|For the enhanced Asgardian warriors, see Berserker Army.|
The Berserkers were once valiant Einherjar warriors who fought under the command of Odin and Hela during their great wars of conquest, spreading chaos and destruction over the Nine Realms and building Asgard into a powerful empire. However, Odin ultimately decided that peace was the true way to maintain order within the realms, ending his expansionary policies. The warriors that would become the Berserkers were buried as heroes in a crypt beneath Odin's Vault, in the Royal Palace of Valaskjalf.
Army of the Dead
Hela returned to Asgard and seized its throne when she was able to return from her exile. As she needed an army following the massacre of the Einherjar, she reclaimed the Eternal Flame from Odin's Vault and made her way down to the catacombs where her former warriors had been buried. With the power of the Eternal Flame, the Berserkers came back to life in the form of an army of armored skeletons glowing with a green light.
The Berserkers served as a military force for Hela to enforce her tyrannical rule. When a rebellion against her erupted, Hela sent the Berserkers to crush the uprising. Hela intended to lead her Berserkers to great conquests through the Bifrost Bridge, but they discovered that Hofund had been stolen. Therefore, Hela had the Berserkers gather the Asgardians in front of the Royal Palace of Valaskjalf and ordered her Berserkers to seize a randomly chosen person to be executed if no one disclosed the location of the sword. Meanwhile, some Berserkers chased fugitives in the forest before being slain by Heimdall, who had stolen Hofund.
While the Asgardian refugees led by Heimdall tried to make their way to the Bifrost Bridge, they were caught between Fenris on one side and the Berserkers led by Skurge on the other side. As Heimdall refused to hand Hofund over, the Berserkers charged the crowd which was only defended by several Asgardian warriors. Another group also attacked the Commodore piloted by Valkyrie, forcing it to crash on the Rainbow Bridge.
As the Berserkers were gaining the upper hand in the battle, nearly killing Heimdall in the process, Loki led the Statesman and the Sakaaran Rebellion as reinforcements. Many Berserkers fell in the battle, and the casualties were even more numerous when Thor awakened his full powers. Once all the Asgardians boarded the Statesman to flee Asgard, Hela blocked it with a massive rock spike and the Berserkers climbed it to access the ship, but they were stopped by Skurge, who turned on Hela and the Berserkers. With the combined efforts of the Revengers, the Sakaaran Rebellion, Skurge, and the eventual arrival of Surtur, all the Berserkers were eventually destroyed.
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- In the comics, the Black Berserkers are monstrous creatures generated by All-Black the Necrosword, the weapon of Gorr the God Butcher. Meanwhile, the Draugr are the undead army of Hel, who serve Hela.