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Wolves are carnivorous, furry, canine beasts that often run in packs. Wolves encountered in the wilderness are typically hostile and attack characters that approach them too closely. They can howl loudly enough to be heard for miles.[1]

Wolves are indigenous to many parts of Azeroth. They live on every known continent and have a wide variety of subspecies and social habits. Although most are hostile toward anyone who trespasses on their territories, a few unique dire wolf packs have befriended the Horde in recent years. These cunning and ferocious creatures have found an especially welcome home among the orcs, who admire their endurance and keen survival instincts.[2]

They live in Elwynn Forest, the Hinterlands, Mulgore, Duskwood, Silverpine Forest, Tirisfal Glades, Dun Morogh, Felwood, Burning Steppes, Ashenvale, Feralas, the Western Plaguelands, Blackrock Spire, and Shadowfang Keep.

Draenor gave rise to its own separate species of wolves that developed independently on that world. Many survived Draenor's destruction and transformation into Outland and can be found in Hellfire Peninsula, Terokkar Forest, and Blade's Edge Mountains.

Wolves are skinnable.

The dire wolf was once thought to be extinct except in the far north. It is highly sought by those preparing for winter.[3] Similarly, another species of dire wolf found on Draenor, the  [Smoky Direwolf], is believed to reside mostly in the north and hates weddings.[4][Note 1]

Wolves and the Horde

An orc and his wolf
A timberwolf in Warcraft III

The wolves of the Horde are befriended, not domesticated,[5] and are a major symbol of the Horde, especially to the orcs. Long ago, the orcs tamed the large and swift wolves of Draenor. These massive canines came to be the orcs’ chosen companions as well as their favored method of transportation. The wolves’ unflinching temperament made them especially well-suited for battling large prey. When the orcs became more warlike and invaded Azeroth, their wolves were bred for size and stamina so they could bear armored riders into battle. Dire wolves remain the favored mounts for orc fighters and can be purchased in the Valley of Honor in Orgrimmar.[6] They serve as guards, scouts, pets, and partners. The large cousins of the wolf, the worgs, are used as the orc mount.

Orcs and other Horde shamans hold them in high regard. They can speak to them and summon spectral wolves, and some serve a giant wolf spirit.[7] According to Takrik Ragehowl, this "Lo'Gosh" is simply another name for the great white wolf Ancient the night elves call "Goldrinn". The attire of orc shaman often feature wolves, especially headgear in the form of wolf heads.

The frost wolves in Alterac followed the Frostwolf clan from Draenor.[8] Two giant wolves, Duros and Drakan, guard their chieftain.

For a brief time, many orcs would declare themselves "hungry like an Orgrimmar wolf." Some blood elves still use the phrase ironically.[9] Black War Wolves are prized by Orgrimmar guards for their keen sense of smell.[10].

At Warchief Hellscream's command, Horde trainers began raising wolves to thrive in the shock and ferocity of sustained combat.[11] The Kor'kron use only the mightiest wolves for their mounts, bedecking them in armor that would break the backs of lesser creatures.[12]

Known species

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  • Shaman can change their form into a ghost wolf, allowing them to travel faster.
  • IconSmall SpiritWolf.gif Spirit wolves are ghostly wolves summoned by shaman to help them in combat.

Wolves as Mounts

Epic wolf mount
Main article: Wolf mounts

Wolves are sold by Ogunaro Wolfrunner located in Orgrimmar. Freka Bloodaxe the Orgrimmar Quartermaster in Icecrown also sells two unique wolves.

Several new wolf mounts were also introduced in Warlords of Draenor.

Mount Name Availability Required riding skill Required Level
Black Wolf [Horn of the Black Wolf] 1g Riding (75) 20
Brown Wolf [Horn of the Brown Wolf] 1g Riding (75) 20
Dire Wolf [Horn of the Dire Wolf] 1g Riding (75) 20
Timber Wolf [Horn of the Timber Wolf] 1g Riding (75) 20
Swift Brown Wolf [Horn of the Swift Brown Wolf] 10g Riding (150) 40
Swift Gray Wolf [Horn of the Swift Gray Wolf] 10g Riding (150) 40
Swift Timber Wolf [Horn of the Swift Timber Wolf] 10g Riding (150) 40
Black War Wolf [Horn of the Black War Wolf] PVP Riding (150) 40
Frostwolf Howler [Horn of the Frostwolf Howler] PVP Riding (150) 40
Spectral Wolf [Reins of the Spectral Wolf] PVP Riding (150) 70
Vicious War Wolf [Vicious War Wolf] PVP Riding (150) 40
Orgrimmar Wolf [Orgrimmar Wolf] 100 Champion's Seal Riding (150) 40
Swift Burgundy Wolf [Swift Burgundy Wolf] 5 Champion's Seal 500g Riding (150) 40
Arctic Wolf [Horn of the Arctic Wolf] No Longer Attainable
Red Wolf [Horn of the Red Wolf] No Longer Attainable
Swift Horde Wolf [Swift Horde Wolf] No Longer Attainable

As a companion pet

As a hunter pet

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Basic Special Exotic Bonus
Ability druid ferociousbite.png Ability hunter pet wolf.png
  • A popular pet, due to a large variety of skins and locations to find them at. Wolves can provide a potent group buff with their skill [Furious Howl].
  • Human hunters will start with a Wolf pet.



  1. ^ Both of these are references to George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels and/or its TV adaptation, HBO's Game of Thrones.

Patch changes

Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Bonuses equalized.

Damage had a +10% bonus and now has +5% bonus.
Armor had no bonus and now has a +5% bonus.

Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Pet bonus changes.

Armor had a +5% bonus and now has no bonus.
Health had no bonus and now has a +5% bonus.
Damage had no bonus and now has a +10% bonus.


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