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For the version granted by Ability druid improvedmoonkinform [Balance Affinity], see Spell nature forceofnature [Moonkin Form].
Moonkin Form
Spell nature forceofnature
  • Moonkin Form
  • Row 3 druid talent
  • Instant
  • Shapeshift into Moonkin Form, increasing the damage of your spells by 10% and your armor by 125%, and granting protection from Polymorph effects.

    The act of shapeshifting frees you from movement impairing effects.
  • Balance Rank 2: While in Moonkin Form, single-target attacks against you have a 15% chance make your next Starfire instant.
Class Druid
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Talent required Ability mage firestarter [Sunfire]
Rank levels 37 (rank 2)
Improvements Ability druid mastershapeshifter [Master Shapeshifter], Ability druid owlkinfrenzy [Owlkin Adept]
Related buffs
Spell nature forceofnature
  • Moonkin Form
  • Spell damage increased by 10%.
    Immune to Polymorph effects.
    Armor increased by 125%.

Ability druid owlkinfrenzy
  • Magic
  • Owlkin Frenzy
  • Your next Starfire is instant cast.
  • Duration: 10 seconds

Moonkin Form is a druid class talent.



  • While in this form, you can only cast Balance spells and Spell holy removecurse [Remove Corruption].
  • Moonkin is one of only two shapeshift forms in which a druid can deal weapon damage (the other is Tree of Life Form). In feral forms, damage dealt is feral, not weapon damage.
  • There are a few places where change of appearance can allow you to ride mounts in Moonkin Form, such as places were you get the fel orc costume, or vehicles in Ulduar. Shifting into Moonkin Form will not change your appearance, just give you the bonuses to Armor and Crit, and it is possible to mount. Leaving such an area will not dismount you but you will gain your moonkin appearance, making you a mounted moonkin. This same trick can be done in Wetlands with the Cursed Sailors.
  • When in Moonkin Form the druid dances exactly like when using the Inv chest chain 14 [Gordok Ogre Suit] and the Inv misc idol 01 [Carved Ogre Idol].
  • Players have given the Moonkin Form many nicknames. These are normally short and end with -kin; some of them are: Boomkin or Boomie, a moonkin druid with a high damage output; Oomkin, a moonkin with poor mana regen; Doomkin, a good PvP moonkin (rarely used); noob/newbkin, a bad/inexperienced moonkin druid; and Panzerkin, a tanking moonkin. Sometimes these nicknames are used to describe a particular druid, but most of the time players use them as a general term. Many moonkin druids find some of these nicknames insulting.
  • As new races became able to become druids, new colours and models were added.
  • Moonkin did not get additional customisation features in Legion, unlike Feral and Guardian druids, but the model was updated for higher quality.


Spell druid incarnation [Incarnation: Chosen of Elune] gives armor to the appearance of the moonkin form.


Patch changes[]

  • Dragonflight Patch 10.2.0 (PTR): Now customizable at the Barbershop with feather, horn, beak options etc.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.2 (2022-11-15): Now correctly increases Spell Damage by 10% for Feral, Guardian, and Restoration Druids.
  • Dragonflight Patch 10.0.0 (2022-10-25): Now a row 3 class talent (was a level 21 Balance ability). Rank 2 remains Balance-only.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Now learned at level 21 (was 20). Rank 2 now learned at level 37 (was 54) and affects Starfire instead of Lunar Strike.
  • Battle for Azeroth Hotfix (2019-03-15): Fixed a bug that caused Zandalari Druids in Moonkin form to miniaturize their mounts if they shapeshifted into another form.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.5 (2019-03-12): Zandalari troll and Kul Tiran models added.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Highmountain tauren Moonkin Form now has moose antlers.
  • Legion Hotfix (2017-07-24): Now grants 125% additional armor in PvP situation (was 200%).
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now learned at level 20 (was 18). The Owlkin Frenzy buff has been moved to Rank 2, learned at level 54, and now only affects the next Lunar Strike (was all damaging spells).
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Now causes single-target attacks against the druid to have a 15% chance make their next damaging spell instant. Armor bonus increased to 200% (up from 100%), but no longer increases Mastery. Now learned at level 18 (was 16). Models updated.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.1.0 (2015-02-24): No longer removed upon interacting with a flight master.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Now grants increased Mastery instead of 5% to Spell Haste.
  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2014-01-08): Moonkin Form now increases the Druid's armor by 100% (up from 60%).
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Now increases the Druid's armor by 60%, but no longer reduces all damage taken by 15%.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Now a level 16 Balance ability (was a tier 3 Balance talent), and reduces damage taken by 15% instead of increasing armor from items by 120%. Additionally, Moonkin Form has a new spell channeling animation and druids can now ride mounts while in Moonkin Form.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.6 (2011-02-08): Now reduces all damage taken by 15%, instead of increasing armor.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Worgen and Troll colours added.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Moved from tier 7 to tier 3 and redesigned. While in this form your Arcane and Nature spell damage is increased by 10%, the armor contribution from items is increased by 120%, and grants 5% spell haste to all nearby friendly and raid targets within 100 yards. The Moonkin can not cast healing or resurrection spells while shapeshifted.
    Old: While in this form the armor contribution from items is increased by 370% and all party and raid members within 45 yards have their spell critical chance increased by 5%. Single target spell critical strikes in this form have a chance to instantly regenerate 2% of your total mana. The Moonkin can only cast Balance, Remove Curse, and Abolish Poison spells while shapeshifted.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): This form now also reduces the damage the druid takes while stunned by 15%.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Mana cost reduced.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): No longer increases your attack power or causes you to regenerate mana off melee attacks, but now has a chance to cause you to instantly regenerate 2% of your total mana every time you critically hit with a spell.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.4.0 (2008-03-25): Druids that were in[Moonkin Form will now be able to auto-shift out to mount up.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (2007-05-22):
    • Moonkin Form now has its own shapeshift bar.
    • Moonkin Form now bends to grab loot.
    • When shapeshifting to Moonkin Form druids now play the correct sound.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.10 (2007-03-06): The armor bonus from "Moonkin Form" has been increased from 360% to 400% (to match Ability racial bearform [Dire Bear Form]).
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): Moonkin Form now has a casting animation for Warstomp.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.1 (2006-12-05):
    • Now increases the druid's attack power by 150% of their level.
    • While in Moonkin Form, the druid's melee attacks have a chance to trigger Elune's Touch, which regenerates mana based on attack power.
  • WoW Icon update Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Added.

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