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For the lore, see spirit wolf. For the War of Thorns NPCs, see Ghost Wolf (War of the Thorns). For the Exile's Reach NPCs, see Ghost Wolf (Exile's Reach).
Ghost Wolf
Spell nature spiritwolf
  • Ghost Wolf
  • Level 10 shaman ability
  • Instant
  • Turn into a Ghost Wolf, increasing movement speed by 30% and preventing movement speed from being reduced below 100%.
Class Shaman
School Nature
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 10
Improvements Spell beastmaster wolf [Ancestral Wolf Affinity], Spell shaman spectraltransformation [Graceful Spirit], Spell hunter lonewolf [Spirit Wolf], Ability hunter longevity [Thunderous Paws], Ability druid galewinds [Winds of Al'Akir]
Related buff
Spell nature spiritwolf
  • Magic
  • Ghost Wolf
  • Increases movement speed by 30%. Less hindered by effects that reduce movement speed.
Ghost Wolf WoD

A shaman in ghost wolf form.

Ghost Wolf is a shaman ability. It transforms the shaman into the form of a ghost wolf, increasing movement speed by 30%. It is learned at level 10, or from the Exile's Reach quest B Shaman [1-10] A Shaman's Duty.

Tips and tactics[]

  • You can loot, skin, and gather herbs while in Ghost Wolf form, but using any other abilities will immediately end it.
  • You can carry the flag in battlegrounds such as Warsong Gulch.
  • You can do a silly dance! (/dance)
  • Ghost Wolf changes your type from Humanoid to Beast while active.


Ghost Wolf Manga

Muln Earthfury takes the form of a ghost wolf.


Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Hotfix (2023-05-09): Fixed an issue causing Ability tracking [Spirit Walk] to cancel Ghost Wolf form for Elemental Shaman.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.7 (2023-03-21):
    • No longer removes the Shaman's Maelstrom bar while active.
    • Shamans that are in Ghost Wolf now display the Maelstrom resource on their Personal Resource Display instead of mana if they are Elemental specialization.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.5 (2021-03-09):
    • The animation for Ghost Wolf form has been slowed down slightly. Movement speed is unchanged.
    • Ghost Wolf can no longer be used in conjunction with anima power effects such as Inv misc rope 02 [Mawrat Harness].
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 10 (was 16), or from the Exile's Reach quest B Shaman [1-10] A Shaman's Duty.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.5 (2019-03-12): Fixed a bug that allowed Spell shaman unleashweapon life [Unleash Life] to be cast while in Ghost Wolf.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Spell frost windwalkon [Water Walking] can now be cast while in Ghost Wolf form.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Shaman no longer lose the Inv helm mask fittedalpha b 01 nightborne 02 [Masquerade] disguise in Suramar City after using Ghost Wolf. They will instead change into a mana saber while in the city.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now prevents movement speed from being reduced below 100% while active. Mana cost reduced. Now learned at level 16 (was 15) and can be used while dead.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2015-03-03): Ghost Wolf transformation should now correctly have priority over cosmetic transformation effects.
  • Warlords of Draenor Hotfix (2014-12-11): Ghost Wolf modified by Glyph of Ghostly Speed no longer provides a movement speed increase while indoors.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Wolf model updated.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Cast time removed. No longer causes the Shaman to be less hindered by effects that would reduce movement speed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Player movement speed cannot be reduced below 100% while in Ghost Wolf if the player is or has been in an indoor environment.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Speed buff reduced to +30%, down from 40%. Can now be learned at level 15 (was 16). Now usable indoors.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Summoning this pet no longer sometimes triggers items which are triggered by casting healing spells.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Can now be learned at level 16 (was 20). While in this form, snaring effects may not bring the shaman below base normal run speed.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Mana cost is now 13% base (was 100 mana).
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Base cast time reduced to 2 seconds, down from 3.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09):
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.10.0 (2006-03-28): Shaman can now use equipped items while in Ghost Wolf form.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Will now correctly have its cast time reduced by Spell nature ravenform [Nature's Swiftness].
  • Test-inline Patch 0.12 (2004-10-11): Now only usable outdoors.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Now considered a beast when using Ghost Wolf.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Moved to level 20. Mana cost increased.


  1. ^ The Shattering, pg. 488-490
  2. ^ The Shattering, pg. 110 (ebook)
  3. ^ Shaman (manga), chapter 4
  4. ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter: "My opinion: turning incorporeal."

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