Gryphons (aka griffons or griffins) are a mighty and proud race originating from the Aerie Peak. They have always aided the Alliance in times of need, and more importantly the Wildhammer dwarves.
- "They love lions in Stormwind, and the gryphon is half lion. Of course they might not like which half."
- -Gryphon Master Talonaxe
This mighty beast’s forequarters — including head, forelegs, and tremendous wings — resemble a great eagle, while its hindquarters are that of a mighty lion. Gryphons' keen eyesight allows them to see over vast distances and warn their riders of any dangers that lie ahead. According to Mei Francis, when they attack, blood almost never stains their feathers.
Since the Second War the Wildhammer Clan of the Aerie Peaks has always responded to the call and brought their mighty gryphons to aid the besieged Alliance in its time of need. Armed with their trusty, lightning-powered Stormhammers, the hearty dwarves seek to keep the skies of Lordaeron free from enemy forces. The proud gryphons share their riders’ implacable resolve and stand as noble symbols of the Alliance’s fortitude. Wildhammer dwarves train young gryphons by sending them out to hunt rattlesnakes in the Twilight Highlands. Gryphons were eventually gifted to the Alliance by the Wildhammer dwarves, some even being descendants of those ridden by Falstad and his entourage into Grim Batol. Gryphons have a long history of participation in Alliance military maneuvers. In The Burning Crusade expansion, players can participate in bombing quests atop an armored gryphon provided to them for that purpose.
In addition to conveying important documents between the Human, Dwarven, and Gnomish leaders in the regions surrounding Stormwind and Ironforge, the gryphons have also been harnessed for paid transportation along routes throughout Alliance controlled territories. In order to travel by gryphon, you must first speak to a Gryphon Master at the destination point. Upon doing so, the location will be added to your list of known Flight Paths. Each gryphon ride costs a varying amount of coin.
As a mount
Gryphon mounts are the flying mounts for Alliance players. They come in a variety of colors and are capable of running on all fours like a cat for land travel, rendering it useful as a ground mount.
As a companion pet
- The Wildhammer Gryphon Hatchling can be captured in pet battles in the Twilight Highlands.
- The Gryphon Hatchling is available from the Blizzard Gear store for $25 US.
- Gryphon eggs are noted to be cream-colored and dotted with blue.
- Gryphons share a common ancestry with both dragons and wyverns.
- Spectral gryphons transport non-Night elf players in certain zones while dead, because of impassible terrain.
- Other undead gryphons are the Winged Steed of the Ebon Blade, Scourge Gryphon or the Bone Gryphon.
The origin of the Griffin is unknown. Greek sources from the Hellenistic (300s BC) period tell of where the creatures might be found, but the imagery is far older. The Mycenaean civilization, which dates to around the 1000s BC, feature Griffins and lions on what little artwork survive from the period. The even older Minoan civilization, who were contemporaries to Ancient Egypt, used Griffin imagery in their palaces and temples. Creatures that could be called Griffins are common motifs in Persian and Assyrian art, although these beasts are technically Cherubim, not griffins. A beast that has been loosely translated to "Griffin" is referenced in Egyptian papyri, although the term "hieracosphinx" is becoming more popular. It has been suggested that Gryphon imagery originated with early discoveries of Protoceratops fossils. Ancient observers would have seen an aquiline head on a leonine body.
The gryphon is the symbol of resolve and fortitude among the wild dwarves of Aerie Peak. From the tip of its powerful beak to the back of its swishing tail, a gryphon can reach lengths of 9 feet. Its wings can span up to 30 feet, and are powerful enough to launch the beast into flight from a standing position.
Gryphons are intelligent and loyal, suppressing their natural aggression and territorial behavior to assist the wild dwarves who share their mountain homes. They are, however, partial to horse flesh and unless closely watched indulge their taste to the detriment of nearby cavalry. In recent times, the trolls of the Witherbark tribe in the southern Hinterlands have been capturing gryphons to attempt to train their own windwarriors. They have thus far been unsuccessful, but it is conceivable that the trolls will eventually find a way to duplicate the success of the Wildhammer clan and produce gryphon riders of their own. In combat, a gryphon attempts to swoop down on its prey, attacking from above. Gryphons are intelligent enough to avoid fighting in situations in which they cannot make their attack at an advantage. The sale of gryphon eggs is considered a crime in most human and dwarf holdings, but black market eggs can be had for prices at around 2 to 3 times less than the amount of a fully trained gryphon.
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A draenei riding a gryphon.
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The banner used at flight points that employ gryphon mounts.
- Mount Journal entry for Swift Blue, Swift Red, Swift Green and Swift Purple Gryphons
- Quest:Sentry Wards
- Lil' Griffin
- Mount Journal entry for Golden Gryphon, Ebon Gryphon and Snowy Gryphon
- Beyond the Dark Portal, chapter 18
- Mount Journal entry for Grand Gryphon
- Mount Journal entry for Armored Snowy Gryphon
- Gryphon Rider (Warcraft III)
- Gryphon Hatchling
- Fire and Iron
- Warcraft III Manual, page 26
- White Wolf. 《Alliance Player's Guide》, 208. ISBN 9781588467737.