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Not to be confused with Horned Horse.
A unicorn in Hearthstone.

A unicorn (or monohorn)[1] is a type of courser native to Azeroth and the Shadowlands, resembling a horse with a horn growing from its forehead. These coursers have long been known to exist, but only befriend those that have gone to great lengths for friendship.[2]

The Quel'dorei steed are descended from a fine line of horses that once grazed near the shores of the Well of Eternity.[3] Many unicorns live on the Broken Isles and are unmatched among the steeds of Azeroth in ferocity and strength.[4] The majority of the nightborne refer to zhevras as "monohorns" instead of "unicorns", claiming that it is a much more fitting name, though there is debate among their community. They consider them a rare breed, their distinctive hides being used for all manner of fashion, including hats, coat linings, and other fine apparel.[1] At least some unicorns are tied to the Emerald Dream, such as the Dreamrunners who are capable of traveling between Azeroth and the Dream at will.[5]

Cloudrunners are unicorns native to Bastion. Ephemeral Runners are ghostly unicorns living on the world of Bonich.


A unicorn in Tiragarde Sound.

As a mount

As a hunter pet

Main article: Courser#As a hunter pet

Broken Isles unicorns are tamable by hunters as part of the courser family. They were originally made tamable as stags in patch 8.1.0 but were reclassified with the release of patch 9.0.1.

Other appearances and mentions


  • The Legion unicorn model is named "horse2" in the files.
    • Blizzard has a running gag with refusing to acknowledge unicorns as such, instead referring to them as "not unicorns",[8] "horses with horns",[9][10] or simply "horse2s" in reference to their model name.[11]
  • The unicorn is possibly one of the oldest and most recognized mythical creatures in the world. The traditional European unicorn looks similar to a horse, save for cloven hooves, a goat beard, and a lion-like tail. Unicorns are known for their healing powers and their solitary nature.


See also


  1. ^ a b Beasts of Barren Savannas
  2. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Pureheart Courser]
  3. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Quel'dorei Steed]
  4. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Prestigious Midnight Courser]
  5. ^ Mount Journal entry for  [Wild Dreamrunner]
  6. ^ Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness manual, Alliance Ground Units, Ballista
  7. ^ Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos manual, pg. 8
  8. ^ Ariel Fain. Legion - Not Unicorn. ArtStation. Retrieved on 2020-04-10.​ “My personal touch to legion. The great mystical mythical not a unicorn.
  9. ^ BlizzCon 2016 WoW Q&A panel. YouTube (2016-11-06). Retrieved on 2020-04-10.​ “"There are no unicorns in Azeroth." [...] "But there are some in Val'sharah." "Oh, you mean those horses with the horns."”
  10. ^ Alex Ziebart 2016-11-05. BlizzCon 2016 World of Warcraft Q&A liveblog. Blizzard Watch. Retrieved on 2020-04-10.
  11. ^ Jeremy Feasel on Twitter (2018-05-12). Retrieved on 2020-04-10.​ “Finaling week secret leek: ok tameable horse2s. Have a happy weekend. :)