Main article: Northrend Beasts
Image of Icehowl
Gender Male
Race Yeti (Humanoid)
Level ?? Boss
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Crusaders' Coliseum
Status Killable

Icehowl in-game.

Icehowl is part of the Mob Beasts of Northrend encounter in the Crusaders' Coliseum in patch 3.2.

25-player abilities

  • Inv misc monsterhorn 07.png  Ferocious Butt 8 yd range — Inflicts 69,375 to 80,625 (Heroic:83,250 to 96,750) Physical damage to his target and stuns them for 3 seconds. Instant
  • Spell frost frostnova.png  Arctic Breath 100 yd range —  Inflicts 4,000 (Heroic:6,000) Frost damage every 1 second for 5 seconds to a random target and other players in a cone between the boss and his target. Stuns and silences for the duration of the spell. Channeled
  • Ability whirlwind.png  Whril 15 yd range — Inflicts 9,250 to 10,750 (Heroic:12,950 to 15,050) Physical damage to all players within 15 yards, and knocks them back. Instant
  • Ability golemthunderclap.png  Massive Crash — Inflicts 10,175 bis 11,825 (Heroic:16,188 to 18,812) Physical damage to all players, stuns them for 7 seconds, and knocks them to walls of the Coliseum. Used immediately before a Charge. 1 second cast
  • Ability racial bloodrage.png  Frothing Rage — Increases Physical damage dealt and attack speed by 50% for 15 seconds. Instant

10-player abilities

  • Inv misc monsterhorn 07.png  Ferocious Butt 8 yd range — Delivers a ferocious headbutt to an enemy, inflicting 69,375 to 80,625 (Heroic:55,500 to 64,500) Physical damage and stunning for 3 seconds. Instant
  • Spell frost frostnova.png  Arctic Breath 100 yd range — An icy breath that freezes targets in a cone in front of the caster, inflicting 3,000 (Heroic:4,000) Frost damage over 5 seconds. Channeled
  • Ability golemthunderclap.png  Massive Crash — Leaps into the air and crashes down with massive force, dealing 7,400 to 8,600 (Heroic:9,250 to 10,750) Physical damage to all enemies, knocking them back and stunning them for 5 seconds. 1 second cast
  • Ability whirlwind.png  Whirl 15 yd range — Whirls around, dealing 6,938 to 8,062 (Heroic:8,325 to 9,675) Physical damage to all nearby enemies and knocking them back. Instant
  • Ability racial bloodrage.png  Frothing Rage — Increases Physical damage and attack speed by 50%. Happens only after Icehowl successfully hits someone with Ferocious Butt. Instant


Tank should make Icehowl face the wall, so that he doesn't get knocked back by Whirl. Ranged classes and healers should spread out, so that they avoid being hit by Arctic Breath. Melee DPS should place themselves at maximum melee range or between Icehowl and the wall so that they avoid the knock back effect of Whirl. The Tank should keep his back against the wall, and is able to avoid most of the knockback by standing in the "Corner" formed by a wall pillar in the wall. Whirl will be almost immediately followed by arctic breath, so this positioning is key for melee classes to be effective in this fight.

After a while, Icehowl will go to the middle and use Massive Crash, throwing everyone to the wall, then Icehowl will emote, glaring at a random enemy, and run to the opposite side of him, preparing to use Ferocious Butt. The whole raid gains a 50% movement buff(Surge of Adrenaline)(In normal mode only), and everyone near the spot of Icehowl's target should move away. If Massive Crash doesn't hit anyone, then Icehowl crashes on Coliseum's wall, and gets a debuff that stuns him for 15 secs, increasing damage taken by 100%. If it does hit someone, a hunter should use [Tranquilizing Shot] immediately to remove the rage effect.

After stun, tank should pick him up and repeat.


For loot, see Beasts of Northrend.

Related achievements


Highlord Tirion Fordring yells: The air itself freezes with the introduction of our next combatant, Icehowl! Kill or be killed champions!


  • Icehowl appears as a legendary card in the Grand Tournament expansion of Hearthstone. His flavor text reads: "This massive yeti just closes his eyes and charges at the nearest target. The nearest Target is a couple blocks away and has sick deals on skateboards."


10-player encounter

25-player encounter


Patch changes

  • Wrath of the Lich King Hotfix (2009-09-09): Icehowl is now be tauntable on both 10- and 25-player heroic difficulties.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Hotfix (2009-09-09): We just hotfixed the following changes to the Trial of the Grand Crusader (aka Heroic mode).
    • Increased the amount of time players have to defeat the encounter before Icehowl berserks.
    • You have an extra half second to get out of the way of a very angry charging Yeti. Players with high ping rejoice.
    • Icehowl will become tauntable. (This particular element isn't hotfixed quite yet, but should be shortly).
  • Wrath of the Lich King Hotfix (2009-09-09):
    • Icehowl takes a bit longer to enter the arena in 10- and 25-player Heroic modes.
    • Icehowl takes longer to berserk in both 10- and 25-player Heroic modes.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Added.

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