The Beast is a boss found in Upper Blackrock Spire. It appears to be a Core Hound that has been captured by the forces of Nefarian for use in his breeding experiments. (Experiments on other core hounds could account for the creation of Chromaggus, a core hound-like dragonkin who is the penultimate boss found in Blackwing Lair.)

At some point before he is encountered by a party, the Beast had swallowed Finkle Einhorn, a gnomish adventurer who has survived in the Beast's stomach for an unspecified period of time. Skinning The Beast will free Finkle.


Essentially, a tank will need to keep aggro on The Beast at all times as he hits extremely hard and can kill a cloth wearer in 2 or 3 hits. The rest of the raid will want to DPS him. As long as the Main Tank can keep aggro (best to say the Main Tanks, since it is unlikely that aggro can be consistently held, due to The Beast's oft-cast fears and random charges) and you have sufficient healing, this fight should be a simple one. He may drop Inv sword 33 [Finkle's Skinner], which increases skinning by 10, so anyone in the group with a skinning skill of 300 should roll on this if they don't have it already, otherwise it can be greeded. It is vital to have a player in the raid who can skin The Beast, as they can receive the Inv misc monsterscales 15 [Pristine Hide of the Beast] and also reveal Finkle Einhorn, who is the start of a quest chain.
NOTE: With the release of the Burning Crusade,Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm, it is possible to raise your profession level to a maximum of 525, thus making it a simple task for any skinner who has been to at least Outland to skin The Beast.

NOTE: Despite being a Boss Mob, The Beast is tamable by Hunters who have the 51-point talent in Beast Mastery. A tamed version of this particular Core Hound retains it's status as a Level ?? (Boss).


Inv misc ticket tarot beasts 01
  • Ace of Beasts
  • Item Level 1
    Disenchants into:
    Not disenchantable
  • Use: Combine the Ace through Eight of Beasts to complete the set.
  • Sell Price: 1Gold 25Silver
Inv bracer 07
Inv pants 06
Inv misc cape 05
Inv misc book 02
Inv sword 33
Inv misc cape 18
Inv boots cloth 05
Inv shoulder 10
Inv hammer 17
Inv pants 06
Inv pants 04
Inv misc monsterscales 15

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