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This article is about the dragon turtle race in general. For other uses, see Dragon turtle (disambiguation).
Dragon turtle
Dragon turtle
Faction/Affiliation Independent, Naga
Homeworld Azeroth
Environment Pandaria, Wandering Isle, Broken Isles, Kul Tiras, Nazjatar
Height 10 ft[citation needed] 
Organization(s) Solitary

Dragon turtles are large, horned turtles. They are indigenous to Pandaria,[1] but are also found in other parts of Azeroth, including Nazjatar and parts of the Broken Isles and Kul Tiras. They are used as mounts by the pandaren and as companion beasts by the naga.

In World of Warcraft[]

The Burning Crusade[]

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Coilskar Harpooners use Dragon Turtles as pets in Black Temple.

Mists of Pandaria[]

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“Packaged upgrades include; dual-lantern fog lights, emergency brew keg, and genuine Tanji leather seat.”

Turtlemaster Odai[2]
Pandaren and dragon turtle

A pandaren mage and her dragon turtle mount.

The dragon turtles of Pandaria are cherished for their heavy carrying capacity and steady gait. They are the mount of choice for most native pandaren,[3] who have long sought mounts that embody their values: patience and strength. With a naturally armored hide, even gait, and a relaxed attitude that welcomes long journeys, dragon turtles are the perfect mounts for pandaren adventurers. They are easily outfitted with adventure essentials (like maps, cushions, and brew-storage), and their slow stride can ease their passengers both into new parts of the world and into a relaxing nap.[1] In addition, their low stance means the rider experiences no bounce or jostle, even when cornering sharply.[4] However, while dragon turtles appear slow at a glance, when handled by an experienced rider they can move fast enough to keep pace with even the swiftest wolves in Kalimdor.[5]

There are six colors available for purchase in Stormwind City and Orgrimmar, namely Green, Black, Blue, Brown, Purple and Red. The Apprentice mounts are labeled "<Color> Dragon Turtle". The Journeyman mounts are labeled "Great <Color> Dragon Turtle".





As a mount[]

Main article: Turtle mounts

Dragon turtles are the racial mount of the pandaren.

As a companion pet[]

Main article: Wanderer's Festival Hatchling

Wanderer's Festival Hatchlings can be captured on Turtle Beach in Krasarang Wilds during the Wanderer's Festival.

As a hunter pet[]

Main article: Turtle#As a hunter pet

In Warcraft III[]

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A dragon turtle in Warcraft III.

Dragon turtles appear both as creeps and as naga units in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.

In the RPG[]

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A dragon turtle is an enormous, red-skinned, blackshelled variety of sea turtle. It has a primal and fearsome appearance. Though squat, it stands 10 feet high. Some naga captured and trained a few dragon turtles to augment their soldiers, but this tactic is not widespread. Though some thought turtles were slow and unimpressive, this creature proves that thought wrong.[6]

A dragon turtle can swallow opponents large or small and can hold either 2 Large, 8 Medium, 32 Small, 128 Tiny, or 512 Diminutive or smaller opponents in their gullet at one time.[6]

Notes and trivia[]

  • When first introduced in Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne, dragon turtles were exclusively associated with the naga and looked like large, red-skinned versions of common turtles. In Mists of Pandaria, they instead became associated with Pandaria and the pandaren and were given a more unique design. The latter was subsequently also used for the dragon turtles used by the naga elsewhere in the world in Legion and Battle for Azeroth.
  • In Chinese mythology, the dragon turtle (龙龟, Lóngguī) is a legendary creature combining the features of two of the four celestial creatures: the head of a dragon on the body of a turtle.