariok
Title Bane of the Bleeding Hollow
Gender Male
Race(s) Orc / Dire orc[1] (Humanoid)
Class Warrior
Resource Mana
Affiliation(s) Blackrock clan, Orgrimmar, Horde
Location Various
Status Alive
Relative(s) Eitrigg (father), 2 unnamed brothers (deceased)

Ariok is a Blackrock orc initially encountered at Flamestar Post (only visible to Horde players) in the Burning Steppes. He later moves to Chiselgrip and finally Flame Crest. He is the son of Eitrigg.

For Alliance players, his counterpart is John J. Keeshan, who offers the Alliance version of his quests.


Ariok in the Burning Steppes.

Ariok is a Blackrock by birth and spent a large part of his youth inside Blackrock Mountain.[2] He doesn't share their goals and objectives. He has befriended and received help from the Dark Iron dwarves of the Thorium Brotherhood more than once.[3]

At some point, he met with Thura.[4]


Cataclysm This section concerns content related to Cataclysm.

At the time of the Cataclysm, Ariok worked closely with his father in order to prevent the Blackrock clan from invading the Redridge Mountains. However, while Ariok respected his father's plan, he served his own sense of justice and believed it was time to end the treachery of the Blackrock clan for good. He enlisted Horde adventurers to thin the herd and eliminate the leadership of the Blackrock orcs and their allies within the Burning Steppes. The Dark Horde leadership within the Burning Steppes was eliminated in the end, with the culmination of Eitrigg's and Ariok's plan seeing High Warlock Xi'lun unable to control the Pitlord he summoned. The uncontrolled pitlord consequently wiped out most of the Blackrock forces.

Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor This section concerns content related to Warlords of Draenor.

Ariok in Tanaan Jungle.

Ariok was part of the initial Azerothian expedition to Draenor and was seen fighting Iron Horde Grunts alongside many others at the Dark Portal in Blasted Lands and Tanaan Jungle. During the Assault on the Dark Portal, Khadgar tasked him and the adventurers with distracting the Eye of Kilrogg at the Bleeding Altar so the rest of the group could advance without being noticed. However, Kilrogg Deadeye and the Bleeding Hollow Clan spotted them and prepared to attack the group. Ariok empowered himself with the blood magic of the Bleeding Hollow and attacked the Warlord in order to buy the rest of the group time to escape.[1]

Fury of Hellfire

Ariok survived his encounter with Kilrogg and still remains in the form of a hulking berserker. Adventurers follow Ariok into Zeth'gol to discover the Bleeding Hollow Clan's plans. Obtaining Kilrogg's eye would show what and where Kilrogg was, as well as anger the spirits. With Ariok distracting the restless spirits, the adventurer spies on Kilrogg and oddly enough Gul'dan. Kilrogg, panicking that his home is in danger and wants to pull back, is told by Gul'dan that his men need to continue searching for the cipher. Ariok wanted to know what happened when the adventurer used the eye afterward. Enraged after he was told, he sprinted to Hellfire Citadel to end Kilrogg before he loses everything.[5]

Ariok has been imprisoned in Hellfire Citadel by Kilrogg. Succeeding in keeping him alive when fel substance is pouring into him will result in Ariok becoming a follower.[6]


Dragonflight This section concerns content related to Dragonflight.

Years later, Ariok was still afflicted by the blood magic ritual despite the efforts of he and his father to find a cure, causing him to avoid contact with most of the Horde. Although uneasy, he attended the reinvigorated Kosh'harg festival at Razor Hill, wishing to support his father's wishes, and considered asking Jorin Deadeye and the Bleeding Hollow in attendance for help with his form.


Location Level range Reaction Notes
Flamestar Post,[17.4, 51.6] Chiselgrip[44.6, 44.6] & Flame Crest,[54.6, 24.6] Burning Steppes 15-30 Horde As part of the Burning Steppes storyline.
Assault on the Dark Portal 10-40 Alliance Horde As part of the Warlords of Draenor intro experience.
Tanaan Jungle 40 Alliance Horde As part of the Tanaan Jungle storyline.
Deadeye's Vision, Hellfire Citadel 40 Elite Alliance Horde As part of  [A Race Against Slime].
Frostwall; Lunarfall 40 Alliance Horde After earning  [A Race Against Slime].
Razor Hill, Durotar 50-70 Elite Horde As part of the Heritage of Draenor questline.


  • Ability druid demoralizingroar.png Bellowing Roar — Lets loose a bellowing roar, dealing Physical damage to enemies within 5 yards.
  • Spell nature bloodlust.png Bloodthirst — Instantly attack the target causing 120% of normal weapon damage. In addition, successful melee attacks will restore 1% of maximum health. This effect lasts 10 sec.
  • Ability warrior cleave.png Cleave — Inflicts 110% of normal melee damage to an enemy and its nearest allies, affecting up to 4 targets.
  • Ability warrior cleave.png Cleave — Inflicts damage to an enemy and its nearest allies.
  • Ability warrior rallyingcry.png Commanding Shout — Increases maximum health of all party members within 20 yards by 0. Lasts 2 min.
  • Ability shockwave.png Hamstring — Inflicts 20% weapon damage to an enemy, reducing its movement speed for 5 sec.
  • Ability heroicleap.png Heroic Leap — Leap through the air and slam down on all enemies within 5 yards of the target area, causing damage and stunning them for 2 sec.
  • Ability searingarrow.png Heavy Blow — Swing at an enemy, inflicting weapon damage plus 1 and knocking them back.
  • Ability warrior savageblow.png Mortal Strike — Inflicts 100% weapon damage and leaves the target wounded, reducing the effectiveness of any healing by 25% for 5 sec.
  • Ability warrior savageblow.png Mortal Strike — Inflicts weapon damage and leaves the target wounded, reducing the effectiveness of any healing by 25% for 5 sec.
  • Inv gauntlets 04.png Pummel — Pummel the target, interrupting spellcasting and preventing any spell in that school from being cast for 5 sec.
  • Ability gouge.png Rend — Inflicts Physical damage to an enemy every 3 sec. for 15 sec.
  • Spell nature bloodlust.png Savagery — Whipped into a savage frenzy!
  • Inv axe 66.png Shattering Throw — Throws your weapon at the enemy causing weapon damage and reducing the armor on the target by 20% for 10 sec.
  • Spell nature reincarnation.png Taunt — Taunts the target to attack you, and increases threat that you generate against the target for 6 sec.

As a follower

Ariok is a Arms Warrior Garrison follower with the following abilities:

  • Spell nature reincarnation.png Taunt (Ability) — Forces an enemy to attack the warrior. Counters: Wild Aggression Wild Aggression
  • Ability warrior cleave.png Cleave (Ability) — Used by a warrior to damage multiple enemies. Also used to describe every arena team. Counters: Minion Swarms Minion Swarms
  • Warrior skullbanner.png Recklessness (Ability) — Used by a warrior to greatly increase burst damage. Counters: Timed Battle Timed Battle
  • Achievement boss twinorcbrutes.png Brute (Ability) — Greatly increases success chance when on a mission alone.
  • Ability heroicleap.png Heroic Leap (Ability) — Used by a warrior to quickly escape harm's way. Counters: Danger Zones Danger Zones
  • Inv gauntlets 04.png Pummel (Ability) — Used by a warrior to interrupt a spell. Counters: Powerful Spell Powerful Spell
  • Ability warrior savageblow.png Arms (Specialization) — A battle-hardened master of two-handed weapons, using mobility and overpowering attacks to counter some Bosses. Counters: Boss Boss


Flamestar Post
Flame Crest
In Pursuit of Gul'dan


Burning Steppes

I serve my father and respect his plan... but I also serve my own sense of justice. I have seen enough treachery from my Blackrock brothers to fill a thousand books. And now they plan to invade Redridge, for no reason other than blind territorialism.
The treachery stops here. It's time for the final chapter. And it's not going to be a happy ending.

Assault on the Dark Portal

What can I do to help?

Hellfire Citadel

Kilrogg Deadeye yells: Why do you resist your own blood, Ariok? Give in to your rage.
Ariok yells: Release me from these bonds and I will show you my rage, Kilrogg!
Low health
I will die before I serve the Burning Legion!
 [A Race Against Slime]
I am in your debt, heroes. My strength is yours.


On approach
Blood and honor, commander.


Main article: Honor and Glory#Notes

Notes and trivia

  • His generic name during N [10-40] Altar Altercation is Liberated Frostwolf Prisoner. When encountered with another player in Tanaan Jungle, he is named Friendly Orc Brute with regular Mag'har model.
  • Ariok's skin color is normally greyish green, like the other Blackrock clan orcs, but after turning into a dire orc his skin color becomes a deep black, like the Blackrock orcs of Draenor.
  • When failed to be rescued in Hellfire Citadel, he dies as a skeletal orc.
  • Ariok is voiced by Greg Chun in Warlords of Draenor.
  • He has an invisible Follower recruiting spell: Achievement character orc male brn.png Follower: Ariok

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NPCs Follower Friendly Orc Brute Liberated Frostwolf Prisoner