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Patch 8.0.1 updated generic crab model.
A crab in the TCG.

A crab (or a crawler)[1] is a (typically) small crustacean that is often found on beaches. Crabs have high armor, as the shell would imply. Crabs are typically neutral and ignore passers-by. They drop claws and meat that are used in cooking recipes (e.g.,  [Crawler Meat] for making Crab Cakes). They are usually found along the coastline, but can survive for extended periods of time away from the ocean.[2]

Some species have developed an advanced form of camouflage that causes their skin to appear translucent.[3]

Spineclaw crabs of Pandaria have existed for thousands of years and remain one of the continent's oldest creatures.[4]


Known species

Classic-only species


As a critter

Warcraft III

WC3RoC-logo.png This section concerns content related to Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos or its expansion The Frozen Throne.

Spider crab from Warcraft III.

Warcraft III featured several crabs

As a mount

Snapback Scuttler crab mount shown off at BlizzCon 2018 for patch 8.2.0.

As a companion pet

Wild battle pets

The following crab pets can be captured in pet battles around the world:

As a hunter pet

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Basic Special Exotic Bonus
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Goblin hunters start with a pet crab.

Patch changes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): [Pin] replaced with [Harden Shell].
  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.1.0 (2009-04-14): Bonuses equalized.
    Damage had no bonus and now has +5% bonus.
    Health had a 10% bonus and now has a +5% bonus.

  • Wrath-Logo-Small.png Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Major changes.
    Gained a new ability, [Pin].
    Armor had a +13% bonus and now has a +5% bonus.
    Health had a -4% penalty and now has +10% bonus.
    Damage had a -5% penalty and now has no penalty.


Patch changes

  • Battle for Azeroth Patch 8.0.1 (2018-07-17): Original model updated.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3 (2010-11-16): Some models updated.
    This model is referred to as the sand crab by some.
  • Bc icon.gif Patch 2.0.3 (2007-01-09): The crabs have received a few tweaks.


External links

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