The Old Gods are vile creatures who are here to mess up everything on Azeroth. World domination? Old gods. Killing all life? Old Gods. Lost all of your left socks and your right shoes? Old Gods. They are creatures of pure madness and will do anything to destroy all life on this and any planet. In this article, let’s answer the question — who are the Old Gods in World of Warcraft? First up: C’Thun.
C’Thun is an Old God, a part of the Void Lords that was torn off and thrown into space to try and find slumbering Titan Souls. Well, ding ding ding, this zit of the Void Lords was one of four winners. His mission whence he and his fellow zits arrived was to corrupt that sleeping titan. They also defeated the elemental lords but that’s for another article. After the Titans discovered the Old Gods, one was killed and the others were put in prisons. C’Thun’s prison is Ahn’Qiraj
He is the first Old God that we saw in-game as the final boss of “The Temple of Ahn’Qiraj”. What we see in-game is only 1/1000 of his actual size. These guys are massive and quite horrifying. C’Thun is one of the only Old Gods said to be killed by Adventurers, but that was later removed as he made an appearance in the Comics. The Qiraji treat him like a God and obey his every whim.
He is called the Prime Evil or the Beast. Most just call him C’Thun or that boss that was bugged out by a slime pet. He was considered so hard and unbeatable even in full gear. People even proved mathematically that it was impossible to defeat him even with the full group in Best in Slot gear and Optimized rotations. Blizzard then nerfed him so that he could be killed. It took 86 days after the death of the Twin Emperors for C’Thun to be killed. This is crazy by today’s standards of killing all bosses within a week of each other. Now onto the next Old God…
N’Zoth is zit number two and is the one we have seen most recently in-game. He was also picked off and flung into space to corrupt the sleeping titan. He was first seen in Hearthstone. This was the first time a lore character was shown in Hearthstone before it was shown in World of Warcraft. He helped in defeating the Elemental lords but that is another article. The Old Gods fought after that for dominion over the land. Y’Shaarj won but N’Zoth was the runner up for the strongest. The battle between N’Zoth and Y’Shaarj took place on what we call The Broken Shore.
N’Zoth’s Prison was halfway between the Well of Eternity and Uldum. We now know that it was next to Nazjatar near Queen Azshara’s Palace. Upon her defeat, N’Zoth’s restraints were broken and he was free… Well, we did help by using our Hearts of Azeroth to break the final chain. N’Zoth is the smallest of the Old Gods by size. He still could hold his ground against the other Old Gods despite his size. C’Thun, N’Zoth, and Yogg’Saron worked together to corrupt Deathwing and make him go mad.
Queen Azshara wanted to bring the Burning Legion to Azeroth, and with the Sundering her plans were put on hold. Azshara’s city was sinking and she tried to protect it using a barrier. Feel free to watch what comes next in this video here… Trust me it does tie into N’Zoth:
A lot happens and the Champions of Azeroth are partly under N’Zoth’s command, but this can be cured… if wished. This will be discussed later so don’t worry or feel like you’re missing out. MOTHER a titanic creation made to watch the growth of Old God Corruption believes that she has found a way to kill or severely weaken N’Zoth to imprison him once more. So we as adventurers are sent into Ny’aloatha: The Sleeping City to end this once and for all.
N’zoth is called God of the Deep, the Corruptor, and the Deep One. He is the final boss of the raid: “Nya’loatha the Sleeping City” and might have been killed… we aren’t certain as this type of stuff tends to be retconned. He is the final boss of Battle for Azeroth. He was killed pretty quickly, and the race to world first was swift. Many thought he was too weak to be called an Old God and it makes sense when you look at Yogg’Saron and C’Thun’s Fights. Speaking of Yogg’Saron:
Zits of the Void Lords number three, ladies and Gentlemen, Yogg’Saron. This is the most active of the Old Gods. He did fight with the others over the land but lost to everyone. He is in a stalemate with C’Thun; neither of them could take down the other. With the defeat of the Elemental Lords, the Old Gods enslaved them and used them as puppets. When the Titan keepers kept killing all of their minions, which they couldn’t make fast enough to keep up, they used the Elemental Lords to do their bidding. Most of the Elemental Lords were corrupted by Yogg’Saron and Y’Shaarj. When the Old Gods were forced into captivity, N’Zoth and C’Thun were easy to put in as they were already super weakened. Yogg’Saron didn’t go down as easy and summoned his ultimate creations.
The C’Thraxxi. Faceless beings with crab-like claws and squid-like faces. These abominations were so powerful that they were able to keep Yogg’Saron out of prison for years. The Titan forged was almost wiped out before the keepers showed up. The C’Thraxxi were beyond powerful and even one of them named Kith’ix took down the Titanic Keeper Tyr. Kith’ix now rests under Zul’Aman and was worshipped by some trolls. Odyn thought up a plan to stop these monstrosities though. He had Keeper Loken make their allies think they were enemies. While the C’Thraxxi fought themselves, Odyn went in and further diminished their numbers. With the C’Thraxxi out of the way, Yogg’Saron was finally imprisoned in Ulduar.
While he may have been captive, he wasn’t idle. Yogg’Saron got to work on corrupting the Forge of Wills which makes new Titan forged. He inflected a curse of flesh on any beings that came out of the machine. That is actually how we got many of the races of Azeroth such as Humans, Dwarves, and Gnomes. He also started to corrupt Keeper Loken at the time and that will be talked about in an upcoming article. Pretty soon he gained control over a lot of the watchers of Ulduar… and his rein may soon extend to the whole world.
Yogg’Saron is called a lot of things including The Lucid Dream, the beast with a Thousand Maws, the Fiend of a Thousand Faces, The Monster in your Nightmares, The God of Death, and Hope’s End. With his fight, you can ask for the aid of the Watchers of Ulduar. There is a version where you ask for no help and fight him alone. This is often referred to as Yogg Zero: Alone in the Darkness. This version of the fight was how they implemented harder difficulties in raids. Alone in the Darkness was killed 70 days after One Light in the Darkness. It was thought to be impossible for a while. Even with Yogg being so powerful, there was one Old God that is stronger than all of them…
Y’Shaarj is the Strongest of the Old Gods. When the Titans discovered the Old Gods on Azeroth, They instantly knew that Y’Shaarj was the Strongest. They knew they had to do something about these creatures, so Aman’Thul reached down and plucked him out of Azeroth ripping him in half. Y’Shaarj’s death caused so many things to go wrong.
First, the scar created a pool of unstable energy that was harmful to all who went in it. This was soon controlled and this controlled pool was called “The Well of Eternity”. Second, Y’Shaarj’s Heart fell back to Azeroth landing in what was Uldum. Highkeeper Ra found it and decided to hide it in a vault beneath the Vale of Eternal Blossom. This was later found by Garrosh and used for dark purposes. Third, his final breath created seven horrible creatures. The Sha’s of Anger, Hatred, Fear, Doubt, Despair, Pride, and Violence spewed forth from the final breath. The Mantid believed Y’Shaarj to be a God and said if he were to return, they shall serve him.
Y’Shaarj is called the God of Seven Heads, Old one, Rage Unbound, the Defiler. In some theories; Xal’atath, Blade of the Black Empire is believed to be one of the claws of Y’Shaarj that was ripped from his body and given to his servants for sacrifices. Y’Shaarj has never been seen in-game besides his hearts so we don’t fully know what his whole body looks like. We are lucky enough to have some artwork of him though from Hearthstone. Many assume though that he looks very similar to the Sha’s that he created. There is one more Old God left that we need to discuss.
G’Huun is the mistake made by the Pantheon while they were trying to study the imprisoned Old Gods. Instead of making a cure to get rid of the monsters, they made one themselves. The blood trolls found G’Huun and treated him as a Loa. They serve him and always will serve him. He is way less powerful than the true Old Gods, but the threat was still world ending. He isn’t a pushover by any means. G’Huun is made of rot, pestilence, and decay. He was locked in Uldir and sealed behind three seals. Atul’nazman in Nazmir, Atul’Aman in Vol’dun, and the Great Seal of Dazar’alor in Zuldazar. Atul’aman and the Great Seal were destroyed by Mythrax the Unraveler. Atul’Zaman was destroyed by the Cataclysm.
Even though he was locked up, he still tried to get the Zandalari under his control. Kel’vax Deathwalker son of the priests (yes both of his parents were priests for the same loa) of Bwonsamdi, was the first to be tempted by G’Huun. G’Huun offered Kel’vax control over the dead, a chance to be a troll lich, and eternal life. All Kel’vax had to do was get the followers of Bwonsamdi to pray to G’Huun instead. Kel’vax became a troll lich and went down as the first person to fall for G’Huun’s tricks. I mean, who wouldn’t fall for this soothing voice?
After Hakkar was attempted to be summoned, he released a plague of corrupted blood which killed thousands of trolls. Many still used the magic of the Blood God and grew to perfect them: These would be called the Blood trolls. These Trolls found and started worshipping G’Huun. Blood Trolls are more primitive and use less technology because G’Huun sees no use for such futile technology. The Trolls obey and they agree.
Zul the Prophet, General Jakra’zet, and Yazma worked together to release G’Huun. Zul saw the Loa’s as weak and unfit to be worshipped. G’Huun was the perfect replacement for the Loa and Zul sought to make it that way. He thought G’Huun would lead the Trolls to world domination and full control. A group of adventurers (Players) entered Uldir and slew G’Huun before he could break free.
G’Huun only has one name and that is Blood God. He is the final boss of the first Battle for Azeroth Raid “Uldir”. A Titan facility that was used as experimentation ground on the old gods. G’Huun is the god of rot and pestilences, and many believe his rot is just fungal growth. The Fungi that he spreads closely resembles the bleeding heart fungus that is seen on the loading screen for the dungeon “The Underrot”. He is the only Old God that has been confirmed dead. G’Huun is also considered a Loa by some and an Old God by others. Either way, you spin this guy… he is nasty and you can’t tell me otherwise.
As mentioned, the Old Gods are always there to screw things up. For now, it seems like there is no Old God threat. However, beware, for they may come back someday and they will be angry. And maybe they will finally return your left socks and right shoes. BEWARE!