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855 – 945
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Watery, foggy footprints.

This item allows selection of stats. See below for a list of available prefixes.
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.png Superior Sigil of Accuracy
Infusion Slot Unused Infusion Slot

— In-game description

Howler is a legendary warhorn crafted in the Mystic Forge. The horn's design resembles a wolf head and a snake, with the wolf head moving and howling during certain animations. Howler is heavily associated with ghosts, shades, and the Spirits of the Wild, especially Wolf.[1]


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A norn ballad recounts a quarrel between the Great Wolf and a serpent who sought to become a Spirit of the Wild: O little snake, do you have what it takes? Howl, howl—open the gate.


Contained in[edit]


Mystic Forge
Output qty.
Howl.png Howl
Gift of Howler.png Gift of Howler
Gift of Fortune.png Gift of Fortune
Gift of Mastery.png Gift of Mastery


Howler is a wolf-headed warhorn with a snake coiling around the body of the horn.

  • When drawn, a cloud of fog follows the player. When standing still, the fog surrounds the wielder.
  • When drawn during the night, a full moon appears in the crescent of the horn, surrounding the wolf's head.
Draw/Stow effects
  • When drawn, a burst of water splashes the user's body, before raining down in small droplets, leaving ripples in the ground. Additionally, a full moon can be briefly seen around the wolf's head, regardless of the time of day.
  • When drawn, the wolf will raise its head and let out a faint howl. The head raising animation will occasionally happen when the weapon is out, but it will not howl a second time.
  • The user leaves behind subtle watery footprints that quickly evaporate into fog.
Skill effects
  • Upon blowing the horn, the wolf's head rises and makes a faint howling sound, while a moon illuminates in the crescent of the horn for a brief moment. Additionally, a big ghostly wolf head grows briefly from the horn, and mirrors the smaller wolf in the horn in howling. The howl of the ghostly wolf creates an extremely brief foggy breath along with rings from the vibration of its howl.
The fog aura will take a few extra seconds to appear when drawing Howler for the first time after leaving a particle-heavy area, such as Frostgorge Sound.


Full ingredient list[edit]

Required item Primary ingredients Component materials
Gift of Mastery.png Gift of Mastery Bloodstone Shard.png Bloodstone Shard
200 Spirit Shard.png Spirit Shards
Obsidian Shard.png Obsidian Shard x250
525,000 Karma.png or 3,750  Fractal Relic.png Fractal Relics or 250  Laurel.png Laurels1 or 12,500  Bandit Crest.png Bandit Crests 5
Gift of Exploration.png Gift of Exploration
World Completion
Gift of Battle.png Gift of Battle
Gift of Battle Item Reward Track
Gift of Fortune.png Gift of Fortune Glob of Ectoplasm.png Glob of Ectoplasm x250
Mystic Clover.png Mystic Clover x77
~231  Mystic Coin.png Mystic Coins
~231  Glob of Ectoplasm.png Globs of Ectoplasm
~231  Obsidian Shard.png Obsidian Shards
     (485,100 Karma.png or 3,465 Fractal Relic.png Fractal Relics or 231  Laurel.png Laurels or 11,550  Bandit Crest.png Bandit Crests5)
~231  Mystic Crystal.png Crystals or ~1386  Philosopher's Stone.png Philosopher's Stones
    (cost of either: 139 Spirit Shard.png Spirit Shard)s
Gift of Magic.png Gift of Magic
250  Vial of Powerful Blood.png Vials of Powerful Blood
250  Powerful Venom Sac.png Powerful Venom Sacs
250  Elaborate Totem.png Elaborate Totems
250  Pile of Crystalline Dust.png Piles of Crystalline Dust
Gift of Might.png Gift of Might
250  Vicious Fang.png Vicious Fangs
250  Armored Scale.png Armored Scales
250  Vicious Claw.png Vicious Claws
250  Ancient Bone.png Ancient Bones
Gift of Howler.png Gift of Howler 2 Icy Runestone.png Icy Runestones x100
100 Gold coin total, bought from Rojan the Penitent
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.png Superior Sigil of Accuracy
Gift of Wood.png Gift of Wood 3
Recipe cost: 10 Gold coin, bought from Miyani
Requires 400 Huntsman tango icon 20px.pngHuntsman to make.
250  Ancient Wood Plank.png Ancient Wood Planks
250  Elder Wood Plank.png Elder Wood Planks
250  Hard Wood Plank.png Hard Wood Planks
250  Seasoned Wood Plank.png Seasoned Wood Planks
Wolf Statue.png Wolf Statue 3
Recipe cost: 10 Gold coin, bought from Miyani
Requires 400 Leatherworker tango icon 20px.pngLeatherworker to make.
Gift of Thorns.png Gift of Thorns bought from any Dungeon Merchant (500  Deadly Bloom.png Deadly Blooms)
250  Cured Hardened Leather Square.png Cured Hardened Leather Squares
250  Orichalcum Ingot.png Orichalcum Ingots
250  Vicious Fang.png Vicious Fangs
Howl.png Howl 2
  • Can drop from any enemy, chest, or WvW loot bag
  • Combining exotics or rares in the Mystic Forge.4
  • Can be crafted through Legendary Crafting.
1 Obsidian Shards are bought in multiples of three, costing three Laurels each. You would end up purchasing a total of 252 shards.
2 This item varies with each legendary.
3 These two Gifts change with each Legendary and require you to have characters that have mastered the respective crafting disciplines. The finished Gifts are Account Bound, which allows you to craft them on different characters.
4 Chance to get a precursor varies with rarity and level. [2]
5 There is an additional 96 Copper coin charge for each Shard bought from the Priory Historian (Bandit Crest Collector)

Available prefixes[edit]

The following prefixes can be selected:


  • Howler originally featured unique day and night appearances, however, a game patch which was intended to remove an aura stacking exploit and some other nighttime bugs took away this effect.
  • Howler might be heavily influenced by Norse mythology, in particular by Loki's children.
    • The wolf might represent Fenrir, a very big and fierce wolf. The snake might represent Jormungand, the enormous World Serpent that surrounds the Earth, or Midgard, just like Howler's snake surrounds the horn. And Howler's connection to ghosts and spirits might be a reference to Hel, who takes care of a portion of the dead. [3]
  • Prior to the game update of July 27, 2021, the ghost wolf effect when blowing the horn only worked on a few selected skills, namely: Call of the Wild, Charge, and Call of Valor. Now it appears with any skill used.