MobApothecary Hummel
Image of Apothecary Hummel
Title <Crown Chemical Co.>
Gender Male
Race Forsaken (Humanoid)
Level 100 Elite
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Crown Chemical Company
Location Shadowfang Keep, Silverpine Forest
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The subject of this article or section is part of Love is in the Air, a seasonal event that lasts two weeks. Once the event has run its course, this will no longer be available until next year, but there are no guarantees.

Apothecary Hummel.jpg

Apothecary Hummel is a boss found in Shadowfang Keep, during the Love is in the Air event. He fights along with Apothecary Baxter and Apothecary Frye.

He painted the  [X-45 Heartbreaker] bright pink for an unrequited love.[1]


The basic strategy in this fight is to tank-and-spank Apothecary Hummel and Apothecary Baxter, while avoiding the damage zones created on the ground by Apothecary Frye. Baxter engages about 10 seconds after Hummel, and then Frye about 10 seconds after that.

Apothecary Hummel deals "perfume damage" (purple aura) while Apothecary Baxter deals "cologne damage" (green aura). Each boss has a short-range aura, and a channeled frontal cone attack. Each also occasionally casts "Chain Reaction", a 3-second cast that does a (physical) PBAOE (not sure if this can be interrupted). Apothecary Frye randomly tosses vials of both perfume and cologne which create color-coded damage zones on the ground, dealing damage unless you are wearing the matching neutralizer. Frye is 'untankable', but can be stunned (unsure about snares and other CC).

All three bosses do minimal melee damage, and so can be "tanked" by any class. Wearing the appropriate neutralizer (found on the nearby table) negates all of the bosses' damage except their melee and the "Chain Reaction" PBAOE. Hummel and Baxter should be separated and faced away from each other, so that the others in the group are only hit by one or the other at a time. Frye should be ignored until the other two are dead; melee attackers will have to chase him down if they cannot stun or snare him.

Combat pets are not affected by the poisons: it was quickly shown that they could not survive very long if they were, and this had to be hotfixed out a few days into introducing the boss in 2010.

Originally, weak adds called Crazed Apothecaries also spawned throughout the fight, and would run in and self-destruct for about 2500 damage after 5–10 seconds. These could be killed if they were causing trouble for the healer, although high-DPS (or high-healing) groups would largely ignore them. They were removed from the fight when it was updated for level 85.

Alternate Strategy

If, for some reason, you insist on doing this with one tank, you should use cooldowns to kill Hummel as quickly as possible, and try to CC Baxter until Hummel is killed. Once Hummel is killed, everyone switches to the green neutralizer and gangs up on Baxter.

All party members begin with Purple Buff on, once Hummel is downed switch to Green. Frye will throw both colors so all members avoid poison, poison is what will wipe groups. Once Hummel is down, go for Baxter. Once these two are down, Frye is more or less soloable if one stays out of poison.

The random mobs mentioned earlier self-destruct for fairly decent AoE damage, if your healer is having trouble, pick a ranged dps to focus on these.

And remember, POISON WIPES GROUPS. Other than that, the encounter is quite easy.


Apothecary Hummel

  • Inv potion 107.png  Alluring Perfume 20 yd range — Inflicts Nature damage to nearby enemies every second.
  • Inv misc endlesspotion.png  Alluring Perfume Spray 5 yd range — Nature damage inflicted every 1 sec to enemies in a cone in front of the caster.
  • Spell holiday tow spicecloud.png  Chain Reaction — Inflicts Fire damage to nearby enemies.

Apothecary Baxter

Apothecary Frye

  • Spell holiday tow spicecloud.png  Lingering Fumes 15 yd range — Tosses vials of perfume or cologne around the caster.
  • Inv potion 114.png  Throw Cologne 40 yd range — Flings a toxic cologne potion at an enemy.
  • Inv potion 107.png  Throw Perfume 30 yd range — Flings a toxic perfume potion at an enemy.


Due to the, ah, "misunderstanding" in Dragonblight, we've had to relocate our facilities to this decrepit mess of a castle.
Still we've now plenty plenty of space and time to work on various new and lovely... products...

Gossip Begin the battle.

  • Gossip A few weeks in this pathetic castle will give us time to work on some new products and let others forget about the unfortunate... misunderstanding in Dragonblight.
Did they bother to tell you who I am and why I am doing this?
...or are they just using you like they do everybody else?
But what does it matter. It is time for this to end.
Calling Apothecary Baxter
Baxter! Get in here and help! NOW!
Calling Apothecary Frye
It is time, Frye! Attack!
...please don't think less of me.

Removed in Patch 4.0.3a:

Summoning Apothecaries
  • Apothecaries! Give your life for the Crown!


Hummel will drop one necklace per kill:

The first time each day a level 50-60 player kills Hummel, a  [Heart-Shaped Box] will also drop for each group member. The box will hold 5-10  [Love Token] and may have one of the following items:

Below level 50, players will instead receive the  [Heart-Shaped Carton], which contains all of the above items with the exception of the mount.

The X-45 Heartbreaker and the pre-Cataclysm versions of the rare items formerly dropped off of Hummel himself, in a system identical to the original Coren Direbrew, Headless Horseman, and Lord Ahune encounters.

As well, the first time Hummel is defeated each year, he drops a  [Faded Lovely Greeting Card], which starts the quest B [1-60] Something is in the Air (and it Ain't Love).

Tracking quest

To check whether Hummel has been killed today, copy and paste this command into the chat window:

/run print(C_QuestLog.IsQuestFlaggedCompleted(25485))

If a "true" appears in the chat window, Hummel has been killed today; "false" indicates the opposite.


  • Apothecaries Hummel, Frye and Baxtor are all references from the movie The Rock, I.E. Brig. General Francis Hummel, Captain Frye, and Major Baxtor. All the quotes as well are straight from the movie.
  • A TCG loot card awards Papa Hummel's Pet Biscuits, which enlarge a non-combat pet. There may be a connection, especially as the Toxic Wasteling pet expands when it eats.

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now scales from level 16 to 110, groups of mixed level characters takes and do scaled damage.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.3 (2014-10-28): Updated to level 100.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.2 (2013-12-10): Teleport changed to the courtyard instead of the locked room before it.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Updated to level 90.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Updated to level 85.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.3.0 (2009-12-08): Added.


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