Huln Highmountain (also known as Huln of the eagle spear) was the spokesman for all the tauren tribes gathered by Krasus to help the night elves in their fight against the Burning Legion during the War of the Ancients. Huln carried the Eagle Spear, Spear of the Wild Gods, now mostly known as , upon which were markings that described the history of the weapon and the feats of its previous owners. Huln and his tauren played a crucial role in several battles during the war, and for his bravery, Huln and his people received a blessing from the Wild God Cenarius, so that they would always have the demigod's favor: the Horns of Eche'ro.
|Character class||Survival hunter|
|Affiliation(s)||Highmountain Tribe, Kaldorei Resistance|
|Occupation||Leader of the Highmountain tribe|
|Former occupation(s)||Spokesman for the tauren, ally of the Kaldorei Resistance|
|Relative(s)||Ulan, Mayla (descendants)|
|Companion(s)||Eche'ro (moose companion and mount)|
- “Know that Huln Highmountain stands before you. Huln of the eagle spear!”
When a new and mysterious enemy came to the world, Huln united the warring Rivermane, Bloodtotem, and Skyhorn tribes under the banner of his own Highmountain Tribe. He was asked by Krasus, the future version of the dragon Korialstrasz, to aid the Kaldorei Resistance in their war against the Legion. After Huln's life was saved by Jarod Shadowsong, he promised to carve his name on his spear, which would cause Jarod to be honored for generations of Huln's line. Huln fought alongside the Wild God Omen, but Omen became gravely wounded and poisoned by fel energy. Just before he succumbed to corruption Omen blessed Talonclaw, which had previously been blessed by Ohn'ahra and Ursoc during the time of Huln's ancestors.
Much of Huln's glory was during a battle in Azshara. Huln rescued Unng Ak and his Blackmaw tribe, and found a moose favored by Malorne named Eche'ro who would be his companion and mount forever after. He received a blessing from Cenarius, so that his people would forever have the demigod's favor, granting them the Horns of Eche'ro: their moose-like antlers. He protected Malfurion Stormrage while the druid summoned dryads to the battlefield, and aided his friend Jarod in defeating Tichondrius at Eldarath.
In the final battle for the Well of Eternity at Zin-Azshari, Huln fought a doomlord named Xyburn, who had made it his personal mission to eradicate the tauren race. When Huln was seemingly beaten, he struck Xyburn in the left eye. Before he could slay the doomlord, Xyburn and all the other demons were sucked back into the Twisting Nether due to the efforts of Malfurion and Illidan Stormrage, who had worked together to close the Legion's portal with the Dragon Soul. Xyburn vowed revenge on Huln, all tauren, and the weapon that had taken his sight.
After the War of the Ancients, Huln returned to his homeland and it was renamed Highmountain in his honor. But for Huln, the war did not end at the Well of Eternity. With the Legion defeated, he focused on the monster that got away: the newly-christened Deathwing. He confronted the Destroyer at Neltharion's Vault and, with the aid of Igrul the Scalebane, retrieved the from within. Huln decided that while it was not powerful enough to kill Deathwing, the artifact could at least be used to banish the dragon. Huln and an uprising of Deathwing's drogbar slaves battled the Earth Warder, and Huln banished Deathwing from the land, sending him to Deepholm. Lastly, Huln used the Hammer of Khaz'goroth to purify one of Deathwing's eggs, and it hatched into an uncorrupted black whelp named Ebyssian.
Long ago, the Old Gods sought to claim Highmountain. Their campaign was led by Uul'gyneth. Huln Highmountain gathered heroes from among the tribes, and fought against Uul'gyneth's servants, the Necrodark. Yet the forces of shadow were too great to overcome. So Huln devised another plan. Wards were placed to lock away the Old Gods' influence. Though the general survived, Uul'gyneth's essence was trapped.
At the end of his life, Huln Highmountain bequeathed Talonclaw to his successor and went to join his ancestors. Legend has it that Ohn'ahra herself appeared to carry the spirit of the great chieftain into the sky.
The Highmountain tauren of the Broken Isles are descended from Huln and the other tauren who fought in the War of the Ancients. Huln's descendants helped the Unseen Path, a night elf hunter organization, by leading them to the site in Highmountain where they would build Trueshot Lodge. His spear, , is a sacred artifact to the tauren in the region.
Huln is today considered the greatest tauren to have ever walked Highmountain. The whelp he rescued from Neltharion's Vault, Ebyssian, has continued to watch over the tauren hero's descendants for ten thousand years under the guise of Spiritwalker Ebonhorn, only revealing his true identity to the High Chieftains upon their ascension ceremony.
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- I am Huln Highmountain of the Eagle Spear. I speak for the tauren.
- The tauren shall honor our promise.
- Mess with the bull, you get the horns.
- Together, we are strong.
- Only together can we save this world.
- Huln is voiced by David Boat.
- Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Added.