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Zuluhed the Whacked

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Title <Chieftain of the Dragonmaw Clan>
Gender Male
Race Orc (Humanoid)
Level 25-30 Elite
Class Shaman, Warlock
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Dragonmaw clan, Illidari, Fel Horde
Former affiliation(s) Old Horde
Occupation Chieftain of the Dragonmaw clan
Location Dragonmaw Fortress, Shadowmoon Valley
Status Deceased (lore)[1]
Killable (WoW)
Student(s) Nekros Skullcrusher (shaman apprentice)[2]

Zuluhed the Whacked was one of the few remaining orc shamans within the Old Horde in Azeroth. Due to his consumption of the blood of Mannoroth, he did not embrace his true heritage and eventually began to practice the dark magics prescribed by Gul'dan and the Shadow Council. Unlike his fellow Dragonmaw, he did not become a fel orc.


Second War

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Zuluhed was apparently the last and only shaman to accompany the Horde.[3] Since the elements and ancestors had abandoned the orc clans out of anger, many shaman turned to demonic magic; Zuluhed was one of the few who refused, out of distrust for Gul'dan and distaste for demonic magic.[4]

He was eternally loyal to Blackhand during his reign as Warchief, and wished to remain so even after his death, so he pledged the allegiance of the small but powerful Dragonmaw Clan to Rend and Maim, the sons of Blackhand:[5] an alliance assumed to be broken when Rend pledged the Black Tooth Grin clan to Nefarian's black dragonflight, most feared enemy of the Dragonmaw.

At the beginning of the Second War, Zuluhed received a vision of a powerful artifact hidden within the Redridge Mountains by Deathwing, and requested permission from Orgrim Doomhammer to locate it. Despite Zuluhed's apparent loyalty to the sons of Blackhand — his chief rivals — Doomhammer believed that the elder shaman acted in the Horde's best interests, and agreed to allow Zuluhed and his clan to find the artifact in question.[6] Following the source of his visions, Zuluhed took some members of his clan to Redridge's mountains and found a cave with the golden disc. It was guarded by the red dragon Orastrasz. Zuluhed and his clan fell upon the dragon. Many orcs fell to the dragon, but they eventually killed him. Zuluhed then ordered the clan's greatest warlock, Nekros Skullcrusher, to recover the artifact, now called the Demon Soul.[7] Zuluhed assured Doomhammer that he would be able to unlock its powers, but this proved difficult even with the still-formidable powers of the elder shaman. Zuluhed left it with his second, Nekros, who managed to capture the dragonqueen, Alexstrasza, and subjugate her red dragonflight with it. Alexstrasza, threatened with the death of her children, unwillingly gave the Horde an endless supply of her deadly progeny.[8][9] Zuluhed, sensing the power within the Blackrock Mountains, directed the Horde there and after defeating the handful of dwarves dwelling here, Doomhammer claimed it for the orcs. He also followed the Horde to Quel'Thalas and reported Orgrim that the dragon fires were inefficient against Silvermoon as the Sunwell energy was used to shield the city.

At the end of the Second War, Zuluhed returned through the Dark Portal to Draenor,[10] and thus was not present when Alexstrasza was freed and the majority of his clan destroyed at Grim Batol.

The Burning Crusade

Zuluhed in Outland.

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See also: Netherwing

He survived the destruction of Draenor and he eventually pledged what remained of his clan to Illidan.

When the Dark Portal was reopened, Ragnok Bloodreaver attacked Dragonmaw Fortress but Zuluhed and some orcs escaped his wrath.[11]

He enslaved Karynaku, matriarch of the Netherwing dragonflight, to provide drakes for his new master. Zuluhed resided at Dragonmaw Fortress, east of the Netherwing Fields in Shadowmoon Valley, and is involved in the Netherwing quest chain where he is slain.[12]

Wrath of the Lich King

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Golluck Rockfist, the Horde ambassador to the Wyrmrest Accord, mentions the Dragonmaw's enslaving of Alexstrasza. He says "Zuluhed and Nekros are dead, but the debt we owe to the reds is far from repaid." This seems to indicate that he was killed by allies of the Netherwing dragonflight, as requested by Karynaku in N [25-30G] Zuluhed the Whacked.


Once you accept N [25-30G] Zuluhed the Whacked from Karynaku, Zuluhed the Whacked will appear by the entrance to the courtyard you're in along with 8 archers along the top wall. You can reset the quest by flying/jumping off the ledge. Zuluhed will despawn and you have to abandon the quest and reaccept. The right side room has some "back rooms" in it; running into those back rooms will also reset Zuluhed (but not his summoned demons).

Easiest way to complete it is to get a cookie cutter group of a tank, healer, and 3 dps classes. It's easier to fly up to the courtyard, but you can also clear your way up the path. Clear out one of the rooms either to the left or right of the entrance, then accept the quest and have all of your group run into the room and start the fight. About 30 seconds into the fight, he starts to summon Arcubus Destroyer a level 68 elite demon. His summon spell is has a half-second casting time so it's hard to interrupt. After 15 seconds, the demon will spawn and you have to deal with it as well.

If you clear both rooms, once he starts casting the summon, run into the other room. Zuluhed will follow, but the demon, being in an empty room, will not aggro and can be ignored. Just stay away from the door to that room.

Unlike Zuluhed, the Arcubus Destroyer does not automatically attack the party. It simply appears and sits there, not moving. Its aggro rules are the same as an ordinary spawn—it will not aggro for the first few seconds of appearing, and then only if a player steps within aggro radius. That is quite small for a level 80 player, so one solo strategy is to stay in the same room but simply take a few steps back. If undisturbed, the Arcubus Destroyer will sit passively even after Zuluhed falls, and will despawn after three or four minutes.

The archers are a serious threat. Many will start casting [Aimed Shot], which has a long (over 3 second) cast but hits for over 1000 on level 80 plate blues. This will quickly cut down a player or party who dwells out in the open or stands too close to a door.

Zuluhed also casts [Rain of Fire] which hits for about 1000 per tick. It has a very small radius.

If you are trying to solo this at 80, some classes can find this very difficult. The main threats are the archers, the demons and his [Rain of Fire]. To avoid the archers, clear a room in advance and run inside it before the fight begins - Zuluhed will come to you. Immediately step out of any [Rain of Fire]. Even with quick stepping, most of your damage will be fire. When an Arcubus Destroyer spawns, quickly step back out of its aggro radius. For a level 80, the rightmost room has enough space for at least two demons to spawn and still be well out of their aggro radius. Don't end up near the doorway. (Preferably have the demons spawn nearer the doorway so you can run into the back room to reset the encounter if need be.) The instant Zuluhed falls, loot the key.


  • Spell shadow rainoffire.png Rain of Fire — Calls down a molten rain, burning all enemies in a selected area for 925 to 1075 Fire damage every 2 sec. for 6 sec.
  • Spell arcane teleportorgrimmar.png Demon Portal — Opens a portal into the Twisting Nether that periodically summons demonic minions to aid the caster in battle for 35 sec. (Spawn an Arcubus Destroyer)
  • Spell shadow demonictactics.png Nether Infusion — Melee, ranged, and spell casting speed increased by 50%. (Change into Netherwing drakonid)


  • Zuluhed was described as having red-brown eyes.[13]
  • Despite Zuluhed's disdain for demonic magic, by the time he is encountered in Outland and confronted for his attrocities against the Netherwing, he uses warlock magic and wears a warlock tier set; an ironic fate for one of the last true shaman to remain in the time of the Old Horde.
  • Zuluhed at some point rewarded the dragon rider Torgus with a mark or medallion for his service to the old Horde.[14]
  • Prior to his appearance in World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, Day of the Dragon suggested that Zuluhed was still on Azeroth as Nekros states that he answers only to Zuluhed, who is "far away," with the bulk of the Dragonmaw forces and later attempts to march to meet with his chieftain.


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It is unclear how the shamanistic spirits continued to answer him, despite having forsaken most of the orcs, however, this may only apply to on Azeroth, as he was said to be able to contact them there, it is unknown whether or not he could on Draenor. They may have still answered him if he chose to not partake in the carnage, as he is not mentioned in Rise of the Horde. But if he was only able to contact them on Azeroth, this may explain why he appears to be a warlock when encountered at Dragonmaw Fortress. Strangely enough however is the fact that he is not a fel orc, unlike the rest of his clan in Outland.


Patch changes


  1. ^ Golluck Rockfist#Quotes
  2. ^ Tides of Darkness, chapter 9
  3. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 39 and 140
  4. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 139 - 140
  5. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Clans of the Horde, Dragonmaw Clan
  6. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 40
  7. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 141
  8. ^ Day of the Dragon, pg. 53
  9. ^ Tides of Darkness, pg. 137 - 145
  10. ^ a b World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 2, pg. 197
  11. ^ The Dragons of Outland
  12. ^ N [25-30G] Zuluhed the Whacked
  13. ^ Tides of Darkness, chapter 2
  14. ^ Day of the Dragon, chapter 8

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Preceded by:
Chieftain of the Dragonmaw Clan (Azeroth)
Succeeded by:
Nekros Skullcrusher
Preceded by:
Chieftain of the Dragonmaw Clan (Outland)
Succeeded by:
Overlord Mor'ghor (as Warchief)

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