The Warcraft Lore series is a collection of articles delving deep into the history of many important Warcraft figures and events. Since World of Warcraft’s story is ongoing in the famous MMORPG and in some new novel publications, I will try to constantly update these articles. My main sources are Warcraft books and comics, Warcraft 1 / 2 /3, World of Warcraft, WoWWiki, WoWpedia, YouTube and some theory-crafting sites. The following article will inform you about the Leeroy Jenkins.
This is not exactly a lore article, but since Leeroy Jenkins is a fan favorite character, he deserves his spot on the lore characters list. Let me know in the comments about any errors or inconsistencies you may find. Feedback is greatly appreciated. Enjoy!
WARNING ! The last chapter of the article mentions the truth behind the Leeroy Jenkins video. If you wanna live the true Leeroy myth we advice you to skip it.
Leeroy Jenkins is a character name for a player character created by Ben Schulz in Blizzard Entertainment’s MMORPG World of Warcraft. The character became popular in 2005 from his role in a viral video of game footage where, having been absent during his group’s discussion of a meticulous plan, Leeroy returns and ruins it by charging straight into combat shouting his own name. The character became an Internet meme. The original video was released by a World of Warcraft player guild to video-sharing site Warcraftmovies on May 11, 2005.
The original Leeroy Jenkins video
The video features a group of players discussing a detailed battle plan for their next encounter while Leeroy is away from his computer, preparing a plate of chicken. This plan is intended to help Leeroy obtain a piece of armor from the boss monsters, but is ruined when Leeroy himself returns and, ignorant of the strategy, immediately rushes headlong into battle shouting his own name in a stylized battle cry. His companions rush to help, but Leeroy’s actions ruin the detailed plan and all the members of the group are killed.
Leeeeeeroy (Wrath of the Lich King Expansion)
Inside World of Warcraft, Leeroy Jenkins is a short fused Retribution Human Paladin. Of course, the in-game model is inspired by the Leeroy Jenkins video. The first Leeroy reference is during the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. In Ulduar, the Archivum refers to the group discussion in the Leeroy Jenkins video by saying “Calculating chance of Omega reply code: 99.99%”.
Ben Schulz, the guy behind Leeroy Jenkins
In the same expansion, an achievement is added to the game as well, called Leeeeeeeeeroy!. To earn this achievement (that rewarded you with the title Jenkins), you had to kill 50 rookery whelps within 15 seconds in Upper Blackrock Spire. In Warlords of Draenor expansion, this achievement was removed and became a Feat of Strength.
Leeeeeeroy…? (Warlords of Draenor Expansion)
However, the old achievement was replaced with the Leeeeeeeeeroy…? Achievement (lol). In the updated version of Upper Blackrock Spire, Leeroy’s body can be found in the Rookery near the boss Kyrak. If you enter in Heroic Mode, Leeroy can be resurrected if your group hasn’t moved to the next area. Should you resurrect him, Leeroy will charge into the battle with the sole purpose to clear the whole dungeon alone.
Leeroy Jenkins in World of Warcraft
Keep in mind that this NPC is a 60 level Vanilla Paladin in a level 100 Heroic dungeon. In order to complete the Achievement, you have to help Leeroy survive and kill the Son of the Beast in 15 minutes. Completing Leeeeeeeeeroy…? will allow Leeroy to acquire his Devout Shoulders and he will be available as a follower in your Garrison. Leeroy can also be seen watching fights between garrison commanders in the Highmaul Coliseum.
Leeeeeeroy AGAIN? (Battle for Azeorth Expansion)
Our favorite Paladin returns at the Battle for Azeroth and he can be found by the waterfront of Mariner’s Row in Boralus during Faction Assaults. He can also be found in the Caverns of Time with his pet chicken Mr. Clucker during Warcraft’s Anniversary.
Leeroy Jenkins fan art (However his shoulders are wrong, he is supposed to wear Devout set now)
Leeroy Jenkins is also present in Blizzard’s popular online card game, Hearthstone. He is a 5 mana legendary card with 6 attack/2 health and Charge, meaning that he can attack the same turn that he is played. However, he also spawns two 1/1 Dragon Whelps in the enemy’s side. Leeroy is widely used as a one turn kill card, because of his high attack and charge mechanic.
Leeroy Jenkins as a Hearthstone card
The Truth Behind Leeroy
Sadly, this funny meme video was staged. At the beginning, when peopleasked the creators about it, they’d respond without giving an actual answer. “I like people to decide for themselves,” Ben Schulz, the voice behind Leeroy, said to Westword in 2007. “It is more fun that way.” However, in 2017 the creators admitted it wasn’t real. “We didn’t think anyone would believe it was real, we thought it was so obviously satire, but we were wrong,” cameraman Ben “Anfrony” Vinson said to Kotaku in 2017. In 2017, Ben also uploaded a first attempt at the video to raise awareness about net neutrality.
“I am releasing this never-before-seen first take/dry run of the Leeroy Jenkins video in hopes of raising awareness about net neutrality. I’ve been holding onto this for over a decade waiting for the “right” moment to make it public, and then last week Ajit Pai created his awful/condescending video and it riled me up so much that I decided it was finally time to unleash this gem of Internet history on the world to do my part to help out. Hopefully some of you will find this interesting and/or amusing, and will take some time to research net neutrality and make a fuss about it.
The first attempt of the Leeroy Jenkins video
Schulz also in 2017 admitted the video was staged while sharing his friend’s plea to raise awareness for net neutrality. “This should answer the on-going question that we all already knew the answer to, and hopefully support a good cause” he said. Schulz has also made appearances at BlizzCon, the gaming convention held by Blizzard Entertainment.
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