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Gorehowl(96) Gold.png
Set: Classic
Type: Weapon
Class: Warrior
Rarity: Epic
Cost: 7 Mana icon.png
Attack: 7 Weapon-attack.png
Durability: 1 Weapon-durability.png

Attacking a minion costs 1 Attack instead of 1 Durability.

Grommash Hellscream's famous axe. Somehow this ended up in Prince Malchezaar's possession. Quite the mystery!

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Gorehowl is an epic warrior weapon card, from the Classic set.

How to get[edit]

Gorehowl can be obtained through Classic card packs, through crafting, or as an arena reward.

Card Crafting cost Disenchanting
Gorehowl 400 100
Golden Gorehowl 1600 400


This card is best used to destroy minions. It is possible through the use of Upgrade! and similar effects to increase its durability thus making it a useful weapon against enemy heroes as well. You can also make use of the very high Attack of this weapon with cards such as Bloodsail Raider.


Gorehowl is magically imbued and strengthened, and regarded as one of the most feared weapons in all of Azeroth.

During the second coming of the Burning Legion, Grommash Hellscream took his axe to the pit lord Mannoroth after Thrall was beaten into unconsciousness. With a single blow, Hellscream cleaved his adversary's weapon in two and slew Mannoroth. Hellscream perished shortly afterwards, but he had managed to break the curse over his people, freeing their souls and spirits from the demonic curse forever. It should also be noted that Gorehowl is the weapon which slew the night elf demigod Cenarius.

Gorehowl somehow wound up in the hands of Prince Malchezaar after Grom's death. In Orgrimmar, Thrall presented Gorehowl to Grom's son Garrosh as a gift.


This card's flavor text references Gorehowl's appearance as an item in World of Warcraft, where it was obtainable as a drop from Prince Malchezaar, a boss in the Burning Crusade instance Karazhan. There is no known lore explanation for how Gorehowl came into his possession, although it has been suggested that the Prince may have removed it from Mannoroth's corpse.

Gorehowl's World of Warcraft counterpart features the flavor text "The axe of Grom Hellscream has sown terror across hundreds of battlefields."

Prior to Patch, Gorehowl featured the triggered effect lightning bolt icon. However, the icon did not activate when the player attacked. Perhaps for this reason, the icon was removed with the full release of the game.


Zoltan & Gabor


Gorehowl, full art
Thrall handing Gorehowl to Garrosh

Patch changes[edit]

  • Patch (2014-03-11): The previously inactivate triggered effect 'lightning bolt' icon has been removed from Gorehowl.[1]
  • Patch (2013-08-14): Flavor text updated to reference Grommash Hellscream instead of Grom Hellscream.
  • Unknown alpha patch (April or May 2013): New text: Attacking a minion costs 1 Attack instead of 1 Durability.
  • Previously: Attacking a Minion doesn't cost Durability. [7 mana, 7 attack, 1 durability, epic]


  1. Compare (2014-11-05) and (2014-11-17)

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