For the Molten Core mob, see Core Hound. For the Mount Hyjal mob, see Core Hound (Hyjal).

Core hounds are the vicious but faithful servants of Ragnaros and his minions. The beasts have the appearance of massive bulldogs with two heads, each equipped with a mouth filled with rows of flaming teeth. Their bodies are covered with armored hide and studded with bony spikes. A streak of flames runs down their spines from head to stubby tail. The oldest and most powerful of the core hounds is Magmadar, the alpha male and sire of the entire current pack.

Core hounds understand Kalimag but cannot speak.

Core hounds use simple tactics, attacking the most obviously threatening target first. They will typically attempt an improved grab or bull rush to push their target into nearby lava. A core hound with flaming breath takes hold of a victim before using its flaming breath, thus preventing the victim from escaping the effect. Core hounds grow and gain power throughout their lives.[1] (MG 17-18)

A core hound is a giant twin-headed, quadrupedal elemental lava monster that originates in the Firelands of the Elemental Plane, and also live in the Molten Core[1] (MG 17). The largest is known is Magmadar, and Golemagg the Incinerator seems to treat them as pets. There is also a small captured one in upper Blackrock Spire known as The Beast, who has swallowed gnome explorer Finkle Einhorn. Their leather, Core Leather, is greatly prized for making high-end items.

Hunter pet

Specialization (upon taming)
Ability druid primaltenacity Ferocity
The Core hound eats
Inv misc food 18
The Core hound comes with
Ability druid ferociousbite Spell shadow unholyfrenzy Spell fire windsofwoe Spell shaman improvedfirenova
All pets come with
Spell shadow burningspirit Ability physical taunt
Core hounds are exotic beasts and can only be tamed by beast mastery hunters with the [Exotic Beasts] ability.

Though hunters can respec their pet core hounds into Cunning or Tenacity, they are inherently Ferocity. In addition to the abilities that come standard with all pets ([Growl] and [Avoidance]) and those given to their natural or retrained specialization, all core hounds are given the following:






The Kurken


The subspecies below can be tamed by hunters. Note that the green variety may also be further classified as demonic hounds.

Green (Demonic hounds)


Mobs with level numbers are tamable.

Vanity/Battle pet

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small/ Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): New special ability added, Ancient Hysteria.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Bonuses equalized. Damage had a +10% bonus and now has +5% bonus. Armor had no bonus and now has a +5% bonus.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Become tamable.

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