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.png
  • Ghost Wolf
  • Level 16 shaman ability
  • Instant
  • Turn into a Ghost Wolf, increasing movement speed by 30% and preventing movement speed from being reduced below 100%.
Usable by
Class Shaman
School Nature
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 16
Related buff
Spell nature spiritwolf.png
  • Magic
  • Ghost Wolf
  • Increases movement speed by 30%.

A shaman in ghost wolf form.

Ghost Wolf is a level 16 shaman ability. It transforms the shaman into the form of a ghost wolf, increasing movement speed by 30%.

Things you can do in Ghost Wolf form

  • Move 30% faster (The Enchant Boot - Minor Speed enchant has no effect on Ghost Wolf speed)
  • Attack with a bite attack (damage and attack speed depend on what weapon the shaman has equipped).
  • Become hard to see by other players (though this won't affect aggressive mobs).
  • Your ability to loot, skin, and gather herbs remains usable.
  • Carry the flag in battlegrounds such as Warsong Gulch.
  • Do a silly dance! (/dance)

Tips and tactics


  • Glyph of the Spectral Wolf
  • Minor Glyph
  • Use: Permanently teaches you this glyph.

    Alters the appearance of your Ghost Wolf transformation, causing it to resemble a large, spectral wolf.
  • Classes: Shaman
  • Requires Level 25
  • Sell Price: 1s


When Thrall's soul separated from his body and entered the spirit world he transformed himself into a spirit wolf.[1] The Taur-ahe word for "ghost wolf" is "Lo'Gosh."[2] In Micky Neilson's opinion, when a shaman transforms into a ghost wolf the shaman's body becomes incorporeal.[3]


Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19):
    • Now prevents movement speed from being reduced below 100% while active. Mana cost reduced.
    •  [Glyph of Spirit Wolf]'s effect is now baseline.
  • 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 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Speed buff reduced to +30%, down from 40%. Can now be learned at level 15. Now usable indoors.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Can now be learned at level 16. While in this form, snaring effects may not bring the shaman below base normal run speed.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Base cast time reduced to 2 seconds, down from 3.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Will now correctly have its cast time reduced by Nature's Swiftness.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.12 (2004-10-11): Now only usable outdoors.
  • Test-inline.png Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Now considered a beast when using Ghost Wolf.
  • Test-inline.png 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. ^ Micky Neilson on Twitter

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