For the battle pet family, see critter companions.

Critters are mobile non-player entities, typically small or non-predatory animals or vermin, intended primarily for ambiance.

While critters are a kind of mobile object, in World of Warcraft, "mobs" differ from critters in that critters are primarily for ambiance, provide no direct experience and little or no loot, and are trivial to kill. There are subtle mechanical differences, such as critters cannot be targeted by use of the tab key.

Characteristics of critters in World of Warcraft

  • Critters have hit points.
    • Any 'attack' that causes no damage will not kill a critter.
    • Many critters have just one hit point and always die when hit by a damaging attack.
    • Some critters have a few hit points and will survive a weak attack.
  • Size is a poor indication of relative robustness.
    • Many larger critters, such as deer and sheep, have one hit point.
    • Squirrels, which are among the smaller critters, have eight hit points.
  • Critters are (mostly) harmless and low level.
    • Most will run in fear if they survive the first attack.
    • Some critters, such as the rats in Deadmines and the Deeprun Tram, the Biletoads in Wailing Caverns, or Frogs (no, really!) will strike back at an attacker if the attack doesn't immediately kill them. They do minimal damage.
    • Players can use attacks or abilities that do not immediately deal damage to test critter reactions.
  • Unlike mobs, critters do not yield experience nor loot (with the exception of Giant Marsh Frog and Dig Rat).
  • Before Patch 3.2.0 (although it was not mentioned in the patch notes - the effect just occurred) critters such as Sheep, rabbits, Gazelles, and Deer were able to be skinned. As of Patch 3.2.0, they can no longer be skinned.
  • Larger predator animal mobs (cats, wolves, etc.) frequently chase and kill prey critters.
  • Critters can be Polymorphed by Mages, Feared by Warlocks, Shapeshifted by engineers, and various other status effects that do not deal damage.
    •  [Glyph of Crittermorph] increases Polymorph's duration to 24 hours when used on critters, and allows it to affect multiple critters simultaneously.
    • Amusingly, sheep can be polymorphed into sheep. The visual effect looks like dust billowing from the sheep.
    • [Growl] causes critters to run in fear instead of coming at you (although see above note about critter aggressiveness).
  • Many small pets share the same 3D model with the critters of the same type.
  • Many critters have an older, generic representative of the type, and representatives with more specific names added with new content.
  • Some critters represent a type of creature that is also or is primarily represented by mobs; spiders for example.
  • Some critters are quest objectives and achievement objectives.
    • Whenever a critter is the object of a quest or achievement, the name must match exactly.


Interacting with critters is the objective of the following achievements:


A "Mouse"

Characteristics in previous Warcraft games

Main articles: Critter (Warcraft II), Critter (Warcraft III)
  • In Warcraft II and Warcraft III, if the player clicked on a critter in rapid succession a sufficient number of times, the critter would detonate in a large, bloody explosion.
  • Critters varied depending on the current map tileset.

List of critters

The following is an incomplete list of critters.

Critter Location Notes
Adder Durotar and Barrens
Arctic Hare Borean Tundra, Dragonblight and eastern Zul'Drak
Albatross WC3 Only
Beetle Drak'Tharon Keep, Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj, Utgarde Keep
Borean Frog* Borean Tundra
Borean Marmot Borean Tundra
Cat* Elwynn Forest, Eversong Woods (and Silvermoon City) Named cats can be found throughout Azeroth and Outland.
Chicken* Westfall, Southshore, Lower City and Far Watch Post
Cow* Goldshire, Elwynn Forest, Southshore, Arathi Highlands
Crab* Steamvaults, Ghostlands, Moa'ki Harbor
Crystal Spider The Nexus, The Oculus
Deer* Most Human and Night Elf regions
Devouring Maggot Utgarde Catacombs
Ewe* Shattrath City In the Lower City.
Fawn* Elwynn Forest NW edge of Eastvale Logging Camp
Fire Beetle Burning Steppes
Fjord Penguin South of Daggercap Bay, Howling Fjord
Fjord Rat Howling Fjord
Fjord Turkey Howling Fjord
Frog* Zangarmarsh, Wailing Caverns, Un'Goro Crater
Gazelle* The Barrens
Glacier Penguin North Eastern Icecrown Glacier
Gold Beetle Halls of Stone, Halls of Lightning
Grizzly Squirrel Grizzly Hills
Hare* Durotar
Horse Elwynn Forest, Westfall Typically found around Human settlements.
Huge Toad Swamp of Sorrows
Larva Ghostlands, Naxxramas
Lava Crab Searing Gorge and Burning Steppes
Moccasin Swamp of Sorrows
Maggot Ghostlands, Naxxramas, Underbog
Mouse Westfall, Grizzly Hills, Stonetalon Pass plateau
Mountain Skunk Grizzly Hills and Howling Fjord
Parrot* Un'Goro Crater
Pig WC3 only as a Critter.
Prairie Dog* Mulgore, The Barrens, Westfall, Arathi Highlands In Westfall, look around the Dagger Hills
Rabbit* Stonetalon Mountains, Hillsbrad Foothills, Stonetalon Pass plateau By Mirkfallon Lake in Stone Talon.
Rat Common in many places around Azeroth
Ram* Loch Modan, Dun Morogh, Wetlands In the Wetlands, there are many in the hills of Dun Algaz
Roach Razorfen Downs, The Barrens, Agmar's Hammer
Robo-Chick Goblin areas
Scalawag Frog Scalawag Point, Howling Fjord
School of Fish Tidefury Cove, Darkspear Strand, Sar'theris Strand
Scorpion Hellfire Peninsula, Temple of Ahn'Qiraj, Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj
Sheep* Hillsbrad Foothills, Elwynn Forest, Howling Fjord Common in settled verdant areas
Sholazar Tickbird Sholazar Basin Sitting on the horns of the Rhinos
Skunk* Terokkar Forest, Azuremyst Isle
Snake Dustwallow Marsh
Spider Ghostlands, Azjol-Nerub, Terokkar Forest
Squirrel* Elwynn Forest, Ashenvale, Tirisfal Glades Common in forested areas
Steam Frog* Borean Tundra In the Flood Plains.
Swine* In corrals on Orc farms in Durotar and The Barrens
Toad* Dustwallow Marsh, Underbog, Darnassus In most areas with ponds, swamps.
Tundra Penguin Borean Tundra and Dragonblight
Underbelly Rat The Underbelly
Wolpertinger Can only be seen around a Brewfest site and only if you are inebriated.
Zul'Drak Rat Zul'Drak