Great exploring mount, especially when playing with friends. In a pack, Dire wolves can bring down creatures much larger than themselves. They dont require a saddle which is great, but that also means they have no armor. Level health and melee.
Getting a TLC patch in March 2018 to add howl that will initiate the pack bonus for 5 minutes, will be able to sniff out players or creatures with less than 50% health, and will be able to detect explorer notes.