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Turtles in World of Warcraft are similar in appearance, but much greater in size than their real-life counterparts. They can be found both on land and in water.  turtles, sea turtles, and tortoises are often essentially the same, only differentiated by environment. Turtles are feared by the naga, who consider them bad luck and give them a wide berth on the shores of Azshara.

Background Edit


"War Turtle" concept art

Turtles of different species are found all over Azeroth. One of 

most famous species is the giant sea turtles used by the goblins during the Second War. They were originally believed to be native only to the South Seas but have also been discovered in Northrend. The most important distinction between the different kinds of turtles is which drop Turtle Scales and which do not. In general, turtles of a higher level have a better chance of dropping Turtle Scales. The turtles in Dustwallow Marsh rarely drop scales, while the ones in Tanaris may drop two or three at a time. The turtles in Thousand Needles never drop scales. Farming Turtle Scales is the primary reason to kill a turtle.

Tortoises (land turtles) are pretty much interchangeable with turtles in the game, since they all look the same. You can assume it is a tortoise if it doesn't appear near a large body of water (lake, river, or sea).

Some turtles can grow to enormous sizes. During the Second War, the orcs used them as submersible war machines. Their shells were so large that several orcs could fit inside them, and they attached goblin-made rockets to the top of their shells.

The goblins themselves also seem to have taken up turtles as a mount; a pair of mounted goblins can be seen on turtles in Booty Bay. With the recent discovery of Pandaria, it has been revealed that the pandaren also use dragon turtles as mounts.

Hunter pet Edit

Specialization (upon taming)
Spell nature shamanrage Tenacity
The Turtle eats
Inv misc food 11 Inv misc fish 24 Inv misc food 19 Inv mushroom 11
The Turtle comes with
Ability druid ferociousbite Ability hunter pet turtle
All pets come with
Spell shadow burningspirit Ability physical taunt

Turtles make for notably sturdy tanking pets with their special ability Shell Shield, which reduces damage taken by 50% for 12 seconds.

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

Subspecies Edit


A sea turtle from Warcraft III.

The subspecies below can be tamed by hunters. Pandaren hunters start with a green dragon turtle.

Oasis Snapjaw




Aku'mai Snapjaw


Coralshell Lurker



Ancient (fire)

The turtle category also includes ancient turtles.






Green (spiked)

Look for spiked varieties as well in the categories below.

Camo (brown shell, green skin)

Named Edit

Mobs with levels can be tamed by hunters.

Vanity/Battle pet Edit

Transportation Edit

Main article: Turtle mounts
Main article: Dragon Turtle mounts

Notes Edit

Patch changes Edit

  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Bonuses equalized. Damage had no bonus and now has +5% bonus. Health had a 10% bonus and now has a +5% bonus.
  • Bc icon/Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Major changes. Turtles can now eat bread. Armor had a +13% bonus and now has a +5% bonus. Health had no bonus and now has a +10% bonus. Damage had a -10% penalty and now has no penalty.

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