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For the Pet Battle ability, see [Thorns].
Spell nature thorns.png
  • Thorns
  • Rank 19 Restoration druid honor talent
  • 40 yd range
  • 12% of base mana
  • 45 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Sprout thorns for 12 sec on the friendly target. When victim to melee attacks, thorns deals Nature damage equal to 5% of the attackers total health.

    Attackers also have their movement speed reduced by 50% for 4 sec.
Usable by
Class Druid
Type Offensive
School Nature
Cooldown 45 seconds
Other information
Rank available Rank 19
Related buff
Spell nature thorns.png
  • Magic
  • Thorns
  • Melee attackers take Nature damage when hit.
  • Duration: 15 seconds
Related debuff
Spell nature thorns.png
  • Magic
  • Thorns
  • Movement speed reduced by 50%.
  • Duration: 4 seconds
We can learn much from the elder vine, which threatens with barbs the hand that would trim it back.[1]

Thorns is a Restoration druid honor talent, available at rank 19. It applies a buff on a friendly target that cause enemies to take Nature damage when attacking them.

Tips and tactics

  • Thorns will act as a buffer against dispels in PvP, giving enemies a chance to dispel your Thorns instead of some more important buff.
  • Thorns can be very useful when being attacked by an enemy that has very low health as they will often die quickly from the Thorns damage without requiring your attention.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Legion Hotfix (2016-10-26): "Thorns now has a 1 second cooldown between procs."
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now deals 5% of the attacker's total health in Nature damage.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Re-added as an honor talent. Now lasts for 15 seconds, down from 20 seconds.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Beginner tooltip revised to no longer imply the spell could be kept up at all times. In addition, Thorns damage has been reduced by 60%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Duration reduced from 10 minutes to 20 seconds. Damage increased significantly.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Hotfix (2009-05-22): "The bonus damage from spell power on the Druid ability Thorns has been reduced by half."
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): This spell will now properly use the druid's spell power to determine its scaling instead of the target's spell power.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Mana cost reduced for early ranks, raised for later ranks.
  • PTR client.png Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Mana cost and damage increased.

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