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A thunder lizard is a heavy-set, large lizard that is implied to be a distant relative of the kodo. They are aggressive beasts that prefer canyons and plains. When in combat, they shoot lightning from their mouth at distance and dole out harsh headbutts at close range. Thunder lizards come in a variety of colors, including blue, pink, and gray, and live in Durotar, the Barrens, Stonetalon Mountains, and Desolace.
It is said that some rare kodos are bound to the spirits of the sky and storm. Thus, the tauren have legends about those they call lightning lizards, thunder lizards and storm walkers. Whether or not these behemoths actually have supernatural powers remains to be seen.
In Warcraft III, thunder lizards appeared in a variety of forms, including storm wyrms and lightning lizards. Rather than shooting lightning from their horns, they shot it from their mouths. The salamanders and thunder lizards looked very similar, indicating that they are, perhaps, related somehow, as one or the other was a simple reskin of the first. Thunder Ridge holds a massive amount of thunder lizards, and have already appeared in The Frozen Throne bonus campaign (starring ). In Warcraft III, Thunder Ridge thunder lizards were green, but in World of Warcraft they are red-skinned.
Fighting thunder lizards
Attacks which interrupt the spellcasting of NPCs such as the rogue's , the shaman's , and the warrior's are also effective against these lizards. When you see the lightning building up in its mouth, hit it with the counter to casting used by your class and you won't have to worry about getting hit by any lightning bolts... you'll only have to worry about being trampled, gored, or crushed by a huge and irate reptile.
Thunder Lizards are hostile, whereas kodos are neutral, and will not aggro unless attacked.
Thunder Lizards are capable of generating electricity even some time after death. Drowned Thunder Lizards in Thunder Ridge continue to regularly emit bursts of electricity strong enough stun any nearby humanoids, long after their deaths.
Thunder Lizard tail also appears to hold some innate electricity-generating properties, even after death. If the tail is cut off a dead Thunder Lizard, it is possible to use it to send out a blast of electricity strong enough instantly kill smaller creatures nearby.
As a battle pet
As a hunter pet
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In Cycle of Hatred, Aegwynn said that the word "kodo" referred also to thunder lizards. However, the two creatures are clearly not the same species and this is probably a mistake. The creatures are related, but are not identical.