The Siege of Orgrimmar – what we know about the Garrosh raid in Mists of Pandaria

Yes, it has been revealed. The final raid boss in Mists of Pandaria will be Garrosh Hellscream, in the Siege of Orgrimmar. Yeah, that Garrosh. That Orgrimmar.

Whilst information’s still pretty thin on the ground, we’ve collected the info and the speculation together to attempt to figure out just what happens. How does Garrosh go from being the Warchief – if a much-hated one – of the Horde to the guy we’re ganging up in our 25s to defeat?

Updated March 20th 2012

The Story So Far

Garrosh has already made himself pretty unpopular with just about everyone in Cataclysm.

  • He killed Cairne Bloodhoof, leader of the Tauren, in a duel. The Tauren leader is now Bloodhoof’s son.
  • Vol’jin, the leader of the trolls, has threatened to kill him.
  • He’s insulted and threatened Sylvanas, leader of the Forsaken, and used her troops as patsies against the Worgen and the Gileans.
  • Thrall himself has revealed he’s very, very angry with Garrosh, during the 4.2 questline that culminated in Thrall’s marriage.
  • Oh, and he was responsible for a complete rout against Deathwing’s forces in the Twilight Highlands.

Basically, no-one except the orcs – some of the orcs – like Garrosh at the end of the Cataclysm storyline – but he’s still Warchief.

What we know about what’s coming for Garrosh

We know that in Patch 5.0, before Mists of Pandaria, the Horde will attack Theramore. We don’t know it’s Garrosh giving that particular order, but it seems reasonably likely. That’s not going to endear him to an awful lot of people, including the archmage and noted peacemaker Jaina Proudmoore. (We wrote a lengthy speculation piece about the events of WoW Patch 5.0 some time ago.)

After that, Blizzard revealed during the press event that the opening cutscene for the Horde shows Garrosh going steadily more berserk during the events of early Mists of Pandaria. After some early naval victories, he loses ships – presumably the ones that end up shipwrecked on Pandaria – and kills a goblin messenger who brings him the news. From there, WoWhead says, “He ignores advice to focus on the future instead of the past, and demands payment of debts from realms in his power. “.

Later on in the Mists of Pandaria storyline – in the second half of the expansion – we know that Garrosh will make an appearance on the Pandaren front, as both Alliance and Horde start their war in the Pandaren Krasarang Wilds. We also know that he has “become corrupted”, and will apparently be getting up to Bad Things beneath Orgrimmar. We also know that Vol’jin will be making an appearance, possibly making good on his threats against Garrosh.

Of course, it’s a fair old walk from there to having the Horde and Alliance angry enough to lay siege to Orgrimmar. Rades of Orcish Army Knife has written an excellent speculation post on this subject, asking amongst other things just what Garrosh could do to make the orcs themselves angry enough to attack.

The raid, Siege of Orgrimmar, itself

The Siege of Orgrimmar raid is scheduled to be the last patched raid in the Mists of Pandaria expansion, as the Lich King’s citadel was in Wrath of the Lich King, and Deathwing’s downfall was in Cataclysm. That means that it’s about two years away at this point, and a lot could change between now and then.

At the media event, Blizzard announced that “Both the Alliance and Horde are going to have some really really epic and heroic stuff to do by the end [of Mists]”. We know that both factions will be involved in the siege on the besieging side, and that the ultimate goal will be to end his reign as Warchief.

Of course, this means that much of the raid is likely to take place within Orgrimmar itself – a clever idea from the developers to reuse their art, and one that echos the now-removed “Battle for Undercity” quest chain. Hopefully it’ll be an extension of that quest idea, with a running battle within the city.

Anything else you know or can guess about the Siege of Orgrimmar?