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Mammoths are large, shaggy beasts found in Northrend that resemble behemoths or elekk. They can be found in the Borean Tundra, the Dragonblight, Sholazar Basin and in Zul'Drak. However, they are frequently hunted and slain by poachers, the most notable of which is Kaw the Mammoth Destroyer, a member of Hemet Nesingwary's hunting party.

They are used as mounts by the ice giants of the Sons of Hodir.


Mammoth concept art.

Normally placid beasts, these intelligent animals form a strong bond with their riders, making them loyal and fearless in battle.[1] Ancient manuscripts depict merchants traveling across the frozen tundra with these colossal beasts, leading scholars to believe they are the first domesticated mounts.[2] Riders and merchants alike trust only the strong and steadfast tundra mammoth to carry them safely across the frigid tundra.[3]

Directly descended from the original progenitor of the mammoth race, wooly mammoths are considered more feral and primal than their shorter-haired cousins.[4] This wild variant of the mammoth is not bred for riding. Most wooly mammoths are captured in the wild and tamed by their riders, resulting in a fierce, cunning mount.[5]

Rarely, a war mammoth is born stronger and more tractable than its peers. These mammoths are dubbed "grand" and carry more than one rider to the front lines.[6] Once used by giants to carry heavily armored warriors, the grand black war mammoths can easily bear more than one rider of less-than-giant stature.[7]

At home on the narrow, icy trails of the Storm Peaks, the grand ice mammoths are the only mounts the ice giants trust to carry large loads and multiple riders.[8] The Sons of Hodir believe that riding an ice-white mammoth will protect the rider from frostbite and snow blindness.[9] Many ice giants claim that they have trained their favored white mammoths to trigger avalanches with their trumpeting calls.[10]

Sure-footed and unflappable, the dark-furred black war mammoths are prized for their steady temperament going into battle.[11]



As a mount

Main article: Mammoth mounts

Mammoth mounts are Epic vanity mounts that were added in Wrath of the Lich King. Some can accommodate passengers, and they all (currently) have subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) shadings for each faction. You can also try out a mammoth mount for free during a D.E.H.T.A quest and deploy its devastating charge, trample, and bellow attacks.[12]

Warcraft III

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A Mammoth in Warcraft III

The Mammoths in Warcraft III differ from those encounters in World of Warcraft. However they also live in Northrend and were capable of dealing frightening damage. In addition to their long tusks, a horny protrusion of bone juts from their foreheads and another protrudes from their backs.