List of Ork Waaaghs!
This articles lists all known Ork Waaaghs! Note that the word has many meanings and is sometimes used to describe any Ork Invasion. This article only lists Waaaghs! officially recognised by the Imperium, while smaller invasion forces can be found in List of Ork Tribes and Warbands. Many of these conflicts are also known by different names, which are also given here.
Waaagh! The Beast
In 544.M32 Ork known as The Beast united much of the Ork race and began his Waaagh!, rampaging across the Imperium on a massive scale. The numnber of attacks grew until it became the greatest Ork invasion that the Galaxy has ever known. Nothing was safe from the Orks' primal desire, and their widespread advances were only halted when the Imperium resorted to the most extreme of measures, at great cost to the Adeptus Astartes.[14a]
Also known as Octarius War, this Waaagh! is a counter attack by Overfiend Blaktoof, leader of Ork Empire of Octarius against Hive Fleet Leviathan in 989.M41. The war is ongoing, Hive Fleet is known to consume four Ork Worlds of the Empire. In 997.M41 it escalated with the intervention of several Eldar Warhosts.[2c]
This Waaagh! was lead by the Warboss Klawjaw, once known simply as Kog. He grew on the planet Bork (Known to Imperium as Bhorc Prime) and succeeded in uniting local Ork fractions and capturing the planet during the War for Bhorc Prime. He continued his Waaagh! against the Imperium, forming the Ork Empire of Bork with himself as its leader, the Mighty Mangler of Bork. Opposing Imperial armies sent to intercept found out that the Mighty Mangler lives up to his name. At the head of a vast brigade of heavily armoured Battlewagons he conquered a large portion of the Ghoul Stars and claimed a great area of galactic fringe.[2c] Major battles include:
Was lured, by tricks and feints, by Craftworld Varantha's Farseers, into the path of the Iron Hands’ fortresses on the planet Taira-Shodan; thereby sparing the Imperium and Exodite worlds in the Waaagh!'s path.
Responsible for the Arkunasha War
This Waaagh! is led by Warlord Garaghak and has captured most of the Forsarr Sector including its capital, now known as Garaghak's World. This rendered the sector indefensible and Imperial forces are retreating en masse. The Waaagh goes on with an assault on the Raven Guard homeworld of Deliverance. Major battles include:
Gazbag, Ork Speed Freak Warlord lead this Waaagh! against a group of unprotected Eldar Paradise Worlds in 831.M41. Eldar of Biel-Tan Craftworld intervened in fighting, but were forced to withdraw after suffering heavy losses in a bloody campaign. Gazbag enslaved the indigenous Eldar population and burned all he could find, transforming the once-verdant worlds more to his liking.[2c]
This infamous Waaagh! is lead by many Ork Warlords including Nazdreg Ug Urdgrub, Great Despot of Dregruk and Urgok the Unstoppable with Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka as supreme commander. Major battles include:[2f]
- 941.M41 - Second War for Armageddon - failed attempt to capture Armageddon
- Battle for Golgotha - successful Ghazghkull's conquest
- Battle for Piscina IV - failed Ork invasion
- Third War for Armageddon - second attempt to capture Armageddon
- Battle of Haunted Gulf - Ghazghkull escapes Imperial pursuit.
- Great Waaagh! - A new campaign launched in the aftermath of the Third War for Armageddon
- Not to be confused with Waaagh! Gorbag
Waaagh! Gorbad was lead by Warlord Gorbad of Redskulls tribe and began in 994.M41. The Ork forces assembled in systems of Alacanth, Redwold and Tyr and began their invasion with capturing Kolchis system, which was sacrificed to buy more time for Ryza Forge World. They are believed to proceed in attacking the Ryza itself, probably joining forces with Waaagh! Grax.
- Not to be confused with Waaagh! Gazbag or Waaagh! Gorbad
The infamous Ork Warlord known as Overfend Gorbag lead this two-pronged Waaagh! in the Gothic Sector in 976.M41. Most of the major battles were fought in space where the sheer size of Gorbag's fleet, combined with his daring and predatory tactics proved more than a match for the Imperial Navy. He captured an Imperial Dominator Cruiser and turned it into his flagship, Gorbag's Revenge. Gorbag is believed to participate in the Waaagh! Ghazghkull.[2c]
Waaagh! Gragnatz devastated Vorsk subsector in M41. It began as a force of a few hundred thousand Orks and eventually incorporated numerous Ork warbands, tribes and other Waaaghs! By the time Gragnatz's Grand Armada reached Vorsk Sector it was an immense force, capable of assaulting several star systems at once.[1b]
Lead by Ork Warlord Grax, it invaded Ryza system in 925.M41. Regiments were raised from planets within ten, and then twenty light years, including the worlds of Barac, Ulani, Dulma'lin and Catachan.[9a] Forces of Legio Crucius, Imperial Guard and Imperial Navy fought bitterly across a hundred fronts. Yet still the Orks advanced, drawn by millions, capturing numerous worlds in a Ryza system and bringing untold devastation on others.[14b] The bulk of Ork forces is beleived to be eventually defeated by Commander Morbid van Hordric in the heroic battle of Desolation Valley.[19a]
This Waaagh! engulfed Scarus Sector in the wake of the 13th Black Crusade. It currently holds numerous world in the Sector. The overall situation is grim and there seems to be no halt to the green tide.
Lead by Grimtusk Bloodboila, it invaded the Athelaq Sector in 895.M41. The Warlord Grimtusk was slain but the war continues between Orks, Space Wolves Great Company of Egil and Eldar lead by Autarch Elenduil.[12a]
Also known as the Lost Waaagh!, it was lead into the Morloq system in 978.M41 by Ork Warlord Grizgutz, a noted kleptomaniac. Due to a strange accident of Warp-travel he returned in system earlier then he launched the Waaagh! itself. Grizlutz murdered his doppelgänger to have a spare of his favourite gun and a resulting confusion stopped the Waaagh! in its tracks.[2c]
Also known as War of Dakka, this Waaagh! is lead by Warchief Grog Ironteef, leader of Ork Empire of Alsanta. It has already captured a bunch of Tau Sept Worlds from Farsight Enclaves, turning Tau expansion for a simple fight for survival.[2b]
Orks of this Waaagh! invaded the Imperial world of Cyris. An Imperial army group, which included the Cadian 423rd Armoured Regiment deployed to defend the planet. In Pask's first engagement he took command of the Leman Russ Battle Tank Hand of Steel when its commander was killed and accounted for fifteen armour-kills, breaking the back of the Ork assault.[9c]
This Waaagh! was lead by the noted Snakebite boss Hruk Teffsplinta in 855.M41. He enslaved the entire population of his old stomping grounds, the binary system Corva, and forced the slaves to build a spacecraft with holds cavernous enough to hold his beloved mega-menagerie. He led his Waaagh! to the core worlds of the Imperium, captured nine worlds of Marlisanct and used the Basilica Imperator Majoris as a breeding pen for his famously incontinent Squiggoths.[2c]
In 995.M41 this Waaagh!, led by the Warboss Rekkfist, threatened to invade Iyanden before it was defeated by an unlikely alliance between the craftworld, the Kabal of the Wraithkind and the Cult of the Flayed Hand.[22b]
Led by Warboss Skullkrak, it devastated unknown Sector of the Imperium, located next to Forsarr Sector. Imperial Guard and Imperial Navy fought Orks of Skullkrak, motivated by the heroic example of Kayvaan Shrike.[9b][11c] War devastated numerous Imperial worlds before the Skullkrak's death fron the hands of Necron forces during Battle of Fordris. Current status of the Waaagh! is unknown.
This Waaagh is lead by Snagrod the Arch-Arsonist from the Ork Empire of Charadon in 989.M41. He captured a large part of Loki Sector uniting local Ork factions and is now beleived to be leading his Waaagh! into Ultramar. Major battles include:[2c][2f]
This decades-long Waaagh! was lead by Warlord Thongza into the Duros Sector. His Orks were involved in heavy fighting and veterans were reputed to reach a size almost twice as tall as a man.[2d]
Lead by the infamous Tuska the Daemon-Killa, this Waaagh! devastated the world of Prosan in the Cadian System, breached the Cadian Gate and disappeared into the Eye of Terror. It left numerous Daemon Worlds in the Eye in ruins and eventually was locked in the eternal battle with the daemonic forces of the Blood Prince.[2e]
This Waaagh! was lead by Naggrud Ugblitz, an Ork Goff Warlord and had overrun a vast part of Saras Sector in 892.M41. He was eventually stopped on the devastated agri-world of Saras VII by a combined Imperial army group, spearheaded by Cadian 6th.
This Waaagh! is lead by infamous Ork biker Wazdakka Gutsmek. He dreams to create portals from planet to planet so he can drive his warbike from one end of the Galaxy to another, slaughtering everything in his path. This mad plan has attracted numerous Speed Freaks to his banner. Major battles include:[2f]
Led by the the Warboss and Weirdboy Zoggit, this Waaagh! invaded Commorragh in 227.M38 through a spacerift near the world of Zogg-Dis. The Orks caused much damage as the Dark Eldar Kabals fight them and each other trying to turn the situation to their advantage. Eventually the invasion is defeated and 10,000 Orks are rounded up for the Wych arenas.[22a]
- An unknown Waaagh led by the Arch Maniac of Calvera, captured the Shrine World Emilines Hope in the Yerena System.
- A Waaagh! launched by Big Mek Gurgit against the Tau Empire, was defeated in the Battle of Gunner Ridge in 859999.M41.
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