For the version granted by [Balance Affinity], see [Moonkin Form].
Moonkin Form
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  • Moonkin Form
  • Level 21 Balance druid ability
  • 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.
  • Rank 2: While in Moonkin Form, single-target attacks against you have a 15% chance make your next Starfire instant.
Usable by
Class Druid
School Physical
Cooldown None/Global Cooldown
Other information
Level learned 21
Rank levels 37 (rank 2)
Improvements [Incarnation: Chosen of Elune], [Owlkin Adept]
Affects [Lunar Strike]
Related buffs
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  • Moonkin Form
  • Spell damage increased by 10%.
    Immune to Polymorph effects.
    Armor increased by 125%.

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

Moonkin Form is a level 21 Balance druid shapeshifting ability.





  • While in this form, you can only cast Balance spells and [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  [Gordok Ogre Suit] and the  [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.


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


Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.0 (2018-12-11): Highmountain tauren Moonkin Form now has moose antlers.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25):
  • 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.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.1.0 (2015-02-24): No longer removed upon interacting with the 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): Redesigned. Additionally, 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.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.2.2 (2009-09-22): This form now also reduces the damage the druid takes while stunned by 15%.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Mana cost reduced.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): [Abolish Poison] can now be used in Moonkin Form.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14):
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.3.0 (2007-11-13): [Remove Curse] can now be used in Moonkin Form.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.10 (2007-03-06): The armor bonus from "Moonkin Form" has been increased from 360% to 400% (to match [Dire Bear Form]).
  • Bc icon.gif 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.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): Added.

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