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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 StarCraft[]

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.

Warcraft References in StarCraft[]

Gaming, Culture and Assets[]

  • The StarCraft II multiplayer map Defense of the Ancients is named after the popular fan-made Warcraft III multiplayer maps with the same names.
  • 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.

In-Game References and Easter Eggs[]

  • A special easter egg unit named the Tauren Marine appears in the back of the "Zero Hour" mission of Wings of Liberty, then disappearing into a Tauren outhouse. The outhouse also appears out the window of the Hyperion and in the background of space maps during the campaign. Inputting "Up, Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right" on the platform command card in the Legacy of the Void map "Templar's Charge" will spawn a controllable Tauren Marine. The Tauren Marine also appears in Level 800 Elite Tauren Chieftain ads during the campaign, and on ads in the city tileset.
  • In Joeyray's Bar, one of the sticky notes reads "1. Raid Night 2. Level Druid 3. Farm Gold 4. ... :)" These are references to common activities in World of Warcraft, as well as the druid class.
  • The StarCraft II cheat code SpectralTiger (which grants the player 5000 minerals), is a reference to the World of Warcraft mount the Swift Spectral Tiger, and likely a poke at its real world value as it was an exclusive prize from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game.
  • A newspaper clipping in Joeyray's Bar talks about an attack on Viewport Beach by bipedal fish monsters that shouted "MRGLEMRGLE," a reference to the murloc race from Warcraft.
  • Egon Stetmann wears an undershirt with the Horde logo printed on it.
  • 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.
  • On the Korhal City tileset, one of the advertisements is for Stubborn Bull a restaurant that uses a tauren as its picture. Its slogan is "bull from the grass prairie of Mulgore," Mulgore being the center of tauren society. On the side of the ad is a Horde symbol.
  • The Emporio Ormoni ads situated through the Korhal City tileset show a picture of a shirtless Tauren.
  • A dumpster with the Alliance waste disposal symbol can be found in StarCraft II, a reference to the Alliance.
  • In concept art for the cinematic "Believe In Me," a Horde symbol is drawn on the wall behind Raynor. However, this is absent in the final cinematic.[2]


  • 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.
  • A 10th anniversary achievement for the mission "Temple of Unification" is named "Unity, Precision, Perfection," which is the phrase said by the card Zilliax when it is summoned in Hearthstone.


  • 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 addition, Artanis also has the quotes "Stop poking me!" (a quote from the Warcraft 1 grunt) and "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.
  • Maar, upon being defeated, will sometimes say "Merely a temporary setback!" This is a reference to a quote made by Kael'thas in the dungeon Magisters' Terrace.
  • The battlecruiser in StarCraft II has a quote of "Let's hurry up and finish this attack, it's raid night," a reference to organized raids in World of Warcraft and in MMORPGs in general.


StarCraft II[]
StarCraft: Remastered[]

StarCraft References in Warcraft[]

Gaming, Culture and Assets[]

  • Zerging is a World of Warcraft term describing attacking one group with an even larger group. The term is inspired by the zergling rush.

In-Game References and Easter Eggs[]

  • In the concept art for the Scourge fighting the Night Elves for Warcraft III artist Samwise Dilder included a hydralisk in the background as he was "tired of drawing dozens and dozens of skeletons."[4]
  • In Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, when searching for a game one of the options on the "Looking for Player" roulette wheel that can appear other than "Worthy Opponent" is "StarCraft pro."
  • In Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft in the "Whispers of the Old Gods" expansion, the Flamewreathed Faceless has the summon quote "Need a Light?" which may be a reference to the build quote of the firebat.
  • In the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion "The Boomsday Project," the card Crazed Chemist has the summoning line "Ah, that's the stuff," a reference to one of the quotes that plays with stimpacks are triggers in StarCraft.
  • In the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion "Kobolds and Catacombs," the flavor text for the Cave Hydra card is "Can be upgraded into a Cave Lurker." This is a reference to the hydralisk, which can evolve into a lurker.
  • In the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion "Knights of the Frozen Throne," the card Druid of the Swarm has the attack quote "For the Swarm!" which is the battlecry of the Zerg Swarm.
  • In the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion "Madness at the Darkmoon Faire," the card Darkmoon Tonk has the flavor text "Ready to roll out!" which is the build quote of the siege tank.
  • In the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion "United in Stormwind," the card Devouring Swarm has the flavor text "Collect... essence..." which is a reference to the zerg aim of collecting essence to evolve, and a common line from Dehaka.
  • In the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion "Fractured in Alterac Valley," the card Templar Captain has the flavor text "You can combine two of these into a Captain Archon" which is a reference to the merging of two high templar into an archon.
  • 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).[7] 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."[8] A cloaked blood elven figure resembling Nova can also be found near the tomb.[9]
  • Samir is a dark skinned shopkeeper who appears in a variety of zones, and a possible reference to Samir Duran.
  • Kim Won Gi is an NPC with the title "The Fruit Dealer," and is likely a reference to former StarCraft II professional player Kim Won Ki, known as FruitDealer.
  • The boss Primordius in the Throne of Thunder raid has several abilities referencing zerg abilities and upgrades from StarCraft, including Ventral Sacs, Pathogen Glands, and Metabolic Boost.
  • 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 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 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft's Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion, the card text of White Eyes reads "My life for Aya!" a play on the protoss saying "My life for Aiur.[5]
  • In Mardum, a skeleton of a zerg creature resembling a hydralisk can be seen, with the skeleton of a Warcraft marine with a blunderbuss sitting next to it.
  • In celebration of the 20th anniversary of StarCraft, Hearthstone released a special "Tavern Brawl" themed around StarCraft named "Portals to Another Dimension." At the start of a match, players would be given the choice of "Tech," "Swarm" or "Mind" portals (made to be similar to the Terran, Zerg and Protoss), with each giving cards that matched the theme of the three concepts.
  • In the Descent of Dragons expansion of Hearthstone, the card "Disciple of Galakrond" has the description "Raising Galakrond will cause thurible, thurible damage," a reference to the StarCraft II running joke of terrible, terrible damage. A Hearthstone: Battlegrounds achievement for dealing 15 damage to enemy heroes in one hit is also named "Terrible Terrible Damage."

Battle Pets[]

  • Zerglings are non-combat pets in the World of Warcraft Collector's Edition. As a battle pet the zergling possesses the abilities "metabolic boost" and "adrenal glands" (both upgrades for the zergling) and one named "zergling rush" (a common tactic utilizing zerglings).
  • 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.[10] Grunty is a skin for the murloc hero Murky in Heroes of the Storm. As a battle pet Grunty possesses the abilities "gauss rifle," "stimpack" and "U-283 Rounds," all attacks and upgrades for the marine.
  • A mini-thor pet exists in World of Warcraft for owners of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Collector's Edition or the later released Digital Deluxe Campaign Bundle.[11]
    • The mini-thor model later reappears in Battle for Azeroth as one of the items needed to be matched in the quest "Shell Game."
  • A baneling pet is available World of Warcraft for those who purchased the digital deluxe or collectors edition of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.[12] As a battle pet is possesses the abilities "centrifugal hooks," "burrow" and "adrenal glands" (references to zerg upgrades), and a final attack named "baneling bust" (a common strategy utilizing banelings).
  • An archon pet named Zeradar 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.[13] The archon battle pet possesses the abilities psionic shockwave (the archon basic attack) and psionic storm (a protoss area of effect spell). Its name is a combination of Zeratul and Tassadar, and may be a reference to the cut Tassadar/Zeratul archon found in Staredit.



  • The Mists of Pandaria achievement "Heart of the Mantid Swarm" is likely a reference to StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm.
  • The Mists of Pandaria achievement "For the Swarm" is likely a reference to a common battlecry of the Zerg Swarm.
  • The Warlords of Daenor Hellfire Citadel raid achievement "Pro Toss" is likely a reference to the protoss race.
  • The Legion player vs player prestige achievements "Hell, It's About Nine" and "Hell, It's About Nineteen" are likely references to the Tychus Findlay line "hell, it's about time."
  • In celebration of the StarCraft 20th Anniversary, players who saluted a StarCraft themed battle pet (zergling, Grunty, mini-thor, or Zeradar) between March 31st and April 7th, 2018 would get the "Salute to Starcraft" achievement.
  • The Shadowlands achievement "Goliath Offline" is a reference to the build quote of the goliath, "Goliath online."


  • "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.
  • In Battle for Azeroth, calling down the Abrasive Reconfigulator 8000 will quote the terran ghost when activated, with a number of lines such as "Someone call for a reconfigulator?" and "Never know what hit 'em." It also quotes the dropship with "in the pipe, five by five" and "hang on! Makin' some chop," and Tychus Findlay with "Big dog is off the leash."



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