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The Art of Dinomancy

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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.

Direbeast

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.

Zandalari AnklerenderZandalari KneebiterZandalari FootslasherZandalari Toenibbler

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.

Levitating Direform

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.

Tallys-hearth

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.

Direhorn

There’s also rare on the ship if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous or need a break from bone farming.

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Strike Me Rare

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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.

Acroniss

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.

Striker-Garb

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!

Striker-Garb-pet Striker-Garb-redbug

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My Grub Has Bite

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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.

Amber Parasite

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.

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