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For the Pet Battle ability, see Peticon-elemental Spell nature thorns [Thorns]. For the other, similarly-named PvP talent, see Inv misc herb nightmarevine [Prickling Thorns].
Spell nature thorns
  • Thorns
  • Level 35 Balance, Feral, Restoration druid PvP talent
  • 40 yd range
  • 18% of base mana
  • 45 sec cooldown
  • Instant
  • Sprout thorns for 12 sec on the friendly target. When victim to melee attacks, thorns deals X Nature damage back to the attacker.

    Attackers also have their movement speed reduced by 50% for 4 sec.
Class Druid
School Nature
Cooldown 45 seconds
Other information
Level available 35
Related buff
Spell nature thorns
  • Magic
  • Thorns
  • Melee attackers take Nature damage when hit and their movement speed is slowed by 50% for 4 sec.
  • Duration: 12 seconds
Related debuff
Spell nature thorns
  • Magic
  • Thorns
  • Movement speed reduced by 50%.
  • Duration: 4 seconds
We can learn much from the elder vine, which threatens with barbs the hand that would trim it back.[1]

Thorns is a Balance, Feral, and Restoration druid PvP talent, available at level 35. It applies a buff on a friendly target that causes enemies to take Nature damage when they deal melee damage to the target.

Notes and trivia[]

  • The Azerite essence power Spell azerite essence 17 [Conflict] grants this talent when used by a Balance or Feral druid.
  • When Thorns deals damage, it can trigger procs such as Inv radientazeritematrix [Ancient Flame].
  • Thorns will act as a buffer against dispels in PvP, giving enemies a chance to dispel your Thorns instead of some more important buff.
  • Thorns can be useful when being attacked by an enemy that has very low health, as they will often die quickly from the Thorns damage without requiring your attention.
  • During the Legion alpha, the honor talent was named Razor Thorns.[2]

Patch changes[]

  • Shadowlands Hotfix (2020-12-01): Fixed an issue where Thorns was not dealing damage to attackers after being melee attacked.
  • Shadowlands Patch 9.0.1 (2020-10-13): Level requirement changed to 35 (was 40).
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.1.5 (2019-03-12): Mana cost increased by 50%.
  • Battle for Azeroth Hotfix (2019-02-20): Resolved an issue that caused Thorns to deal damage when the target is struck by unintended spells such as Spell holy weaponmastery [Eye for an Eye], Spell deathknight frostfever [Frost Fever], or Virulent Plague.
  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17):
    • Now a level 40 PvP talent (was a rank 37 Feral/rank 19 Restoration honor talent).
    • Now available to Balance, Feral, and Restoration.
  • Legion Hotfix (2016-10-26): Thorns now has a 1 second cooldown between procs.
  • Legion Patch 7.1.5 (2017-01-10): Now available to Feral and Restoration (was Restoration only).
  • Legion Patch 7.1.0 (2016-10-25): Now deals 5% of the attacker's total health in Nature damage.
  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Re-added as an honor talent. Now lasts for 15 seconds, down from 20 seconds.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Beginner tooltip revised to no longer imply the spell could be kept up at all times. In addition, Thorns damage has been reduced by 60%.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): Duration reduced from 10 minutes to 20 seconds. Damage increased significantly.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Hotfix (2009-05-22): The bonus damage from spell power on the Druid ability Thorns has been reduced by half.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): This spell will now properly use the druid's spell power to determine its scaling instead of the target's spell power.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Mana cost reduced for early ranks, raised for later ranks.
  • Test-inline Patch 0.7 (2004-06-15): Mana cost and damage increased.

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Spell/buff Damage Debuff