Classic WoW Pet Abilities & How To Train Them

Pet abilities are different in Classic WoW than in retail WoW through a variety of different factors. The largest being that you actually have to train your pets as you level them. This can become quite the burden if you put it off for too long, so make sure you’re not going down that road. There are two different types of abilities that you can learn, to train your pet. The first, is Wild Creature Abilities. These are abilities obtained through the taming of a wild creature. The second, is trainer pet abilities. These are learned through, you guessed it, a trainer located near the hunter trainer. The tamed abilities are going to be a bit more focused on the offensive side of things whereas the trained abilities are going to be your defensive abilities.

In addition to having to train your pets these abilities, there’s another layer of complexity. Only certain species have certain abilities, and there are multiple levels of those abilities. A level 8 bear isn’t going to teach you Rank 8 claw, it is going to teach you Rank 1 claw. That said, as you’re leveling on your hunter, you are going to want to be aware of that fact, and make sure you’re using your Beast Lore (or this site ;]) when walking by new animals that you think may have a new level.

Training Wild Creature Abilities

These are going to be your go-to offensive abilities. Keep in mind, some animals are going to come with multiple abilities on them, and you’re only capable of having 4 total abilities. Luckily, though, you can re-spec your pet if you accidentally train the incorrect spell (gets a bit pricey). There is going to be multiple ranks of each spell so as you level, make sure you’re keeping an eye out one way or another. Otherwise, you’re losing out on DPS, and some utility through shear levels. This isn’t like retail wow where your same ability scales each time you level up. You have to make it scale through taming different pets and learning the abilities!

When taming a new ability, you’re going to want to put your current pet in the Stable Master (keep in mind, you can only have 3 max). From here, you will want to tame the animal that has the new ability. So, let’s say you’re looking for Bite level 2, and you currently have Bite Level 1. You will want to take your Wolf/Spider/Crocodile/what have you to the stable master. Put that bad boy away for safe keeping. Then, you’re going to head out to one of the various locations seen below that has Bite level 2. For this example, a Level 8 Wolf In Dun Morogh. Now, tame it! Once tamed, you will need to actually train it; just because you tamed then pet, doesn’t mean you can teach your other pets. To do this, you will want to attack a few mobs until you get the notification in your chat window saying “You have learned a new spell: xxx”. That’s all there is to it!

Available Wild Pet Abilities

BiteDashProwl
ChargeDiveScorpid Poison
ClawFurious HowlScreech
CowerLightning BreathShell Shield
Thunder Stomp

Classic WoW Hunter Pet Spell Ranks & Where To Train Them

Bite

Can be learned by: BatsBearsBoarsVulturesCatsCrocodilesGorillasHyenasRaptorsSpidersTallstridersTurtlesWind SerpentsWolves

Charge

Can be learned by: Boars

  • Charge 1: Pet Level 1, Cost 5 TP. Charges an enemy, immobilizes it for 1 sec, and adds 50 melee attack power to the boar's next attack. Can be learned by taming:
  • Charge 2: Pet Level 12, Cost 9 TP. Charges an enemy, immobilizes it for 1 sec, and adds 100 melee attack power to the boar's next attack. Can be learned by taming:
  • Charge 3: Pet Level 24, Cost 13 TP. Charges an enemy, immobilizes it for 1 sec, and adds 180 melee attack power to the boar's next attack. Can be learned by taming:
  • Charge 4: Pet Level 36, Cost 17 TP. Charges an enemy, immobilizes it for 1 sec, and adds 250 melee attack power to the boar's next attack.
    No known training source.
  • Charge 5: Pet Level 48, Cost 21 TP. Charges an enemy, immobilizes it for 1 sec, and adds 390 melee attack power to the boar's next attack. Can be learned by taming:
  • Charge 6: Pet Level 60, Cost 25 TP. Charges an enemy, immobilizes it for 1 sec, and adds 550 melee attack power to the boar's next attack. Can be learned by taming:
Claw

Can be learned by: BearsCarrion BirdsCatsCrabsOwlsRaptorsScorpids

Cower

Can be learned by: All Families

  • Cower 1: Pet Level 5, Cost 8 TP. Cower, causing no damage but lowering your pet's threat by 30, making the enemy less likely to attack your pet. Can be learned by taming:
  • Cower 2: Pet Level 15, Cost 10 TP. Cower, causing no damage but lowering your pet's threat by 55, making the enemy less likely to attack your pet. Can be learned by taming:
  • Cower 3: Pet Level 25, Cost 12 TP. Cower, causing no damage but lowering your pet's threat by 85, making the enemy less likely to attack your pet. Can be learned by taming:
  • Cower 4: Pet Level 35, Cost 14 TP. Cower, causing no damage but lowering your pet's threat by 125, making the enemy less likely to attack your pet. Can be learned by taming:
  • Cower 5: Pet Level 45, Cost 16 TP. Cower, causing no damage but lowering your pet's threat by 175, making the enemy less likely to attack your pet. Can be learned by taming:
  • Cower 6: Pet Level 55, Cost 18 TP. Cower, causing no damage but lowering your pet's threat by 225, making the enemy less likely to attack your pet. Can be learned by taming:
Dash

Increases movement speed for 15 seconds.

Can be learned by: BoarsCatsHyenasTallstridersWolves

Dive

Increases movement speed for 15 seconds.

Can be learned by: BatsVultureOwlsWind Serpents

Furious Howl

Party members within 15 yards receive extra damage to their next physical attack. Lasts 10 seconds.

Can be learned by: Wolves

  • Furious Howl 1: Pet Level 10, Cost 10 TP. Party members within 15 yards receive an extra 9 to 11 damage to their next physical attack. Lasts 10 seconds. Can be learned by taming:
  • Furious Howl 2: Pet Level 24, Cost 15 TP. Party members within 15 yards receive an extra 18 to 22damage to their next physical attack. Lasts 10 seconds. Can be learned by taming:
  • Furious Howl 3: Pet Level 40, Cost 20 TP. Party members within 15 yards receive an extra 28 to 34damage to their next physical attack. Lasts 10 seconds. Can be learned by taming:
  • Furious Howl 4: Pet Level 56, Cost 25 TP. Party members within 15 yards receive an extra 45 to 57damage to their next physical attack. Lasts 10 seconds. Can be learned by taming:
Lightning Breath

Breathes lightning, instantly dealing Nature damage to a single target.

Can be learned by: Wind Serpents

  • Lightning Breath 1: Pet Level 1, Cost 1 TP. Breathes lightning, instantly dealing 11 to 13 Nature damage to a single target. No known training source.
  • Lightning Breath 2: Pet Level 12, Cost 5 TP. Breathes lightning, instantly dealing 21 to 23 Nature damage to a single target. Can be learned by taming:
  • Lightning Breath 3: Pet Level 24, Cost 10 TP. Breathes lightning, instantly dealing 36 to 40 Nature damage to a single target. Can be learned by taming:
  • Lightning Breath 4: Pet Level 36, Cost 15 TP. Breathes lightning, instantly dealing 51 to 59 Nature damage to a single target. Can be learned by taming:
  • Lightning Breath 5: Pet Level 48, Cost 20 TP. Breathes lightning, instantly dealing 78 to 90 Nature damage to a single target. Can be learned by taming:
  • Lightning Breath 6: Pet Level 60, Cost 25 TP. Breathes lightning, instantly dealing 99 to 113 Nature damage to a single target. Can be learned by taming:
Prowl

Puts your pet in stealth mode, but slows its movement speed. The first attack from stealth receives a bonus to damage. Lasts until cancelled.

Can be learned by: Cats

  • Prowl 1: Pet Level 30, Cost 15 TP. Puts your pet in stealth mode, but slows its movement speed by 50%. The first attack from stealth receives a 20% bonus to damage. Lasts until cancelled. Can be learned by taming:
  • Prowl 2: Pet Level 40, Cost 20 TP. Puts your pet in stealth mode, but slows its movement speed by 45%. The first attack from stealth receives a 35% bonus to damage. Lasts until cancelled. Can be learned by taming:
  • Prowl 3: Pet Level 50, Cost 25 TP. Puts your pet in stealth mode, but slows its movement speed by 40%. The first attack from stealth receives a 50% bonus to damage. Lasts until cancelled. Can be learned by taming:
Scorpid Poison

Inflicts Nature damage over time. Effect can stack up to 5 times on a single target.

Can be learned by: Scorpids

Screech

Blasts a single enemy for damage and lowers the melee attack power of all enemies in melee range. Effect lasts 4 sec.

Can be learned by: BatsVultureOwls

  • Screech 1: Pet Level 8, Cost 10 TP. Blasts a single enemy for 7 to 9 damage and lowers the melee attack power of all enemies in melee range by 25. Effect lasts 4 sec. Can be learned by taming:
  • Screech 2: Pet Level 24, Cost 15 TP. Blasts a single enemy for 12 to 16 damage and lowers the melee attack power of all enemies in melee range by 50. Effect lasts 4 sec. Can be learned by taming:
  • Screech 3: Pet Level 48, Cost 20 TP. Blasts a single enemy for 19 to 25 damage and lowers the melee attack power of all enemies in melee range by 75. Effect lasts 4 sec. Can be learned by taming:
  • Screech 4: Pet Level 56, Cost 25 TP. Blasts a single enemy for 26 to 46 damage and lowers the melee attack power of all enemies in melee range by 100. Effect lasts 4 sec. Can be learned by taming:
Shell Shield

Reduces all damage your pet takes by 50%, but increases the time between your pet's attacks by 43%. Lasts 12 sec.

Can be learned by: Turtles

  • Shell Shield 1: Pet Level 20, Cost 15 TP. Reduces all damage your pet takes by 50%, but increases the time between your pet's attacks by 43%. Lasts 12 sec. Can be learned by taming:

Trainer Pet Abilities

These pet abilities are going to be mostly defensive, and utility abilities for you and your pet. Think of things such as Growl (your taunt ability), resistances, armor, and stamina. Keep in mind when training your pet, you’re only going to have a set amount of points per each level. So, you may want to prioritize shadow/frost resist, or armor, depending on what you’re doing/mobs you’re killing. If you’re PvPing, you may want to focus on Shadow, and Frost for resisting fears, and novas on your pet! These abilities are going to be offered to you through the trainer, much like your actual spells at a trainer. The pet trainer is going to be incredibly close to the hunter trainer, so make sure you’re keeping an eye on these. Each level of growl helps your pet hold aggro significantly better, and in turn will speed up your ability to level.

Available Trained Pet Abilities

Great StaminaArcane Resistance
GrowlFrost Resistance
Natural ArmorFire Resistance
Nature Resistance
Shadow Resistance
Great Stamina

Increases stamina.

Can be learned by: All Families

  • Great Stamina 1: Pet Level 10, Cost 5 TP. Increases Stamina by 3. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Great Stamina 2: Pet Level 12, Cost 10 TP. Increases Stamina by 5. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Great Stamina 3: Pet Level 18, Cost 15 TP. Increases Stamina by 7. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Great Stamina 4: Pet Level 24, Cost 25 TP. Increases Stamina by 10. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Great Stamina 5: Pet Level 30, Cost 50 TP. Increases Stamina by 13. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Great Stamina 6: Pet Level 36, Cost 75 TP. Increases Stamina by 17. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Great Stamina 7: Pet Level 42, Cost 100 TP. Increases Stamina by 21. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Great Stamina 8: Pet Level 48, Cost 125 TP. Increases Stamina by 26. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Great Stamina 9: Pet Level 54, Cost 150 TP. Increases Stamina by 32. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Great Stamina 10: Pet Level 60, Cost 185 TP. Increases Stamina by 40. Can be learned from trainers.
Growl

Taunt the target, increasing the likelyhood the creature will focus attacks on your pet.

Can be learned by: All Families

  • Growl 1: Pet Level 1, Cost 0 TP. Taunt the target, generating 50 threat and increasing the likelyhood the creature will focus attacks on your pet. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Growl 2: Pet Level 10, Cost 0 TP. Taunt the target, generating 65 threat and increasing the likelyhood the creature will focus attacks on your pet. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Growl 3: Pet Level 20, Cost 0 TP. Taunt the target, generating 110 threat and increasing the likelyhood the creature will focus attacks on your pet. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Growl 4: Pet Level 30, Cost 0 TP. Taunt the target, generating 170 threat and increasing the likelyhood the creature will focus attacks on your pet. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Growl 5: Pet Level 40, Cost 0 TP. Taunt the target, generating 240 threat and increasing the likelyhood the creature will focus attacks on your pet. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Growl 6: Pet Level 50, Cost 0 TP. Taunt the target, generating 320 threat and increasing the likelyhood the creature will focus attacks on your pet. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Growl 7: Pet Level 60, Cost 0 TP. Taunt the target, generating 415 threat and increasing the likelyhood the creature will focus attacks on your pet. Can be learned from trainers.
Natural Armor

Increases armor.

Can be learned by: All Families

  • Natural Armor 1: Pet Level 10, Cost 1 TP. Increases Armor by 50. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Natural Armor 2: Pet Level 12, Cost 5 TP. Increases Armor by 100. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Natural Armor 3: Pet Level 18, Cost 10 TP. Increases Armor by 160. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Natural Armor 4: Pet Level 24, Cost 15 TP. Increases Armor by 240. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Natural Armor 5: Pet Level 30, Cost 25 TP. Increases Armor by 330. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Natural Armor 6: Pet Level 36, Cost 50 TP. Increases Armor by 430. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Natural Armor 7: Pet Level 42, Cost 75 TP. Increases Armor by 550. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Natural Armor 8: Pet Level 48, Cost 100 TP. Increases Armor by 675. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Natural Armor 9: Pet Level 54, Cost 125 TP. Increases Armor by 810. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Natural Armor 10: Pet Level 60, Cost 150 TP. Increases Armor by 1000. Can be learned from trainers.
Nature Resistance

Increases Nature Resistance.

Can be learned by: All Families

  • Nature Resistance 1: Pet Level 20, Cost 5 TP. Increases Nature Resistance by 30. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Nature Resistance 2: Pet Level 30, Cost 15 TP. Increases Nature Resistance by 60. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Nature Resistance 3: Pet Level 40, Cost 45 TP. Increases Nature Resistance by 90. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Nature Resistance 4: Pet Level 50, Cost 90 TP. Increases Nature Resistance by 120. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Nature Resistance 5: Pet Level 60, Cost 105 TP. Increases Nature Resistance by 140. Can be learned from trainers.
Shadow Resistance

Increases Shadow Resistance.

Can be learned by: All Families

  • Shadow Resistance 1: Pet Level 20, Cost 5 TP. Increases Shadow Resistance by 30. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Shadow Resistance 2: Pet Level 30, Cost 15 TP. Increases Shadow Resistance by 60. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Shadow Resistance 3: Pet Level 40, Cost 45 TP. Increases Shadow Resistance by 90. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Shadow Resistance 4: Pet Level 50, Cost 90 TP. Increases Shadow Resistance by 120. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Shadow Resistance 5: Pet Level 60, Cost 105 TP. Increases Shadow Resistance by 140. Can be learned from trainers.
Arcane Resistance

Increases Arcane Resistance.

Can be learned by: All Families

  • Arcane Resistance 1: Pet Level 20, Cost 5 TP. Increases Arcane Resistance by 30. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Arcane Resistance 2: Pet Level 30, Cost 15 TP. Increases Arcane Resistance by 60. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Arcane Resistance 3: Pet Level 40, Cost 45 TP. Increases Arcane Resistance by 90. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Arcane Resistance 4: Pet Level 50, Cost 90 TP. Increases Arcane Resistance by 120. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Arcane Resistance 5: Pet Level 60, Cost 105 TP. Increases Arcane Resistance by 140. Can be learned from trainers.
Frost Resistance

Increases Frost Resistance.

Can be learned by: All Families

  • Frost Resistance 1: Pet Level 20, Cost 5 TP. Increases Frost Resistance by 30. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Frost Resistance 2: Pet Level 30, Cost 15 TP. Increases Frost Resistance by 60. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Frost Resistance 3: Pet Level 40, Cost 45 TP. Increases Frost Resistance by 90. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Frost Resistance 4: Pet Level 50, Cost 90 TP. Increases Frost Resistance by 120. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Frost Resistance 5: Pet Level 60, Cost 105 TP. Increases Frost Resistance by 140. Can be learned from trainers.
Fire Resistance

Increases Fire Resistance.

Can be learned by: All Families

  • Fire Resistance 1: Pet Level 20, Cost 5 TP. Increases Fire Resistance by 30. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Fire Resistance 2: Pet Level 30, Cost 15 TP. Increases Fire Resistance by 60. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Fire Resistance 3: Pet Level 40, Cost 45 TP. Increases Fire Resistance by 90. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Fire Resistance 4: Pet Level 50, Cost 90 TP. Increases Fire Resistance by 120. Can be learned from trainers.
  • Fire Resistance 5: Pet Level 60, Cost 105 TP. Increases Fire Resistance by 140. Can be learned from trainers.

How To Train Your Pet Your Learned Abilities

So now that you know how to learn the pet abilities, you’re going to need to train your pet. There’s a single way of doing this, and it is through the “Beast Training” spell within your General Tab of your spell book (default hotkey is “P”).

You’ll notice the numbers in parenthesis. These are training points. Your pet acquires these as you fight with them, and they level up. As mentioned previously, you will only have so many training points so make sure you’re choosing which abilities you want to train. Typically, for leveling, people go with Great Stamina, Natural Armor, Bite, Claw, and Growl (on a cat). If you mess up, don’t worry, because you can simply respec your pet at the nearest pet trainer!

How To Respec Your Hunter Pet In Classic WoW

It is incredibly easy to respec your hunter’s pet in Classic WoW, and I’ll imagine you’re going to do it more than once while you’re learning the different nuances with hunters. You’re only allowed to have four total active abilities. Generally speaking, I like to run Dash, Growl, Bite, and Claw on a Cat. It really all depends on the animal you end up taming. Turtles, Bats, and Wind Serpents all have their own unique abilities that you may find quite entertaining to use. When you accept the respec, you will receive back all the training points that your pet has acquired since you’ve gotten it. Use them wisely!

Where Are My Hunter Pet’s Abilities Located?

If you know for a fact you’ve trained your pet the ability, but cannot seem to find it, it is going to be in the “Pets” tab of your spell book (default keybind is “P”). From here, you will be able to drag the ability to your pet’s bar as you would your own abilities. *TIP* You can set key-binds within your key-bind options to make using your pet’s abilities significantly easier, and seamless! You’d be surprised how much this truly helps, especially with growl! If not, don’t worry, you can enable auto-casting on your pet!