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DescriptionTeen Wolf Myth
First AppearanceWolf Moon
Last AppearanceSmoke & Mirrors

Werewolves are a supernatural species of shape-shifter and are the primary protagonists within the Teen Wolf Universe.


They usually appear in human form and can shift to varying degrees into a bipedal wolf-like creature with increased body hair, fangs and glowing eyes.

While most of the werewolves on the show remain in the "nearly human" form; Laura Hale, her mother, Talia Hale, and Derek Hale can look like a regular wolf when transformed. Peter Hale took on a monstrous giant wolf-like form.

The Alpha Twins could merge into one large creature but, while larger than normal, it retained a mostly human appearance.


  • Heightened Senses: Werewolves can smell, see and hear far better than humans.
  • Accelerated Healing: Werewolves heal quickly from most injuries.
  • Enhanced Agility: Werewolves can jump, run, climb and react faster than humans.
  • Enhanced Strength: Werewolves are much stronger than humans.
  • Pain Transference: Werewolves can absorb and alleviate pain from other people/creatures and can "heal" in some cases.
  • Memory Transference: Werewolves can transfer (give or take) memories by inserting claws into nape of an individual's neck. This ability can establish mind-to-mind communication and, with practice, allow for memory manipulation or erasure.

NOTE: The above abilities are common to all three types of werewolves. Even in human form they appear to possess all of these abilities although there is evidence that the abilities are not always active and must be "turned on" to work.

Unique Abilities

  • Some werewolves have shown the ability to sense illness and, in one case, the onset of an epileptic seizure. This seems to be due to a combination of their "Heightened Senses" working in concert on a subconscious level.
  • Some werewolves have so much mastery over their body that they can inhibit their scent. Making them undetectable to other werewolves.

Perks and Quirks

  • Becoming a werewolf can heal scars and cure chronic illnesses like asthma, epilepsy or even cancer.
  • Camera flashes and some video recording devices cause werewolves eyes to glow making them nearly impossible to photograph. They can apparently learn to control this effect.
  • Werewolves cannot become intoxicated by drinking alcohol. It is believed this is due to their enhanced healing ability.


While not yet defined on the show, it is apparent that some werewolves have a somewhat altered aging process.

  • In Mexico, during the Dark Moon, Derek was somehow regressed physically from an adult to a teenager.

It is unclear if this change in physical appearance (or lack thereof) is connected to the mastery of their bodies mentioned in the "Unique Abilities" section above or some other, heretofore, unexplained process.


Major Weaknesses


The effects of Wolfsbane vary depending on the type, amount and delivery method. It can cause hallucinations, weaken, render unconscious or kill werewolves.

Mountain Ash

When used properly, Mountain Ash can form an impenetrable barrier to keep supernatural creatures in or out. It can also, according to Dr. Deaton, modify their behavior - keeping them from “causing trouble”.

Lunar Eclipse

Werewolves are powerless during a total lunar eclipse.

Minor Weaknesses

  • Inexperienced werewolves are at the mercy of the full moon. Under its sway, they lose control and their homicidal tendencies increase. This can be controlled through force of will but bitten werewolves have a more difficult time with keeping it under control.
  • Hecatolite can block the effects of the moon and disrupt the natural cycle of transformation.
  • Bites, scratches and other wounds inflicted by an Alpha will not heal as quickly as other injuries.
  • The steady application of low amperage electricity will keep werewolves weak and in human form.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The weaknesses mentioned here are unique to werewolves. Other methods of death such as being cut in half or having one's skull crushed would also be fatal to humans and are therefore not specific "werewolf weaknesses". Fire is also mentioned often by fans as a "special weakness" for werewolves but, according to what we've seen on the show, fire harms werewolves significantly less than it does humans. For werewolves, even the worst burns will eventually heal.


Mistletoe is a poison for both humans and werewolves.

It is unclear if the plant is to blame for the observed effects in Season 3.

It is likely that something in the way Jennifer Blake used the plant resulted in the various effects seen.

Types of Werewolves

There are three known types of werewolves in the Teen Wolf mythology.


An Omega is the “lone wolf”; existing without a pack and without an Alpha.

They have all the werewolf abilities mentioned above but are considered weaker than other types because they are not part of a pack.

Werewolves can become Omegas by choice or be forced out of a pack by the Alpha or by circumstance.

NOTE: The term "omega of the pack" has been used in reference to the lowest ranking member/members of a pack. This does not indicate a drop in actual werewolf status but is instead used as an insult.


Betas are members of a pack and, because of this association, they are considered stronger than Omegas.

They do not seem to have any special abilities beyond those mentioned above.

NOTE: Both Betas and Omegas will show various skill levels based on experience therefore a direct comparison of power levels is difficult.


An Alpha is the leader of a pack of werewolves. It is the strongest, most powerful and so far the most lethal variety of Werewolf.

Becoming an Alpha

  • A Beta or Omega can become an Alpha by killing an Alpha.
  • A Beta or Omega can become an Alpha through strength of character or force of will alone. These are called “True Alphas” and are very rare.

Special Abilities

  • An Alpha’s bite can transform a human into a werewolf. The bite usually only has two outcomes - transformation or death although there are exceptions (See Lydia Martin and Kanima).
    • It appears a scratch from an Alpha, if it goes deep enough, can also be transformative. (See Kate Argent).
  • Alphas have limited telepathy and mental control over the betas that they create and some other shapeshifters (See Werecoyote).
  • Bites, scratches and other wounds inflicted by an Alpha will not heal as quickly as other injuries.
  • Alphas can heal the extremely ill with their pain transference ability but they give up part of the "spark" that makes them an Alpha. This can result in a loss of Alpha status.

Eye Color

  • An Alpha's eyes glow red.
  • Yellow is the most common eye color among Betas.
  • Some Beta’s have blue eyes as an indication that they have taken an innocent life.
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Werewolves are social creatures and mostly operate within packs.

Characters have stated the following:

  • Werewolf packs are made up of one alpha (male or female) and a group of Betas
  • The Alpha is the one who leads and makes all decisions that the entire pack follows
  • Werewolves become physically stronger and more powerful once they join a pack. This is stated several times during Season 1 and is the overriding theme of Season 2
  • Pack membership is voluntary but failing to join leaves the werewolf weaker (see Omega above)

While clearly stated, these rules seem flexible and ill-defined in practice.

Scott's Pack

The show has never given a precise definition of what makes up a "Teen Wolf Pack". 

For example, the lineup of Scott's Pack has changed on a number of occasions, sometimes twice within the same episode, without any overt decision by Scott or any pack member.

Since there is no clear-cut definition, no ritual involved in becoming a member of the pack, we must judge based on observing character's actions.

Example for Illustration Purpose Only -

Based purely on observation Scott's primary pack in Season 3(b) was a mix of humans and werewolves  - 

At the same time - there is a group of apparent non-members who, like the rest of the pack, fight at Scott's side and work to protect the group -

Alpha Pack

It is possible to have an entire pack of Alpha werewolves. See The Alpha Pack for details.

Known Werewolves


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  • Status

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    • There are werewolves like Derek that are considered Betas despite not having a pack. Liam is a Beta, but Scott said that an Alpha needed at le...
    • The formation and composition of packs within Teen wolf are ill-defined as explained on the Werewolf page.
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    • I don't get the fact that Lydia was supposed to change twice a month? Why?

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