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For the hunter pet ability, see Growl (pet).
Ability physical taunt
  • Growl
  • 30 yd  range
  • 8 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Taunts the target to attack you, but has no effect if the target is already attacking you. Using this ability activates Bear Form.
Usable by
Cooldown8 sec
Level required8
Related debuff
Ability physical taunt
  • Growl
  • Taunted.
  • Duration: 3 seconds

Growl is the druid tank's taunt ability, learned at level eight. If not used in [Bear Form], it activates that form.

Tips and tactics

  • Growl is particularly useful for saving nukers and healers from being attacked by mobs.
  • Thanks to its long range, it can also be used to pull mobs if Faerie Fire (Feral) is on cooldown or otherwise unfavorable.
  • Challenging Roar can function as a backup if Growl is on cooldown.
  • If all else fails, immobilization of the mob - by Bash - can be a good alternative against non-boss mobs.
  • Growling at a critter sometimes causes the critter to run in fear instead of coming to you, though certain ones will attack you (such as frogs).


  • Has no Rage cost.
  • You get this ability automatically when you get Bear Form.
  • As of patch 4.0.1, Growl no longer has a miss chance (even with +0% hit). Prior to 4.0.1, Growl followed the following rules: It was treated as a spell. It couldn't be cast when silenced and it had a 17% chance to miss raid bosses (in contrast to the 8% chance to miss boss mobs for melee attacks). So even if you are melee hit capped (263 hit rating at level 80), Growl's chance to miss was still 9%. This 9% gap was mostly covered with Glyph of Growl (which was removed in 4.0.1).

Patch changes

  • 0500Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.0.4 (28-August-2012): Activates bear form.
  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small/0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Removed miss chance of this effect.
  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Range increased to 30 yards.
  • 0300Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Cooldown changed to 8 sec.
  • 0200Bc icon Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): The chance for this ability to land successfully on its target is now increased by hit rating.

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Patch date28 August 2012 +, 12 October 2010 +, 20 January 2009 +, 4 November 2008 + and 13 November 2007 +

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