Hunter

Hydra

Hunter Pets of Draenor

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Anxious to tame some new pets in Draenor, I copied my hunter over to Beast Lore some wildlife. I know you can just look these up on Petopia but there’s something exciting about hitting that button and seeing whether something it tameable or not.

There are three new families this time round.

Hydras

Some of you would have been lucky enough to tame a hydra back in Wrath when the spectral ones from Shalozar were able to be tamed. Unfortunately, I was not one of them since I wasn’t in a rush to level my hunter so the ability to tame one was removed before I could.

Hydra

These beauties are available in Shadowmoon Valley.

Riverbeasts

Riverbeasts

Just look at that face.

Rylaks (Exotic)

The following rylak sits in the Horde Garrison waiting to taxi us to a nearby camp just after we build our base. There are also some similar looking creatures in Frostfire Ridge called the Glacial Icemaw which are not tameable but may be found in the same area as the rylaks.

wod-taxi

 

Draenor Boar

Frost-trap

I spotted this Pack Boar pretty close to my garrison so thought it might be cool to have one as a pet. How disappointing to see it didn’t keep its little pack but check out the new frost trap.

Boar

Draenor Ravager

Ravager

Very different to the corrupted ones in Outlands.

Draenor Wolves

Garn NighthowlVoid Wolf

There appear to be other colour variations but these are just the ones I’ve seen so far. You can also check out my Frostfire Ridge and Silvermoon Valley rares for other models like the sporebat.

Skarr

Waiting for Skarr

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When I heard that hunters would have 50 stable slots, I was excited. There have been so many pets which I’ve tamed, abandoned and retamed over the years – Humar the Pridelord, Uhk’loc and Ironback were just a few of those. But it’s only now that I’ve actually looked at revisiting some of the ones I always wanted to add but never did.

Skarr was one of the few pets from Cata which appealed to me but was highly sought after. I’ve always gone for the unique rare pets so when I saw this black molten cat, I knew I would have him one day. I just didn’t realise it would take this long to do it. My hunter was not getting a lot of game time back then and there was always something to do on my priest like collecting Silver Dragon shots and hunting camel figurines so it wasn’t high on my list of priorities.

That all changed when I decided to log in and try my luck last night. All I had to do was make it past the flaming path and wait.

Skarr-camping

While waiting for Skarr, I noticed Karkin sitting on one of the crumbling rocks located on the far side of the great divide so in case he shares a spawn timer with Skarr, I headed over to tame him. Better than looting a Crystalline Tear of Loyalty, am I right?  Unfortunately, as I started making my way across, I fell to my death on the fourth jump.

One good thing about dying there (if you don’t have a druid to save you) is being able to rez on Fireflume Ridge making the ability to tame him even easier. I was already specced into MM for Skarr, plus he’s a lot more appealing than any of the spiders around the place (or in general for that matter); I just needed to go back and clear another stable slot before heading back out to log in my camping spot.

Karkin

It was several hours before I logged back in to check the spawn and wait. Around midnight, a dwarf alli hunter turned up to entertain me unexpectedly. He died several times as he jumped from rock to rock and then failed miserably as he attempted to tame Kirix. I think he gave up when he tried to kill the spider and died in the process after his pet carked it. Karkin ended up spawning twice in the time I was waiting. This time I did kill him before heading off to bed a couple of hours later.

Today I logged back in periodically but he didn’t turn up until the early evening. Once again he spawned on the far end around 37, 35 and was able to tame him without any issue – silencing him (which almost killed him), then hitting deterrence and tame (just to be safe).

Skarr

Woot, here’s to two new pets in the family.

Now I can go back to farming the Timeless Isle.

Ancient Sinew Wrapped

Rhok’delar

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This awesome bow remains as one of my most treasured possessions. It was about the highest accolade you could get at the time since it really tested your skills as a hunter. I was in a raiding guild with four other hunters and the only Ancient Petrified Leaf I ever saw went to the class lead back then. It was quite some time before I saw another one as a few of us went in to farm one for my toon. Having a 50% chance to drop from Majordomo’s chest in MC, it only took a couple of runs to get. You also needed to go to Onyxia’s Lair to kill her for the Mature Black Dragon sinew but could also drop from any of the black dragonkin in Burning Steppes.

Iron-tree-Woods

From there, you could head to Felwood to speak with the ancients in Irontree Grove and obtain their quests. Here’s where the real challenge began. You had to fight four demons located around Azeroth without the help of anyone – including your pet. Any interaction from other players (including heals) would cause you to fail and the demon despawning. It would also take some time before they would appear again.

You really had to use all your skills as a hunter to defeat each one. The closest I probably came to this was kiting Drekk in UBRS back when it was a raid. I didn’t follow any guide back then but I found this on WoWHead and I’m sure it would have been a huge help if I had this information back then.

Winterspring – Artorius the Doombringer
1. Buffs – Intellect Buff is nice
2. Potions – Health/Mana and a potion for removing a magic debuff.
3. Group – At least 1 other to run in front of you and train the mobs.
4. Go to near Wintersaber Rock in Winterspring and look for a Tauren named Artorius the Amiable. Approach him when you are ready to begin the fight.
5. Begin Kiting Artorius towards Everlook, Serpent Sting is his weakness and so, run and use Rank 1 Arcane shot to keep him tapped and use highest rank Serpent Sting to bring him down. WATCH OUT FOR HIS DEMON DEBUFF.

Burning Steppes – Klinfran the Crazed
1. Buffs – Mark of the Wild, Intellect
2. Potions – Health/Mana
3. Group – Not required
4. Approach Franklin the Friendly south of Blackrock Mountain to begin the fight.
5. The fight starts and he will periodically enrage. If he hits you while enraged, he can do upwards of 2000 damage. The Solution: Scorpid Sting. It unenrages him and makes him hit you for a measly 1 damage. Run in and melee for 2-3 hits, wing clip rank 1, and run out, he will enrage. Rinse and repeat.

Un’Goro Crater – Simone the Seductress
1. Buffs – Fortitude, Mark of the Wild, Intellect
2. Potions – Health/Mana, Greater Nature Protection.
3. Group – Not required.
4. Approach Simone the Inconspicuous and her pet, Precious, wandering around the Hot Springs of Un’Goro.
5. As soon as the fight starts, run in and Freeze Trap her pet Precious. Proceed to Viper Sting her, it is her weakness, it will Silence her. Run in and melee until she begins casting. At this point run out and Viper Sting again, her lightning bolt HURTS. If you don’t make it away in time, the Nature Protection Potion will help. Keep Precious Freeze Trapped until the fight is over, then you can kill him separately.

Nelson-the-Nice

Silithus – Solenor the Slayer
1. Buffs – Everything you can get.
2. Potions – Health/Mana AT LEAST 2 GREATER SHADOW PROTECTION
3. Group – WARLOCK
4. Approach Nelson the Nice as he wanders around Southern Silithus.
5. BEFORE THE FIGHT: Duel the Warlock and have them Curse of Recklessness you. DO NOT END THIS DUEL. Have the lock keep using the curse every time it wears off.
6. Begin the fight and run in and Wing Clip Rank 3. It will immobilize him. Run out and shoot him, but keep moving in circles so his Creeping Doom Bugs don’t touch you. They deal 150+ damage if they touch you. Every time he is un-immobilized run in and Wing Clip again. Repeat this tactic and keep using shadow protection potions.

I actually did these really late at night since I was on a US server so most people were asleep. This meant that I didn’t have the advantage of buffs or people clearing the path ahead of me so defeating each one gave me a real sense of accomplishment.

Once you had collected all their heads, you could return to Felwood to obtain your reward – Rhok’delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers.

Ancient-Sinew-Wrapping

You could also loot a Mature Blue Dragon Sinew from Azuregos (or the elites in Winterspring) for an 18-slot quiver. I managed to farm mine from Azuregos when he was able to be soloed. The quiver has since been converted to an epic 24-slot bag which I still use. However, since the Sundering this epic chain is no longer available to players.

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