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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.


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

  • When wielded, a cloud of fog follows the player. When standing still, the fog surrounds the wielder.
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.
Nighttime effects
  • When wielded during the night, a full moon appears in the crescent of the horn, surrounding the wolf's head.
  • When drawn during the night, the wolf will raise its head and let out a faint howl. The wolf will periodically raise its head, 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 howls, 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 material list[edit]

Required item Primary ingredients Component materials
Gift of Mastery.pngGift of Mastery Bloodstone Shard.pngBloodstone Shard
200 Spirit Shard (sold by Miyani)
Obsidian Shard.png250 Obsidian Shards
Gift of Exploration.pngGift of Exploration
World Completion
Gift of Battle.pngGift of Battle
Gift of Battle Item Reward Track
Gift of Fortune.pngGift of Fortune Glob of Ectoplasm.png250 Globs of Ectoplasm
Mystic Clover.png77 Mystic Clovers
~231 Mystic Coin.pngMystic Coins
~231 Glob of Ectoplasm.pngGlobs of Ectoplasm
~231 Obsidian Shard.pngObsidian Shards
~231 Mystic Crystal.pngCrystals or ~1386 Philosopher's Stone.pngPhilosopher's Stones
    (cost of either: 139Spirit Shard.pngSpirit Shard)
Gift of Magic.pngGift of Magic
250 Vial of Powerful Blood.pngVials of Powerful Blood
250 Powerful Venom Sac.pngPowerful Venom Sacs
250 Elaborate Totem.pngElaborate Totems
250 Pile of Crystalline Dust.pngPiles of Crystalline Dust
Gift of Might.pngGift of Might
250 Vicious Fang.pngVicious Fangs
250 Armored Scale.pngArmored Scales
250 Vicious Claw.pngVicious Claws
250 Ancient Bone.pngAncient Bones
Gift of Howler.pngGift of Howler Icy Runestone.png100 Icy Runestones
100 Gold coin total, bought from Rojan the Penitent
Superior Sigil of Accuracy.pngSuperior Sigil of Accuracy
Gift of Wood.pngGift of Wood
Recipe cost: 10 Gold coin, bought from Miyani
Requires 400 Huntsman tango icon 20px.png Huntsman to make.
250 Ancient Wood Plank.pngAncient Wood Planks
250 Elder Wood Plank.pngElder Wood Planks
250 Hard Wood Plank.pngHard Wood Planks
250 Seasoned Wood Plank.pngSeasoned Wood Planks
Wolf Statue.pngWolf Statue
Recipe cost: 10 Gold coin, bought from Miyani
Requires 400 Leatherworker tango icon 20px.png Leatherworker to make.
Gift of Thorns.pngGift of Thorns bought from any Dungeon Merchant (500 Tales of Dungeon Delving Tales of Dungeon Delving)
250 Cured Hardened Leather Square.pngCured Hardened Leather Squares
250 Orichalcum Ingot.pngOrichalcum Ingots
250 Vicious Fang.pngVicious Fangs

Available prefixes[edit]


  • 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.

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