The Different Types of Shifting

Sure, werewolves can do lots of stuff. But can they do anything other than shift shape? I mean really, when you consider all that is in a werewolf’s realm of abilities, simply turning from man to wolf and back again can become quite boring. So, what else can they do? There are actually lots of different ways that werewolves can shift including non-lucid shifting and shifting out of one’s body. Here are the nine most common types of shifting and what they’re all about.

Sense Shifting – This happens when in human form however, senses become sharp and wolf-like. This usually only affects one or two senses at a time but it can be more.

Wild Shifting – This shifting also happens when in human form and is when the werewolf will become crazy, ‘wild’, and uncontrollable. The wolf will not be able to control his/her own actions, and may involuntarily growl or bare their teeth.

Non-Lucid Shifting – This type of shifting happens when the werewolf is dreaming and the person actually does change into a werewolf. However, the wolf has no idea this is happening and so has no control over their actions.

Lucid Dream Shifting – This differs from non-lucid shifting because, while the werewolf still changes into a werewolf while they are dreaming, they are aware of what is happening and able to control what they do.

Astral Shifting – This is when the werewolf comes out of the body and actually shifts onto a different astral plane. This is different from lucid dream shifting because the werewolf will shift to somewhere such as into past worlds, or other worlds where past loved ones may have gone when they died.

Mental Shifting – Mental shifting is actually something that many werewolves can do. This is the simple ability to shut out all human activity happening around in order to fully heighten all of the senses. This can be done when a werewolf is searching out prey, or something that may be of danger to them. Although it’s a fairly common ability, it still takes a good deal of concentration and focus.

Phantom Shift – A phantom shift is one of the most interesting types of shifts. This shift occurs when a werewolf is in human form and is experiencing something so close to resembling a shift that they need to check that they aren’t actually changing. The feeling of changing may even be so strong that the werewolf might check for fur. Of course, there will be none there – if it really is a phantom shift.

Auric Shifting – This type of shifting is done when the werewolf needs to change the aura that surrounds them. While the physical form of the werewolf, whether human or wolf, will stay the same, the aura around them will change. This is mostly used when a werewolf senses that they are in danger.

Physical Shifting – This of course, is the most common and well-known. It’s the act of a human turning into the form of a wolf, therefore becoming a werewolf.

Of course, not all werewolves will have all, or even any, of these abilities. But some of them are quite common so the possibility is quite good that a werewolf has the ability to shift in a number of different ways.

– Kate


  1. hello kate have you ever met a werewolf? well if you have let me know and if you have not would you like to. I am a werewolf and just had to read this to see if you knew what you were talking about. contact me if you wish.

    1. hey can a human become a werewolf by birth if the parents aren’t one? (but my dad definitely acts like he has the wolf spirit though he growls at my dog sometimes and he’s really alpha male and irratble and mean at times) I’m not sure if I have the curse/gift because I can’t remember my dreams and lucid dreaming with binaurals give you out of body experiances (and those can kill you because your subject to demons, shadow people, false angels and deities, etc. so I don’t want that) I just have this gut feeling I’m connected somehow but am considering just doing a ritual an alpha gave me so on my birthday whether I have it or not I’ll become a lycan and either magneify the power already and become a really strong werewolf or just become a regular one.

      please email me at or message me on google+ hangouts my name is SqUeEkEs DeRp PrOdUcTiOnS

      1. 1st if you are a werewolf you should boost about it 2nd if your parents aren’t werewolf’s then that means you aren’t 3rd wouldn’t you be living with a pack if you were and 4th have you actually ever shifted into a wolf

    2. I know this is an old comment but… if you were a werewolf, you wouldn’t tell anyone that you where one, right?

  2. I would call physical shifting the most well known but by far the least common (to be considered biologically impossible.)Even psuedo-physical shifting, which is where the silly concept of phyasical shifting originated, should be catagorized as a rare if not extinct practice. Psuedo-physical shifting can only be achieved with the aid of psychotropic hallucinegenes (which is strongly discouraged.) Before all the werewolves start ragging on me about sightings and historical acounts of physical werewolves I digress that psuedo-physical werewolves can appear to be fully physical and interact with the physical world through the etheric levels of physical matter. The etheric animal body of the practitioner is projected their physical mass a method also used in advanced glamour. Ironically this form of shapeshifting while capable of interacting with the physical world certain base metals, namely the magnetic ones (iron, and yes silver,) disrupt the etheric energy level thus shattering the etheric body and revealing the person within.

    1. it doesn’t have a reason to be an extinct practice…where do you think all the wolves go? you think they simply die? well…they didn’t.

  3. shifting? This stuff is called illusion, mental disorder etc. Did you call it “shofting” to make it sound better?

    1. this isn’t talking about any medical disorders though…you do know that that was a different subject right?

  4. And did you spell shifting wrong to seem less smart? Physical shifting is impossible but I have had a mental and phantom shift.

    1. what are you talking about? I dont know how you got as far as phantom shifting when you dont seem to be aware that thats the step right before physical shifting…

  5. That’s a good way to think about it.Oh, and can one of you werewolves out there bite me or turn me into a werewolf?PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I really want to become one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. All of this werewolf “shifting or miraculous changing” into a wolf or partial wolf and man could be true, and cannot. Its always a 50/50 on mythology. I personally think that Kate does have a point though. IF werwolves do exist, then there is a chance that they would have several possibilities in which to change through. Good Illustration Kate. I’ve had a couple of experiences like these myself. I’ve had the Phantom Shift several times last year. But that still doesn’t make me a werewolf. Thank you Kate. For you are a very smart, and intelligent person on werewolf mythology!

    1. mythology has nothing to do with it and even then there are things taken out of history that no one wanted anyone to know about out of their sick and evil racism over people who shifted and changed….fear. It’s not right but..thats why people who change have to stay in secret…no one would understand that here and now in this age because humans are sicker then they should be.

      1. I know this comment is old but I’m going to reply to it anyway. I think werewolves hide themselves to not be a science experiment. just imagine what scientists would do if they got their hands on a werewolf. I also think your reason is right too, if werewolves are real.

  7. Hello. I have had many dreams of shifting from human to wolf, and I often experienced mental and phantom shifts. The “ears” almost became permanent to the extent where I keep having to check and make sure I didn’t change physically. I can immitate wolf-like sounds such as growling, barking (yes, wolves do bark), whimpering, yelping, and howling, and often yelp involuntarilly when I’m startled or when I get injured. I often have trouble controlling the “snarl-and-growl” reflex and even bit one of the dogs when it tried to bite me (I knew the dog was only playing, by the way). I mostly need help learning how to control it. If you have any suggestions, please say so!

  8. I have read the responses and most are lucid dreamers, and some a forethought of projection. I have seen the comments of Wolfsbayne and moon cycles, the moon has nothing to do with it unless you are insane and your blood is reacting to the magnetic forces. I thank you for the effort of writing this page and will defend your right to believe in it. As for the rest of you believing you are a werewolf does not make you one.

    1. or maybe believing is being aware…either or…depends on the person and if that person is believing for the right reasons of course.

  9. I’ve always wanted to be a vampire, but when I thought about it, being a vampire wouldn’t be very fun. Living forever? I wouldn’t want that. I mean, theres a meteor heading towards the Earth for goodness sakes. When it hits the Earth..Whats gonna happen? Vampires are gonna be floating in space?

    The second thing I always wanted to be was a werewolf. Which is still number 2. (I have a dream of being a wolf demon.) If I was (a wolf demon or) a werewolf, what would happen? Would I be completely out of control? Would I be able to control when I turn into wolf form or not? Maybe…Maybe being human for a while would be better, but I still want to be a werewolf. Maybe I should learn more about them first?…

    Are there different types of werewolves?

    I love wolves. They are my favorite animal. My friend thinks I’m crazy because I want to be a werewolf. I am sorda crazy, but again…She is the wierd one. I think shes crazy because she still wants to be a vampire. My friend and I… Lets just say that we are like twin sisters..

    1. When you say it like that though no one is a vampire…when you die…and even before you are born here if you are born here of course because there are all kinds of places to live…you never “die”….you can do what you want when you want however you want…but that doesn’t stop people from coming here and dreaming of immortality from time to time and even more ironic things…it doesn’t really sink in for me what that really means but…it’s everyones norm here….

  10. Kate you are correct, all of them are possible. From personal exp, be careful who you speak to about this. People will be in disbelief, and others are the humans that want to be something more. Wolves can only be born as wolves, no more no less. You have to have the spirit inside you.

  11. You can’t change into a werewolf, wolf or any other kind of were-animal without having full-on true belief that it is possible of becoming one/it, because if you get doubted or misled of your thoughts just a little because someone calls you weird or crazy because you believe in these things then you need to work on it, another is how are you around animals in general and how are they around you! Another animal can sense when they are near there own and if you have ever been attack by an animal don’t be discouraged because you think they don’t like you because your not one of them. Think back and ask yourself what was you doing when it attacked, were you letting go of a number 1 [Males only I hope :P] because that is a threat against their territory, were you provoking it by moving to quickly towards it, little things can be a threat. And the best saying I have ever heard was “If you can imagine it, anything is possible” P.S. If you believe goof-balls saying they are werewolves then you need to ask yourself how much you really know about werewolves, and if you don’t then good! Just ignore them because they are attention seeking d***heads who are very lonely and are taking the p*ss out of your beliefs, no way would you be able to admit you were a werewolf, in every lore you have ever read not once does it confirm werewolves and that’s because the number 1 rule is they don’t reveal themselves to the humans or the outside world [both the same thing] and in every book you have read or in every movie you have watched, it is the same in everyone of them the rule is the same. Thanks for reading if anything about this you think is wrong then add and subtract from it, I’m not going to lash out because you don’t think the same Or Will I? :P :D In what everyone says there is going to be some truth from it. And good luck in succeeding on becoming a werewolf. :D

    1. People do change into wolves…and even other things….you cant just sya things in your own head thaty you think unless you know…what good does it do you or anyone to say things that aren’t true?

  12. I am a feral werewolf and have experianced many of these shifts. Not once have I pshifted yet. I came out of dormancy at the young age of twelve, however my shits didnt seem to start until I was 14. Most frequent ones at that time were non-lucid shits where in my dreams I would begin to run on all fours. These still happen to this day. I have recently started to have mshifts with the symptoms of a phantom shift. I would come in and out of these in a great deal of pain, nauseated, irritable, and dizzy. I would love to hear some more info about the ten archetypes of werewolves too, ie…
    Ferals, Anthros, Man-Wolves, Moonwalkers, Skinwalkers, Lycans, ect.
    But it is astounding how you know all of these shifts…unless youre a were yourself? Humans typically dont have knowledge this far in depth. As for all the children reading this article claiming you want to be a were…haha.
    No you do not. I have seen horrible things. Dont underestimate this, feel lucky to be fully human.

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