A hyena.

A hyena in the TCG.

Hyenas are large carnivorous beasts found in the most barren areas of Kalimdor. They are most dangerous when traveling in packs. Rotting corpses attract hyenas and from feeding on the dead they often have an ability to inflict dangerous diseases on those who fight them.[1] Hyenas possess tremendous strength in their jowls.[2]

Centaur hunters in the Barrens and Desolace often keep them as pets, while they also serve as mounts for Uldum's desert pygmies and Vol'dun's vulpera. Hyenas are skinnable. They are found in the Barrens, Desolace, Tanaris, Blasted Lands, Dragonblight, Uldum, Townlong Steppes, and Vol'dun.



As a mount

Main article: Hyena mounts

As a hunter pet

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Hyenas are a family of Ferocity pets and are tamable by a Hunter starting at level 12. Hyenas, through the use of their special ability [Tendon Rip], increases damage taken from bleed effects by 30% for 15 sec. This is great in a PvE setting when [Mangle], [Hemorrhage], or [Blood Frenzy] is not present. There are eight different skins available for hyena pets. While hyenas have a snaring ability, they are generally unpopular among hunters compared to stat-buffing wolves.

In the RPG

A dire hyena in the Monster Guide.

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Hyenas are pack hunters infamous for their cunning and their unnerving vocalizations. A favorite tactic is to send a few individuals against the foe’s front while the rest of the pack circles and attacks from the flanks or rear.[3] The striped hyena is about 3 feet long and weighs about 120 pounds.[3]

Dire hyena

Dire hyenas are large hyenas. They are massive, striped animals with slavering jaws. They are known to throw their heads back and scream with an hysterical-seeming laugh. Dire hyenas chase both lions and their smaller cousins away from prey; hunting in packs, they are particularly dangerous. Dire hyenas are about 8 feet long and 5 feet high, and weigh more than 800 pounds. A dire hyena pack often sends in a few of its members to harass prey while the rest of the pack circles for position. During this delaying action, the foremost hyenas fight defensively; when the full pack is in position it charges as a unit.[4]

Notes and trivia


Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Model updated. Mount introduced.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): [Tendon Rip] is replaced with [Cackling Howl].
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Affiliation change.
    Substituted by mastiffs as attack animals of the Scarlet Crusade and Onslaught.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Bonuses equalized.
    Damage had a +10% bonus and now has +5% bonus.
    Armor had no bonus and now has a +5% bonus.

  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Major changes.
    Gained new ability, [Tendon Rip].
    Hyenas can no longer eat fruit.
    Armor had a +5% bonus and now has no bonus.
    Health had no bonus and now has a +5% bonus.
    Damage had no bonus and now has a +10% bonus.


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