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Cat Form
Ability druid catform
  • Cat Form
  • Level 5 druid ability
  • Instant
  • Shapeshift into Cat Form, increasing auto-attack damage by 40%, movement speed by 30%, granting protection from Polymorph effects, and reducing falling damage.

    The act of shapeshifting frees you from movement impairing effects.
Class Druid
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 5
Improvements Spell holy blessingofstamina [Leader of the Pack], Ability druid mastershapeshifter [Master Shapeshifter], Spell druid tirelesspursuit [Tireless Pursuit]
Related buff
Ability druid catform
  • Cat Form
  • Autoattack damage increased by 40%.
    Immune to Polymorph effects.
    Movement speed increased by 30% and falling damage reduced.
Druids always land on their feet.[1]

Cat Form is a druid shapeshifting form. Similar to rogues, druids in Cat Form focus on dealing melee damage, relying on energy, Ability stealth [Stealth], and combo points to use most of their abilities.


  • Cat Form has an arsenal of difficult-to-remove physical DoTs which can be used to tear casters apart in PvP.
  • In Cat Form, your base attack speed changes to 1.0, and your weapon damage is normalized so that its DPS stays the same.
  • In addition to Ability stealth [Stealth], Cat Form druids can also learn Ability tracking [Track Humanoids], making them perfect for PvP ambushes.
  • Speed increase does not stack with that of Ability druid dash [Dash].
  • When a druid shapeshifts into a mighty cat, they are composed of specific categories of feline. For example, the night elven cat form closely resembles a panther, while the troll cat form seems to be a tiger by the stripes on its coat which fits the troll's jungle setting. Both the worgen and the tauren's cat form is a lion, recognized by their manes.
  • Tauren cat forms retain their horns/antlers, and troll forms retain their tusks.
  • Each race has a distinct model for its Cat Forms, and there are five different textures for each model. These textures correspond to the skin tone of Tauren druids, or the hair color of the other races. Druids can change their design at any time by visiting a barbershop and choosing a new skin tone or hair color as appropriate for their race. Since there are more hair colors and skin tones than unique textures, some colors and tones will produce the same designs. The hair and skin colors chosen will, in most cases, correspond to the colors seen in the design of each form.
  • Lorewise, druids in cat form are not able to speak.[2]


For images of all artifact weapon appearance colors see Fangs of Ashamane

Inv helm mask fittedalpha b 01 nightborne 02 [Masquerade] ability usable in Suramar City also changes Cat Form to look like a manasaber.

Incarnation: King of the Jungle gives armor to the appearance of the base cat form (without having Fangs of Ashamane).

Old models

Patch changes[]

  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 5 (was 8).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Now increases auto-attack damage by 40%. Running and walking animations have been updated.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now learned at level 8 (was 1).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Model updated. Now learned at level 1 (was 6).
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-06-30): Fixed a bug that was preventing Balance and Restoration Druids from gaining attack power from Intellect in Bear Form or Cat Form.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now costs 7.4% of base mana (was 3%). No longer causes Agility to increase attack power, or auto-attack damage to be increased by 100%. Energy regeneration no longer continues outside of Cat Form. Cat Form now naturally includes Inv feather 01 [Feline Grace] and Ability tracking [Track Humanoids]. Movement speed increased to 30% (up from 25%).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.8 (2014-05-20): Resolved an issue where Cat Form's movement speed bonus was stacking incorrectly with warrior's Spell druid stamedingroar [Stampeding Shout].
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.5 (2012-09-11): The 25% speed increase granted by Cat Form should no longer stack with the speed increase of Dash.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Available at level 6 (was 8). Now increases movement speed by 25% and auto-attack damage by 100%, and allows energy regeneration to continue after leaving Cat Form.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Cat Form requires level 8, down from level 20. It costs 5% of base mana, down from 35%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04):
    • New textures for cat models, adjustable at the barbershop.
    • Mana energizes that occur while in this form will now appear in the combat log and floating combat text.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): The mana regeneration penalty when in Ability racial bearform [Bear Form], Ability racial bearform [Dire Bear Form], and Cat Form has been removed.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.2.0 (2007-09-25): Night Elf melee attack range was too short compared to Tauren Cat Form and other attack ranges. It has been increased.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.12.0 (2006-08-22): This form now has an innate threat reduction component.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): The attack power bonus from the base Cat Form will now calculate correctly on zoning or logging in.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-13):
    • The base weapon damage of the form has been increased.
    • Each point of agility now adds 1 attack power.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12):
    • Shapeshifting will now counteract the slowing effects of frost-based spells (Frostbolt, Frost Shock, Cone of Cold, etc.).
    • Druid shapeshift form buttons are no longer dimmed while under the effects of Polymorph.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.4.0 (2005-04-19): Shapeshifting into an animal form will now remove Polymorph effects.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07): DPS increase at levels 40-60.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.12 (2004-10-11):
    • Shapeshifting now breaks roots, snares, and freeze effects.
    • Shapeshift forms now include an immunity to polymorph effects.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17):
    • Now considered a beast in Cat Form.
    • Shapeshifting will no longer cancel all buffs on the Druid.
    • Shapeshifting cooldown reduced from 10 to 1.5 seconds.
    • Druids now regenerate mana while in shape shift form.
    • Cat Form mana cost slightly reduced, energy now starts generating immediately.

See also[]


  1. ^ Through the Dark Portal, Cat Form
  2. ^ Elegy, pg. 76: "But then she realized that he was speaking. He should not have been able to. Feline mouths could not form words."

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