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Main leader IconSmall Zaela.gif Warlord Zaela †
Secondary leaders

IconSmall Dragonmaw Male.gif Commander Tharbek †

IconSmall Dragonmaw Male.gif Orebender Gor'ashan †
Race(s) Mag'har orcMag'har orc Mag'har orc
IconSmall Dragonmaw Male.gifIconSmall Dragonmaw Female.gifOrcOrc Orc
OgreOgre Ogre
Character classes Grunt, Raider, Scout, Shaman, Warrior
Capital Upper Blackrock Spire
Base of operations Okril'lon Hold, Nethergarde Keep, Dreadmaul Post
Theater of operations Blasted Lands, Blackrock Mountain
Language(s) Orcish, Ogre
Sub-group(s) Black Iron, Dragonmaw clan, Dreadmaul tribe
Affiliation Iron Horde
Status Dissolved

The Ironmarch (or the Ironmarch Vanguard[1] and Iron March)[2] was an expeditionary force of the Iron Horde which traveled through the Dark Portal to invade Azeroth, acting upon the orders of Garrosh Hellscream. When their forces invaded the Blasted Lands, they took control of Nethergarde Keep and Dreadmaul Hold, and allied themselves with the Dreadmaul tribe[3] and the nefarious alchemist Kyrak.[4] One of their objectives was to establish their presence within Blackrock Spire to create a weapon of mass destruction, capable of destroying large portions of Eastern Kingdoms, including Stormwind City.[5] The joined force of the Ironmarch and Dragonmaw clan in the Spire was known as the Black Iron. The Ironmarch first appeared during the Iron Horde Incursion world event, immediately preceding Warlords of Draenor.

In time, the retaliating forces of the Alliance and Horde launched a naval attack on the Blasted Lands, quickly retaking the shores from the Ironmarch forces and pushing closer and closer to the Dark Portal. At the same time, the adventurers stormed the spire, defeated Warlord Zaela, and prevented the weapon from being used. Eventually, the allied forces managed to pave a road to the portal and stormed it once it stopped fluctuating, pushing most of the Iron Horde forces back to their world, marking the end of the Ironmarch on Azeroth.



Name Role Location Status
Mob  Warlord Zaela Leader of the Ironmarch The Molten Span, Upper Blackrock Spire Deceased
Mob  Commander Tharbek Commander of the Ironmarch Blackrock Stadium, Upper Blackrock Spire Killable
Mob  Orebender Gor'ashan Ironmarch elementalist Hall of Binding, Upper Blackrock Spire Killable
Mob  Kyrak Draconic alchemist The Rookery, Upper Blackrock Spire Killable
Mob  Gar'mak Bladetwist Ironmarch leader in Blasted Lands Okril'lon Hold, Blasted Lands Killable
Mob  Toothsmash the Annihilator Leader of the Dreadmaul Dreadmaul Post, Blasted Lands Killable
Mob  Mokrik Blackfingers Gar'mak's lieutenant Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands Killable
Mob  Rukah the Machinist Gar'mak's lieutenant Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands Killable
Mob  Gar Steelcrush Gar'mak's lieutenant Nethergarde Keep, Blasted Lands Killable



Beta mobs

Removed from game The subject of this section did not make it out of the beta stages.

These Iron Horde mobs located at the Dreadmaul Post and the Dark Portal didn't make it to live for the event. The reason for this is unknown.


  • Internally, the  [Reins of the Kor'kron War Wolf] uses the ID named Ironmarch Warmaw.
  • An unreleased bonus objective quest in Shadowmoon Valley[6] and unused strings[7] suggest that the Ironmarch army was to be the force that invaded Shadowmoon Valley before the revamp of the zone.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Several green-skinned orcs were members of the Ironmarch during the Warlords of Draenor beta. It is likely that they were meant to members of the True Horde that joined with the Iron Horde when they began their invasion, or they could have been a part of Okril'lon Hold and switched sides during the attack. Since one of them is still wearing what looks like a Kor'kron or Warsong clan tabard, the probability of him being an Azerothian Garrosh loyalist is very likely.