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For other usages, see Horse (disambiguation).
A typical horse in World of Warcraft.

A horse is a large four-legged, four-hoofed animal with a long face, substantial body, and fast, narrow legs. This is the primary mount for humans, which includes, only now to a lesser extent, the worgen of Gilneas. Horses are widely domesticated for riding and as beasts of burden, and those from good stock can live twenty years or more if cared for well.[1] Wild, untamed horses can be found in several areas of Azeroth such as the Grizzly Hills, Hillsbrad Foothills, Arathi Highlands, or Gilneas, and are sometimes referred to as "mustangs".[2][3]

Knights are traditionally horse-mounted warriors wading into combat astride their noble warhorses, and renowned for cutting bloody swathes through enemy ranks.[4] Unlike ordinary horses, the warhorses are a breed apart, used only for specific purposes at specific times,[1] and trained to act counter to their instincts.[5] These trusty steeds have carried their human masters to battle since before the First War, and are known for their swiftness and spirited temperaments, thus these mounts are perfectly suited for their heroic riders.[6]

The strong bond between the humans of Azeroth and their warhorses has existed for generations. However, since the fall of the Kingdom of Lordaeron, only select varieties continue to be bred throughout Alliance-controlled lands. Most prized among these are the stately Evendales of Elwynn Forest, renowned for their loyalty and even tempers. These horses command a hefty sum, but they reward their owners with steadiness and speed.[7][8] However, Stormwind horse breeders don't sell their horses to those who are not exalted to the Kingdom of Stormwind. After years of quality breeding techniques and plenty of care, these steeds are the finest that can be found and they don't want them in the hands of their enemies.[9]

Chargers are the spirits of former deathchargers[10] redeemed by paladins through a sacred ritual.[11] Those holy steeds are devoted to the cause of their owner.[12]

Other variants, such as felsteeds, dreadsteeds, and wrathsteeds are types of demonic horses used by the Burning Legion and warlock champions. Skeletal horses and deathchargers raised from the dead through necromancy are commonly used by undead and the death knights. In the Shadowlands, Sinrunners are a type of horse in Revendreth, while Mawhorses can be found in the dreaded Maw.

Known breeds

Notable horses

For a list of all known horses, see Category:Horses.

As a mount

Main article: Horse mounts

Three types of epic mount horses are purchasable in Eastvale Logging Camp, formerly Southshore, Theramore, and, recently, the Stormwind City Command Center for 10g. The PvP epic horse is the Black War Steed.

Additional info

As a hunter pet

Main article: Courser#As a hunter pet

Horses are tamable by hunters as part of the courser family.

In the RPG

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Heavy warhorse in the Alliance Player's Guide.

Horses are known to have been used by the Pandaren.[29] A horse not trained for war does not normally use its hooves to attack.[30]


  • Light horse

These are smaller breeds of working horses. These animals are usually ready for useful work by age two. A light horse cannot fight while carrying a rider. A light load for a light horse is up to 150 pounds; a medium load, 151–300 pounds; and a heavy load, 301–450 pounds. A light horse can drag 2,250 pounds.[30]

  • Quarter horse
  • Arabian
  • Wild horse
  • Heavy horse

These are large breeds of working horses. These animals are usually ready for heavy work by age three. A light load for a heavy horse is up to 200 pounds; a medium load, 201–400 pounds; and a heavy load, 401–600 pounds. A heavy horse can drag 3,000 pounds.[30]

  • Clydesdale
  • Light warhorse

These animals are similar to light horses, but are trained and bred for strength and aggression. They usually are not ready for warfare before age three. A light warhorse can fight while carrying a rider, but the rider cannot also attack unless he is good at riding. A light load for a light warhorse is up to 230 pounds; a medium load, 231–460 pounds; and a heavy load, 461–690 pounds. A light warhorse can drag 3,450 pounds.[30]

  • Heavy warhorse

Muscles ripple beneath this animal’s white coat. It snorts and paws the ground. Heavy warhorses are trained and bred for strength and aggression. Human knights ride such beasts into battle. A heavy warhorse can fight while carrying a rider. In battle, a heavy warhorse lashes out with its hooves and, if one gets lucky, it bites off the enemy’s face.[31]

  • Pony

A pony is a small type of horse, under 5 feet tall at the shoulder. They are similar to light horses and cannot fight while carrying a rider. A pony not trained for war does not normally use its hooves to attack but rather to run. A light load for a pony is up to 75 pounds; a medium load, 76–150 pounds; and a heavy load, 151–225 pounds. A pony can drag 1,125 pounds. They are solitary and are usually found on temperate planes.[32]

  • Warpony

A pony that is trained for war. It can use its hooves to attack. This animal's statistics would fall between a Light Horse and a Light Warhorse.[33]

  • Steam horse

The first steam horses were built by the Alliance for patrols traveling the arid savannah of the Barrens in eastern Kalimdor, where grazing was sparse. The rider sits in the saddle atop the four-legged machine and guides it just as they would a living mount. It moves at 60 miles per hour and has a crew of 1.[34]

Notes and trivia


Warcraft III

See also

Patch changes


  1. ^ a b c d e Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, chapter 2
  2. ^ Highland Mustang
  3. ^  [Highland Mustang]
  4. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos Game Manual, pg. 10
  5. ^ Before the Storm, chapter 30
  6. ^ Human racial Mount: Horse
  7. ^ Game Guide/Mounts#Horses
  8. ^ Horse Mounts. Archived from the original on 2008-01-04. Retrieved on 2024-04-27.
  9. ^ Stormwind horse breeders quotes
  10. ^ A Paladin [60] Exorcising Terrordale
  11. ^ A Paladin [60D] Judgement and Redemption
  12. ^ Summon Charger#Mount Journal
  13. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Palomino Bridle]
  14. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [White Stallion Bridle]
  15. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Black Stallion Bridle]
  16. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Pinto Bridle]
  17. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Chestnut Mare Bridle]
  18. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Swift Palomino]
  19. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Black War Steed Bridle]
  20. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Stormwind Steed]
  21. ^ Embrace Two New Races in Cataclysm Classic
  22. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Mountain Horse]
  23. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Swift Mountain Horse]
  24. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Vicious Gilnean Warhorse]
  25. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Quel'dorei Steed]
  26. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Seabraid Stallion]
  27. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Reins of the Smoky Charger]
  28. ^ Warlock Mounts. Archived from the original on 2005-08-07. Retrieved on 2018-07-21.
  29. ^ Dark Factions, pg. 181
  30. ^ a b c d Monster Guide Web Supplement, pg. 11
  31. ^ Alliance Player's Guide, pg. 215
  32. ^ Monster Guide Web Supplement, pg. 15-16
  33. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 201
  34. ^ Magic & Mayhem, pg. 191
  35. ^ Mount Journal entry for [Highlord's Golden Charger]
  36. ^ Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, pg. 26
  37. ^ Exploring Azeroth: The Eastern Kingdoms, pg. 107
  38. ^ Mount Journal entry for Black, Blue, Red and Purple Hawkstriders
  39. ^ Lord of the Clans, chapter 16
  40. ^ Cut Short, pg. 2