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The Warboss is the highest position in a large Ork Waaagh!; he is always the biggest, strongest and most cunning Ork in any given grouping of such creatures, and gets the best armour, weapons, and equipment.
He is easily distinguishable from his brethren because of his bossy nature and tendency to be over nine feet (3 meters) tall. As a general rule of thumb, the more successful a Warboss is, the larger he is.
In battle a Warboss often directly leads his tribe, and is a force to be reckoned with himself. Warbosses commonly keep a group of Nob bodyguards, Gretchin ammo haulers, and a pet Attack Squig around, making them even more formidable in combat.[Needs Citation]
If a Warboss is killed, the largest Nob of the tribe will take the Warboss's place, usually only after brutally restoring order among the tribe and establishing himself as the new Warboss. This works effectively out of combat, as things have time to sort themselves out through duels and challenges by would-be successors, but sometimes Ork Nobs fall upon one another during a battle, effectively destroying any sort of cohesion that the original Warboss had among the tribes under his command. Many an Ork invasion has been repelled due to killing the Warboss combined with a swift counter-attack, but such an action should never be thought of as a perfected method of fighting greenskins.[Needs Citation]
Warbosses sometimes have a variation of titles depending on their place in Ork society. Speed Freek bosses are known as Speedbosses, Mekboy bosses are known as Mekbosses, while Flyboy bosses are known as Flybosses.
Warlords and other titles
Particularly dominant and successful Warbosses are called "Warlords" or "Great Bosses". Tribe after tribe will flock to such a prominent leader, forming a massive Ork horde. The most notorious Warlord is Ghazghkull Thraka, who almost all Orks revere, that is, if they are smart enough to.[Needs Citation]
- Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka
- Klawjaw, the Mighty Mangler of Bork
- Garaghak, Warlord of Forsarr
- Snagrod the Arch-Arsonist
- Grog Ironteef, Warchief of Alsanta
- Nazdreg Ug Urdgrub
- Tuska - The "Daemon Killa"
- Grukk - Chief of the Red Waaagh!
Notable Past Warbosses
- Gharkul Blackfang - slain by the Emperor himself
- Urlakk Urg - defeated in the Ullanor Crusade
- The Beast - nearly conquered The Galaxy
An Ork Warboss
- Warhammer 40,000 4th Edition Rulebook, p.153
- Codex: Orks (3rd Edition) pg. 8
- Codex: Orks (4th Edition) pg. 32
|Ork Infantry and Cavalry|
|Leadership||Warboss • Mekboss • Painboss • Nobz • Flash Gitz|
|Oddboyz||Mekboyz • Painboyz • Weirdboyz • Runtherds • Spanna Boyz • Bikerboyz • Flyboyz • Madboyz|
|Boyz||Shoota Boyz • Stikk Bommaz • 'Ard Boyz • Skarboyz • Yoofs • Feral Orks • Boarboyz • Beast Snagga|
|Specialists||Kommandos • Burna Boyz • Tankbustas • Lootas • Stormboyz|
|Other||Gretchin • Snotlings • Squigs|