Originally posted here: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/to...5794182?page=1
I got this idea ever since troll druids turned into a completely different animal than the other races when using flight form. I decided to collect my thoughts into a forum post after seeing the new models coming out in 5.2. My idea, however far from possible it is, is to give each race their own specific animal form as opposed to a different type of 'Cat' or a different type of 'Bear.' If blizzard could rename Cat Form to 'Feral Form' and Bear Form to 'Guardian Form' that would remove the restrictions to having to turn them into different looks of the same basic animal. I know you just came out with new druid forms in Cataclysm and I hear you're working on a new Moonkin form (?) But I feel like this would be an absolutely wonderful decision and would make many players, including myself, very happy.
Now, here are some ideas I cooked up for each Race's specific forms;
Feral: Panther. Again, hasn't changed, the panther is too perfect for night elves in my opinion.
Guardian: I would like to say Bear for the reason stated above but the bear works better for Worgen in my opinion, I would suggest Tortoise because of the night elf ties to the turtle ancient Tortolla.
Flight: Owl, fits night elves perfectly, even more so than ravens in my opinion.
Feral: I would hate to say Lion because I wouldn't want two races to keep the same old form but I cannot think of another more fitting feral form for Tauren, I will try and think of one however.
Guardian: Kodo. Maybe even a Clefthoof or a Rhinoceros or a Yak or some other form of a large bull.
Flight: Another difficult one, Wyvern is the only thing I can think of and even that isn't super-fitting.
Feral: Raptor, Easy. Trolls have always been closely tied to dinosaurs and I feel the raptor is a beyond perfect fit.
Guardian: Triceratops, or Dire Horn as I suppose they're called. As soon as I saw one I knew if my druid could ever turn into one I would never play another character or game. Ever.
Flight: Pterodactyl, the bat form is unique and cool but if trolls are more dinosaur themed than pterodactyl is a perfect fit. And I'm not talking the new ones with the enormous under bite, I'm thinking classic un'goro pterodactyls.
Feral: Wolf, like a big dire wolf or a worg. Something cool and aggressive, like the horde pvp mount, vicious war wolf
Guardian: Bear, I could not think of an animal more suitable without being just a bigger and more defensive wolf, a Worgen is a wolf and the only thing I could think of in relation to a wolf to fit this niche is a bear.
Flight: Raven, same as it is now, It's perfect.
Feel free to add in your own input (specifically ideas for a feral and flight form for tauren and a guardian form for night elves.)