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Proud, noble, majestic: a perfect symbol for the Alliance.
Highland Lion

Lions are large, carnivorous cats. In World of Warcraft, lions are common predatory beasts in central Kalimdor. A variety of lions known as mountain lions usually roam the warm mountain regions and plains of high terrain. As predators, lions tend to be hostile and will attack players who approach them.

They are the fiercest of predators in the Barrens. The lions that stalk amongst the tall grass do so with cunning, stealth, and power.[1]

The noble and fearless lion is one of the traditional, bestial emblems of humanity, featuring prominantly on the crests of Stormwind and the Alliance (as well as being a popular motif in Stormwind's sister-kingdom of Lordaeron).[2]



As a mount

As a companion pet

As a hunter pet

Main article: Cat#As a Hunter pet

In the RPG

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A dire lion

Male lions are between 5 to 8 feet long and weighs 330 to 550 pounds. Females are slightly smaller.[3] Some hunters choose them as their animal companion.[4]

Dire lion

Dire lions are large lions found on Azeroth, and in the Badlands.Their faces constantly betray a look of aggression. Dire lions are patient hunters, just like their smaller cousin, but apt take on considerably larger prey. Many dire lions grow to be up to 15 feet long and weigh up to 1,000 pounds. A dire lion attacks by running at prey, leaping, and clawing and biting as it rakes with its rear claws. It often jumps onto a creature larger than itself.[5] Dark Iron dwarves under Dedrik Thunderaxe had trained a dire lion to guard their cavern, and to ignore dwarves (it would not attack them). The lion wore an iron collar with two large loops on the top. They fed it a myriad of delicacies, including gnolls.[6]


  • Lions are skinnable.
  • Several quests require players to collect lion parts, such as claws or fangs.


  1. ^ H [33] Lion's Pride
  2. ^ Adorning Arthas Menethil's armour in-game as well as found on flags and embossed in gold in the human campaign screen of Warcraft III.)
  3. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. Monster Guide Web Supplement, 12. ISBN 1300002129. 
  4. ^ Arthaus. World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, 70. ISBN 9781588467812. 
  5. ^ Blizzard Entertainment. Monster Guide, 36. ISBN 9781588469366. 
  6. ^ Arthaus. Lands of Conflict, 134-136. ISBN 9781588469601.