Dire Bear Form
Ability racial bearform
  • Dire Bear Form
  • 35% of Base mana
  • Instant cast
  • Shapeshift into dire bear form, increasing melee attack power by (your level*3), armor contribution from cloth and leather items by 370%, and Stamina by 25%. Also protects the caster from Polymorph effects and allows the use of various bear abilities.

    The act of shapeshifting frees the caster of Polymorph and Movement Impairing effects.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
CooldownNone/Global Cooldown
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Ability racial bearform
  • Dire Bear Form
  • Immune to Polymorph effects. Increases melee attack power by (Your Level x 3), armor contribution from items by 370%, and Stamina by 25%.

The second version of Bear Form, gained at level 40. This form is meant to mimic the armor transition from mail to plate that warrior and paladins go through. This form has tank-like abilities, similar to a Warrior. While in bear form, the druid's Mana bar is replaced by a Rage bar.

Rank table

Rank Level Cost
1 40 1Gold 40Silver


  • Shapeshifting breaks snare, root, and Polymorph effects.
  • Can use Bear Form Abilities.
  • Threat generated is 1.3x base value
  • The attack speed for Bear and Dire bear forms is 2.50.
  • This is essentially a more powerful version of Bear Form, and learning it prevents the Druid from using Bear Form.
  • This form essentially mirrors the armor change of warriors and paladins from mail to plate at level 40.
  • The armor bonus is only affect cloth and leather items, and not item modifiers (enchantments, armor kits, etc). For example, a Blackened Defias Belt with 50 base armor, and a +24 armor from Heavy Armor Kit will count for:
    • 164 armor in Bear form (164 = 50 + 50 * 1.8 + 24)
    • 259 armor in Dire Bear form ( 259 = 50 + 50 * 3.7 + 24)
    • 259 armor in Moonkin form ( 259 = 50 + 50 * 3.7 + 24)

Talent improvement

In an effort to keep this list shorter, talents that affect specific abilities, and talents that affect all forms equally, have been omitted.

In Restoration:

Spell nature unyeildingstamina Furor gives you a 20-100% chance to gain 10 Rage when you change into Bear Form.

In Feral Combat:

Spell nature spiritwolf Feral Swiftness increases your chance to dodge while in Bear Form by 2-4%.

Ability druid maul Sharpened Claws increases your critical strike chance by 2-6% while in Bear Form.

Ability hunter pet cat Predatory Strikes increases your melee attack power by 50-150% of your level and 7-20% of any attack power of your equipped weapon while in Bear Form.

Ability racial cannibalize Primal Fury gives you a chance to get 5 extra Rage when you land a critical hit.

Spell holy blessingofagility Heart of the Wild increases your stamina by 2-10% while in Bear Form.

Ability bullrush Natural Reaction increases your dodge chance by 2-6% and you regenerate 1-3 Rage every time you dodge while in Bear Form.

Spell nature unyeildingstamina Leader of the Pack increases ranged and melee critical strike chance of all party members within 45 yards by 5% while in Bear Form.

Spell nature unyeildingstamina Improved Leader of the Pack adds crit-triggered 2-4% healing to the aura.

Tips and tactics

Main article: Druid tactics

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small/ Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Completely removed. Bear Form now is the only tanking form.
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.2.0 (04-Aug-2009): 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): Armor contribution only affect cloth and leather items and does not affect bonus armor.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Armor contribution from items has been lowered from 400% to 370%
  • Bc icon Patch 2.0.10 (2007-03-06): Now grants 25% increased stamina instead of 25% increased health. In addition, the armor bonus has been reduced from 450% to 400%.
  • 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 125% to 360%.

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