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Main article: Wizard of Oz
Image of Strawman
Race Harvest golem (Mechanical)
Level 32 Boss
Reaction Alliance Horde
Alliance Horde
Location The Opera Hall, Karazhan; Return to Karazhan
Status Killable (WoW), Active (lore)

Strawman is a harvest golem boss in the Opera House in Karazhan who is accompanied by Dorothee, Roar, Tinhead, Dorothee's pet Tito, and followed by The Crone.

Legion This section concerns content related to Legion.

He also appears in the backstage of the Return to Karazhan.


  • Basic Melee — Hits for roughly 4000 on cloth.
  • Burning Straw — Chance to be disoriented for 6 seconds whenever hit by a fire spell.
  • Brain BashStuns for 4 seconds.


Warlocks, Mages, or Shamans can "tank" this boss by spamming Fire spells on him. They'll have to remain fairly mobile however, as his physical attacks will quickly kill a clothie tank.

Note: Spells must be the highest rank, direct damage spells only. No AoE spells, or DoT spells. Ability mage moltenarmor [Molten Armor] damage will not work either.
Mage note: Spell fire soulburn [Scorch] is probably the best way to burn him, it's quick and low cost and with good Bonus spell damage you'll hit him for 2% with it.
Note for Frost Mages: If you are frost specced and tanking Strawman, Scorch tends to fail most of the time to stun him. When he activates, blast him with Spell fire fireball [Fire Blast] then get some distance from him. Then use your highest ranking Spell fire flamebolt [Fireball]. The DoT of Fireball keeps him stunned. Be sure to have a mana gem or mana pot in case you run out of mana.
Warlock note: Spell fire immolation [Immolate] is considered a DoT, so it does not trigger the Burning Straw debuff. You'll have to spam Spell fire soulburn [Searing Pain] and/or Spell fire burnout [Incinerate]. Spell fire soulburn [Searing Pain] is also good at triggering Burning Straw.
Note: A wand that deals fire damage can trigger the Burning Straw debuff.



Now what should I do with you? I simply can't make up my mind.
Killing a player
I guess I'm not a failure after all.
Don't let them make... a mattress outta' me.

Return to Karazhan[]

I'm actually quite smart, I'll have you know.


Strawman is an homage to The Scarecrow of The Wizard of Oz.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Since the Big Bad Wolf confirms he is wearing a suit and they are all actors, Strawman may actually be a living person instead of a construct.

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