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You might be looking for one of these cards: Gorehowl (boss), Gorehowl (Classic), Gorehowl (Core).

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

Other versions

How to get

Card packsThe Regular version can be opened from any of these packs:

Regular1~2 (random)
Card packsThe Golden version can be opened from any of these packs:

Golden Classic
Golden Wild
Golden1~2 (random)
CraftingCraft a Regular copy for 400 Dust.pngRegular1
CraftingCraft a Golden copy for 1600 Dust.pngGolden1


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  • Although not explicitly stated in the cards text, Gorehowl has a triggered effect that grants temporary Immunity to itself. More precisely, Gorehowl is coded as follows:
    • When the equipping hero attacks a minion, Gorehowl triggers on the Attack Event, attaching to itself an Enchantment called "Bloodrage" which makes Gorehowl Immune.[1][2]
    • During the Combat Phase, the "Bloodrage" Enchantment's Immune effect prevents Gorehowl from losing Durability (the same way Immune effects prevent characters from receiving damage).
    • Gorehowl triggers on the After Attack Event, attaching to itself a "-1 Attack" Enchantment.
    • Gorehowl's Enchantment "Bloodrage" triggers on the After Attack Event too, detaching itself and thus ending Gorehowl's temporary Immune state.[3] In addition, "Bloodrage" detaches also if the attack is canceled.[4]
  • Through repeated use against minions, Gorehowl's Attack can be reduced to 0: after reaching 0 Attack, Gorehowl is not destroyed, although usually it cannot be used to attack anymore.[5]
  • However, it is possible to get a -1 or lower Attack Gorehowl by using effects like  Heroic Strike and  Spiteful Smith to continue to attack with Gorehowl after it reaches 0 Attack.[6]
    • Negative weapon's Attack is displayed as 0. As usual, characters with 0 Attack cannot attack.
    • If Spiteful Smith is buffing a negative-Attack Gorehowl, it buffs the negative value, not 0. For example, a -1 Attack Gorehowl gains +2 Attack from Spiteful Smith and becomes 1 Attack.
    • If you have a negative-Attack Gorehowl and buff your hero with Heroic Strike, the negative attack of the Gorehowl does not subtract from the hero buff. Even though it does not contribute to the attack, attacking the enemy hero this way will still cause Gorehowl to lose Durability.
  • If resolving the Combat Preparation Phase caused your Gorehowl to have 0 Attack (for example because a friendly  Spiteful Smith died), you still perform the attack, dealing 0 damage but still losing Durability and becoming exhausted.[7]


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Gorehowl is the legendary two-handed axe of the Hellscream family of orcs. The weapon was famously wielded by  Grommash Hellscream, chieftain of the Warsong clan, and was later also held by his son and heir, Garrosh, Warchief of the Horde, until he discarded it in favor of an Old God replica.
Gorehowl was forged three generations before Grommash inherited it. Grommash's great-grandfather used Gorehowl to kill six legendary gronn. Their hearts were sealed into the blade, granting it untold strength.
When Golmash Hellscream, the father of Grom, was locked in the jaws of a giant gronn, he found the strength to stab Gorehowl into the gronn's eye and kill it alongside him. When they fell, it was the gronn who died first.
Grom Hellscream had been the first to partake of the Blood of Mannoroth, eventually coming to regret it. When  Thrall met him, it was clear to him that Grom had the means by which to liberate his lethargic brothers and sisters. After Hellscream again drank the Blood of Mannoroth in Kalimdor, in his hands Gorehowl was the weapon which slew the demigod  Cenarius.
During the second coming of the Burning Legion, 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 seems that afterward, Gorehowl was retrieved by Thrall or the orcs of the Horde in general and kept in Orgrimmar.
Before the Shattering, Thrall himself gives Gorehowl to Garrosh, who wields it in the duel resulting in the death of  Cairne Bloodhoof. Garrosh wielded the legendary weapon wherever he went.
Garrosh left Gorehowl behind in the Vault of Y'Shaarj. It was discovered by  Jaina Proudmoore and Lor'themar Theron, although it's unknown what happened to it later.
The warchief replaced the original Gorehowl with an Old God replica of the weapon named Xal'atoh, Desecrated Image of Gorehowl.
In the alternate timeline, Grom used Gorehowl to kill Mannoroth after rejecting the demon's blood. Some time later, he appears to have given his Gorehowl to Garrosh; Grom was not seen wielding the axe in any of his subsequent appearances in Draenor, while Garrosh used it at Grommashar. Following Garrosh's death in his mak'gora with Thrall at the Stones of Prophecy, Gorehowl remained near his corpse where Thrall had deflected it.
 Gul'dan retrieved Gorehowl and brought it to Grommash in another failed attempt to convince him to drink demon blood.
Gorehowl is a famous weapon. The sharply curved axe head, with an intricate series of grooves in it, is massive, well worn, and permanently stained with old blood. Its wickedly curved blade has two notches in it, and many small holes in the head near the handle. When swung, the notches causes the axe to "sing" its own battle cry, just as Grom once did, which gave the weapon its name. The skull on the blade is believed to be that of a slain goren. The leather wrap on the handle would have been made from clefthoof hides. When it wasn't held in Garrosh's hands, he hooked it onto a brace on his back.


  • The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Blood of Gladiators" series, for the card Gorehowl.
  • This card's flavor text references Gorehowl's appearance as an item in World of Warcraft, where it is 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 theorized by some players that Malchezaar obtained it from an alternate universe, as his quotes boast that he has access to "all realities, all dimensions".  Prince Malchezaar's flavor text references this: He was super excited to acquire Gorehowl at a garage sale! Then super disappointed to find out it was a foam reproduction.
  • 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. It is not known why it was removed.
  • In 2015 Blizzard hired professional blacksmith Tony Swatton to forge a replica of Gorehowl.[8]


Patch changes

  • Forged in the Barrens logo.pngPatch (2021-03-25):
  • Knights of the Frozen Throne logo.png Patch (2017-08-08):
    • The weapon is now correctly displays the Immune visual effect when the "Bloodrage" enchantment activates.
  • Journey to Un'Goro logo.png Patch (2017-06-01)
    • The "Bloodrage" Enchantment now detaches also if the attack is canceled. Previously, it didn't; thus, if you proposed to attack a minion, but the attack was cancelled due to the defender dying (an easy way is to be  Misdirection redirected onto a minion, then the minion is mortally wounded by  Explosive Trap), Gorehowl would continue to have "Bloodrage" attached and continue to be Immune: thus, enemy Bloodsail Corsairs would not reduce the Durability of the Immune Gorehowl (however, it could still be destroyed by effects such as  Acidic Swamp Ooze) and, if the equipping hero attacked the enemy hero, Gorehowl would not lose Durability (since it was Immune) nor Attack (since it was attacking a hero), although it would lose "Bloodrage" and thus its Immune state on the After Attack Event.
  • Hearthstone logo.png Patch (Open beta, 2014-03-11):
  • Hearthstone logo.png Patch (Alpha, 2013-08-14):
    • Flavor text now reads: "Grommash Hellscream's famous axe. Somehow this ended up in Prince Malchezaar's possession. Quite the mystery!" (previously: "Grom Hellscream's famous axe. Somehow this ended up in Prince Malchezaar's possession. Quite the mystery!").
  • Hearthstone logo.png Patch (Alpha, April or May 2013):
    • Added.
  • Hearthstone logo.png Alpha patch (unknown date, pre-May 2013):
    • Now reads: "Attacking a minion costs 1 Attack instead of 1 Durability." (previously: "Attacking a Minion doesn't cost Durability.")

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