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Wild Shape


Transform into the shape of and animal, magical beast, or elemental. Each form grants access to special spells that require that form.

  • Duration: Permanent when toggled. Costs 5 sp to activate, free to deactivate.


At second level the druid will select an animal form, Wolf or Bear, for their first wild shape, and receive the other at level 5.

At level 8 a druid will select a magical beast form, Winter Wolf or Dire Bear, gaining the other at level 11.

At level 13 a druid will select an elemental form, Water Elemental or Fire Elemental, obtaining their final wild shape at level 17.

TIP: At level 9 a druid may choose to take "Natural Fighting" as feat choice. This feat improves the double strike chance of a druid in animal or magical beast forms by 6% and may be taken up to 3 times.

Using Wild Shape is subject to Druidic Oath.

Animal forms

At levels 2 and 5 a druid may use their 'Wild Shape' feat to change into an animal.

  • You are considered an animal. This renders you immune to spells and abilities that only work on humanoid targets, and Warforged will no longer suffer from the penalty to healing.
  • You have a -2 penalty to Intelligence and Charisma.
  • While in animal form, you will no longer use your equipped weapons for attacking, removing any benefits and drawbacks you would have from attacking with them, but use natural attack "weapons" specific to the form you are in. However you still get most of the additional effects from your equipped weapons:
    • The ability that determines your attack and damage bonus is strength. Abilities that change the ability that applies to damage such as Flame Blade or Weapon Finesse do not change the damage and attack of your natural attack.
    • The main hand will transfer any treasure effects to your natural attacks, e.g. the Flaming effect. The off-hand/shield will not transfer such effects [1], also shield Bash doesn't proc while in animal form.
    • Stat bonuses, skill bonuses, stunning, etc. apply from both hands
    • AC and other bonuses from any shields you may be using.
    • Ranged weapons can be wielded and their effects apply to your natural weapons.
      • Non-returning thrown weapons do not get consumed.
      • Arrows and bolts have no effect.
  • Feats that grant bonuses to Unarmed weapons, such as Weapon Focus: Bludgeoning will apply to your natural weapons.
  • You cannot use wands or scrolls while in animal form.
  • Animal forms increase the cooldown times of your non-animal form spells to 2.5 times their normal length.
  • Animal form special attacks are considered spells, so to use them you must first prepare them in your spell book.


  • Your base attack speed is 30% faster, you gain a +3 bonus to attack while flanking, +1d6 sneak attack damage, and a +10% enhancement bonus to movement speed.
  • Your natural attacks do 1d6 damage, do both piercing and slashing damage, and critically hit for double damage on a roll of 19-20.
  • Form specific spells: Takedown, Baiting Bite, Harrowing Pack, Howl of Terror


  • You gain a +2 racial bonus to constitution and +10% AC.
  • Your natural attacks do 1d8 damage, do both slashing and bludgeoning damage, and critically hit for double damage on a roll of 20.
  • Form specific spells: Maul, Roar, Shred, Rising Fury, Tremor

Magical beast forms

At levels 8 and 11 a druid may use their 'Wild Shape' feat to change into a magical beast.

See animal form above.

Winter Wolf

Dire Bear

Elemental forms

At levels 13 and 17 a druid may use their 'Wild Shape' feat to change into an elemental.

  • You are considered an elemental.
  • You gain a +10 racial bonus to your saving throws against magical poisons
  • You have racial immunity to natural poisons, sleep, paralysis and stun, and 100% bonus to fortification.
  • Elemental forms keep their equipped weapons after the transformation.
  • You must prepare your elemental form spells as normal and do not receive additional spell preparation slots for them.

Water Elemental

  • You gain +3 bonus to caster level and max caster level to water and cold spells.
  • Your fire spells get a -3 penalty to caster level and max caster level.
  • You gain a +10 racial bonus to cold resistance, and -10 electric resistance.
  • You have +20 swim skill
  • Form specific spells:Elemental Toughness, Freezing Spray, Ice Flowers, Mantle of the Icy Soul

Fire Elemental



  • You are considered an animal (or magical beast) or elemental when you change form. If you are a warforged you are no longer considered a living construct. You can now be healed normal by positive energy spells, you become immune to repair spells and rust damage, your healing when you rest is based on the heal skill, and you lose your racial immunities to sleep energy drain, poison,etc. You also lose the benefits of warforged healers friend enhancements.


  • If you have monk levels, the damage of your animal form matches that of your monk unarmed damage, which means at low levels it will decrease your damage in bear form, but as you progress, the damage will increase as normal for monk.
  • Weapon Focus: Unarmed (granted by Weapon Focus: Bludgeoning) and other effects that improve unarmed attacks also affect the attacks of animal/magical beast forms.
  • Two Weapon Fighting does not affect your attacks in animal form, irrespective of any levels in monk. Bug: The TWF feats do, in fact, apply in animal form. This is a known bug. (forums)
  • Monk stances can be used in animal form, as long as you are centered.
  • The spell Flame Blade will not uncenter you and the blade's strength improves with your caster level. However, Wisdom bonus to hit and damage does not apply in animal form.
  • If you are a monk, and have two non druid (eg kama) weapons equipped, your damage in animal form will revert to the base damage of the animal, instead of the monk Unarmed Strike damage. You will also get no benefit of the magical properties of either weapon. (to work around this, only have one weapon equipped as you shift, then the damage will be calculated properly).
  • Stunning Fist does not work in Druid animal forms, even if handwraps are equipped.

Other effects that change your form

Wild shape is not compatible with other effects that change your body. You cannot benefit from two transformations, only the latest applies.

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