For the hunter pet ability, see Growl (pet).
Ability physical taunt.png
  • Growl
  • 30 yd  range
  • 8 sec cooldown
  • Instant cast
  • Taunts the target to attack you, and increases threat that you generate against the target for 3 sec.
Usable by
Casting timeInstant cast
Cooldown8 sec
Level required8
Related debuff
Ability physical taunt.png
  • Growl
  • Taunted.
  • Duration: 3 seconds

Growl is the druid tank's taunt ability, learned at level eight.

Tips and tactics

  • Growl is particularly useful for saving nukers and healers from being attacked by mobs.
  • Thanks to its long range, it can also be used to pull mobs if Faerie Fire (Feral) is on cooldown or otherwise unfavorable.
  • Challenging Roar can function as a backup if Growl is on cooldown.
  • If all else fails, immobilization of the mob - by Bash - can be a good alternative against non-boss mobs.
  • Growling at a critter sometimes causes the critter to run in fear instead of coming to you, though certain ones will attack you (such as frogs).


  • Has no Rage cost.
  • You get this ability automatically when you get Bear Form.
  • As of patch 4.0.1, Growl no longer has a miss chance (even with +0% hit). Prior to 4.0.1, Growl followed the following rules: It was treated as a spell. It couldn't be cast when silenced and it had a 17% chance to miss raid bosses (in contrast to the 8% chance to miss boss mobs for melee attacks). So even if you are melee hit capped (263 hit rating at level 80), Growl's chance to miss was still 9%. This 9% gap was mostly covered with Glyph of Growl (which was removed in 4.0.1).

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (28-August-2012): Activates bear form.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King/ World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Patch 4.0.1 (12-Oct-2010): Removed miss chance of this effect.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.8 (2009-01-20): Range increased to 30 yards.
  • World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.3 (04-Nov-2008): Cooldown changed to 8 sec.
  • World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.3.0 (13-Nov-2007): The chance for this ability to land successfully on its target is now increased by hit rating.

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