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Crawling Claw

Crawling Claw
Crawling Claw
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Profession: Archaeology - Tol'vir

Artifact: [Crawling Claw]

Crawling Claw
Crawling Claw
Binds when picked up
Use: Teaches you how to summon this companion.
Want it Want it | Got it | Exclude — Community: 20.2% have it
Neutral Neutral

Plays rock, paper, scissors with other Crawling Claw pets.

Pit-pattering footsteps; vocalizations (on-click)

Plays rock, paper, scissors with other Crawling Claws, and explodes when it loses.

Archaeology required.
Cataclysm expansion required.
3 allowed
Patch 4.0.3 | Posted: December 7, 2010

This companion is a rare tier Tol'vir archaeology item. It is created by discovering and "solving" 150 Tol'vir Archaeology Fragments. Players may utilize up to three Tol'vir Hieroglyphic to aid in the solving of this item. Each Tol'vir Hieroglyphic is the equivalent of 12 Tol'vir Archaeology Fragments.

Once completed, an entry on the Crawling Claw can be found in players' archaeology tab: "A legend among the tol'vir tells of a wicked djinn whom the Ramkahen sought to destroy. In an attempt to prevent his own death, the djinn tried to transfer his spirit into the body of a monkey. He was slain right in the middle of the transference, and only a fraction of his essence had moved over - only enough to possess the monkey's paw."

Although this pet is Bind on Account, the item will disappear once learned.

Level 0: Health 0Power 0Speed 0
Requires Pet Level: 1

100% Hit Chance 


Slashes at the target with dark energy, dealing 413 Undead damage.

Vs. Humanoid

Vs. Aquatic
Requires Pet Level: 10

100% Hit Chance 


Inflicts agony on the target, causing increasing Undead damage each round for 2 rounds.

Vs. Humanoid

Vs. Aquatic
3 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 2

Heals the user for 551 health and increases the maximum health of your active pet by 5 per level for 9 rounds.

4 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 15

100% Hit Chance 


Deals 197 Undead damage and forces the opponent's lowest health pet to swap into battle.

Vs. Humanoid

Vs. Aquatic
5 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 4

100% Hit Chance 


Deals 788 Undead damage after 4 rounds.

Vs. Humanoid

Vs. Aquatic
3 Round Cooldown
Requires Pet Level: 20

100% Hit Chance 


Rots the target's flesh, dealing 492 Undead damage and transforming them into Undead for 5 rounds.

Vs. Humanoid

Vs. Aquatic


Undead pets return to life immortal for one round when killed, but deal 25% less damage.


Damage Taken 

50% from Critter abilities

33% from Dragonkin abilities

Uldum — Kalimdor
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Rating: +13   [Report]

So, after nearly two years farming for the claw my guild mates were so sick of seeing the gatherer notes pertaining to my dig sites they made a pool and bought a claw for me

Nov 8, 2014 at 11:16pm | Edits: 0 | Aerie Peak-US | Pets: 876 Compare collections | Score: 5220
Top RaterHydramith 
Rating: +12   [Report]
>>>WARNING<<< As of the moment of writing this, the pet, even though being BoA, can only be learned by 1 character, it disappears after use. Pick your character carefully!
Dec 26, 2010 at 3:11am | Edits: 1 | Doomhammer-EU | Pets: 587 Compare collections | Score: 3037
Rating: +11   [Report]

Not sue sure if anyone has left this idea but the easiest way to get this rascal now is to get the item that makes you only have mantid digs for a whole day. That cuts down on traveling. You then turn all items into restored then trade each one in in seat of knowledge. Turn them in to Braan for Tolvir box. I think this will speed up getting this pet or anything you want in archaeology.

Apr 21, 2014 at 7:23pm | Edits: 0 | Terenas-US | Pets: 673 Compare collections | Score: 3743
Site MVPMoritach 
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I finally found another person with the crawling claw pet and they do play rock, paper, scissors alright... but the losing pet explodes and is desummoned! :O
Jan 17, 2011 at 5:57am | Edits: 0 | Silvermoon-EU | Pets: 514 Compare collections | Score: 0
Rating: +6   [Report]

If you want a pet that can beat Farmer Nishi quickly, then use this pet.  I can usually beat all three of her pets with just this one.  Easy pet daily.  Handier thing is to have one of your level 23s or 24s come in for a round and get a quick leveling.


Update: Seriously, great way to level a low pet.  Put my level 14 Darkmoon Rabbit in for one round and leveled him to level 18.

Jan 21, 2013 at 10:52pm | Edits: 1 | Khaz'goroth-US | Pets: 487 Compare collections | Score: 2406
Site MVPFajita_falcon 
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The lore of this pet is a reference to the short story "The Monkey's Paw" by William Wymark Jacobs, though it was likely also inspired by Thing from The Addams Family. It has a similar finger-walking animation too.
Dec 7, 2010 at 11:04am | Edits: 1 | Wyrmrest Accord-US | Pets: 881 Compare collections | Score: 4600
Top RaterVek 
Rating: +4   [Report]

Can be tough to get, but after Death Grip nerf this pet is definetly not a top one. Can still be used for Agony/CoD and Death Grip, but if Grip misses you just have to stand there, never re-apply Agony let it run it's course. Rot is a bit out of place and you need a critter attack companion to make best use of it. It can heal, but then you got to go with Shadow Slash, and comparing it to Fossilized Hatchling the Hatchling wins out due to BONESTORM. Does not feel that powerful anymore.

May 26, 2014 at 5:29am | Edits: 0 | Aggramar-EU | Pets: 670 Compare collections | Score: 3996
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I am working on this one! One tip I have found, is - as nice as it is to keep working around the map until you have 3-4 in Uldum, don't do it. As soon as one spawns in Uldum, go get it, else it's just one less Uldum spot it can spawn in.
Jul 6, 2012 at 8:47pm | Edits: 0 | Frostmourne-US | Pets: 538 Compare collections | Score: 2407
Rating: +3   [Report]

Five hundred and eighty nine Tol'vir solves and... I still don't have this pet.


I mean, if this was a whale I would be chasing it to the end of the earth with a harpoon.


Lightfoot, you need to buy the crate items from the mote vendor and then trade those to Bran or the Arakoa vendor in Ashran for the turn in; you've never been able to trade the motes directly.

Jun 1, 2015 at 4:34pm | Edits: 1 | Skywall-US | Pets: 913 Compare collections | Score: 5461
Rating: +3   [Report]
Still dancing around Kalimdor, trying to get this pet. It helps to be a Gnomish or Goblin Engineer and a Mage. Makes getting around much faster.
May 29, 2012 at 4:22pm | Edits: 1 | Moon Guard-US | Pets: 517 Compare collections | Score: 2612
Rating: +2   [Report]

GOT MINE OVER WEEKEND! years of digging FINALLY pays off!

Apr 20, 2016 at 11:00am | Edits: 0 | Azuremyst-US | Pets: 717 Compare collections | Score: 4250
Rating: +2   [Report]

After a year actively digging for this pet,  I gave up. I got tired of spending my weekends flying all over Pandaria. Then I needed a few fossil fragments for the DM Faire quest (Fun for the kiddies) and a digsite opens in Uldam. I fly over it on my way to Obalis. It completes my Engraved scimitar hilt ( #32) and boom I see Mummified Monkey paw.... took me a sec to realize that I needed to crap my pants... then I did. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

Sep 13, 2014 at 5:23am | Edits: 0 | Eldre'Thalas-US | Pets: 639 Compare collections | Score: 3750
Rating: +2   [Report]
Finally got this after 442 tol'vir solves. whew!
Dec 18, 2011 at 2:58pm | Edits: 4 | Proudmoore-US | Pets: 841 Compare collections | Score: 4803
Top RaterUnknownhand 
Rating: +1   [Report]

Ended up having to buy this pet after all. I just don't have the time to wander around... and around... poking at the ground.

Dec 1, 2015 at 9:49am | Edits: 0 | Haomarush-US | Pets: 838 Compare collections | Score: 4815
Top RaterWaynebrady 
Rating: +1   [Report]

Typically these claws sell for around 10-25k on most servers, but I suggest solving it yourself. If you're having trouble with Tol'Vir solving I suggest waiting until you have at least 3-4 archaeology sites in Uldum before heading there. At first I would go when I had one, but then I would wind up flying back up north to another dig site. I decided to wait until 3-4 sites appeared in Uldum before heading there. It guaranteed me a solve each time I went.

Mar 24, 2014 at 12:45pm | Edits: 1 | Bloodhoof-US | Pets: 939 Compare collections | Score: 5614
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Wow, I did not know that I had this much patience! I did archeology for a month and a half to get this little guy! I was so happy when he showed up I screamed. My son thought I was crazy. But finally after 2,000 Tol'vir solves and who knows how many Pandaren solves I got him!

Feb 20, 2014 at 11:07am | Edits: 0 | Dalaran-US | Pets: 847 Compare collections | Score: 4893
Top RaterGham 
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wow, two crawling claws will play a version of rock paper scissors, very neat

Feb 5, 2014 at 10:11pm | Edits: 0 | Duskwood-US | Pets: 817 Compare collections | Score: 4882
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Finally got my Crawling Claw after 111 Tol'vir digs, very happy bunny it just looks awesome and if you give him a magical biscuit he towers over goblins and gnomes lol

*Over 800 solves in total, thank heavens for MOP crates or I think I would have gone mad!!

Jun 27, 2013 at 8:58am | Edits: 1 | Auchindoun-EU | Pets: 419 Compare collections | Score: 2095
Top RaterZurcn 
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I'm so unlucky that, even after getting this pet, he constantly loses at RPS

Nov 16, 2012 at 3:00am | Edits: 0 | Aggra (Português)-EU | Pets: 646 Compare collections | Score: 3286
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Finally got this one too after 913 artifacts
Tol'Vir: 197
Night Elf: 440
Dwarf: 40
Troll: 116
Fossil: 91
Draenei: 6
Orc: 9
Vrykul: 8
Nerubian: 6
The most boring farming in Azeroth ?
Aug 17, 2012 at 11:45am | Edits: 1 | Nordrassil-EU | Pets: 892 Compare collections | Score: 5335
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This appears to be nothing more than the paw of a small primate. A closer inspection shows that the hand has been dried by centuries of exposure to the sands of Uldum.
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