Aquatic Form

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Aquatic Form
Ability druid aquaticform.png
  • Aquatic Form
  • Level 16 druid ability
  • Instant cast
  • Shapeshift into aquatic form, increasing swim speed by 100% and allowing the Druid to breathe underwater. Also protects the caster from Polymorph effects.

    The act of shapeshifting frees the caster of movement impairing effects.
Usable by
Class Druid
Type Utility
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 16
Related buff
Ability druid aquaticform.png
  • Aquatic Form
  • Immune to Polymorph effects. Increases swim speed by 50% and allows underwater breathing.
Aquatic Form

Also known as a sea lion, druids obtain Aquatic Form form from any trainer at level 16. One can only use the Aquatic Form while swimming, but can travel normal running speed in water and will not run out of breath (water breathing). Take note that this 50% increase is of the 66.6% base swim speed, hence giving a 33.3% bonus. Thus, the net effect of this form is to allow you to move at 100% normal running speed in water.

The downside of this form is that it has no defensive capabilities whatsoever, meaning that in a combat situation it's only really useful for escape. Outside of combat however, it has a large number of potential uses. The speed bonus means that it can serve as a fast form of travel if a given destination can be reached via water, and the greater presence of rivers in Alliance territory means it also gives Horde druids venturing into that area with numerous opportunities for concealment, reconnaissance, and rapid escape as mentioned above. The form can also be exceptionally useful for druids with the Herbalism tradeskill, as it allows more rapid harvesting of the herb Stranglekelp, which is valuable on many servers.

Aquatic speeds

Movement type yd/sec Run % Swim %
Normal swimming  4.7222  67.46% 100%
Normal swimming with Swift Landing
 [Azure Silk Belt]
 [Glompmaw's Ring]
 5.4306  77.58% 115%
[Unending Breath]  5.6667  80.95% 120%
 [Hook of the Master Angler]  6.375  91.07% 135%
[Speedbarge Diving Helm] (swimming)  7.5556 107.94% 160%
Most aquatic mounts
[Travel Form]
 [Swim Speed Potion]
 [Shimmerscale Diving Suit]
 [Pocket-Sized Computation Device] via  [Slipstream Generator]
 9.4444 134.92% 200%
[Sea Legs] (swimming) 10.3417 147.74% 219%
[Speedbarge Diving Helm] (running)
[Sea Legs] (running)
11.2 160% 237%
 [Underlight Angler] with [Underlight Blessing] 11.8055 168.7% 250%
[Sea Legs] on most aquatic mounts 18.8889 269.84% 400%
 [Vashj'ir Seahorse] 25.9722 371.03% 550%


  • While in Aquatic Form, you cannot cast spells or talk to NPCs. You are also considered a Beast so spells that target Beasts can be used on you ( [Hibernate] for instance).
  • Your caster form will start regaining mana 5 seconds after you change to Aquatic Form.
  • As is usual when swimming, the druid cannot drink or eat in this form.

Tips and tactics

  • Use this whenever you go into the water. It is a useful technique for escaping PvP opponents, as few can equal the Sea lion's swim speed and few can hold their breath long enough to catch you. However, without  [Glyph of Aquatic Form] you are still slower than a hunter's pet underwater.
  • Be slightly wary of Warlocks underwater. They can breathe with a buff and their skills aren't restricted like the Aquatic form Druid's are.

Patch changes

Completing the quests is not needed, but does net some easy experience.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14):  [Glyph of Aquatic Form] added.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12):
    • Shapeshifting will now counteract the slowing effects of frost-based spells (Frostbolt, Frost Shock, Cone of Cold, etc.).
    • Druid shapeshift form buttons are no longer dimmed while under the effects of Polymorph.
    • Fixed a bug in aquatic form which sometimes prevented the Druid from returning to caster form upon exiting lava.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Shapeshifting into an animal form will now remove Polymorph effects.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.12 (2004-10-11):
    • Shapeshifting now breaks roots, snares, and freeze effects.
    • Shapeshift forms now include an immunity to polymorph effects.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17):
    • Now considered a beast in Aquatic Form.
    • Shapeshifting will no longer cancel all buffs on the Druid.
    • Shapeshifting cooldown reduced from 10 to 1.5 seconds.
    • Druids now regenerate mana while in shape shift form.
    • Aquatic Form mana cost now scales with level, speed no longer changes with level.

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