Troll Headhunter

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[e][h] Troll Headhunter
Unit Information
Built From:
Build Time:
140 20 2
0 (6)
0.25 (1.25) (always)
1400 / 800
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Turn Rate:
Move Type:
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Cargo Size:
23 - 27 (26 - 42)
  • ground
  • structure
  • debris
  • air
  • item
  • ward

Versatile spear-thrower, effective against both melee and air units. Can learn Troll Regeneration which greatly enhances health regeneration. Can be upgraded to Troll Berserker, which increases health pool by 100 and unlocks the Berserk ability.

The disenfranchised Trolls of northern Lordaeron have once again pledged their savage services to the Orcish Horde. These cunning warriors are trained from birth to hunt, track and trap the most dangerous beasts in the wild. In times of war, however, Troll Headhunters turn their mighty spears upon the enemies of the Horde without hesitation. Capable of hurling their deadly spears at distant enemies, Troll Headhunters provide invaluable cover fire for the other warriors of the Horde.

Once you have researched the Berserker upgrade, Troll Headhunters become Troll Berserkers, which gives it ~27% more health and gives it an ability to increase its attack speed by 50% for a short time.

Troll Headhunters have historically had poor attack range as one of its drawbacks but this was changed in patch 1.30.0 and now headhunters have a respectable attack range of 550, which is comparable to units like Crypt Fiends and Riflemen with the Long Rifles upgrade.


Headhunters are cheap and fast to produce. They are useful at all stages of a game, with the Berserker Upgrade keeping it a competitive unit even in later stages of the game. Its primary downside is that headhunters have low health and are easy to kill, especially with AoE spells like Blizzard and Breath of Fire.

The key to succeeding with headhunters is to keep them all alive until you get a critical mass of them. Once you have ~10 headhunters in your army, you can easily focus down melee units like grunts, footmen (without defend), huntresses and ghouls with a few quick volleys. An experienced player knows this and will try to pick off your headhunters before you can get a good number of them.

Prioritize the Berserker Upgrade as soon as you get tier 3, it cost just 75 gold and makes your headhunters much stronger.

Spells & Abilities[edit]

Troll Regeneration
Cast Type : Passive
Target Type : No Target
Increases the hit point regeneration rate of Troll Headhunters, Troll Berserkers, Witch Doctors and Troll Batriders.
Regeneration : 1.0 per second
Upgrade: Troll Regeneration
Cost : 100 100  Research Time:  60
Researched at : Barracks (Orc)
 Hotkey : R
Requirements : StrongholdWar Mill
Unit Inventory (Orc)
Cast Type : Passive
Target Type : No Target
Allows the unit to carry 2 items.
Item Capacity : 2
Notes : Items cannot be used by the unit and are dropped, if the unit dies.
Upgrade: Backpack (Orc)
Cost : 50 25  Research Time:  20
Researched at : Great Hall
Requirements : Voodoo Lounge


Berserker Upgrade
Transforms Headhunters into Troll Berserkers, giving them increased hit points and the Berserk ability.
Researched at : Barracks (Orc)
 Hotkey : E
Cost : 75 175  Research Time:  40
Requires : Fortress, War Mill
Hit Point Bonus : 100
New Ability : Berserk

War Mill[edit]

Steel Ranged Weapons
Increases the ranged attack damage of Headhunters, Wind Riders, Troll Batriders and Demolishers.
Researched at : War Mill
 Hotkey : R
Cost : 100 100  Research Time:  60
Damage Dice Bonus : 1
Thorium Ranged Weapons
Cost : 150 200  Research Time:  75
Requires : Stronghold
Damage Dice Bonus : 2
Arcanite Ranged Weapons
Cost : 200 300  Research Time:  90
Requires : Fortress
Damage Dice Bonus : 3
Steel Armor
Increases the armor of Grunts, Raiders, Troll Batriders, Tauren, Headhunters, Wind Riders and Demolishers.
Researched at : War Mill
 Hotkey : A
Cost : 150 75  Research Time:  60
Armor Bonus : 2
Thorium Armor
Cost : 225 225  Research Time:  75
Requires : Stronghold
Armor Bonus : 4
Arcanite Armor
Cost : 300 375  Research Time:  90
Requires : Fortress
Armor Bonus : 6

Version History[edit]

Balance Patch History
Patch Version Balance Changes
  • Neutral Headhunters have more hit points (350, up from 280), but also strike more slowly.