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.
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.
These beauties are available in Shadowmoon Valley.
Just look at that face.
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.
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.
Very different to the corrupted ones in Outlands.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Woot, here’s to two new pets in the family.
Now I can go back to farming the Timeless Isle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After seeing a few hunters with Direhorns over the last couple of days, I was quite excited about adding one to my stable. The question was where to get one?
First you must head to the Isle of Bones, just above Kun-Lai Summit. You’ll have to fly over eel-infested waters, err… a short distance of fatigued water to find yourself on the shore of the Isle. If you head straight for the middle of the landmass, you’ll find two flights (one for each faction) giving you an easy way back if you need it.
Before you attempt to tame the first one you see, you’ll need to loot a tome from the Zandalari Dinomancers called the Ancient Tome of Dinomancy. These trolls can be killed fairly easily (even though they’re elite) but you’ll need an interrupt for their Dino-Mending ability which can last up to 30secs if not interrupted. They tend to cast this at least once, depending on your DPS. At 50% they transform into a direhorn but gain a buff increasing their damage by 50%. I managed to get the tome after only four kills but your mileage may vary.
As soon as I stepped onto the Isle, I noticed several different forms of Direbeasts which was very cool. In fact, I looted the tome from this very Dinomancer I was killing. The best part is, they are not exotic so you won’t need to be specced into BM to tame one but if you have more than one hunter, each one will need to farm a tome for themselves.
Before you decide on a direhorn to tame, why not ride around the isle to see all the different varieties before settling on a colour and type. Just remember the level of the direhorn matters so don’t get any ideas about trying to tame the adults :)
On a side note, the Dinomancers also drop the four miniature battle pets. I managed to get all four yesterday without having to do an excessive amount on farming so you may even walk away with extras.
There’s also a faction specific vendor who sells an Intact Direhorm Hide which can transform you into a direhorn for a short time. The illusion comes in various colours and may come in handy while manoeuvring around the island and although it’s fun to levitate across the water, I had trouble getting onto the ship in this form.
I settled on one of the first ones I saw as I liked the colour combo the most. I decided to stay on the Isle a bit longer to try out my new friend and to see if I could farm my last dino pet which I managed to do a few kills later. Next, it was a quick hearth back to mog my gear.
This is the mog I used until about a week ago, but since I’ve seen several hunters with the same type of look (particularly those shoulders), I’ve opted for something new.
There’s also rare on the ship if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous or need a break from bone farming.
Yesterday I was curious to see how much of the AQ40 set I could pick up after farming the Classic Pets recently, so I looked up the Striker’s Garb and realised I had all the BOP items, idols and scarabs between my bags and the Guild bank.
It turns out I still needed the belt and gloves so I killed my way up to the end (short of two optionals). Unfortunately, neither dropped but I happened to have a couple of substitutes in my bag.
My next task was a matching pet and I happened to have the perfect one in mind. I always thought those Arcane Wyrms were so cool looking after seeing them back in Coldarra. Back then, I remember wishing they were tameable so I was excited to hear that they now were. There are quite a few colours around but I loved the look of this one in Silithus. It took a while to actually see him though but camping rares is something I’ve spent countless hours on over the years.
So after I collected my AQ set, I headed back to the cave in Twilight’s Run and waited while working on my Valentine post. Once I had a set worked out in Mogit, I switched over to my laptop on the other side of the room so I could re-create the set in WMV. This was great as I could still be logged into the game for the tame and play around in WMV for my superhero post.
It only took a couple of hours before Acroniss spawned which caused me to immediately race over to the main computer. However, as I ran over to start taming, I had inadvertently become caught in the laptop/headset cords, and fallen forward into my desk chair and desk across the room. My knees didn’t know what hit them.
The good news was I managed to take a couple of pics before I started taming but I was afraid that someone would come along and kill it since there was quite a bit of traffic from levelling players.
As you can see, I managed to get her without further incident so went back to AQ40 for some obligatory shots. Why? Because It’s Red… or rare in this case – and hot pink!
A while ago, I was doing Terrace LFR and saw this frigging huge grub in the raid. A little after that, while checking out the AH, I saw another one. I had asked both hunters where they came from but I didn’t get an answer – although the guy in the AH was AFK. The first time I saw anything about this pet was on Kalliope’s blog. Sometime later, I saw Euphy’s post on the green version from Silithus which Tome and Matty both tamed.
Last night, I finally logged onto my Hunter to tame this colourful beast. All you need to do is head to the Dread Wastes and attack one of the infected wildlife. You may recall the daily where you need to do this but the daily isn’t required to get the Amber Parasites to spawn. In my case, I had to get the moths health very low before anything happened.
Be aware that you need to have a BM spec due to their exotic nature and will need to tame this guy before 5.2 hits as they will soon be untameable.