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Wolves are carnivorous, furry, canine beasts that often run in packs. Wolves encountered in the wilderness are typically hostile and attack characters that approach them too closely. Diseased, sick wolves of Elwynne Forest tend to keep to themselves and not attack characters, because they are sick and weak. Oddly, the Diseased Wolf of Western Plaguelands will not hesitate to attack players, probably because the plague drove them into a frenzy, making them attack everything on site.

Wolves are indigenous to many parts of Azeroth. They live on every known continent and have a wide variety of subspecies and social habits. Although most are hostile toward anyone who trespasses on their territories, a few unique dire wolf packs have befriended the Horde in recent years. These cunning and ferocious creatures have found an especially welcome home among the orcs, who admire their endurance and keen survival instincts.[1]

They live in Elwynn Forest, the Hinterlands, Mulgore, Duskwood, Silverpine Forest, the Badlands, Tirisfal Glades, Dun Morogh, Felwood, Burning Steppes, Ashenvale, Feralas, the Western Plaguelands, Blackrock Spire, and Shadowfang Keep. Wolves have also been found in Hellfire Peninsula, Terokkar Forest, and Blade's Edge Mountains in Outland.

Wolves are skinnable.

Wolves and the Horde



Wolves are a major symbol of the Horde, especially to the orcs. They serve as guards, scouts, pets, and partners. The large cousins of the wolf, the worgs, are used as the orc mount. Many such wolves came from Draenor with the orcs, others were natives of Azeroth.

Orcs and other Horde shamans hold them in high regard. They can speak to them and summon spectral wolves, some serve a giant wolf spirit.[2] Their armor also often has a wolf on it.

The Frostwolf clan of Alterac has an especially close connection to the native wolves, and two giant wolves, Duros and Drakan, who guard their chieftain.



See Darkwolf

Dire wolf

Main article: Dire wolf

Dire wolves look like normal wolves but are nearly twice the size. These powerful beasts, 8-9 feet long and weighing 600-800 pounds, are the most well-known orc mounts.MoM 170 HPG 221

Frost wolf

See Frost wolf

Giant wolf

See Giant wolf.

Timber wolf

Main article: Timber wolf

Timber wolves are wolves found commonly throughout Azeroth.

Great wolf

Great wolves are found in Dun Morogh, stalking the forest.LoC 72

Shadow wolf

See Shadow wolf

Shadow wolves are used by far seer and Scourge.

Spirit wolf

See Spirit wolf

Spirit wolves are used by far seers and shamans.

Until shortly after patch 2.3.2, Grimtotem Spirit Guides were a tamable spirit wolf hunter pet, and only summoned in Dustwallow Marsh.

Grimtotem Spirit Wolf has replaced the Grimtotem Spirit Guide.

Specialization (upon taming)
Ability druid primaltenacity Ferocity
The Wolf eats
Inv misc food 18
The Wolf comes with
Ability druid ferociousbite Ability hunter pet wolf
All pets come with
Spell shadow burningspirit Ability physical taunt

Other types

Ghost Wolf02

Ghost wolf

Ghost wolf

See Ghost wolf

Shamans of moderate ability can change their form into a ghost wolf. This allows them to travel much faster than an average humanoid, but this ritual only works outdoors.

Manual of Monsters

In Manual of Monsters Appendix Three other types of wolves are described: Blight Wolf and Ghoul Wolf; however the validity of the source is disputed.

As a hunter pet

  • A popular pet, due to a large variety of skins and locations to find them at.
  • Worgs, when tamed as a hunter pet, are in the same category as wolves and have the same skills.
  • Wolves are ferocious pets and can howl to boost their and their master's attack power.

Epic wolf mount

Wolves as mounts

Main article: Wolf mounts

Wolves are sold by Ogunaro Wolfrunner located in Orgrimmar. Freka Bloodaxe the Ogrimmar Quartermaster in Icecrown also sells two unique Wolves.

Mount Name Availability Required riding skill Required Level
Black Wolf [Horn of the Black Wolf] 1Gold Riding (75) 20
Brown Wolf [Horn of the Brown Wolf] 1Gold Riding (75) 20
Dire Wolf [Horn of the Dire Wolf] 1Gold Riding (75) 20
Timber Wolf [Horn of the Timber Wolf] 1Gold Riding (75) 20
Swift Brown Wolf [Horn of the Swift Brown Wolf] 10Gold Riding (150) 40
Swift Gray Wolf [Horn of the Swift Gray Wolf] 10Gold Riding (150) 40
Swift Timber Wolf [Horn of the Swift Timber Wolf] 10Gold Riding (150) 40
Black War Wolf [Horn of the Black War Wolf] PVP Riding (150) 40
Frostwolf Howler [Horn of the Frostwolf Howler] PVP Riding (150) 40
Ogrimmar Wolf [Orgrimmar Wolf] 100 Ability paladin artofwar Riding (150) 40
Swift Burgundy Wolf [Swift Burgundy Wolf] 5 Ability paladin artofwar 500Gold Riding (150) 40
Arctic Wolf [Horn of the Arctic Wolf] No Longer Attainable
Red Wolf [Horn of the Red Wolf] No Longer Attainable


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

It is possible that large wolves were also indigenous to Outland and were domesticated by the uncorrupted orcs. When Kil'jaeden forced the orcs to assault Azeroth, they brought the wolves with them. After the old Horde was scattered and destroyed, wolves adapted and settled in their environment. They were also taken to Kalimdor on orcish ships to help as defense.

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Bonuses equalized.
                Damage had a +10% bonus and now has +5% bonus.
    Armor had no bonus and now has a +5% bonus.

  • Bc icon/Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Pet bonus changes.
                Armor had a +5% bonus and now has no bonus.
    Health had no bonus and now has a +5% bonus.
    Damage had no bonus and now has a +10% bonus.


External links

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Patch date14 April 2009 + and 14 October 2008 +

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