A Tallstrider, or simply strider, is a cassowary-like beast native to Kalimdor.

Tallstriders are peaceful avian creatures, they are omnivores, witch means they may feast on both meat and plants. Tallstiders tend to graze on grasslands and forests where more food (such as fruits and dead animals) is to come by. Although, some tallstriders may act territorial and/or aggressive towards other species mostly beacause they are protecting their young, or simply want a quick snack. Tallstriders are very well known for their delicious meat and priceless feathers.

  • The gnomes modeled their Mechanostrider mounts after striders.
  • The blood elf mount is called a Hawkstrider, and looks similar to other striders. The main difference is color and the face. Its running and spacebar animation are also unique, but otherwise it animates very much like an ordinary strider.

The inspiration for the tallstrider is probably some species of immense prehistoric birds like the moa, for instance, or the terrorbirds from South America.



Hunter pet

Specialization (upon taming)
Ability druid primaltenacity Ferocity
The Tallstrider eats
Inv misc food 11 Inv misc food 04 Inv misc food 19 Inv mushroom 11
The Tallstrider comes with
Ability druid rake Ability hunter pet tallstrider
All pets come with
Spell shadow burningspirit Ability physical taunt

Though hunters can respec their pet tallstriders into Cunning or Tenacity, they are inherently Ferocity. In addition to the abilities that come standard with all pets ([Growl] and [Avoidance]) and those given to their natural or retrained specialization, all tallstriders are given the following:


Adult Plainstrider




Lost Torranche


Elder Plainstrider


The subspecies below can be tamed by hunters. Tauren hunters start with a purple tallstrider.



Mobs with level numbers can be tamed by hunters.

Vanity/Battle pet



  • Although tallstriders are mostly featherless, the bright coloration and horn-like crest on the head could be inspired by the Cassowary.

Patch changes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Bonuses equalized. Damage had a +10% bonus and now has +5% bonus. Armor had no bonus and now has a +5% bonus.
  • Bc icon/ Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Major changes. Bite replaced with Claw. Gained new ability, Dust Cloud Tallstriders can now eat bread. Damage had no bonus and now has a +10% bonus.

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