Druid of the Claw

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[e][h]Nightelf Druid of the Claw
Unit Information
Built From:
Ancient of Lore
 255 15}px 80  35  4
430 (580)
0.5 at Night
1 (1)
Formation Rank:
1400 / 800
Acquisition Range:
200 (400)
100 (200)
0.67 (1.31)
Selection Priorty:
Turn Rate:
Move Type:
Collision Size:
Cargo Size:
19 - 23 (21 - 30)
  • ground
  • structure
  • debris
  • item
  • ward

This article is for the caster form version of this unit, for the bear version see: Druid of the Claw (Bear).

Druids of the Claw are mixed units. In Bear Form, they are an advanced melee unit such as an Abomination, Knight, or Tauren. In Night Elf Form, they are a spell caster such as a Priest, Sorceress, or Shaman. Druids of the Claw are initially in Night Elf Form. You must research Druid of the Claw Master Training to turn into Bear Form. Druids of the Claw are very useful additions to your army in both forms. In Bear Form, they can be up front tanking as a melee unit while Druids of the Claw in Night Elf Form take up the rear casting Rejuvenation and Roar.

After you have upgraded to Tree of Ages, build an Ancient of Lore which you can use for Dryads and Druids of the Claw. Build one Druid of the Claw and send him to your army and use Roar. Roar gives a 25% bonus to damage to all of the units in the area with only one cast. You may have to pack units tightly into a small area to have Roar cover them all since it has a small area of effect when cast.

It's very important to prevent Druids of the Claw from dying by using Rejuvenation. It's very expensive and time consuming to replace lost Druids of the Claw. Healing the Druids while they are in Night Elf Form results in more efficient healing.

Some players like building a lot of Druids of the Claw but leave them in Night Elf Form. While they don't do as much damage as they would do in Bear form, they can cast Rejuvenation on themselves and Roar. Usually, when focusing on Druids of the Claw it's best to mix them up having most in Bear Form and some in Druid Form to cast Rejuvenation and Roar on the Bears. Research Mark of the Claw so that you can use Roar while in Bear Form.


Druids of the Claw are powerful melee units. They are used in many strategies such as the famous Dryad Bear strategy. Their Rejuvenation ability gives Dryads a big advanatege over other melee units, as they can easily restore their lost hit points. As Night Elves generally lack healing possibilities Rejuvenation is useful to heal units without using Moon Juice. Roar is an ability that can increase the damage output of an entire army by 25%. Because of this every late game Night Elf army should have at least one Druid of the Claw.

Spells & Abilities[edit]

Cast Type : Active  Ability Type:  Magical
Target Type : No Target
Gives friendly units around the Druid a 25% bonus to damage.
Cast Requirements : 100
Targets Allowed : Air, Ground, Friend, Self
Area of Effect : 500
Duration : 45 s
Damage Bonus : 25%
Hotkey : R


Roar is a great bonus to give to your troops, especially in large team games where Roar can help a large army. Use Roar during battle whenever possible.

Research Mark of the Claw so that you can use Roar while in Bear Form.

Cast Type : Active  Ability Type:  Universal
Target Type : Unit Target
Heals a target friendly unit for 400 hit points over 12 seconds.
Cast Requirements : 125 1 s  Range:  400
Targets Allowed : Air, Ground, Friend, Vulnerable, Invulnerable, Self, Organic, Neutral
Duration : 12 s
Hit Points Healed : 400
Required upgrade : Druid of the Claw Adept Training
Hotkey : E


Rejuvenation is great for casting on Heroes or even allied Heroes. If your partner has a damaged Hero, cast Rejuvenation on their Hero to help them out. Cast Rejuvenation on nearly dead units and especially on powerful units you do not wish to lose. Cast Rejuvenation on the Priestess of the Moon when she Starfalls. This can allow her to cast it much longer even under attack.

You can cast Rejuvenation on units with full health. You can cast Rejuvenation on magic immune units.

Bear Form
Cast Type : Active  Ability Type:  Magical
Target Type : No Target
Transforms the Druid into a bear, slowing mana regeneration, but making him an excellent warrior.
Cast Requirements : 25
Required upgrade : Druid of the Claw Master Training
Hotkey : F


If you no longer need the Druid of the Claw as a spellcaster, turn him into a Bear and use him as a melee unit.

Unit Inventory (Night Elf)
Cast Type : Passive
Target Type : No Target
Allows the unit to carry 2 items.
Item Capacity : 2
Notes : Items cannot be used by the unit and are dropped, if the unit dies.
Upgrade: Backpack (Night Elf)
Cost : 50 25  Research Time:  20
Researched at : Tree of Life
Requirements : Ancient of Wonders


Gives Night Elves the ability to see as far at night as they do during the day.
Researched at : Hunter's Hall
 Hotkey : U
Cost : 50 50  Research Time:  45
Requires : Tree of Ages
Druid of the Claw Adept Training
Increases their Night Elf Form's mana capacity, mana regeneration rate, hit points, attack damage and unlocks a new spell.
Researched at : Ancient of Lore
 Hotkey : L
Cost : 100 50  Research Time:  25
Mana Point Bonus : 100
Mana Reg. Bonus : 0.32
Hit Point Bonus : 75
Damage Dice Bonus : 1
Spell Learned : Rejuvenation
Druid of the Claw Master Training
Cost : 100 150  Research Time:  35
Requires : Tree of Eternity
Mana Point Bonus : 200
Mana Reg. Bonus : 0.64
Hit Point Bonus : 150
Damage Dice Bonus : 2
Spell Learned : Bear Form


  • The Druid of the Claw training upgrades also increase damage like normal damage upgrades

Version History[edit]

Balance Patch History
VersionReleaseBalance Changes
  • Buff Druid of the Claw caster upgrade times reduced to 25 seconds and 35 seconds respectively, down from 45 seconds and 1 minute.