Drops from the optional boss Gahz'Rankha in Zul'Gurub. While using Poly: Turtle doesn't have any strategic advantages over Pig and Sheep, it's very rare and can help to distinguish multiple CC targets in areas where more than 1-2 sheeps are needed. Plus the turtle is my personal favorite being a mage~
tome of polymorph turtle dosent help you in the battlefield but like sheep and pig its just a fun thing to get. and if you have two diffrent mages one can use sheep and the other can us turtle seperating them so you know which one to keep polymorphing
I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere, and it's even more incentive to get your own turtle poly: Turtle Polymorph spell randomly creates 1 of 3 differently colored turtles.
There's a green skinned + tan shelled variety (similar to the Speedy pet), there's a red-skinned + brownish shelled one (like Cranky Benj), and then there's my favorite which is sort of like a sea-turtle with a bluish-green color (same model, only colors are different).
This is an extremely in demand item, especially on high pop servers like mine. Expect to pay 4000g+.
Sold for 2kg after about 5 minutes. I had a druid trying to tell me its worth 40g, and that hes a "Exalted ZG Warrior". If this was true, I dunno. Don't give this for less then 500g. You can make a hell of a profit off this thing.
I also did this with a feral druid, and myself (I'm a Resto Shaman, fully epic, in Kara gear, while my Girlfriend (The Feral Druid) is in a few Kara epics). It was easy and took maybe 20 minutes total to kill the boss, maybe 30+ min for the fishing though.
Oh ya and for Blizzard coming out with a new polymorph, maybe crab or murloc, im rooting for crab
This item can go for 5000gold (atleast 3000 and its sold) on Stormscale EU :)
I've sold this reliably the past 5 times its dropped on Draenor-EU for at least 4k every time (first time it went for 6k)
In these last legs of TBC, gold is easy to come by, and this sells very easily, and very quickly.
Haha, I got it for 500 g from AH. Am i lucky or has the price really sunk that much since WotLK?
I found that animals that are already turtles are actually immune to this Polymorph...including hunters pets when they are turtles.
I bought this for 200G on al'akir Eu
Today I've bought the tome for 150g on EU-Talnivarr via C.O.D.
Looks like it's not "easy 2k gold" anymore...
"I Like Turtles"
I fished one up about an hour after launch in Uldum. From the eel fishing pools. Surprised the hell outta me that's for sure.
I just fished this up in Deepholm from an Albino Cavefish pool. Haven't been able to determine a drop rate yet - will update if I come across this info.
Now obtained from fishing in Pools. I've caught two on the way to 525 fishing.
I just fished this out of an Algaefin Rockfish school in Twilight Highlands.
I fished up the "Tome of Polymorph: Turtle" from a school of Cavernfish Albino in Deepholm last night. (Sat, Dec 11, 2010). So despite ZG's removal, this item has NOT been removed from the game. Yay, Blizz!
You can get the tome from fishing now (I got it in twilight highlands)
Just fished one up from a Mountain Trout school in Mt. Hyjal.
Just fished this up from a Highland Guppy pool in Twilight Highlands, fishing skill 315, no +fishing enchants/other
Found in a pool of Blackbelly Mudfish in Uldum
Just fished up the Tome from fishing in Twilight Highlands. Betting it's a rare catch from fishing pools, I'm positive this will be confirmed later.
Just now, playing in live v. 4.3.13329 with ZG gone from the game but with Wowhead not having updated that Tome of Polymorph: Turtle is available from any other source than this boss in ZG, my husband got it just randomly fishing. He was in Twilight Highlands but I don't suppose that really matters because I am assuming this has become a random world drop now.
I fished up this tome today in a pool of fish in the Twilight Highlands. That means fishing is one way to get it, although I don't know if it's the
I just fished this up from a Blackbelly Mudfish School in Uldum.
Obtained from fishing a highland guppy pool in Twilight Highlands. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
didnt know they dropped here
Was just fished out of a Algefin Rockfish school in Twilight Highlands.
The tome is now rarely fished from Cataclysm pools:
This item now appears to drop from fishing.
I got one fishing from a school of Albino Cavefish in Deepholm. Unsure of whether it is fished out of schools only, or can drop from fishing anywhere in the Cataclysm zones.
I apologize if this is redundant information!
bad that it is so easy to get it now. 1200 casts....
I just got one of those while fishing in a Fathom Eel Swarm in Tol Barad Peninsula.
Too bad no one wants those on my server, got 4 of them on my bank :P
I got this from fishing a fathom eel school today in Tol Barad.
El has a awesome page on this topic, where it can be fished, etc. But it seems like these are only caught out of pools, not in open water, much like the Sea Turtle
EDIT: URL didn't come across,
I managed to fish this up from a Fathom Eel pool in Tol Barad Peninsula while doing my dailies. It really surprised me considering how much question there was regarding whether this would exist after 4.1 hit and Zul Gurub went from raid to 5-man. I already had bought one on the AH after 4.1 and paid quite a bit for it just so I had some variety in my Polymorphs. Now I'm just wondering if I should sell it now and get some money back or hold on to it in case it "leaves" again and then sell it for a fortune?
I fished one up in a Highland Guppy fishing swirl in Twilight Highlands. I was only skill level 190 when this occured and I was wearing only a fishing hat, a strong fishing pole, and no lure.
For those of you who found this during Cataclysm and didn't specify,
What class are you?
I'm just wondering if I should fish with my mage, who's a noob, or my non-mage, awesome fisherman.
I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed this... but the sound effect of the spell is extremely... strange. It sounds like someone gurgling into the mic.
Just caught the tome with my druid in Uldum, having a fishing skill below 160. All I had was the NPC sold +5 Fishing Pole.
Just fished one from a Highland Guppy School :)
What is this doing in Azshara's loot table?
I was hoping for a
, but Blizzard gave me a book about turtles instead. Such a tease.
Just fished one up in Uldum, fathom eel pool by The Cursed Landing. Second time I have fished one up!
Caught mine on Tol Barad Peninsula in a Fathom Eel pool.
I got it while fishing for Deepsea Sagefish. Like Berserk said I didn't know it dropped from fishing either.
Got one trying to get the sea turtle ....... how ironic
This used to be fished up in the old 25 man level 60 raid Zul'Gurub before it was changed to level 85. It dropped off of the boss Gahz'ranka which required 5 mudskunks and 1 mudskunk lure to summon. Mudskunks were found in Muddy Churning Waters. if you fished him up you got the achievement Deadliest Catch which would now be in your feat of strength achievement section
I already had this spell on my mage from Gahz'ranka (may he rest in pieces) but still fished it up in Deepholm a few days ago, about five years after I'd already learned it.
Not bragging here--just wanted to let you know you can still obtain this tome even if you already know the spell, in case anyone wondered if there was a restriction on fishing it up after learning it (as in the case of
Current List of Polymorphs (October 2014)
: from quest
Black Cat -
宝典 - 变形术：黑猫
*Note: a number of polymorph's which were previously glyphs appear to have been removed as of patch 6.0*
Polar Bear Cub -
*appparently removed spells*
: from ?
: from ?
Edit: updated post to be correct for patch 6.0
Do you have to be on a mage to get this?
To confirm, I just fished this tome up in the Twilight Highlands around the Dragonmaw Port docks (Alleria server). Obtained it after catching 79 Deep Sea Sagefish, 22 Volatile Water & 54 Highland Guppies, all from their respective pools. I was on my Paladin, so again, no you don't have to be using a Mage in order to get this tome. Good luck and happy fishing!
Since the tome (and the turtle mount) can be fished out of any pool from Cataclysm, you can make routes fairly easily.
I'm currently fishing in Uldum and my route is as follows:
Starting from Ramkahen, I move down the river to the sea (where the river splits I go along the north-east side of the Lost City so I can easily cover the delta). Then I go west, following the coastline up to about Schnott's Landing. Then I travel a bit, following the mountains until I reach the Oasis of Vir'sar, go through the oasis, leaving it at the northern canal at the Obelisk of the Moon and then down back to Ramkahen.
Though you could theoretically try this with a land mount, the pools on the coastline are far easier to reach with a flying mount. Not to mention making it easier to avoid all the mobs.
Just did 300 schools in Uldum with no luck.
Looks like it's going to take longer than I thought...
This tome may also be purchased on the Auction House for those who don't wish to fish.
This is a complete list of spells categorizing as
's Polymorph spells and where to obtain them (if possible):
How to Obtain
Learnt by class trainer.
宝典 - 变形术：黑猫
Drops from all Pandaria porcupines. E.g.
Fished from Cataclysm pools.
宝典 - 变形术：蛇
I got this today 7/28/16 on Wyrmrest Accord at 6:24am(server time)
Location was Loch Verrall (Twilight Highlands) Found in Highland Guppy School at Coordinates 31,62
After many, many times of fishing(2 days worth of fishing) lol Good luck and hope this helps others.
I just created a video on this spell and where you can farm it
Just fished this out of Loch Verrall in the Twilight Highlands (30.18 67.29) on my DK (!) whilst levelling fishing on an alt. Fishing skill 477.
This is one of the Mage Class Books that existed long before
, though many new Class Books have been added since Legion's pre-patch. These Class Books have similar effects to traditional glyph's. This puts a new Ability in your Spellbook.
List of known Mage Legion Class Books:
Mystical Tome: Arcane Linguist
Mystical Tome: Illusion
Dalaran Initiates' Pin
List of other known pre-Legion Mage Class Books
Ancient Tome of Portal: Dalaran
Tome of Polymorph: Black Cat
Tome of Polymorph: Polar Bear Cub
Tome of Polymorph: Penguin
Tome of Polymorph: Porcupine
Tome of Polymorph: Monkey
Tome of Polymorph: Rabbit
Tome of Polymorph: Turtle
After just over 3000 casts in Uldum and Twilight Highlands schools, combined, without a drop, I contacted a GM to clarify if I met the requirements for the item to drop and he confirmed that you need 450 fishing or above for it to drop for a mage.
After 7.0 has hit, the spell went missing from my spell book. I've had this since Zul'Gurub for about ten years, now it is gone for no reason. But as the item is still in game, I don't understand what's going on here. Could someone check their spell book and see if he/she has the same issue? Thx in advance!
Polymorph your enemy into something small and cute! <3
2000+ casts as a Mage with 800 fishing... still haven't seen one. This is definitely really rare.
can it be caught from pool of fire?
It Finally dropped for me, It took 2449 attempts
Good luck to anyone farming it
Fishing with my friend for this, he got it after around 200 casts into pools at Tol Barad *sigh* (494 fishing)
He is now showing me with great delight that the icing on the cake is that the turtle is also a random skin and there are at least 3 variants of turtle!
Keep going, don't give up . . . *swallows own medicine* /cast
Does it only drop when fished for inside of pools?
Has anyone tried to fish for it outside of pools?
I tried fishing for this ≈infinity times like everyone else, just to complete my polymorph collection. I don't know if it matters, or if I was lucky, but once I actually hit level 80, it was less than two hundred casts before I got my tome (from a pool in Twilight Highlands, flying up and down the river only fishing in pools). Just putting it out there that
you have to be level 80 (Cataclysm level) to fish it up.
Has anyone gotten this after the fishing profession changes?
Spent 19+ hours fishing in the past two days and nothing as of yet. Only reason I ask is due to Fishing profession changes with BfA.
-- Maybe just unlucky. I'll keep you guys updated as I fish.
Confirmed to still be obtainable as of Nov 2018 Patch 8.0.1.
For four nights I fished with my level 120 Rogue with max Cataclysm fishing skill (75),
, and some baubles.
I started in Twilight Highlands but moved to Uldum on the second night due to lack of pools to fish from.
After three days and 1500+ cast I decided to stop using my fishing hat, pole, and baubles and just use the basic fishing command in case it made some sort of a difference; That night around 1700+ cast I caught
right next to the the flight master at Oasis of Vir'sar in the north western corner of Uldum.
The next night at just over 2200+ cast total I finally caught
near the exact same location in Oasis of Vir'sar.
I'm unsure if increasing your fishing skill above 75 with equipment hinders your ability to catch these items due to some bug, it could just be a coincidence that I got caught both after taking them off.
*Edited for grammar*
Do you need to be mage to fish this up or can you be any class since the other ones you need to be mage
I felt motivated to add a comment here regarding Tome of Polymorph:Turtle. After four days, and roughly 3500 casts, it finally dropped precisely at the point when I was making my last loop and preparing to log with the full belief that I would never see it. To my astonishment it suddenly appeared. I was fishing on my mage, in a pool, just south of the dam in the center of Uldum. If you are about to give up on this, don't. It will drop.The only fishing I had on my mage was 75, cataclysm. I was using no fishing buffs ... simply the default fishing rod. Good luck. The turtle made it to the water.
I've got this today after
of fishing in UIdum. It's possible but its very rare. Goodluck
I just fished one out of an Albino Cavefish pool in Deepholm. I have Cata fishing of 73 and didn't use anything to increase my fishing skill.
Just got this tonight on my Mage while trying to level up my Cataclysm Fishing skill. I just got done doing the quest chain to unlock the Twilight Highlands Portal in Orgrimmar. After doing that I started the riverbed to lake path to make a full loop. I started fishing in Twilight Highlands with a skill of 16/75 Cataclysm. On my 23rd skill point increase
is when I fished up this Tome of Polymorph: Turtle.
After reading all the comments on this page I would guess that I just got lucky. I wasn't even here looking to fish anything special up, not even the turtle mount since I already fished one up in Northrend seven or eight years ago when I last played. Although I am playing a Mage and I wouldn't mind having additional types of polymorph effects I have no actual interest in going out of my way to get them.
I didn't take note of my location because I wasn't expecting myself to come here looking up the info about this item. All I can say is that I wasn't even at my halfway-point in the loop; I got it in the riverbed section of the map before you would fly up top to the Twilight Citadel lake - Loch Verrall. I was using the default fishing action where you don't actually equip a fishing pole or lure. I got it from a Highland Guppy School.
Here's a screenshot of what The Undermine Journal says the tome is going for as of February 20, 2020 (The Battle for Azeroth patch 8.3). My character's server price is for Hakkar - North America region.
Best of luck to all of you purposely tryng to fish this up. I hope you get it.
Tome Polymorph: Turtle - Auction Pricing
Hello! I was trying to collect all the polymorphs on my mage and this was the last one I needed! I was worried about trying to fish this one up given it's drop chance, and it's going for 2 million gold on my server, which just isn't feasible for me either lol. Any who, fished all day in all the zones and thought I was leaving with nothing. Decided to force myself through a couple more casts and got it! I got it in Uldum from the big lake beside Ramkahen. 75/75 cataclysm fishing skill by the time I got it (started from 0). No special equipment/gear/bobbers. Patch 9.1 of Shadowlands- Good luck and happy hunting for this one!
Decided to fish from some Albino Cavefish pools while doing deepholm questlines and I guess I got lucky, got it during the 3rd pool.
Celebrating my 7000th cast trying for this item! I do approximately 100 casts a day, which comes out to over two months. I fished the first 4000 in Twilight Highlands, and the next 3000 in Deepholm. I may swap to Uldum at 8000 casts and try my luck there.
Just fished this up today as of patch 9.1.5. Fished it up in Twilight Highlands in a pool of fish after about 1200 casts.
My non-Mage, lvl 35 alt fished up
from a Mountain Trout School today. I was fishing on the river cascading down the cliffs southeast of the Gates of Sothann in Mount Hyjal; been fishing for about 40 minutes, and was at the second tier of pools down the cliffs.
The map says I was technically in Azshara at 16.2,41.2, and I was getting fishing skill points in vanilla fishing (299/300 when the tome dropped), even though I was fishing in Mountain Trout Schools.
Anyone know if the time phase of the zone effects the drops? Or if you are fishing in the right type of pool, is that all that matters? I know that in some zones the types of pools that spawn change based on the time phase of the zone. Thanks for any info... losing faith here in getting this to drop and worried that I've been casting thousands of times in pools in the wrong phase.
I'd love for someone to help me with this in 2022, the info is so cathartic. So in SHADOWLANDS - where do we go for this? is it pools, is it cata zones? Is it free fishing (non pools?). The info available is so outmoded and useless, it's impossible to know what to do.
I'm hoping cata pools is still the current way to get this (in Oct 2022), so i'm doing what I can. But yeah - anyone got some modern day advice on this?
It feels like i've stumbled on a conspiracy and no one wants to talk about it because it's so obscure and obviously makes a lot of gold, but me and my mate are just trying to fish it for memes not gold making. Help! XD
I have now surpassed 3,000 casts in Uldum and no tome yet. Received the sea turtle mount at 350+ casts. So far I have spent maybe 15 hours fishing for this tome. Will update when I have gotten it! Wish me all the luck.
Update: After 4,811 casts, I received the tome (on October 24, 2022). Still can drop!
For anyone attempting this in current end of Shadowlands, 1 day before prepatch content for Dragonflight, I can confirm it drops from Schools of fish in Cata content.
I got it from a Highland Guppy School in Twilight Highlands in the roughly middle of Verrall River (coords were 53.80 36.04) while looping up and down.
However I clicked too fast after the loot popping up from fishing and it didn't deposit into my inventory and has of yet not appeared in mail. So cautionary tale, if you are fishing don't click out of loot pick up too fast or you might end up crying like I did after 3 days and over 5000 casts.
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