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Bristleback minimap icon.png Rigwarl, the Bristleback
Never one to turn his back on a fight, Rigwarl was known for battling the biggest, meanest scrappers he could get his hands on. Christened Bristleback by the drunken crowds, he waded into backroom brawls in every road tavern between Slom and Elze, until his exploits finally caught the eye of a barkeep in need of an enforcer. For a bit of brew, Bristleback was hired to collect tabs, keep the peace, and break the occasional leg or two (or five, in the case of one unfortunate web-hund). After indulging in a night of merriment during which bodily harm was meted out in equal parts upon both delinquent patrons and his own liver, Bristleback finally met his match. "Your tusks offend me, sir," he was heard to drunkenly slur to one particularly large fellow from the northern wastes whose bill had come due. What followed was a fight for the ages. A dozen fighters jumped in. No stool was left unbroken, and in the end, the impossible happened: the tab went unpaid. Over the weeks that followed, Bristleback's wounds healed, and his quills grew back; but an enforcer's honor can be a prickly thing. He paid the tab from his own coin, vowing to track down this northerner and extract redemption. And then he did something he'd never done before: he actually trained, and in so doing made a startling discovery about himself. A smile peeled back from his teeth as he flexed his quills. Turning his back to a fight might be just the thing.
Associated with
Heroes:Tusk minimap icon.png Tusk
  • Rigwarl frequents taverns between Slom and Elze, suggesting he might be from the area.
  • Rigwarl may have fought an emerald miner, and then stole his equipment.[1]
  • Rigwarl's nemesis from the north is undoubtedly Ymir, the Tusk minimap icon.png Tusk. Despite their rivalry, Rigwarl is not opposed to teaming up with Ymir.[2]
  • Rigwarl has another nickname: The Bristled Bruiser.[3]
  • Rigwarl has a cockney accent.
  • Rigwarl knows Pinzik, an eccentric engineer who made the Piston Impaler for him.[4]
  • Rigwarl is not fond of knights.[5]
  • Rigwarl hates cats.[6]
  • Rigwarl hates Keens, regarding them as small and weak.[7][8][9]
  • Rigwarl likes the Oglodi for their toughness.[10][11][12]

Friendships and rivalries[edit]

Allies meeting Bristleback

  • Play Play Monkey King minimap icon.png r When this is all over you, me, and Brewmaster should just get loaded and pick some fights.
  • Play Play Monkey King minimap icon.png r Oh, I wish I could have seen that bar fight between you and Tusk.
  • Play Tusk minimap icon.png r We should spar when this is over.
  • Play Tusk minimap icon.png u Nice tusks, Bristleback.

Enemies meeting Bristleback

  • Play Play Monkey King minimap icon.png r You come at me and I'm taking your other eye.

Enemies killing Bristleback

  • Play Centaur Warrunner minimap icon.png Your hide was thick, but no match for steel.
  • Play Lycan minimap icon.png u A boar is a wolf's natural prey.
  • Play Play Monkey King minimap icon.png r The beating Tusk gave you will feel like a sweet memory when I'm done with you.
  • Play Tusk minimap icon.png A rematch with me was a bad idea.
  • Play Tusk minimap icon.png u You call those tusks? Hm hm!


  • Play Oracle minimap icon.png r Peering through the darkling mists of fate, I see pincushions and mucus. So much mucus.
  • Play Play Legion Commander minimap icon.png Don't you turn your back on me!


  1. Emerald Frenzy Amulet description.
  2. Bristleback response: Play Tusk, let's partner up on this one.
  3. Tusk biography.
  4. Piston Impaler description.
  5. Bristleback response: Play Never did like knights.
  6. Bristleback response: Play Oh, I hate cats, or whatever that bloody thing was.
  7. Bristleback response: Play I'll hit em. You stand there looking small and weak.
  8. Bristleback response: Play The only good Keen is a dead Keen.
  9. Bristleback response: Play I hate keens.
  10. Bristleback response: Play The Oglodi always put up a good fight.
  11. Bristleback response: Play The Oglodi, they don't die easy, I will give em that.
  12. Bristleback response: Play You Oglodi fighters is tough, yeah, I admit it.