Animals come in many forms in the Warcraft universe.

Animals in World of Warcraft are classified as beasts and critters.

Wild Gods primal manifestations of life and nature mostly appear in the form of gargantuan animals.

List of animals

In the RPG

Icon-RPG.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

An animal is a living, nonhuman creature, usually a vertebrate with no magical abilities and no innate capacity for language or culture.[1] These creatures generally operate on instinct, driven by simple needs such as food and reproduction. Most animals, even predators, do not attack humanoids unless they or their young are threatened or they are suffering from starvation. Animals are not capable of detailed reasoning, although if someone has the skill to handle animals, they can tame an animal and teach it to perform certain tricks. Some herbivorous animals do not normally use their natural weapons (claws, teeth) for attack. Animals are always neutral. Animals are not governed by a human sense of morality.[2]

Common animals

Dire animals

Main article: Dire animal

In Hearthstone

Hearthstone This section contains information exclusive to Hearthstone and is considered non-canon.

Beast in Hearthstone is the classification for all animals.

Notes and trivia

  • Kul Tiran druid Travel Forms in all three variaties (ground, water and flight) are unique creatures not preastent among wild animals in-game, while the similar [Bear Form] and [Cat Form] are present among wild animals.
  • Zandalari troll druid [Travel Form] in the water is a unique creature not preastent among wild animals in-game, unlike their other animal shapeshifted forms that are present among wild animals.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Some aqir and nerubian types look like beasts, with some aqir even being tamable, so they could be animals:

See also


  1. ^ Monster Guide, pg. 185
  2. ^ Monster Guide web supplement, pg. 3