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Critters are mobile non-player entities, typically small or non-predatory animals or vermin, intended primarily for ambiance.

While critters are a kind of mobile object, in World of Warcraft, "mobs" differ from critters in that critters are primarily for ambiance, provide no direct experience and little or no loot, and are trivial to kill. There are subtle mechanical differences, such as critters cannot be targeted by use of the tab key.

Characteristics of critters in World of Warcraft

  • Critters have hit points.
    • Any 'attack' that causes no damage will not kill a critter.
    • Many critters have just one hit point and always die when hit by a damaging attack.
    • Some critters have a few hit points and will survive a weak attack.
  • Size is a poor indication of relative robustness.
    • Many larger critters, such as deer and sheep, have one hit point.
    • Squirrels, which are among the smaller critters, have eight hit points.
  • Critters are (mostly) harmless and low level.
    • Most will run in fear if they survive the first attack.
    • Some critters, such as the rats in Deadmines and the Deeprun Tram, the Biletoads in Wailing Caverns, or Frogs (no, really!) will strike back at an attacker if the attack doesn't immediately kill them. They do minimal damage.
    • Priests can use Shadow Word: Pain to test critter reactions, as it has a delay before it does actual damage.
  • Unlike mobs, critters do not yield experience nor loot (with the exception of Giant Marsh Frog and Dig Rat).
  • Many dungeons have critters in them, and dealing damage to them will generate rage for Warriors and Druids, making them usefull "rage batteries" (if there are multiple rage-users, just remember that the tank has priority).
  • Discipline Priests can similarly use them to keep up their evangelism buff by smiting them (tank still has priority, but healer is second).
  • Before Patch 3.2.0 (although it was not mentioned in the patch notes - the effect just occured) critters such as Sheep, rabbits , Gazelles, and Deer were able to be skinned. As of Patch 3.2.0, they can no longer be skinned.
  • Larger predator animal mobs (cats, wolves, etc.) frequently chase and kill prey critters.
  • Critters can be Polymorphed by Mages, Feared by Warlocks, Shapeshifted by engineers, and various other status effects that do not deal damage.
    • Amusingly, sheep can be polymorphed into sheep. The visual effect looks like dust billowing from the sheep.
    • Growl causes critters to run in fear instead of coming at you (although see above note about critter aggressiveness).
  • Many small pets share the same 3D model with the critters of the same type.
  • Many critters have an older, generic representative of the type, and representatives with more specific names added with new content.
  • Some critters represent a type of creature that is also or is primarily represented by mobs; spiders for example.
  • Some critters are quest objectives and achievement objectives.
    • Whenever a critter is the object of a quest or achievement, the name must match exactly.

Notes

  • The chicken critter is the only source of the [Westfall Chicken] small pet. During the course of obtaining the small pet, the chicken becomes an exception to the rule that critters are neutral, becoming friendly to characters, but at that point the chicken appears to be a temporary NPC, not a critter. Horde characters need to buy the special chicken feed from the neutral AH before they can do this.
  • The Squirrel is the only critter in both the loving and killing achievements: Inv jewelcrafting crimsonhare  [To All The Squirrels I've Loved Before] and Ability hunter pet spider  [Pest Control].

As of a recent patch, William Saldean in Brill sells Chicken Feed to horde characters.

Characteristics in previous Warcraft games

  • In Warcraft II & III, if the player clicked on a critter in rapid succession, the critter would detonate in a large, bloody explosion.

List of critters

These are mostly targetable, and wear a label:

Critter Achievement Location Notes
Adder Pest Durotar and Barrens
Arctic Hare Shared Borean Tundra, Dragonblight and eastern Zul'Drak
Albatross WC3 Only
Alpine Chipmunk Cared Winterspring, Stonetalon Mountains and Mount Hyjal
Baradin Fox Kit Cared Tol Barad
Beetle Drak'Tharon Keep, Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj, Utgarde Keep
Black Rat
Borean Frog Loved Borean Tundra
Borean Marmot Shared Borean Tundra
Cat Loved Elwynn Forest, Eversong Woods (and Silvermoon City) Named cats can be found throughout Azeroth and Outland.
Chicken Loved Westfall, Southshore, Lower City and Far Watch Post
Cow Loved Goldshire, Elwynn Forest, Southshore, Arathi Highlands
Crab Loved Steamvaults, Ghostlands, Moa'ki Harbor
Crystal Spider Pest The Nexus, The Oculus
Deer Loved Most Human and Night Elf regions
Devouring Maggot Pest Utgarde Catacombs
Ewe Loved Shattrath City In the Lower City.
Fawn Loved Elwynn Forest NW edge of Eastvale Logging Camp
Fire Beetle Pest Burning Steppes
Fjord Penguin Shared South of Daggercap Bay, Howling Fjord
Fjord Rat Pest Howling Fjord
Fjord Turkey Shared Howling Fjord
Frog Loved Zangarmarsh, Wailing Caverns, Un'Goro Crater
Gazelle Loved The Barrens
Glacier Penguin Shared North Eastern Icecrown Glacier
Gold Beetle Pest Halls of Stone, Halls of Lightning
Grizzly Squirrel Shared Grizzly Hills
Grotto Vole Cared Mount Hyjal
Hare Loved Durotar
Highlands Skunk
Highlands Clucker
Highlands Mouse
Highlands Turkey Cared Twilight Highlands
Horse Elwynn Forest, Westfall Typically found around Human settlements.
Huge Toad Shared Swamp of Sorrows
Larva Pest Ghostlands, Naxxramas
Lava Crab Shared Searing Gorge and Burning Steppes
Lizard Hatchling Northern Stranglethorn
Mac Frog Cared Uldum Lost City of Tol'vir
Moccasin Pest Swamp of Sorrows
Maggot Pest Ghostlands, Naxxramas, Underbog
Mouse Pest Westfall, Grizzly Hills
Mountain Skunk Shared Grizzly Hills and Howling Fjord
Oasis Moth Cared Uldum and Lost City of Tol'Vir
Parrot Loved Un'Goro Crater
Pig WC3 only as a Critter.
Prairie Dog Loved Mulgore, The Barrens, Westfall, Arathi Highlands In Westfall, look around the Dagger Hills
Rabbit Loved Stonetalon Mountains, Hillsbrad Foothills By Mirkfallon Lake in Stone Talon.
Rat Pest Common in many places around Azeroth
Ram Loved Loch Modan, Dun Morogh, Wetlands In the Wetlands, there are many in the hills of Dun Algaz
Rattlesnake Cared Twilight Highlands, Badlands and Tanaris
Rock Viper Cared Desolace, Sithilus and Mount Hyjal
Rockchewer Whelk Cared Shimmering Expanse
Roach Pest Razorfen Downs, The Barrens, Agmar's Hammer
Sassy Cat Cared Tol Barad
Scalawag Frog Shared Scalawag Point, Howling Fjord
School of Fish Tidefury Cove, Darkspear Strand, Sar'theris Strand
Scorpion Pest Hellfire Peninsula, Temple of Ahn'Qiraj, Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj
Sea Cucumber Cared Abyssal Depths Shimmering Expanse
Sheep Loved Hillsbrad Foothills, Elwynn Forest, Howling Fjord Common in settled verdant areas
Sholazar Tickbird Shared Sholazar Basin Sitting on the horns of the Rhinos
Shore Crab Loved Borean Tundra
Skunk Loved Terokkar Forest, Azuremyst Isle
Small Frog Loved
Snake Pest Dustwallow Marsh
Spider Pest Ghostlands, Azjol-Nerub, Terokkar Forest
Squirrel Loved and Pest Elwynn Forest, Ashenvale, Tirisfal Glades Common in forested areas
Steam Frog Loved Borean Tundra In the Flood Plains.
Stripe-Tailed Scorpion
Swine Loved In corrals on Orc farms in Durotar and The Barrens
Toad Loved Dustwallow Marsh, Underbog, Darnassus In most areas with ponds, swamps.
Tundra Penguin Shared Borean Tundra and Dragonblight
Underbelly Rat Pest The Underbelly
Wharf Rat Cared Booty Bay Tol Barad
Wolpertinger Can only be seen around a Brewfest site and only if you are inebriated.
Yellow-Bellied Marmot Cared Twilight Highlands
Zul'Drak Rat Pest Zul'Drak


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