Bear Form
Ability racial bearform
  • Bear Form
  • 7.4% of base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Shapeshift into Bear Form, increasing armor by 250% and Stamina by 20%.

    Ability racial bearform Guardian (Level 10)
    Also reduces all magical damage taken by 10%, reduces the chance the Druid will be critically hit by 6%, and reduces the chance for attacks to be parried by 3%.

    Increases threat generation, protects the caster from Polymorph effects, and allows the use of various bear abilities.

    The act of shapeshifting frees the caster of movement impairing effects.

    Empowered Bear Form (Level 92+)
    Bear Form grants you an additional 10% Stamina.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown (GCD 1.5 sec)
Level required8
Related buff
Ability racial bearform
  • Bear Form
  • Armor increased by 250%.
    Stamina increased by 20%.
    Immune to Polymorph effects.
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Bear Form is the second shapeshift ability learned by druids at level eight. Before level 40, it emulates mail armor and after that emulates plate armor. This form has tank-like abilities, similar to a warrior. Note that those with the Guardian specialization gain a 285% increase to armor.

While in bear form, the druid's mana bar is replaced by a rage bar. It is the most damage resistant form a druid has. While using [Frenzied Regeneration] and having enough Rage to fulfill the effect, this gives tremendous survivability.

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Tips and tactics

Main article: Druid tactics
  • As a druid, you really need to get a feel for when to change forms. Early on in the game, you may find it useful to cast a few long range spells, such as Wrath or Moonfire, then change to bear form when an enemy gets close.
  • Bear form is generally good to use against non-casters or those with higher armor, since you do higher melee damage, but at a slower attack speed.
  • If you're not sure if you can handle your (melee) enemy(s) (i.e. higher level, may be adds), use bear form until you get a feel for the fight.
  • Also, as a tank, bear form has a pretty reliable taunt to draw aggro away from more squishy party members.
  • For details on tanking as a druid in raids, see the druids as tanks page.
  • In Bear Form, or as a Druid in general, you cannot block or parry, so your only method of ignoring damage is through dodging. However keep in mind that you do not gain rage from dodging an attack. However, druid tanks receive ways to absorb damage equal to or superior to blocking or parrying, and also have talents to make them gain rage when dodging.


  • You are considered a beast, so abilities that target beasts can be used on you. For example Hibernate and Scare Beast.
  • Shapeshifting breaks snare, root, and Polymorph effects.
  • Your caster form will start regaining mana immediately after you change to bear form, with a convenient extra mana bar displayed below the rage bar.



  • Bear form shares many animations with the common bear enemy in World of Warcraft, such as clawing, running, biting and roaring.
  • Bear form has no /laugh or /cry animations, not surprisingly!
  • When speaking, Bear form druids shake their head around and shift their jaws in an odd fashion.
  • The Bear Form /dance animation consists of jumping onto their hind legs, waving their front paws around, and hopping from foot to foot, before going onto the ground and bounding up again.
  • The Bear Form eating animation causes the druid to land on their behind and chew away, and the interaction animation (looting, etc) consists of the druid clawing and sniffing at the ground.
  • Upon death, the druid cries out a roar similar to normal bear mobs before morphing back into their original form.


  • The Bear Form ability was upgraded to Dire Bear Form at level 40. You received an increased armor bonus while in dire bear form, to match the introduction of plate armor to warriors and paladins at the same level. This form no longer exists, as of Patch 4.0.3.
  • The quest chain no longer exists. Previously, to gain the Bear Form ability you had to complete the Bear Form quest chain, starting with the quest Heeding the Call. Once completed, you needed to speak to the druid trainer that initially sent you on the quest, to learn the ability.

Patch changes

  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.2.0 (23-Jun-2015): Bear Form now increases armor by 285% (up from 250%) for Guardian Druids.
  • Warlords-Logo-Small Patch 6.0.2 (14-October-2014): Bear Form now increases armor by 250% for all Druid specializations (down from 330% for Guardian Druids, but up from 120% for non-Guardian Druids), no longer increases Haste and Critical Strike from items by 50%, but instead causes Haste to reduce the global cooldown, increases Stamina by 20% (down from 40%), and reduces magic damage taken by 10% (down from 25%).; For Guardian Druids, Bear Form now also reduces magical damage taken by 25%, reduces chance to be critically hit by 6%, and reduces chance for attacks to be parried by 3%.; Bear Form no longer increases Haste and Critical Strike from items by 50%, but instead causes Haste to reduce the global cooldown.
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.4.0 (10-Sep-2013): Bear Form now increases Stamina contribution from cloth and leather items by 40% (up from 20%).
  • Mists-Logo-Small Patch 5.0.4 (28-August-2012): Updated.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.3.0 (29-Nov-2011): Threat generated by classes in active tanking modes has been increased to 500% damage done, up from 300%.; Bear Form now provides an armor bonus of 120% at all levels, up from 65% for characters below level 40, making it easier for lower level druids to tank dungeons.; Bear Form now provides a Stamina bonus of 20%, up from 10%.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.6 (8-Feb-2011): Entering or leaving a shapeshift no longer cancels root effects. It continues to cancel movement slowing effects. ; Druid forms now have an Archaeology Survey animation.
  • Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3 (15-Nov-2010): Dire Bear Form was removed.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small/ Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): The quest chain will be removed. The level requirement will be 15.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009):
    • New textures for bear models, adjustable at the barber shop.
    • Mana energizes that occur while in this form will now appear in the combat log and floating combat text.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): This ability will now grant the correct attack power per level for levels 71-80.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): The mana regeneration penalty when in Bear Form, Dire Bear Form and Cat Form has been removed.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Bear Form and Dire Bear Form: The bonus health from shapeshifting into these forms will again be removed correctly when shifting out of these forms.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.10 (2007-03-06): Bear Form now grants 25% increased stamina instead of 25% increased health.
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.3 (09-Jan-2007): The Health bonus of "Bear Form" has changed to a 25% percent health increase instead of a flat increase.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.6.0 (12-Jul-2005):
    • Shapeshifting will now counteract the slowing effects of frost-based spells (Frostbolt, Frost Shock, Cone of Cold, etc.).
    • Druid shapeshift form buttons are no longer dimmed while under the effects of Polymorph.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Shapeshifting into an animal form will now remove Polymorph effects.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Patch 1.2.0 (18-Dec-2004): Armor bonus increased from 65% to 180%.

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