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The malicious primates

Primates are beasts found in various tropical areas of Azeroth, mainly Stranglethorn Vale, Feralas, Un'Goro Crater, the Lost Isles, the Jade Forest, and Zuldazar.

Both monkeys[1] and gorillas[2][3] are considered primates. The hozen of Pandaria are also called monkeys,[4][5] making them primates as well.

Gorillas are also classified as apes.[3][6][7][8]

Primate species

In the RPG

Icon-RPG.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

Druids are able to summon several species of primates as nature's allies.[9]


Dire ape
  • IconSmall Gorilla.gif Ape
    These powerful omnivores resemble gorillas but are far more aggressive; they kill and eat anything they can catch. An adult male ape is 5-1/2 to 6 feet tall and weighs 300 to 400 pounds. Apes tear prey apart with their mighty claws. They live in warm forests.[10]
  • IconSmall Gorilla.gif Dire ape
    Dire apes are found on Azeroth and in the Emerald Dream.[11] They are larger species of standard ape standing about 9 feet tall and weighs from 800 to 1,200 pounds. It is a large gorilla with silver down on its back. It has a shaggy coat that does little to hide the muscles in its frame, which bulge far more than normal muscles should.[12] They can also be summoned by druids.[9] Some druids choose them as their an animal companion.[13] Dire apes attack anything that enters their territory, even other dire apes. If an opponent’s armor foils a dire ape’s attacks, the creature attempts to grapple and pin, then rend the prone opponent.[12]

Hunter pets

Main articles: Gorilla#As a hunter pet, Monkey#As a hunter pet

There are two tamable hunter pet families consisting of primates: gorillas and monkeys.


  1. ^  [Crawling Claw]
  2. ^ Lone Wolf: Power of the Primates
  3. ^ a b N [15-30] Chasing A-Me 01
  4. ^ World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1, pg. 78 - A bold and mischievous race of monkeys, known as the hozen, also came to inhabit the dense jungles that encircled much of the vale.
  5. ^ Farmhand Dooka
  6. ^ N [15-30] The Apes of Un'Goro
  7. ^ N [20-30] The Ape Hunter's Slave
  8. ^ Baby Ape
  9. ^ a b World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 345
  10. ^ Monster Guide Web Supplement, pg. 3
  11. ^ Shadows & Light, pg. 145
  12. ^ a b Monster Guide, pg. 31
  13. ^ World of Warcraft: The Roleplaying Game, pg. 70