Patch 8.0.1 updated generic crab model.

A sand crab in the TCG.

A crab (or a crawler)[1] is a (typically) small crustacean that is often found on beaches. Crabs have high armor, as the shell would imply. Crabs are typically neutral and ignore passers-by. They drop claws and meat that are used in cooking recipes (e.g.,  [Crawler Meat] for making Crab Cakes). They are usually found along the coastline, but can survive for extended periods of time away from the ocean.[2] Sometimes, they may appear as critters. One can even find tiny red lava crabs scuttling about in the Searing Gorge and Burning Steppes. Though few crabs were added during The Burning Crusade, they received more attention during Wrath of the Lich King, and Cataclysm, the latter of which introduced a second model of crab, often referred to as "sand crabs", after the name of the model used.

Some species have developed an advanced form of camouflage that causes their skin to appear translucent.[3]

Spineclaw crabs of Pandaria have existed for thousands of years and remain one of the continent's oldest creatures.[4]


Known species

Extinct species


As a critter

Warcraft III

WC3RoC-logo.png This section concerns content related to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos or its expansion The Frozen Throne.

Spider crab from Warcraft III.

Warcraft III featured several crabs

As a mount

Snapback Scuttler crab mount shown off at BlizzCon 2018 for patch 8.2.0.

As a companion pet

Wild battle pets

The following crab pets can be captured in pet battles around the world:

As a hunter pet

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Basic Special Exotic Bonus
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  • Popular in arenas because of [Pin], they are easy to feed and their low profile makes them ideal for using in groups.

Patch changes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): [Pin] replaced with [Harden Shell].
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Bonuses equalized.
    Damage had no bonus and now has +5% bonus.
    Health had a 10% bonus and now has a +5% bonus.

  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Major changes.
    Gained a new ability, [Pin].
    Armor had a +13% bonus and now has a +5% bonus.
    Health had a -4% penalty and now has +10% bonus.
    Damage had a -5% penalty and now has no penalty.


Patch changes


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