|Abilities:||Choose One, Transform|
|Wiki tags:||Beast-generating, Rush-generating, Taunt-generating|
Cat or Bear? Cat or Bear?! I just cannot CHOOSE!
How to get
|Druid of the Claw||40||5|
|Golden Druid of the Claw||400||50|
Two copies of regular Druid of the Claw (Core) are obtained for raising druid to level 1.
Two copies of golden Druid of the Claw (Core) are obtained for winning 50 games as druid.
Choose One cards
- Resulting minions
- As with all transformations, this minion's change into either Cat or Bear Form is permanent and cannot be undone by Silences or being returned to the hand.
As a Choose One card, Druid of the Claw's power comes from its flexibility. The card can be used either offensively or defensively. The Charge minion is useful when you need to deal quick damage to a minion or defeat the enemy hero, while the defensive option is useful when you need a Taunt.
Unlike the similar Ancient of War, the basic Druid of the Claw card transforms into the chosen minion, producing a wholly separate card. Most significantly, the Bear Form Druid's base Health is 6 (not 4) and this will not be lost if Silenced. This makes Bear Form Druid almost strictly better than Fen Creeper (Bear Form Druid is vulnerable to Hemet Nesingwary).
- ▶️Where shall I strike?
- ▶️My strength is yours.
- ▶️<death sound>
- These ancient druids have adopted the totem of the bear and use the powers of their totem to defend their society from any external threats. They are fond of assuming Bear Form and roaming in seclusion throughout the wildlands of Kalimdor. When riled, the Druids of the Claw display ferocious power and stamina. Their magical spells augment their allies' fighting skills and bravery as well.
- Since this minion's Choose One effect normally replaces it with one of the two Beast forms, its regular attack and death sounds are only heard if the minion enters play through a summon or put into battlefield effect (such as Alarm-o-Bot), causing it to skip the transformation.
- Before Patch 18.104.22.16836 finally changed the card text, there was an ongoing debate on whether this card should include the word Transform like all the other similar Druid cards do, as its Choose One effect actually transforms itself rather than buffing its stats like the similarly-worded Ancient of War does. As a part of the always-standard Classic set, however, it had been said that the simple wording was preferred over describing the exact effect of the card.
- The artwork for this card comes from the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game "Wrathgate" series, for the card Ayluro Nightwind.
- Year of the Gryphon rotation (2021-03-30): Moved from Classic to Legacy set.
- Patch 22.214.171.124662 (2021-03-25): Now has 5 Attack (Up from 4). Now reads: Choose One - Transform into a 5/4 with Rush; or a 5/6 with Taunt. (previously: Choose One - Transform into a 4/4 with Charge; or a 4/6 with Taunt.).
- Patch 126.96.36.19936 (2017-04-04): Now reads: Choose One - Transform into a 4/4 with Charge; or a 4/6 with Taunt. (previously: Choose One - Charge; or +2 Health and Taunt.).
- Patch 188.8.131.5234 (2014-12-04): Druid of the Claw (Cat Form) and Druid of the Claw (Bear Form) are now Beasts; previously no minion type.
- Patch 184.108.40.20690 (2013-10-02): Flavor text changed from "Druids of the Claw can shapeshift into Cat or Bear Form. You'd think they'd also be able morph into Wolf or Sloth Form, but apparently not." to "Cat or Bear? Cat or Bear?! I just cannot CHOOSE!".
- Patch 220.127.116.1188 (2013-06-22): Now grants 2 Health, down from 3.
- Ben Brode on Twitter. (2014-11-04).