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"Dire Wolf" redirects here. For the mount, see Ability mount whitedirewolf [Horn of the Dire Wolf]. For the Warcraft III unit, see Dire Wolf (Warcraft III).
For the Warcraft III creep, see Dire Wolf (creep). For the Duskwood mob, see Dire Wolf (Duskwood).

A Dire Wolf in WCIII.


A Dire Wolf summoned by a Far Seer in WCIII.

Dire wolves (or direwolves) are especially large and powerful wolves. Many, if not all, dire wolves appear to be native to Draenor. Dire wolves serve as the mounts of orcish raiders and can also be summoned by far seers as spirit wolves.

The orcs at Thunderlord Stronghold in the Blade's Edge Mountains in Outland keep a pack of dire wolves as mounts, sentries and friends,[1] as do the nearby Bloodmaul clan of ogres.

Dire wolves were once thought to be extinct except in the far north. They are highly sought by those preparing for winter.[2] The smoky direwolf is believed to reside mostly in the north and hates weddings.[3][Note 1] Cautious by direwolf standards, the dustmane can only be coaxed to ride with something it considers special.[4]


As a mount[]

Main article: Wolf mounts


In the RPG[]

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Dire wolves look like normal wolves, but these creatures are nearly twice the size. These powerful beasts, 8-9 feet long and weighing 600-800 pounds, are the most well-known orc mounts.[5][6] As tall as a man, these great wolves have long tusked jaws that look like they could snap an iron bar. They have burning red eyes. Dire wolves are mottled gray or black in color.[6] Dire wolves thrive in the northern regions of Kalimdor and in Mulgore. Though they can be trained as vicious combatants, most will avoid humans and other races, preferring to hunt down game. Untamed dire wolves hunt and fight much like their smaller brethren. Any substantial opposition will cause a pack to break off, looking for easier prey. Trained dire wolves will attempt to bite at vulnerable tendons in the legs or try to pierce the necks of opposing mounts.[5] Dire wolves are efficient pack hunters that kill anything they catch. Orcs have always been enthralled with the creatures' cunning and strength, and train them as their preferred mounts. Dire wolves prefer to attack in packs, surrounding and flanking a foe when they can.[6] Orcs sometimes use these fearsome monsters as mounts, preferring them to warhorses for their dexterity and ferocity.[7]


  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.


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Darkwolves may have been domesticated dire wolves.