Gorehowl is the epic two-handed axe that once belonged to the orcish warrior and former chieftain of the Warsong Clan, Grommash Hellscream, his father, Golmash, and his son, Garrosh. The mriginal timeline's Gorehowl now lies on the fields of Grommashar, along with Garrosh's dead body. The alternate timeline's Gorehowl is in Grom's hands. It used to drop from Prince Malchezaar in Karazhan.
Golmash Hellscream was his earliest wielder, he cleaved a massive gronn's eye with it before dying. The gronn died first.
Hellscream was the first to partake of the Blood of Mannoroth, eventually coming to regret it. When Thrall met him, it was clear to him that Grom had the means by which to liberate his lethargic brothers and sisters.
During the second coming of the Burning Legion, Hellscream took his axe to the pit lord Mannoroth after Thrall was beat into unconsciousness. With a single blow, Hellscream cleaved his adversary's weapon in two and slew Mannoroth. Hellscream perished shortly afterwards, but he had managed to break the curse over his people, freeing their souls and spirits from the demonic curse forever.
Gorehowl somehow wound up in the hands of Prince Malchezaar after Grom's death.
In Orgrimmar, Thrall presented Gorehowl to Garrosh as a gift. It is seen in the picture named "Gift of Gorehowl" by Raneman.
During the Siege of Ogrimmar, Garrosh wielded Xal'atoh, a copy of Gorehowl made by Y'Sharrj's heart. After the siege and escaping to an alternate timeline, Garrosh wielded Gorehowl once more, until his death at Grommashar at the hands of Thrall. Gorehowl now remains stuck on the ground along with the giant stone hand that holds Garrosh's headless corpse.
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Grom Hellscream’s axe has a heavy blade that is notched and stained, with sharp, wicked curves. Small holes dot the blade near the handle; when the wielder swings the axe, air whistles through these holes. The sound keens over the battlefield, magically strengthened and imbued with otherworldly power. Gorehowl is one of Azeroth's most feared and notorious weapons.
A weapon similar to Gorehowl has also been depicted in the trading card for Blademistress Lyss.