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The following section contains information from the Warcraft series and is not canon.


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Warcraft is a game series created by Blizzard Entertainment. It is Blizzard's oldest mainstream game series, most expansive in terms of lore and, in light of the financial success and spread of the MMORPG World of Warcraft, arguably its most successful. Originally, Warcraft was an RTS series akin to StarCraft, though it has since embraced an MMORPG format.

Relationship to StarCraftEdit

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The World of Warcraft logo

Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness were Blizzard's first RTS games in the series. In these games the two sides had units and buildings with identical statistics, save for the spells for casters. Thus, both sides played more or less the same way.

StarCraft represented a departure from the first Warcraft games. While there were now three sides, the major difference was each had units and buildings with unique statistics. This meant each played differently. In addition, one has to play all of the races to get the whole story. This concept was adopted for Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos although now with four sides.

During early development, StarCraft used the Warcraft II engine. The initial cold reception, demonstrated by the phrase "Orcs in Space", led to shifts in design and gameplay.

Both StarCraft and Warcraft games make use of Blizzard's online gaming service, with the exceptions of Warcraft I and the DOS version of Warcraft II. Warcraft II: Edition was released to support, run under Windows, and include many features introduced in StarCraft.


StarCraft and Warcraft products have included similar gameplay concepts and references to each other as Easter eggs and in-jokes.

Gaming and CultureEdit

  • Zerging is a World of Warcraft term describing attacking one group with an even larger group. The term is inspired by the zergling rush.
  • The stalker possesses the "Blink" ability, identical to the one used by the night elf warden hero in Warcraft III. Also, the StarCraft II zealot's blink-then-strike ability can be found in the Warcraft III Editor World Editor, and has been used for some Warcraft III mod-games.
  • The StarCraft II multiplayer map Defense of the Ancients is named after the popular fan-made Warcraft III multiplayer maps with the same names.

Warcraft References in StarCraftEdit

  • Portraits of the Goblin Marine and Worgen Marine are available for those who bought the Collector's Edition of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm
  • Portraits of the Infested Orc and Night Elf Templar are available for those who bought the collector's or digital deluxe edition of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.
  • Portraits of Blackhand and Grommash are available for those who bought the collector's or digital deluxe edition of World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor.
  • Portraits of the Gul'dan and Illidan are available for those who bought the collector's or digital deluxe edition of World of Warcraft: Legion.
  • The achievement "Hurry Up, It's Raid Night!" is a reference to the World of Warcraft concept of raiding, and doing so on specific nights of the week. A variation of the quote is also said by the terran battlecruiser.
  • A achievement for the mission Dark Whispers is named "World of Warpcraft," a reference to the series World of Warcraft.
  • A achievement for the mission Brothers in Arms is named "For the Alliance," which is the motto of the Alliance in Warcraft.
  • The Co-op Missions mutator during the week of the launch of World of Warcraft: Legion was named "Burning Legion," named after the antagonists of the expansion, the Burning Legion.

StarCraft References in WarcraftEdit

  • Grunty the murloc marine is available as a pet in World of Warcraft to attendees of BlizzCon 2009, purchasers of the DirecTV pay-per-view of the event, and purchasers of the Internet streamed video of the event.[4] Grunty is a skin for the murloc hero Murky in Heroes of the Storm.
  • An archon pet and Legacy of the Void cardback is available for World of Warcraft and Hearthstone players who purchased collector's or digital deluxe edition of Legacy of the Void.[8]
  • The homeworld of Warcraft's draenei and eredar is Argus. Argus is a name used for a variety of StarCraft artifacts.
  • The capital of the Warcraft nation of Kul Tiras is Boralus. The capital of the StarCraft planet of Braxis is Boralis.
  • World of Warcraft's felhunters resemble zerglings. The zergling model in Warcraft III is also a reskin of the felhunter.
  • Nova's tomb has been spotted in a World of Warcraft location (a strange stone in the Netherstorm).[11] Drysc, a Blizzard World of Warcraft Community Manager later stated that "Some say that under certain conditions you can see her ghost... Pun not intended."[12] A cloaked blood elven figure resembling Nova can also be found near the tomb.[13]
  • Samir is a dark skinned shopkeeper who appears in a variety of zones, and a possible reference to Samir Duran.
  • A cook named Joeyray appears in World of Warcraft, a possible reference the various characters named Joeyray.
  • The transporters in the zone Suramar use a retextured model of the protoss pylon from StarCraft II.
  • The Warlords of Daenor Hellfire Citadel raid achievement "Pro Toss" is likely a reference to the protoss race.
  • The boss Nythendra in the Emerald Nightmare uses an ability named "Heart of the Swarm," likely a reference to the StarCraft expansion of the same name.


  • In StarCraft: Brood War, Artanis has a poke quote of "This is not Warcraft in space!" (a reference to a derogatory phrase for the StarCraft alpha, which bore great resemblance to Warcraft II). In adition, Artanis also has the quote "What do I look like, an orc?"
  • Artanis and the protoss observer repeat the Warcraft I grunt gag line "Stop poking me!"
  • The stalker in StarCraft II shares many of the same unit responses as the shade and satyr in Warcraft III.
  • "Power Overwhelming" appears as a Warlock card in Hearthstone, and is the reference to the unit response of the protoss archon. Power Ovewhelming can be heard from a variety of other characters in the series, including the Voidwalker and Dreadlord.
  • In the town of Toshley's Station, the sharpshooters will occasionally say "Somebody call for an exterminator," a reference to a quote of the terran ghost.



  1. 2015-01-31, WARCRAFT III ASSETS NOW AVAILABLE ON THE PTR. Blizzard Entertainment, accessed on 2015-02-02
  2. 2010-02-10, New unit portraits? StarCraft Legacy, accessed on 2010-02-13
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II beta. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 13, 2010
  4. BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2009 Exclusive Pet 05/11/09
  5. 2006-09-20. Bomber Command. Bonus Maps. Accessed 2009-04-26.
  6. Business Wire staff. 2010-04-08. StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™ Collector's Edition Announced. Business Wire. Accessed 2010-04-08.
  7. Heart of the Swarm Collector's Edition, Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed on 2012-12-03
  8. Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void - Collector's Edition, Accessed on 2015-03-13
  9. Blizzard Entertainment. Hearthstone (Blizzard Entertainment) (in English). April 25, 2016
  10. Warcraft III. Blizzard Entertainment. Defense of Strahnbrad The Defense of Strahnbrad.
  11. Medievaldragon. 2007-07-20. Wow Easter Egg - Starcraft: Ghost Blizzplanet Accessed 2007-07-21.
  12. Drysc. 2007-07-20. Strange Blue Shrine Floating in Netherstorm (page 2) World of Warcraft General Discussion Forums. Accessed 2007-07-21.
  13. 2007-02-15. Nova Terra. WoW Head. Accessed 2008-04-23.
  14. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Level 800 Elite Tauren Chieftain. Commercial after "A Sinister Turn." (in English). 2010.

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